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#5553 of 5646 Engine Light
Mar 03, 2012 (7:19 pm)
My engine light came on today. I thought maybe my gas cap was not screwed on tight so I checked it while the engine was turned off for a few minutes. But, after I put in gas in the car and started it up again the light came back on. I noticed that the performance of the car is sluggish. How long can I drive the car like this? I have no money right now to get it fixed not until two weeks. Will my engine be damaged if I drive the car with the engine light on for two weeks. Can someone please advise me on what to do? How much will this cost me if I take my car to the Toyota dealership. My car is a 2007 Camry XLE and has over 98,000 miles.
#5554 of 5646 Re: Engine Light [patty19]
Mar 03, 2012 (7:31 pm)
Hi Patty, I would go to auto zone first and ask ask them to read the code. They will do it for free. The code will tell you what part has failed. Check back on this post with the info form auto zone and you will get info on how to resolve the problem at a cheaper cost than the dealership. The car should be ok to drive but do your self a favor and get to auto zone.
#5555 of 5646 Re: oxygen sensor [chuck28]
Mar 05, 2012 (8:58 pm)
update, had mechanic check new oxygen sensor again. Computer said new sensor running high. He thought catylist converter was ok. Suggested that new sensor could have been bad. I ordered another Denso. Will see after replacement this weekend.
Anybody have any thoughts what else could be triggering this code.
#5556 of 5646 Re: oxygen sensor [chuck28]
Mar 05, 2012 (9:27 pm)
The high oxygen sensor reading could be caused by a mass airflow sensor which needed cleaning; a throttle body which needed cleaning, spark plugs which have 50,000 or more miles on them; or which were previously replaced with unsuitable brands or plug models, a defective fuel pressure regulator could do it; a defective coolant or air temperature sensor for the ECU could do it, a restricted fuel filter could do it, and a defective or incorrect model engine coolant thermostat could do it.
#5557 of 5646 Re: oxygen sensor [zaken1]
Mar 06, 2012 (4:20 am)
Hi Zaken, thanks for that info. I know i didn't mention in my last post that the engine is a V-6 3.5 2007 Camry just in case you didn't remember. I have had to change 1 ignition coil never had the plugs changed. THe car has 58,000 miles. This weekend I hope to have my mechanic put in another oxgen sensor in case the previous new one is defective. I will have him check the other possibilities you listed. Thank you for all your help. I really appreciate it, chuck
#5558 of 5646 Re: oxygen sensor [zaken1]
Mar 06, 2012 (11:09 am)
If the upstream oxygen sensor(s), A/F mixture control sensor(s) are not generating fault codes and and the downstream oxygen sensor, catalyst efficieny sensor, is...then...
1.) The sensor has failed.
2.) The catalyst efficiency is lacking.
3.) The sensor is being exposed to atmospheric qxygen while still hot from previous engine operation....exhaust leak or even extended period of VSC/Trac operation for a non-DBW engine.
You can buy a non-california catalytic converter on Ebay inexpensively.
#5559 of 5646 Re: Engine Light [chuck28]
Mar 07, 2012 (7:43 am)
Autozone scanner said that I have an Ignition Coil problem. The man at Autozone said it could be from me needing the spark plugs replace to the spark plugs and up to the six coils replaced depending on how many are bad. I can't get my hands on that kind of money until next Friday and the car is starting to run more sluggish every day I drive it. I just need to be able to make it until next Friday. I hope by driving the car I'm doing more damage to it. Please advise where should I take the car besides the Toyota Dealer which will definitely cost more. Thanks for some advice anyone can give me.
#5560 of 5646 Re: Engine Light [patty19]
Mar 07, 2012 (9:11 am)
hi patty you need to get the # code it should be on the printout from autozone. The front coils are eas y to replace. Each coil has its own # even #s are front coils 302, 304, 306 if its the front coil it a 5 min easy fix and you can do it yourself or have somebody help you. The part can be bought on line cheaper at Rockauto.com they are good. toyoto sells the coil for $100 the brand you want is Denso. If you need more info just ask. ps u should be ok driving the car until u get the coil
#5561 of 5646 Re: Engine Light [chuck28]
Mar 07, 2012 (11:36 am)
P0300 - Random Cylinder misfire condition
P0301 - Cylinder 1 misfire detected
P0354 - Ignition coil primary/secondary circuit fault
Should I take the car to Toyota or let someone else fix it who know eactly what they are doing. How accurate is the Autozone scanner?
#5562 of 5646 Re: Engine Light [patty19]
Mar 07, 2012 (7:38 pm)
Patty, do you have a 6 or 4 cylinder car. What year is the car.