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Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Solara, Oil, Sedan
#133 of 678 Re: oil filters for 2005 camry (and 2002 to 2005's) [chevymalibu]
Sep 17, 2005 (10:35 am)
"I'm going prestone extended life in the accord and toyota after the warranty is over."
Funny you should mention that... I'm using Wal-Mart's "SuperTech" extended life antifreeze in my '03 Sonata V6. SuperTech is made for Wal-Mart by Prestone and is chemically identical to the Prestone branded product. (Much of the back-of-the-jug blather is word-for-word identical on both jugs, too.) $5.84/gal.
"Oh yeah, the sonata (hyundai) says dex III can be used for the trans."
Careful there - not sure what model year you're referring to, but Hyundai hasn't recommended Dexron III for over a decade in their automatics. Hyundai specificaly recommends SP-III for all automatics from model year 2000, now - even those originally calling for SP-II. Speaking of SP-II, it's an obsolete classification, now, but when it was current, Mitsubishi and Hyundai both allowed Chrysler ATF+3 as an acceptable substitute. Chrysler's since superceeded ATF+3 with ATF+4 - around 1997 or 1998, I believe. I've seen nothing in print that qualifies ATF+4 as equivalent to SP-III, but one of the members of the oil forum I hang around on posted that his Hyundai dealership's service manager told him that ATF+4 would not void his powertrain warranty. On its face, this has the ring of truth, but I'm always leery about second and third hand information... (especially on the internet) Besides, ATF+4 has typically been priced in the six-to-seven dollar/qt range - definitely pricier than SP-III. But, here's where the picture begins to clear: Chrysler just recently announced that the company'll license the ATF+4 formula for aftermarket blending and bottling, and sales through mass market retailers. Presumably that'll result in some serious discounting. Once that happens, and IF Hyundai issues a TSB that ATF+4 is an acceptable substitute for SP-III, I won't hesitate at all to flush and refill my Sonata with ATF+4. Sorry to get off topic on a Toyota discussion, but just maybe we're seeing the first cracks in stealership proprietary fluids extortion among all makes. (And, golly, wouldn't that just be too bad?)
#134 of 678 cabin air filter replacement 2000 toyota solara v6
Sep 22, 2005 (4:54 pm)
does anyone know how and where to replace a cabin air filter. there are no instructions or mentioning for a cabin air filter.
#135 of 678 Re: cabin air filter replacement 2000 toyota solara v6 [davhealy]
Sep 23, 2005 (5:56 am)
I don't know for certain, either, but my first guess would be in the heater core-A/C evaporator casing behind the dash. I would expect removing the glove bin would allow access - look for a "door" or removable panel that allows access to the filter.
#136 of 678 Re: cabin air filter replacement 2000 toyota solara v6 [davhealy]
Sep 23, 2005 (7:04 am)
I answered this already in "problems and solutions." Access is behind the glove compartment, at least in 2002-06 Camry sedans. See your owner's manual.
#137 of 678 Tune up for '01 46 K Camry
Sep 27, 2005 (5:58 am)
I've recently bought a '01 Camry with 46 K miles on it. It was previously a lease vehicle and does not have any records of maintenance. I've driven about 1500 miles by now, 90 % interstate....and see no problems. What maintenance would you all advise?
1. Auto transmission flush & fill ?
2. Radiator flush?
anything else...please advise.
I would appreciate any answers.
#138 of 678 Re: Tune up for '01 46 K Camry [coolguytc]
Sep 27, 2005 (7:38 am)
"I've driven about 1500 miles by now, 90 % interstate....and see no problems."
By the time you do experience problems, it's too late... Both services you listed (as pre-emptive maintenance) are excellent ideas. If you take your car to an independent shop (or do the work yourself), INSIST on Toyota's pink long-life antifreeze/coolant concentrate, and Toyota's "T-IV" ATF. I'd also consider having the brake system flushed and refilled with fresh fluid*. (You don't have to be brand-anal, here, but stick with a well known brand such as Wagner, Prestone, Castrol, etc., and be sure that its "DOT" specification [(Department of Transportation]) is listed. DOT 3 is adequate, but for just fifty or seventy-five cents more per pint, DOT 4 has an even higher boiling point for enhanced performance.)
*Brake fluid is a polyglycol alcohol and readily absorbs moisture from the atmosphere over time. Since water has a much lower boiling point than brake fluid, in severe conditions, when the accumulated moisture content boils to vapor, the brake pedal will go spongey on you - not at all a very reassuring experience, especially in hilly or mountanous terrain.
#139 of 678 Re: Tune up for '01 46 K Camry [haefr]
Sep 28, 2005 (8:28 am)
Thank you Haefr !!!
#140 of 678 Re: Tune up for '01 46 K Camry [coolguytc]
Sep 30, 2005 (1:20 pm)
I'd look at the air cleaner also and replace if it looks dirty. Also look at the front brake pads to see how much is left. Lube all the hinges and the weather stripping. Check the pressure in the spare tire. See what the owner's manual recommends at 45K.
#141 of 678 Re: Tune up for '01 46 K Camry [lmacmil]
Oct 01, 2005 (12:19 pm)
#142 of 678 Questions about changing coolants on your own.
Oct 10, 2005 (8:32 am)
My 1997 Camry needs a coolant change, and I decided to do it on my own.
Wanted to save $40 and just wanted to try something on my own.
I've never changed anything on my own before.
I have the Hayne's manual, and it seems coolant change is not that hard to do.
I have two questions.
1. there is a splash panel that I have to remove to access the drain. The haynes manual has no picture or description of how to remove it.
Does anybody have a experience with this? How many screws do I need to remove?
Can I reach all the screws without lifting the car?
2. What do I do with the drained antifreeze? Does any gas station or repair shop take this for free? or Do I have to pay for it? How much?