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#308 of 678 Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L
Apr 09, 2007 (10:03 am)
During my two oil changes, I noticed a significant discrepancy between "oil capacity specified at owner's manual" and "dipstick min/max markings" . Our 2007 camry 2.4 L manual says oil capacity 4.5 qts. with filter . 4.5 quarts of oil is the exact amount I charge the engine with during oil changes . But the dipstick shows about one inch over the max. mark .
When car was brand new the the engine oil level on the dip stick was about 1/2 inch above the max. mark .
The dilemma is what do I do ? I prefer to follow the the oil specification rather than relying on a cheap dipstick which may very well be manufactured out of tolerance or uncalibrated . Depending on the responses from this forum members , I might even scribe new markings on the dipstick reflecting true level .
I thought about any oil might have remained in the engine during oil change . But engine was down for several hours before oil change and I drained it well without hurry , plus I jacked it thru the frame underneath the passenger side which tilted the car towards the oil drain plug direction for better drainage.
I would like to hear from the forum contributors on this subject .Do you experience the similar discrepancy and how are you dealing with it ?
Thank you very much for your inputs .
#309 of 678 Re: Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L [wolfboro]
Apr 09, 2007 (10:48 am)
The service manual shows 4.3 qts for drain and refill without oil filter change, 4.5 qts for drain and refill with oil filter change, 5.3 qts for a dry engine fill.
I put in 4.5 qts last change (I just went and verified the remaining amount in the quart), and it was right at the top dipstick line representing full. I had also changed the filter, so it is right on.
#310 of 678 Re: Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L [wolfboro]
Apr 09, 2007 (6:09 pm)
Something is off, and I think you ought to get it checked. I have an '04 and '05 with the same engine, and my experience is just like kiawah's. I don't think the dipstick would be that inaccurate.
But then, I have access to a lift at work, so the car is level as the oil is drained.
#311 of 678 Re: Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L [210delray]
Apr 09, 2007 (6:41 pm)
Hmmm.....I wonder if the problem he had the car jacked at an angle. In my case I use a set of car ramps, which lifts both front wheels up about 6 inches, and hence it is level right to left.
#312 of 678 Re: Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L [kiawah]
Apr 10, 2007 (4:56 am)
You could be right, which would mean it's possible that 4.5 quarts of old oil aren't being drained, and the crankcase is then being overfilled with new oil.
#313 of 678 Re: Oil Dipstick accuracy-2007 Camry 2.4L [210delray]
Apr 10, 2007 (10:07 am)
Thanks for your responses . It appears that you do not have the same problem I have. I guess ,before I change anything ,I need to verify couple of more things . At my next oil change , I will make a note of the dipstick level prior to draining and measure the drained oil carefully . One more thing I can do ,that is, to jack the car down completely flat to see if any more oil draining out . After these and charging 4.5 qts. of new oil (with new oil filter) ,I will recheck to see if the dipstick is still showing above the max mark(currently approx. 1").
Your suggestions are always welcome.
#314 of 678 Re: Strange Sound
Apr 27, 2007 (6:32 pm)
Hi, I own 05 Camry with 30K. Since about a week ago, the car starts to make strange squeaking sounds like those made by old furnitures when I apply and release the brake. Initially, I thought my brake pads worn out which is ok since I was going to replace it soon.
What worries me is now, not only I think sounds comes when I hit the accelerator, somehow, some sounds seems to come from my door as well(I think it is upper part of my window).
I have no idea how these sounds are generated and they don't seem to be metalic sounds. What should I do and is this something I can get checked out by dealership under warranty? My car is still under warranty.
Many thanks in advance.
#315 of 678 Accessory Drive Belt tensioner
Apr 28, 2007 (6:14 am)
Camry '05 LE - I just returned from the 50k inspection at the dealer. They say that the Accessory Drive Belt tensioner is leaking and recommend replacing it for $400...would appreciate any comments as to what is this accessory drive belt tensioner and is this something we normally would expect to replace at 50000 miles?
#316 of 678 Re: Accessory Drive Belt tensioner [djlu99]
Apr 28, 2007 (7:08 am)
I just sent you an email with a picture of tensioner. You have an email account w/carspace, just go up to the top where it says "Mailbox".
#317 of 678 Re: Strange Sound [ja5573]
Apr 28, 2007 (5:32 pm)
Your post makes it hard to determine what is causing the noise. Because the car is still under warranty, by all means take it to the dealer. I'd recommend driving it with the service technician in the car with you so you can point out the noise directly to him or her.