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#472 of 678 1998 Toyota Camry 90k Maintainence
Oct 22, 2008 (4:30 pm)
I need to do 90k service for my camry, most of the dealers are suggesting that I should change the timing belt and water pump along with the service. The price they are quoting are in the range of 1000k - 1300k. Please advise.
Can I do the timing belt , 90k service at mechanic or dealer which one is better. Please note i dont know any mechanic.
Also if you know any good dealer/mechanic who does this for reasoable rates , please let me know. I am located in bellevue, wa.
thanks in advance
#473 of 678 Re: 2003 Camry 60K maintenance [dmcdonnell]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2008 (5:37 pm)
I think you're too cheap on some of that stuff. I don't know anywhere you can get someone to take off four tires, machine balance them and rotate them for $5 a piece.
also $25 to do 5 quarts of oil, quality filter plus labor for $25? Not so sure about that.
I also think brake flushes at 60K are okay. Brake fluid absorbs water (which it is supposed to do)
But we do agree on most stuff.
#474 of 678 Re: 1998 Toyota Camry 90k Maintainence [balakrishnap]
Oct 22, 2008 (10:23 pm)
Timing belt change is a challenge.
I done them and have a V6 Camry and can walk you through it. I need to do it in my blog, 1990 Q-45. If you own a 4 cylinder it is alot easier.
#475 of 678 Re: 2003 Camry 60K maintenance [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 23, 2008 (8:56 pm)
Mr shiftright, what can i say? I admit it. I'm cheap. ok $25 or an oil change is a little cheap if you like to get an oil with a familar name. Let's say $35 then. For me, it's $10 including an oil filter to put 5 qts of Castrol XLR in it myself.
However, the point I'm making is that dealer service centers are in the business to make money. If a person does not educate themselves on required basic vehicle maintenance, they will be raped at a dealership. That is almost guaranteed. I am not familiar with any camry maintenance schedule spelled out in the user manual that recommends full flushes of transmissions, steering or brake systems. The only one I have ever seen is a cooling system flush. And now with toyota long life coolant, I'm not even sure if a flush is even recommended before 100K or even more. Waterpumps arnd their seals are more reliable these days. Replacement is recommeneded at every other timing belt change and no more. It's a waste of money to get these things changed more frequently. Oil and trans drain and fills at the scheduled intervals are probably the best bang for the buck maintenance you can do increase your car's longetivity. Things to change for reliability and performance are plugs and wires at 100K+, batteries every 3-5 years depending on quality, air filter every 50K or whatever the schedule states
#476 of 678 Re: 2003 Camry 60K maintenance [dmcdonnell]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 24, 2008 (8:02 am)
LOL! No, I didn't say YOU were cheap....I just meant that the prices you estimated seemed too cheap for my area of the country at any rate.
But you are right, it is the owner's job to look at what the dealer is trying to sell them versus what the factory actually recommends.
Oct 24, 2008 (6:34 pm)
Now that this discussion is live again, anybody want to try an answer to my question in #466? On the 2004 Camry, 4 cylinder, there is a white translucent box or tank under the battery tray, on the driver's side.. What is it? Looks like a coolant recovery tank but isn't. That tank is over on the passenger side in plain sight.
I'm curiouser and curiouser...
#478 of 678 I think my toyota dealership is taking me for a ride...
Jan 04, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Went in to get my 2000 Camry's oil changed and the dealership (which has never tried to get me to pay for extras before) said that there are two things on my Camry that are urgent. They said that I need to get the fuel injectors cleaned (quoted about $120) and my steering fluid flushed (about $120 also-discount because we bought our car there). My car is running great, I just went over 70K miles and was doing a routine oil change. We bought our car nov of 2007 and have had no problems....I think my dealership is trying to take me for a ride, what do you think?
#479 of 678 Re: I think my toyota dealership is taking me for a ride... [daises2daises]
Jan 04, 2009 (6:05 pm)
Both are ripoffs and completely unnecessary, especially considering your car is running great.
#480 of 678 Re: I think my toyota dealership is taking me for a ride... [daises2daises]
Jan 04, 2009 (8:27 pm)
Yes a total RIP OFF, When is our Government going to start Protecting us from things like this, When they waste Millions Protecting Irags, I do part time Mechanic work and I have a 93 Camry 4 cyl, with 192000 miles on it, I never had to do a fuel injector flush or a steering fluid flush, and it stile runs great.
#481 of 678 Re: I think my toyota dealership is taking me for a ride... [alex24]
Jan 05, 2009 (9:49 pm)
Yea man. that is a total rip off. I have a 2006 Toyota Camry Le V6 bought on July 2006 brand new. I do alot of driving. As today 01/05/2009 my camry is 128,000 miles. I never had to do a fuel injector flush or a steering fluid flush. The only thing I did to my car was change brake pads, spark plugs, tune up, . other than that change oil regularly.
Toyota are very reliable car.