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#2 of 318 Check engine Problem
Oct 16, 2003 (10:35 am)
I have 1996 Camry LE which is displaying the Check engine. I took to a Toyota Dealer and they said the Emissions Control was malfunctioning VSV at Charcoal Canister not Switching, to clear the problem they will have to replace this the VSP unit and want $250 for the part + $100 for the labor.
Are they asking too much and if so will a regular mechanic be able to do this for less?
Thanks in advance and appreciate any feedback,
#3 of 318 OMBII Check Engine Lite) Trouble Codes
Oct 12, 2004 (2:50 pm)
Please Help! My '97 Camry's Check Engine light came on (and yes I checked and the engine is there!) I purchased an engine analyzer (autoxray) and the following Trouble Codes came up: P0171 System Too Lean-Bank 1; P1130 A/F Sensor Performance Fault-Bank 1; P1135 A/F sensor Heater Circuit-Bank 1. Can someone tell me what part or parts need to be repaired or replaced? I'd rather do the work myself if I knew what was wrong and what part or parts I need. Anyone have any experience with this or can point me in the right direction. Much Thanks, Donna (Love the car-got 98,700 miles and lookin for an even 100K!)
#4 of 318 check engine light code
Jan 09, 2005 (5:30 pm)
I just had a shop change my timing belt on my '96 Camry LE 4cyl. When I picked up the car, the check engine light was on (it wasnt' when I brought it in). They read the code as P0104, low effeciency cat converter, and said it couldn't be their fault. Is this true?
Does anyone know of a free website with list of codes?
Jan 17, 2005 (11:29 am)
i recently bought a 1996 camry (no owners manual). just passed 150,000 miles and the check engine light just came on. can anybody tell me what - if any - services are required at this mile mark? thanks.
#6 of 318 Re: 150,000 miles [broncosrule]
Jan 18, 2005 (10:00 am)
Do you know if any service has been performed recently?
Lots of items need servicing at the 150K mark, the same as needed at 30K and 90K. If the timing belt has never been changed, it should be done now also.
I'd recommend buying an owner's AND separate maintenance manual on eBay.
#7 of 318 EGR Valve
Feb 07, 2005 (5:07 pm)
Need help with my 2000 toyo camry. The CEL light is on and the verdict is that I need to replace the EGR valve, modulator and vacuum switch. Is it possible to have this done inhouse. I am new to this...please help.
#8 of 318 Re: EGR Valve [new24um]
Feb 08, 2005 (10:56 am)
What do you mean by "inhouse"? Doing it yourself? If you have the skills, by all means go ahead.
A good service manual will give you an idea of the complexity of the repair.
If you're wondering if the diagnosis is correct, then I'd recommend seeking a second opinion, preferably from an independent garage, maybe one that specializes on Japanese cars.
#9 of 318 90K check and engine light
Apr 25, 2005 (1:24 pm)
my '00 camry v4 just hit 90K and as soon as it did that the engine light came on. the engine light was on previously as well at around 80K and my wife took it to meineke who charged $400 for spark plug change/wire change/ tune up/ air filter/ fuel filter and THAT'S IT! they also recommended to get the timing belt/tensioner/accessory belts/water pump changed ASAP. The mechanic had also mentioned that 'he' had turned off the engine light for the time being and that we should change the oxygen sensor on the car and whatnot.
I got a quote for the timing belt change from strauss discount auto for $370 which includes the timing belt/accessory belt/tensioner/water pump.
now to the real deal :
1) should i go to the meineke guy and give him a piece of my mind for practically stealing from my wife ( he charged $28 for each spark plug!!!! )?
2) now that the engine light is on again should i take it to the dealer or is autozone an ok option?
3) is the quote on the timing belt a good deal or should i get the parts from else where ( found some cheap parts online ) and have him just give the labor.
4) should i take another hit to my wallet and get the parts from toyota dealership?
5) how does one change transmission fluid by themselves? ( i would like to save the $90 they're charging ) and whats the best fluid to use?
I would really appreciate any help! thanks.
#10 of 318 Re: 90K check and engine light [ajjoo]
Apr 26, 2005 (7:43 am)
I will only use Meineke to do the muffler.
I have a 97 LE 4 cyl at 106K, I know what you have in mind, try to save some money by going to other places, even thinking getting the part yourself then have someone put it on and hoping to just paying for their labor.
My advice, Don't Do it. Been there, done that and it ended up costing more.
Let get to your answers first
1) no, $28 is not uncommon. Especially for the Camry, they use platinum plugs and it costs a bit. I have my car done in the dealer at 60K, suppose to include spark plugs but since it's platinum, they want additonal $60 on top.
2) usually is related to emission when the engine light is on. Since you didn't mention how much Meineke wants, but my guess will be around $150-$200 if you have it done at toyota
3) $370 for timing belt/accessory belts/water pump? YES, sounds CHEAP.
one toyota dealer want $750 for timing belt and water pump on my Camry. I took it to another toyota dealer and just replace my timing belt and drive belts for $270
4) what parts are you thinking to get from the dealer? oxyen sensor? belts? water pumps? I would, and I would have toyota put it it instead of going somewhere, I will explain it.
5) changing transmission fluid yourself? Messy. not too hard if you have the tools and space. you need to work under the car and at the same time you will need to unscrew all the bolts while you are down there. (I just don't feel safe working under a car personally) and what if one of the bolt is super tight that you can't get it out?
By the way, a transmission fluid service should be less than $100 if go to local shop. I did take my car to the dealer and have them do a power flush. it's about $150 but it sucked out almost all the fluid (about 10 qt?) compare to draining it the old way (2-3 qt)
I once want to save money and try to take my car to some local shop. Cheap brake job, and it didn't even last for a year. End up going to Toyota and have the brake re work. It's more expensive but it last much much longer and I do think it worth it.
Buying part and have someone put it on. Sounds great and good way to save money. Problem is what happened when they didn't work as expected? The guy will say 'bad part' talk to toyota. and toyota say hey, we didn't put it on, sorry. End up costing you more in the long run.
See if you take it to the dealer at the beginning, it might cost you little more but it makes it easier to deal with when things not working properly.
Think about this, your 00 is still pretty new, if you keep it in good condition, it will run for another 100K easily. Also, if you decided to sell it later, you have all ther records to prove you take good care of your car and works are done by the dealer, it makes a difference.
However, do shop around I have been to 3 toyota dealer in my areas and some will say you need this and that but the other, just tell you what you actually need and I trust them.
This is my experience with my camry, Highlander and the toyota dealer. hope it help