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Toyota Camry, Engine, Sedan
#170 of 318 Re: How to diagnose if my camry has oil gel problem. [210delray]
Nov 26, 2006 (5:38 am)
I have a 1997 Camry I'm sure has the problem since I have asked Toyota service for help with smoking from tailpipe as of two years ago, recently getting very smokey. They just kept telling me some smoke from tailpipe is normal and doesn't mean anything. This summer it became embarassing and I called a local non-Toytota shop that said if it is driving okay, there was no way to diagnose it, so now this and I am passed the 8 years of course. Any suggestions. I'm sure they made no note of my requests for help for this since they "blew" off significance of problem.
I joined an online car help group to discuss problem this past summer to try to diagnose it myself but couldn't determine what color it was. I did the hand behind the tailpipe test to determine if it was water or oil and my hand was not wet afterward so figured it was oil but couldn't determine the color and since I drive very little I had no low levels of oil or antifreeze or anything else so I was stuck as far as diagnosing it myself, until I got this notice yesterday.
I also had engine trouble light come on a couple of years ago which is about when the smoke appeared and I took it immediately to Toyota where they rigged it up to their computer and said they found nothing wrong with it, so just shut the engine trouble light off, explaining that sometimes it goes on and there is no problem.
#171 of 318 Re: How to diagnose if my camry has oil gel problem. [barb1283]
Nov 26, 2006 (3:19 pm)
If it's blue smoke and occurs on startup, you likely have bad valve stem seals (I'm assuming you have the 4-cylinder engine). This is not the same problem as sludge.
Please see posts #148 and #149 in this thread.
#172 of 318 Toyota Camry (1996) EGR Valve
Dec 04, 2006 (12:07 pm)
Check engine light came on...mechanic says we need to change egr valve ($250-$300) per computer diagnosis. Also, suggested that this is no guarantee that the check engine light will not come back on once the valve is replaced and computer alert is reset; Worst case scenario could mean the circuit connected to the computer could be bad or burned-out because of the bad valve and could cost over $1000!
Is this possible? What are the repercussions if - 1. nothing is done (needs to pass TX state inspection in a few weeks) 2. Replace valve but don't repair computer circuit if or when diagnosed bad.
What could happen for option 1 & 2 above.
Suggestions and comments welcome!
#173 of 318 Re: Toyota Camry (1996) EGR Valve [davul1ture]
Dec 08, 2006 (10:41 am)
Wow! Not a single reply...and I was told this place was awesome!
#175 of 318 93 toyota camry timing belt problem
Jan 23, 2007 (9:30 pm)
i purchased an engine from a junkyard that was a good engine with 70,000 (give or take) miles on it. i had it put in for $1150 and 700 miles later my timing belt went so i took it back to the mechanic and he checked it out and the timing belt had teeth aten from it because apparently it was retarded or w/e. so they replaced it and literally 3 days later it happened again, so now their telling me that apparently the engine is bad, and now its too late for a refund or to get a new engine, what the hell do i do?
#176 of 318 99 Toyota Camry Engine Shaking
Jan 25, 2007 (2:03 am)
My 99 Toyota Camry Engine's Shake sometimes at starting or at traffic lights. Please someone give me some ideas.
#177 of 318 Re: 93 toyota camry timing belt problem [gannon_link]
Jan 25, 2007 (5:30 am)
I'd get it to a better mechanic, who can tell you why the belt is wearing. Saying 'the engine is bad', is not a good diagnosis of what is happening.
#178 of 318 Toyota Camry 1993
Feb 22, 2007 (6:58 pm)
Can anyone help? I ahve been quoted $550 to replace my timing belt!! Can anyone give me some advice as to whether im being ripped off or not. Being a female I always feel like i am being over charged.
Your advice would be much appeciated!
#179 of 318 Re: Toyota Camry 1993 [rubez]
Feb 23, 2007 (9:13 am)
More info would be helpful. 4-cylinder or V6? Are they replacing the water pump also?
I was at my local dealer the other day, and the sign on the wall said $300 for a timing belt change -- I'm sure this doesn't include the water pump.
Check with independent shops and get recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers. Make sure you get an itemized estimate (at least verbally) so you're comparing the same job.