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#2 of 298 1996 Toyota Avalon - Maintenance Recommendations
Jun 11, 2002 (7:03 pm)
I just purchased a 1996 Toyota Avalon with only 30,000 miles. There were no maintenance records and the lady I bought it from was old and had no idea what he late husband had done service-wise with it.
I am planning on keeping this for the long haul (250K miles) and want to make sure it is in tip top shape. What type of engine/tranny/etc. maintenance should I do right now to get this in pristine condition? It has very low mileage but is over 6 years old. Thanks for your suggestions!
#3 of 298 Toyota Oil Filters -- I.D. ?
Jul 27, 2002 (2:01 pm)
Just completed the first oil change on our 03 Avalon at 970 miles.
The number on the factory oil filter is 90915-20003, the stock number for filters sold by Toyota is 90915-YZZB1. The factory filter is slightly longer, gasket and interior color is red vs. black for the stock. And the factory filter has both Japanese and English written on it.
Any reason why the number and other differences?
#4 of 298 Oil Changes - Home Mechanic
Nov 19, 2002 (5:55 pm)
Just purchased an 03 Avalon...typically I do my own oil changes. With the angle of the oil filter and the location - above the motor mount, does anyone have any experience as to how messy changing the filter is or any tips (to save the garage floor and motor mount from getting trashed) on doing this??
#5 of 298 Oil Changes
Nov 20, 2002 (6:01 am)
I use an absorbant cotton rag placed immediately under the oil filter. Along with newspapers on the ground, this works pretty well. Hope this helps!
#6 of 298 Using synthetic motor oil in Toyota engines
Nov 23, 2002 (5:29 am)
Changed from dino oil to synthetic on my 95 V-6 Camry at 60k miles. Car now has 74k miles and have noticed a gradul decrease in engine noise as I continued to use synthetic oil. Changed the oil recently in the 95 Camry. After 74K miles of mixed highway/in town driving, the Camry engine is as quiet as the engine on my 01 Solara which has seen only 13k of highway miles. Both cars have the same 3L V-6 engine.
#7 of 298 Heater Fan
Jan 10, 2003 (6:59 am)
1998 Toyota Avalon v6 mileage: 55k. Without warning, the air conditioner & fans quit working. This car has an outside air temp display & it suddenly does not show a temperature reading. I checked every fuse I could find. All OK. The car starts & runs fine & all other electrical works, i.e., lights, rear defroster, windows, door locks, seats. It is equipped with an auto mode for the air with a temperature adjustment that will control the blower speeds. This is not working, or if you try to punch manual blower speeds, (each button will light up) but will not turn fan on, or if you push the a/c button, will not work or light up. No engine service light either?
#8 of 298 30k Scheduled Maintenance
Jan 15, 2003 (5:49 pm)
It's that time, and I need some advice dealing with the dealer. My 2000 Avalon XLS runs fine, I'm using a 7500-mile interval, and I live in south-central NJ near the the coast.
My maintenance guide says to replace the following: engine air filter, coolant, a/c filter, oil&filter. Also rotate tires and inspect lots of stuff. On the other hand, my dealer says I should do a bunch of extra stuff, like replace spark plugs, clean disc brakes, adjust engine idle speed, clean throttle positioner system (do I have one?), and NOT change the a/c filter. They'll do all that for a mere $300!
So should I tell them only to do what's in the maintenance schedule, plus the a/c filter? What's a good price for that? And why does the dealer discourage me from touching the a/c filter anyway? I've never had it replaced.
#9 of 298 rmsachs
Jan 15, 2003 (9:54 pm)
What is the mileage of your car? 7500, 15000, 100,000? It's hard to answer your question without knowing the total miles.
#10 of 298 30k Maintenance Miles
Jan 17, 2003 (3:02 am)
Jim, I'm talking about my 30,000 mile service. Actually, I have 31,000 miles now.
Jan 21, 2003 (9:45 pm)
skip all that other junk - the plugs are made to go 60K, not 30, and they are very expensive to replace ahead of their time. The disc brakes don't need cleaning, unless you notice excessive squeak when you apply them. I can't recall if you have a TPS, but they certainly don't need to adjust the idle speed, the computer controls all that stuff nowadays. This makes me wonder: some of these things only apply to significantly older models than the car you have, and is it possible you are just reading their standard catch-all maintenance list? They use these lists on an "as applicable" basis to cover all models for all years.
The cabin air filter is a tricky one - are you sure it is not supposed to be replaced at some odd maintenance interval like 22.5K or 37.5K? If you have never had it done, just ask them to tack it on to the service you are going to have them perform. And you are allowed to bring your manual with you to the dealership and go through it item by item to show them exactly what services you would like done.
Every dealership has a different idea of what they think is the absolutely perfect maintenance schedule for your car, and how can they all be right??!! With Toyotas, doing what is asked for in the manual will not only ensure you meet the warranty requirements, but it will keep the car running for a long time as well. There is no need for extra stuff.