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#153 of 727 Re: 30,000 maintenance service for 2003 Camry [titantx]
Jun 25, 2008 (6:04 pm)
All of your "non identical" items are ripoffs, especially at such a low mileage.
Sounds like you need to consult the Toyota maintenance schedule (included in your owner's manual packet) and copy on a separate sheet of paper only the items that Toyota says should be done for your mileage and type of driving. Please don't be lured by the scare stories of dealers or shops saying you must do this or that when Toyota, who built the car, is silent on the issue. These people are just looking for a quick buck!
I am assuming that your car otherwise is exhibiting no operational problems, like stalling or hesitation. One big plus for you is your car has a manual transmission, which means you don't ever have to deal with what seems to be the weakest link in today's powertrains -- the automatic transmission.
#154 of 727 Considering a 2000 LE with 54K
Jul 04, 2008 (7:01 am)
Any suggestions on what I should look for or demand if I like the car? I will check the carfax. I would like them to also pull the valve cover and check for sludge.
#155 of 727 2002 Camry SE V6 Fuel
Jul 04, 2008 (1:51 pm)
2002 Camry SE V6 Fuel
Hello I was wondering if anybody in here owns a Camry V6 between the model years 2002-2006, I was planning on buying one and just needed to know if it's alright to put midgrade 89 fuel inside it??? or will it just slightly decrease its power output?? or will it mess up the engine???
#156 of 727 Re: 2002 Camry SE V6 Fuel [taz16]
Jul 04, 2008 (5:52 pm)
The 2002-2006 Camry V6 can run safely even on 87 octane, but 91 or 92 is "recommended" for maximum performance. Check the owner's manual for the exact wording, but the key is you won't harm the engine with 87 (on the assumption the engine is running properly).
#157 of 727 Re: 30,000 maintenance service for 2003 Camry [titantx]
Jul 05, 2008 (5:56 pm)
Wow you have low mileage for a 2003, 30,000 miles
I worked at a dealer and did a bunch of these. We made a lot of money on the service cause its sounds like your getting so much for the so much money. Its good to do all this and keep your car well maintained but a lot could be done by you.I liked working on these cars that had this preventive maintenance done, cause they were well maintained and not as dirty as one that had been leaking for a few years.
I could do the transmission gasket in a half hour with the help of a lift. This would take a lot longer without one. I would be draining the other fluids asI installed the tranny gasket. Your manual transmission fluid should not need service. A manual transmission fluid last longer than an automatic. If I remember correctly the manual doesn't need a gasket to change because there is no filter for the fluid. We just drain the oil like a engine and pumped it back in with a special pump that had gear oil in it. The bolt to remove to refill this gear oil is hard to find.
You sound like your taking good care of your car. I would clean the throttle valve with a safe cleaner and put injection cleaner in the tank to save some money. Of coarse the mechanic will do the same thing too, and charge you more money. Some shops have a kit that hooks up to the fuel rail and cleans the injectors. A can of cleaner is hooked up here, and in about 10 mins its empty. We didnt do this extra step.
The throttle body can easily be gotten to by using a 8mm socket on the air duct. Remove it carefully, because with age they will rip and break although it is rubber. Then I'd open the throttle valve wide open and use a toothbrush to scrub the front and back side of this valve, then wipe carefully with a paper towel. I use alcohol(isopropyl) I have here in my garage, but an Auto Parts store has a safe spray that wont destroy the coating on this valve. Don't use something like carb cleaner spray.
Power steering fluid is a little harder to change and flush. I watched a kid do this on a car at a local oil change place here. I remember him getting a little nervous when I was asking him how the machine he was using flushes all the fluid out and replaces it with new.? He was only putting in a quart as the old fluid was pumped out.
To truly get a good flush, a couple quarts should be flushed through. The old fluid is not completely out when only a quart is pumped out. I guess its a 50% flush. Its not as critical on a preventive flush.
When I change a pump, I pump all the fluid out into a empty can while pumping in new fluid out of a large container. Then when this new fluid fills the drain can again and looks clean, I throw both flushed fluids away. I finish with another couple of quarts of new fluid in the system with the hoses connected back up.
You didnt mention battery post. Some guys just put grease on them and didnt remove the cable. The best way to keep post clean is to remove the cable, clean it, then grease it and reinstall. The positive terminal always corroded before the neg. terminal. Remove the neg first on this type of maintenance and install last to avoid sparks.You cant get zapped. Go ahead and touch each post at the same time. Start jumping to scare your friends.
#158 of 727 1993 toyota camry overheating
Jul 05, 2008 (6:41 pm)
This car is driving me crazy. Its over heating. I am slightly disabled and discouraged. I pulled the thermostat because i thought it was stuck. I can see water still flowing so i am assuming the water pump is working, the fans dont seemed to want to come on, i checked the fuses, and they are good. Today i went out there because i read somewhere that you can pull the caps off the relays and see if they are working well i did with my test light and the fans came on. But the car still wasnt cooling down, temp was rising. Im not a mechanic but a simple parts changer but i know how things are sopposed to work. I cant figure this out. Does anyone have anything else i can check?
Thank you for your time
#159 of 727 2004 camry air conditioner
Jul 07, 2008 (6:17 pm)
The air conditioner on my 2004 camry (47k miles) is not blowing cold air anymore. is that normal for car at this age? how can i fix it?
#160 of 727 Re: 2004 camry air conditioner [crvex]
Jul 07, 2008 (6:35 pm)
Not at all normal. My '04 Camry has 53K miles and the a/c is fine. My 10-year-old Nissan Frontier still has working air.
I think you have almost no choice but have a qualified mechanic take a look. You don't have to go to the dealer, since the car is out of warranty. Get recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers.
#161 of 727 2005 camry turn signal noise
Jul 10, 2008 (6:35 am)
rarely when i use the turn signal knob, along with the normal click, click, click, i also get a high pitch digital sound along with the click.
any ideas on whats wrong?
#162 of 727 Re: 2005 camry turn signal noise [svec7186]
Jul 10, 2008 (10:13 am)
I have no idea what it is, but if rare, I wouldn't worry about it.