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#212 of 727 Re: broken tensioner bolts on 2003 Camry
Jul 27, 2008 (3:15 pm)
Sincere thanks to kiawah & rearwheeldrive for the input on my post regarding the Toyota Camry. I halfway understand the repair cost since the engine sits sideways and had to be lifted. It's just sad when you go to buy a car and are told that if you purchase the extended warranty, ($1,800 I might add) you will then have "bumper to bumper" coverage. Naturally the first thing to break is not covered. Kinda makes a person feel "taken" if you know what I mean.
Anyway, here's the update. I haven't had my car for 9 days now. Apparently, new problems came up. First they found a "leaky water pump" after 5 days, then 2 days later, they added a "bad alternator" to the list. Just can't imagine what the total will be, IF I ever get my car back.
Still, all I want to know is what would cause the bolts to break? I bought this car used in October 2007. It is driven to & from work 4 days a week and a trip or 2 out for groceries. It is not driver over the speed limit, on bad roads or abused in any manor. Did I get a "lemon"? If I did, it's too late now. Does anyone know if Toyota has a web site for questions? Like I said, I just need to know "Why it broke".
Again, Thank you for any information anyone can shine on this subject. jodi4
#213 of 727 Re: broken tensioner bolts on 2003 Camry [jodi4]
Jul 27, 2008 (9:22 pm)
It might be extreme but I would find out who has touched the engine for belt repairs or such and go after them .
Those things like water pump and alternator must be removed anyways to get to the broken bolts. And your battery wasnt dead when you broke down in the middle of the street was it?
The warranty wont cover negligent repairs, someone probably tightened the steering pump bolts to tight or left them loose..Ask for the broken bolts back.and start from there.
#214 of 727 A/C & Heater switch works only on high
Jul 30, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I have a 01 Toyota Camry w/115000 miles and the A/C and Heater fan switch used for the speed only works on the 2 high speeds[there r 4 speeds] the A/C works fine. When I put on the A/C fan on the 2 lower speeds, the A/C compressor goes on but nothing blows out of the vents. When u put it on the two higher speeds, the A/C blows out of the vents. Any suggestions.....
#215 of 727 Re: A/C & Heater switch works only on high [tmoney4]
Jul 30, 2008 (4:09 pm)
check the resistor bank in the air plenum.
#216 of 727 Re: A/C & Heater switch works only on high [kiawah]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:24 pm)
Where is it located and is it called the blower motor resistor or is it the same thing u r talking bout[resistor bank]?
#217 of 727 Re: A/C & Heater switch works only on high [tmoney4]
Jul 30, 2008 (8:33 pm)
Thats it, it's in the air plenum where the blower motor is.
#218 of 727 Re: A/C & Heater switch works only on high [kiawah]
Aug 03, 2008 (4:54 pm)
Thanks again for the info. I replaced the resistor and it works fine!
#219 of 727 Re: A/C & Heater switch works only on high [tmoney4]
Aug 03, 2008 (5:52 pm)
Excellent, congrats......great job!
#220 of 727 long awaited update,re 95 camry wind but wont start
Aug 15, 2008 (10:40 pm)
ended up doing some other work on the camry while i pondered the start problem.changed tappet cover gasket,fitted timing belt kit,and fitted new alt,p,steer belts so sorry for the delay for anyone that was waiting for an outcome to my problem.probably spent 7-8 days on testing relays and sensors via a manual that i also purchased,at the end of the day i think the ecm or an open circuit wire was the problem, the latter being my pick.i ended up fitting a relay to power up the fuel pump which i could not get to run,power the pump and the car would run perfectly.so i just powered a relay via the ignition fuse and run another wire to the pump.the car runs fine. at the end of the day i just didnt want spend any more time or money, plus i wanted to get it out of my shed .no doubt about it they are definitely a great little car but i suppose all things play up now and then and i cant say i didnt learn anything,, patience being one thing , chow regards rod
#221 of 727 my idol is low and high
Aug 20, 2008 (12:06 pm)
I have a 1996 Toyota Camry. When I have my car in park it idols too high. When it is in gear it idols too low. What could the problem be?? The needle that points to the rpm's fluctuates up and down. I have tried to fix the idoling, but it doesn't work. I have replaced the throttle posistion sensor but it still hasn't fixed the problem.Do you know what the problem could be?? Please help..