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#295 of 727 1998 toyota camry 90k Service
Oct 22, 2008 (10:14 pm)
I need to do 90k service for my camry, most of the dealers are suggesting that I should change the timing belt and water pump along with the service. The price they are quoting are in the range of 1000k - 1300k. Please advise.
Can I do the timing belt , 90k service at mechanic or dealer which one is better. Please note i dont know any mechanic.
Also if you know any good dealer/mechanic who does this for reasoable rates , please let me know. I am located in bellevue, wa.
#296 of 727 Re: 1998 toyota camry 90k Service [balakrishnap]
Oct 23, 2008 (11:08 am)
If you tell me what type engine you have 4 cylinder or 6, I can walk you through it.
#297 of 727 Re: 1998 toyota camry 90k Service [rearwheeldrive]
Oct 23, 2008 (11:44 am)
Thanks, its a v4 but I dont know anything about the car i mean in terms of techincal knowledge.
Is this price quoted by dealer is reasable ?
#298 of 727 Re: bench check shift-soleniod toy-camry [duanetu]
Oct 23, 2008 (8:23 pm)
I don't think a loose solenoid would cause slipping as you describe. It might cause erratic shifting, but I doubt slipping. Did you measure the fuild level before draining it? Condition of fluid and amount of metal attached to the magnets? Slipping like that is either worn bands or clutches, or low pressure caused by a failing pump or bad torque converter, which if driven in that state long enough will damage the trans sufficiently to require a rebuild. You can go by a pressure gauge for $50 or so and connect it up to the pressure port to check if the pressures are in spec.eg: trans pressure tester The only concern with a lot of pressure testers is that most of the fittings are for domestic vehicles, so you may need to source one for the A541E trans.
#299 of 727 VSC, TRAC OFF and CEL's all on!!!
Oct 28, 2008 (7:40 am)
I have a 2005 toyota camry with approx. 80k miles on it. Today, while driving on the highway, the TRAC OFF, VSC and CEL's all went on simultaneously. Some background info on the vehicle. It was in an front-end/driver-side collision back in 2006, but was 100% fully repaired according to the body shop. In August 08, another body shop changed my front brake pads and "sanded the disc", and I changed all the rear brake pads myself (not sure if it's relevant). I read some other forums and tightened my gas cap, but that didn't seem to solve the problem. I also reset the panel per the instructions of my manual (with the odometer reset button/ignition key). But the three lights still remain. I took the car to Autozone and the codes are as follows: P0441, P0455, and P0446. Is there anything I can take a look at myself before taking it to a mechanic and spending an insane amount of $$$? Also, is the car safe to drive for the time being? Your help is appreciated, thanks!
#300 of 727 Re: VSC, TRAC OFF and CEL's all on!!! [benlbr]
Oct 28, 2008 (9:59 am)
Codes P0441,0446,0455 are related to leak on evap system.This system takes the fumes in the tank and burns them in the engine when the car starts. Its not hurting the car if the system is not working, only the atmosphere.
To get the CEL (check engine light) off remove the fuse marked STOP, or EFI (electronic fuel inj.) in the engine compartment fuse box for ten seconds with key off.
#301 of 727 Re: VSC, TRAC OFF and CEL's all on!!! [benlbr]
Oct 28, 2008 (1:27 pm)
Except if your state includes emissions inspection with your annual inspection, your vehicle won't pass with a check engine light on.
Look carefully at all of the tubing associated with the evaporation control system. You may find a tube has come off, or a plastic fitting has cracked. I had a mouse (or something) chew thru one of my tubes a couple years ago.
#302 of 727 Steering Squeel in my Steering Wheel.....
Oct 29, 2008 (9:48 am)
I have an 02 Camry w/69K miles. From new, now and then (every year or 18 months), when it started to get cold outside I would get a squeel when I would turn my steering wheel....something in teh steering column. They used to lube it for free but now she's a bit older they want to charge me $60! Whatever they used to do was usually done in 10 minutes or less. Does anyone know how to lube this area and with what?
#303 of 727 Re: Steering Squeel in my Steering Wheel..... [andrelaplume]
Oct 29, 2008 (11:56 am)
To help keep belts quiet ,spay them with belt dressing. Walk into an auto parts store and go to the isle with engine sprays and look for belt dressing spray. Its about $3.00.
Then go out to your car start it, open the hood and spray it on the area where the belts are. On the left side of the engine compartment. Spray it so it hits the inner part of the belt that is going over the pulley. Or spray the pulley where it just get ready to make contact with the belt.
#304 of 727 Re: Steering Squeel in my Steering Wheel..... [rearwheeldrive]
Oct 29, 2008 (12:15 pm)
no, this is a squeak when I physically turn the steering wheel...it in the steering column....