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#4 of 727 oil usage, strange noise in tire, and CD player problems
Nov 26, 2007 (11:00 am)
I've searched for about an hour and can't find answers to any of these problems, so I've started a new message.
My 2001 Camry eats a quart of oil each month. I've had all leaks, seals, blah blah repaired, had it checked for oil gel, everything, by multiple mechanics. No one can discover the reason and I'm getting very annoyed.
The second thing that just started today is that durng low speed turns, like in the parking lot (turning in either direction), there is a weird creaking noise from the front passenger side wheel. I will be calling the mechanic, but would like to get opinions so I have some clue what's going on.
Finally, the car's CD player seems to actually damage CDs. You can put a brand new CD in there and soon it will start skipping. The more you play it in the car player, the worse it gets, and then after a bit it starts skipping in other players, too. I have cleaned the CDs carefully and I have also cleaned the CD player and none of these things have helped.
I am running out of money to keep spending on mechanics, and my credit cards are already charged up from car expenses like tires and brake replacements. The Toyota dealership is the worst quality, slowest, and most expensive for service, too. I'm at my wit's end. Can anyone offer advice or ideas? Thanks in advance.
#5 of 727 Re: broken speedometer on 89 camry how to fix it [jaybird0013]
Nov 26, 2007 (11:55 am)
It probably must be replaced, but by getting a speedometer from the junkyard and then having a mechanic install it, it should not cost you a fortune. I'd recommend an independent mechanic for this...better value, etc.
#6 of 727 Re: oil usage, strange noise in tire, and CD player problems [gothchiq]
Nov 26, 2007 (12:16 pm)
You don't indicate the current mileage on the vehicle, or how many miles you drive each month which consumes a quart of oil. But here's a couple of comments...
- Regarding your creaking when you turn the wheel, it could be the constant velocity joint (the joint where the drive shaft pivots at the front axle). If the car is driven hard, those joints begin to go first at the extremes of angles. It could also be some other suspension parts, like the strut.
- Regarding the CD player, I'm guessing the cheapest solution is to replace it. By the time you have someone take it out and try to open it up to look at it, you could replace it.
- Regarding your oil consumption. I think the first thing you need to determine is whether you are leaking it, or burning it. Since it sounds like you have had some seals replaced, I'm suspecting that it's not leaking anymore but it's burning it up. If so, I would expect that you would see blue smoke out of your exhaust. Do you see smoke only at start up (indicative of bad valve stems), or all the time?
What is the history on this car (how many owners, mileage, etc), how hard has it been driven, and do you have/know the maintenance history of it? How religious were the oil changes done?
#7 of 727 1995 camry
Nov 29, 2007 (6:15 am)
Driver door will not open. the linkage is fine, elect. lock works fine, after some investigation problem seems to be in the latch that connects to the door post. Problem is I cant get the door open to take off the door panel. The only solution I can come up with is cutting out the door panel. If you have any ideas please advise.
#8 of 727 Re: 1995 camry [atkerson]
Nov 29, 2007 (9:56 am)
Not sure if you can see down inside the window slot enough or not. This link might help with what the door striker looks like.
#9 of 727 92' camry rad fan stayed on always
Nov 30, 2007 (8:12 pm)
Hi, 4 weeks back my rad fan stayed on and won't stop even though the temp' outside is at minus point, it stop after 2 days, now it came back again, it start running when i turn the key to on ( without starting the engine ) and it stayed on after starting the engine ?? the temp' is below zero now and i don't think the rad fan should be on specially early morning when engine are cool?? hope it won't cause any damage to the car?? Please advise diagonistic and test?? any help will be greatly appreciated.
#10 of 727 Re: 92' camry rad fan stayed on always [diy_1]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:20 am)
First, check to make sure the a/c and defroster switch are turned off. Let me know the results.
Normally, there are two things turning on the radiator fan. A temperature switch showing high coolant temperature, or the A/C clutch running.
#11 of 727 Re: 92' camry rad fan stayed on always [kiawah]
Dec 01, 2007 (9:17 am)
My a/c switch, defroster and even the fan switch is all off and the fan still stayed on?? do you think it will be the temp' switch?? i just had it changed last year, after market parts though.
Thanks for your reply
#12 of 727 Re: 92' camry rad fan stayed on always [diy_1]
Dec 01, 2007 (1:24 pm)
Well there is the temperature switch, and 3 relays in the circuit.
Why did you replace the temperature switch last year? What symptoms were you having, and how did you determine the switch was bad?
#13 of 727 Re: 92' camry rad fan stayed on always [kiawah]
Dec 01, 2007 (1:43 pm)
Last year my Fan not working at all, the mechanix told me its the temp switch thats gone, so i had him flush the coolant and pop in a new temp switch and its working fine, it come on when the engine is heated. but now it stayed on always, i pull the connector plug to the fan now, so it would stop running, is it safe now, until i find a solution to fix it?? do u think its the temp' switch or the relay?? Thanks for ur advise.