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#461 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [210delray]
May 27, 2009 (5:50 pm)
Timing chain engine, Camry
In 2002 Camry got a new seris engine, and you got it, the 2AZ engine. The water leak is a good issue to watch It is hard to see any leaks since you have a big catch pan under the engine
Too bad you don't do your own maintenance but a mechanic should remove this panel in about two minutes and look for trails of Antifreeze on the bottom of the engine. He would be looking at the hoses mentioned in past post as well as the Timing Chain area because this is where the Water Pump is located.
The water pump is much harder to remove. It is under the timing chain. However the trail of or stain of water will be visible under the crankshaft pulley if the Water Pump is leaking. The Antifreeze will collect in the engine under the timing chain cover, and stink up your engine. It will eventually evaporate or leak on to the ground or on to the panel that covers the bottom of the engine, Very hard to catch.You have to be under the car with a light and the bottom panel removed.
Try and impress your mechanic and mention the 2AZ numbers and letters when referring to engine size. This is common jargon when talking about Toyota engines. Oh yea its a 2.4 , as in 2.4 liter, and a straight 4 cylinder engine, 4 spark plugs.It replaced the 2.2 engine much smaller. Now you are viewed as knowledgeable about Toyota's when around the shop.
Chain is lifetime.
#462 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [210delray]
May 29, 2009 (8:06 am)
I have a 2005 XLE 4 cylinder with 85K miles. One source tells me I have a timing belt. Another source tells me I have a chain. How do I determine which I have?
#463 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [rah6]
May 29, 2009 (8:41 am)
You say you have a 4 cylinder, so it's a chain. It used to be a belt in the 4 cylinder as well, so if the generic older service book you have wasn't updated, it would be reflected incorrectly.
You can't tell by looking at the vehicle, it's internal to the engine.
#464 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [rearwheeldrive]
Jun 01, 2009 (6:01 am)
thanks. To be honest since I popped the resevoir cap (which I thought might not have beed all the way on since it popped off so easy...and then snapped it back in place, I have not smelled it. Maybe the cap was not fully on...I did just have an oil change?
#465 of 727 Oil Pressure Light Stays on after $1,100 Repair
Jun 02, 2009 (11:52 am)
I have a 2000 Camry 2.2L. My water pump seized up and snapped my timing belt and that caused some valves to be bent. I had a mechanic put on a new water pump and timing belt and he had the head rebuilt. Now the oil pressure light stays on. He said he took the valve cover off to try and identify if it indeed had low oil pressure to the head. He said that there is good oil pressure in the front of the head but not very much pressure in the back side of the motor. Does anyone know what can cause this?
#466 of 727 Re: Oil Pressure Light Stays on after $1,100 Repair [pdestefano1986]
Jun 02, 2009 (5:30 pm)
This maybe a duplicate - as I wanted to reply - I also have a 2000 Camry 4 door, 4 cyl - - I was told that my car does not have a oil pressure light - and that was 100,000 miles ago - I can't find owners manual - but trying to find out what type oil as I want to get a few quarts for backup - It went from full to low in 2,000 miles. Good luck
#467 of 727 Re: Oil Pressure Light Stays on after $1,100 Repair [dvernon]
Jun 02, 2009 (5:53 pm)
Of course you have an oil light. Watch closely all of the lights come on during dashboard light test, when you put the key in the ignition and turn it to the on position.
It's the little icon, that looks like a gravy laddle, that is dripping.
For a 2000, the oil is 5w30
#468 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [andrelaplume]
Jun 05, 2009 (9:14 pm)
Oh yea the radiator cap !!
It will get you everytime .
It's got to be pushed down and twisted like a child safety cap to get off. It can be trouble to get on sometimes unless you push down hard and twist Then you turn it one time more without pressure and it locks in place.
#469 of 727 Re: TIMING BELT ON 2002 CAMRY [rearwheeldrive]
Jun 06, 2009 (7:55 pm)
I think he meant the reserve (overflow) tank's cap, not the main radiator cap itself.
#470 of 727 Toyota Camry 2000 - Engine Block failure - Need advise
Jun 06, 2009 (9:06 pm)
I have Camry 2000 4 Cyl. The car has been well maintained - Oil change every 3K Miles. Mileage has been about 75K however the timing belt has not been changed.
Today while driving on Freeway at 60MPH, the engine rattled, smoked and then more rattle and more smoke. Engine lost complete power. Managed to Pull over on the side and got it towed. The tow truck driver took a quick look and stated the shaft (rod?) has pierced the oil pan and lots of oil was leaking.
a) What would cause this kind of catastrophic eng. failure? ( the roads were clean, I did not hit anything on the road.) Would timing belt breakage cause this?
b)Would this kind of failure be covered under engine / power train warranty from Toyota?
c) What would be needed to replace the engine?
d) typical cost of engine repair: parts and labor?
e) Would this be covered by insurance?
f) If not repair, then ??
Any inputs are very much appreciated.