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Toyota Camry Maintenance



  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    I think the PWR button gives you a little extra scoot around town...when it's off, they say you get a little better mileage.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I believe what it does is knock off the overdrive which will keep you in a lower gear for more power. On mine, very difficult to tell teh diff. I just leave it off all of the time.
  • The topic of batteries came up on another board. The consensus was that Interstate was an excellent brand, which is also what I use.
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    There are only a handful of actual battery mnanufacturers in the country so what you buy as a brand may be manufactured by the same compnay as another brand, perhaps different specs.

    I look for cold cranking power and as a minimum match what was OEM but try to get as larger a number if possible. Brands, Delco great but lately I have goe to the AutoZOnes, Advanced Auto brands and they last just as long as the others in my opinion!
  • I have a 00 Camry Solara, and have gone through 3 batteries in the 1st year. You must have got a good one! Interstate is what Toyota replaced mine with, and they still went bad, either bad batteries, or parasitic drain. My current battery seems fine, but is the cheapest available. There seems to be only a handful of battery manufacturers, and most batteries, are just branded with anoth name, like Sears DIE-HARD!
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I hope they checked the charging system etc. seems to be a problem in the electrical system and not batteries!
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    spokanegc: When the power button is depressed, the transaxle controller requires a higher frequency signal fron the vehicle speed sensor before commanding an upshift (it has to go faster at a given throttle opening before the upshift occurs). Also provides part throttle downshifts at a lower throttle opening. The resulting higher engine RPM provides more "sporty" operation and throttle response at the expense of about a 10% reduction in fuel economy.

    armtdm: I think you were the one who posed a question a while back re GM supercharger oil. It's 5W-30 synthetic engine oil.
  • Mordernjazz,
    Can you share more information about the wholesale mail-order Toyota parts place?

    Also about 94 head cover gasket: I worked on a 92 camry (should be same as a 94 camry), it the cast aluminum cover comes off easily. You need to take off big nuts around the spark plug poles, and tap the cover a little bit. Try to tap on the non-critical sections like the sides or font, DON'T, I mean DON'T, damage the mating surfaces, then it should come loose.
  • pilot13pilot13 Posts: 283
    Mr. Shiftright, your advice about Diehard batteries (made by Exide) is well worth listening to.They make batteries for Daimler Chrysler, among others.
    Exide was in Chapter 11 several years ago and was fire saled to a group of ex Chrysler employees at about 10 cents on the dollar. The company has done very poorly on the NYSE because of continual losses, and has been subject to more than a few class action suits from customers (most having to do with reconditioned batteries being sold as new).
    About a year ago, the company Treasurer unexpectedly resigned, and a few months later, the President was turfed out by an overwhelming majority of angry stockholders. Seems that members of senior management were far more interested in Corporate jets, English castles, and other expensive perks, than looking after job 1.
    Interestingly, the former president of Daimler Chrysler is now running the company, and the turfed out President of Exide has turned to religion as a newly ordained minister. Go figure!
    My apologies for the off topic remarks.
  • anything about the "quality" of parts you might buy is on topic.

    to usename 25 - do you remember if the plastic piece on the drive belt end of the engine interferrred with the valve cover removal?
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    Metro Toyota in MI is a place I have used several times. I think the address is High priced items are great, inexpensive may not be worth it due to shipping cost but it depends. Last time I negotiated shipping with them. Genuine Toytoa parts at great savins. last Thing I purchased was a new antennae mast for power antennae. Local delaer wanted $57 Metro sold it to me for $27 including the shipping.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    In the late seventies when I mamaged a large Sears Auto Center the batteries were made by Globe Union. Who knows who builds them now.

    The Diehards did one of two things back then...they either lasted two years or they went five or more.

    And, to digress, there was a period when they changed the venting on them.

    Has anyone here ever seen or heard a car battery explode?

    They went back to the old venting system....
  • pilot13pilot13 Posts: 283
    Yes, I have witnessed battery explosions, several times---thankfully from a distance.
    I can assure you, it is impressive, and not at all pretty!
    And Exide continues as the supplier of Sears Diehard batteries.
  • Anyone know why their is a sponge like material, on the top of the radiator in 00 Camry Solara? Mine is tearing, and it seems like a useless accessory, unless possibly to prevent steam from blasting you in the face in case of an over heated engine.
  • wilcoxwilcox Posts: 581
    Let me tell you:

    First went to K mart. About a year and a half ago I chewed their rear ends about not having a reference catalogue at their battery display. The shelves were full of batteries but no part number listings.
    This visit, I found the listing with no problem. But guess what? There was only two automobile batteries on the shelves. Just two! Shelves almost empty! And one of them just happened to fit the V6 Camry/Avalon. It was a Exide "Nascar" and had a price sticker of $79.95 w/exchange, 2years free replacement. I had them scan the UPC and it came out at $74.99. I walked. Those people are just there. And I don't think their management is worth a flip. Didn't even bother to express my dissapointment. Shucks, I ought to offer my services as a consultant to them because they need it here in my town. But it'll cost them! No wonder the parking lot is a ghost town compared to Walmart.

    Anyway, I went to AutoZone like armtdm mentioned. They had the battery. It was 2 year free replacement. Had 30 more CCA's than the Exide and 35 more CCA's than original battery. Installation was included for a drive out price including sales tax of just over $53.xx.

    I'm beginning to give Auto Zone more and more of my business.

  • My 1993 Camry V6 LE is one of the relatively few that have a hydraulic fan. The temperature needle goes up at the drop of a hat, and on a warm day in slow traffic, I regularly have to blast the heater to pull heat away from the engine. I've had it looked at, but no one seems to know how to improve the situation. Any ideas or similar problems?
  • armtdmarmtdm Posts: 2,057
    I agree the sponge material is usless, howevert, I have taken some black silicone gasket sealer and filled in the gaps and sort of covered it over the sponge. Looks much better now.

    Overheating, I too have th ehydraulic fan on my 92 Camry V6. Has not provided a problem (wonder why they discontinued this concept) but inquired once at dealer as to problems, he stated they ahve seen very few but sometimes the hydraulic motor does fail so overheating can only be a few things.

    The hydraulic pump/motor at the fan itself, The power steering pump which drives teh fluid also, the thermostat (mine has two thermostats and two radiator caps) a plugged radiator and last is the water pump. I have replaced all of these except the hydraulic motor on mine. Normal maintenance for me I have never had a problem as yet in 136000 miles. Water pump replaced with belts at 120,000
  • Hey guy's, this message board is excellent for collecting useful info! I think it's great! Question: I have a '93 Camry LE with 118k on the O.D., with my foot on the brake, and the car in gear (as if waiting for a red light) the car tends to vibrate quite a bit, this does not happen when the tranny is in neutral or park, only when the drivetrain is under load, and only when the car is standing still. I suspected the engine mounts might be bad, and upon futher investigation, found the front mount, and the top mount(dog bone) needed to be replaced, which I did, but this did not solve the problem. what else could possibly be the problem?
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