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Toyota Camry Basic Maintenance Questions



  • jammikejammike Posts: 38
    I am a DIY guy but have never replaced the brakes before.The OEM Pads are around $70 if you buy from Toyota Parts. Non Toyota Pads always have squeaking problems. I have had it in the past with Midas.

    I finally ended up using a better dealer and a coupon and paid $180 for Front Brakes and resurfacing the rotors and same for the Rear brake service with resurfacing of the rotors.

    Midas was asking $129 + $30 for resurfacing. Mieneke was $189 for each axle.
  • mystic8mystic8 Posts: 1
    hi, i notice the post about the subgear on the toyota camry.what i will like to know is, if the gears are unwound and it is installed that way, does it interfere with the timing and if it does HOW? i pull mines, 1996 4s-fe 4 cylinder and took a look at it and cant see why it should. matter of fact, i have put up quite a few without observing rule of installing the service bolt. was i lucky in getting away with this?
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  • nugget4nugget4 Posts: 1
    When I purchased my 93 Camry LE, I was told that they had switched to 134a refrigerant already, because it was to be the new industry standard. I need to charge the a.c., but it has the old type fitting on it. I called the Toyota dealer and they said they switched in 94. When you have a vehicle that old, they act like they don`t want to research it for you. Am I boned?
  • Well it's a tricky question. Most model cars switched mid-year 1993 (after August, I think) so you could have had either in 1993.

    You aren't screwed, however. You can still get the R12--it's a bit expensive, but if your AC system is in good shape, one charge should last a number of years; on the bright side, the R12 probably will cool better.

    The biggest obstacle is finding a shop that has some on hand or who will order it for you.

    Perhaps you can compare the cost of recharging with R12 vs. conversion to R134 and go from there.

    If you think it is worth it, I suppose you could sue in Small Claims court for misrepresentation of the car, but really, you probably are not damaged much beyond the $200 bucks or so to fill it with R12 (just a guess on price--any defects in your AC system, leaks, etc, would be extra).

    I'd chalk this up to dealer ignorance rather than deception, but---intentional or not, it's still misrepresentation in my non-legal-expert opinion.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    I have a 93 Camry, and it needed air condi. repair and recharged, I took it to a trusted independent auto air conditioning shop that I know is honest, So he was going to convert it from R-12 to R-134, but the issue came up to change it to R-134 that to do it you had to replace a certain part, I think the part is a valve but I forget what it is called, but this part on the 93 camry is located under the Dash, and he would have to tear apart the Dash to get to it, Many cars this part is located under the hood, So it was not worth it to convert the 93 Camry to R-134, due to,, to much work and to many man hours, So he repaired my air condi. and just used R-12 to recharge it, and the cost was about the same price, even though R-12 cost more, As it would have cost to tear the dash apart and change that part that was needed to convert it to R-134. Most auto shops have or can get R-12 ,if needed, It is availiable do not be fooled you can not get R-12. And R-12 cools alot better than R-134, As I been told many times, So now my camry air is working fine with ice cold air blowing out, And i was told converting R-12 systems to R-134 can create other problems, and than the cooling system does not cool as good as before. I suggest you go to a independent auto air conditioning specialist. not a Auto dealership for the job.
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    edited August 2010
    Can someone tell me the specific diameter size (mm) of the 3.3 V6 Camry engine oil filter?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    It may be quicker, to take a ruler to your local auto parts chain, and get the exact measurements you are looking for (to the degree of precision that you are looking for).
  • 00820082 Posts: 16
    It's hard to find 0W20 in Canada. So what's the next best oil for a 2010 Camry? 5W20 or 0W30?

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited October 2010
    Did you look in your owners manual? My 2007 lists both, but the engine may be different depending on your model/engine.

    Open that glove compartment, and turn to about the middle of the owners manual.
  • hank65hank65 Posts: 1
    have a 2004 camry. didnt come with owners manual. how do you reset the maintenance required light after changing the oil?
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    Resetting Maintenance Req'd light

    Turn the key to the 'on' position.

    Press the trip button meter until it displays the “Trip A" odometer.

    Turn they key to the off position.

    Then while holding the trip meter down, turn the key to the 'on' position. 4 blinking dashes will display and they will count down.

    When the last dash disappears 000000 is displayed to indicate the maintenance counter has been reset.
  • hw99hw99 Posts: 4
    Hi Guys, my 05 Camry is 60K. Everything seems good so far. Do you have any advice on if I need to take a brake inspection or what kind of signs for the timing of such a service I need to pay attention to. Thank you very much in advance!
  • pop42pop42 Posts: 1
    I have a 2010 Camry with a 2.5 L engine. What size oil filter wrench do I need to change the oil filter myself?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Just follow the recommendations in your maintenance manual (that was included in your owner's manual packet). 60K miles / 5 years is when several items should be checked or replaced. Brake pad/rotor life is highly dependent on how you drive your car.
  • I've a 2000 Toyota Camry V6 engine at 70K mileage now. I missed/didn't do the 60K service (bought the car at 62K and thought i can do the serivce latter, now it became 70K and engine check light is ON in dashboard). Looks like i shoud do it now.
    Normally how much will it cost for 60K service for Toyota Camry V6 engine.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    edited November 2010
    There is no "normal" price. It depends on where you take the car (dealer vs. chain store vs. independent shop), and it varies depending on how each shop defines the "60K" maintenance. I'd look at the maintenance manual and see what Toyota recommends, then list each of these items and ask how much a given shop will charge for them. Items on the list will include replacing the oil and filter, coolant, air filter, spark plugs, rotating the tires, and checking the suspension, steering, and brakes. Maybe you (or they, if they're honest) can figure out what was already done before you bought the car. If the tires are evenly worn, you can skip rotation, although the tires/wheels have to come off anyway for the brakes to be checked.

    The check engine light may not be related to any of the items listed in the 60K maintenance interval -- so without a diagnosis, it's not possible to estimate what the charge for a remedy might be. You can get an auto parts store like Auto Zone, Advance, or NAPA to read the code for the check engine light (for free), then look it up on the internet to see what the code might mean.
  • Can any one tell me how to replace the serpentain belt on a 2004 Totota camry
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