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Toyota Camry Engine Related Questions

I have 1996 Camry LE which is displaying the Check engine. I took to a Toyota Dealer and they said the Emissions Control was malfunctioning VSV at Charcoal Canister not Switching, to clear the problem they will have to replace this the VSP unit and want $250 for the part + $100 for the labor.

Are they asking too much and if so will a regular mechanic be able to do this for less?

Thanks in advance and appreciate any feedback,


  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Yes, the policy started with the 1997 model year. I had such a Camry (4-cylinder) with no sludge problems. I sold it at 111K miles in 2004. I gave the buyer a printout of my service records as well as a copy of the extended warranty for sludge.
  • xrmt01xrmt01 Posts: 1
    I have a 91 Toyota Camry with about 135000 miles. It smokes on start up and burns alot of oil. I need to check it every 2 weeks and add some. Is this normal? I have had some seals, valves, and rings changed but it still does this. Any suggestions?
  • I have a 97' LE with 70 K miles. At 50K, the engine would smoke at start up and my local dealer repaired the car under the 60 K drive train warranty. The service rep said the valve seals were cracked. Two years later, and out of warranty, I am having the same problem.

    Other that causing some pollution, is this causing damage to the engine by not having this repaired? I was told the out of warranty repair is over $1,000, which I don't have right now.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem with the 2.2 L engine?
  • We have a 96 RAV (75K), seals replaced in 97 and again in 99 (this time along with the short block engine) Now in 2003 they are shot again. Prior repairs were covered under warranty. No good will from Toyota at this point...they did offer a $1000 rebate on the purchase of a new Toyota...just bought a Camry last year though. Might want to write to Consumer affairs, if you would consider a new vehicle purchase, perhaps they'd make you the same offer.

    So much for Toyotas lasting forever or running 200K with no troubles!
  • Hi,

    I got the "Engine Malfunction Light" on and checked up with a mechanic - he told me that the Charcoal Canister need to be replaced and quoted a sum of $360 + tax ... please let me know if this is too much ?

    Also, is there a problem in the long run, if this is not replaced immediately.

    Thanks for your help !!!
  • I have a '97 Camry with the 4cyl engine and about 70000 miles on it. About a year ago I started noticing blue smoke emissions from the car when first starting in the morning. The thing that is frustrating is that this occurs only about every third or fourth startup. I have read this may be caused by leaking valve seals. Is there anything else that could cause it? It seems it would happen every time with leaking valve seals. Thanks for any input.
  • Try a can of Techron gas treatment. My Camry has the same mileage and will smoke after sitting awhile. Now the problem has gone away completely!
  • Please Help! My '97 Camry's Check Engine light came on (and yes I checked and the engine is there!) I purchased an engine analyzer (autoxray) and the following Trouble Codes came up: P0171 System Too Lean-Bank 1; P1130 A/F Sensor Performance Fault-Bank 1; P1135 A/F sensor Heater Circuit-Bank 1. Can someone tell me what part or parts need to be repaired or replaced? I'd rather do the work myself if I knew what was wrong and what part or parts I need. Anyone have any experience with this or can point me in the right direction. Much Thanks, Donna (Love the car-got 98,700 miles and lookin for an even 100K!)
  • Hi I have a 1996 Toyota Camry and my check engine light has been coming on for a while now. I'm assuming its the check engine light it's on the left hand side of the panel.
    Anyways I got it checked out and they said it could either be the oxygen sensor or transmission so they reset and it stayed off for a few months. And they told me if it came on again they would replace the oxygen sensor. Well it's on again and I'm not sure what to do about this should I go and get another diagnostic done again to double check the problem or just replace the oxygen sensors? Has anyone had this problem?
  • Hey guys,
    even my Honda Civic has the same problem. I am not sure if I should get it fixed or just leave it...
    How important is it to get fixed. Mechanic says the Oxygen sensor could be $275 itself.

    My car has been running good even with the "Check Engine" light on.
    Any help would be appreciated....

    Thanks in advance,
  • peterpanpeterpan Posts: 120
    There may be some real problems with the engine that need to be fixed.


    You should let the dealer do a diagnostic to see what parts are not working.


    You can then decide what should be replaced, when and by whom.
  • hallagehallage Posts: 24
    I just had a shop change my timing belt on my '96 Camry LE 4cyl. When I picked up the car, the check engine light was on (it wasnt' when I brought it in). They read the code as P0104, low effeciency cat converter, and said it couldn't be their fault. Is this true?


    Does anyone know of a free website with list of codes?
  • jward7jward7 Posts: 1
    i have my car at Mike Miller Toyota in culver city ca. they said it needs a charcoal canister the price they quoted is 542.00 the prices i have seen are 263.95 parts 65.00 dollars for labor or $360.00 plus tax isn"t 542.00 quite high please help with this matter.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Why do they say it "needs" a charcoal canister? Is the car not passing an emissions test? Is it not running right? Is the "check engine" light on?


    The owner's manual for my former '97 Camry called for blowing out some of the canister's lines with compressed air at 72K mile intervals in certain states, including California.


    I think the canister should last the life of the car, unless there really is some problem. I'd get a second opinion, or at least have them explain in detail what's wrong.


    $542 is outrageous, IMO.
  • i recently bought a 1996 camry (no owners manual). just passed 150,000 miles and the check engine light just came on. can anybody tell me what - if any - services are required at this mile mark? thanks.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Do you know if any service has been performed recently?


    Lots of items need servicing at the 150K mark, the same as needed at 30K and 90K. If the timing belt has never been changed, it should be done now also.


    I'd recommend buying an owner's AND separate maintenance manual on eBay.
  • Hi everyone,


    I just bought a 2001 wagon and would like to hear from anyone who has advice regarding engine modifications. I am contemplating fitting a turbo or supercharger at about 6psi boost, but not sure which way to go - has anyone done this here? I have a 6 speed sequential Hewland gearbox out of the old Camry Super Tourer that ran in Sth Africa and Australia a couple of years back which will fit with a little bit of jiggling and will take the horsepower OK.


    I'm not sure if I should lose the carbon clutch though - has anyone ever driven a car with a carbon clutch, I hear they are a bit 'on/off' in operation?


    This will be a daily driver from college and back each day, so I'm undecided if I should fit 19" wheels - they might attract too much attention.


    Any advice would be appreciated.


  • Folks,


    Need help with my 2000 toyo camry. The CEL light is on and the verdict is that I need to replace the EGR valve, modulator and vacuum switch. Is it possible to have this done inhouse. I am new to this...please help.


  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    What do you mean by "inhouse"? Doing it yourself? If you have the skills, by all means go ahead.


    A good service manual will give you an idea of the complexity of the repair.


    If you're wondering if the diagnosis is correct, then I'd recommend seeking a second opinion, preferably from an independent garage, maybe one that specializes on Japanese cars.
  • scotpscotp Posts: 1
    I need some help ...I love my camry with 267,000 miles on it this car is a great runner until today. the car has been running fine when I went to start it this morning all it wanted to do was crank and not turn over pretty strange ( the symptoms are simmilar to trying to start a car with a bad ignition coil). I've got new wire and distributor and the spark is good any ideas on what it could be. The car showed no sign of not starting until now and I can't get it to fire up....I'm I overlooking something easy????
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