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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The trunk support is made of something like masonite, not recycled cardboard. It's no different from that used in the '97, '04, and '05 Camrys, all of which I have had. Never had a problem.

    One key difference though is the '07 uses a temporary spare, so there could be more of a gap between the tire and the support. I'll have to check this out on an '07 my employer recently bought.
  • I recently purchased a used 99 Camry with after market alloy wheels. When I took it to a shop to correct vibrations above 60mph by aligning the mechnic showed me that the wheels (all 4) were out. :surprise: That is they are not completely circular which per him is the cause of the vibrations. I am guessing from what he showed me hes correct ! :sick:

    As I am not the buyer of the wheels I am not sure what size they are ! The tires show a size of P235/40R18. Does it mean the rims are 18 inch. The max size I could find were 17" !!!

    Is this wheel/tire size okay for a 1999 Camry CE. I read the standard size for Camry is P195/70R14. What are my choices to fix this. Repair the wheels or buy a new set. Is going for a complete set of 14" wheels and tyres recommended. Would fixing the wheels or buying new 17/18" cause wear on the car !!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You cannot fix alloy wheels (at least it's generally not recommended). Yes those are 18 wheels and absurdly low-profile tires for this car. Just pitch them (or maybe someone will buy the tires if they're in decent condition).

    Personally, I'd strongly recommend buying a new set of 14-inch steel wheels for the car and the proper size tires, which you've identified correctly. Wheels shouldn't be bought used, unless you know what kind of use/abuse they've been subjected to!

    If you must have alloys, they will cost more (probably a lot more), but to me it seems overkill for a 7-year-old base model Camry.
  • teamharveyteamharvey Posts: 2
    8mm bolts..thanks !
  • it all depends on how much you want to spend. I'd recommend going to and searching for a set of 4 wheels and tires. Then take the price that they quote you for, and go to a tire shop in your area such as discount tires, and have them price match. You could just order on line, but local shops will likely include lifetime rotate and balance. Thats what I did. I went from 14 to 16" wheels on my 93 for 1K installed.
  • Thanks.
    What do you think is a good place to get wheels. Many options for tyres. But confused on where to get OEM wheels without getting ripped.
  • i am on a budget. as is the car is old. dont want to spend big bucks on it. looking for the OEM 14" wheel online, not much luck.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    You have two options for 14" OEM wheels:

    1) a dealer - the expensive, but safest option

    2) an auto-recycler (aka, "junkyard") - make 'em put the wheel on a spindle so you can judge whether they rotate true. After you leave the premises with used wheels, they're generally YOURS unless you make arrangements beforehand that they can be returned if the people who mount and balance the tires determines that the rim(s) is/are unuseable.

    (From your description of the condition of the alloy rims that were on the car, I get the impression that some pock-faced teenie-weenie with a compensation attitude jumped a curb while street racing or otherwise driving erratically and bent the rims out of true. If the tires on that car were involved in my hypothetical account, there's a good chance there's tread belt damage to them, too. As far as cast alloy rims are concerned, metal fatigue is the major concern. Once bent out of true, the strength is compromised. When bent back true (if it's even possible), the strength is additionally compromised. Is it really worth being penny-wise and pound-foolish where the lives of you and your passengers are concerned?)
  • There's always ebay....
  • I have a 1998 Camry with about 68k original miles on a 2.2L 4-cyl engine. My wife was driving and suddenly the car simply died. Towed it to a mechanic and he told us the timing belt broke.

    My mechanical skills are slightly above "remove/replace alternator". I tackled a timing belt on a Chrysler minivan V-6 before - but it was not something I enjoyed! However, in the interests of saving a few hundred dollars, I can suffer some skinned knuckles.

    Is a timing belt on this Camry engine something I might consider doing myself? Or is it one of those jobs that's worth every penny to have a mechanic perform?

  • checked the prices for a 14" standard (steel) wheels + 4 tyres and "basic" 8X18" alloy rims. They cost about the same.
    the tyres on the car are still good. should last for 20k. so want to use them. alloy wheels certainly do add value to the car when selling, and i do intend to sell it in 1-2 yrs.
    the real question is would continuing on 8X18 wheels would cause any damage/wear to other parts of the car.. most importantly the engine and transmission.

    i used the formulas on and figured that these wheels+tyres (P235/40R18) add about 2.5% to the rolling radius than the originals (P195/70R14).
  • davise1davise1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 LE (150,000 miles) with the same problem wen braking I notice a streching sound it seems like its coming fron the drviers side but it happens randomly.
    I haven't go the rotors replaced since butying it new but they do look glazed. I have just started to notice the sound recently. Is there a solution?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    An 18-inch wheel size is well above what came with the car. I wouldn't even consider using them. The car will ride as hard as a rock, and those "rim protector" tires would do little to actually protect your alloys from curb damage. The most you should go is 16 inches, and if I were you, I'd max out at 15 inches.

    Who is the maker of these "basic" alloys? Sounds like too low a price to be true. (Or if that price is correct, then I'd question the quality.)
  • Found the price here :

    I am trying to get 14/15" wheels from pep boys. Tires installed from Costco for reasonable price. But Costco refuses to install any 15" tires for 99 Camry. They will install only the standard i.e. 195/70R14. This works cost effective as well.
    What would I miss not going for something like 205/60R15 but going for the base. Whats the correct base rim size for 99 Camry. Is it 14 X 5.5 or 14 X 6 !! Have to get exact rims to go for tires from Costco.
    I know I am being stingy, but just dont have much to spend on this. Would just like to get the car into good driving shape.

    210delray - thanks you have been very helpful.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Thanks, glad to be of assistance.

    The correct wheel size for your car is 14 x 5.5 inches. I can understand Costco not wanting to install nonstandard tires; there could be liability issues.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    "There's always ebay..."

    Oh, yeah - that'd be a really safe bet for something lives depend on...
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Believe it or not, I actually sold 2 used Camry wheels on eBay. But mine were really in good shape. Still, I'd never buy safety-critical items on eBay myself, unless they were new parts.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    I have had some good eBay experiences. I guess what I'm saying is that with something as mission critical as vehicle wheels, I'd want to be able to personally inspect before plopping money down. Money can be replaced. Yours truly can't. (not that anyone here would consider that much of a loss...)
  • I would agree, that you wouldn't want to buy used wheels off ebay, but new wheels or even some that are dealer take offs should be okay. Like I said, i got mine from discount tires, not ebay. Though I considered some oem wheels from ebay, I still didn't want to take the risk. If you do go with ebay, just be careful and make sure you ask a lot of question.

    what ever you decide, just remember that the price on the sticker isn't the only price you can get. Always ask for a lower price, and if the sale associate can't do it, ask for his manager and then ask him. They need your business, not the other way around.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I agree totally; that's why I'd never buy a car on eBay without an inspection first. So Western cars are out, since I live in VA.
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