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Toyota Camry Maintenance
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You have two choices now...
1. Replace it now, under your terms. Look for a sale, go to Costco etc.
2. Just wait until it leaves you stranded at the least convenient time.
You know....kinda like a timing belt...:)
Seriously, the corrosion is a sign of impending doom. I would replace it now before cold weather sets in.
has anyone changed a valve cover gasket on a 94 4 cyl camry?
does the black plastic piece on the passenger end of the engine interfere? or does the cover come off w/o disturbing it?
This should be the solution for you:
Change your ignition coil. (It's just a sealed coil of wire.) I believe all 87-91 4cyl Camry engines are the same 2.0 Liter DOHC(engine model 4S-FE). I have a '90 4cyl (same engine as yours).
Here's the deal: If you have a mechanic to do it,(it doesn't need to be a dealer), the details don't matter too much, but here they are anyway. I changed the coil on a friend's Subaru Legacy in 5 minutes, BUT that had an external coil (very easy to get to.) The Camry 87-91 4cyl has an INTERNAL coil (inside the distributor). Unfortunately not just under the cap, but I had to remove the distributor from the side of the cylinder head and disassemble it to remove the old coil and insert the new one. The O-ring on the distributor should be replaced also (it's easy and will stop any small oil leak by the distributor--the O-ring is only around $1.) AND the engine FIRST must be set for the #1 piston to be at Top-Dead-Center before anything is taken apart at the beginning of the job.
The coil is around $50 for the part through a wholesale mail-order Toyota place.
The job took me a (relaxed) 3 and 1/2 hours!!!
Good luck and let me know what happens.
Hi, everybody!! I'm new here. Could somebody do me a solid and alert others with a sputtering/moisture problem to these words. I want to help others avoid the agida and frustration that I endured until a friend finally correctly diagnosed my Camry's shot coil. THANKS!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
to usename 25 - do you remember if the plastic piece on the drive belt end of the engine interferrred with the valve cover removal?
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....
I can assure you, it is impressive, and not at all pretty!
And Exide continues as the supplier of Sears Diehard batteries.
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.
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
After lots of testdriving and research on various new cars, this summer we happened upon a '98 XLE V6 that appeared to be in great condition (our mechanic checked it out too) and was a great price, and came with all papers, including original window sticker. It was a single-owner trade at a car lot that buys trades from a local Lexus dealer. 60K maintenance (not inc. timing belt) had been done at 55K, but car was traded in for a Lexus. Has some scratches, nothing major except for a big scrape across the front bumper (plastic or whatever--no rust potential), but probably why Lexus didn't resell it itself.
BUT. There's a very disconcerting THUD (like the rear axle is about to drop off) whenever I drive over a pothole or bump. Especially from the right rear. Gives me a jolt every time, even though I'm in the driver's seat. Mechanic can't find anything--it's definitely the right rear and nowhere else--not near me or in the front.
Anyone have any idea what this is or how to fix it? Car drives great otherwise, but this thing just BUGS me and makes me worry that one day the rear axle WILL drop off and I'll be left trying not to say "I told you so".
I'd really appreciate any guesses, hypotheses, completely assured diagnoses, leads to relevant parts, etc.
followup question: how much (ballpark or relatively close in in the parking lot ) do you think we're looking at to fix them?
Installing 6 cyl struts and keeping the springs the same doesn't work, evidently (like I know what that means, but I'm just telling you so if you can make some sense out of it).
Evidently then in 7/99, he posted that "Toyota is working with the manufacturer of the struts made for the US built Camrys. The strut company is owned by a European company that feels that the looseness or dampening for the first 1" of travel is desirable..."
Probably TMI--but if you have (or anyone else has) any idea where one would get Japan spec rear struts--I'll be asking my mechanic, too, but I'm always doing my own research--I'd be much obliged.
Update: The new upper mounts are available from Toyota in sufficient quantities and seem to be working. 2/00-
so I guess I have a place to start with finding the new strut mounts
So at 12,000 miles, oil and iflter only, nothing else is required. Please read the manual, it really is the bible and each car and engine are different
Bet the dealer said you needed it because of the climate you live in