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Toyota Camry Basic Maintenance Questions



  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    ooh man that im screwed. that dumb mechanic. he can get in trouble for doing that i think. would it be illegal if i sold it like this? as is?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If your state or area has emission tests, then it almost certainly would be illegal to sell in that condition.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,371
    Yeah, you can't sell it like that without risking trouble for yourself. Removing a cat is a FEDERAL offense and if your buyer found out (which he probably will) you're up the creek and would no doubt have to take the car back at the very least.

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  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Just pay to have one put back on, if you have to.
  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    yeah i looked around. cant seem to find one for my car and that is California Compliant. you know where i can find one for a good price?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Well personally, as I suggested before, I wouldn't make any repairs until you know for sure that it will fail inspection. I don't know the inspection laws in CA, but some states relax the emissions for vehicles as old as yours.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    You can register your car at It shows the manuals for your car. You can also track maintenance and repair work, even if you do the work yourself.
  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    look what i found: versal-Part-Number-37304.html/refer=true#

    what do you guys think about this cat.? hopefully that darn mechanic would weld this on for me for free since what he did.

    yeah true i dont really want to make any major repairs to this car anymore. that is why im wondering if i would get in any kind of trouble if i sold it "as-is".
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,371
    I suppose you could sell it "for offroad use only", something like that, or sell it "parts car only". That should get you off the legal hook.

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  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    my oil pan is leaking oil. i noticed the nut on the pan was dripping oil. what needs to be replaced? and i just got an oil change a few days ago.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If you're lucky, it's just loose. You can try to tighten it yourself, or take it back to the oil change place. If the threads are stripped, the repair should be on their dime.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,371
    Probably a new washer will do it, or you could try to snug it up a bit more. On some newer cars, they recommend a new plug each time. I'd certainly take it back to them.

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  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited June 2010
    You changed your own oil on this right, for the first time?

    Assuming it wasn't dripping with oil prior to you changing it, then most likely one of a couple things are wrong:
    - you didn't tighten up the oil filter enough, and it's leaking oil under pressure, or
    - you tightened up the filter too much and squished the gasket out, or
    - you didn't make sure the old oil filter gasket came off with the old oil filter, and installing the new oil filter and gasket has squished out the old, or
    - you didn't tighten the pan drain plug, or
    - you stripped the pan drain plug by tightening too much.
  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    no i didnt do it myself. i got it done at those Castrol oil change places. and i did try tightening it. it did need a little tightening, but i didnt over-tighten the nut. and then the next day it was still leaking. so what now? can it be the mechanics fault? or should i get a new drain plug?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited June 2010
    Take it back where you had the oil change, and tell them it's leaking.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,371
    Yes, tell them you want a new "crush washer" installed.....NOT some goop!! If you see them reaching for goopy sealant, lunge across the room and knock it out of their hands, please. :P

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  • imupaboveimupabove Posts: 67
    i went back. i went down to the lower level and he showed me the leak. when i went down there their was already this tanish looking gooey stuff not sure what it was exactly. well anyways he said i need a new oil pan and the gasket. also he said my "remain seals" need to replace and my "transmission seal"? but he said mainly i should work on the oil pain. he also said its pretty normal with all the leaks i got due to the age of my car :[ hehe. he was cool enough to replace the drain plug and a fatter gasket on the plug and top off the oil for free. i am trying to sell me car, i dont want put any more money into this car. hopefully the new plug will hold up, since i drive to work.
  • I changed oil today with Motorcraft 5w30 Synthetic Blend and a Purolator Pure One filter. I've been using the Motorcraft oil on both the Solara and my 05 XB for about a year with good MPG and results. I got the 5 quart bottle at Walmart for $11.99 on sale and the Purolator filter for 5.89 at Advance Auto. This $18 oil change is the best bargain out there.
  • crazedcommutercrazedcommuter Posts: 281
    edited June 2010
    Does anybody have recommendations for replacement tires for the Solara? My 215 60 16 MMXV Michelins are getting close to the wear bars at 28k miles. Has anyone had good experiences with replacements?
  • just bought a new 2010 camry, pretty happy with it and getting 30+ average MPG for 2.5L, automatic, amazing:

    two questions

    1) the 'handle' inside the door seem to be made of two separate piece of material, and there is a gap between them, so if I hold the handle tight it feels like it pinches or squeezes my hand or finger, this is really annoying to me. I look at all four doors, and the 'handle' all seem to have a small gap.. does you camry do that???

    2) when is a good time to do first oil change, should I wait till 5000 miles or is it better earlier during break in of the vehicle?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    For 1), all 2007and later Camrys have that issue to some degree.

    For 2) Keep the oil in for 5K miles, and I think with the synthetic oil Toyota now requires for '10 and later 4-cylinder models, you can actually go one year or 10K miles, whichever comes first, between future oil changes.
  • thanks for the clarification, The interior fit and finish has definitely gone down. For toyota to have done such a sloppy job on the door 'handle' on their flagship model is a shame to say the least.

    mechanically i have no complaints, the engine is strong and smooth and car drives like a luxury car, but Toyota could have done a much better job not cutting corners here and there in the cabin. Another thing I don't like like some people are saying the seats are too thin, even my 2000 solara has a a more thickly padded seat.
  • my new camry pulls to the right a little bit, so I had the dealer done an alignment on it. now it seem to pull to the left just a tiny bit.

    is it common for a new car to need alignment?

    also, seems the steering wheel feels a bit light and vague, instead of centered on the road it feels like it likes to wander if there is slight uneveness on the road, and constantly needs some minor adjustment. do I need to take it back for another alignment or is this just how camry drives?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    take it back for alignment.
  • kingfans1kingfans1 Posts: 137
    your camry 2.5l can get up to 37 mpg if you do 95% highway, and use cruise control.

    for the oil changed, I will follow the owner manual and change at the dealer..
  • I noticed an issue with the power seat tilting, if I tilt the front seat, it works as expected, the front seat goes up and the back seat stays as is.

    However, if I try to tilt the back part of the seat up, the front part of the seat moves up with it, almost like I'm just ajusting the seat height??

    Does you camry do this?? I can't seem to adjust the seat to a comfortable position, my 2000 Toyota Solara doesn't have this issue and has more thick padding for the seats - I agree with some people the newer camry seat is not comfortable for long trips..
  • Update on my alignment issue..

    Dealer notes indicates it pulls left or right depending on which side the tire/wheels are on, does that mean the tires are defective? Also is T0.7 too much for the TOE adjustment?

    Dealer Notes:
    "pulls to the right preliminary check & Road test, pulls to the right, T0.6, switch front tire/wheel & road test, pulls left to T0.5, reverse the front one side tire T0.7, steering wheel off center, check front wheel alignment T1.2, adjust front wheel alignment, adjust FT TOE T0.7"
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    What is the brand and model of those tires?
  • jammikejammike Posts: 38
    I have 38500 miles on my 2005 camry. Dealer is recommending Front and Rear Brake Job. That includes brake pads,resurface the rotors, shims etc. Dealer is asking $240 for Front and $240 for Rear Brake job. Is that a fair price ?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited July 2010

    Just a reference point. Last month I just checked my brakes on my 2007LE, daughter who is primary driver said she heard a squeak. The rear pads were worn down (to the warning sensor), fronts were fine had lots of pad left on them. The rear pads were $23 for the rear set, and $5 for a quart of brake fluid (I flushed and replaced all the fluid in the system). That's $30 in parts, and I would guess 1.5 - 2.0 hours of my time including the time to get the parts from autoparts store. Rotors were fine, didn't need to take them off.

    I don't know the labor or parts rates in your area of the country.

    If your vehicle really does need the rotors cut and new brake pads on all fours, then I guess that's probably a reasonable price. Most places have the package deal which pretty much is an easy way of giving you an estimate, whether you actually need all of that or not. Also makes sure you have a complete job, and won't have to come back for any re-do.

    Just giving you a DIY reference point (not counting the jacks and tools already had).

    But of course while I had the tires off, checked everything else over, scrubbed/washed the rims and tires real good of brake dust, and rotated the tires putting them back on. So got a couple other things done while doing the brake job.
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