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Toyota Camry Basic Maintenance Questions



  • int64int64 Posts: 19
    Hi People,
    I just bought this car(2002 CAmry, v6). It has 49,600 miles on it.
    The car has some breaking issues. when i bought the car I took it to MIDAS for inspection.According to them the rear brake rotors have some problem and needs to be replaced (may be rear brake pads too). The cost will be around $300. I have been looking at some stuff online to check it, and looks like its not a big deal to change rotors.

    I want to give it a try myself. as the Machenic will charge me too much. Is there anyway you guys can help me? I want to know what kind of tools and what size of tools I will need to change Rear Rotors, How to know If i really need to change rear rotors and brake pads? and if possible please share some vedio article about how to do it, And which brand should i use for as rotors and pads? Also, Pleas suggest some Repair shop in Dublin Ohio, If possible.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    Well first off I wouldn't necessarily take Midas' word for it. They are franchisees and some of them are not as trustworthy as we might like them to be.

    Rotors can be measured for wear and run-out and pads can be measured in MMeters for wear and projected mileage. If nobody showed you these things then you don't have to take their word for anything.

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  • smenchersmencher Posts: 1
    Hey just wanted to see if you replaced the dogbone.. Was it easy or do I need to prop up the motor?
  • hello i wanted to know do you have to support the motor to replace the dogbone mount on a 2004 camry 4cly. or is it easy as removing the 2 bolts and swoping out the old to the new.
  • henrylhenryl Posts: 15
    I have a 96 Camry and recently overheated and after I relaced the radiator and fluid I am now getting a P0300 Code I have replaced the spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor and still not working/ Any help?
  • zillahzillah Posts: 7
    1.) First of all, I bought this 2001 Camry used because I researched that it was an "award winning" car. I don't know who in their right mind would give this car an award other than a Raspberry. It's awful on so many levels. First one being gas mileage. My average commutes are 40-50 miles and I only get 1.5 trips out a large full tank. This car is bleeding me dry.

    2.) The check engine light came on so I did my usual bit: tried filling it up at a different station and made sure the gas cap clicked into place. A couple times it would go off but then back on and been on ever since.

    3.) Last night this POS damn near killed me in one of the craphole murder capitals of New Jersey. I was turning through an intersection and it started to buck and the front wheels wouldn't move correctly. I managed to not get hit by an oncoming SUV and chug over to the gutter. The TRAC OFF light came on. I tried the simplest thing: hitting the TRAC button. Nope. Nothing. Light still on.

    Any ideas on any of these problems?

    I cannot wait until the day when I can afford to switch back to Mazda or Hyundai.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    When did you buy this used? How many miles? Do you for sure know the real history?

    Fact is, Toyota builds a more reliable car than Mazda or Hyundai, per CR, True Delta, JD Power, etc. etc.

    Sorry about your luck, but you can't judge a whole company by one used car.
  • I have had the tiny pickup coils in the distributer unit short out, and to hard to pin point which one or wire, and so to fix you have to replace the whole distributor unit, its easy to do, and can buy at auto zone or advance auto parts for about $150.00 with lifetime warranty,
  • I have these toyotas and they are good, you are just having bad luck, you need to get your camry to a shop to to run test to figure out whats wrong, theres camrrys get approx 28 MPG in the 4 cyl and 24 MPG in the V-6. and was your car abused before by the previous owner ? After 30 years of owning cars I will own nothing but Toyotas or Hondas, so get it fixed and hang in there.
  • Is anyone familiar on how many air fuel ratio sensor does '99 Solara have?


  • shopdog97shopdog97 Posts: 160

    **A co-worker has a '97 Camry 2.2 4cyl and has PO401 code for the EGR valve having a restricted flow. I verified this this morning before we left work with my code reader and it was there. This car runs like a top according to him, he got it with 47K on it and it now has a little over 93K. I heard it run and it idles and sounds great, a very clean looking motor. He can't get the car inspected here in Pa. with that light on. He said he changed the EGR and gasket, also the other part next to it, the transducer I believe and also the electrical part as well. He says he cleaned the carbon out of the throttle body as well. He loves this car. I tried to clear the code with my scanner with no results, unless it takes a few start cycles to actually clear it. Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue would be appreciated. Thanks!


    I've had my 2008 Solara SLEv6 for almost 5 years now, and have 90k very happy miles on her.

    In all this time with all this driving, the only problems I had were two headlamp bulbs - one HID bulb and one high-beam bulb. WOW. Toyota knows how to make a car!

    I suppose I deserve a little bit of the credit as well, since I am very big on preventive maintenance.

    I'd like to take a moment to share with you some of the things I did over the last 5 years that could've helped get me to this point. In no particular order...

    1.I change my oil myself every 3k miles. I only use Castrol, and Toyota filters. I let the car sit for 5-20 minutes to let most of the old oil drip out.

    2.Appx. every 15-25k miles I drain the trans fluid and refill with ONLY Toyota OEM Type-IV fluid. When you do this you can ony get out about 5 quarts, but that's better than nothing.

    3.Rotate my tires appx. every 5k miles and ensure proper torque of lug nuts. Bought new Michelins at 49k and they're still holding out.

    4.Put Techron Concentrate Plus into my tank appx 3x/4x a year. I've recently switched to BG44k, however.

    5.Inspect my air and cabin filters every few months, and change (OEM only) as necessary.

    6.Flush out my cooling system appx every 30k.

    7.One squirt of WD-40 into all lock cylinders once/year.

    8.Replaced front & rear breaks at 49k (still had life left to them).

  • shopdog97shopdog97 Posts: 160

    Sounds like you've got a great car there, Solaraman! Hats off to you for taking great care of this car and staying on top of things. And look at all the money you've saved by doing these things yourself. Hope you have many more great miles left in her!!

  • I am glad to see all these post because I thought I was the only one. I just googled about this white jug under the battery. I have a 2002 Camry  LE and just noticed this yesterday. Glad to Raf to the end of this thread because it all makes more since now. Thanks
  • I meant to say...Glad I read to the end of these comments because it all makes more sense now.
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