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Toyota Camry Engine Related Questions



  • I finally, tracked down the source of my virbation / front end shaking problem.

    i tested the car on a dyno @ 70 mph & had a look underneath to see what was going on, the problem ? CV joints. I was amazed - never heard of - or come across a bad one - that does not present as clicking at full steering lock & only at speed in a straight line.

    i've replaced them both & hey presto, perfect result.

    So beware, not all CV joints fail as we've all been taught to expect.
  • lovecdlovecd Posts: 50
    Hello everybody,

    I recently received a legal notice regarding the oil gel problems on Toyota and Lexus cars, which including camry from year 97 to year 99. My camry is 97 model. The toyota customer center told me that I can bring my camry to the nearest dealer to diagose if there is any oil gel problem and they can fix it for the problems related to oil gel, and not paying any other problems including diagnosing fee. Can anybody advise me how to diagnose by myself if my camry has oil gel problem or not?

    Many thanks!
  • The answer to your inquiry is fully documented at Post#2246 in the following forum entitled:..."Toyota Camry - Basic maintenance questions (oil changes, fluids, etc.)"
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's actually post #246. I had a 1997 Camry (no sludge), so I'm familiar with the issue and the fix.

    But the free fix was limited to 8 years (no mileage limit). Unless your Camry was first put into service in Nov. 1998 (unlikely), you're beyond the time limit.

    Have you had the car since new? Has its oil and filter been changed regularly? If so, there's likely no problem -- after all the car's still running (fine?), and sludge usually manifests itself much sooner.

    Even if you're not the original owner, the fact that the car is still going after 10 years is a good sign.

    Of course, to be sure, you could pull the valve cover. But unless you're confident of what you are doing, you'll have to pay someone else to do it!
  • Sorry about the wrong post #---it's 246, not 2246!! Must have lingered a bit too long on the no.2, because it printed twice.
    210Delray is correct-chances are you don't have to worry if you've been the least bit diligent about oil changes. There was a lot more fiction than fact on that issue, and the actual number of occurrences was quite low after all the furor died down. Turned out it was simply a case of not enough oil changing in most cases.
    The legal notice you say you received may have to do with a legal action in Alabama or Georgia (I'm not sure which). It was one single action (the only one I know of) which recently culminated in a settlement. Basically the claimants get a fixed engine, and a few lawyers get fees and expenses. It wasn't much of a settlement in actual fact, unless you happen to be one of the lawyers!
  • I have a 1997 Camry I'm sure has the problem since I have asked Toyota service for help with smoking from tailpipe as of two years ago, recently getting very smokey. They just kept telling me some smoke from tailpipe is normal and doesn't mean anything. This summer it became embarassing and I called a local non-Toytota shop that said if it is driving okay, there was no way to diagnose it, so now this and I am passed the 8 years of course. Any suggestions. I'm sure they made no note of my requests for help for this since they "blew" off significance of problem.
    I joined an online car help group to discuss problem this past summer to try to diagnose it myself but couldn't determine what color it was. I did the hand behind the tailpipe test to determine if it was water or oil and my hand was not wet afterward so figured it was oil but couldn't determine the color and since I drive very little I had no low levels of oil or antifreeze or anything else so I was stuck as far as diagnosing it myself, until I got this notice yesterday.
    I also had engine trouble light come on a couple of years ago which is about when the smoke appeared and I took it immediately to Toyota where they rigged it up to their computer and said they found nothing wrong with it, so just shut the engine trouble light off, explaining that sometimes it goes on and there is no problem.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If it's blue smoke and occurs on startup, you likely have bad valve stem seals (I'm assuming you have the 4-cylinder engine). This is not the same problem as sludge.

    Please see posts #148 and #149 in this thread.
  • Check engine light came on...mechanic says we need to change egr valve ($250-$300) per computer diagnosis. Also, suggested that this is no guarantee that the check engine light will not come back on once the valve is replaced and computer alert is reset; Worst case scenario could mean the circuit connected to the computer could be bad or burned-out because of the bad valve and could cost over $1000!
    Is this possible? What are the repercussions if - 1. nothing is done (needs to pass TX state inspection in a few weeks) 2. Replace valve but don't repair computer circuit if or when diagnosed bad.
    What could happen for option 1 & 2 above.
    Suggestions and comments welcome!
  • Wow! Not a single reply...and I was told this place was awesome! :(
  • i purchased an engine from a junkyard that was a good engine with 70,000 (give or take) miles on it. i had it put in for $1150 and 700 miles later my timing belt went so i took it back to the mechanic and he checked it out and the timing belt had teeth aten from it because apparently it was retarded or w/e. so they replaced it and literally 3 days later it happened again, so now their telling me that apparently the engine is bad, and now its too late for a refund or to get a new engine, what the hell do i do?
  • My 99 Toyota Camry Engine's Shake sometimes at starting or at traffic lights. Please someone give me some ideas.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    I'd get it to a better mechanic, who can tell you why the belt is wearing. Saying 'the engine is bad', is not a good diagnosis of what is happening.
  • rubezrubez Posts: 2
    Can anyone help? I ahve been quoted $550 to replace my timing belt!! Can anyone give me some advice as to whether im being ripped off or not. Being a female I always feel like i am being over charged.
    Your advice would be much appeciated!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    More info would be helpful. 4-cylinder or V6? Are they replacing the water pump also?

    I was at my local dealer the other day, and the sign on the wall said $300 for a timing belt change -- I'm sure this doesn't include the water pump.

    Check with independent shops and get recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers. Make sure you get an itemized estimate (at least verbally) so you're comparing the same job.
  • My engine shakes and its not the plugs, on the highway it looses power a lot of the times i try to accelerate. The shacking does not occur when i first start the car but like 10 seconds later. engine light came on a week later its a 1995 camry and i have no clue where the ombII plug is if this car even has one can anyone help? my email is
  • With 126K miles and no indication of any trouble (engine temp normal, no oil pressure indicator), I heard an engine noise and everything stopped. The engine was determined to have seized and some internal engine failure. Normal maintenance and no issues. Engine replacement is approx the value of the car. Not too happy and wondered if there are any common threads. The engine had not exhibited any sludge indicators (no blue smoke, goo, etc). Timing belt had been done at 65K.
  • george165george165 Posts: 17
    Hi guys today after only 1500 miles my check engine light went on i called the service thay told me check the gaz cap because if its loose the light going on i check it's ok i call them back they schedul an appt for monday now this is my quastion i have just basic warranty should they provide me with loaner or not?
    Do you guys think its something serious?
    Did any budy report same problem in 2007 camry 4 cyl?
    2oo7 camry 4 cyl made in japan
    your inputs are appreciated.
    have a nice weekend
  • My check engine light came on,..I called Toyota. Then it went off. 2 days later. I brought the car in. They claim it needs a Catalytic converter. ($1,250.00) parts and labor. I worked on cars for 8yrs. 1983-1991. I know cars are different. But my first thought was O2 sensor. I can drive the car, but it will not pass inspection (they say). Anyone with the same problem? let me know...oh yea 93,000 miles on the car..
  • will53will53 Posts: 1
    99 toyota camry. My son's car. The car started overheating, eventually made it to a repair shop. Bad radiator and had a blown head gasket. Cost right at 1450.00 to repair. New radiator, new water pump, valve job, no crack in the head, new plugs. After getting car back from shop my son noticed that the car was hesitating (sluggish) at right lights. He asked the shop why was this and they said it was because of something within the antifreeze (new radiator) that was causing this. Should only last a couple of days. That was yesterday. Also yesterday during the evening the check engine light came on. Any suggestions? Can there be something in the antifreeze to make the car sluggish. The repair shop is 40 minutes from where my son lives.
  • I worked on cars,.. before computers. But I NEVER heard of Anything with Anti-freeze causing hesitation!! I realized the longer I got away from the car repair service, the worse that field got. I don't trust anyone any more. It's sad because many of them are friends of mine. Well, that's what I thought. My 02 camry was hesitating. Long story short. They mis-diagnost it. They changed a sensor,..after my warranty expired. It took them 20,000 miles to figure it out..Yeah right!! I don't know if your hesitation is the same, or if that year has the same sensors. Good luck.
  • bienxanhbienxanh Posts: 1
    Yes mine too. I just bought a 2007 Toyota Camry Le 4 cyl. in March 2007. I drove only a few miles and put gas in it and the engine check light went on. I took to the dealer they said that I did not close the gas tank lid tightly enough. I drove again and put gas in it and closed the tank lid as tight as I could, "close with one click" as it said on the gas tank lid. I did that and still the engine light went on again. So I took to the dealer again and they said the same thing. I put gas in it and closed it tight with one click as they said, still the engine light went on again. Does anyone else have same problem ???
  • jg6jg6 Posts: 70
    Mines fine. Over 13 months and not a problem.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi bienxanh:
    You might have a defective gas cap! Ask the dealer to read the codes on this vehicle. It might be that the "check engine light" is being set by something other than the gas cap!
    Best regards. ----- Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • 33153315 Posts: 1
    1999 camery 4 cyl 108 k milage checked under the hood, no leaks, no gas leak under the car. always seems strongest after a short trip from work to home, can any one help>
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    I don't know, but I wouldn't be parking it in the garage until you figure out what the problem is. At a minimum, leave it parked outside. You don't want those contained fumes igniting and the thing going up in flames catching your house on fire.
  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 503
    Get it checked out. A 99 Camry with 108k has another 200k left in it. My neighbors just turned major repairs until now needs tie rods.
  • lbr549lbr549 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Camry, 26,000 miles and the engine is making a clicking noise. The noise increses in speed with the rpm. I took it to the dealer and they said it was the exhaust manifold, $677 to fix. Could this be right? Isn't that kind of unusual for the exhaust manifold to be a problem with so low miles? Thanks
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Well, I'd definitely get a second opinion -- are there any reputable independent shops in your area that you could go to? You might want to check with friends, relatives, or co-workers for recommendations.

    26K miles seems unusually early for an exhaust manifold.
  • fonefixerfonefixer Posts: 247
    Driving a 1998 Camry with the V-6 engine, 95,000 miles. Does anyone know if this engine has the belt or chain, and if belt driven, when should the timing belt/water pump be replaced?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It has a belt, which should be changed at 90,000 miles. Whether you replace the water pump or not is up to you, assuming it's not leaking now).

    (I didn't with my '97 Camry 4-cylinder.)
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