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Toyota Camry - Repair and Owners Manuals

pilotnathanbpilotnathanb Posts: 7
edited August 2014 in Toyota
Anybody have a suggestion for a good diy manual? I have the Haynes, but I was reading about the cabin filter today and the book lied. It said '99 and up (I have a '99 Camry) have the filter behind the glove box. So I take the thing apart and there's nothing there. I think having too many variations of a car in one manual leads to poor quality. I am thinking about getting a Chilton's.


  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    If you really want to do it right, order the factory shop manual from the rear of the owner's manual or the dealer's parts department. Yeah, it'll cost more, but it's guaranteed to cover your car. By the way, where else could the cabin filter be? It has to be in the airflow of the heater core/AC evaporator case in order to function. Some cars have access to it through the cowl fresh air intake. But, these filters are more commonly located where the Haynes book referenced. It would probably be a slide-in affair covered with an exterior hatch cover that has to be unlatched for access. Anyway, good luck. Like the punch line from an old Ronald Reagan joke about an overly optomistic little boy who wanted a pony for Christmas but got a load of horse manure in the front yard instead said as he tore into the manure mound, "That pony's gotta be in here somewhere!"
  • Thanks for the help. Another thing that makes me wonder if there is a replacable cabin filter is that a Google search does not turn up anything. Other model year filters are easy to find, but nothing for the 99. I searched a handful of online auto parts stores.
  • Is the factory shop manual as easy to read as Haynes?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Yes, it is, if not more so. The cabin air filter started with the 2002 redesigned model.
  • First post here. Pick up Camry on Monday evening. Anyone know if the owners manual is available to download? It would be a help. Thanks
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    Not sure about the owner's manual but the maintenance schedule is available online at Toyota's site.
  • coolair4coolair4 Posts: 1
    I have recently purchased an '03 Camry SE. Can anyone direct me to a pretty good source of printed (or online!) tech information I can use for maintenance work? I found the owner's manual to be a little light on things as basic as changing plugs, PCV valves, etc.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Your best bet is to buy a Toyota Camry factory service manual on eBay. It would be best to purchase the one covering the 2003 model specifically, but any years 2002-06 would also work.
  • uhariuhari Posts: 9
    I recently purchased used Toyota Camry 2001 model from a certified used car dealership. Since it did not come with an owner's manual, I was wondering if there is any place I can download one.

    Thanks in advance,
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If it was a Toyota (dealer) certified vehicle, couldn't you just ask the dealer to get you one (for free)? After all, the car was sold as certified.

    If I misunderstood, and the dealer is not associated with Toyota, then it's not really a "certified" car. The easiest way to find a manual is to look for it on eBay.
  • uhariuhari Posts: 9
    I will ask the dealer. The dealer is with Toyota. I did not know that :)
  • Anyone got some advice on this? I need to change the filter, but the dealer repair cost is outrageous. I'm told you have to remove the glove compartment drawer. Can anyone help out here? I don't mind doing the work, they said it only take about an hour. I just don't want to pay the huge dollars the dealer wants to charge.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The Camry and Prius both explain the procedure in the owner's manual. The ES 330 should have the same explanation. The filter is housed behind the glove compartment, as you state.

    The actual time to change it is no more than 15 minutes, if you don't get hung up with trying to get the glove comp. door back on and/or moving any wiring out of the way to better access the filter.
  • can anyone tell me if the rotors come off separately from the axel on a 2002 camry (front end)? thank you
  • lovecdlovecd Posts: 50
    I recently noticed that those transmission gear marker did not lit up when I switch on the lights on my 97 Camry. I checked the owner's manual and did not find any chapter addressed this problem. Anybody had such experience before and know how to fix it?

    Many thanks!
  • I have an 05 LE I4 and an 03 4R V8 Ltd. I bought the "Toyota" Repair manual for the 4R and it is a little difficult to use and does not give helpful hints. I had a Caddy STS once upon a time and bought a Cadillac Repair manual for it and it contained lots of helpful hints and cautions and warnings and was easy to follow and easy to find the right page quickly. The Caddy manual also had a full detailed description at the beginning of each chapter on the parts explained (in engine, tranny etc). I want a Camry manual now and will probably go with the Toyota manual because it is model specific.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    If you search around the internet a little bit, you should be able to locate some Camry manual samples, which you could review to see if they contain the details that you are looking for before ordering from Toyota.
  • andrelaplumeandrelaplume Posts: 934
    Its a 2002 Camry...the indicator light (P, R, D etc) blew do I replace it. Thanks.
  • pops10pops10 Posts: 1
    Just trying to figure out how to extract a piece of a broken key from the ignition. Ive tried a few simple things that haven't worked. The broken part of the key I have will not let me turn the key at all. 1-How to remove key? 2-how to remove part to get key out? 3-at least how do I disable the steering lock mech. so that I can drive the car. It's an old '89 Camry. ANY help anyone can be would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for all help!!
  • Hi. New to this website--I have a chilton manual-it is wrong sometimes, too....can let you know what was messed up on the car....It says that I have axles from an automatic-I have a 5-speed in the car..... :confuse:
  • Hi. My name is Paul, and I am glad this site is here. Looks like there is a lot of good info on all different cars here. As far as my screen name--I live in North Pole (Yes; Santa has his own house here); and I have seen it to -65 below zero
    here-depending on what part of town you are in...

    I own a 1989 Toyota Camry and am looking for a manual or pictures of repair procedures. I love the car and it developed problems in the last 3 months :sick:

    :confuse: Does anyone know if there is an online manual or instructions with illustrations for repair of cars of any kind? Preferably for no cost, since I have no credit card.
    If anyone can help, that would be good. And I found a site or 2 that could help to at least diagnose problems with all different kinds of stuff.

    Hope we can help each other out soon==========
    Girlfriend has a 2003 Ford Focus-info on that would be apprecieated also.

  • I have two questions which I hope someone can help.

    1 I own a 2nd hand Japanese manufactured Camry 2.4 and the owner's manual is in Japanese. I asked the workshop for an English version but they said that there was none. Does anyone know where I can get one?

    2) The internal lights will light up when I walk near the car as the car sensed my 'key'. And the lights will also come on when I switch off the engine. I like this feature. However, recently I think I pressed some button and the internal lights doesn't light up anymore when I am near the car or when I switch off the engine. What do I have to do to get it working again?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You might want to check eBay for an owner's manual. My Camrys are older and don't have the light feature/smart key you are referring to.
  • leshkovleshkov Posts: 1
    I recently acquired a 2nd Hand Camry from Singapore which came with Japanese manuals. It is a good car with lots of features that I am unable to fully exploit as the manuals are in a language that I cannot read and understand. I have searched the net to no avail and if there is anybody out there with the English manuals please help.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Have you tried eBay?
  • lost10lost10 Posts: 1
    How to turn off the maintenance warning light in 2006 toyota corolla ?
  • nycamrynycamry Posts: 1
    I am the original owner of a 2002 Camry. I have never replaced the suspension, until now. Next week, my mechanic will fix the suspension. He told me I need new struts in the front and in the back. The parts are not that expensive, so its labor, that takes up most of the bill. Has anyone else had this expeience yet, and what can you tell me about it?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Make sure you have the car aligned after those parts are replaced.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's explained in the owner's manual.
  • c5t4rc5t4r Posts: 13
    Your car is 7 years old, and probably has more than 50,000 miles on it by now. It's time (past time probably) to have that work done. No, struts themselves aren't usually that expensive - but they can be a bear to install if you don't know what you are doing or have the right tools. It is well worth paying someone to do. You'll also need an alignment afterwards. Any alignments you may have had with worn struts will be off after installation of the new least that's what's been explained to me.

    Truth is, depending on your situation, you haven't noticed the gradual deterioration in performace because you drive it most every day. 9 times out of 10, new struts make it feel almost like a new car.
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