Category Archive: Toyota / Camry

Sludge

Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 2.2L
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: I want to buy a used camry 2000 to 2003. I remember you said Toyota had a sludge problem at one time. What should I look out for?

Answer:
If you buy a 4 cylinder you shouldn’t have to worry about it, but if its a 3.0 V-6 don’t buy it unless the front cam cover is removed for sludge inspection.

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1432 Lee Road OrlandoFL32804 USA 
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Stalling

Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 2.2 4 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question:
The car was hesitating and it stalled a few times. It set two engine codes: PO401 and P1300. The mechanic replaced the VSV solenoid and the ignitor. The car ran great for a month or so. Then it stalled when I was driving. We thought we ran out of gas. Put in gas and went to store (10 min drive). Then it would start, sounded great, ran 30 seconds, then died. Did this about three times, then it would not even start, had it towed home. Over the next few days it would start and quit or start and run for as much as five minutes, sounding strong and good then it would die. Mechanic thinks it’s the computer. Does that sound reasonable? If we install another computer, does Toyota have to be the one to program the computer?

I have some concern about the cost of such a repair because of the vehicle age. Any magic advice for me? The car is into its second week at the shop, with an uncertain diagnosis.

Answer:
This shouldn’t be this hard, bottom line is does it lose fuel pressure, spark at the ignition coil, or injector pulse when it stalls? If the mechanic can duplicate the stalling and cannot tell you what you need he is the wrong guy to be working on it!

Toyota Camary Sensor Questions

Car Information:
Toyota Camary
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 2.2
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Is it a simple procedure to replace the throttle position sensor or are there settings to be adjusted, which would make it more difficult than I can do on my own?

Basically, is it as simple as it looks?

Answer:
Bolt it on and plug it in. If it is adjustable look at an old one and try to tighten it down in the same position as the old one. Worst case may need to have it adjusted professionally but you will most likely get it close enough. Good luck.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Toyota Camry Keeps Stalling

Car Information:
Toyota/Camry
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 4 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My check engine light came on a couple of days ago. My car keeps stalling out randomly when I am driving it. I took it to the local mechanic and he found 2 codes: for the igniter and the EGR valve. The mechanic tested these parts and found no problems with them. The igniter is too costly to repair if the mechanic doesn’t know for sure that this is the problem. What do you think?

Answer:
It’s going to need a fuel pressure and ignition test because it has to be missing one or the other.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Toyota Camry Airbag Light On

Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 1996
Engine Size: 4 Cyl
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The airbag light has come on. I have checked the under-the-seat wire connection. There is only one that I can find, under the driver’s seat. Anything else I can try on my own?

Answer:
It will need to be scanned, its most likely a bad connection on the multi function switch behind the steering wheel.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Car caught on fire

Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 2007
Engine Size: V-6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My car caught on fire while driving it on the drivers side door panel. I am being told that it caught on fire from the wiring in the door panel. Toyota is giving me a hard time verifying what actually caused the wiring to catch on fire. I have been dealing with them forever, since 3/19/10, giving me the run around about this problem. Please someone help.


Answer:

Get it out of there. We will deal with your insurance company. They will pay for the repair. We will detail our findings and if needed they will go after Toyota for reimbursement and your deductible at least this a way someone is doing something!

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Oil Filters

Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 2002
Engine Size: 4 Cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I am not able to find the Amsoil oil Filters to go with the Amsoil Motor Oil -25000 Miles.
I have checked with NAPA in Winter Garden & also at the Amsoil Site.

I have ordered the Amsoil from the Site, please advise about the Filter to be used.
I have the same problem finding a Amsoil Oil Filter for my Toyota Siena Van 2000.

Any Filters you know which go beyond 10, 000 miles. The AmsoilOil I use is supposed to be for 25, 000 m.

Answer:
I don’t use Amsoil filters! For a 10,000 mile oil service simply use a Napa Gold, Car Quest, or Wix oil filter, You can use an Amsoil filter if you want, I just don’t like their oil filters.

I have a few customers that do this but most are high capacity diesel’s and they send the oil out for analysis to make sure its worthy of continued use. If you intend on going that long between changes at least change the filter at 12,500 and add 1 quart of new oil.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.


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