1997 Camry "Check Engine"


stephiemullen
02-10-2005, 01:34 AM
I posted before about our 1997 Toyota Camry LE 4-cylinder that blew a rod about two months ago. We got the car back today with a replacement engine from a 1998 Camry. The car originally had a PO401 code for "insufficient EGR flow detected," but that was fixed during the engine replacement and the code was cleared. The mechanic, who is a trusted friend, fixed the car and changed all of the fluids, as well as a CV boot for us. He drove the car abour 60 miles so he could let the car sit to check for leaks. The check engine light came on again for him and he pulled a code for the "Vehicle Speed Sensor." He found a bend connector in the computer and then cleared the code. He thought it was fixed so we picked it up today. We drove it about 15-20 miles and then the check engine light came on again. The car is running well...you can hardly even feel it running. It sounds good and there are no apparent driveablity problems. Does anyone think this will still be related to the speed sensor? We are going to bring it in Friday to have the code read and possible have it fixed. I will keep everyone updated.

fabb
02-10-2005, 12:26 PM
I posted before about our 1997 Toyota Camry LE 4-cylinder that blew a rod about two months ago. We got the car back today with a replacement engine from a 1998 Camry. The car originally had a PO401 code for "insufficient EGR flow detected," but that was fixed during the engine replacement and the code was cleared. The mechanic, who is a trusted friend, fixed the car and changed all of the fluids, as well as a CV boot for us. He drove the car abour 60 miles so he could let the car sit to check for leaks. The check engine light came on again for him and he pulled a code for the "Vehicle Speed Sensor." He found a bend connector in the computer and then cleared the code. He thought it was fixed so we picked it up today. We drove it about 15-20 miles and then the check engine light came on again. The car is running well...you can hardly even feel it running. It sounds good and there are no apparent driveablity problems. Does anyone think this will still be related to the speed sensor? We are going to bring it in Friday to have the code read and possible have it fixed. I will keep everyone updated.

You need to get the codes dumped again and see what they are. OBDII systems can take up to 250 miles to completely test themselves and present faults. Remember, a check engine light is usually an emissions related issue with the engine and may or may not correspond to a driveability issue.
FABB

Mike Gerber
02-10-2005, 01:17 PM
If you do not want to wait until Friday, take the car to Autozone. They will read the codes for you for free.

Mike

stephiemullen
02-13-2005, 02:54 AM
We got the codes read...it was for the engine running lean. The fuel filter was clogged and making the injectors make up for a lot of work. The light would turn on under load. Today hell broke loose though. My boyfriend's dad decided he wanted to change the fuel filter. He didn't know what the hell he was doing and when he was removing the supply he ended up busting the fuel line and now we gotta take it to get repaired!

stephiemullen
02-16-2005, 02:34 AM
Replaced the fuel filter. The stripping on the fuel line made it almost impossible to do what should have been simple, therefore the fuel line broke and needed to be replaced also. Got that on and the light turned off again. Drove it all day yesterday, this morning, and then this afternoon it came on again! I am wondering if its the same thing or if the light is just gonna keep popping up with codes. The mechanic who worked on the engine said it came on for a Vehicle Speed Sensor code when he was working on it.

The engine that was put in is from a 1998 Camry and it runs great. There were no oil leaks, but I noticed that after replacing the fuel line, there were two spots on the driveway, but there was no visible leaking oil when I opened the hood. The only thing we notice that it is doing now that it did before was billow white smoke at start up every once in a while. It's not normal smoke that a car would blow when its cold out. I have been seeing many other Camrys doing this. Is it coolant or what? I notice the car is always low on coolant but there is none on the ground. This car is a damn headache. It is about time to try and fix whatever the light problem is and sell it. I don't know what to do anymore.

fabb
02-16-2005, 12:04 PM
Have the smoke out the tail pipe checked to make sure it's not antifreeze. You can do that by sticking your hand in the steam cloud and tasting it. If it tastes sweet, that is antifreeze, meaning you have a head gasket leaking. I bet you have a hose leaking somewhere. I would ask your mechanic to pressurize the coolant system (it takes a special tool) when the engine was not running and track down the leak. Get the codes dumped again and keep the faith. Remember how well you said the engine ran. Most check engine lights are caused by emission system problems and do not mean you are going to throw another rod through the block! Good luck.
FABB :smile:

stephiemullen
02-17-2005, 01:12 AM
Well we took it and had the code pulled. It said that the A/F sensor has no output so we are going to put the old A/F sensor from our old engine onto the used engine we just had installed. I guess we dont know that all of those small things on a used engine are not going to be good. There was a Toyota specialist there who noticed that there was some kind of white hole of some sort that he said had to do with the coolant. He just said to keep an eye out on the coolant to make sure the water pump doesn't go. That would such for something else to take a dive. Anyways, no worries about any more rods going through blocks, although the specialist there said it happened to him in a Camry he purchased the same day. Yikes!

fabb
02-17-2005, 07:09 AM
Was the little hole about 3/16" in diameter on the passenger side of the engine on the forward side of the block about just to one side and below the exhaust manifold? If so it was probably the weep hole for the water pump shaft seal.

stephiemullen
02-17-2005, 09:29 AM
That was exactly what he explained it as being. What the heck does that mean again? What are the potential problems with this?

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