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Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 06-28-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Cost Estimate For 2003 Camry AC Repair

This may be something totally unrelated but since the dealer mentioned relay, is your A/C light blinking when it starts to blow warm air? If so, read this thread from another forum.
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Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 02-20-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Engine lope at idle

I would follow Brian's advice and not do anything unless the symptoms get more frequent. The one cheap and easy thing you can do now since this occurred after getting gas, would be to pour a couple...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-28-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 1994 Camry 2.2 engine stumbles and barely runs

Just an FYI to add. I have seen cheap spark plug wires last as little as 1 year or as little as 10,000 miles.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-27-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 1994 Camry 2.2 engine stumbles and barely runs

You may be overcomplicating the issue. Missing under load is most commonly (but not always) caused by faulty ignition system components. I know you said you checked the spark plug wires and saw...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-10-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: High Mileage & Extended Performance motor oils

In my opinion the extended mileage motor oils have an additive in them that softens and swells older rubber seals to prevent leaks. I don't think there is any other advantage to these oils, but I am...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 10-30-2016, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 1986 Camry will not start after sitting

Brian and Teddie,

The 86 Camry is multiport fuel injected, not carbureted. The best way to start a flooded fuel injected engine is the same as with a carbureted engine. After checking that the...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 10-07-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,348
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Help with Tires 2009 Camry Hybrid

I've had these same tires on my 07 Camry since April. I have driven about 7500 miles on them and I see no evidence of premature wear. I have also not had any flat tires. Flat tires are usually a...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-10-2016, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 732
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 93 Camry Intermittent No Start

Eventually it will cause problems. As the car and that coil heat up, that crack will expand. The spark will then short itself to ground on any metal inside the distributor. Also, cracks in the...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 08-24-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 732
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 93 Camry Intermittent No Start

Rather than check the ignitor for a no start condition, I would check the coil inside the distributor for a hairline crack. Cracks in the plastic of the coil are more common than problems with the...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 08-15-2016, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 542
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: What are the quirks of a 1986 Camry?

I used to own an 86 Camry DX 5 speed. This is probably what you have since you said it didn't have a tach. The DX was a base model so it didn't come with the tach. The LE model did have a tach. ...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-13-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,422
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Car is shaky and rev is dropping when driving

I just recently replaced the plugs on my 07 2AZ engine at 110,000 miles. There were no problems in my case. I think the manual said to inspect them at 120,000, but I took them out now and replaced...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-18-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 547
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 1997 2.2 L oil leak issue

Assuming that the leak is not coming from of the top engine area and dripping down from either the valve cover gasket or cylinder head gasket, in that area the leak can be from the cam seal, crank...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 03-19-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Advice about 3rd party GPS systems?

I have had Garmins for about 8 years now. With the units I have had, they all say turn right at ABC street in __ blocks/__feet, so I rarely even look at the display once I have set the destination. ...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-17-2016, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Low speed steering shimmy

You said you rotated the tires regularly and keep proper inflation pressure, but you didn't mention anything about rebalancing the tires. Have the tires ever been rebalanced? Also, has a...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 11-24-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 94 Camry No Crank, No Start

Did you connect the + and - cables backwards when installing the battery or accidently ground the positive cable leading to the alternator while the battery was still connected? Either of those 2...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 10-19-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Why didn't I buy a Camry years ago?

Welcome to the Camry forum and congrats on your purchase.

Consider getting 4 used wheels from a salvage yard and 4 new all season tires for the car. That way you can swap out the winter and all...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-10-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2005 Camry LE, 100,000 miles, inheriting from wife

If he has the 4 cylinder 2AZ engine it has a timing chain, not a timing belt.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-09-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2005 Camry LE, 100,000 miles, inheriting from wife

The only thing I would add to what's already been done would be a complete brake fluid flush and a power steering fluid flush.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-24-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2007 Toyota Camry Engine

Did you check the oil after the engine went dead? Was there any oil on the dipstick?

How many miles had you driven during the 2 weeks since the oil change? Time alone means very little here.
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Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-24-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2007 Toyota Camry Engine

It's hard to guess what went wrong based on the information given but if this is the 4 cylinder 2.4 liter 2AZ engine, they are known for having an oil burning problem. (Toyota recently sent out a...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-15-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2004 Camry LE Transmission Whine

Glad to hear it was something simple and that it was taken care of for you.

Take care.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-09-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2004 Camry LE Transmission Whine

"I just talked to the service guy and he said come by and let a tech ride with me."

That would be the first step I would take. See what they say and then report back here.

Good luck.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 03-23-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Radio Display Borked 2009

One thing you can try first. I would shut the car off. Then locate the fuse that controls the audio system and remove it. Wait 30 seconds and then reinstall it. Then restart the car. It's like...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-26-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 546
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Toyota Camry 96 - broken side light + fused out bulb of yellow turning light

This should help with all the bulbs required for you car:

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/applications/automotive-lighting-systems/Pages/lrgallbulbs.aspx?year=1996&qual=&model=436&make=92

I...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 12-17-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 98 Camry will not start hmmmm! Fuel Filter?

Instead of just assuming it's a fuel related issue, here's a quick and simple test for fuel delivery. Get some O2 safe carb or throttle body cleaner. The next time it doesn't start, remove the big...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 10-13-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,109
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2001 Camry Starting Problem - Diagnostic Help Needed

"I did notice that the new starter seems to crank a couple of extra times more than the previous starter before it turns over. I don't know if different starters have their own personality or if...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 10-05-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,109
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2001 Camry Starting Problem - Diagnostic Help Needed

I agree with Brian. The key situation is probably a red herring. It is most likely worn starter solenoid contacts. The click you are hearing is probably the starter relay engaging and sending...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-25-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 908
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: I need help repainting side mirror

I'm no paint expert either, but I have seen a body shop paint things like this. They usually just use a scuffing pad to give the surface some texture for the paint to grab on to, then wipe it clean...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-04-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 941
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Camry 1991 Key Cylinder

Many times it's not the cylinder, but a worn out key that causes this problem. Before replacing the cylinder I would try to have an original key made by the dealer. You will need the 4 digit key...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-02-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 613
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Best speakers to throw in a camry

The best advice I can give is to trust your ears. Go to a local stereo store and listen to the various speakers. IMHO price is not always an indicator of performance.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-05-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 99' 4 Cylinder differential and transaxle question

That's correct.

One bit of advice. Remove the refill plug for the differential first. I have known of too many people who have removed the differential drain plug and then had difficulty...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-04-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 619
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 99' 4 Cylinder differential and transaxle question

It should have a separate drain and refill plug for the differential.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-04-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 881
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Synthetic Oil question

Synthetic or dino oil; doesn't your 99 Camry require 5W-30 oil? If the car has the original oil cap, the oil requirement is printed right on the cap.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 04-04-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,207
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Swaybar link bracket broken

^ I have to agree with Brian. There is no advantage in replacing the other one at this time. There is no labor savings like replacing a water pump when the timing belt is off the car.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 03-09-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 597
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2000 Camry CE 4cyl 5sp - came with no fobs, want to add

I think your best bet to find out if the car came with keyless entry from the factory is to call Toyota corporate at 1-800-331-4331 and speak to customer service. They call it The Customer...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 02-18-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,165
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 2013 Camry front bumper detachment

Your car should still be under the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty. Give your dealer another chance to correct the issue. If you are still not getting satisfaction give Toyota corporate a call at...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-30-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 94 Camry blew 100 amp Fuse jump Starting

Glad it was something simple and you got the car going again. Most fuse boxes have some type of legend on the back side of whatever cover is there. The one behind the coin tray should have one on...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-29-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 94 Camry blew 100 amp Fuse jump Starting

Well, it's warmed up to a balmy 19 out now so it's a bit easier to work out there. It's hard to say what other fuses may have blown. I recommend you go back with a 12 volt test light or a digital...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 01-21-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,327
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: AC problem in 92 Camry

The short answer is no, they should still turn on. Even many years ago most manufacturers recommended you turn on the A/C periodically during the cold winter months and let it run for at least 10...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 12-30-2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 603
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Need Help Re 93 Camry

Yes it does.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 11-16-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: backup lights

Check the loom of wires inside the trunk by the driver's side trunk hinge. Open up that loom and look for freyed or broken wires. Fix any broken or freyed wires you may find.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 11-07-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 853
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 92 camry wont start

Brian is correct. The fact that it was a 4 cylinder non-California car was a bad assumption on my part. Thanks for the clarification.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 11-06-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 853
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 92 camry wont start

Yes, the coil is under the cap.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 09-06-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,275
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 94 camry has spark won't start

I'm not sure what that connector is for, but we do have a factory service manual for your year posted at the top of this forum. Go there and download the 1992-1996 service manual (it's actually a...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 08-24-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 577
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: new 2.5

I believe it has a chain. The 2.4 in my 07 has a chain.

Mike
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 08-20-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,275
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 94 camry has spark won't start

First of all I believe the your coil is inside the distributor on this model, unless you have a Calif. emissions model.

That said, what color spark are you seeing when you test for spark? Orange...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 08-19-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,526
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 05 Camry high idle problem

It could cause a problem with the O2 sensor(s). Some of the WD-40 has probably made it's way inside the engine and has been burned up by the engine. It is not a good idea to have anything burned...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-29-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: Buying new tires for an older Toyota Camry

Dave,

I agree with Brian. If you are planning to keep the car and there are no problems with the car now, I would buy the best tires I can afford for the car. You can have the suspension looked...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 07-06-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 490
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: 1998 Camry help.

You most likely have a dirty throttle body. The sticking accelerator is a good indicator of this. The throttle valve is probably sticking in the open position when you remove your foot from the...
Forum: Camry/Camry Hybrid/Vista 06-28-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 403
Posted By Mike Gerber
Re: '99 Camry won't start on hill

"when I turn the key it makes a loud whining sound and does nothing."

Is this the normal sound you usually hear when you try to start the car, or does this sound differ from what is normal?

Mike
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