THROTTLE CLEANING AND OIL PAN GASKET

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Old 15 Apr 2009, 11:31 am   #1 (permalink)
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My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. He
recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. Are they pushing
unnecessary service? Are these prices within line for these types of
services?

Thanks,
mm
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 11:55 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Apr 15, 9:31*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:
> My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. * He
> recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
> DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
> She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. * Are they pushing
> unnecessary service? *Are these prices within line for these types of
> services?
>
> Thanks,
> mm



2002, how many miles? At $450, I'd get a second opinion.

Are you talking transmission pan gasket or engine oil gasket?

Can you do it at an independent mechanic? Or do it yourself for ten
cents on the dollar? (cost of gaskets, throttle cleaner solvent, can
of compressed air for the throttle body shouldn't be more than $45.)

Michael
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 12:11 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Apr 15, 12:55*pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Apr 15, 9:31*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:
>
> > My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. * He
> > recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
> > DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
> > She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. * Are they pushing
> > unnecessary service? *Are these prices within line for these types of
> > services?

>
> > Thanks,
> > mm

>
> 2002, how many miles? *At $450, I'd get a second opinion.
>
> Are you talking transmission pan gasket or engine oil gasket?
>
> Can you do it at an independent mechanic? *Or do it yourself for ten
> cents on the dollar? *(cost of gaskets, throttle cleaner solvent, can
> of compressed air for the throttle body shouldn't be more than $45.)
>
> Michael


The car has about 50K on it. Primarily used to drive to the train
station, once a year or so to NY.
It's the oil pan...not trans.
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 12:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Apr 15, 10:11*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On Apr 15, 12:55*pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Apr 15, 9:31*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:

>
> > > My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. * He
> > > recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
> > > DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
> > > She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. * Are they pushing
> > > unnecessary service? *Are these prices within line for these types of
> > > services?

>
> > > Thanks,
> > > mm

>
> > 2002, how many miles? *At $450, I'd get a second opinion.

>
> > Are you talking transmission pan gasket or engine oil gasket?

>
> > Can you do it at an independent mechanic? *Or do it yourself for ten
> > cents on the dollar? *(cost of gaskets, throttle cleaner solvent, can
> > of compressed air for the throttle body shouldn't be more than $45.)

>
> > Michael

>
> The car has about 50K on it. * Primarily used to drive to the train
> station, once a year or so to NY.
> It's the oil pan...not trans.



Seems like a young car. Take a peek under the car... do you notice
the oil pan gasket seeping oil?

But do get a second opinion, if you like.

For reference, my '96 @ 164kMi and wife's '99 @ 93kMi haven't yet
needed to change the oil pan gasket.

Michael
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Old 15 Apr 2009, 11:47 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Dealer wants extra work?? The economy must be bad.

First you really have to check yourself. Is oil seeping out of the pan
gasket? Or just leaking down the engine (for example, valve cover
gasket) and appearing to be from the pan gasket? If it's only seepage
Toyota won't even pay for the warranty repair (while in warranty), so
why should you?

If oil is leaking out, then you have to ask if the PCV (positive
crankcase ventilation) valve is plugged that the crankcase is being
pressurized instead of having a vacuum. Also, is there a vacuum leak
somewhere?

As far as throttle body cleaning. Unless you have one of those idle
air control valves that likes to act up. Or if you are not having
smooth idle then it's probably not necessary. However, I wouldn't mind
doing that when they are changing out the iridium spark plugs at 120K
miles and checking/adjusting valve clearances.

Yeah, ask for a second opinion.

On Apr 15, 9:31*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:
> My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. * He
> recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
> DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
> She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. * Are they pushing
> unnecessary service? *Are these prices within line for these types of
> services?
>
> Thanks,
> mm


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Old 16 Apr 2009, 09:03 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Apr 15, 11:31*am, Michael <vze2m...@verizon.net> wrote:
> My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. * He
> recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
> DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
> She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. * Are they pushing
> unnecessary service? *Are these prices within line for these types of
> services?
>
> Thanks,
> mm


Dont you think 450 is worth free donuts, coffee and a big screen tv to
watch while you wait. I dont either, Get local joe to have a look.
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Old 17 Apr 2009, 04:13 pm   #7 (permalink)
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be aware that some 'mechanics' will squirt oil around the pan gasket (or
other places) to lead you to believe that you have a leak.

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My wife took her 2002 camry to the dealer for state inspection. He
recommended replacing the oil pan gasket-- we've seen NO OIL ON
DRIVEWAY, for $300+, and cleaning the throttle from carbon for $150.
She's had no sticky accelerator or irregular idle. Are they pushing
unnecessary service? Are these prices within line for these types of
services?

Thanks,
mm


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