Re: Try Once Again...Trunk Latch Receiver Bolts Loose, '02 Camry

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Old 13 Jul 2003, 02:45 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: Try Once Again...Trunk Latch Receiver Bolts Loose, '02 Camry


"Jim Larkey" <jimlarkey@REMOVETHISvoyager.net> wrote in message
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> Wonder if anyone has any experience with the bolts that hold the receiver

in
> place, on to which the truch latch engages. Both bolts are loose on my

'02
> Camry, and neither will not tighten with a wrench. The loose bolts allows
> the receiver to move, sometimes not aligning with the trunk latch,

resulting
> in the latch not engaging. Bolts can be viewed at:
> http://www.pbase.com/image/18324861
>
> Access to the back of the bolts is almost impossible. The back access is
> blocked by sheetmetal. There is an opening several inches from the bolts
> that might permit insertion of a special tool. I've been to the Toyota
> dealer twice (120 mi.s round trip) without success. A third trip is
> scheduled to discuss with one of the wizards who has been on vacation.

The
> dealer has two Toyota wizards, plus support staff who are baffled why they
> can't tighten the bolts.
>
> Does anyone have any experience to actually know what locks these bolts?

Is
> it a lock nut (what kind), lock washer, threaded sheetmetal, or what ever?
>
> Secondly, is a special tool needed to hold whatever might behind the

bolts?
>
> I note that older Camry's seem to have a similar detail.
>
> I'm counting on the wisdom of this NG to offer a better solution than what
> the dealer has offered.
>
> Thanks in advance, and Cheers!
> Jim
>
>

I'm going to hazard a guess that it does not require a special tool as this
would slow down the assembly process at manufacture. They are probably
welded on nuts that broke loose or are stripped from too much torque,
probably the latter. If you can access them easily or with only moderate
effort you could try prying out on the latch while turning the bolts to
loosen them enough to look at threads. You should be able to tell by looking
at the threads if they are stripped or if distorted then the nuts are
probably stripped. If still under warrantee I would make dealer do the
repairs.

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Old 15 Jul 2003, 06:53 am   #2 (permalink)
Jim Larkey
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Default Thanks...Re: Try Once Again...Trunk Latch Receiver Bolts Loose, '02 Camry

Took your advice and went back to the dealer for the 3rd time.....they found
the nuts (welded to sheetmetal) were stripped. They retapped the threads,
and I'm back in business.

Thanks again.
Jim

"davidj92" <davidj92REMOVE@juno.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Jim Larkey" <jimlarkey@REMOVETHISvoyager.net> wrote in message
> news:vgt9ctmmi20v54@corp.supernews.com...
> > Wonder if anyone has any experience with the bolts that hold the

receiver
> in
> > place, on to which the truch latch engages. Both bolts are loose on my

> '02
> > Camry, and neither will not tighten with a wrench. The loose bolts

allows
> > the receiver to move, sometimes not aligning with the trunk latch,

> resulting
> > in the latch not engaging. Bolts can be viewed at:
> > http://www.pbase.com/image/18324861
> >
> > Access to the back of the bolts is almost impossible. The back access

is
> > blocked by sheetmetal. There is an opening several inches from the

bolts
> > that might permit insertion of a special tool. I've been to the Toyota
> > dealer twice (120 mi.s round trip) without success. A third trip is
> > scheduled to discuss with one of the wizards who has been on vacation.

> The
> > dealer has two Toyota wizards, plus support staff who are baffled why

they
> > can't tighten the bolts.
> >
> > Does anyone have any experience to actually know what locks these bolts?

> Is
> > it a lock nut (what kind), lock washer, threaded sheetmetal, or what

ever?
> >
> > Secondly, is a special tool needed to hold whatever might behind the

> bolts?
> >
> > I note that older Camry's seem to have a similar detail.
> >
> > I'm counting on the wisdom of this NG to offer a better solution than

what
> > the dealer has offered.
> >
> > Thanks in advance, and Cheers!
> > Jim
> >
> >

> I'm going to hazard a guess that it does not require a special tool as

this
> would slow down the assembly process at manufacture. They are probably
> welded on nuts that broke loose or are stripped from too much torque,
> probably the latter. If you can access them easily or with only moderate
> effort you could try prying out on the latch while turning the bolts to
> loosen them enough to look at threads. You should be able to tell by

looking
> at the threads if they are stripped or if distorted then the nuts are
> probably stripped. If still under warrantee I would make dealer do the
> repairs.
>
> --
> Hope This Helps,
> davidj92
>
>



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