Parts maintenance on a 92 Toyota Camry

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 11:31 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Parts maintenance on a 92 Toyota Camry

Hi folks,

I am the original owner of a 92 camry with 99,700 miles living in NYC.
Half of the milage has been highway and the other, local city stop and
go. It has had no accidents.

This past Friday night at 1AM on my way home from a party, my car over
heated and died. Lucky for me it happened 5 miles from my friend. I was
able to get the car towed back to my friend. It turned out that the
radiator developed a bad leak and had to be replaced.

So far, I have replaced the the timing belt and of course the radiator.

Since I commute to work by bike 8 months out of the year, I don't use my
car that often except to visit friends out of town or local shopping. I
don't want to replace it yet since It still runs very well.

I would like to avoid (if possible) getting stuck far away from my home
and at the mercy of the local mechanic.
So due to the age and mileage of the car, are there any critical parts
that will stop the car from running that should be tested, bought as a
spare or replaced just to be safe?

I appreciate any helpful advice.

Maurice

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Old 28 Sep 2003, 01:02 pm   #2 (permalink)
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replace the ignition wires, plugs, rotor, distributor cap at a minimum now
at 100K. With your overheat, you may want to do a leakdown check or
pressure check on the cooling system if it has not already been done to
verify you didn't blow a head gasket with the rad going. At least, make it
a point from now on to keep an eye on your coolant level in your overflow
tank every month or so to make sure you aren't losing coolant. You may also
want to inspect your CV boots for any cracking and replace those now too if
there is a problem, although this would not cause you to be stranded though.
Have you had, or did you have the water pump replaced with the timing belt
change or when the rad blew, or any other time. If it is the original water
pump, that may be the next hing to go.

Cheers

davemac


"Stargazer" <stargazer@no_email_address.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
>
> I am the original owner of a 92 camry with 99,700 miles living in NYC.
> Half of the milage has been highway and the other, local city stop and
> go. It has had no accidents.
>
> This past Friday night at 1AM on my way home from a party, my car over
> heated and died. Lucky for me it happened 5 miles from my friend. I was
> able to get the car towed back to my friend. It turned out that the
> radiator developed a bad leak and had to be replaced.
>
> So far, I have replaced the the timing belt and of course the radiator.
>
> Since I commute to work by bike 8 months out of the year, I don't use my
> car that often except to visit friends out of town or local shopping. I
> don't want to replace it yet since It still runs very well.
>
> I would like to avoid (if possible) getting stuck far away from my home
> and at the mercy of the local mechanic.
> So due to the age and mileage of the car, are there any critical parts
> that will stop the car from running that should be tested, bought as a
> spare or replaced just to be safe?
>
> I appreciate any helpful advice.
>
> Maurice
>



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Old 28 Sep 2003, 01:14 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Bet ya never changed your antifreeze! Needs to be done
every 2 years or so regardless of mileage. Replace brake
fluid, trans, differential fluid too. Check the CVC joints
(especially the outer ones for splits. Change thermostat.


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Old 29 Sep 2003, 07:50 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Stargazer" <stargazer@no_email_address.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
>
> I am the original owner of a 92 camry with 99,700 miles living in NYC.
> Half of the milage has been highway and the other, local city stop and
> go. It has had no accidents.
>
> This past Friday night at 1AM on my way home from a party, my car over
> heated and died. Lucky for me it happened 5 miles from my friend. I was
> able to get the car towed back to my friend. It turned out that the
> radiator developed a bad leak and had to be replaced.
>
> So far, I have replaced the the timing belt and of course the radiator.
>
> Since I commute to work by bike 8 months out of the year, I don't use my
> car that often except to visit friends out of town or local shopping. I
> don't want to replace it yet since It still runs very well.
>
> I would like to avoid (if possible) getting stuck far away from my home
> and at the mercy of the local mechanic.
> So due to the age and mileage of the car, are there any critical parts
> that will stop the car from running that should be tested, bought as a
> spare or replaced just to be safe?
>
> I appreciate any helpful advice.
>
> Maurice


I know the anxiety. Even folks who can fix cars well, may not be in a
position to do major repairs on the side of the road or have spares with
them. At the end of the day, all you can do is do the regulat scheduled
maint and replace things like the water-pump, altenator brushes and
bearings, reco the starter, replace the fuel pump at intervals where they
are likley to give trouble.
At 100,000 miles, the w/pump should be done imo and the alt brushes at
least,...also keep a 2nd hand fuel pump in the trunk.

I'm getting on abit and I now have breakdown insurance (for towing which
can cost megabucks).

Jason


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