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Old 03 Mar 2004, 10:54 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All

I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota camry.
Any insight would greatly be appreciated.

1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it is very
shaky. The front right rattles very badly when going slow. I have
replaced the front struts with Monroe Struts. The sound is just
horrible. I am pretty clueless

2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000 miles. I have
not had the timing belt changed mainly due to lack of funds. How do I
know if it was ever changed properly?

3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What other
maintenace should I do at this point?

4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming up the RPM
thing seems to go down as it is warming up and then jumps up a bit and
back down.

5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be great. I want
to keep it as long as possible.

Thank you for your help.

Josh Youngblood

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Old 03 Mar 2004, 12:05 pm   #2 (permalink)
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In newso2c405p0fik6gebkfduc9inn34aqb47d7@4ax.com,
Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> Hello All
>
> I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota camry.
> Any insight would greatly be appreciated.
>
> 1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it is very
> shaky. The front right rattles very badly when going slow. I have
> replaced the front struts with Monroe Struts. The sound is just
> horrible. I am pretty clueless


There is a service bulleting about the front strut MOUNTS (top) where
the strut rod is secured to the inner fender well. The rattle is a
worn out mount bearing.

>
> 2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000 miles. I
> have not had the timing belt changed mainly due to lack of funds.
> How do I know if it was ever changed properly?


Properly, there would be an ID sticker included with the new belt and
affixed to a visible surface on the engine compartment. Otherwise,
pull off a belt cover and turn the engine over until you see a
section of the belt with inked indentification. If no such ink is
left or is badly worn off, the belt is OLD. Looking at the belt
teeth reveals nothing about condition.

> 3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What other
> maintenace should I do at this point?


Transmission fluid every 15-20k. Brake fluid and power steering
fluid every 2 years. Four wheel alignment.

> 4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming up the
> RPM thing seems to go down as it is warming up and then jumps up a
> bit and back down.


Normal.

> 5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be great. I
> want to keep it as long as possible.
>
> Thank you for your help.
>
> Josh Youngblood


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Old 03 Mar 2004, 12:12 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Philip,

Thanks for your help. What is a service bullentine? Another thing to
note is thta the stearing wheel rattles sometimes (kinda like its
loose)>

What about new wires? spark plug? I believe that's called a tune up.

I'm a computer guy and car stupid! but I am trying to learn.

Thanks,
Josh

On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:05:40 GMT, "Philip®"
<1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:

>In newso2c405p0fik6gebkfduc9inn34aqb47d7@4ax.com,
>Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
>> Hello All
>>
>> I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota camry.
>> Any insight would greatly be appreciated.
>>
>> 1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it is very
>> shaky. The front right rattles very badly when going slow. I have
>> replaced the front struts with Monroe Struts. The sound is just
>> horrible. I am pretty clueless

>
>There is a service bulleting about the front strut MOUNTS (top) where
>the strut rod is secured to the inner fender well. The rattle is a
>worn out mount bearing.
>
>>
>> 2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000 miles. I
>> have not had the timing belt changed mainly due to lack of funds.
>> How do I know if it was ever changed properly?

>
>Properly, there would be an ID sticker included with the new belt and
>affixed to a visible surface on the engine compartment. Otherwise,
>pull off a belt cover and turn the engine over until you see a
>section of the belt with inked indentification. If no such ink is
>left or is badly worn off, the belt is OLD. Looking at the belt
>teeth reveals nothing about condition.
>
>> 3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What other
>> maintenace should I do at this point?

>
>Transmission fluid every 15-20k. Brake fluid and power steering
>fluid every 2 years. Four wheel alignment.
>
>> 4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming up the
>> RPM thing seems to go down as it is warming up and then jumps up a
>> bit and back down.

>
>Normal.
>
>> 5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be great. I
>> want to keep it as long as possible.
>>
>> Thank you for your help.
>>
>> Josh Youngblood

>
>Don't make contact with other vehicles or immoveable stationary
>objects.


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Old 03 Mar 2004, 12:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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In news:9u7c40hsui921pl5jdvdmiq478vi8rg8mf@4ax.com,
Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
>
> On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:05:40 GMT, "Philip®"
> <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:
>
> > In newso2c405p0fik6gebkfduc9inn34aqb47d7@4ax.com,
> > Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> > > Hello All
> > >
> > > I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota
> > > camry. Any insight would greatly be appreciated.
> > >
> > > 1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it is
> > > very shaky. The front right rattles very badly when going
> > > slow. I have replaced the front struts with Monroe Struts.
> > > The sound is just horrible. I am pretty clueless

> >
> > There is a service bulleting about the front strut MOUNTS (top)
> > where the strut rod is secured to the inner fender well. The
> > rattle is a worn out mount bearing.
> >
> > >
> > > 2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000 miles.
> > > I have not had the timing belt changed mainly due to lack of
> > > funds. How do I know if it was ever changed properly?

> >
> > Properly, there would be an ID sticker included with the new
> > belt and affixed to a visible surface on the engine compartment.
> > Otherwise, pull off a belt cover and turn the engine over until
> > you see a section of the belt with inked indentification. If no
> > such ink is left or is badly worn off, the belt is OLD.
> > Looking at the belt teeth reveals nothing about condition.
> >
> > > 3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What
> > > other maintenace should I do at this point?

> >
> > Transmission fluid every 15-20k. Brake fluid and power steering
> > fluid every 2 years. Four wheel alignment.
> >
> > > 4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming up
> > > the RPM thing seems to go down as it is warming up and then
> > > jumps up a bit and back down.

> >
> > Normal.
> >
> > > 5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be great.
> > > I want to keep it as long as possible.
> > >
> > > Thank you for your help.
> > >
> > > Josh Youngblood

> >
> > Don't make contact with other vehicles or immoveable stationary
> > objects.


> Philip,
>
> Thanks for your help. What is a service bullentine? Another
> thing to note is thta the stearing wheel rattles sometimes (kinda
> like its loose)>
>
> What about new wires? spark plug? I believe that's called a tune
> up.
>
> I'm a computer guy and car stupid! but I am trying to learn.
>
> Thanks,
> Josh


Technical Service Bulletins are repair advisories dealing with the
correction or modifications of specific vehicle deficiencies or
upgrades.

Drop by your Toyota dealer to inquire about TSB :

SU-001-00 Camry/Avalon front suspension noise

That's a very good place to start.
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- Philip @ Maximum Torque RPM


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Old 03 Mar 2004, 01:43 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Philip,

On the suspension noise -- this local place is telling me it is the
strut mount more than likely?? Do you think thats it or bushings?
baring?

Thanks
Josh

On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:43:41 GMT, "Philip®"
<1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:

>In news:9u7c40hsui921pl5jdvdmiq478vi8rg8mf@4ax.com,
>Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
>>
>> On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:05:40 GMT, "Philip®"
>> <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:
>>
>> > In newso2c405p0fik6gebkfduc9inn34aqb47d7@4ax.com,
>> > Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
>> > > Hello All
>> > >
>> > > I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota
>> > > camry. Any insight would greatly be appreciated.
>> > >
>> > > 1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it is
>> > > very shaky. The front right rattles very badly when going
>> > > slow. I have replaced the front struts with Monroe Struts.
>> > > The sound is just horrible. I am pretty clueless
>> >
>> > There is a service bulleting about the front strut MOUNTS (top)
>> > where the strut rod is secured to the inner fender well. The
>> > rattle is a worn out mount bearing.
>> >
>> > >
>> > > 2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000 miles.
>> > > I have not had the timing belt changed mainly due to lack of
>> > > funds. How do I know if it was ever changed properly?
>> >
>> > Properly, there would be an ID sticker included with the new
>> > belt and affixed to a visible surface on the engine compartment.
>> > Otherwise, pull off a belt cover and turn the engine over until
>> > you see a section of the belt with inked indentification. If no
>> > such ink is left or is badly worn off, the belt is OLD.
>> > Looking at the belt teeth reveals nothing about condition.
>> >
>> > > 3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What
>> > > other maintenace should I do at this point?
>> >
>> > Transmission fluid every 15-20k. Brake fluid and power steering
>> > fluid every 2 years. Four wheel alignment.
>> >
>> > > 4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming up
>> > > the RPM thing seems to go down as it is warming up and then
>> > > jumps up a bit and back down.
>> >
>> > Normal.
>> >
>> > > 5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be great.
>> > > I want to keep it as long as possible.
>> > >
>> > > Thank you for your help.
>> > >
>> > > Josh Youngblood
>> >
>> > Don't make contact with other vehicles or immoveable stationary
>> > objects.

>
>> Philip,
>>
>> Thanks for your help. What is a service bullentine? Another
>> thing to note is thta the stearing wheel rattles sometimes (kinda
>> like its loose)>
>>
>> What about new wires? spark plug? I believe that's called a tune
>> up.
>>
>> I'm a computer guy and car stupid! but I am trying to learn.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Josh

>
>Technical Service Bulletins are repair advisories dealing with the
>correction or modifications of specific vehicle deficiencies or
>upgrades.
>
>Drop by your Toyota dealer to inquire about TSB :
>
>SU-001-00 Camry/Avalon front suspension noise
>
>That's a very good place to start.


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Old 03 Mar 2004, 08:00 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 19:43:28 GMT, Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com>
wrote:

Pardon me for jumping in, but I have a '99 and it had the same
problem. I replaced both upper front strut mounts and the noise went
away. It sounded HORRIBLE like the front wheel was going to fall off!

Please see attached .PDF for the TSB. Make sure you have Adobe
Acrobat reader installed to view it.

Excuse me for attaching a file to this message but it was on the small
side

>Philip,
>
>On the suspension noise -- this local place is telling me it is the
>strut mount more than likely?? Do you think thats it or bushings?
>baring?
>
>Thanks
>Josh


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Old 03 Mar 2004, 09:14 pm   #7 (permalink)
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The strut mount is the part Toyota updated in the Technical Service
Bulletin. When this mount has linear play, the top end of the stut is
free to move and rattle/knock with suspension movement.
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In news:9adc40ttnnolf6l5eqef3astf9g5job3ab@4ax.com,
Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> Philip,
>
> On the suspension noise -- this local place is telling me it is the
> strut mount more than likely?? Do you think thats it or bushings?
> baring?
>
> Thanks
> Josh
>
> On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:43:41 GMT, "Philip®"
> <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:
>
> > In news:9u7c40hsui921pl5jdvdmiq478vi8rg8mf@4ax.com,
> > Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> > >
> > > On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 18:05:40 GMT, "Philip®"
> > > <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:
> > >
> > > > In newso2c405p0fik6gebkfduc9inn34aqb47d7@4ax.com,
> > > > Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind
> > > > posted:
> > > > > Hello All
> > > > >
> > > > > I am having several concerns / problems with my 1998 toyota
> > > > > camry. Any insight would greatly be appreciated.
> > > > >
> > > > > 1) The suspension is pretty bad. When I go over bumps it
> > > > > is very shaky. The front right rattles very badly when
> > > > > going slow. I have replaced the front struts with Monroe
> > > > > Struts. The sound is just horrible. I am pretty clueless
> > > >
> > > > There is a service bulleting about the front strut MOUNTS
> > > > (top) where the strut rod is secured to the inner fender
> > > > well. The rattle is a worn out mount bearing.
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > 2) The car has 121,580 miles. I purchased it at 90,000
> > > > > miles. I have not had the timing belt changed mainly due
> > > > > to lack of funds. How do I know if it was ever changed
> > > > > properly?
> > > >
> > > > Properly, there would be an ID sticker included with the new
> > > > belt and affixed to a visible surface on the engine
> > > > compartment. Otherwise, pull off a belt cover and turn the
> > > > engine over until you see a section of the belt with inked
> > > > indentification. If no such ink is left or is badly worn
> > > > off, the belt is OLD.
> > > > Looking at the belt teeth reveals nothing about condition.
> > > >
> > > > > 3) I have been having regular oil changes, etc done. What
> > > > > other maintenace should I do at this point?
> > > >
> > > > Transmission fluid every 15-20k. Brake fluid and power
> > > > steering fluid every 2 years. Four wheel alignment.
> > > >
> > > > > 4) the engine seems to be a bit sluggish and when warming
> > > > > up the RPM thing seems to go down as it is warming up and
> > > > > then jumps up a bit and back down.
> > > >
> > > > Normal.
> > > >
> > > > > 5) Any idea's to prolong and maintain the car would be
> > > > > great. I want to keep it as long as possible.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thank you for your help.
> > > > >
> > > > > Josh Youngblood
> > > >
> > > > Don't make contact with other vehicles or immoveable
> > > > stationary objects.

> >
> > > Philip,
> > >
> > > Thanks for your help. What is a service bullentine? Another
> > > thing to note is thta the stearing wheel rattles sometimes
> > > (kinda like its loose)>
> > >
> > > What about new wires? spark plug? I believe that's called a
> > > tune up.
> > >
> > > I'm a computer guy and car stupid! but I am trying to learn.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Josh

> >
> > Technical Service Bulletins are repair advisories dealing with
> > the correction or modifications of specific vehicle deficiencies
> > or upgrades.
> >
> > Drop by your Toyota dealer to inquire about TSB :
> >
> > SU-001-00 Camry/Avalon front suspension noise
> >
> > That's a very good place to start.




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Old 04 Mar 2004, 03:33 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Philip -- Where do you think is the best place to get the parts?

Thanks,
Josh

On Thu, 04 Mar 2004 03:14:40 GMT, "Philip®"
<1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:

>The strut mount is the part Toyota updated in the Technical Service
>Bulletin. When this mount has linear play, the top end of the stut is
>free to move and rattle/knock with suspension movement.


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Old 04 Mar 2004, 05:03 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Since this is a TSB issue, I certainly prefer genuine Toyota parts.
There are some online Toyota discount parts sources but I can't help
you there.
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In news:j58f40tde9hnngvk91hkrtaum2df0iccg6@4ax.com,
Josh <josh@joshyoungblood.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> Philip -- Where do you think is the best place to get the parts?
>
> Thanks,
> Josh
>
> On Thu, 04 Mar 2004 03:14:40 GMT, "Philip®"
> <1chip-state1@earthlink.net.invalid> wrote:
>
> > The strut mount is the part Toyota updated in the Technical
> > Service Bulletin. When this mount has linear play, the top end
> > of the stut is free to move and rattle/knock with suspension
> > movement.




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