2000 Camry Maintenance?

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Old 01 May 2004, 07:11 am   #1 (permalink)
Todd
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Hello all,

I could use some direction - Please.

I just purchased a 2000 Camary LE 4cyl with 84K miles. The car is in
overall good shape, and it seems to be kept up. I think the previous
owner keep up with the maintenance (I noticed oil change stickers in
the window); however, I do not know the maintenance history. So here
are my questions:

1. At 84K miles, is it time for a timing belt change?
2. Can I tell if the previous owner changed the timing?
3. Can you recomend anything else.

So far, I cleaned the throttle plates because of the "sticky" gass
pedal....

I appreciate any help, and I look forward to any input...

Thanks
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Old 01 May 2004, 08:29 am   #2 (permalink)
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Geeze , Look at your manual and follow it.

Replace fluids and use synthetics where you can in , Power steering,
Transmission , Motor oil, Differential, .Flush and ck brakes repair if
necessary. Replace plugs and wires and cap use platinum plugs., Belts
and timing belt water pump, hoses, Flush cooling system .Air filter.
Oxygen sensor . Tires, tires balanced. Etc Etc.

With 84k the previous owner surely skipped most upcoming maintenance
saving himself 1000 - 3500+ US, now its your problem if you want it to
last.

Now at 84 is when alot of maintenance is necessary

For better mileage use synthetics in the trans, engine and
differential. Mobil is best. It does lower friction. I gained 3-4 mpg
here . Increasing tire pressure to the maximum allowed by the tire
will reduce rolling resistance, although the ride may be harsh, you
can lower it. I found the recommended 31-30 to mushy in steering and
handling. I use 41 lb and gained 2 -3 mpg.
New plugs, cap, wires, rotor, Air filter, can add 3-4 mpg.

Be sure timing is set and have car checked on a scope.

CV joints can go at 84

Batteries can go after 2-5 yrs

Thermostat? Radiator cap? Emissions system,
Struts ?

I just did this and raised my 4 cil camry mpg. Avg last year of 20 - 28
to 26 -38 , And my plugs, cap, filter had only 15000.

If i was going to sell a car I would not maintain it, Get records.

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Old 02 May 2004, 07:13 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 Camry Maintenance?

Thanks for the reply.

I would look at the manual if I had it :-).

The obvious maintenance (fluids, brakes, filter...) I will take care of.

What about the timing belt? What is the recommended time to replace?

Thanks again,

Todd.

ransley@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote in message news:<268-4093A62E-348@storefull-3133.bay.webtv.net>...
> Geeze , Look at your manual and follow it.
>
> Replace fluids and use synthetics where you can in , Power steering,
> Transmission , Motor oil, Differential, .Flush and ck brakes repair if
> necessary. Replace plugs and wires and cap use platinum plugs., Belts
> and timing belt water pump, hoses, Flush cooling system .Air filter.
> Oxygen sensor . Tires, tires balanced. Etc Etc.
>
> With 84k the previous owner surely skipped most upcoming maintenance
> saving himself 1000 - 3500+ US, now its your problem if you want it to
> last.
>
> Now at 84 is when alot of maintenance is necessary
>
> For better mileage use synthetics in the trans, engine and
> differential. Mobil is best. It does lower friction. I gained 3-4 mpg
> here . Increasing tire pressure to the maximum allowed by the tire
> will reduce rolling resistance, although the ride may be harsh, you
> can lower it. I found the recommended 31-30 to mushy in steering and
> handling. I use 41 lb and gained 2 -3 mpg.
> New plugs, cap, wires, rotor, Air filter, can add 3-4 mpg.
>
> Be sure timing is set and have car checked on a scope.
>
> CV joints can go at 84
>
> Batteries can go after 2-5 yrs
>
> Thermostat? Radiator cap? Emissions system,
> Struts ?
>
> I just did this and raised my 4 cil camry mpg. Avg last year of 20 - 28
> to 26 -38 , And my plugs, cap, filter had only 15000.
>
> If i was going to sell a car I would not maintain it, Get records.

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Old 02 May 2004, 08:00 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Todd" <tpnaquin@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> What about the timing belt? What is the recommended time to replace?
>


I have heard various advice on this....it always seems to be between 60000
and 90000 miles. After 100000 mile, I was told that you are "pushing your
luck" although people certainly have let them run longer than that with no
problem. The general practice also seems to be to inspect and/or replace
the water pump while the mechanic has everything apart for the timing belt
work since most of the cost of these jobs is labor.

So I would definitely have these 2 items on your to-do list at 84000 miles,
especially if you are fairly sure that they haven't been done already by
previous owner.


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Old 02 May 2004, 08:09 am   #5 (permalink)
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60000 miles for a 91. While its apart the water pump is a good idea. Id
contact the previous owner to see if it was done. But an honest mechanic
can tell. Its apx a 350- 400$ job.
Any auto store sells Chilton Camry manuals, good thing to have as for
90000 m 4 mechanics said I did not have a separate differential oil
resevoir. My first belt broke at 112000 , its better to replace it
than get stranded.

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Old 02 May 2004, 08:39 am   #6 (permalink)
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If you find the belt was replaced be sure to have the timing checked. ,
stretched belts retard timing reducing power and efficiency.

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