99 Camry, 50k miles. Extra services needed?

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Old 02 Oct 2004, 05:46 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 99 Camry, 50k miles. Extra services needed?

My daughter moved away from home again (finally), but she and her 99 Camry
4cyl will be home in a couple of weeks. She's been getting the oil changed
regularly, but nothing else.

My mechanic (who works on the side, out of his garage) will set aside a
little extra time to do what periodic services are needed.

At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and fuel
filter? Any strange stuff Toyota recommends that's actually important and
not just a cash cow for the dealer?

Thanks,
Dean


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Old 02 Oct 2004, 07:27 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 Camry, 50k miles. Extra services needed?

If you haven't done this already, it's always a good idea to drain and fill
the radiator. Go to your Toyota dealer and get a gallon of the Toyota-brand
Red coolant. Don't let the mechanic put some off-brand in there.

"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> My daughter moved away from home again (finally), but she and her 99 Camry
> 4cyl will be home in a couple of weeks. She's been getting the oil changed
> regularly, but nothing else.
>
> My mechanic (who works on the side, out of his garage) will set aside a
> little extra time to do what periodic services are needed.
>
> At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and fuel
> filter? Any strange stuff Toyota recommends that's actually important and
> not just a cash cow for the dealer?
>
> Thanks,
> Dean
>
>



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Old 02 Oct 2004, 08:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 Camry, 50k miles. Extra services needed?

Thank You.

Does that new (gold colored, I think???) multi-purpose antifreeze work?

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> If you haven't done this already, it's always a good idea to drain and

fill
> the radiator. Go to your Toyota dealer and get a gallon of the

Toyota-brand
> Red coolant. Don't let the mechanic put some off-brand in there.
>
> "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:idG7d.1999$j34.1027@trndny05...
> > My daughter moved away from home again (finally), but she and her 99

Camry
> > 4cyl will be home in a couple of weeks. She's been getting the oil

changed
> > regularly, but nothing else.
> >
> > My mechanic (who works on the side, out of his garage) will set aside a
> > little extra time to do what periodic services are needed.
> >
> > At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and

fuel
> > filter? Any strange stuff Toyota recommends that's actually important

and
> > not just a cash cow for the dealer?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Dean
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 02 Oct 2004, 09:48 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I've never used it...why not go original equipment on the coolant? Your
water pump will probably thank-you for staying Red.
"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Thank You.
>
> Does that new (gold colored, I think???) multi-purpose antifreeze work?
>
> Dean
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> news:AHH7d.5606$nj.1783@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com ...
>> If you haven't done this already, it's always a good idea to drain and

> fill
>> the radiator. Go to your Toyota dealer and get a gallon of the

> Toyota-brand
>> Red coolant. Don't let the mechanic put some off-brand in there.
>>
>> "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> news:idG7d.1999$j34.1027@trndny05...
>> > My daughter moved away from home again (finally), but she and her 99

> Camry
>> > 4cyl will be home in a couple of weeks. She's been getting the oil

> changed
>> > regularly, but nothing else.
>> >
>> > My mechanic (who works on the side, out of his garage) will set aside a
>> > little extra time to do what periodic services are needed.
>> >
>> > At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and

> fuel
>> > filter? Any strange stuff Toyota recommends that's actually important

> and
>> > not just a cash cow for the dealer?
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > Dean
>> >
>> >

>>
>>

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>



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Old 03 Oct 2004, 12:50 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Thank You.
>
> Does that new (gold colored, I think???) multi-purpose antifreeze work?
>
> Dean


No, you should use Toyota Red if at all possible. Don't use any other "red"
anti-freeze (or any other color), because it is not the same. Just about any
anti-freeze will "work," but Toyota Red does less damage to the water pump
than the other anti-freeze formulations.

Toyota Red does not last as long as some of the "long life" formulations.
But it is usually better to replace the anti-freeze a bit more often than to
replace the water pump.

Replace the air filter also. The Camry air filter I got at my dealer was
less money ($12) than a Fram air filter at Wal-Mart (about $16).



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Old 03 Oct 2004, 07:17 am   #6 (permalink)
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"Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<idG7d.1999$j34.1027@trndny05>...
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> At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and fuel
> filter?


Spark plugs and timing belt are due at 60,000 miles.
Always a good idea to change the brake fluid every couple of years.
Doesn't hurt to drain and refill power steering reservoir also.
Also, she may have the separate differential - make sure it is not
overlooked when the transmission is done.
Usually they always do this, but also check the thickness of brake
pads / shoes.
Moving to the completely obvious, remember some people never check
their tire pressure, so don't overlook that.
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Old 03 Oct 2004, 07:28 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: 99 Camry, 50k miles. Extra services needed?

When replacing the timing belt, due at 60 thousand miles, you might consider also
replacing the water pump then.

Morton



"Daniel M. Dreifus" wrote:

> "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<idG7d.1999$j34.1027@trndny05>...
> >
> > At 50k miles, what should I have him do, besides a tranny service and fuel
> > filter?

>
> Spark plugs and timing belt are due at 60,000 miles.
> Always a good idea to change the brake fluid every couple of years.
> Doesn't hurt to drain and refill power steering reservoir also.
> Also, she may have the separate differential - make sure it is not
> overlooked when the transmission is done.
> Usually they always do this, but also check the thickness of brake
> pads / shoes.
> Moving to the completely obvious, remember some people never check
> their tire pressure, so don't overlook that.


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Old 03 Oct 2004, 07:57 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 20:28:24 -0400, Morton Linder <mort@cloud9.net>
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>When replacing the timing belt, due at 60 thousand miles, you might consider also
>replacing the water pump then.
>
>Morton
>
>>
>> Spark plugs and timing belt are due at 60,000 miles.



You all may think this is bad advice, but I believe the timing belt
can easily make it to 75,000 or even 90,000 miles.......granted if it
breaks, it will leave you stranded, but at least it won't do any
engine damage. But, I do agree to replace the water pump and
tensioner while in there.



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