When to change plugs, PCV Valve, and Fuel Filter on 2002 Camry LE V6?

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Old 01 Mar 2005, 03:31 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default When to change plugs, PCV Valve, and Fuel Filter on 2002 Camry LE V6?

I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with about 60,000 miles on it now. I read that
this car has the Iridium plugs that need to be changed at about 120,000
miles. I have always done tune-ups on my cars (new cap, rotor, plugs and
wires if needed) at about 40,000 miles so for me not to change plugs till
120,000 miles seems unheard of. My previous cars were Ford Taurus, and
Dodge Spirit.

When should I change the spark plugs on my car?

Also, I have always replaced the PCV Valve every 40,000 miles, and I have
not done that as of yet. When should I change the PCV valve?

Lastly, the fuel filter has not been touched yet. When should that be
replaced?

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Old 01 Mar 2005, 10:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to change plugs, PCV Valve, and Fuel Filter on 2002 CamryLE V6?

I can only speak for the plugs, I change mine at 60K miles and it's
important to use the OEM replacement plugs -- the two prong type, not
the parts store brand. If the gap exceeds specs greatly the engine will
knock and run rough at idle.



Car Guy wrote:

> I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with about 60,000 miles on it now. I read that
> this car has the Iridium plugs that need to be changed at about 120,000
> miles. I have always done tune-ups on my cars (new cap, rotor, plugs and
> wires if needed) at about 40,000 miles so for me not to change plugs till
> 120,000 miles seems unheard of. My previous cars were Ford Taurus, and
> Dodge Spirit.
>
> When should I change the spark plugs on my car?
>
> Also, I have always replaced the PCV Valve every 40,000 miles, and I have
> not done that as of yet. When should I change the PCV valve?
>
> Lastly, the fuel filter has not been touched yet. When should that be
> replaced?
>
> thanks
>
>

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Old 02 Mar 2005, 07:47 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: When to change plugs, PCV Valve, and Fuel Filter on 2002 Camry LE V6?

100,000 miles for all those items should be fine.
Changing the rear bank is awkward, so you may come to appreciate the
long interval.
Fuel filter is "lifetime" item, but changing at 100,000 or 120,000 is
fine.
Double check your ignition system. You may not have distributor cap,
rotor or plug wires. Likely direct ignition with individual coils.
Iridium is an improvment over platinum in that service life is
extended.
Platinum are fine for 60,000 miles, iridium even longer.
Suggest you take the extra time to accumulate service manuals and tools
as needed.

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Old 02 Mar 2005, 09:32 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Joey wrote:

> I can only speak for the plugs, I change mine at 60K miles and it's
> important to use the OEM replacement plugs -- the two prong type, not
> the parts store brand. If the gap exceeds specs greatly the engine will
> knock and run rough at idle.


Sure. However - these plugs can be ordered by most auto parts stores.
The brands specified in your owner's manual are going to be NGK and
Denso. Either should work fine, although they're going to be pricey.
Expect to spend at least $70 for a full set of 6.
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