93 Toyota LE Camry

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Old 22 Mar 2005, 03:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
Panos Popadopalous
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Default 93 Toyota LE Camry

This auto has about 94,000 miles and appears to be in good condition all
around.

So what is my problem?

Hood release works fine, but how do I make the hood stay up so I can check
oil, etc.?

Cannot find anything about this in the manual.

I thought if I just raised the hood high enough a lock inside one of the two
hydraulic pistons would do it. but it doesn't.

Help, please!




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Old 23 Mar 2005, 06:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 93 Toyota LE Camry

Those things wear out after a while. Either find a stick or buy two new
pistons.

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Old 23 Mar 2005, 06:58 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 93 Toyota LE Camry

Either carry a stick the right length to prop up the hood, or replace
those hydraulic pistons - sounds like they've lost their charge.
They're supposed to contain a gas under pressure causing them to
expand.

I've got a '94, and usually the hood stays open just fine, but on cold
mornings, it can come crashing down unexpectedly after a few minutes.

Since I work in the garage, I have a certain wood pole that I wedge
against the bottom of the wall, and the other end next to the hood
release, under the metal loop - that way there's no way the hood can
move.

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Old 23 Mar 2005, 07:02 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 93 Toyota LE Camry

Here's another idea - just speculation.

You might be able to find a base model DX or something similar at a
wrecking yard that came from the factory with the hinged metal rod that
swings up to secure the open hood, and retrofit that to your car.
Might have to drill a hole or two, but could work for you.
That way you know the hood will stay up, and the cost should be quite
reasonable.

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Old 23 Mar 2005, 10:31 am   #5 (permalink)
Panos Popadopalous
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Default Re: 93 Toyota LE Camry

Thanks to all who gave me useful advice.

Car actually belongs to my wife's elderly cousin, so I will recommend
finding a stick the right length.


"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Here's another idea - just speculation.
>
> You might be able to find a base model DX or something similar at a
> wrecking yard that came from the factory with the hinged metal rod that
> swings up to secure the open hood, and retrofit that to your car.
> Might have to drill a hole or two, but could work for you.
> That way you know the hood will stay up, and the cost should be quite
> reasonable.
>



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