96 camry, exhaust leak, hesitating,skipping, check engine light on

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Old 10 Apr 2005, 11:43 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 96 camry, exhaust leak, hesitating,skipping, check engine light on

The check engine light came on, but I knew I had a small exhaust leak.
This winter when the car warmed up it would skip and hesitate a bit. We
put it up on the lift and the flex pipe had broken completely through.
Now that we have warmer weather it skips and hesitates more than ever. We
plan on fixing the exhause pipe this week, do you think the rest of the
problems are connected or is it something else?

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Old 10 Apr 2005, 12:07 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely electrical, plugs, wires cap or coil. Start with new plugs

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Old 10 Apr 2005, 01:15 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Flexpipes don't break by themselves. I would suggest inspecting the engine
mounts as a probable cause of that exhaust break.
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Old 11 Apr 2005, 05:38 am   #4 (permalink)
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I had another Camry before this one, the same year and model, and the flex
pipe broke on that one too. I'm sure the reason is that I was living in a
place where I would have to cross a bump once in awhile where I would
bottom out. (no way around it) Unfortunately I totalled that one before
the leak got bad. I live in a place with very bad road conditions, salt,
sand, dirt, mud, rocks,etc.

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Old 11 Apr 2005, 06:59 am   #5 (permalink)
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Hopefully this didn't happen to you.
No personal experience in this area, but have heard, that if an exhaust
system is left open, the heated exhaust valves get a thermal shock when
the engine is turned off and cold outside air contacts them.
If the compression in the cylinders has been affected, problems would
extend beyond just repairing the exhaust pipe.
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Moralistic preaching about "closing the barn door after the (farm
animal of choice has already left)":
That would be a good example of why it pays to fix small problems
promptly.
If something goes wrong and one just keeps driving the car, additional
damage can occur.
If the flex pipe was damaged by worn motor mounts, that's another
example.
If you replace the exhaust pipe with a genuine Toyota part, you'll find
the whole "mid" section is one piece = expensive part.
Have heard of people having a muffler shop weld in the broken part for
lower cost, which could be OK, but generally, when replacing parts is
far better to stay with factory pieces.
Other things that kill Toyotas:
Neglecting a small radiator leak
Never checking the oil level
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Driving the car while it "skip(s) and hesitate(s) a bit" probably just
damages it more slowly.
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Helpful hint (in case you've got expensive engine problems and wind up
buying another car):
Sometimes, if you get the problem diagnosed quickly - it may not be
"life threatening", and you can wait a while to save up, but generally
it is best to fix things promptly and keep up on all the maintenance
items if you want the car to last a long time - which is the cheaper
long term than expensive surprises.

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Old 11 Apr 2005, 07:43 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry, exhaust leak, hesitating,skipping, check engine light on

Posible O2 sensor
"williesmom" <squawvillage@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The check engine light came on, but I knew I had a small exhaust leak.
> This winter when the car warmed up it would skip and hesitate a bit. We
> put it up on the lift and the flex pipe had broken completely through.
> Now that we have warmer weather it skips and hesitates more than ever. We
> plan on fixing the exhause pipe this week, do you think the rest of the
> problems are connected or is it something else?
>



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Old 12 Apr 2005, 06:14 pm   #7 (permalink)
williesmom
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My mechanic does my work for next to nothing so I have to wait until he
doesn't have anything to do before I can get my car in. Today we didn't
have time to do the exhaust but we put in new spark plugs and cleaned the
distributor cap. My ride home was fast and smooth! We're still hoping to
do the exhaust over the next couple of days.
Thanks everyone for your input!

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