98 Camry fuel filter

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 09:46 am   #1 (permalink)
Steve K
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Hi,

Now that my reputation here is shot, I'm the guy who's Camry fell off
the jacks, lug nuts were loose after brake pad change. Let me say this,
yes it was all my fault, I have learned TREMENDOUSLY about how to do
everything correctly from now on. I'm very lucky I was no where near the
front of the car when it fell. The lug nuts being loose and the car
falling off the jacks was the first time it has ever happened, and that
WON'T ever happen again, believe me.

Now I need some more help. My car hesitates on acceleration after coming
to a stop. It used to be very smooth while stepping on the pedal. Now it
sort of jumps, slightly but noticeable.

I put some fuel injector cleaner in the tank on fill-up, but I'm
thinking about changing the fuel filter.

First off, I'm not exaclty sure where it is and if it's easy to change
or if I should just bring it to a shop?

Thanks
Steve
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Old 04 Oct 2005, 02:32 pm   #2 (permalink)
Daniel
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Default Re: 98 Camry fuel filter

I can tell you how to change the fuel filter, but first try cleaning
the throttle body.
The Haynes manual (under $20) has pictures.
Spray emission control safe carburetor cleaner around the butterfly
valve, massage it a bit with an old toothbrush, and clean the residue
with a rag.
Contaminants are causing that valve to stick slightly when you first
step on the gas, and cleaning will cure it.
~~~~
I wrote a message ealier, but deleted it without sending.
Basically it said, I always spend a moment in silent contemplation
before attempting any mechanical work on the car, recognizing that I
can injure the vehicle or myself severely, and listen to my highest
inner guidance so that the repair processes go smoothly - and then they
always do.

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 02:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The fuel filter is a pretty straight forward job, I think yours is located
under the airbox. I say 'I think" because we rarely see actual
driveability problems associated with fuel filters on those things; I
rarely replace them.
Can you give a better description as to what exactly you are
experiencing, also what engine you have?
As far as dropping cars off jacks & leaving lugnuts loose, don't worry
about it. It's not a problem unless you do it again, which I bet you won't!
I couldn't even begin to list all the stuff I wrecked when I first started
doing this professionally. A loose drain plug here, loose lug nuts there,
and a litany of mis-diagnoses. I've learned enough from making mistakes to
fill a book, I'm sure. As long as they are one-time deals, no harm, no
foul.

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Old 04 Oct 2005, 07:36 pm   #4 (permalink)
Vash the Stampede
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Default Re: 98 Camry fuel filter

On Tue, 04 Oct 2005 15:39:31 -0400, qslim wrote:

> The fuel filter is a pretty straight forward job, I think yours is located
> under the airbox. I say 'I think" because we rarely see actual
> driveability problems associated with fuel filters on those things; I
> rarely replace them.
> Can you give a better description as to what exactly you are
> experiencing, also what engine you have?
> As far as dropping cars off jacks & leaving lugnuts loose, don't worry
> about it. It's not a problem unless you do it again, which I bet you won't!
> I couldn't even begin to list all the stuff I wrecked when I first started
> doing this professionally. A loose drain plug here, loose lug nuts there,
> and a litany of mis-diagnoses. I've learned enough from making mistakes to
> fill a book, I'm sure. As long as they are one-time deals, no harm, no
> foul.



Where do you work? I ain't going there!!!

My second Saturday the SM had me change oil and rotate tires (I'm a
DETAILER!!!)

Now, I have done this 86 times on one car alone! (my '85 Corolla, 259,000
miles, oil changed EVERY 3,000 miles!) and yet, I was almost terrified
doing it with someone's nice new Echo!
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Old 05 Oct 2005, 11:20 am   #5 (permalink)
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Where do you work? I ain't going there!!!
~~~
It's everywhere.
Almost every single time I have checked the work of prior mechanics, I
find something not quite right:
-ball joint replacement - forgot the cotter pin, comes crashing down
almost a year later
-bearing lock bolt on the passenger axle not replaced-neoprene tip that
holds bearing missing
-two transmission pan bolts stripped-discovered when I changed the
gasket, bolts just turned and turned-and I had been very gentle with
them so I know they were already damaged
-thermostat installed in the wrong position-not aligned with the mark
on the water inlet
the list goes on . . . over many different vehicles for a number of
years.
I'm convinced the only cure is to do your own work, take your time, be
careful.
I think a lot of times the mechanics are trying to do a good job, but
under a lot of time pressure to make more money by completing the work
faster.
Here's one more - stripped distributor hold down bolt- bolt came right
out, threads hanging off of it, service department denied responsiblity
when I know it was fine the last time I touched it, prior to bringiing
it in for diagnosis of backfire which I imagine they suspected the
timing was off and would naturally have checked.
I'll try to stop now, it actually is quite a long list.
I suspect since most people are not mechanics, they never discover most
things. (like my chipped crankshaft pulley (in the back) from the
prior mechanic prying instead of using the correct puller).

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Old 05 Oct 2005, 04:20 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Steve K wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Now that my reputation here is shot, I'm the guy who's Camry fell off
> the jacks, lug nuts were loose after brake pad change. Let me say
> this, yes it was all my fault, I have learned TREMENDOUSLY about how
> to do everything correctly from now on. I'm very lucky I was no where
> near the front of the car when it fell. The lug nuts being loose and
> the car falling off the jacks was the first time it has ever
> happened, and that WON'T ever happen again, believe me.
>
> Now I need some more help. My car hesitates on acceleration after
> coming to a stop. It used to be very smooth while stepping on the
> pedal. Now it sort of jumps, slightly but noticeable.
>


Steve,
Could it just be afraid of you? :-)
Sorry, I couldn't resist.


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Old 05 Oct 2005, 10:20 pm   #7 (permalink)
qslim
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My point is that you can ask any master auto technician anywhere, and he
will have invariably made numerous mistakes in the past. When you do
anything day in and day out (particularly with the volume of a Toyota
dealer), mistakes happen. Im confident that the reason nothing like this
happens to my clients cars anymore is because I learned from all my
mistakes in the past. And as far as the OP goes, he deserves credit for
putting his own car up on blocks and trying to figure out what the hell is
going on with his machine. I'll bet money he'll double check his jack
placement from now on, too. Thats how you learn.

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Old 07 Oct 2005, 06:25 am   #8 (permalink)
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Do what Daniel said about the throttle body, it can cause the pedal to
feel like its sticking. FI cleaning...I tried several expensive bottles
of techron, no help on a plugged injector. Had my mechanic use the
cleaner from toyota that plugs into your fuel rail and runs entirely
from the cleaner bottle and that cured it right up. Fuel filter. I
would change it but you need special wrenches to do it right, then you
could have leaks if
not done properly. I suggest the dealer for this.

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