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Old 09 Nov 2005, 03:31 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to maintain my car?

I'm also thinking about doing the most basic maintenance by myself.
I'm very foreign to cars, but I'm willing to learn.

First, where do I get these things: the manual tells me to get engine
oil with labels "API Service SJ" or "SAE 10W-30", Ethylene-glycol type
Engine Coolant, brake fluid with label "SAE J 1703" or "FMVSS No. 116
DOT 3", and automatic transmission fluid DEXRON II or III for power
steering fluid. Give a chain store name if you can.

Second, I don't know what kind of fluid my car has right now, so when
bought the new ones, can I just add, or better drain the old fluids
and then add?

I'll probably leave oil change to the shop as it's too messy and I'll
have to go to a shop to recycle the oil anyway.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:03 am   #2 (permalink)
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Cars are touchy in general. Best advice is if you don't know what your
doing, then take it to a professional.

Oil: Most oil at your local walmart or auto parts store meets or exceeds
your manufactures recommendations. Nearly every new toyota requires 5w30
all year around.

Transmission: Get this from the dealer. Most newer toyota's require tiv
fluid and unless you have the additive to turn dextron 3 into tiv, you
shouldn't add regular dextron 3.

Brake fluid: Any dot 3 brake fluid will suffice. Do not add to the brake
fluid unless the fluid level is below the "min" mark. Low brake fluid can
be an indication of brake pad wear or a leak in the brake system.

Power steering: You can use most any power steering brand that is
manufactured for regular vehicles. Most Toyota's allow Dextron
transmission fluid (use dex 3) as subsitutes.

Antifreeze: Get this from the dealer only. Toyota Radiators are very
touchy!

Service the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Some people will tell you
to use synthetic and go 5,000 miles....don't. I have seen first hand what
extended oil change intervals do to vehicles. Even if the oil says it
lasts 5,000 miles, the oil filter only lasts 3,000 miles. Toyota engines
have slugging problems and require regular oil changes.

Service the transmission every 2 yrs or 30,000 miles. I know the
automatic dipstick says something like every 90k but thats for normal
driving conditions. Unless you drive on flat planes and your planet has
no dirt, traffic, or inclement weather, you don't drive in normal
conditions. Servicing the trans every 30k will keep the dirt in the trans
from building and ultimately extend the life of the trans.

Change the antifreeze every 2 years or 30k. DO NOT neglect the
antifreeze. Neglecting the antifreeze could result in engine overheating,
engine freezing, loss of heat, leaks, and costly engine repairs or total
engine destruction.

Hope this info helped!



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Old 09 Nov 2005, 07:30 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 06:03:35 -0500, justinm930 wrote:

> Transmission: Get this from the dealer. Most newer toyota's require tiv
> fluid and unless you have the additive to turn dextron 3 into tiv, you
> shouldn't add regular dextron 3.


I would't add Dexron III, with our without the proper modifiers.

It is the number 1 cause of the infamous Chrysler tranny failures. When
Chrysler says ATF+3 or +$, they MEAN ATF+3 or 4!

Why risk it? Get the real deal.

Oh, and Jiffy lube, Et Al? They use 'friction modified' Dexron, esp when
they do tranny flushes. Now, this isn't Toyota's advice, but I'm sure it's
close: A Chrysler rep when I was working for a multi-line dealer told
me...If it says +3 or +4, USE +3 or +4!!
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 11:19 am   #4 (permalink)
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7days wrote:
> I'm also thinking about doing the most basic maintenance by myself.
> I'm very foreign to cars, but I'm willing to learn.

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Just start reading.
There are lots of books available.
Adult school courses.
Library.
Bookstore.
etc.
If you develop an interest, it can be fun and rewarding.
Just remember to take your time, be careful, and be safe.
Best procedure is to acquire the tools and information some time before
beginning the work so you can visualize the process before starting.

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Old 09 Nov 2005, 09:28 pm   #5 (permalink)
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We have a 95 camry coming up 300,000 miles. We change oil every 6000 miles.
engine runs perfect never needed anything. 3000 mile changes are for cars
from 50's

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Old 09 Nov 2005, 09:30 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"zonie" <sjemoomaw@nospam> wrote in message
news:598c97043a56cf4cf66e8e460377c470@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> We have a 95 camry coming up 300,000 miles. We change oil every 6000
> miles.
> engine runs perfect never needed anything. 3000 mile changes are for cars
> from 50's
>


You are a lying SOB.


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Old 10 Nov 2005, 05:30 am   #7 (permalink)
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>I would't add Dexron III, with our without the proper modifiers

I agree. I think smart blend additives are a bunch of hype and will not
suffice. Do realize, however, that if the friction modifier claims to
meet the vehicle manufacturers specs., then its on them if the tranny goes
due to improper fluid application.

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Old 10 Nov 2005, 01:53 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Say what you want. Anybody who changes their oil more than the car makers
'severe service' schedule is wasting money and resources. I think I would
trust the engineers that designed and built the car way more than you. Not
that you would care, But in England, Toyota also sells the Camry. Same car
same engine just right hand drive, oil change there is 2yr 20,000 miles.
Maybe their oil is better. Scott

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Old 10 Nov 2005, 04:33 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Changing the oil is a simple job and a good way to learn about doing
maintenance. Not all that messy if you buy a combo drain pan used oil
storage unit (<$10). You an do the job in 30 minutes for <$10. For
warranty purposes - Just keep the receipt for oil/filter -- I mark the oil
filter box top with the date/mileage and type/weight of oil and keep it
too --- then about 3-4k miles later I can reference it. You might need a
filter wrench and 14/15/13MM wrench for drain plug too.

"7days" <7days@overnight.com> wrote in message
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> I'm also thinking about doing the most basic maintenance by myself.
> I'm very foreign to cars, but I'm willing to learn.
>
> First, where do I get these things: the manual tells me to get engine
> oil with labels "API Service SJ" or "SAE 10W-30", Ethylene-glycol type
> Engine Coolant, brake fluid with label "SAE J 1703" or "FMVSS No. 116
> DOT 3", and automatic transmission fluid DEXRON II or III for power
> steering fluid. Give a chain store name if you can.
>
> Second, I don't know what kind of fluid my car has right now, so when
> bought the new ones, can I just add, or better drain the old fluids
> and then add?
>
> I'll probably leave oil change to the shop as it's too messy and I'll
> have to go to a shop to recycle the oil anyway.



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Old 12 Nov 2005, 08:57 pm   #10 (permalink)
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"zonie" <sjemoomaw@nospam> wrote in message news:f124e2c54218a7b4efa5ec983cb34781@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> Say what you want. Anybody who changes their oil more than the car makers
> 'severe service' schedule is wasting money and resources. I think I would
> trust the engineers that designed and built the car way more than you. Not
> that you would care, But in England, Toyota also sells the Camry. Same car
> same engine just right hand drive, oil change there is 2yr 20,000 miles.
> Maybe their oil is better. Scott


Not only better, but for that millage it HAS to be fully synthetic.
But 20k still sounds much too much.
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