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Old 12 Nov 2005, 12:29 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Wow! I just replaced a leaking valve cover gasket on my newly acquired
97 camry (4 cyl) and I was shocked at how filthy the overhead was.
There was lots of burnt oil everywhere and the inside of the valve
cover looked horrible. Lots of baked on oil. It looked like oily
carbon deposits on several of the components (non contact parts of
course). I cannot stress how important it is to get oil changes often
and keep the oil level up. This car was run for 9,000 miles during
one oil change and I know if frequently has had extended intervals in
the past. I still runs strong, but I have seen plenty of overheads,
and none were as ugly as this one. In fact my '90 corolla looked
shiny and new inside.
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Old 12 Nov 2005, 01:28 pm   #2 (permalink)
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<mechosu@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Wow! I just replaced a leaking valve cover gasket on my newly acquired
> 97 camry (4 cyl) and I was shocked at how filthy the overhead was.
> There was lots of burnt oil everywhere and the inside of the valve
> cover looked horrible. Lots of baked on oil. It looked like oily
> carbon deposits on several of the components (non contact parts of
> course). I cannot stress how important it is to get oil changes often
> and keep the oil level up. This car was run for 9,000 miles during
> one oil change and I know if frequently has had extended intervals in
> the past. I still runs strong, but I have seen plenty of overheads,
> and none were as ugly as this one. In fact my '90 corolla looked
> shiny and new inside.


You hit it in one. I too bought a '96 which I later found had the same
deposits, (looked bloody aweful)..that was 20,000 kays ago. I have seen NO
increase in deposits and to the engine's good name it performs like a
beauty,..good mileage and power (its a manual). Even with 4 passengers, the
car accelerates with a shove in your back in second gear once the tacho hits
3500 rpm,..not bad for a 2.2L in a largish car.

I use a good name dino-oil which I replace every 2000 miles with a new
filter. For about $20, its very cheap insurance for your engine to last a
long time. By the same token, all those who couldn't keep to the oil-change
schedule (even if they get a mechy to do the service), pay dearly in the
long-term, or have to sell the car prematurely.

Jason


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Old 13 Nov 2005, 08:42 am   #3 (permalink)
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Have a look at auto-rx.com

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Old 13 Nov 2005, 12:52 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Jason James wrote:

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.. By the same token, all those who couldn't keep to
> the oil-change schedule (even if they get a mechy to do the service),
> pay dearly in the long-term, or have to sell the car prematurely.
>
> Jason


Unless you're Charlene Blake or one of her cronies, then you just scream and
holler hoping Toyota will cave in. :-)
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Old 13 Nov 2005, 08:20 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"davidj92" <davidj92REMOVE@sigecom.net> wrote in message
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> Jason James wrote:
>
> snip
>
> . By the same token, all those who couldn't keep to
> > the oil-change schedule (even if they get a mechy to do the service),
> > pay dearly in the long-term, or have to sell the car prematurely.
> >
> > Jason

>
> Unless you're Charlene Blake or one of her cronies, then you just scream

and
> holler hoping Toyota will cave in. :-)
> davidj92


Yes indeedy. The whole thing is so simple,..leave dirty oil in and you'll
eventually be pulling the engine out.

Jason


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Old 14 Nov 2005, 09:43 am   #6 (permalink)
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check out www.auto-rx.com it works.
"Jason James" <associate@dodo.comzapspam.au> wrote in message
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> <mechosu@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:edccn1162f5ilcub9qj00rog6f7b9nchp1@4ax.com...
> > Wow! I just replaced a leaking valve cover gasket on my newly acquired
> > 97 camry (4 cyl) and I was shocked at how filthy the overhead was.
> > There was lots of burnt oil everywhere and the inside of the valve
> > cover looked horrible. Lots of baked on oil. It looked like oily
> > carbon deposits on several of the components (non contact parts of
> > course). I cannot stress how important it is to get oil changes often
> > and keep the oil level up. This car was run for 9,000 miles during
> > one oil change and I know if frequently has had extended intervals in
> > the past. I still runs strong, but I have seen plenty of overheads,
> > and none were as ugly as this one. In fact my '90 corolla looked
> > shiny and new inside.

>
> You hit it in one. I too bought a '96 which I later found had the same
> deposits, (looked bloody aweful)..that was 20,000 kays ago. I have seen NO
> increase in deposits and to the engine's good name it performs like a
> beauty,..good mileage and power (its a manual). Even with 4 passengers,

the
> car accelerates with a shove in your back in second gear once the tacho

hits
> 3500 rpm,..not bad for a 2.2L in a largish car.
>
> I use a good name dino-oil which I replace every 2000 miles with a new
> filter. For about $20, its very cheap insurance for your engine to last a
> long time. By the same token, all those who couldn't keep to the

oil-change
> schedule (even if they get a mechy to do the service), pay dearly in the
> long-term, or have to sell the car prematurely.
>
> Jason
>
>
>



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Old 18 Nov 2005, 08:23 pm   #7 (permalink)
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The 97 had problems with sludge.

<mechosu@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Wow! I just replaced a leaking valve cover gasket on my newly acquired
> 97 camry (4 cyl) and I was shocked at how filthy the overhead was.
> There was lots of burnt oil everywhere and the inside of the valve
> cover looked horrible. Lots of baked on oil. It looked like oily
> carbon deposits on several of the components (non contact parts of
> course). I cannot stress how important it is to get oil changes often
> and keep the oil level up. This car was run for 9,000 miles during
> one oil change and I know if frequently has had extended intervals in
> the past. I still runs strong, but I have seen plenty of overheads,
> and none were as ugly as this one. In fact my '90 corolla looked
> shiny and new inside.



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