Check engine light after fuel filter change

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 12:21 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Caio,

I own a 1996 Camry LE V6. It's been a pleasure to own.

I had recently gone to EZ-Lube and got my fuel filter changed. I
watched them take out the stock Toyota fuel filter and replace it with
a no brand name generic filter. My first gut instinct was, "wow, that
generic fuel filter looks WAY smaller than the stock Toyota filter", I
figured the size is irrelevant for fuel filters.

So it's been about 1 week, and now the check engine light came on. I
"feel" like my engine is not getting the gas it should (the response in
terms of acceleration was much better before the generic fuel filter
change).

Also, when I listen closely to the engine, at about every so many
seconds I hear the engine dropping in RPM when idle. Now, I don't
actually see the drop in RPM on the meter, but I can hear it with the
hood open.

One other thing I've noticed, there is a slight "whirrrr" sound when I
hit the gas. People have told me the check engine light may come on
after the car thinks it's time for an oil change, and it can be fixed
by "reseting" the oil change counter or something along those lines,
but how do I do that?

Regards and TIA

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 01:56 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Your camry doesnt have a "change oil light." Only the newer models are
pre-programed to flash either the maintainence req. light or service
engine soon light, which is also considered the check engine light.

When dealing with fuel filters, size DOES matter. Unfortunately, they
might have not only installed a generic fuel filter, but one that fits
theoretically but is not an acceptable replacement for your particular
vehicle.

I'd say take it back or get a toyota fuel filter installed. You can reset
the check engine light by removing the battery terminal cables, waiting a
mintue, and then reconnecting them.

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 04:35 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You cannot re-set the light by disconnecting the battery. Yes, it will
turn the light off, but only temporarily. If there is a problem, it will
come back on. You can go to AutoZone and have it decoded. They do it for
free. The CEL usually comes on because it has detected a problem with the
emissions system.

Let us know what code you get.

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 06:50 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Lesson learned I hope..They have the cheapest generic one size fits
all if not we duct tape it parts. I would say go back but no idea what
they will screw up next.

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 11:54 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"drtrubble" <insanetoucan@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Caio,
>
> I own a 1996 Camry LE V6. It's been a pleasure to own.
>
> I had recently gone to EZ-Lube and got my fuel filter changed. I
> watched them take out the stock Toyota fuel filter and replace it with
> a no brand name generic filter. My first gut instinct was, "wow, that
> generic fuel filter looks WAY smaller than the stock Toyota filter", I
> figured the size is irrelevant for fuel filters.
>
> So it's been about 1 week, and now the check engine light came on. I
> "feel" like my engine is not getting the gas it should (the response in
> terms of acceleration was much better before the generic fuel filter
> change).
>
> Also, when I listen closely to the engine, at about every so many
> seconds I hear the engine dropping in RPM when idle. Now, I don't
> actually see the drop in RPM on the meter, but I can hear it with the
> hood open.
>
> One other thing I've noticed, there is a slight "whirrrr" sound when I
> hit the gas. People have told me the check engine light may come on
> after the car thinks it's time for an oil change, and it can be fixed
> by "reseting" the oil change counter or something along those lines,
> but how do I do that?
>
> Regards and TIA


The filter maybe inferior in capacity, but unless you had a lot of dirt etc
in the tank, the new filter should not caise any problems until it either 1.
allows a particle of dirt to go past it and block an injector, in which case
the car would lose power from the associated cylinder or 2. the filter would
block causing engine shutdown due low fuel-pressure. I cant see how it could
cause the problems you are mentioning. The code-reader may clear things up.

A note on filter sizes.

On the Mitsubishi MPFI 2.6L Astron motors the early filters were huge, about
4 inches diameter. The later models have a much smaller filter. So is size
all that relevant? In any case, a Toyota filter may have been prudent,..but
as I said, not sure, at this early stage if it would matter.

Jason


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Old 16 Nov 2005, 05:12 am   #6 (permalink)
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Do yourself a favor.
Don't get mechanical work done at EZ-lube.
There's a difference betwwen a skilled mechanic and the people who do
the oil changes for a living.
There's also a difference between Toyota genuine parts and low cost
alternates.
Your choice.
Perhaps you should consider yourself fortunate that the problem became
apparent right away.
If you notice changes in the car's behaviour right after the service
work, that's a good clue it was related.
Best bet: have the work re done at a reputable shop.
Maybe just me, but I've had horrid experiences at chain outlets.
For example:
Quick lube place had the transmission (manual) fill plug so tight and
mangled it took the shop owner (elsewhere) half an hour with an
acetylene torch to remove it when refilling after a clutch replacement.
Tire shop forgot the cotter pin on a ball joint replacement which
caused the front corner of the car to come crashing down without
warning months later.
Transmission chain rebuilt four speed transmission (manual) and when
the linkage was misadjusted so it only had three gears their response
was: "You must have the three speed model."

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Old 17 Nov 2005, 03:42 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Do yourself a favor.
> Don't get mechanical work done at EZ-lube.
> There's a difference betwwen a skilled mechanic and the people who do
> the oil changes for a living.
> There's also a difference between Toyota genuine parts and low cost
> alternates.
> Your choice.
> Perhaps you should consider yourself fortunate that the problem became
> apparent right away.
> If you notice changes in the car's behaviour right after the service
> work, that's a good clue it was related.
> Best bet: have the work re done at a reputable shop.
> Maybe just me, but I've had horrid experiences at chain outlets.
> For example:
> Quick lube place had the transmission (manual) fill plug so tight and
> mangled it took the shop owner (elsewhere) half an hour with an
> acetylene torch to remove it when refilling after a clutch replacement.
> Tire shop forgot the cotter pin on a ball joint replacement which
> caused the front corner of the car to come crashing down without
> warning months later.
> Transmission chain rebuilt four speed transmission (manual) and when
> the linkage was misadjusted so it only had three gears their response
> was: "You must have the three speed model."


If it wasn't so serious (especially the "You must have the three speed
model." comment) it would be arm-pinchingly funny (pinch your arm to make
sure you aren't dreaming). I can only fully agree that it is imperitive a
good reputable mechanical workshop is employed to do work on your car. They
may charge "by the book" (labor times for each job determined by the
industry regulator), but at least you know that the best of work is done AND
if there is a subsequent problem, they will happily check it out for you AND
if it's their fault, my experience is, they will not bill you for the fix.

How do you find a reputable mechanic if you don't wish to use a dealer's
facilities? Ask around. Ask as many people you can, who is their mechanic
and have they had any problems with jobs which are not (as Dan says) just
"oil and lube".

I had some aork done which I couldn't fix myself. It was related to a 351
Ford V8 which was "dual-fuel" ie petrol or LPG. The fix took the mechanic
many hours, but he finally found it ( a small leak between the EGR and a
special composite gasket ($30 a pop) at the carby base. By comparison, I had
spent many months trying to find why the car ran intermittantly rough on
LPG. The bill was $500 or so, because some machining was done etc,..but I
was happy to pay it, for they were a professional outfit who took the time
to show-me the buggered parts, and how they proceeded to the eventual fix.

Jason


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Old 21 Nov 2005, 12:29 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks all.

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Old 23 Nov 2005, 11:56 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Go to Autozone and have them read the check engine code. Let us know
what it is.

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