2003 Camry LE, Recommended maintenance

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Old 10 Apr 2006, 12:24 am   #1 (permalink)
Gene Yellin
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Default 2003 Camry LE, Recommended maintenance

I have 2003 4 cylinder camry with just over 20000 miles.

The only maintenance I have had done is oil changes (synthetic oil)
and tire rotation.

I am taking in the car this month.

Is there anything I should be sure to do? Other filters, spark plugs,
etc? The car is running fine with no discernable problems so far.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10 Apr 2006, 10:31 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2003 Camry LE, Recommended maintenance

The primary principle of basic maintenance is to check the fluids. Also
check the items in the Toyota maintenance schedule such as brake
linings, air filter, belt tension, etc.
Spark plugs go 60,000 miles for platinum and 90,000 miles for iridium,
but fluids degrade gradually.
As fluids degrade their ability to perform declines often creating
subtle effects such as increased wear at seals or elevated operating
temperatures prior to actual mechanical wear.
If you're using synthetic lubricants, you have the benefit of increased
film strength and improved resistance to thermal breakdown which
minimize wear.
Fluids you can inspect visually are power steering, brake and
transmission as well as engine oil. (color, odor - has the fluid
darkened, does it smell burned?)
Probably the minimum period for changing most fluids would be 30,000
miles (power steering, transmission, brake), but you can change the
fluid in the reservoirs yourself effecting a kind of continual
replacement regimen. For service by a mechanic, you would just wait
until the fluids darken and then pay to have them completely changed.
Chances are, if you begin a conscientious maintenance program now, and
stay with it, plus repair any minor faults as soon as they develop, you
will tire of the vehicle long before it wears out, or can drive it
virtually forever. I've seen reports of over 460,000 miles.
Of course, the alternate philosophy is wait until something breaks to
fix it and simply ignore fluid leaks until the levels drop quickly
enough to affect safe continued operation. Toyotas don't last as long
that way, but they still last a long time.

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Old 10 Apr 2006, 11:58 am   #3 (permalink)
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The care is still under warranty. Plugs NEED to be changed at 30,000
miles, several other things NEED to be actually done to keep warranty
in order.

If you have the blue "passport" booklet that came with the car, it
spells all this out. Alternatively, you can go to the official toyota
website, poke around a bit, find the owners section and you can
actually pull off the complete maintenance schedule for your vehicle,
which will detail what needs to be done at 5K, 10K, 30K etal.

Finally, you can take it to the dealership and have them do the
required 30K program, or a good independent mechanic also has access to
this information and can perform it for you.

Good luck, but make sure you do it by the book until you are out of

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Old 10 Apr 2006, 01:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2003 Camry LE, Recommended maintenance

I'll correct myself, just went out to the car and took a look at my
book. I THOUGHT plugs were due on my Camry at 30K, but apparently not?
Maybe I'm mixing it up with my Nissan <SHRUG>

Coolant and a few other things are due though. So, RTFM.... LOL

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