Check Engine Light On for 2000 Camry V6

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Old 06 May 2006, 11:23 am   #1 (permalink)
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The light just turned ON yesterday after I restarted the car. I have
looked for topics here regarding this. I will try to diagnose it
myself before bringing it to the dealer (which could be expensive).
One of the suggestions from my Haynes manual is a bad oil pump. If
this is the case, then I shouldn't drive the car with a bad oil pump.
Any body knows how to determine if the oil pump is not working?

thanks.

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Old 06 May 2006, 12:30 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Check with Autozone or your local auto parts store and see if they have
an OBD-II reader that you can borrow for free. That will pull the code
from the car to see what the problem is.

Oil pump is made of two simple rotary gears. Very reliable. Large pump
clearance can lead to low oil pressure, but you will usually hear valve
taps with that. I suspect if that's even your source of the problem
unless the car didn't get oil changes or you have the oil sludge
problem with oil passages all plugged up. I doubt that for now.


aiuser wrote:
> The light just turned ON yesterday after I restarted the car. I have
> looked for topics here regarding this. I will try to diagnose it
> myself before bringing it to the dealer (which could be expensive).
> One of the suggestions from my Haynes manual is a bad oil pump. If
> this is the case, then I shouldn't drive the car with a bad oil pump.
> Any body knows how to determine if the oil pump is not working?
>
> thanks.


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Old 06 May 2006, 01:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Leaving a gas cap loose can cause it, if your pump was bad you would
hear alot of noise from the motor. I would not worry just go to an
autostore and get it read free.

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Old 08 May 2006, 11:08 am   #4 (permalink)
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In article <1146932591.623137.79820@e56g2000cwe.googlegroups. com>,
"aiuser" <tsiu2k@yahoo.ca> wrote:

> The light just turned ON yesterday after I restarted the car. I have
> looked for topics here regarding this. I will try to diagnose it
> myself before bringing it to the dealer (which could be expensive).
> One of the suggestions from my Haynes manual is a bad oil pump. If
> this is the case, then I shouldn't drive the car with a bad oil pump.
> Any body knows how to determine if the oil pump is not working?
>
> thanks.


Question: if you don't know the code, how can the manual "suggest" a
bad oil pump?

If you do the work yourself, double-check the diagnostic code the
AutoZone gives you. I had the light go on once in my '02, went to
AutoZone, and they ran it and told me I'd need to replace the Catalytic
Converter. I took it to the dealer at the end of my trip and it was a
MAF sensor; they replaced it, been fine ever since.

So draw what conclusions you will, but double-check.

FWIW (not much more than .02)
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Old 08 May 2006, 05:19 pm   #5 (permalink)
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The oil warning light would probably be on ....

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Old 11 May 2006, 02:28 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Take it to autozone and get the code pulled for free.

look it up or ask them what it means. could be a gas cap or one of the
sensors went out.

Dealers charge $80 to diagnose the prob.



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Old 11 May 2006, 06:59 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks all for their input. Engine oil looks a bit low, so add some.
Also tighten the gas cap again. Reset engine light by pulling the
battery cable. Has been running fine without light turning on again
for the last few days. So hopefully problem fixed.

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Old 11 May 2006, 07:01 pm   #8 (permalink)
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The manual suggest possible reasons why engine light can turn on, and
bad oil pump is one of them.

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Old 13 May 2006, 10:21 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, the dealer will charge you $80 if you come in, have it diagnosed and
then go elsewhere. If you have them fix it, they waive the diagnosis off.

"skewe" <skewe1970@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Take it to autozone and get the code pulled for free.
>
> look it up or ask them what it means. could be a gas cap or one of the
> sensors went out.
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> Dealers charge $80 to diagnose the prob.
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Old 22 May 2006, 11:12 am   #10 (permalink)
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In article <1147392107.327880.89790@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups. com>,
"aiuser" <tsiu2k@yahoo.ca> wrote:

> The manual suggest possible reasons why engine light can turn on, and
> bad oil pump is one of them.


A few people have been responding that "yes, it could be the oil pump."
Not to be a grump, but let me repeat:

If the "check engine" light (not other lights, that one) comes on, there
are about 25 things that could cause it. Just saying "it could be a bad
oil pump" is just as valid as saying, "it could be the gas cap" or "it
could be the MAF sensor."

Gist: until you get a proper diagnosis, you won't know! Do you really
want to go replace the oil pump because that "could be" what caused the
light to come on?

Take it to the dealer, have a proper diagnosis, have them fix it (no
diagnosis fee that way), drive away with peace of mind.

There's nothing worse that being on a longish trip and having that damn
light come on cause you just can't ignore it. Even though it means
"take it to the dealer when you get a chance," every time you look at
the speedo cluster you see that light and start worrying about "what
could this be?" And there's lots of stuff it "could be."
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