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Old 15 Jul 2006, 12:32 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my 99 Camry V6, used and it didn't come with a users manual. I have
a couple of questions if someone could help me out. How many quarts of oil
does it take? And where is the oil pan located? I looked under the car and
think I see it but I want to be sure. Thanks for your help.
Aaron
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Old 15 Jul 2006, 01:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"booneab" <u24153@uwe> wrote in message news:634aee6b99799@uwe...
>I bought my 99 Camry V6, used and it didn't come with a users manual. I
>have
> a couple of questions if someone could help me out. How many quarts of
> oil
> does it take? And where is the oil pan located? I looked under the car
> and
> think I see it but I want to be sure. Thanks for your help.
> Aaron


Sorry, Aaron, but I'm not going to help you. With your lack of knowledge
about
oil capacity and not definitely being able to identify an oil pan, I feel
you're an ideal
candidate for a 'jiffy lube" type of establishment. You'll spend only a few
dollars
more than if you did it yourself, the old oil will be disposed of legally,
and they'll
remove and install an oil filter for you, which you might find troublesome
to do
yourself. (Also, the jack won't fall and drop the car on you while you're
underneath.)
All things considered, do yourself a favor and drop the idea of changing
your own oil...
it isn't worth it, for a few bucks saved. Your car and your guardian
angel will thank you.


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Old 15 Jul 2006, 05:50 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The oil pan is under the car, where you should not be with your lack of
knowledge of everything.

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Old 15 Jul 2006, 08:09 pm   #4 (permalink)
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It takes 5qts of oil, and the oilpan is on the bottom of the engine, which
is on the right side of the engine bay. If you are interested in doing
maintenance on your car, I would highly recommend getting a Chilton
service manual for about 20 bucks. Not only does it have information for
the questions you have, in the begining of each chapter there is a 'theory
of operation' section that gives a basic description of the systems in the
car.
And don't get bummed out by people that attack you for asking basic
questions like these. Sometimes folks get real excited when they see
someone that knows less than they do, and they use it as an opportunity to
look tough. Ask away.

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Old 16 Jul 2006, 01:39 am   #5 (permalink)
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"qslim" <Suckers@suckersdotcom> wrote in message
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> And don't get bummed out by people that attack you for asking basic
> questions like these. Sometimes folks get real excited when they see
> someone that knows less than they do, and they use it as an opportunity to
> look tough. Ask away.

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Oh, BS. I don't get "real excited" when I see an auto neophyte, nor do I
use the opportunity to 'look tough' (whatever that's supposed to mean). Nor
do I 'attack' him for asking questions. We all need to learn on occasion.
But when someone doesn't know the number of quarts of oil it takes to fill
the crankcase, nor where to find the oil pan, let alone the drain plug, and
doesn't mention anything about changing the oil filter, all I see is someone
who, given the chance, will allow the automobile to fall off the jack (no,
not jackstands, mind you, but the screwjack) while he's under the vehicle
trying to find the drain plug. I'm trying to save the fellow's life, for
pete's sake, not put him down.
But go ahead and give him all the information he needs to break his neck.
It's on YOUR head now. :-)
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Old 16 Jul 2006, 06:54 am   #6 (permalink)
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Fair enough, but that is why I insisted he review a service manual for his
car. Just because someone doesn't know how much oil his car takes doesn't
mean he can't be pointed in the right direction to figure it out. People
aren't born with the knowledge of an oil pan location.

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Old 16 Jul 2006, 07:39 am   #7 (permalink)
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mack wrote:
>allow the automobile to fall off the jack (no,
> not jackstands, mind you, but the screwjack) while he's under the vehicle
> trying to find the drain plug.

====================
Should not be necessary to use a hydraulic (or scissors) jack to drain
the oil.
Just reach under the engine oil pan to the drain plug.
Break loose the drain bolt without removing it, then slide the drain
pan under it and remove by hand - that is use the socket by hand due to
the limited clearance, the bolt is hot.
That way you're draining and filling it while level.
Usually eBay has owner's manuals for sale inexpensively, and they're
the final authority. Well worth the small investment to learn what
Toyota wanted the Owner to know. Not sure about '99 but mine has fuse
and relay locations and descriptions, specifications for light bulb
replacement, recommended lubricants and maintenance, etc.
And I agree with qslim - how you going to know the capacities without a
book?
Often they're something like 3.8 or 1.7 qts.
Just be careful you're on the correct side of the engine bay and
removing the engine oil drain plug, not automatic transmission
(although you may want to do that one next). :?)

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Old 16 Jul 2006, 11:24 am   #8 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> mack wrote:
>>allow the automobile to fall off the jack (no,
>> not jackstands, mind you, but the screwjack) while he's under the vehicle
>> trying to find the drain plug.

> ====================
> Should not be necessary to use a hydraulic (or scissors) jack to drain
> the oil.
> Just reach under the engine oil pan to the drain plug.


If you can do this without a jack(stands, that is) you're either the world's
thinnest individual, or have arms that drag on the ground! (Or you have a
lube pit built into the garage floor.) I can't imagine getting far enough
under the vehicle without hoising it up about a foot.
Comments from others who can do this without lifting the vehicle?




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Old 16 Jul 2006, 02:00 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Its a pain in the ass, but you can reach a 14mm wrench under there if all
you need to do is get the drainplug off. You can't do much more than that
( like check for leaks, look at the front inner pads, etc.), but you can
at least drain oil if you're really in a pinch.

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Old 16 Jul 2006, 04:25 pm   #10 (permalink)
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"qslim" <Suckers@suckersdotcom> wrote in message
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> Its a pain in the ass, but you can reach a 14mm wrench under there if all
> you need to do is get the drainplug off. You can't do much more than that
> ( like check for leaks, look at the front inner pads, etc.), but you can
> at least drain oil if you're really in a pinch.


Umm, if you need a wrench to get at the drainplug, can you replace it by
hand without the wrench to reach the hole? Otherwise, you have no way to
replenish the oil, right?
It's been my rule the last few years that it's just not worth the effort and
possible injury to change my own oil...and now with increased gasoline cost,
it probably costs a buck or more just to schlep the old oil back to the
recycler station. when fast lube places have an advertised special, I go
there and resist all offers to get my coolant replaced, get the transmission
fluid drained and filled, etc etc. I usually just say "it's just been
done" and that ends all discussion and sales spiel.
The only downside to my plan is that you're somewhat limited to your choice
of oil brand, but as long as it's not Pennzoil, I'm happy.
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