Camry '99 problems.

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Old 28 Sep 2006, 03:42 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Camry '99 problems.

Hi everyone,

I'm in college (and hence very poor) and I just got myself a used '99
camry LE V6 stick shift (my first car!!). It's a great car and I love
the way it drives (heavy, unlike Hondas, and sturdy). Since the past
few weeks I've been noticing a few things in the car that I don't know
should be a cause for concern or not. I'm hoping it's not because I
can't afford to fix anything as of now since I'm already about to shell
out a lot to change the timing belt and water pump. Anway, here are the
problems:

1. On some days, the car (and steering wheels) shakes mildy to a little
violently when I brake from speeds upwards of 60mph. Hope it's just a
tire rotation/balancing problem. Please advise.

2. After any amount of driving, when I get out of the car, it makes a
dripping sound, a drop by drop sound somewhere in some hollow chamber
in the car since there are no visible leaks of any liquid under the
car. It just makes some resonating sounds when I'm done driving from
somewhere near the undercarriage, and its usually in 1 second delays
(drip -(1sec)-drip) and sounds like its falling on metal. Recently, it
started to drip really fast so I'm getting concerned (at least 2 times
faster). Any ideas?

3. Also, does anyone know why the lights keep turning on even though
its around 3 in the afternoon? How do they work? by the clock in the
car or some sensor that measures darkness around you? I hate it how I
can't control the headlights.

That's it for now. Thank you all for your time.

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Old 28 Sep 2006, 06:19 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Ag '08 wrote:
> 1. On some days, the car (and steering wheels) shakes mildy to a little
> violently when I brake from speeds upwards of 60mph. Hope it's just a
> tire rotation/balancing problem. Please advise.


This can be something as relatively harmless as warped brake rotors or
as serious as a ball joint about to separate. If I were you, I would
have the undercarriage inspected by someone you trust.

> 3. Also, does anyone know why the lights keep turning on even though
> its around 3 in the afternoon? How do they work? by the clock in the
> car or some sensor that measures darkness around you? I hate it how I
> can't control the headlights.


This is likely a feature called Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) which is
mandated by all sensible, safety-conscious countries. There is a way to
disable them by pulling a module in the fuse box, but I've never done it
myself.
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Old 28 Sep 2006, 11:46 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Ag '08" <vaikuntht@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> 2. After any amount of driving, when I get out of the car, it makes a
> dripping sound, a drop by drop sound somewhere in some hollow chamber
> in the car since there are no visible leaks of any liquid under the
> car. It just makes some resonating sounds when I'm done driving from
> somewhere near the undercarriage, and its usually in 1 second delays
> (drip -(1sec)-drip) and sounds like its falling on metal. Recently, it
> started to drip really fast so I'm getting concerned (at least 2 times
> faster). Any ideas?


This kind of noise is usually of no consequence. I can be the thin metal
heat-shielding around the exhaust pipes cooling down, or in some engines,
oil dripping back into the sump or resevoir pan. The airconditioner
evaporator (the part which gets cold) has outside air passing thru it, even
on recirculate there is still some, and the condensation which forms on the
evap will collect in a small pocket which has a hose so the water is drained
onto the road. This continues for a few minutes after parking and engine
switch-off. Now if the hose has moved slightly it maybe directing the
condensation onto a piece of the car's bodywork or the exhaust,..like I
said, I dont think its a problem.

Jason


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Old 29 Sep 2006, 05:59 am   #4 (permalink)
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Shit, where I live we are clever enough to turn the lights on for ourselves!

"Nobody Important" <Dr.Xenon1@gmail.NOSPAM.com> wrote in message
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> Ag '08 wrote:
> > 1. On some days, the car (and steering wheels) shakes mildy to a little
> > violently when I brake from speeds upwards of 60mph. Hope it's just a
> > tire rotation/balancing problem. Please advise.

>
> This can be something as relatively harmless as warped brake rotors or
> as serious as a ball joint about to separate. If I were you, I would
> have the undercarriage inspected by someone you trust.
>
> > 3. Also, does anyone know why the lights keep turning on even though
> > its around 3 in the afternoon? How do they work? by the clock in the
> > car or some sensor that measures darkness around you? I hate it how I
> > can't control the headlights.

>
> This is likely a feature called Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) which is
> mandated by all sensible, safety-conscious countries. There is a way to
> disable them by pulling a module in the fuse box, but I've never done it
> myself.



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