brakes need total replacement 96 camry 4 cyl

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Old 03 Oct 2006, 10:24 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default brakes need total replacement 96 camry 4 cyl

my brakes are spongy, i believe i need to replace all of them in.
anyone have any idea if this is even worth it? my car has a host of
other problems and it is slowly dying (check engine light, though I
believe it is the O2 sensor, the AC is very sketchy when it comes to
actually working, my car lurches when i accelerate, not to mention the
hissing noise it now makes when it's in drive). i dont know if i
should just get a new one...the problem is im a college student and
funds for a new car are...well non existent.

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Old 03 Oct 2006, 10:44 am   #2 (permalink)
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zahidism@gmail.com wrote:
> my brakes are spongy, i believe i need to replace all of them in.
> anyone have any idea if this is even worth it? my car has a host of
> other problems and it is slowly dying (check engine light, though I
> believe it is the O2 sensor, the AC is very sketchy when it comes to
> actually working, my car lurches when i accelerate, not to mention the
> hissing noise it now makes when it's in drive). i dont know if i
> should just get a new one...the problem is im a college student and
> funds for a new car are...well non existent.

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Takes a lot to kill a Camry.
Bleed the brakes. (mushy can be air in the lines)
Change the O2 sensor. ( if that is what the engine code indicates)
Recharge the A/C. (if low - that could be your problem - if leaking,
repair)
Clean the throttle body. (that should fix the sticking throttle - you
can do this yourself for $2 in emission control safe carburetor cleaner
and a rag after removing one hose clamp),
Check for vacuum leaks. ( if you hear hissing, shouldn't be too hard to
locate- could just be a vacuum heater control door under the dash)

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Old 03 Oct 2006, 09:26 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Goto Autozone and they'll pull the OBD-II codes from the computer for
free. Let us know what they are. The check engine light could also be
other things, like spark plug misfires, etc.

Spongy brakes - get the brake hydraulic lines flushed. Any proper new
brake fluid will be better and a quart of Valvoline SynTech or Castrol
GT LMA even better. They are both Low Moisture Activity and DOT 3/4
compatible.

Has the timing belt, water pump, belts, seals, etc been changed? What's
the maintenance like on the car?

It won't hurt to check used car prices. A 96 is about $3-4K? Add the
the cost of maintenance and make the call. An old car is an old car.
I'll get rid of mine before it needs a new transmission.



zahidism@gmail.com wrote:
> my brakes are spongy, i believe i need to replace all of them in.
> anyone have any idea if this is even worth it? my car has a host of
> other problems and it is slowly dying (check engine light, though I
> believe it is the O2 sensor, the AC is very sketchy when it comes to
> actually working, my car lurches when i accelerate, not to mention the
> hissing noise it now makes when it's in drive). i dont know if i
> should just get a new one...the problem is im a college student and
> funds for a new car are...well non existent.


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