98 Camry LE at 100K miles

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Old 28 Dec 2006, 10:36 am   #1 (permalink)
Ajanta
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Default 98 Camry LE at 100K miles

I have a 98 Camry 6 cylinder (LE?), auto transmission. I got it when it
had 70K miles. It just reached 100K, a psychological marker that made
me wonder: what preventive maintenance should I be thinking about?

I have been good about oil, brakes, battery, tires, coolant, and
*visible* belts all along.

However, to be perfectly honest, we haven't worried about other fluids,
transmission, suspension, hidden parts (timing belts, thermostat,
pumps, etc), tune up...

The car is working just fine. I don't want to be paranoid and waste
money, just be prudent. Any advice?
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Old 30 Dec 2006, 07:19 pm   #2 (permalink)
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No such thing as a tune up any more. If you do ask for one - they will
gradely bill ya. But it consists of changing the plugs. Its probably time
to change the distributo cap and wires --- only use OEM ones. Think in that
year the owners manual said 90k for timing belt. I would drain the trans
and refill it (suspect its still Dextron 3 in 98). Don't waste $ on costly
flush(unless it is black and dirty) - just drain and refill -- and do again
in 6 months. Thermostat is cheap (if you can do yourself) and ensure your
engine warms up quickly and runs efficiently. I like to change brake fluid
every 3 years - a turkey baster cleans old out of reservior and bleeding the
brakes flushes the lines. A new air filter is nice too.

"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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>I have a 98 Camry 6 cylinder (LE?), auto transmission. I got it when it
> had 70K miles. It just reached 100K, a psychological marker that made
> me wonder: what preventive maintenance should I be thinking about?
>
> I have been good about oil, brakes, battery, tires, coolant, and
> *visible* belts all along.
>
> However, to be perfectly honest, we haven't worried about other fluids,
> transmission, suspension, hidden parts (timing belts, thermostat,
> pumps, etc), tune up...
>
> The car is working just fine. I don't want to be paranoid and waste
> money, just be prudent. Any advice?



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Old 30 Dec 2006, 08:28 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Here are my thoughts...
ALL fluids and filters need replacement if you havent done this yet.
Cabin Air filter, fuel filter, engine air, transmission and oil, power
steering fluid, brake fluid and radiator. If you didnt use distilled
water for your radiator, change it NOW.
Timing belt is a big thing, dont let this pass.
Check your spare tire and fuses. give your engine a good cleaning, blow
off with compressed air any dirt trapped your radiator, engine and
underneath.
I think, steering and suspension need not to be replaced if you dont
feel anything wrong with it, but I suggest you tighten the nuts and
bolts on your chassis and connections under your car. While your car is
stopped check for excessive freeplay in the steering wheel. Inspect the
rubber boots on your steering if deteriorated.
Spark plug as earlier mentioned. If you dont hear any tapping noises on
your engine then you dont really need to adjust your engine valve
clearance.
Add a bottle of fuel system cleaner on your next tank of gas.

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Old 31 Dec 2006, 08:43 am   #4 (permalink)
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Ajanta wrote:
> I have a 98 Camry 6 cylinder (LE?), auto transmission. I got it when it
> had 70K miles. It just reached 100K, a psychological marker that made
> me wonder: what preventive maintenance should I be thinking about?

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See the Factory Service Manual Maintenance section:
http://oregonstate.edu/~tongt/camry/index.html
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I have found actually owning the paper bound version of the Factory
Service Manual extremely helpful and use it frequently. That is your
ultimate authority on proper service and repair procedures, so if
you're doing your own work it lets you know how to do it correctly.
Found mine on eBay after repeatedly searching over a period of time.
Now that I know how useful it has become, I would probably be willing
to pay retail price to get them.
Common preventative maintenance items are timing belt. water pump, oil
seals, fluids, but you'll probably find some more esoteric items in the
FSM. For example I also found the Burrough's belt tension gauge on eBay
so I can set the A/C belt tension to 130 lbs. +/- 10 as per the book,
and have a smaller click type gauge to set the power steering belt 80
lbs.
You might be surprised how easy it is to be off considerably by
guessing from belt deflection.
You can accumulate tools as you go. Really don't need many special
tools, although an air compressor and air gun are very helpful.
This assumes you want to keep the car a long time.

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