Nov 272009

On its last legs but still moving, hesitates and chugs a little bit when accelerating especially up hill. Idles fine but is burning a bit of oil.

I suspect that I need to look at the valve covers for the oil burning but what about the chugging? Any ideas?


Nov 172009

drove My 89 toyota camry 6 cyl, but noticed engine lights on, drove back home but then would not re start. was able to jump start it, drove it for approx 1/2 hr, but did not shut car off. When got home would not re start. checked and replaced bad alternator. Jump started but then battery would not hold charge and died. checked and replaced bad battery. Car now will turn over, but not start. had several friends look at it…. they say there is no charge to any of the spark plugs, and another theory that it is not getting any gas? I don’t understand wut could have happened between the alternator going out and being replaced to have caused this, or wut i need to fix next. I have checked all fuses that I know how to, not sure about the relays. At a complete loss of what it could be . Help!!!

Nov 082009

My 1995 Camry (226,000 miles 4 cylinder automatic) dies sporadically. If I wait 6 – 12 hours, it starts up. I replaced the plugs, wired, cap and rotor. My mechanic wants to replace the distributor. When it dies, it feels like it is out of gas, lack of acceleration, then dies. I think it is flooding out, that is why it starts after waiting. Any thoughts?

Oct 052009

I have a 2000 Toyota Camry LE with 206,000 miles on it and just had it break down on Friday night. We had it towed to my house and finally figured out the timing belt had broken. We bought a new tensioner, idler, timing belt, and water pump and my boyfriend installed it. He is pretty mechanically inclined but had no prior experience working on a Toyota. He finally got it running yesterday after having some problem getting the timing correct. However, after driving the car it doesn’t sound right to me. I have been driving this car for 9 years and know its sounds like my own heartbeat. It sounds right idling but when you press the accelerator it sounds like its louder and working harder than usual. It also seems to take longer to change gears and the rpms seem to be getting up higher before changing. It used to be hard to even hear it running. I’m concerned and my boyfriend is unsure what could be causing this change. Please help.