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5th & 6th Generation (2002-2006 & 2007-2011) Toyota Camry Discussion for years: 2002-2006 & 2007-2011 Topics of discussion range from fuel economy, safety, modifications, performance all involving America's favorite family car, the Toyota Camry.

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Old 02-07-2010, 11:47 AM   #16 (permalink)
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So the oil line is only for the v6 correct? and you dont have to wait for the letter if you know you fall under the category for recall, just say i feel unsafe in my car and i want to set an appointment to fix this situation as soon as possible, then they should be more inclined at helping, and if they don't, tell them they are held responsible for not fixing the situation when it can be. Some jerk dealerships will do that. Remeber, this is your car, your life, and they need to tend to your needs because you are their customer!
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So the oil line is only for the v6 correct? and you dont have to wait for the letter if you know you fall under the category for recall, just say i feel unsafe in my car and i want to set an appointment to fix this situation as soon as possible, then they should be more inclined at helping, and if they don't, tell them they are held responsible for not fixing the situation when it can be. Some jerk dealerships will do that. Remeber, this is your car, your life, and they need to tend to your needs because you are their customer!
V6 only
Just call, give them your Vehicle ID number and scheduale the recall repair.
they will have the information.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Just got rid of an '06 Avalon, I don't know if the camry uses the 3.5 engine. If it does the oil line is not the only place the oil will leak from. That engine will also leak from the top of the timing cover/assembly. I had both of these problems. When I asked my dealership about it I was told "That will happen". Also both of these times the oil light NEVER came on. The first time the case went dry, the second time I lost 3 quarts, but never a light.
Your dealer is probably right. You probably had a bad oil seal(s) which may be common on this engine.
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The leaks are noted in two separate TSB's. However according to Cramer's Toyota's service department "You have an extended warranty don't you?" The last seal went at 64000 miles........4000 miles outside of the power train warranty.
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I can only wonder if the reinforced rubber fix..will it last for the life of the car...
for me the life of a car is 300,000 miles.
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Just got rid of an '06 Avalon, I don't know if the camry uses the 3.5 engine. If it does the oil line is not the only place the oil will leak from. That engine will also leak from the top of the timing cover/assembly. I had both of these problems. When I asked my dealership about it I was told "That will happen". Also both of these times the oil light NEVER came on. The first time the case went dry, the second time I lost 3 quarts, but never a light.
The rubber hose on the VVTi that fails is behind the "timing cover". Both leaks are probably because of the hose failure.
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My dealer's service department only replaces the rubber part (improved rubber/clamps). Is there any way to appeal this to Toyota and ask for an all metal line to be installed?

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My dealer's service department only replaces the rubber part (improved rubber/clamps). Is there any way to appeal this to Toyota and ask for an all metal line to be installed?

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Offer to pay for the parts, well worth it and it will fit.
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I'll certainly try, but I doubt they will go for it. There is much more labor involved in replacing the whole line versus just replacing a piece of rubber.

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My labor charge was $100.00 less 10%. It looks like removing the "timing gear cover" is a good part of the job. I think this has to be removed even if they just replace the hose. My dealer just had the metal line as they said there had been such a demand for the "improved" line with the rubber center piece they couldn't get any. Doesn't hurt to ask.
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I checked the NEW HOSE and the NEW CLAMPS at the dealer's and it's the same as what is on my V6 Camry now. So they must have either changed it before I purchased it (doubt it) or it was fixed on the assembly line with the new reinforced hose. But I spoke with my service tech manager (who is a friend) and he said, I kid you not. Don't worry about it because i have an extended warranty through 2014. He said if it goes, drive the car until the engine seizes and they'll gladly replace the whole thing at Toyota's expense. We'll see what happens. 38,000 miles so far and no problems yet.

If I don't experience a failure than I will pay to have the metal line put on just before my warranty expires...then I should be set.
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