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post #1 of 7 Old 03-19-2017, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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OK, time to join after lots of lurking

I've used TN many times to get basic info and tips. Currently I'm trying to replace the rusted out rear cross member in my 1999 Camry. Time to step back and regroup before getting too aggressive.

For the most part I'm not into show or race, but believe that the most practical bang for the vehicle buck is in a well maintained older vehicle. I've done basic maintenance through timing belts, chains, etc. I'm a jack of many trades (electrician, engineer, locksmith-basic tinkerer, remodeler, etc).

I'm a firm believer that if I buy a vehicle, the title means that I, not the manufacturer owns it. The stealership can sink or swim in competition with aftermarket competitors. In Toyota's defense, they do make a pretty decent machine. I've owned 3 Toyota/Geos, after many more US branded vehicles. The first Geo has 305K miles and needs its first major repair. It has NEVER stranded me in that 305K miles either!
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-19-2017, 04:28 PM
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I'm a firm believer that if I buy a vehicle, the title means that I, not the manufacturer owns it. The stealership can sink or swim in competition with aftermarket competitors.
Totally agree with that, for cars and any other product. That's why I would never buy a Dell again: It's not your computer it's Dell's, and they'll allow you only as much access to its systems as they want.



Anyway, glad to see you joined up with the forums after some time. It's definitely worth it. Welcome aboard!



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Um..., I'm running about a 5 yr old Dell. But I switched from MicroShaft to Linux as an operating system. Faster, free, and extremely stable. Some of the largest institutions use it because it is rock solid. Linux is generally virus free, 100% legal, and free. Some versions will charge $5-10 for the CD, but you can download most versions for free. I run mine from a USB stick because I've been too lazy to completely install it. Linux can read and write MS files, and includes an office suite which reads MS formats. If you want more info, let me know.

Back to Toyota. The 99 Camry is giving me fits trying to remove two bolts. These are the ones that go through the 20-24 inch links that hold the rear spindle assemblies and control toe-in. The nuts and the rear adjustable arms are free. But, two weeks of penetrating oil, moderate propane torch heat, 1/2 inch cordless impact driver, sledge hammer strikes; and the bolts are still rust-welded in place. I'm not sure how to research a better approach. One thought is to find out if the affected rubber bushings can be replaced, then get more aggressive with heat which will destroy the rubber.

In any case it is time to back off, have a beer, and look for help.
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I run Linux too, as well as OpenOffice, etc. I'm talking primarily on the hardware side of things, where Dell pretty much locks users out of the motherboard. At any rate, that's a whole other issue from cars....

Regarding those bolts, I'd definitely float that issue to the other forum members and see what solutions they may have for you. I haven't had much success dealing with similar bolt/nut freezes, and I know how maddening that issue can be. Wish I could offer you specific advice, but again hopefully some of the Camry owners can help you out.



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Hello there SparkyTom, and welcome to TN! I see you've asked your question in the Gen3/4 Camry forum and are getting some good responses. Good luck with it!

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Welcome to Toyotanation, glad to have you join up I had a Dell for many years. It was a ripping machine from the get go. I upgraded the graphics card and power supply but didn't mess with the mother board. I never had a reason to, if it ain't broke don't fix it
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