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Camry 5th & 6th Gen (2002-2006 & 2007-2011)/2nd Gen Solara (2004-2008) Toyota Camry Discussion for years 2002-2006 & 2007-2011, as well as Solara Discussion for years 2004-2008. Topics of discussion range from fuel economy, safety, modifications, performance all involving America's favorite family car, the Toyota Camry.

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Just FYI re: Pennzoil Ultra Platinum:

A mechanical engineer by the name 540 RAT has a blog and has done (and continues to do) various wear and temp testing of motor oils (among many other things) - there are no page numbers as it is one HUGE page, but it is near the top. He has rated the Pennzoil Ultra Platinum as #1 in wear protection of the newest Pennzoil synthetics (section 15 and 16 of his blog). Section 14 indicates its wear protection if you put in a certain additive (highest he has ever seen to date). It ranks #27 out of 159 oils in his list right out of the bottle, but many of those ranked higher have an additive in it. When he put in Prolong Engine Treatment it is the #1 ranked oil on his list. He states he has no affiliation with any oil company or additive company, and is not recommending anything, just reporting data.

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For Coolant, adding OEM brand. Found at Pepboys.

OEM has concentrate version of Blue SKU:879925, Red SKU:879901, Pink SKU:879899. Red (Toyota) and Blue (Honda) basically the same.

This coolant is like Zerex Asian (is 50/50) but available as concentrate. $20

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Vehicle Maintenance and Care

Great post. Almost all the information that i was needing in just a post.

I bought a 2009 Toyota Camry SE two months ago. It has about 90K miles, but looks in very good condition.
When I bought the car, I realized just oil changes, many friends tell me I should change distribution chain, spark plug, etc. I was reading the manual and says it's not time to make those changes.
What maintenance activities should be done immediately?. At what time should I change spark plugs and distribution chain?.


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Great post. Almost all the information that i was needing in just a post.

I bought a 2009 Toyota Camry SE two months ago. It has about 90K miles, but looks in very good condition.
When I bought the car, I realized just oil changes, many friends tell me I should change distribution chain, spark plug, etc. I was reading the manual and says it's not time to make those changes.
What maintenance activities should be done immediately?. At what time should I change spark plugs and distribution chain?.


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Welcome to the best Toyo site in the known Universe (even the Alpha Centauri techs beam into TN). All depends on the maintenance history - and I think you are referring to the timing chain.

If plugs and fluids were changed prior you are OK - if not you should consider changing the plugs just to have a fresh start. Drain and flush the trans fluid and change it's filter (hartopte has a DIY). Flush the coolant. Change the PCV valve. Clean the MAF and throttle body. All steps on this site. This covers you for the driving habits the prior owner(s) might have had.
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Thanks for your response.
You are right, I meant the timing chain.
I bought the car at auction and have no history than carfax says.
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Thanks for your response.
You are right, I meant the timing chain.
I bought the car at auction and have no history than carfax says.
The fluids and things above are fairly easy to do and a good preventative since your not sure how well the car was maintained. 90k isn't too bad for major systems (timing chain, cat, O2 sensor, valves, main gaskets and such) but soon you may consider struts, ball joints, cv axles. Around 100k start thinking and keeping your eye on them.

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what's the dimensions for the tranny fluid drain plug? i wanna do a drain and fill soon and saw it was hexagon shaped, what size hex key/allen wrench do i need to remove that drain plug and just draining the oil and adding in maxlife is good enough right? i have 158k now and plan to do it at 160k.
The drain plug takes a 10-mm hex. I would use a proper hex socket instead of a hex key. The latter will break the bolt loose when you drain the fluid, but it will not give you enough lever arm to tighten it to anything close to the 36 ft-lb torque specification. If memory serves, Sears Craftsman has a sub-$10 metric hex socket set in its Evolv line.

You can do a simple drain and fill, but personally I would do a cooler line bleed and fill as well, especially if the transmission fluid hasn't been touched in more than 30,000 miles. It does not take much additional effort once you have the car on ramps and the left-hand cover removed, and it gets you much closer to 100% fluid replacement. If you use Valvoline MaxLife, I would use the synthetic version.

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also is ziebart rust proofing good and is it recommended at this point on my 03 car? i heard they drill holes and this auto tint shop offers rust proofing without drilling holes for cheaper, so should i do it there or at a dealer that offers rust proofing? Thanks.
I would reject immediately any rustproofing method that involves drilling holes, since those will eventually become rust initiation points. I don't live in an area where aftermarket rustproofing is justified, so I can't comment on the relative merits of treatments that don't involve drilling holes.
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Adding to above, I think the drain plug is M16. Make sure to have a crush washer handy if you do not know the condition of existing one for possible reuse. Might as well change it.

engineer20, it might be a good idea to post issues like seatbelt in the normal forum. You will get more feedback.

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I made a MAJOR addition by adding suspension info for all models.

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For transmission filters, is the Beck Arnley 044-0331 actually correct for a 2005 Toyota Camry LE 5 speed 2AZFE 4 cylinder (as listed in original post)? For both RockAuto and Amazon, this part number does not appear to fit my car. Instead, I've gotten the impression that Beck Arnley 044-0316 may be the correct part number. Have I made a mistake?

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