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My 99 Camry LE has about 110,000 miles on it. I was driving back from the gym and halfway heard a weird noise from under the hood. I was not sure what it is and thought my tires were blown ...My apartment was less than a few meters away and I slowly rolled to park it on street. I got out and found a light black fluid leaking from under the hood. I had turned off the engine and i tried turning it on again and the sound grew louder and weirder ..I did not fully crank the engine fearing it might burst or something..

I will call AAA and tow it to a Toyota dealer..Not sure what the issue is? anyone?
 

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Looks like the water pump and timing belt has to be replaced....will get them from pepboys tomorrow...
 

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Looks like the water pump and timing belt has to be replaced....will get them from pepboys tomorrow...
While you're in there, be sure to replace the oil seals -- extra cost and time are both minimal when you're already down in that area, and those suckers will probably be leaking pretty good by the next time you need to change the timing belt
 

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Is the fluid slippery and water like or oil?

The leak was coolant ..the guy who came to check tasted it a bit and it was sweet confirming it was coolant. The coolant tank was empty..any idea why coolant would leak so massively if timing belt fails?
 

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While you're in there, be sure to replace the oil seals -- extra cost and time are both minimal when you're already down in that area, and those suckers will probably be leaking pretty good by the next time you need to change the timing belt
I am not a car guy so I am getting someone from craigslist to do it tomorrow. I will let him know that. Thanks for advice.

he asked me to buy timing belt and water pump for replacement. .He asked me to make sure the pepboys shop has tensioner if required tomorrow. Do I need to buy anything for the oil seals?
 

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I am not a car guy so I am getting someone from craigslist to do it tomorrow. I will let him know that. Thanks for advice.

he asked me to buy timing belt and water pump for replacement. .He asked me to make sure the pepboys shop has tensioner if required tomorrow. Do I need to buy anything for the oil seals?
Yeah, the crankshaft front oil seal for sure -- easy to replace, and it's pretty much always leaking at 100K+ miles. If I were doing the work on my rig, I'd replace the oil pump oil seal and the oil pump o-ring but that requires pulling and disassembling the oil pump...you could ask the wrencher how much extra it would cost you.
 

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The leak was coolant ..the guy who came to check tasted it a bit and it was sweet confirming it was coolant. The coolant tank was empty..any idea why coolant would leak so massively if timing belt fails?
<handwave mode on> I'd assume the water pump cratered in such a way as to leak some coolant. Since the timing belt drives the water pump, if the failure locked up the water pump, the belt is likely to break / lose teeth / stretch out of spec. <handwave mode off>
 

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as for replacing the seals - the oil pump "o-ring" is the number one failure for oil leaks on the 4-cyl engines pre-02. front crank seal will show oil if this o-ring is leaking, which is why it looks bad... but the front crank seal is much easier to replace than the oil pump so it prolly gets done more often. much more important is the oil pump since the pump itself is creating the pressure and will blow more oil out as its seals get worse over time. since the timing belt also drives the oil pump, it's a good idea to replace its seals (there are 2 for the oil pump) when replacing the timing belt. it's only about 10 minutes more work if you take your time. a good mechanic working quickly can do the oil pump seals in about 2 minutes.
 

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Ok so the guy did the job and car runs now. The only difference I noticed was a different revving sound when I step on the gas.

The issue was the water pump had it ball bearings all messed up which in turn locked it. So the timing belt was not moving at all.... replaced the belt and the pump and filled the radiator with Toyota RED coolant.

One think i noticed was it had green fluid before and now Toyota dealer said red is good for 99 camry.. Its okay to use red , right ?
 

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Ok so the guy did the job and car runs now. The only difference I noticed was a different revving sound when I step on the gas.

The issue was the water pump had it ball bearings all messed up which in turn locked it. So the timing belt was not moving at all.... replaced the belt and the pump and filled the radiator with Toyota RED coolant.

One think i noticed was it had green fluid before and now Toyota dealer said red is good for 99 camry.. Its okay to use red , right ?
Did you flush the antifreeze before adding the red? Toyota long-life Red is good stuff (diluted 50/50 with distilled water, of course), but I've heard that mixing Toyota Red and some generic green antifreezes will gel up. I'd search the forum here or google for "antifreeze gel" to make sure you're OK.
 

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Did you flush the antifreeze before adding the red? Toyota long-life Red is good stuff (diluted 50/50 with distilled water, of course), but I've heard that mixing Toyota Red and some generic green antifreezes will gel up. I'd search the forum here or google for "antifreeze gel" to make sure you're OK.
no flush was done..only drain.... The guy added the coolant directly into the radiator and the tank....was dilution required?
 

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Did you flush the antifreeze before adding the red? Toyota long-life Red is good stuff (diluted 50/50 with distilled water, of course), but I've heard that mixing Toyota Red and some generic green antifreezes will gel up. I'd search the forum here or google for "antifreeze gel" to make sure you're OK.
part no used was 00272-1LLAC-01 for coolant and the guy did NOT dilute it...
 

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Ok I drove 2 miles this morning and got a CEL P0340 ...and engine started overheating..temperatures rose close to red mark...I returned back home .....How should I go about now?
 

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Check the coolant level, its possible that the air trapped inside the cooling system released and your low on coolant.

P0340 has to do with the crankshaft positioning sensor, maybe it got damaged during the timing belt change since its right down there.
 

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Check the coolant level, its possible that the air trapped inside the cooling system released and your low on coolant.

P0340 has to do with the crankshaft positioning sensor, maybe it got damaged during the timing belt change since its right down there.
Thanks. Should I check coolant level in reservoir? Also yesterday the guy filled it without adding water. If coolant is low should i add water + red toyota coolant in reservoir?

Would damage to crankshaft positioning sensor casuse furthur damage?
 

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Check the coolant level, its possible that the air trapped inside the cooling system released and your low on coolant.

P0340 has to do with the crankshaft positioning sensor, maybe it got damaged during the timing belt change since its right down there.
You were right carsrus....I opened the hood and found the reservoir empty !! :headbang: So the trapped air is gone and the system sucked up the cooland? Also I did not check the radiator level. Should I ? I guess I will add tap water + red coolant and add it to reservoir...what do you advice?
 

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Yeah the radiator sucked up all the fluid. Read the bottle to see if its pre diluted or not. If its already diluted then your fine.

If he forgot to dilute it you should be alright but you never know. I would drain it and dilute it and put the extra back in the bottle just to be safe.
The 4 cyl camry takes 1 gallon of coolant so next time you do a flush fill the radiator up and pour the rest of it into the resevoir and dont worry if its over the full line, itll bubble out.

If the cars running fine after this get the check engine light checked out, he probably damaged the wiring and/or the sensor.
 
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