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About greggolden

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    Greg Golden

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  • Toyota Model*
    Camry SE
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    California (CA)
  • Annual Mileage
    10,001 to 15,000
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  1. First, phone the service advisor at the Toyota dealer and get their price. Ask them what brand of shock absorbers they use. Second, phone an independent garage you like (or a chain like Pep Boys, if you like them) and ask the same questions. For things like shocks, I've had good results using Pep Boys. I expect them to charge less than Toyota would. Replacing shocks at 80,000 miles is probably a good idea. Also check the front shocks at the same time. They are expensive, but important to your steering.
  2. My car is a 2011 Camry SE and I don't think it has the little steel door either. I am aware that these cars use a slightly pressurized tank, with the pressure contained by the gas cap. If there is a leak, or if the gas cap is off, the car will not start. Safety feature, you know. So, that little steel door is probably not important any longer.
  3. Michelle, Snow? Not a problem here. In some parts of California, it is, but not here. Synthetic oil: Yes, it came with synthetic oil and the manufacturer says it can go 10,000 miles between oil changes, so it makes it very easy to remember. The syn. oil costs almost twice as much but if it lasts twice as long, it's worth it. Plus it means fewer trips to the dealer. While getting your oil changed every 10,000 miles, look at your maintenance book very carefully. See what the mfr. (Toyota) recommends. The dealer will want to sell you a variety of little "extra" service procedures, most of which can wait. Be careful in comparing what they suggest, to what the mfr. really says is necessary. Battery: Yes, if you are in a cold climate, the battery will die sooner. Just a fact of life. Cheers, Greg
  4. Hi Michelle It should NOT need a lot of warm-up time. I give mine maybe 60 seconds of idle time to get the oil flowing, that's about it. Just drive it gently for a few miles while the engine continues to warm up. Make sure you have the right grade of oil for your climate. (If the car was purchased through a real Toyota dealer in your area, this should be OK already. Make sure the coolant is mixed correctly for your climate. Again, the dealer should have done this. My car is a 2011 Camry SE and it has been totally trouble free. The brakes warped at about 35,000 miles and the dealer replaced them "under warranty" which was nice. Otherwise, I just get minor checkups every 10,000 miles and the car has taken me everywhere. Oh, this year she needed new tires and a new battery. But that's normal at 65,000 miles. Enjoy! Greg
  5. It looks like the author is creating real CD's with CDAUDIO tracks, not MP3's. AS some members said, it makes sense just to get a new CD player which will play both CDAUDIO and MP3's. I believe most new players can handle both.
  6. Sorry for the bad luck with this car. I am only glad that you went off your mom's good experience with her Prius. Generally I have heard they are very reliable. My car is a 2011 Camry SE (not the hybrid however). Also a good car.
  7. My car is a 2011 Camry SE. The first owner installed Xenon headlight bulbs (and the ballasts needed to power them). Basically, each ballast mounts on the engine compartment wall near the headlight. The original headlight power plug goes into the ballast, and out of the ballast is a special connector which mates with the new bulb. Each bulb requires its own ballast. I suggest you buy the bulbs and ballasts together to be sure they are a matched set. BUT: I've had some trouble with connectors breaking down in this system, and now one bulb burned out. If I were doing it all over again, I think I would stay with standard Halogen headlights. Less troublesome.
  8. Hi everyone. My 2011 Camy SE has retrofit Xenon headlights (and the ballasts needed to power these special bulbs). I found one headlight burned out, and when I went to replace it, I found the bulb had shattered inside the fixture. Replaced it OK and the new Xenon bulb works fine. Anybody else had bulbs blow up like this? thanks Greg
  9. I have heard the debate about changing or not changing brake fluid. I think if it were really important, manufacturers would put it in the maintenance schedule. On the other hand, it's true that brake fluid can absorb moisture-- which you don't want-- so it wouldn't hurt to change the fluid every few years.
  10. greggolden

    how old

    Mine is a 2011 Camry SE with the i4 engine. It's actually about 4 years old now. 67,000 miles and doing well. No problems... yet.
  11. I would call Toyota (mfr headquarters) in California and just get their opinion. Generally, I agree with the last comment: If your belt is really that old, get it and the related parts changed now. Less headache down the road.
  12. Call around to locksmiths. The more sophisticated ones seem to carry these things. I believe they also own the programming tool to make the new fob work with your car.
  13. I don't believe so. I did not see this in the Toyota Owner's Manual. If the manufacturer does not recommend it, and there are no warning signs, LEAVE IT ALONE.
  14. I have about the same mileage on my 2011 Camry and no strut problems yet. I don't know what the price should be. But it's a straightforward question, so call by phone, to the Toyota dealer and someplace like Pep Boys Auto. If all three places have the same price, I guess you are stuck.