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Old 01-12-2006, 11:26 PM   #1
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Please advise me; oil issues with my '97 Camry

Hello, I just bought a 1997 Toyota Camry with 116,000 miles. It has a new water pump and timing belt (which I think are common issues once Camrys hit 100,000 or so miles).

The problem is that the oil light has been flickering. Now, considering these facts:
1) I had the sensor replaced (the sensor/light that flickers)
2) I had the oil pump replaced
3) I had new oil put in and it's at an appropriate level and looks good and clean

4) The car *does* drip a little bit of oil; but it's not like I can't take care of that myself and I would expect something like that from a nine-year old vehicle with lots of miles.

5) The car runs great. When the oil light flickers/comes on, I still have no problems - no noises, no smells, no anything unusual.

6) the exhaust isn't coming out blue at all so I don't think it's burning oil.

7) The flickering happens sometimes when I stop at stopsigns and stoplights and often when I go to brake and park the car; but it never stays on and hasn't come on yet while I've just been driving normally.

Also, I really know nothing about cars. I'm kind of hoping that this is a problem that I can just ignore... I'm so poor, haha!
Any advice would really be appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:34 AM   #2
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You really need to get an oil pressure reading.
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:36 AM   #3
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Do I take it to a mechanic for that?
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:40 AM   #4
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Yes, unless you have the gauge. You could have a myriad of causes and better to get the facts.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:00 AM   #5
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even if it's running so well? i mean, it's 9 years old --- wow.
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:34 AM   #6
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It may well be just worn bearings and journals, but wouldn't you rather have the facts before you find yourself stranded on a freeway with a siezed engine and need to make a different qualitative decision?
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Old 01-13-2006, 04:31 PM   #7
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'Kay, it's going into the shop on Monday - and they think it's probably bearings, too, in "the crank shaft" or something - if they replace them, any guesses as to how expensive that will be? Just so I can anticipate the shock.
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Old 01-13-2006, 11:34 PM   #8
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In the crank? I don't know what labour costs around there but here its about $100 an hour. You'd be looking at having to pull the engine and partly dissasemble it...would probably take maybe 3 or 4 hours
Expect to pay somewhere around 6 or 7 hundred though to replace those bearings (Just an estimate since I do all my own engine work I couldn't tell you exactly)
If you could do it yourself it would be a hell of a lot cheaper
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:42 AM   #9
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yeah that would take alot of time especially since alot of car repair shops like to take as much time as possible to get the job done to get more $$$ (crooked people) so if u can get a friend or family member to help you do it you would save time and some $$$ unless ur family member or friend doesnt know what to do you might end up with a $1000 hospital bill instead
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:24 AM   #10
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Not nessicarily(how u spell it?) most shops around here charge you before they do the work for a set amount of labour hours. If it takes them longer or shorter they don't change it. So if the mechanic decides to work slow it will just hurt his paycheque. Don't know about there but thats how they do it down here...set costs, not variable ones(I think its different for each car though)
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:34 PM   #11
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whoa whoa whoa

Don't let a shop touch it unless you want to part with about 4 grand

Once they pull the engine your at their mercy.

What I would do though is install a oil pressure guage permanently in the car.
spend at least 100 on the guage or you'll get crap.
Then you can see what pressure the light comes on. At slow rpms the pressure is not that important. As you come up to 1500 rpm you want alt least 30psi.
Could be the sensor is just set at a higher pressure than usual
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