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  1. I have to agree with Master Simon on this one. It has nothing to do with transmission itself. There is a switch on the transmission, which Toyota calls Neutral-Park switch. Its purpose is to prevent starter operation in any gear other than Neutral or Park. You may try to readjust the switch position so it will operate properly. I did this work on Corolla-91 with success. You may also have a problem with shifting mechanism adjustment. My advice - buy repair manual and do the work yourself for free. Good luck.
  2. My Camry is 2002 and it is very different than yours. But I agree - it doesn't sound right. Try to go to Toyota web site - www.toyota.com. They have all specs on new cars. I am not sure about old ones.
  3. mikey553

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    The number 35 mpg came from my multiple freeway tests. I frequently drive from PA to CT and back. Distance is 350 mi. At the destination fuel gage shows about 1/2 tank. In reality I have to add 10 gal to make it full again. Now, how do I do that? Nothing special. I believe my engine is the same as yours. I bought the car new and broke it in according to the book: first 1000 mi - no more than 55 mph. After that my regular freeway speed is about 70 mph. What else? I use all the little things to get better fuel mileage. Tire pressure is 31 psi. Fuel - regular (the cheepest one). Oil - Pennzoil 5W30. I seldom use air conditioning and try to keep my windows closed on freeway. Also I am trying not to use brakes on freeway unless I have to. All this combined gives me 35 mpg in summer time. Factory specs call for 32 mpg with automatic transmission. Check carefully what is your mileage. I recommend to do it on a single freeway trip. Before that fill the tank all the way up until fuel runs out. Right after the trip fill it again the same way. Do a little math and you have the answer. Perform it several times just to check yourself. If it still outside the specs, go the dealer. This is what warranty is for.
  4. Crouch, Allow me to remind you an old saying: "Garbage in - Garbage out". If you want people to help you, you better provide them with all information you can. And don't forget to say "Please"... Mike
  5. Very good post, Kipp. I agree with you 100%. Mike
  6. mikey553

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    OK, I will do a little math for you. Full tank is 18.5 gal. Multiply it by 35 mpg. The distance will be 647.5 mi. I hope this is the number you were looking for. Mike
  7. mikey553

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    Camry 2002 - 4 cylinder engine. Highway mileage is 35 mpg at about 70 mph. City mileage and distance on a full tank I consider absolutely useless since you cannot compare apples to apples.
  8. From my service manual for 2002 Camry: Pedal reserve distance from asfalt sheet at 490 N (50 kg, 110.2 lb) should be more than 63 mm (2.48 in.). It is measured from top of the pedal. Without any force applied this distance should be 144.1-154.1 mm (5.673-6.067 in.). It is adjustable. Mike
  9. First of all get stored codes from the computer (if any). Buy a Haynes manual for your car (about $14) - it will tell you how to do it. Second, perform a full tune up if you didn't do it for a long time. Pesonally I would suspect ignition problem (bad wires maybe). You should check if you have a spark next time when it happens. And find that coolant leak and fix it. Good luck, Mike
  10. It probably just water vapor, which is normal for a cold engine. Watch your coolant level over a period of time. Coolant leaking into a cylinder can also cause white smoke. Mike
  11. According to service manual Camry should lock up the torque converter at about this speed (depends on the engine and particular conditions). It should feel like upshift, not downshift. Your RPM should drop a little when converter locks up. What engine do you have? Mike
  12. Camry1997, When I say generic sensor, I mean the sensor purchased not from Toyota parts department, but from an autoparts store. I am not sure, but they may have a direct replacement for your engine. What I am sure, the price will be much lower. In the past I installed Bosh O2 sensors - sometimes they worked good, sometimes stopped working after several month. I think failure cases can be traced to the engine contamination. One of my O2 sensors failed after some antifreeze found its way in the motor oil during heads rebuilding. Oil change after rebuild was complete did not remove all the antifreeze, and sensor failed right away. I own 2 Toyota cars. My 1991 Corolla after 140000 miles still has an original O2 sensor. It probably doesn't perform like new one, but I have no complaints. BTW, you should understand that car computer is not telling you which part to replace. It just gives you information for diagnostics, which must be done by human beings (the smart ones, of course). In your case the code only points that computer detected a lean condition through O2 sensor and was not able to compensate for it. It could be a handfull of reasons for that, not nessesarily the sensor itself. It is mechanic's job to find the reason and fix it. And please read again my previous post about sensor contamination - I was not joking there. Good luck, Mike
  13. Camry1997, You can probably buy a generic O2 sensor in an autoparts store, which is much cheaper than from a dealer. Such sensors usually last a long time if you don't poison them. Little contamination with certain elements can permanently destroy the sensor. It can come from silicon sealants, gas, oil, antifreeze, additives, etc. If any of these materials can find a way into the cylinders, then oxygen sensor will see them too. That is why only approved materials can used in today's engines. My advice - read carefully your warranty papers. The car should be covered by emissions warranty for extended period. When timing belt was replaced, the wrong sealant under head cover could be used. That alone may be enough to keep killing all O2 sensors you are planning to install in the future. Make the dealer open up the head cover and replace the gasket. Replace the engine oil with a different make. Make sure your antifreeze level doesn't drop. Use different gas station. Unfortunately, that's all I can say. Good luck, Mike
  14. Most of the sensors can be easily replaced by qualified owner. If dealer told you which sensor is bad, you can try to buy it in autoparts store and install it yourself. It will save you some money. Of course, dealer may be wrong so it is all about taking some risk. Mike
  15. Mark, Toyota engine doesn't have any other way to determine if there is any oil in it as to read the oil pressure on the output of the oil pump. By the time you stop the car and add more oil it may be too late. Other cars have similar design. That is why responsibility of every driver is to make sure engine has enough oil by doing frequent checks. You didn't indicate how much oil your engine had, when you first saw a warning light. Did a quart of oil bring it to a normal level? Maybe you have a mulfunctioning oil warning light or pressure switch? Any way I would have a major concern over loosing a lot of oil in a new car and wouldn't drive it until the problem is found and fixed. You may try to force the dealer to check the warning system. At least he may share the new engine cost with you if original warning system had a problem. Mike
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