1997 Toyota Avalon Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Avalon
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1997 Toyota Avalon ProblemsSludge Buildup on Engine Due to Infrequent Oil Changes
Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine. Replacing the failed oxygen sensor should correct this concern.
The Evaporative system may have problems with the vapor canister releasing charcoal pellets that plug the vent valve. Typically a Code P0441, P0442 and P0446 will be set. The key code is the P0446 which is a vent valve electrical failure. The proper repair is to replace the entire canister with all the valves as a unit. This is located on top of the fuel tank and is expensive. Our Technicians tell us that for awhile Toyota was covering these problems, but this may have changed. It would not hurt to call the dealer if this problem occurs to see if Toyota is still helping with these repairs.
1997 Toyota Avalon QuestionsWHAT WOULD CAUSE NOT TO START LIGHTS WORK THERE IS NOT EVEN A CLICKING SOUND (1 answer)
LIGHTS WORK CHECKED STARTER BUT WILL NOT START
Sound a lil like turbo but I dont have 1