1998 Toyota Camry Questions

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Tried starting car. It would click. After second or third try it started. After driving and stopping, it did it again and a couple of times thereafter. Then it didn't happen. Mechanic said it was the starter. How much would a starter cost for a 1998 Camry V6 engine? (if that is the problem)

Moved from sea level using regular grade gas (86 octane). Now at 7000'. Must use middle grade gas or car runs badly-lower level of octane due to altitude. When I ask mechanics what can I do to use the lower grade of gas, they say computer says everything OK. Is the octane sensor ruled by the computer or does it need to be adjusted by the mechanic.

mechanic said "flex/converter pipe leaking exhaust." Suggested replacing catalytic converter. Really? Worth it for a 13 yr old car? (only 60K miles, though).

How do I determine when the car (legitimately) needs a 4 wheel alignment? I don't trust the mechanic who told me I need it done.

My wife is concerned with the noise that emits from the steering column of her 1998 Toyota Camry. The noise is difficult to relay into words, but it is emitted only when making turns. The noise can be discribed as a squeek but it more closely resembles air escaping from a balloon when air is released while pinching the air hole.

I have a 1998 Camry LE (4 cyl). I am the original owner. It has ~140k miles on it. My only complaint is that the headlights have dimmed over time and I don't feel like they are throwing enough light. The "brights" work OK - but they are also not as bright as they once were. I've cleaned the outside of the lamps, but that hasn't made a significant difference.

How much would a 1998 Toyota Camry with 160,000 miles cost me in the year2011?

My timing belt "slipped" on my car and the repair shop wants $750 to replace the belt and all the components that are ran by the belt. Mechanic says that the head gasket may have been affected and possibly the spark plugs may have been bent when the belt "slipped"? Is this a concern? Car has 240,000 miles, should i put the money into it?

Air no longer comes out at the feet nor at the windshield for defrost. It does come from the driver and passenger side vents and the middle vents. I do still have heat and cold but something's amiss with the air flow to these 2 areas. Do I need to take apart the dash to get to whatever it is I need to fix, repair or replace?

At what mileage should timing belts be changed?

just started leaking oil@200,000+ miles

I was trying to park my 98 Camry when it stalled. I put it in park and tried to restart it and it would not start. I was not able to put it in neutral unless I used the emergency gear release button. I parked it and now after one week the battery has died too. What could have caused it to die the first time and not restart?

hello all today i bought my first car in life :), its a camry 98 automatic transmission, i bought it from a person in my city via internet, during the drive test its A/C was literally throwing out white snow like air and it was really chilling but today when i finally paid the money and transferred the car to my name the A/C isnt cooling at all it is more like as if it has turned on the ordinary fan. the A/C button light seems fused cuz it was not turned on even on the drive test day but at that day it was cooling brilliantly today when i turned on the a/c it sorta puts equal amount of load on engine in both states when the a/c button is on or when it is off, it will blow the air but its not cool, HELP!!! :) thanks you. Regards. Horizon

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My 1998 Camry VE (4 cyl) has over 160K miles and is now leaking oil and power steering fluids underneath. What is the range of cost for repairs, or should I forget about fixing the problem and just continue adding fluids when running low?