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Question Asked: I hear a humming noise, mainly from the front driver wheel. Wheel bearings?
February 22, 2012, 01:17 PM
My car has 246,000 miles so I know I'm getting to the stage that some of the suspension could be needing some attention. My car has original struts and the brake pads are fine. The tires don't have feathering so I'm thinking it's time to replace some wheel bearings. Can they be greased or are they sealed?
Question Answered: smoke coming from engine area and smells
February 22, 2012, 12:48 PM
I have owned a 1998 Toyota Camry and still own a 2000 Solara. Both cars as well as Toyotas friends have tend to develop oils leaks around the cam covers. On a V-6 engine, the front cam cover gasket is easy to replace but the back cam cover is more difficult and requires removal of the intake manifold. The gaskets are only about $20 but labor will probably run you over $100 if you have a shop do the job. I recommned replacing the seals if you plan to keep the car...the smell will get inside the cabin when you pull up to a redlight. If you choose not to do the job, just keep an eye on the oil level but leakage is really very minimal in most cases. A little oil can make a lot of smell and smoke!
Problem Reported: Check Engine Light Due to Failed Oxygen Sensor Component
September 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
<p>The <a class="ct_auto care advice tooltip" href="/symptoms/check-engine-light"><span class="ct_selected tooltip">Check Engine Light</span></a> may illuminate because a component of the <a id="ce_92" class="ct_glossary tooltip" href="/oxygen-sensor">oxygen sensor</a> 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.</p>
Problem Reported: Sludge Buildup on Engine Due to Infrequent Oil Changes
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM
<p>Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough <span class="ct_glossary tooltip">oil changes</span>. 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.</p>
Problem Reported: Debris in Idle Air Control Valve May Cause Engine Problems
May 27, 2010, 11:08 AM
<p>Debris can get into the idle air control valve. This will restrict the air flow into the engine, causing idle speed and/or stalling when cold. The valve can be cleaned or replaced to correct this concern.</p>
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