Question Answered: steering intermediate shaft clunk
May 20, 2010, 12:05 PM
There is an update TSB (Tech Svc. Bulletin) out now that supersedes ST001-06. This new one (TSB 0296-08) addresses injecting 2 tubes of special grease into the intermediate shaft instead of replacing it. From what I've read on different forums or blogs, this easier (and cheaper for Toyota) TSB takes care of the problem.
Question Answered: change a stoplight bulb
May 17, 2010, 05:35 PM
If you open the trunk there is an access panel just behind the lamp assy. Pull the panel loose (just fabric panel tucked in) and turn the brake light bulb socket 1/4 turn CCW and pull. With socket in hand, pull the bulb straight out and insert new bulb.
Question Answered: Dashboard light and Head light
May 17, 2010, 05:30 PM
Maybe the dashboard dimmer wheel (left of steering wheel on the dash) is turned all the way down. This adjustment wheel has no effect on the brightness of dash during the daytime.
Car Review: 2009 Toyota Camry
May 17, 2010, 02:44 PM
Purchased this 2009 Camry just 2 months ago. I wasn't really looking for a new(er) car, but this car was in the parking lot of my credit union and was being sold at an excellent price! The car was 1 year old with 11K miles. It was previously owned by a Toyota dealership and used as a 'loaner-car' for customers getting extended service on their cars. It had no defects in the finish, excellent tires (Michelin Energy MXV-4s) and an excellent CarFax showing all the scheduled maint. completed on time. Both recalls regarding SUA (sudden unintended acceleration) were done... including a flash of the computer memory (ECM) so applying the brake will over-ride accelerator. So far this Camry is great. I like the ride... which is very smooth, quiet, with good mileage (26/32).
I first started driving Camry's in 1989 where I fell in love with the model. Since then I've owned two '94s, an '02, an '05 and now the '09 (still have the '05). The Camry model has been a reliable model for me. Very low maintenance - good mileage - and comfortable ride.
With all the recent bad press about Toyota, I really didn't think I was ever going to buy another Toyota product. I think a lot of the bad press is blown way out of proportion. This car is great!
Car Review: 2005 Toyota Camry
May 17, 2010, 01:13 PM
We bought this car new for my wife to drive and she loves it! My car was a 2002 Camry and the '05 model rides quieter and smoother than my '02. In fact, I just traded the my '02 or a slightly used '09 and love that one too. The '05 Camry gets decent mileage at 25/31.
There are 65,000 miles on the car now and the only thing we've had to do (besides routine maint) was to replace tires (~27K we put on Michelin Harmony tires), replaced battery after 3.5 years, and had to have the Catalytic converter replaced as it caused a 'check-engine' light. The CAT was replaced under the standard drive-train warranty so at no cost to us. This is a great car in my opinion!