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Charging battery with battery charger vs jump starting and running the car

Got a 1998 Toyota Camry that has an empty battery and am wondering what the best course of action is. Why is it empty? Is it empty because the battery is old and dying and won't hold capacity? Or is ...
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Will zip ties hold on a bumper for 200 miles?

If you are using the same mounting holes which once had clips in them, the zip ties should hold just fine. If the holes are torn or lost their integrity, I doubt it will. Zip ties have a pretty good ...
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Did the mechanic damage our car?

I think Meineke was taking you for a ride (pun intended). Here is my reasoning: If it was leaking as bad as they say (or showed you) it was, you wouldn't have had any oil in your vehicle when you got ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

MAJOR UPDATE - TOYOTA WARRANTY EXTENSION FOR "STICKY DASHBOARDS" Today ( 12/29/2014 ) I received in the mail a Warranty Enhancement Notification regarding my Toyota. Complete coincidence ...
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2003 Toyota Camry dirt guard panels under car front, are they really necessary?

The shields have multiple purposes. What you stated about rocks and debris is very true. They do protect the engine bay from stuff getting kicked up into it. Another thing they are designed to do is ...
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Looking at buying a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE V6 with dark colored ATF, mistake?

95% chance it's just normal wear. The vast majority of car manufacturers recommend an ATF change between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. So if the owner hasn't serviced it in a bit, the brown colour would ...
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Will zip ties hold on a bumper for 200 miles?

Some bumpers, exhaust pipes or protective covers are run for years with a zip-tie or wire mount. Just use large enough ties. Or a large number of smaller ties.
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What is a safe procedure for replacing a fuel filter on a 2000 Toyota Camry?

I'll preface this with the caveat that I haven't replaced the fuel filter on this specific vehicle before, and my advice is based on experience with other cars. I do think it's good advice regardless. ...
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Are generic steel rims bad for car/tires?

I prefer steel rims - less troubles with balancing. Talking about bolts for steel and aluminium wheels - they should have different bolts. Alloy wheel bolts have longer thread and cone shape (on the ...
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly cause one to have to replace the throttle body?

There's a joke in electronic engineering about transistors being invented to protect fuses. Basically, it means that transistors blow faster, and so a fuse is practically worthless for that purpose. ...
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Charging battery with battery charger vs jump starting and running the car

If the battery is completely flat, then it will have been severely degraded in capacity. Lead acid batteries don’t hold their full charge after going completely flat, so it would be best to replace ...
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Repairing crack on edge of windshield

The windshield repair guy is correct: there is no way to repair cracks in the windshield. I don't know what the laws are in Alberta, but here in Virginia, if the cracks are on the driver's side of the ...
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Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

On Symptoms... The boiling and smoke are a result of the high temperature due to a cooling system malfunction. The fact that your temperature dropped again is indicative that the system works ...
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removing crankshaft pulley without the puller tool?

There is a way to do it. You put a wrench on the pulley bolt and block the other end against the floor or the frame. Then you use the starter motor to turn the engine (DO NOT START IT, JUST TURN IT) ...
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1989 toyota camry revving to 4-5k in park and neutral

This sounds like a severe vacuum leak. You are going to be looking at either a bad intake manifold gasket, bad throttle body gasket, or cracked intake manifold. A brake booster hose MIGHT be able to ...
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Gauging tight parking spots

One thing I found with myself, after learning to drive on farms at a very young age, is that I seem to naturally "know" or "feel" where the outer limits of my car is. It's strange and I can't fully ...
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Looking at buying a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE V6 with dark colored ATF, mistake?

You're getting a bit ahead of yourself thinking a about a transmission swap in a 1200 dollar car. Dark transmission fluid is completely normal at that mileage. It probably has never been changed, but ...
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can I use ATF IV instead of Dexron for 2005 toyota camry

ATF IV and Dexron II are different enough I'd suggest against using it, however all Dexron fluids are backwards compatible, so you could use Dexron III or Dexron VI. If you can get Dexron III you can ...
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Why does my engine temperature go all the way up before coming back to the center when I start my car?

My first suspicion is with the thermostat. It may be failing "slow" which means it's not opening when it should and it takes the much higher temperature and pressure of the hot coolant to ...
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Will zip ties hold on a bumper for 200 miles?

They don't have to. Zip ties are cheap and fairly easy to apply in a parking lot. Once you've set out on your trip, pull over every half-hour and see if they've degraded any; if so, replace them. FWIW,...
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Does the Toyota 2000 Camry LE have a cabin filter?

Checking several sites I have not found any thing that relates to a cabin air filter for your Camry. They list several other models but none for a Camry. For future reference Fram has a database that ...
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Belt driven Water pump failure?

Well, I need to do more studying before I post here. I was under the assumption that the teeth-side of the timing belt was driving the water pump. In fact, the smooth side of the belt is driving the ...
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly cause one to have to replace the throttle body?

The problem with hooking up the jumper cables backward is that ANY electronic component in the vehicle is at risk. This could mean the throttle body (TB). It could be an alternator. It could be the ...
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Should a sealant be used, or not, when replacing a molded rubber valve cover gasket?

Generally you don't need to use any sealant on this type of gasket, mainly because the gasket is pliable enough and will seal on it's own. If I were going to use any sealant on it, it would be where ...
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Windshield wipers stop and motor makes noise

It sounds to me that the gear(s) in the motor are partially stripped. When the wipers go up, it hits the place where the teeth are gone. When you pushed it back down manually, it caught a place where ...
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Engine Mounts issue can be caused by replacing Alternator?

Depending on the design of your car, the engine mounts may have been removed during the alternator removal and replacement so any damage may now show up. Alternatively, if the alternator previously ...
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Engine Mounts issue can be caused by replacing Alternator?

While both Paulster2's and Steve Matthews's have good answers, there is another thing to consider. The 3.5 V-6 equipped Camrys that year (not sure about the 4 cly) have what Toyota calls Active ...
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Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

Since the drain is very repeatable, connecting an ammeter in series with the battery and disconnecting each fuse in turn is a good idea as @jphil1618 suggested. You could find that the problem is ...
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Coolant boiling and smoke coming out of engine bay

Given that this happened while sitting in traffic and went away as soon as you got up to speed, I believe the issue is your radiator fan(s) Since you boiled over, check your coolant when the engine ...
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Found small debris in used oil

Debris in the bottom of an oil change pan is not out of the question, and unless present in a large quantity is likely not be catastrophic. Sources of such material may be internal (timing chain slap ...
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