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Who Monkeyed With Australia's 'Camry'?

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vandamme
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Re: U.S. CAMRY
vandamme   10/18/2011 2:46:40 PM
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I am curious as to how a throttle body can wear out.

cvandewater
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Re: Power surge on Toyota
cvandewater   10/18/2011 2:52:01 PM
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Wearing headphones while driving will be illegal in most jurisdictions, with very few exceptions.

cvandewater
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Re: U.S. CAMRY
cvandewater   10/18/2011 2:59:10 PM
Throttle body wear was the dealer's diagnosis, not necessarily what actually was the problem. I have heard of many vehicles, not only Toyota but also including older BMW and other brands, where the throttle plate starts sticking and either does not close far enough (too lean mixture) or does not open quickly enough (failed to start) and the usual solution is cleaning the throttle, there is a special solution that you can use for this or you can use a little elbow grease after some disassembly, your choice. Many throttles are controlled by an electric (stepper) motor, so you can often test for the problem by turning the power off, then moving the throttle by hand against the return spring. Stickyness will be easy to detect. You will need to look into the throttle to see if it closes far enough.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: U.S. CAMRY
OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/19/2011 9:40:13 AM
To answer your question about the throttle body, I do not know the specifics.  However, I can tell you that I have purchased several TOYOTA products from this dealership; the service writer knows me very well, and has always gone over & above his duty on my behalf.  The one option that I did have at the time was to get a used unit from a "junk yard" several counties north of my location.  However, to add to the immediacy, this original event occurred on a Friday afternoon and the junk yard was closed on weekends.  So, I would have had to wait until Monday morning to get ANY response, and then there would have been the dwell time for removing it from the junk vehicle, transporting it to the dealership, installing it on my vehicle, etc.  Not having an alternate means of transportation, and needing the CAMRY, I decided to trade it on a newer model.  IF I had the luxury of time on my side, I may have let them do the repair.  And, taking the vehicle to an independent "garage" is NOT a viable option.  There are TOO many incompetent mechanics, etc., and this state does not "police" these to the degree necessary to instill confidence in consumer protection!!!!

etmax
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Re: Test drive of the monkey mobile?
etmax   10/23/2011 7:28:19 PM
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Re monkey No. 1, I didn't drive the car at 110 50km from where I bought the car, the didstance I would have had to travel to experience it. I also found out later that they had let the tyres down a bit from recommended levels to quietien the car down. Seriously, would you have expected that to happen??

 

Re monkey No. 3. The main vents are the ones in the centre of the console, to move my head (the appendage affected) away from it would be to not see the road. The vents can be moved left (sitting on the right here) but then my wife has the problem. Obviously not actual frost bite, but cold enough to hurt a fter a while. The car is marketed as a competitor to mid level "luxury" purchasers, so comfort is somethging you would expect.

 

Monkey Mo. 6. Actually I go on to explain why they are essentially unusable. After trying them out under driving conditions I decided to stick with the normal dash controls. I haven't used them since. I never said they were life threatening, but I for one would expect a mid level luxury car to be ergonomically sound.

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