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Old 06-04-2011, 12:46 AM
 
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I am assuming your Camry is an LE and not an LS. It would be due for a transmission fluid change soon, at 60K and make sure you use the Toyota type ATF.
Thanks, yes it is an LE, 4 cylinder. As I said before, the cabin filter was really bad. It wasn't just black from charcoal. It was full of debris and very dusty. I'll go to the dealer for the 60K service, probably sooner.

BTW, I left out of my earlier post what happened today when I went to the auto parts store because I was trying to be brief - not one of my strong suits, but I try! Anyway, I wasted over a gallon of gas making 2 trips back & forth - one to purchase a new filter and one to return it.

I saw a Fram Fresh Breeze cabin air filter with activated charcoal and baking soda online for $16.49. I called AutoZone and they were out of stock but offered to order one. I said I'd call back and called the Advanced Auto Parts store a little further down the road, and the man said he had one he'd put aside for me. When I got there, he handed me a Purolator filter that was a little more money, about $20 with tax. The box wasn't sealed, but maybe it comes that way. In any case, I didn't care about the extra few dollars, but I could tell it was just pleated paper. He said it definitely had the same activated charcoal as the Fram filter. It was even thinner than the one I use at home in my a/c return grille (1/5 the size and 4 times the cost!) but he showed me where it said "activated charcoal filters out odors and gases" on the box. I said "but there's an asterisk that says on select models." He said I was wrong and, since I know little about auto parts, I paid him and left.

When I got home, I held it up to the light again and decided to look up the model online. Honestly, I'm really not cheap or difficult, but I have one of those Goldie Hawn ditzy faces, and for most of my life men have told me they're right and I'm wrong! So I called Purolator (nice people, have a toll free "filter hot-line") and the rep asked me for the model # which was C35479. No charcoal, no baking soda. I'm sure the Purolator filter was just fine and would probably have given me better air flow, but I just don't like calling about a specific brand and model, driving several miles to a store, and being handed something else.

Thanks for your response.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:54 AM
 
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Save yourself some grief, you don't need activated charcoal. Most cars before 2005 didn't even have a cabin filter and nothing happened to us. Do not go to the dealer for 60K service, for that matter don't ask for 60K service from anybody. Read the manual and see what is called for at 60K (or 5 yrs, whichever comes first), and have them do it item by item. The "60K service" somehow is a way to mark prices up and empty your wallet/purse. The Camry does not have a whole lot of maintenance items at 60K, make sure you check the serpentine belt, flush the brake fluid and change ATF with Type IV Toyota ATF. Don't settle for generic ATF with an additive, it might ruin your transmission. No coolant change and no spark plug change needed at this mileage/age.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Yes, I think they check those items. I know they do here.

In the local place for oil changes, there are 3 people on your vehicle. One guy stands back with a checksheet on a clip board. The other two service your vehicle. A tech will check brake fluid and he'll call out, "Brake fluid OK" or "Brake fluid added". The guy with the check sheet will repeat it and then mark it down. The other guy will call out "Air Filter OK" and the guy with the checksheet will repeat it and mark it down.

That checksheet is your receipt. You get a copy. So if you ever go in for warrantee work, you have paper proof of what was added, when, how much, and what all was checked.

But, I fully realize I live in a small town and get better service then the busy places people usually encounter.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Short answer i NO... Most of the guys working at those places dont have any training at all. A good friend of mine worked at one of those places during HS and I still remember the stories he would tell me...

Long and short of t is don't use them. If you can't do your own oil change then go back to the dealer. Most dealers are hurting these days and do oil changes for almost nothing. Toyota around here does synthetic with filter for $29.00... Or better yet find a neighborhood mechanic that you trust...

I wouldn't let the monkeys at the quick change places change the air in my tires.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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One note about the tire pressure. Unless you bought the same brand and model of tire that the factory had installed, check the recommendations on the sidewall of the tire. The door sticker tells you the pressure for the factory tires, but different models have different needs for pressure. Sidewall construction varies, etc. Your wheels will be tested safe by the factory for up to at least 50 psig. Some tires will require 40 psig, some will require 32 psig, etc.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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One note about the tire pressure. Unless you bought the same brand and model of tire that the factory had installed, check the recommendations on the sidewall of the tire. The door sticker tells you the pressure for the factory tires, but different models have different needs for pressure. Sidewall construction varies, etc. Your wheels will be tested safe by the factory for up to at least 50 psig. Some tires will require 40 psig, some will require 32 psig, etc.
Maybe there's a misunderstanding here, but 40psi would be way too high for any tire for the Camry LE. The size for the 2006 model I bought is
P205/60R15. Maybe you're talking about if I buy a larger size tire?? I only get the recommended size and type. I did a lot of online research last time I bought tires. I ended up getting four Yokohama Avid TRZ in March 2010. I keep 30psi in all 4 tires and only check them when the car is cool. Actually, down here my car is always hot. I should change my sentence to "before I drive anywhere."
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Maybe there's a misunderstanding here, but 40psi would be way too high for any tire for the Camry LE. The size for the 2006 model I bought is
P205/60R15. Maybe you're talking about if I buy a larger size tire?? I only get the recommended size and type. I did a lot of online research last time I bought tires. I ended up getting four Yokohama Avid TRZ in March 2010. I keep 30psi in all 4 tires and only check them when the car is cool. Actually, down here my car is always hot. I should change my sentence to "before I drive anywhere."
Not the size, so much as the brand and model. It's worth checking the sidewall, because that tells you what the tire manufacturer recommends for that tire. They can differ. 40 psig would be surprising, but not unheard of.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Not the size, so much as the brand and model. It's worth checking the sidewall, because that tells you what the tire manufacturer recommends for that tire. They can differ. 40 psig would be surprising, but not unheard of.
Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this. If you put the same tire on 3 different vehicles, you are going to have different tire pressure recommendations. My owner's manual does not specify just the factory installed tires.

According to Tire Rack


While a wide variety of tire sizes are available to fit the many different vehicles in use today, almost every tire size can be used on more than one vehicle. Therefore it is the vehicle manufacturers that ultimately determine the tire inflation pressures they believe best fine-tune the tires' capabilities to their specific vehicle makes and models.

The pounds per square inch (psi) pressure number branded on the tire's sidewall identifies the maximum cold inflation pressure that specific tire is rated to hold. However, the tire's maximum pressure is not necessarily the correct pressure for every vehicle upon which the tire can be used (almost all vehicle manufacturers' recommended tire inflation pressures are less than the tires' maximum pressure).

Therefore when checking and adjusting tire inflation pressures, the "right" inflation pressures are those provided by the vehicle manufacturer, not the "maximum" inflation pressure branded on the tire's sidewall. The vehicle manufacturer's pressure recommendation can be found on the vehicle's tire information placard label, as well as in the vehicle owner's manual.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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One note about the tire pressure. Unless you bought the same brand and model of tire that the factory had installed, check the recommendations on the sidewall of the tire. The door sticker tells you the pressure for the factory tires, but different models have different needs for pressure. Sidewall construction varies, etc. Your wheels will be tested safe by the factory for up to at least 50 psig. Some tires will require 40 psig, some will require 32 psig, etc.
I think you are mistaken. The tire pressure recommendations made by the vehicle manufacturer are the ones to follow. The tire sidewall usually only lists maximum pressure.

The automaker chose the tire pressure to produce a certain tire patch for a given tire size and tire performance rating. A tire with a stiffer sidewall still needs the same amount of air in it as an identical sized tire with a more flexible sidewall.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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How did this thread go from 30 point check to "all about tire pressures?"
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