Hi, I have serious problems with my Camry lately. About 3 months ago I replaced my old engine with a new engine. After they fixed the engine I saw I still have engine light on and asked them to check on it. They found that one of my transmission solenoid is bad and needs to be replaced. As you understand after replacing the engine I really was broke and couldn't afford that. Now I drove my car after that about 3000 miles without having any serious issue except the engine light was always on. Anyway, just yesterday around noon I noticed that the car started shaking with some cranky sounds from engine while I'm driving but it was not persistent. So I drove the whole day until at the end of the day when I was trying to park the car in front of a store it really made horrible cranky sound all of a sudden! Then I immediately put it on parking but noticed that the car was still rolling back slowly. So I pressed the break and it stopped rolling. I was intrigued enough to check the engine at that point to figure out the source of the sound. However, as soon as I opened the hood of the engine to check it the car started rolling back again and didn't let me get in and stop it. So the car ended up hitting another parked car. I tried to even move the car immediately from that position but as soon as I tried to start the engine it started making cranky noise again. Anyway, later I had to tow the car to my apartment complex and today when I was trying to check again if it can start I see that it can successfully start the engine now but as soon as I put it on drive it makes that cranky sound and won't move. So anybody has any idea what is wrong with it and approximate estimate I have to spend in order to fix it? BTW, I was checking the fluids this morning and saw that coolant, steering fluid and wiper fluid all are almost nil but not sure about transmission fluid as I failed to locate it under the engine hood.
Sounds like you have a broken axle shaft in the front. Have it checked and confirmed
December, 23, 2012 AT 9:56 PM
So this is not a transmission problem? How much could be the repairing cost if it's broken axle shaft? How come the car ran just fine the whole day before? Can it happen like this? Also, should I try to drive it to the shop if I can or I still need to go with towing? I would take the car tomorrow to the shop but during Christmas it's very difficult to find a mechanic so the shop told me that they are gonna let me know on Wednesday probably.
December, 23, 2012 AT 9:59 PM
No, cannot be driven, have it towed.
Axle is about 90, 1 hour to change it.
December, 24, 2012 AT 9:11 PM
@ Roy: Hey man, thanks so much and WOW! You were so right both with the issue and cost! I just had it fixed by the mechanic and it was indeed front axle shaft which got damaged. Plus the price was also right, $96 for the part but they charged me 2 hours of labor totaling $294. Thanks again for the insight!
December, 25, 2012 AT 3:39 AM
December, 31, 2012 AT 3:55 AM
Labor is 100 an hour? Sheesh!
December, 31, 2012 AT 3:58 AM
Yep, out here in pa, it is 115 per hour
January, 3, 2013 AT 6:36 PM
Now I got another problem. About a week ago it started snowing heavily here at Columbus. But I had to go to work and I turned on heat plus I also engaged the wiper as to remove ice/snow accumulating constantly on the screen. However, within 5-7 mins the wiper stopped working. Initially I thought it got frozen and would work again when temperature gets higher. However, last 1 week I couldn't get it working anymore. So is this the motor which needs to be replaced or there might be some tricks I don't know? Also, if the motor is damaged how much would it cost?
PS. I tried to pull the blades by hand, manually, to see if it works, but I can't really move the blades even if I apply lot of pressure!
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/comments!