2001 Toyota Camry engine light came on

Tiny
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  • 2001 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 72,000 MILES
The engine light came on in my car, and I brought it into a Totoya dealership. I was told that the water pump had a crack in it which leaked onto my timing belt. I was told that I had to replace both the water pump and timing belt at a cost of $900.00. I had my timing belt changed 6 months ago, and I could not understand how the water pump and timing belt were related to these repairs.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 7:29 AM

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Tiny
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That wont set a check engine light. Did your tech replace the water pump when he did the timing belt? If not it is very likely the pump is leaking, they should always be replaced as a set. You need to go somewhere else and just have the PCM scanned for codes, then get back to me with the code. Also be sure the gas cap is on tight, that is a common cause of the check engine light
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 7:48 AM
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Thank you for getting back to me so soon. I was first told that it would cost me $125.00 to scan the car for the problem. When I agreed to that, I was told about the water pump, etc. I was told that I should not drive the car and that I needed to have it done now. I paid for the repair because I am a female, and I was scared to be driving with the engine light on.

Oh, by the way, when I picked up my car, the engine light was still on. I asked why? And was told that the sensor had to be installed, and to bring the car back the next day, which I did, and the light went out.

I was wondering if the problem was the sensor all along, and hoping and praying that I was not taken advantage of because I am a female.

Thank you again.
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 7:57 AM
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As much as I hate to say it, it sure sounds like it. This is the kind of stuff that gives the rest of us a bad rap. The sensor was the issue all along, that is why the light went out when you took it back. Look on your receipt to see what the code was, I would love to know.
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 AT 8:27 AM
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Sorry it took me to long to get back with you, but I had to locate my receipt. I believe the code that was used is 1 10T9Z06. That is the only number outside of the costs for labor and parts shown on the invoice.
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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 12:45 PM
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Thats not a code. The code will start with a letter, usually a "P" and have 4 numbers after it (P0300). What parts are listed on your receipt? You will have a timing belt, water pump, coolant, but there will be a sensor listed that was most likely the problem
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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 8:05 AM
Tiny
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I checked my receipt, and there is no codes listed, the delaler just listed the part number.

I was charged for a water temp sensor, wate pump assembly, antifree, and a thermostat.

I was also charged to$255.00 for 3 hours of labor to replace the timing belt (which I had replaced 6 months before), and a part of the belt.

I could not believe that when I picked up my car, the engine light was still on after I had left the car them for several hours. I was told to bring the car back the next day, and they would put the sensor in.

Thanks again for you comments. I feel that I was taken advantage of.
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Friday, June 5th, 2009 AT 11:27 AM
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Sounds like the coolant sensor was the issue. Without seeing the belt and pump I cant really comment on the other stuff, but it sounds like you may be right
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Friday, June 5th, 2009 AT 12:11 PM

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