Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 81000 miles
Car has been into dealer for service for past two years since purchasing at 30k. Last time (5k ago), no notes on Vehicle Inspection Sheet. This time, though, they recommend Battery replacement ($100), Air filter replacement ($25), oil Pan needs to be dropped and re-sealed ($300), Induction Service($90), Transmission Flush ($160), and Water Pump replacement ($540).
Now, I am pretty handy and would maintian this car myself (I changed a timing chain in my previous car). I have not seen any fluid on my clean garage floor, and am questioning the sudden need for service. I was not informed of these repairs that 'Require Immediate Attention' until my car was ready to be picked up. Nor was I explained what 'Induction service' is.
From my research, all short of buying a repair manual, I believe that my water pump is internal and the timing chain must be removed to replace. Should I really need a water pump, is this the time to replace the chain as well?--I hate to have to do either, is there not a seal (sealant) that can remedy the water pump leak--if there is one? If it is leaking, it must be so small that I cannot detect it from drips.
Can't I get my transmission fluid changed for significantly less than $160. The Leaking from my Oil Pan I believe is total B.S., I would notice oil on my floor immediatly; when oil is drained for oil change can't that be dropped and resealed, or even just have the bolts torqued to specs and check next oil change.
What is your off-the-cuff opinion of this sudden decline in my 'car's health'. I feel it is the dealer feeling the effects of the economy and nedin to get more money from the service dept.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 AT 3:19 PM