Hi, this is my first post here. Here goes my story:
I got a 97 Camry LE some time ago. I've been driving it for a while. The mileage is about 100k. About 2 months ago, the dreaded "check engine light" goes on.
Being a complete newb about cars, I did some research and decided to get a free code reading from Autozone. then I went to a mechanics and they ended up charging me $40 for figuring out what is wrong with the car:
1. oxygen sensor is bad (or air/fuel sensor)
2. EGR solenoid is bad
basically i need to replace these parts. the quote i got from the mechanics is,
1. around 200
2. around 100
labor: about 200 total
so I'll pay about $500
being a poor college student ($500 is approximately the salary I get per semester for my part time job at my university!) I decided to do some more research.
from this website
it seems that the O2 sensor is indeed $200
however, some friend told me that O2 sensor is usually around $60...
I decided to replace the oxygen sensor by myself. (I've learnt how to replace spark plugs as a total newb)
As for the EGR valve... I am told that I would need to lift the car up to replace it. Being a total newb, I'll leave this part for last after I am done with oxygen sensor.
my personal philosophy: the decision of attempting to fix the car on my own is partly because of money and partly because of my personal philosophy. I believe in doing things on my own and learning from the experience. I would gladly spend $500 bucks and time trying to fix the car myself as long as I learn.
I apologize for any newbish questions or spelling errors.
Thank you for reading my long post.
Any comment is appreciated.
Monday, August 20th, 2007 AT 3:05 PM