2005 camry, maintainence question

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Old 05-03-08, 12:25 PM
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Question 2005 camry, maintainence question

I have 2005, I4 Camry. I drive like 5/6K miles per year. I have this car for about 3 years and it has now 16000 miles on it.

How often should I replace cabin air filter and air filter and which brand Toyota or K&N?

Any suggestions about time intervals for changing coolant, battery and transmission fluids? What kind of service is better, flush or just leak and replace the fluids?
 
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Old 05-03-08, 12:34 PM
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Cabin filter once a year, engine air filter @10,000, engine coolant - every three years (unless extended service coolant), battery - never change battery fluid and most are service free, and automatic transmission- every 30,000.

The question of flush the tranny or drain and fill with replacing filter gets you a lot of opinions. Mine is drain/fill/change filter is good enough.

Hope this helps,

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Old 05-03-08, 02:37 PM
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The Camry uses a cleanable screen vice a throwaway filter for the tranny.

At the rate you are driving it, that Camry should last about 30 years.

Any decent air filter is fine - CarQuest, NAPA, Advanced - you don't need to spend the extra money on a K&N or OEM Toyota ones.

I agree with Bob, especially given the number of miles you drive; stick with drain & fill for fluids. That car should never need a "flush".
 
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Old 05-03-08, 07:26 PM
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thanks

thanks guys, Any good place online/retail store to buy air filters?
 
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My 2 cents

I have found NAPA to be a good place to get cabin filters good quality stuff.
 
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CarQuest is my choice, but NAPA is just as good.
 
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Old 05-04-08, 01:43 PM
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Napa

I called NAPA store and store person told me that
engine air filter cost about $13 which need to be replace every 3000 miles which seems to be very low.
Cabin air filter is about $23 and need to be replace every 6 months.

I found K&N engine air filter online sells about $37 and toyota OEM cabin air filter about $22.

Q. Do these air filter companies under estimate mileages and try to sell more? In the case should I stick with $10000 intervals for about engine air filters?
 
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Anybody who tells you to replace the engine air filter every 3000 miles is either on drugs or making a commision on filter sales . Check your owners manual; even 10,000 miles is probably overkill unless you live in a dusty area. Unless you're a smoker, I suspect annual replacement of the cabin filter is probably sufficient. OEM (dealer) and the higher-priced aftermarket filters (K&N, et al) filters are no better than NAPA/CarQuest/AutoZone; you're simply paying for the Toyota (or K&N) name on the box IMHO.
 
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Old 05-04-08, 06:20 PM
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thanks tow guy

I checked owner manual and toyota website.

Toyota recommends, changing
engine air filter at 30k or 36 months
Cabin air filter at 20k or 24 months

Q. Now I certainly drive much less, should I stick with miles or months or does it really matter?

Q. What should be interval for spark plug replacement? In toyota's maintainence guide it state every 30k miles but at toyota website it says that iridium spark plugs (which my camry have) last about 110K.

I used to have 01 camry and there in the manual it used to say change and replace coolant and transmission fluids every 30k or 3 years but with this new camry (2005) model they don't recommend at all what should be interval for these fluids.
 
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Old 05-04-08, 06:58 PM
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stick with milage for engine air, the cabin should be yearly just because of the chance of mold growth on the filter (recommended by allergy and asthma specialists) I would usually stick with the mileage figures but on the coolant I would err on the side of caution because if the oxidizers wear out you could get bad oxidiation of the alluminum parts inside your engine without it being visable.
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