Tips on Replacing the Toyota Camry Oxygen Sensor, Brake Pads and Mirrors

Published: 04th January 2012
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All cars have components that wear out and need replacing every now and then. One of the reasons the Toyota Camry has remained a popular car to own is that routine maintenance is relatively simple and can be done by many owners. For many handy car owners, it is a waste to spend money on the labor involved in changing Toyota Camry brake pads or Toyota Camry mirrors. Replacing a Toyota Camry oxygen sensor is a little more involved and requires the right tools as well as a way to lift the vehicle to accomplish the replacement.

The Toyota Camry Oxygen Sensor

The exhaust from the engine is monitored by the Toyota Camry oxygen sensor. This component makes an important contribution to the emission control and engine efficiency of the vehicle. A malfunctioning Toyota Camry oxygen sensor can result in an increase of fuel consumption as well as decreased engine performance. The Toyota Camry oxygen sensor is a small cylinder-shaped item, close to the size of a spark plug. The number of oxygen sensors in a Toyota Camry depends on the model year. There can be between 1 and 4 sensors in the vehicle. It is best to consult the owner’s manual to verify the number of sensors in a specific model. The Toyota Camry oxygen sensor can need replacing for various reasons but it is usually due to the active elements being coated by additives in gasoline or silicone in antifreeze.

*Since oxygen sensors are a part of the exhaust system, raising the vehicle for easier access is recommended

*When oxygen sensors require replacing, they usually have accumulated a coating which makes them difficult to remove. Apply penetrating oil to the threads of the Toyota Camry oxygen sensor to aid in removal.

*Use anti-seize compound to coat the threads of the new oxygen sensor before installing.

Toyota Camry Brake Pads

Since the brake system on any car has multiple components, it can often be difficult to discern that the Toyota Camry brake pads need replacing. Fortunately, the Camry is equipped with a break pad wear indicator It is a metal tab that scrapes against the rotor surface once the Toyota Camry brake pads have worn down to a certain thickness. The resulting metallic scraping noise is the warning signal that the Toyota Camry brake pads require replacing.

*Make sure the brake fluid in the master cylinder is less than half full. A turkey baster can be used to remove the fluid. Be sure to replace the brake fluid once the Toyota Camry brake pads have been replaced.

*After brake pad replacement, make sure you pump the brakes before moving the car so the brake pads can be properly seated.

*Make gentle stops for about a week after the Toyota Camry brake pads have been replaced to season them.

Toyota Camry Mirrors

There are many mishaps that can cause the need to replace Toyota Camry mirrors. Having a broken one can destroy the look of the car in addition to making it less safe to drive.

*If you cannot obtain replacement Toyota Camry mirrors from an auto parts distributor or a Toyota dealer, salvage yards are good places to try.

*If the mirrors on your Toyota Camry are electric, be sure to specify that when ordering.

*If electric mirrors are unavailable, non-electric ones can be used.

*Look for matching paint to complete the mirror replacement project.

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