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Oil Leak? DRILL it out! (Toyota Camry) + Timing Belt & EGR repair

The 2000 Toyota Camry is back in the shop for the recommended repairs to restore this legend to its former glory before the long journey to sunny Texas.

In this video we fix the following problems:

-EGR solenoid (replace and test system)
-Cam plug oil leak (extract with with a DRILL!)
-Coolant hose bursting (replace)
-loose timing belt (replace and tension)
-oil pump leak (replace gasket)


47 thoughts on “Oil Leak? DRILL it out! (Toyota Camry) + Timing Belt & EGR repair”

  1. Every accessory is accessible from the front of the engine on that vehicle.

  2. Tim Davis says:

    Awesome job, you got a lot done on this one. Those remote clamp pliers are a life saver best 60 bucks I ever spent. That's the first time I have ever seen silicone coolant lines, where did you source those? Thanks for the great video.

  3. James Fox says:

    After many leaks from those OEM spring clamps I just throw them out & use nice shiny new screw clamps.
    Superb dirty hand face wipe at the end. We all know how that one works.

  4. camram says:

    @13:20 looks like a scene from The Predator movie

  5. Damian Diaz says:

    dont blame mechanics for cheap parts blame the owners that are cutting corners to save a buck

  6. Deviant says:

    I got a set of five hose-clip pliers from Amazon including the one you used in the video for around 25 bucks to tackle the water valve on my BMW. I couldn't have done the job without it.

  7. Interesting times we're living in when we need to test the new parts. It's a shame. I wonder if Dorman's way of selling parts cheaper was to completely eliminate quality control.

  8. Radio Rescue says:

    A 2000 Camry with only 130k that's pretty rare these days!

  9. wyattoneable says:

    That was a great visual of the loose belt. Your quality of work should make for some happy customers. I'm glad your full time job hasn't taken you away from doing auto repairs or from doing videos. I always appreciate the information and lessons. Are you going to TST in March? I'll be there.

  10. em bfb says:

    can i used redline cvt fluid in my 2008 nissian rogue other have will it help with the heat issues

  11. Rob Bob says:

    Does that idle sound high or is it me?

  12. 14:10 She's going to drive to Texas and back from about where you're at? -that's nuts! -that's, like, what? -3000miles? -that's 5 solid days of driving (and taking breaks and sleeping)… who in his or her right mind would do that if it wasn't their job transporting some kind of goods? -she does realise there are things called airplanes and they're really good at travelling long distances fairly quickly and cheaply, right?

    I mean, you're looking at $325,- in fuel alone (on a good day), plus food (say, $25,-/day if you're not willing to eat total crap) and accommodation (4 nights at, say, $45,- for somewhere the DEA is unlikely to bust down your door at some time during the night), so upwards of $630,- for the trip. . Ok. flying + car rental + some expenses will probably end up being more than that, as a number, depending on one's stay.

    I've had a quick look, the average flight from your location to Texas is $400-, so you're already looking at $800, – for the travel and you're also looking at about $200,- in car hire if you have to drive some ways from the airport and stay for a couple of days. Let's say your miscellaneous expenses for this trip amount to $200,-, that makes for a $1400,- round trip doing it this way.

    So one would think that driving is a significant saving ($770,-) with regard to flying, but it's a false economy due to how much longer it takes. Flying would take, roughly 12 hours total, none of which would mean sleeping extra for the trip (or at most just extending your day for a few hours). Driving would take 228 hours, of which, at least, 44 hours would be spend sleeping/eating/taking breaks, so let's take both those numbers from the total time taken and realise we're paying ourselves ($1400 – $630)/(228hrs – 12hrs – 44hrs) = $4.48,- an hour to get to Texas and back for less total money than flying.

    Seriously, even if you don't agree with my basic analysis and inflate the numbers, you could flip burgers at MacDonalds for significantly more money in the 4.5 days of travel time flying saves you.

    And even if it, in practise, with travel to and from airports, works out to be about the same in Dollar value with regard to your time driving vs working your regular job, you still have the luxury of working your regular job vs pounding miles in your car.

  13. cisa93 says:

    Assuming it was customer budget? Why not use an Aisin TB kit…pulleys, belts, etc. made in Japan. (I’m sure you know that)?All that work and this customer heading to Texas, I thought that would be better. I’d flightier that master cylinder and flush her brakes, brake fluid has a lot of moisture. That’s just me though….thanks for posting.

  14. The timing belt is to lose . Won't last long.

  15. Sweeeeeet – another 'Yota ready to run another 200k miles. Nice work! 👍👍

  16. 44R0Ndin says:

    26:08 Release the Schmoo!
    I've seen too many videos from good auto repair channels to ever put a Doorman part on a car unless several things happen all at once:
    1. It's all they have.
    2. The job is time critical
    3. The part is not critical to the operation, safety, or driveability of the vehicle.
    That last one is non-negotiable. If it's a critical part, it's OEM or nothing.
    Maybe not OEM brake pads and rotors, but I still don't like putting on the cheapest stuff available. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

  17. but you put same junk clamps back on and then a worm clamp .if you had it off just install new clamp

  18. Ray Milligan says:

    how about taking a drimmel with a cut off wheel! cut a slot down the middle of the plug and use a big screw driver and a wrench or vice grips to turn it with!

  19. J P says:

    Those oil pump o rings leaked commonly

  20. mharradine57 says:

    The guys I worked it the dealership would have thought I was a moron if I went through the process to verify the new part was good. Just one reason why I don't work there anymore and am at a good Indy shop now. Love the videos, Ivan!

  21. J P says:

    Yes there was a distributor there in previous years. The 5S-FE was the best engine IMO. First introduced I believe in the 1992 Camry . The smaller 3S-FE basically the same engine mechanically in prior Camry generations as well as Celica's. The 5S-FE was also used in the first gen RAV4. I got 500,00 miles out of my 92 Camry and was still going when I sold it. Best car I ever had. The 3S-GTE was good but prone to early oil leaks. The V6's were okay, but the 4 cylinder 5S-FE was bullet proof. The other thing I liked about the 5S-FE over the V6 is it used a MAP sensor where as the V6 used the AFM.

  22. wysetech2000 says:

    Well done as usual, Ivan.

  23. Socket says:

    Finding quality parts is the hard part these days, even oem has degraded in quality over the years. Pretty sad.

  24. Hack says:

    Like the extended hose clamp removal tool? where can I get?

  25. MrGordozzzz says:

    Wow, what a great view from your place! Good job too!

  26. How many miles on the car? 🚗

  27. James Last says:

    Ivan, you made me laugh with that oil spot on your face. Reminds me of why I only buy cars with timing chains.

  28. Tough to find replacement parts for one of the best selling cars in the world? Really? The Camry is the Crown Vic of Japanese cars and equally as crappy in so many ways like too short 4 banger head bolts that frequently pull out causing head gasket failure and often total engine destruction with as few as 80,000 miles over many model years as Toyota couldn’t be bothered to correct their huge mistake. One of Toyota’s biggest problems is not acknowledging their own mistakes. There are countless examples where they had their head firmly in the sand for years. Yeah they’ve had some great vehicles but they’ve also had a lot of bad engineering causing a lot of expensive problems like the piston ring failures on Corollas and many more well documented failures. At least Honda seems to quickly learn from their mistakes rather than live in denial as Toyota is famous for.

  29. Ep Jose says:

    All done with Lord Scotty Kilmer's blessing! Fantastic! Good job!

  30. Nice and clean pro active maintenance and repair!

  31. Silicone hoses are susceptible to breakdown around petroleum products.

  32. Be careful near your eye with dirty grease.

  33. Nice hose clamp where did you get it?

  34. Feel a bit ignorant asking this, but why was the belt so loose? Did the tensioner fail, too?

  35. MBS says:

    Did you need to prime the oil pump before starting the engine?

  36. JT T says:

    Great videos Ivan. A suggestion for perhaps a future video: Can you explain how a breakout box when diagnosing

  37. zigtac01 says:

    you would definitely benefit from a scissor lift. 1500.00 well worth it. just high enough

  38. David Delle says:

    Camo face painting technique will be in an upcoming video.

  39. I like the spring clamps for hoses. They self adjust for shrinkage of the rubber hose over time. Don't push the heater hoses tight against the firewall since any leaks there will enter the passenger compartment. That would look like bad heater core.

  40. happy543210 says:

    you're never a true mechanic until you get a little grease on the face!!

  41. you need to start a amazon store for tool you use ivan

  42. because part of me knows what you're thinking thanks Ivan for the video I love the hammer action

  43. I've got a 98 Camry, I did the timing belt years ago at 97K miles… it's got 118K on it now. I had a new water pump to put in but the old one looked good …. and all the other stuff that came with the new timing belt. I wound up just changing the belt and thought I'll fix the other things as they go bad. Thus far nothing has gone bad (thus far). One thing I'm kind of anal about is using Toyota antifreeze. I spent a lot of time checking it out and last time I checked Toyota antifreeze is about the only thing that meets their specs. It's pink or red, diluted premix or the concentrate. I even broke down and bought a gallon of the stuff from the local Toyota dealer. The fluids now days in cars is getting ridiculous, it almost takes a minor in chemistry to make sure you are getting the right stuff. We get so concerned about quality parts but forget the specs on the fluids.

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