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    dbltap
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    Default 2003 gelling (sludge) I4 Camry

    I do not own a Toyota at this time so I have not been following this very
    closely.
    However my mother has a 2003 4cyl Camry with 12,000 miles.
    She puts on 4000 a year in mostly suburban driving and changes oil every six
    momths.
    Is this sludge an issue I should be concerned about or basically have her
    just keep doing the oil changes as they are using non-synthetic.






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    Default Re: 2003 gelling (sludge) I4 Camry


    "dbltap" <DoubleTap@37.com> wrote in message
    news:SZ2xg.3987$bP5.3643@newsread1.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    > I do not own a Toyota at this time so I have not been following this very
    > closely.
    > However my mother has a 2003 4cyl Camry with 12,000 miles.
    > She puts on 4000 a year in mostly suburban driving and changes oil every

    six
    > momths.
    > Is this sludge an issue I should be concerned about or basically have her
    > just keep doing the oil changes as they are using non-synthetic.


    Contrary to popularity, a Camry is not a GM vehicle;>)

    Nonetheless, yes,there have been engine failures in the Toyotas of about
    that
    age due to slugging of the oil. Mostly, the problems were in the V6
    engines.

    There is considerable dispute about what caused it, Toyota following the
    line
    that most failures were seen in vehicles that had not been properly
    maintained
    (i.e., oil not changed frequently enough).

    They amended their oil change schedule to a more frequent interval after
    this
    rash of failures.

    Some knowledgeable people have said that the real cause had to do with
    engine
    design and deployment issues, particularly in the PCV system.

    At any rate, a little money spent on service is not a bad idea.



  3. #3
    Mike Hunter
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    Default Re: 2003 gelling (sludge) I4 Camry

    I supose it would depend on how long she may want to keep the vehicle.
    Generally low annual mileage is indicative of short trips and stop and go
    driving. That is one of the worse conditions under which a vehicle is
    operated. If it were me I would change to synthetic as well as replacing it
    every six months, because the product of combustion can accumulate rather
    rapidly in engine that are not run for at least 25 miles or 25 minutes.
    That is what I do with my collector cars.


    mike

    "dbltap" <DoubleTap@37.com> wrote in message
    news:SZ2xg.3987$bP5.3643@newsread1.news.pas.earthl ink.net...
    >I do not own a Toyota at this time so I have not been following this very
    >closely.
    > However my mother has a 2003 4cyl Camry with 12,000 miles.
    > She puts on 4000 a year in mostly suburban driving and changes oil every
    > six momths.
    > Is this sludge an issue I should be concerned about or basically have her
    > just keep doing the oil changes as they are using non-synthetic.
    >
    >
    >




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