I live in Staten Island NY. In Feb-2010, I bought a used Toyota Camry LE, 6 cylinder, from a Staten Island used car dealer, for use on Staten Island.
In early Dec-2013, I got over-sold a big tune up including new battery, power steering unit & valve covers. Chemicals put through system to clean the engine. $1951.95. Ten miles later the check engine light came on. I ignored it until Feb-2014 when NY inspection was due.
New Mechanic No. 2 said (1) I had California pollution controls and (2) I had a bad front oxygen analyzer (there are two.) The part cost $695 plus labor. Around $800 total.
In August-2014 I had brake fluid added, and for the first time, A/C coolant for A/C. Shortly afterward the car overheated while I was running the A/C while parked. Mechanic No. 2 said the thermostat failed, ruining the water pump and squirted water all over timing system, which needed replaced costing $1,147.60. Ten miles later the check engine light came on again and the car ran raggedly.
Mechanic No. 2 said car was missing on three cylinders and I needed new spark plugs, coils (there are 3) and wire harness costing $71786. Ten miles later the check engine light came on. Mechanic No 2 says I am missing on piston No. 3 and the problem is probably that the fuel injectors are clogged. They put chemicals in the engine to clear the injectors, but still missing on Piston No. 3
Mechanic No. 2 says he does not have a machine to clean the fuel injectors. He says some WalMart in New Jersey has fuel injection cleaner and it only costs $35. I am reluctant to drive to New Jersey with a car I may need to tow back to Staten Island.
Does cleaning fuel injectors with a machine seem like a plausible “cure.” Do you know of any such mechanics on Staten Island? At this point I’ve spent about $4,617.31 on a car with just under 116,000 miles on it and a Blue Book Value of maybe $4,200.
Can this car be saved?
Staten Island, NY