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I have a 2003 Camry which the engine starts to have some tickle noise. I brought it to a local Toyota specialist shop and the mechanic told me that I need valve adjustment every 60K miles. However, the valve adjustment will not take the noise totally going away due to the design of the engine unlike traditional timing belt one. Is it true that I should adjust my Camry every 60K miles? Also, is it true the engine noise cannot be avoided due to aging?

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  • Winnie Yang May 24, 2011

    Yes. I think I will bring my car to have a complete ckup before taking any actions. The advice helps me in taking action decisions.



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The 4-cylinder 2003 Toyota Camry has a Timing Chain, and the 6-cylinder 2003 Toyota Camry has a Timing Belt.

Depending on how you drive your car, you may need a valve adjustment every 30,000 miles to 60,000 miles. It is not a difficult process to accomplish, but without being familiar with the engine's design, teardown, and rebuild, I would have the shop tighten up the valves. Also, check your oil level and transmission fluid level and top them off or have them changed if it's been a while.

Loose valves will cause a ticking sound while the engine is running. Even with the valves properly adjusted, your injectors make a slight ticking sound, as well as other parts inside your engine and transmission. Hopefully your mechanic can identify potential problems based on the noises your engine/transmission is creating. It is true that engine noise cannot really be avoided, but can be slowed down by driving the car easy, and keeping up with the proper maintenance procedures for the engine, transmission, suspension, etc. Bearings will wear out, valves will become out-of-adjustment, etc. Let me know if you need any more assistance.

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