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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 22, 2012 @ 12:47 PM | 7,453 Views

After a long 4 months with various work on my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 408,000 miles, consisting of a super New Paint Job, Complete Tune-Up and other work, I have taken out my Camry for her first Sunday morning Drive in a long time and back with the usual routine!

For Tune-Up Pictures and some body work:

For Detailed Body Work information:

Celebration of my Camry reaching 400,000 Miles:

Super nice Sunday morning!

It was just perfect wind conditions as the head wind allows for slow landing approaches!

A few pictures of my re-painted 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 408,000 miles and a few RC models that I brought today.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 17, 2012 @ 10:25 AM | 9,130 Views
Hello Good People!

After a very long stay at the Paint & Body Shop, I was forced to perform some Major Maintenance on my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with arppoximately 410,000 miles. Of course it has been maintained on a cyclic manner and not that I done something after this mileage

For additional Information to my quest in enhancing the appearance of my car:

The first thing to purchase was a brand new battery as the one I had on it was a 2007 Optima Battery (RED CASE) and the prices have gone through the roof on these gel batteries. I got this one instead and has the same 3 year replacement warranty as the Gel battery at 1/2 the cost.

A little insurance Policy:

After almost 410,000 miles that internals of the 2.2Liter Gasoline Engine (Non-California) looks great!
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 01, 2012 @ 10:28 AM | 14,268 Views
Hello Good People!

For those of you out there that might have a young Daughter or Son in their early 20's with a heavy foot, well you came to the right place as I had to give my daughter's 2003 Toyota Camry LE a front disk brake job. This consisted of replacing the Disk Rotors and Brake pads with top quality replacements.

Of course, I certainly can NOT blame my daughter for the misfortune of replacing the brakes before they really needed to be done as there was still a good amount of material left on the brake pads, however, whomever that performed "or" maintained this car before our ownership (we are 2nd owners) applied some sort of lubrication to the shim plates and some of the lube got to the rotor surface and crystalized the surface causing a less than ideal braking power and made the brakes squeal when really hot.

As I understand, lubricating shim plates are a common practice but, my mechanic does not recommend and the replacement pads do not require any lubrication what-so-ever. My daughter has driven for over 2,000 miles and the Camry stops smooth and strong everytime and without any squeals. The Lubrication Bag is for applying some lightly on the threads of the bolts that hold assemblies and top clip guides for the pads and not the back plate piece of the pads.

The new Brake Pads were purchased from Advance-Discount Auto Parts and the selection was Wearever Platinum Premium Ceramic Brake Pads.

The New Brake Disk Rotors were purchased at the same location and they are the Wearever Brake Rotors.

Here are a few Pictures.........

Removing Caliber Assembly from hub:

Lightly Tapping out the Disk Rotor:

Residue Grease from the old Brake Pads:

Crystalization of Disk Rotors due to Grease contamination:

Cleaning axle and all associated brake dust residue:

Carefully pushing the Caliber Piston in the assembly using an old pad and C-Clamp Tool:

New Brake Pads and Cleaning Brake Pad Carrier:

Fast Foward.....New Rotors and Brake Pads all assembled:


A happy Daughter!