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Old 02-24-2017, 08:24 PM
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I acquired a 2003 Camry in March of 2017. It's a good little car, but has it's quirks (like me). Last week, as I was driving home, I noticed the steering was a bit stiffer than usual. I searched online and VOILA! I had an answer. Took me a week to find/order the Tri-Flow (Ace WAS the place ) and since the store is located in a "ritzier" local town, I decided not to mess with the car right then and there. Drove back home and was noticing all the things other people said, "...doesn't recentre after a turn...feels sluggish..." Pulled into the driveway, popped the hood, and proceeded to locate the u-joint. It's a ways down the firewall and there's no way the plastic tube was going to reach. Overcoming my OCD, I just sprayed the lube all over the joint, hitting some of the hoses and wires with overspray. Got in the car, cranked the steering full range a couple of times, then drove a few blocks to the bank, taking every turn I could along the way. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Almost completely recentred on turns and by the time I had driven the six blocks, it was almost like a brand new car.

Not being satisfied, I figured that I only hit one side of the u-joint, so I drove down to a local park, turned the steering wheel 180*, turned off the engine, and sprayed the other side. As I was getting back into the car, I remembered that the bottom of the steering shaft can need lubricated too (causes wheel chatter, which I had during the cold days of spring), so I hit that with Tri-Flow, as well.

Now, it drives just like a new car. I also hit the door and trunk locks, as well as the hood latch, so I should be set for a bit. Thanks again for the excellent info!
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Great job.

Thanks for posting! This is a common issue.
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Default Met problem! The tube of lubricating was dropped in the bottom of the engineer cabin

Met problem! The tube of lubricating was dropped in the bottom of the engineer cabin


I tried to lubricate it again, but, suddenly, the tube was lose then dropped in the bottom of the engineer cabin.

I can see it, but cannot reach it. I feel it would be better it get it out in order to avoid any potential risk.

Just wonder if there is any tool for this special situation?

Any advise would be very appreciated!
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:08 PM
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How about a long stick, or coat hanger or section of house wiring (Romex) bent to fit into the area. Try to move the tube off what it dropped onto and onto the ground.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:48 AM
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How about a long stick, or coat hanger or section of house wiring (Romex) bent to fit into the area. Try to move the tube off what it dropped onto and onto the ground.

Thank you very much for the advise.

I drover the car today. After back home, I open the hood try to look for the tube, but cannot find it any more.

May I assume it might drop off from the open space at bottom of the engineer cabin?

Just worry if it happens suck in any other joint.
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Great?
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