2009 Toyota Camry Carbon Buildup

Asked by Jul 17, 2017 at 09:51 PM about the 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I took my 2009 Camry Hybrid into the dealer because the engine was
making a clicking noise.  I get a call a few days later telling me that there is
carbon buildup on the pistons and the only repair is to replace the engine.  
They offered me a used engine with 97k miles on it installed for $5,500.  I'm
not a big car guy, but to me this sounds a little excessive.  Does anyone
know of an alternative to this issue that doesn't involve replacing the engine?  

4 Answers


First watch a video on how to use seafoam as a decarbonizer, its on you tube, then if that worked, add a full can of seafoam to the fuel tank, after that tank is ready for a fill up add a can of Techron to the fuel tank, then after that add a can every other fill up or run top tier fuels like Chevron or Texaco to keep that problem from returning. Note: there are other ways of cleaning an engine internally but those require a Tech that knows what he is doing so it doesn't burn a valve or other engine components. HTH


Do you remember receiving a notice from Toyota about Excessive Oil Consumption? Was your engine burning lots of oil?


Actually you don't need Seafoam to remove carbon, water or transmission fluid will do the same thing for less money. The trick is finding a place to inject it.


Tommy...so what ever happened with this vehicle?

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