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HI! I have a "93 toyota camry & it has been driving fine until last week.At first I thought it was the leaky H2O hose but even though that has been replaced the cars still drives just as badly. The symptoms are:the engine skips,the engine which used to be quiet is now loud,there is a almond odor coming from the engine.There is not any smoke coming from the engine & according to the indicator lights the engine isn't over heating. I hate to be pushy but we are planning a pretty long drive tomorrow(10/31) & I would like your advice as to whether you think this car is safe to take on the drive. THANKS

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Jo, Have you had a basic tune up?, spark plugs, wires, fuel filter system flush? You may simply need a basic tune up. As for the smell it may be coolant that you are smelling or some oil that is leaking from the engine burning of on the exhaust manifold onto the exhaust pipes. As for your description I can not recommend a sure safe drive or not for long distances.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Sorry to answer late but the almond smell makes me think you have a coolant leak. Hopefully you did not take it on the trip. See a qualified mechanic

Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Jo - If the engine is running rough i would not take it on a long trip until you know what is causing the rough running. It could be as simple as needing a tune up, or it could be a sign of something much bigger that could potentially leave you stranded. I*d take the car to a qualified technician and let them know exactly what the symptoms are and when they started. Hopefully its something simple and they can get you back together and on your way. But if its something bigger, I'd hate to have you find out on the side of the road far from home. Good Luck! Bogi Lateiner 180 Degrees Automotive

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto My suspicions are that you may have a failing head gasket. This is a rather common problem with certain Toyotas. There is a risk of leaking coolant entering the crankcase which will damage or destroy the engine bearings. I would NOT attempt to drive the vehicle for a long distance without having it checked by a competent technician, as this problem may cause severe and expensive damage. Hope this helps. Super Girls Auto

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Jo.. Wow! You*ve got some issues.. If this trip is important, your BEST bet is to get a rental car for the trip at this late date. This is a CHEAP & SAFE Fast fix! Being Safe on the road with Peace of mind with be more enjoyable for all and NO down time.. After you get back, get to your local certified mechanic ( and have them diagnois this...Could be a variety of items! Have a SAFE trip! Pat Fleischmann

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