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Toyota Camry Rattles



  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    What you might try as a diagnostic approach, is to take off the serpentine belt, and then start the car. That will tell you whether the noise is coming from one of the belt driven devices, or internal to the engine.

    I had a weird noise on my Suburban once when cold and starting up. When the belt was off the noise stopped. Shutting off the engine and spinning the accessories by hand, was able to easily hear (and feel) that the water pump was the culprit.

    Something to try, if you want to diagnose the noise yourself.
  • torn8otorn8o Posts: 31
    Oh my gawd.

    I haven't read thru many posts in this forum, but I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one with this problem.

    I bought a 2007 SE back in April of 06. It is a veritable bag of noises. I have 3 areas that rattle. 1) seems to be near the glove box; this one is by far the most frequent and most loud. 2) seems to be in the same area as yours, Jennifer; off to my left, in the pillar perhaps. 3) somewhere behind the back dash.

    Two additional noises: 1) a meow-ing type of sound somewhere beneath me and/or to my left; it's not the brakes. 2) an insect-type buzzing noise within the steering column, usually after i start my car and begin to coast merrily out of my neighborhood.

    I have only thus far reported the meow. They couldn't replicate it at my last oil change and thus couldn't fix it. Next time I have my oil change, I'm telling them of all these problems. It's extremely annoying. I've had four other vehicles up till now; two of them I've driven up through 150k+ miles. NONE of them made noises. Now I buy an "expensive" brand new car, and... ugh. Thank god I'm a frequent listener of loud music.

  • torn8otorn8o Posts: 31
    Anyone have any advice on getting Toyota service department to seriously attempt to deal with my 5 annoying rattles 'n hums? I have a spare car. Should I just drop it off and tell them to take as long as they need to fix the noises? I know that this time, I'm going to speak to the service manager. Last time the guy I talked to didn't really seem to give a damn. Also, last time I stopped in the office of the dealer who sold me the car, and he was snotty and all but pretended to not know who i was. Nice.
  • torn8otorn8o Posts: 31
    Wow Alan. And i thought 5 different rattles/noises was bad. 18 would probably push me to vehicular suicice.
  • I pop in here now and then. I have an 02 Camry with numerous rattle issues since day 1. Door seals in particular. In fact Toyota got a ding in 2002 in CR and issued statements as to how they were going to improve qualty. I see they have not. Sad because my car has run flawlessly for almost 5 years now. Fortunately Toyota is not a minority when it comes to quality automobiles. I'll be off to Subaru or Honda next. Good Luck!
  • stlpike07stlpike07 Posts: 218
    My rattles are coming from the back dash, the front doors, and the front dash.

    I have the upgraded JBL stereo and it sounds awesome, but honestly, the car shouln't rattle.

    The dealer has already "insulated" part of the rear dash and the rattle was gone for a couple weeks.....and now I have new rattles.

    I only have 3,000 miles on my car and it shouldn't rattle like this. I suggested to the dealer that they dynomat my car, use the dynomat spray foam, or re-insulate it better so the rattles go away.

    I am going to "visit" my dealer again on friday and will give an update after that.
  • torn8otorn8o Posts: 31
    Good luck. I made my appointment for Monday February 5. I'm not sure if they'll try to insulate it or somehow tighten things up instead.

    We had plenty of winter weather 2-4 weeks ago in KC, and my dash sounds like it's going to crumble into cheap plastic pieces whenever I drive over compacted ice and snow. Ugh.
  • I've been in for rattles twice so far. The first time I "thought" the back dash was fixed, but it wasn't. I went in a second time and they said they put felt tape around the doors (which wasn't written in the service docment) and they said the back dash wasn't rattling.

    When I left the back dash was rattling. I couldn't turn around because I was busy so I will have to go back. I think I may offer to buy the dynomat or spray foam insulation so they can FIX the

    The next time I am going to sit in the car with them and say, "Do you hear that?" If they say it is normal or that loud music makes it rattle I will ask them to sit in a showroom model and see if it rattles.

    Good luck to you too.
  • torn8otorn8o Posts: 31
    I'm probably going to insist on riding in it with them so they don't try to pull the "we don't hear it" thing, which they did to me last time as well.

    You might try browsing the "2007 Camry Problems and Repairs" section on this site, surprisingly there are a lot of complaints about rattles there (much moreso than on this particular forum).. supposedly Toyota has even put out a TSB about the front dash rattle, but I've only just started reading thru a lot of these posts.
  • Thanks for the suggestion, Kiawah. I will do the belt dance the next time it gets warm out (Colorado Springs).The Camry should be a better quality built car than what I am reading here. I was interested in the 07 Camry, but not since reading about transmission and other problems. I do like the gas mileage from my little 2.4 tho.
  • I bought my 07 in august, first i noticed a clicking when i would turn the steering wheel, grinding and clicking?
    i have the noise at my left ear also, i think it has something to do with the seat belt holder thing? since the weather has gotten cold the passenger side windshield wiper (which doesn't go down far enough when not in use)has a
    bad creeking noise.My passenger seat shakes so bad when unoccupied i actually hold it because i can see it moving from the corner of my eye! and the worst one of all is the front two windows, are off track, out of line something!
    I just got out of a 93' chevy truck and the windows did the same thing sweak, squeal when rolled up or down! I hated it driving the pick up but it was old, now this 07 camry does it and well needless to say it has been in the shop 2 times, now for all of the above problems. the last time i pulled up and they took my info, which was same as last visit, they gave me a matchbox to drive, they said, there is the car you will be driving, and pointed to this scion station wagon lookin....i looked at it and looked back at the guy and said "that little ugly car?" he said yea, thats the one. I was bigger than the car! you know what i mean lol
    they greased the steering 2 times the first time they said it had no grease in it at all! ok then! it has stopped finally! the seat shaking, they said the bolts are as tight as they'll go. I'm surprised my son's voice doesn't viberate when he is riding over there! the windows, they have not fixed, although they kept it last time for several days and called me saying they had to order parts for it, that the windows are out of line! but i guess that was a lie, heck they probably didn't even order any parts, i had the oil changed also, and being a woman, i sometimes wonder if they even really changed it or fixed any of it! i live an hour from the dealership, next time my dad will bring it to them! he has an 07 avalon, guess what kind of car he got to drive when his was in for repair..... an avalon just like his! what's up with that? my mom has an 04 camry, se perfect car, except for the window problem, hers sounds like the whole thing is going to drop out whenever you roll it down! but driving her car is what made me decide on buying the camry! oh well! got a question, my dash light for maintenance is on and i know it need servicing at 10,000 and it's almost there, do i have to bring to dealership for the oil change to get them to turn the light off, or will it automatically turn off after an oil change? what is the deal on it situation? thanks for advice! flowerchild64!
  • Toyota has brainwashed Americans into thinking they are the best auto maker. Sell it and buy American cars.
  • I don't think it is brainwashing. Most new model cars are having issues. Some of my friends have purchased new altimas, G6's, Saturns, Hyundais, and so on, and they are all having minor problems. Some complain of acceleration delays, others of rattles, other of electrical it seems to me that everyone is having some type of problem.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    Fortunately Toyota is not a minority when it comes to quality automobiles. I'll be off to Subaru or Honda next.

    The other day I was riding in my cooworker's 5 year old Subaru Impreza which exhibited many rattles, while my Ford Focus of the same age is strickingly quiet in comparison.
    Go figure...
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    Every new model redesign launch has issues.
    Toyota undoubtely will take care of them, and the second year production model should be problem free, as opposed to American makes.
  • I bought a new Camry in 2002. I can attest to a myriad of rattles that persist to this day. Toyota claimed to have fixes but in reality did not. Check the Camry rattles forum and you will see the same 4/5 rattles appearing right thru 2007!

    Having said that, this is my first 'foriegn car'. Though I really can not call it 'foreign' since it was made in the USA with mostly US parts. In fact its more American than the Focus that was likely built in Mexico mentioned a few posts back.

    As far as quality, all my prior Fords and Chryslers were less expensive than their corresponding Japanses brand. I paid more for my Camry this time than I would have for a Taurus. But you know what, other than oil changes I have not had a mechanical issue in 5 years. My prior cars were always in and out for nit picky little things. They were usually covered under warranty but still it was still a nuisance getting back and forth and once the warranty was up I felt uneasy keeping the car. Thanks, but I'll pay a bit more up front and rid myself of future aggravation by getting a honda, subaru or toyota so long as I can afford it. The law of averages is with me based on most every mechanical reliablity poll out there.

    ...and lets not call then American and Foreign unless the vehicle is truly made here in the USA!
  • gjw11801gjw11801 Posts: 2
    I have a "Rattle". I hear it during accelerations from a complete stop and sometimes when I slow abruptly. It is a rattle that lingers briefly, but not long. I hear it from the front of the cat, almost as it is coming from the firewall. Sometimes, it may even sound like a gurgle, rather than a rattle. Thous it was a CV joint issue, but occurs when I am goin straight an not around a turn.

    PS, I had a dash board rattle, but after my windshield cracked and Safelite replaced the winshield, all betta!
  • gjw11801gjw11801 Posts: 2
    Also noticed the sound at times when I turn the ignition key, right after the starter kicks over. Sounds like it's coming from right in front of the steering wheel. Power steering maybe?
  • Yea, thats why the sames rattles are talked about thru each model year. Hell, my wife's new RAV has the same door / window / weatherstrip rattle my 02 Camry does. Good Luck!
  • I have a 2005 with about 82000 miles on it. It has been a great car with no problems to speak of. The only problem is two things that might be related.
    a) When I crank the car and it is cold, there is a lot of engine noise. It sounds as though something is lose of something. There is usually a distinct sound when I hit the gas pedal and the car is cold. The sound seems to go away when the car is warmed up.
    b) My second problem began the other day. When I'm at highway speeds and hit the gas to pass someone or something a funny noise occurs. Sometimes when the transmission downshifts, I hear a loud vibrating noise that doesn't last for long. I haven't heard this sound but a few times.

    Im hoping that I can resolve these issues because I love my camry and want to keep it for many years/miles to come.
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