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Toyota Camry Hybrid Owners Problems & Solutions

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  • I recently fixed the center console with felt pads after my dealer's felt tape failed to stop that rattle. Now I notice that either the windows are rattling in the doors when the car hits a bump, or the outside door handles are vibrating. Has anyone had that problem and found the cause?
    Thanks
  • I do hear something rattling on the passenger side of the car now and then. Wasn't sure what it was. Sounded like the passenger seat, but could be the door handle. Only heard it when I was alone, that's why I thought the seat. When someone's in that seat, I don't think I've heard it.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    I have heard the passanger seat belt buckle rattle against the door post when the belt isn't being used. Try changing the height adjustment to see if that helps.
  • alp8alp8 Posts: 656
    so, is there a decent summary of the significant problems of the new hybrid Camry? (if there are any)

    I keep hearing of transmission problems, but I havent' seen much if anything real about it

    anyone?

    (I am a wanna be Camry Hybrid buyer - drove one this weekend and am interested in ordering one. I don't expect the car to be perfect, but I want to know what I am getting in to)
  • so, is there a decent summary of the significant problems of the new hybrid Camry? (if there are any)

    I keep hearing of transmission problems, but I havent' seen much if anything real about it


    The most "significant" problem in the Camry hybrid seems to be a squeak from the vicinity of the center console. I myself haven't had that problem and I've had my TCH since late May. Based on a few posts at greenhybrid.com the windshield also seems more prone to cracking than non-hybrid models.

    No TCH transmission problems that I've seen reported anywhere. All the 2007 Camry transmission problems that I've read about are on the non-hybrid versions.
  • alp8alp8 Posts: 656
    awesome

    hard to believe, but still awesome

    are they making the TCHG in the U.S.? Is there still a bias toward wanting a Camry made in Japan, or has that bias subsided?

    [I recognize that this is the kind of stuff we all should know already, but I'm rather new to the Camry hybrid idea since I had assumed I wouldn't like it. But now I need to catch up.]
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    are they making the TCHG in the U.S.? Is there still a bias toward wanting a Camry made in Japan, or has that bias subsided?

    I don't think they are to start up until late Fall in Kentucky. I think they will make as good of a product as the Japanese but I wouldn't want one of the first 1000 to roll out that first week. (although I do have #579 from the Japanese plant

    As for windshields, there were two people that had cracks and said they were prone to cracking. However others have given stories of rocks flying off with out damage. I know I've caught a couple of rocks already and do not have a chip problem. I guess the same logic would say they are prone to running into deer because we've had a couple TCH'ers hit deer as well.

    I have a rattle on certain rough roads, but not often enough to complain yet about.

    NO transmission (power splitting device) issues at all that I've heard about on the hybrid.

    Other than my alignment was out I have had no problems in 11,900+ miles of driving and an AVERAGING 38.95 mpg
  • Small problem easily solved during a 4,800 mile trip concluded on Saturday!.
    Noticed a burning smell when we got out of the car several times. I first thought it was truck brakes since we first noticed it a rest areas along the last 660 mile grind of the trip. When I got home on Sunday, I had the bugs washed off the car and smelled the burning smell again in our driveway. I opened the hood and discovered that a foam rubber strip which had been secured with some kind of double stick tape to the top area of the radiator had come loose and blew back directly onto the catlytic converter which is near the front of the engine.. I'll say BURNT!... to a crisp!.
    I suppose this could have been worse if it became enflamed but as far as we know it didn't. I removed it and scraped the residue off of the catalytic converter with a putty knife. Problem is solved. I will ask the dealer about this problem this week during servicing. I don't think this is significant and I don't think there will be any long lasting issue with it, but do wonder why they put a cheap piece of self stick foam rubber near the engine compartment and so close to the catlytic converter heat source.
    So..if anyone else smells something burning, check this out first.
    WillyBill
    :confuse:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I wouldn't worry a bit about the Japan vs. Kentucky manufacturing. The Kentucky plant has been in production since 1988, and my '04 and '05 Camrys were both built there. The same quality is there that was present in my Japanese-built 1997 Camry.
  • This may be a picky point but --- the 12v aux sockets in my TCH are extremely tight. I've tried different adapters and they are a hassle to remove. In fact the center console just about came apart when I removed my phone adapter. I put a radio shack adapter that take 1 plug and outputs to 2 and that seems to work well in the dash opening but the one in the rear of the center console is useless. Is anyone else experiencing the or did I get the odd ball one?
    \ :confuse:
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    I use the one in the rear of the dash console for my radar detector (don't know why I hook it up driving under the limit now). I've had it in and out a lot. It is tight but seems "solid". My wife uses the one in the center of the console for her phone all the time with no problem
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I had the same problem with the rear center console one. Pulled out my cell phone charger and the whole panel came with it! I was going to talk to my dealer about it. Maybe they're smaller in Japan?

    tom
  • not picky at all...i have the same problem...i actually have to hold the outside rim of the socket as i pull out my car phone charger...so now i just keep the charger pluged into the one in the dash, and only use the console one if i have to
  • newcarsnewcars Posts: 103
    Bought a brand new (obviously, sorry) full-loaded TCH with the navigation system earlier this week. Because of the time of night that I picked up the car, the dealer could not do some of the "dealer add-ins" I requested so I took the car home and brought it back the next evening. Fine, no problems, and the car had 50 miles on it total.

    Last night I go to pick my TCH up and it will not start. Two of the managers on duty could not get it to start. Neither electronic keys could get it to start. To say that I am upset is a bit of an understatement. No more than 50 miles on my brand new car and it won't start.

    The only good news is, since it happened at the dealership, they no it wasn't anything I could have done. Indeed, it was one of the manager's who first opened my door and all. The downside is, since it happened at the dealership, I have no idea what they could have done.

    Any way, has anyone else run into this and what could be the possible problem?

    And most importantly, how to fix it so it never happens again?
  • spiff72spiff72 Posts: 179
    Is it giving you a message saying "key not detected", or is it more like a dead battery (dead hybrid battery)?

    If they were working on it with the ignition on, and they aren't familiar with hybrids, could they have left it in Neutral for some reason and allowed the hybrid battery to discharge? (The engine can't charge the battery when the gear selector is in Neutral)...
  • My Dealer installed and After Market Automate AM1 Alarm in My Camry Hybrid. The Alarm manaual ays it can be re-programmed to not beep the horn when I lock and unlock the doors but does not tell you how to do the re-programing.

    Does anyone know to Re-program the Alarm?
  • newcarsnewcars Posts: 103
    spiff72, would you mind if I hired you as my mechanic?

    I picked up my car and they could not tell me why it would not start the other day but the chief mechanic guessed that his guys had worked on the car with the door open and/or lights on and had discharged the battery. The only thing was, however, we he had looked at the car it had charged back up. Evidently, when I tried to pick it up the other day, they had just finished working on it and the battery hadn't had a chance to power up.

    Being honest, there is a thing or two about that story that I don't quite buy. However, so far I have had no problems with the car. I'm sticking with it for the time being and if nothing like this happens again, I'm willing to call it a fluke or something.

    Thanks for your response.
  • agnostoagnosto Posts: 205
    The below is not an issue with the 2007 TPMS but an incompetency of toyota dealership(s)....:

    It is the 2nd time the Tire Pressure Warning Light comes on steadily after blinking for about 1 minute or more.

    Before taking delivery of my 2007 TCH, I found the driver rear (RL) left tire had a screw on the tire tread enough to cause it 3 psi lower than the other tires. Anyhow, I told them to replace ONLY the tire and not the rim. After many attempts and frustration, I took possession of the vehicle and within 30 minute or so the Tire Pressure Warning Light came on steadily after blinking for 1 minute, so I pulled over to check if there was any tire with low pressure, but no issue there, so I drove the car again.

    Next day I went to my local toyota dealer and told them that I am suspecting that the rim was replaced and not only the tire on the other dealership and when the service advisor called my salesman he said that only the tire was replaced and then I got so mad I took the phone and told the salesman to go and find out precisely what was done from the service manager and when he came back on the phone sure enough the whole wheel (rim+tire) was swapped from another non-hybrid 07 Camry XLE. When I asked him why?? Did not I say DO NOT do that only replace the tire, his response was this is what I was told they did (talking about QA service from Peterson Toyota, NC).

    Now after supposedly they reprogramed the new ID code into ECU I got the Tire Pressure Warning Light on again after 6 days (maybe is a different issue -- not sure), but I believe they did not follow the below step to have all 4 ID codes reprogrammed into ECU (but 6 days to show the inaccuracy??):

    "When replacing the tire pressure warning system valve & transmitter, all the separate ID codes of the 4-tire pressure warning system valve & transmitter must be registered. Even if only 1 tire pressure warning system valve & transmitter is replaced, the ID codes of all 4 tire pressure warning valve & transmitter must be registered again."

    Will call on Monday and find out what the next step will be and hopeffuly the DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Code) will have the specific error to get it fixed.

    P.S.
    As an FYI, I have done multiple resets of the TPMS, but w/o any success.)
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I heard second hand that a corporate rep for Toyota was complaining about the new Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which of course was mandated by Congress after the Firestone tire/Explorer rollover problem.

    He said this system is going to cause a lot of consumer dissatisfaction and complaints.

    Too bad, because in theory, it seems to be needed, because too few people bother to regularly check their tire pressure with a gauge.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    Too bad, because in theory, it seems to be needed, because too few people bother to regularly check their tire pressure with a gauge.

    Of all the unsafe things American's do I don't know why they had to mess with this. If people can drive without seat belts and ride motorcycles without helmets then why can't I drive without a TPMS. I don't have a problem with them but I want to install a set of winter tires on a seperate set of wheels for the TCH,and a Scion Tc. I just bought a set of factory OEM 17" alloy wheels on ebay for the Tc CHEAPER than what a set of 4 TPMS sensors will cost. If they are requiresd on all cars then there should be a standard and all of them interchangable (and cheaper)
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,090
    When are TPMS supposedly mandated? This is the first I have heard of it. It is an option on many cars. I can sure think of a lot of safety issues that are more important than monitoring tire pressure.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I believe this model year (2007) is when all vehicles must have the system. This is a direct result of the Explorer/Firestone fiasco.

    Plus, many studies have shown that a large percentage of tires are underinflated and not just by small amounts.

    I check my tires with a gauge once a week and daily on long trips; I must be in the minority. No, they don't lose air that fast, but you never know when you'll pick up a nail, and I'd rather find out sooner than later.
  • agnostoagnosto Posts: 205
    Precisely, and that is how I found a big screw on the rear driver tire before I sign the papers for my 2007 TCH purchase... no TPMS is as accurate as a digital/non digital air pressure gauge... my salesman was amazed and asked me how I found the screw on the tire and showed him my digital gauge and told him DO NOT leave home w/o it ;).
  • I have owned my TCH for 4 months and put over 5000 miles on it. I have had 3 problems so far:

    1) The noise from the radio area. Solved by the dealer after 3 trips there.
    2) Water in the hood. After washing the car or after it rains, water seems to pool inside the hood. When the hood is opened, the water pours out onto the windshield. Does anyone else have this problem and has it been corrected?
    3) ICE occasionally doesn't turn off after stopping the car. These seems very erratic. Most of the time, the hybrid system works as intended but on some days it just doesn't want to cut the ICE out. Conditions are identical to when it does work well, so it is not an issue with the AC/lights, etc. Seems to be either a faulty sensor or a bug in the hybrid algorithm. Can't really show the dealer the problem as it happens randomly, about once every 2 weeks or so.

    Anyone experience these problems and found a solution?
  • spiff72spiff72 Posts: 179
    I really wouldn't worry about #3. Sometimes that's just the way it is. There are a lot of variables that contribute to whether the ICE shuts off or not.

    It has started getting cold here (30-40's), and I noticed that my ICE wouldn't shut off as much as it used to. I turned off the climate control system, and the ICE shut off almost immediately. When I turned the climate control back on, the ICE kicked back on. I assumed that this was just because the ICE needed to heat the coolant to provide cabin heat. I noticed on my next drive that the ECO mode was turned off, so I turned it back on. This seemed to allow the ICE to shut off more frequently.

    I am pretty sure the dealer would tell you this is normal behavior for the hybrid system.
  • I have the same "Water in the Hood"... when I open the hood, water drips on my windshield.

    However, it appears to drip from the washer fluid spray nozzle. I am not too concern because I don't think the water is actually inside the hood, but rather in the windshield washer rubber tubings.

    I did a quick test. The car is dry. Open the hood, and there is no water drip. Now close the hood, spray the windshield washer, then open the hood again. Now I have the drips. My conclusion is that it is from the windshield wash tubes, and not rain or other external water source.
  • stj4stj4 Posts: 27
    I had the same problem. About 3 days after buying my car, i plugged in my GPS, and the plug would not come off. Luckily I took it to the dealer (different one), on a saturday @ 5.15, and ran into their general manager (who noticed the camry hybrid, which their dealership had not received yet, was in early May).

    He seemed interested in the car, got inside, and tried to pull it out, and the whole thing came off (i thought that was real funny) He then went inside the closed dealership, and got one of the mechanics, who put it back in, and took off the plug with a gentle twist.

    The problem happened again, and now I have an inverter plugged into it semi permanently, and use the one next to the aux audio in which does not seem to nav this problem
  • stj4stj4 Posts: 27
    The car does run once it is started without the key.

    It happened to me once. me and my wife were coming back, and I decided to walk the last 2 miles. Since I was driving, we stopped, i got out, , and she drove off in the car. Once the car started moving, she noticed it started beeping, and " no key fob detected sign came on, as she did not have her keys with her.

    She kept driving, and stopped at home without problems.
  • stj4stj4 Posts: 27
    Hello everybody,
    does anyone know how toreset/ turn off the Maintenence required soon Indicator after an oil change? So far, I have done my own oilchanges on all my cars, and I changed the oil myself @ 4700 miles, and around 49xx miles, the Maintenance service required soon Indicator comes on every time I start the car.

    BTW, this is the easiest car to change the oil of all the cars I had, including a saturn, a camry, and a Sienna

    Any help is welcome.
  • 07xle07xle Posts: 177
    Come on. Can't you read your owners manual?

    Maybe there is something else in there that you've missed.
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