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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs

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  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    Hi I took my car in for the latest recalls and the dealer told me that they re flashed the computer.
    I have had trans issues since I owned the car. They replaced the valve body once then the trans. did other re flashes to correct the rpm flares which led to a compromise in my MPG.
    Long story short after this last recall fix I got my car back and it ran better than it ever has, Trans shifted as smooth as ever. Gas mileage was way up. It was short lived though. After 1 week of enjoying what felt like a perfect trans it started shifting back to it's old ways. It also seems to go bad after it rained. Not sure if that has something to do with it?
    The dealership has always said they can't find anything wrong with my car. Which I feel they are protecting themselves against the lemon law.
    Does anyone know what is going on with this car?
    Sometimes the car goes into severe slow down mode which the dealer would call engine braking. I don't buy that because it happens at different times and when the car was running great it never did this so called engine braking.
    I need help and a fix. Thanks
  • Ask the dealer if they performed the software flash as described in a TSB for reprogramming trans after engine R@R. there is yet another TSB for trans shifting programing. GL
  • Ask the dealer if they performed the software flash as described in a TSB for reprogramming trans after engine R@R. there is yet anouther TSB for trans shifting programing. GL
  • I have an 07 Camry XLE with a V6 - I have less that 70K miles on it and it is currently in the shop for the second time with the same Cam Gear issue. 8 months ago they had to replace it and it is sending all of the same signals that it had been previously so I suspect that another replacement is in my poor Camrys future. Has anyone else had this problem? I haven't seen it included in any of the recalls and am wondering if I just got a car that after 55K miles decided to have a recurring issue or if there are others having the same problem.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited April 2010
    Is the problem the small electrical sensor, or the cam gear itself?
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    Can you please explain the cam gear issue. I have a 2007 v-6 camry also with many shifting issues. After the recent recall was done on my car which they told me they also re flashed the computer my car ran great for about 10 days and then reverted back to it's old ways. I'm having trouble getting the dealership to find a fix or even admit I have a problem with my car. Any help would be grateful, thanks
  • perkan1perkan1 Posts: 2
    This is an update:
    Service manager offered to replace the transmission (from the same car as engine) and to split the cost of labor and part, which I accapted because I did not have (better) choice. I am still under impression that I was played somehow.
    I am not going back for service there.

    Perkan
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    why not take it to another Toyota dealer?
  • icyman6969icyman6969 Posts: 7
    Replaced factory tires after 33,000 miles to another V rated tire (same rating as it came with). I got Sumitomo HTR's they were very inexpensive. They were balanced and I was on my way, I noticed right away hard pulling to the right to the point where I had to hold wheel at 10-11 o'clock to keep car straight. I went back to tire store and paid for an alignment, the only thing was toe was out a little, still pulling, they rotated tires, still pulling and at 70-85 mph, the car shimmies and shakes. Went back today and bought a little better tire Dunlop V rated and re-checked alignment, It is still pulling right, just not quite as bad? Never been in an accident, hit a curb or anything.

    Also, last time had brakes checked still lots of life left, but going down a steep hill at freeway speeds when depressing brakes, steering wheel shakes a lot, when release brakes it stops.

    Lastly, it seems within the last 2k miles or so, upon heavy acceleration, the car does not shift as smoothly?

    Car still under warranty, so anything I can ask dealer to check?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited May 2010
    Well the shimmy under braking, is most likely heat warped front rotors.

    Do you get a vibration at 55-60 mph range, that's the speed that you'll typically feel a tire that is out of weight balance will start to show?
  • zaken1zaken1 Posts: 556
    There are about five recalls which you have probably been notified about, concerning the floor mats and possible unintended acceleration. Have the dealership make whatever changes have not already been done in that area.

    When you go to the dealer; also tell then to look up and apply the following five different TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) which Toyota has issued for this car; all of which pertain to the steering, vibration, and shift problems:

    TSB-0106-08 (NHTSA # 10025856) (June 2008) Front suspension flutter; Body vibration at highway speed.

    TSB-0061-08 (NHTSA # 10025103) (May 2008) Automatic transaxle torque converter shudder.

    TSB # 03607 (NHTSA # 10022763) (August 2007) ECM calibration enhancement to shifting performance and smoothness.

    TSB # 00207 (NHTSA # 10022143) (April 2007) Techstream ECU flash reprogramming procedure.

    TSB # 00207 (NHTSA # 10220993) (January 2007) 3rd-4th gear shift flare.

    Also report the concerns you have posted here, and make sure the dealership has a written record of each one them (as shown on the service invoice they give you).
  • icyman6969icyman6969 Posts: 7
    out of weight? balance? they have balanced and put two sets of tires, wouldn't they of caught that?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    What I'm trying to verify, is that you don't get a vibration at lower 55-60 highway speeds. That is speed that I've found that vibrations from out of tire balance situations become noticeable. Your vibration appears to be showing at a higher 70-85, so that and your prior balance jobs would kind of suggest that it's not a weight balance problem. My 07 is still silky smooth up through those speeds, about 1/3 way through the second set of Michelins with our total mileage.

    With the braking wobbling (most likely a warped rotor), sounds like your vehicle might be driven a little on the hard side. You may also have some suspension parts with wear, contributing to the pull to the right. How's your CV joints, are you getting any creaking or jerkiness with tight steering wheel turns while starting off from stop sign?
  • icyman6969icyman6969 Posts: 7
    SAGA CONTINUES-

    went to dealer today, most problems solved, but car pulling to right and some vibration not fixed, they inspected whole front end and all parts underneath, checked balancing, etc. Their Alignment machine is down for repairs for 3-5 days, so actually sent it next door to tire place where I just got it aligned and tires, now they are saying it is the Camber that is out. The manager of tire shop had left for day, and they told me that the tire shop only does alignment to make sure tires do not wear, but have now way of fixing Camber problem. Toyota says to bring it back late next week to test on their alignment machine and then see if need to put in bigger bolt in Camber to fix (they have not determined if they are going to charge me or not.

    Here are my questions-

    I bought Sumitomo tires from this tire shop 3 weeks ago, and car started to pull, called them and they said to bring it for alignment, paid and had it aligned, got paper print out, but did not really pay attention to it, they say toe was out and now good, drove it again and pulling right, they said sometimes tires need 500-1000 miles to wear in, so did that. Still pulling, called again, blamed cheap tires I chose and told me to come in and switch to Dunlops that they have experience with, did that change and cost me $100 more. Now I learn this, and they blamed cheap tires. What should I do? nothing wrong with those Sumitomos I bought originally and now a Camber problem that tire shop can't fix and have to go through Toyota. I have probably spent 3 whole days on this problem.

    What would you do? feel like tire shops owes me some $.
  • icyman6969icyman6969 Posts: 7
    SAGA CONTINUES-

    went to dealer today, most problems solved, but car pulling to right and some vibration not fixed, they inspected whole front end and all parts underneath, checked balancing, etc. Their Alignment machine is down for repairs for 3-5 days, so actually sent it next door to tire place where I just got it aligned and tires, now they are saying it is the Camber that is out. The manager of tire shop had left for day, and they told me that the tire shop only does alignment to make sure tires do not wear, but have now way of fixing Camber problem. Toyota says to bring it back late next week to test on their alignment machine and then see if need to put in bigger bolt in Camber to fix (they have not determined if they are going to charge me or not.

    Here are my questions-

    I bought Sumitomo tires from this tire shop 3 weeks ago, and car started to pull, called them and they said to bring it for alignment, paid and had it aligned, got paper print out, but did not really pay attention to it, they say toe was out and now good, drove it again and pulling right, they said sometimes tires need 500-1000 miles to wear in, so did that. Still pulling, called again, blamed cheap tires I chose and told me to come in and switch to Dunlops that they have experience with, did that change and cost me $100 more. Now I learn this, and they blamed cheap tires. What should I do? nothing wrong with those Sumitomos I bought originally and now a Camber problem that tire shop can't fix and have to go through Toyota. I have probably spent 3 whole days on this problem.

    What would you do? feel like tire shops owes me some $.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited May 2010
    WHO do you think owes you HOW MUCH money, and specifically for WHAT reason?
  • modivomodivo Posts: 5
    Hi All,

    Our 2007 Camry SE transmission hard shifts when cruising at 38-40mph & has done this since we bought the car. The tachometer drops below 1000rpms quickly and it feels like the car is braking itself. Dealership has not found a problem so far...

    Now the transmission is hesitant when accelerating, especially when getting on the freeway. It seems as though the tranny is slipping. I'm awaiting word from the dealership now.

    I also noticed the car was very loud when on the freeway & was considering adding insulation, but the dealer said the wheel bearings are bad.

    Since we bought the car- The alternator and brake systems have been replaced in addition to the recall problems,transmission & wheel bearings. Fortunately all has been under warranty, but I'm already worried for what will happen when the warranty runs out..

    Brakes:The car was shuddering when braking at freeway speeds.

    Alternator: The car lost all power while I was driving. There weren't any warning signs prior to losing power. I was fortunate to be able to get off the road and not cause an accident.

    The car has 30,000 miles on it, which doesn't seem like very much to be having all these problems already. It doesn't even get driven on a daily basis & has had more breakdowns than my husband's '84 Celica during this timeline.

    Is anybody else having these issues too or any advice other than regular maintenance to keep this car running soundly in the future?
  • calleancallean Posts: 1
    edited May 2010
    I had a transmission issue and to resolve it the transmission was ultimately replaced. I called Toyota at 800-331-4331, 0 to open a case. Tell them how scary the issue is. This gives the dealership more repair options and accelerates the case.

    You can purchase an extended warranty anytime before it expires. I'm considering doing that. Meanwhile address things right away and don't let them slide too long with the transmission.

    Good Luck!
  • oawaapoawaap Posts: 1
    I have a 4 cylinder Camry LE with excessive oil consumption and 101K on it. The only thing I can do is switch to a heavier oil (10w30) in summer and back to 5w20 in winter to slow down the oil burning. The real way to deal with this is to get a wet/dry compression test to see where the motor is at. My old camry went 300K before I had any real problems.
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Posts: 41
    my car had same problem. don't go anywhere without checking oil first. this car was recalled for this problem and Toyota's famous rubber oil line. good luck
  • drjay2drjay2 Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    Zaken1,

    I thought dealers wouldn't apply TSBs unless they replicated the problem. I've gone to two dealerships and both ignored the TSBs I printed out.

    I showed them the rear stabilizer bushing squeak TSB and they wouldn't look at it. It's not easy to replicate the squeak if there aren't any speed bumps near the dealership.
  • olt1892olt1892 Posts: 12
    My 2007 LE V6 with Bluetooth and Sterring Wheel audio control yesterday had a very bad problem.
    I was playing a CD (Bluetooth was OFF), suddenly, the volume will go up and down by itself. I did not touch anything before this happened all by itself.
    After a minute or so, the it will happen again. Eventually, I had to turn off the CD player.

    Anyone experienced the same? Is this a known issue?
    Thanks.
  • zaken1zaken1 Posts: 556
    This is an issue which would be best addressed by the regional Toyota Customer Service Center. If Toyota does indeed have a policy of requiring problems to be replicated before they applied TSBs; it would be their responsibility to devise a method of testing or replicating all reported problems; rather than ignoring problems which are inconvenient to replicate. The purpose of such a policy would be to prevent wasteful or inappropriate application of TSBs; not to get out of taking responsibility for product defects. That is why a constructive dialogue with Customer Service is important here. Why would Toyota publish TSBs, if they knew that any dealers who couldn't easily replicate the problem would just ignore it??? IF THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON; TOYOTA MANAGEMENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT IT; AND THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE INFORMED ABOUT WHAT TOYOTA IS DOING ABOUT THIS DISCREPANCY.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi all:

    I have been very busy, so as such, I have not posted on this board in a long time. ---- I still own the 2007 V6 Camry XLE, and it has about 58,000 miles. About one month ago, I had an "up-date" done by the dealer, with regards to the "self-acceleration issue." ------ I never had any problems with this vehicle to date. ----- Last month, I purchased a new 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ with a four cylinder engine. The Camry is now my "back-up" vehicle.

    Best regards.
    Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi All:

    I have a service question. ----- The question involves the replacement of the timing belt on a 2007 V6 XLE Camry at 90,000 miles.

    Recently I received a service notice from the selling dealer stating that the timing belt should be serviced on this vehicle on / or about 90,000 miles.

    QUESTIONS:

    Does the engine need to be removed from the vehicle to replace the timing belt? ------ (The reason why I ask this question is because to replace the water pump on a V6 Camry, the engine needs to be removed, because there is no room to work in the engine compartment. If this is the case, then the water pump should also be replaced at the same time as the timing belt service!)

    Recognizing that my vehicle is 3 years old, and it has 58,000 miles and three years left on the extended warranty, ----- "if" ----- I take this action at 90,000 miles it would only have 10,000 miles left on the extended warranty! ------ QUESTION: ---- would it be better to trade this vehicle at 80,000 miles and move on rather than do this service? ----- (I do not want to drive a vehicle without an extended warranty. There are to many electronics and / or components that could fail and cost a fortune to repair / replace.)

    Has anyone done this service? ----- if YES, what was the cost? ------ Did you also replace the water pump at the same time? ----- I need to make a "plan of action" because I could easily have 80,000 miles on this vehicle in one year.

    Best regards to all. ----------- Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :)
  • bob255bob255 Posts: 9
    My 2007 Camry 4cyl does not have a timing belt. I don't know if this pertains to all Camry's starting with the model year 2007 and later.Call Toyota!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The 2007 model year was the first for the Camry to have the new 3.5-liter V6 engine, which I thought has a timing chain, not a belt. What does your owner's manual say -- if there's a belt to be replaced, it will be mentioned as a maintenance item? (The Camry 4-cylinders have used timing chains since the 2002 model year.)
  • bob255bob255 Posts: 9
    My 2007 Toyota Camry does not mention a timing belt in the owners manual.. The dealer had an seminar for new owners. At the seminar I learned to change the anti-freeze at 60,000 miles or at 5 years. Change the spark plugs at 120,000 miles or ten years. Engine filter at 30,000 miles and the cabin air filter every 15,000 miles. Change the oil and filter every 4500 miles of driving. May I suggest you call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi All:

    Kindly be advised that the 2007 V6 XLE Toyota Camry has a timing chain! ----- As long as you change the oil frequently, (every 3,000 miles), it will last 100,000 + miles.

    Best regards.
    Dwayne ---- :shades: ;) :)
  • Took my 2007 Camry SE (17,600 miles) to Toyota dealer service today.
    When going down a steep hill at freeway speeds and applying brakes, steering wheel shakes and car starts shuddering. Serviceman say probably rotors.
    I say "already?" Calls later and tells me a new, improved brake pad has been developed which he recommends replacing. I asked when "new, improved" pad was available? Answer: JUNE 2009. Why am I only hearing about it now that my warranty expired 4 months ago? It was on a technical bulletin but not a safety
    issue so they don't have to inform customers. Oh well, they don't tell us when it's a safety issue until xxxxxpeople die, right? $58. for pads on front; $175 labor;
    $58 pads on back $175 labor. This is my 6th and last Toyota.
    Please don't tell me to go to another dealer; 60 miles down steep hills.
    Just wanted to post this for others and the guy who had his rotors repaired 9 times. BEWARE.
    Leaving here now to go buy a new car. Any suggestions?????
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