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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666

    check the TSB. I'm on vacation and don't have access to all my files. I looked up the TSB and only had a copy of the original one on my pc, and it indicated it was for automatic transmission vehicles.

    I'll be back in town next week, and can post the link to the latest again if nobody posts it first.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Nope, TSB EG036-07 clearly states for 5MT and 5AT. I know, I have a manual transmission and had the TSB done. I read it and printed it out before I went to the dealer.

    Maybe you are looking at an old TSB.

    Here's the link:
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    "but it makes one wonder if the implementation was fully field verified and mature before they put it into production. "

    That's what I think too. I am just glad that the TSB completely fixed the only problem I have had with the car. It only took 25 minutes, just barely enough time to enjoy some free cookies at the dealer.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    That TSB posting should help additional people that don't know about it whether they have a manual or automatic.

    I find it interesting there were QTY 4 previous calibrations for the AT which are being coalesced into QTY 2 new calibrations. You'd think they'd have had one for the AT, and one for the MT at most right?

    Should one conclude that the AT model had up to 4 variations in hardware (PCM, Transmission, Torque Convertor or other part?). The engine was the same.

  • I met with a corporate Toyota rep regarding my 07 Camry and a vibration issue. We did however discuss the TSB current at the time regarding my transmission(AT). He was unsure if they would be able to come up with a programming fix that was 100%, as fuel efficiency was their ultimate goal. He specifically mentioned the torque converter. He never mention anything reagarding the MT, however I can see that it was included on the / a TSB as well.
  • Hi List,

    I know there is a problem with squealing breaks on the 2007 Camry. However when I went to one(of 2) the local dealerships to have the fix it, they weren't able to. So I went to other local dealership in my area and they said the only way that it can fixed is to replace the more advanced break pads with the metal shavings in it, with a more convention break pad that will wear out much sooner. Does anyone know if this is the only way to stop the squealing breaks?

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    The TSB for front break squeaks on '07 Camry, is TSB BR008-06 dated Sept 26, 2006.

    "Some customers may experience front brake squeak noise when the car is traveling in reverse and light pressure is applied on the brake pedal. The noise usually occurs when backing out of a parking space and/or turning in reverse. Update front disc brake pad support plates ("fitting kit") are available to improve this condition."

    If your squeaking occurs under normal braking conditions, I have found over the years that it is different brake pads which will fix that problem.

    This TSB really is nothing more than adding 2 little spring clips on each front brake pad, and making sure there is a little grease in the appropriate rubbing point.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    I have the squealing brake problem too. Every morning as I back out of my drive it is very loud! Today I recorded it and will take it to the dealer so they know I'm not just talking about some small squeak. This is excessive noise and I have never heard anything like this on a new car or an old.
    When I first got the car I had a TSB done which fixed for a while but now they are worse than ever.
    Looking for a fix?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Some of the brake pad suppliers, OEM mostly, are only chamfering the forward direction "leading" edge of the brake pads. I don't know when this practice started and I assume it was/is to improve braking by some measureable margin.

    You can probably have your mechanic chamfer the trailing edge.

    Most aftermarket pads still come with both ends chamferred.
  • 74357435 Posts: 39
    my toyota camry le 2006, 13,000 mi has had two serious brake failures . needed to stop and brake peddle went to the floor. two months between the two failures. no other problems. no damage because i went through intersection and no one was coming.

    are there any tsb on this problem?
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    what was done each time to remediate the problem?

    seems like you either have air in your brake-lines, moisture, leaking lines, low brake fluid level, or a bad master cylinder.
  • carguy65carguy65 Posts: 24
    My 07 Camry XLE V6 had this problem, they added some backing plate and some type of brake lubricant and it was fixed OK, after that.
  • smythesmythe Posts: 10
    Interestingly, I THOUGHT I had the same problem (squealing while backing up), and ignored it because it was just a noise. I was aware of the TSB, and what it described didn't seem to affect performance or safety. A few weeks after I first noticed the squeal, I had my oil changed at the dealer, and checked my receipt for brake wear. It stated that they had checked the rear brake pads and they were at 8mm on each side (new is 12mm), so plenty of pad material remaining. Shortly thereafter, noticed a new slight squeal from the rear when driving slowly in a parking lot with no braking (similar to a bad wheel bearing). Also, the squeal when backing up had become HORRIFYING, more like a howling grind. I was suspicious, so I took a rear wheel off and lo and behold, the outboard pad was at about 8mm, but the inboard (piston side) pad was totally worn out and the pad backing had just started to drag on the rotor. This was at 31,000 miles. I took the other rear wheel off and not surprisingly, exactly the same situation, except the pad backing wasn't QUITE touching the rotor yet. So let that be a lesson: Don't trust that the dealer ACTUALLY checks the pads. Obviously, they don't. And don't be lulled into assuming that just because there's a TSB for squealing that the pads aren't ACTUALLY worn out (like I was).
  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    I have an 07 LE V6. I now have almost 21000 on it. The dash rattles immensly, loudly, FRUSTRATINGLY :cry:
    I set an appointment up for this past Friday. Took it in on a wet rainy morning after it sitting all night. I work overnight shift. After being there an hour or so, the service manager said "Lets go for a ride" I knew right away they didnt hear anything. I also have a 'spring squeak' coming from the rear, maybe bushings.
    We drove and drove, drove through potholes, over speed bumps etc. We couldnt duplicate the dash noise and he said basically if they dont hear anything they wont attempt the TSB. He also said my VIN doesnt match the TSB and due to that, they wont just do the TSB. I was so angry. He wants me to leave it overnight one time this week and they will test drive it first thing in the morning when its cold ouit and hopefully they can pinpoint the rattle.
    Wouldn't ya know it, this morning going to get my son from friends sleepover, thhing rattled the whole way there.

    I tried and tried to show him where the dash rattles, its the entire front edge by the defroster vents but he refused to rip apart the thing unless he heard anything. The speaker grills move about half an inch, the whole dash is loose. he didnt care.
    Plus we didnt hear the spring nouse from the rear suspensionj.
    I cant wait to get rid of this car.

    ANYONE have a problem like this? They wont apply a TSB unless they can specifically hear something?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Some dealers will do the TSB irregardless of whether they hear it or not. Try a different dealer.
  • 03cobra03cobra Posts: 37
    My 07 SE V6 does this exactly over uneven surfaces in the rear. When pulling out of or into our driveway, and the turning the car, at the moment that one of the rear tires is in the street and the other is on the driveway (about 4 inches higher) This popping noise seems to come from the roof of the car and seems to be related to body flex.

    Does anyone had this problem. Has anyone been able to get it corrected by the dealer. I am hoping there is a TSB for it.

  • nmarcel1nmarcel1 Posts: 21
    I had the same dashboard noise coming from both sides near the speakers... and yes, if you push down on the dash where the speakers are you can somewhat replicate the noise. One thing I will tell you is, the noise happens when it is cold out... approx. 35 degree's and colder... the colder it is, the more you will hear the noise... the warmer it gets, you will hear the noise less and if it's very warm, in my case, I do not hear the noise at all. Anyway, I brought the car to the dealer about 6 weeks ago to had the TSB's installed.. I was very hesitant to do this because once the dash is disturbed I know new noises would spring up... To make a long story short... after I picked the car up.. the noise was gone.. so I thought... the right side was completely gone at first, and the left side was 100% better but it was still there.... I decided to give it more time and waited a few weeks but the noise when very cold was still there on both sides... I called my dealer and they said to bring it in.... unfortunately, I hurt my back and was out of commision for several weeks and now the weather has gotten much warmer (live in NY - near Manhattan) and the noise as normal has gone away again because it's not cold enough.

    I will tell you, they did no damage at all to the dash or anthing else... which makes me believe that maybe they did not even install the TSB but did something else to quiet the noise.... I now have to wait untill the fall when the weather gets colder again to bring the car back... and I will because this noise drives me crazy....

    PS: My car is a LE 4cl 07 will 4k miles on it.... I work from home.....

    PPS: Below are the 2 TSB's that I found that should be installed on the car but the dealer reported only installing the "Noise Kit #08231-00801", Hope this helps... post back what happens...

    The repair requires "Noise Kit #08231-00801", and "Wind Noise Kit #08231-00810". Toyota allowed the dealer 4.5 hours for the repair (under warranty),
  • nagoya09nagoya09 Posts: 9
    your are right to discribe how the noise come and go. my car the noise come from the center consoler (where the gear shift). I brought to dealer and they seem not very intersting to fix the probem, but they did, and last only one day. I try to remove the center consoler by myself and after 3 time attemp, I able to pin point the problem (Toyota Engineer should firgure this out), under the center consoler where the shift stick location, there are the "lexan" piece use the illuminate the shift area when you turn on the light, that "lexan" piece toughing the center consoler. I remove it, and place a bubble wrap between them. the noise all gone, but now I can here the noise come from some where else, but very insignificant so I don't care that much.
    always try different dealer, while I was there to repair the noise, I ask him about the noise come out from my steering column, they said nothing, all other car make a similar noise. I don't believe them so I took to a different dealer, and found out that the inter shaft has a bad bearing, and replace it for free (35900 miles)
  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    OK, the service manager asked me to leave my car overnight one day so he could test it first thing in the AM while it would still be cold out. I found a day that it would be around 30 or so and they gave me a loaner Corolla. Decent car but the entire glove box area and underside of the pass. side dash constantly rattled like there was a piece of sheetmetal in there. BUT thats another story :P
    He called me up that morning and said "Hi E, I took it out personally and heard some rattling, well actually a very substantial rattle and I think we can fix it" :)
    SO he called later and said he would need even a second day for the fix.
    So I picked it up Friday afternoon and it seemed ok but the weather turned and its been decent out. So I hope the fix works.

    They also lubed the rear suspension bushings. Not sure if that was what the TSB called for but again the weather is nicer so hopefully no more rattles.

    P.S. I still dont love the car but at least Ill deal with it a little better ;)
  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    I am NOT a mechanic but I dont think putting plastic in there was a good idea,
    That area under the plastic cover does get hot and there are wires {I think} around there and the plastic might melt. Maybe someone with more expertise than me could reply but it does get hot.
    Keep the dash lights on their highest brightness and feel the plastic where it says
    "D. D-3, R." etc. The gear you are in, it can get warm. Probably hotter underneath.
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