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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    My wifes 2005 Camry has a little catch or rough spot when you turn the steering wheel. No noise from the PS pump or belt. It has 35000 miles on it and has been good until now. Does anyone know what this could be? It goes into the shop tomorrow and forwarned is forearmed I always say. Thanks!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    My 2004 with 53K miles does this also, but only when turning left at low enough speeds that the steering wheel is rotated about 90 degrees.

    My son noticed this problem when he had the car in L.A., but when I got it back home at around 32K miles, I never noticed it until after 36K miles, when the warranty ran out. It hasn't gotten any worse, and there's nothing amiss visually underneath the car, so I haven't bothered to get it checked out.

    I'd be curious what your shop says. But here's something I saved from Edmunds about checking out a used car that could be relevant:

    Make identical motions with the steering wheel. Here's a good one — while driving in a straight line at 35, turn the wheel smoothly from 15 degrees to the right to 15 degrees to the left and back a couple of times. Look for dead spots in the steering or notchiness that might indicate a problem with the steering rack or suspension bushings.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    If I recall right mine also did that turning left at low speed when you turned the wheel maing sharp turns. This car is a year out of warranty but less than 36k I believe. Comments on getting toyota to pay for this?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I didn't try with Toyota. Although the selling dealer is in my town, I never go there for service except for the free annual safety inspection required by Virginia (saving a big $16 if I were to go elsewhere).

    The problem is rather difficult to reproduce, so I bet they'd say they couldn't "duplicate the problem." If it was still under warranty, I would have tried.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    I checked the belt, all the hoses for leaking, the fluid in the PS pump and all seemed good. Definately notice a soft thump when you turn the wheel lock to lock sounds like its coming from inside the dash where the steering shaft would go.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The steering rack is just ahead of the firewall, so my guess is that's why it feels like it's in the dash. There's really nothing to get hung up between the dash and firewall except for the intermediate steering shaft, which is a known issue on the Camry (and cause for a recall on some 2004-05 Priuses).
  • dwb2dwb2 Posts: 24
    The problem is the lower steering shaft. There is a service bulletin on it. Replace the lower shaft and the noise will go away. NOTE: Toyota will only stand behind it for the original 3 years/36k miles. But if you are out of warranty and raise a barrell of h..., they will fix it.
  • dwb2dwb2 Posts: 24
    This can be a problem on any vehicle a/c unit. The a/c MUST have fresh air to operate properly. The recirculate does just that. Recirculate the air already in the cabin. After a while you need to reintroduce fresh air to keep mold and musty smell from becoming a problem. I can't disagree that there might be a design problem, I just offered a simple way for people not to drive themselves crazy with it. Toyota will not be much help, I know this for a fact.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,683
    What is the lower steering shaft? Is that the rack? What has to come out to get at it? Thanks!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Thanks, although I don't have a noise per se. It's more like "stiction" or a hang-up when I turn the steering wheel to the left at low speeds. The local dealer also doesn't have a stellar reputation for service, and I'd have to drive 35 or so miles (one way) to the next closest dealer. I'd do so if they'd really fix it (correctly) for free, but have a feeling I'd just be wasting my time, gas, and breath.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The lower shaft goes into the rack. It's not easy to get to, because it's tight up against the firewall.
  • jmikesfjmikesf Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Camry XLE with 35,014 miles. Yesterday morning, I ran 2 short errands and parked the car for about 5 minutes each time. After the 3rd errand, I tried starting the car and it wouldn't turn over; on the 2nd attempt to start, same problem; on the 3rd attempt, I took the key out of the ignition and it started right up and I had no other problems starting the car for the rest of the day. The exact scenario happened this morning (it took 3 attempts to start the car), but again no other problems starting the car for the rest of today. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    See if it happens with different keys.....
  • norm25norm25 Posts: 1
    My outside temperature does not resister on dash any more I have OBD II code reader and my question is where do i plug it in to read it if possible? :(
  • 210 delray,
    I think I know the problem you are talking about. My wifes 07 Camry's steering ocassionally sticks at low speeds when the wheel is turned to the left around the 10 o'clock position. We took it to the dealer before 36000 miles and they said the steering column needed greasing. They removed the plastic panel inside the car below the steering column and supposedly greased it. That did not fix the problem and it still has the same issue. Let me know if you find out what might cause this problem. I think it is a pressure problem in the rack that puts back pressure on the steering shaft.
  • At my 15000 mile checkup on my 2 year old 2007 Camry 4cyc. the dealer noted that the power steering fluid was dark colored and wanted about $85 to drain and refill. Did my own drain (suctioned with a battery filler-looks like a kitchen baster) and refilled two times. The removed fluid I put in a clear plastic soda bottle and it was dark colored similar to regular coke! Will monitor closely now. Don't know if I have a problem with some of the power steering components are not. My VIN number starts with a J. Anyone else noticing dark power steering fluid etc.?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Typical dealer ripoff tactic. PS fluid does darken over time, but it really doesn't have to be changed. Might be okay to do it at 100K miles if you want, but 15K -- no!

    But doing it your way is a cheap alternative, and you beat the dealer at his own game!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I've heard about the grease trick -- it never works.

    I'm not so sure the problem is back pressure in my case, because the steering wheel always sticks in the same position, and only when turning left. Seems if there were a pressure problem, it would show up at random steering wheel positions.
  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    I had a similiar problem on a Taurus. Rack had to be changed
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Thanks, that's what I was afraid of. I'm not going to do anything then unless the problem gets worse.
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