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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Not sure how anyone over the internet could shoot this problem with the limited symptoms you provided, over the people that have looked at it first hand.

    Why did the dealer suggest the battery? Measured low voltage ?

    Did you then not have the dealer replace the battery, but took it somewhere else to check the battery? If so, did they perform a full load test on the battery and alternator? This battery may or may not be the cause of your problem, but you are probably at (or close to end) of the useful life of that battery if it is the original. I have an '07 (actual build date on drivers door jamb sticker April of '06), and my battery needed replacing about 3 months ago. So you should be thinking of replacing your original battery anyhow as a preventive measure so you don't get stuck somewhere.

    Back to your problem, could be any number of things. I would make sure the mass air flow sensor is clean as well.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    Hi, guys.

    Dave, I was curious to see you mention the "mass air flow sensor". I've never even heard of this; what is it?

    I have the exact same vintage Camry as you, and I, too, have been experiencing rough idle, strangely, ever since replacing my plugs and air filter about two months ago....which I thought would have smoothed things out, if anything.

    Technology (and Toyota) works in mysterious ways!!

    P.S. I'd be VERY surprised if the battery were the cause of Morley's problem.....especially if it's had no problem cranking the engine.....wouldn't you?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited February 2010
    Mass Air Flow Sensor measures the amount of air flowing thru the throttle valve. The ECM computer uses this information to determine the fuel injection time and to provide the appropriate air-fuel ratio.

    Inside the MAF is a heated platinum wire which is exposed to the intake air. By supplying a specific electrical current to the wire, the ECM heats it to a given temperature. The flow of incoming cool air cools both the wire and an internal thermistor, affecting their resistance. ECM computer reads this and uses this as one of the inputs to determine how much fuel to shoot thru the injectors. I'd expect a DTC of P010x for a MAF problem, if identified and detected by the computer.

    In regards to the battery question, the OP indicated that the dealer suspected the battery. Could have had a low voltage at that time, serious amount of corrosion (which causes a resistance, dropping apparent voltage as seen at the fuse block), or who knows what other kind of problems given voltage affects many different sensors.....all used as inputs to the computer. If battery 'checked' by someone else, hard to know what or how they checked it.....and why that is now inconsistent with dealer feedback.

    Given the age of the battery, I would start there first to make sure the battery and alternator and cable connections are absolutely known to be good and supplying a good stable voltage to the vehicle. As an example of the MAF above, the sensor could be providing a low output voltage. If you replace the sensor, the new one may also provide a low output voltage. The reason, the 'input' voltage to the sensor is too low to begin with. So start with a good known voltage as a base, and troubleshoot from there.
  • I Have a 07 Camry le with the 4 cyl. also. Did you ever find out your idle problem? Mine is ok when in park but has slight engine vibration when in drive with no ac on and then more if you have the ac on. The engine rpm's are at 750. Thanks for your help.
  • For about a year now my camry has had a slight engine vibration when sitting still and in drive with no a/c on. When the a/c is on there is a little more. It idles smooth when in park or neutral. The rpm's are at 750. Does anyone know what causes this? The car did not do this for the first 45,000 miles or so. Thanks for your help.
  • I've recently started noticing the same exact thing on my 07 Camry with 36 000 miles on it. A lot of times it's the worn out motor or transmission mounts, but somehow i don't think that's what it is with our cars. They are simply not old enough yet, but with Toyota quality being what it is nowadays, you never know.
  • I did have to replace the top "dog bone" motor mount because it was cracked. The car now has over 70,000 miles on it and the vibration just came up slowly over the last year. It is slight when in drive and sitting still otherwise you never know it is there. In park the engine runs smooth.I don't think it is one of the other mounts because I thought these were fluid filled. The problem is how to determine if it is and which one. I also tried cleaning the throttle body but it did not seem to help. If anyone comes up with something let me know. Thanks
  • I have a 2007 Camry that is leased. I do not feel safe driving this car anymore and fear for the safety of my family when they are with me. My lease is up in August and in light with everything going on what if any grounds do I have to stand on to turn my car in early so I can go buy a Honda. I was a loyal Honda driver for years but I really liked the new design of the Camry. I guess looks isn't everything. Thanks for any helpful info.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You'll have to pay to turn it in early. Just get the recalls taken care of, and remember if the gas pedal sticks (which is highly unlikely), step hard on the brakes and shift into neutral.

    There are a lot more unsafe things on the highway to worry about than sticking gas pedals -- how about drunks or distracted drivers around you in traffic? Tractor-trailers with out-of-adjustment brakes or exhausted drivers? Boy racers in a hurry?
  • I also have an '07 Camry, and, like you, I feel concerned about this problem. That said, I took the car to my dealer, and they performed all recalls to date. For now, that's all I can do, and I'm choosing not to worry about it, God forbid something happens with the gas pedal, my family has been told by me to sue the hell out of Toyota.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    See my post above -- you're in far more danger from other factors than a stuck gas pedal, esp. if you've done the recalls.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    edited February 2010
    I've got almost 60,000 miles (100,000 Kliks) on my '07 and I haven't even bothered with the nuisance of taking it in for the gas pedal "fix". (My dealer, Performance Toyota, is so inept he'd probably make it happen sooner than later!) I'll do it before I sell 250,000 kilometres.

    I've known how to....
    1. Step on the brake
    2. Turn the key off (to the first notch)
    3. Shift to neutral
    4. Pull off the road
    5. Dial CAA/AAA
    .......ever since I learned how to drive, 50 years ago. I'm not going to forget now, simply cause a recall notice went out after 6 people (out of 80 million Toyota owners) DID forget how to do these things!

    Man up, buddy. Keep the car......and just keep your wits about usual.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    With today's cars, it's better to put 3 ahead of 2. Reason: engines have rev limiters (so they won't self-destruct) and you won't lose power assist to your steering.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    I'm not sure how you can tell people to feel safe in their cars. I agree there may be other dangers to worry about but do you think you can tell that to the families of the victims that have died?
    It seems there are always the same pro Toyota people on these always backing up Toyota. They have a big mess and tried to cover up problems and have continued to mislead Toyota owners including myself.
    I can't tell you how many times I have taken my car to the dealer to complain about hard shifting, rpm flare,ect to only hear them come back to say the car is operating as normal.
    It is almost laughable to think they though they can resolve this with floor matt recalls and gas pedals.
    This is surely a electronic software issue and Toyota is has tried hard to deny that. The truth will come out soon and set us free!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I regret ANY death on US roads, or in the world for that matter. Too many young people with promising futures are snuffed out this way, as opposed to other killers such as heart disease and cancer.

    I'm just pointing out that this alleged problem with Toyota accelerators pales in comparison to many of the other ways you can die while driving. Again, 100 people died yesterday in the US alone from traffic deaths and 100 more the day before that. Where is the outcry?

    If commercial airliners went down every single day with 100 deaths, you can be sure that no one would be flying withing a matter of DAYS. Yet the road carnage goes on, and state legislators make matters worse by repealing motorcycle helmet use laws, refusing to pass primary enforcement seat belt use laws, allowing heavier trucks on highways, disallowing red light cameras and photo speed radar, and raising speed limits on roads where it may not be appropriate. Not to mention the lax drunk driving laws in some states.

    This is surely a electronic software issue and Toyota is has tried hard to deny that. The truth will come out soon and set us free!

    Yes, a lot of people want to believe that because their home or work computers may lock up every day, but why would Toyota spend hundreds of millions in recalling cars for interfering floormats and sticky gas pedals with all the attendant bad publicity, if the "real" problem is still out there, waiting to kill the next innocent victim?

    BTW, did anyone ever find the "real" killer in the murders attributed to OJ?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,049
    >BTW, did anyone ever find the "real" killer in the murders attributed to OJ?

    210, you're not insinuating OJ killed them with a toyota that ran away with uncontrolled acceleration??
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    LOL! Hows thing's going "in the mend" forum? Can't keep up these days with work.
  • Well, you shouldn't be worry about drunk drivers also b/c it's only a small problem. About 11,000 people were killed in 2008 by drunk drivers. It's only about 30% if I compare to numbers that you provided: 100 people died/day * 365 days = 36,500. :cry:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    edited February 2010
    You are being ironic I hope! ;)

    Actually, I don't worry too much about drunks, because I'm not out in the wee hours when they are most common. I also stay away for the most part from heavily traveled high-speed 2-lane roads where only a painted line separates you from a head-on crash.

    The actual number of traffic fatalities in 2008 in the US was 37,261, the most recent year for which fatality data are available (102+ on average per day). The greatest proportion of those who died (25,428, or 68%) were occupants of cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans. I'd expect the 2009 totals to be lower, mainly because of the recession. But obviously still way too high!

    More fatality facts here.

    Compare these huge numbers with 34 alleged deaths due to Toyota sudden acceleration in the last 10 or 11 years.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Sewcoolsue:

    I purchased a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE new in 2007. ----- I now have 58,000 + miles on this vehicle. ----- I would have more mileage on this vehicle, but I also have other vehicles. ----- I am sure that there are issues with this vehicle, but I have NEVER had any issues with this vehicle. ----- This vehicle is serviced by the selling dealer every 2,500 miles, (my choice!) ----- I have had the throttle plate cleaned at least twice during this mileage. -----I always warm up my vehicle in the cold weather prior to driving, (my choice!) ----- This vehicle has a fantastic pick-up, and it shifts without a problem. ---- I would purchase another Toyota product without hesitation! ---- NO, I DO NOT WORK FOR TOYOTA or a TOYOTA DEALER!

    Best regards!
    Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
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