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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • mad5mad5 Posts: 3
    My 10 days old brand new XLE v6 with 200 miles on it has hesitation problems. I am bringing to the dealer in couple of days. From reading posts on this problem, it looks there no fix for it. In case the dealer is not able to fix the problem, I guess I am stuck with it. Right?
  • viveksviveks Posts: 17
    I'm hearing similar tap. This comes around 3-5MPH speed when you accelerate first time after starting the car. You mentioned it is coming from under the hood, but to me it sounds more like from rear wheels. If you get any explanatiion from dealer please share with us.

    Also anyone else experienced this ?

  • piratemanpirateman Posts: 18
    Friend of mine has had no HESITATION problems with her brand new Camry..UNTIL she got stuck in a snowbank last month. A male friend of hers had to "rock" the car back and forth, and was stepping extremely hard on the the RPM's up high. Good News: He got the car unstuck for her, Bad News: His aggressive throttling has "tricked" the computer in to thinking SHE has changed her driving habits to a more aggressive style. Result: She now has that damm, irratating hesitation problem. It is ridiculous Toyota can't fix was a poor decision to go to this drive by wire system and now they are being stubborn.
  • jet1234jet1234 Posts: 16
    What you are describing probably isn't corrosive and probably don't need to have a complete check done. However, I would check why the build-up occured. In your case, it sounds like your battery may be overcharging and would check the voltage draw from the battery.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Disconnect neg battery terminal for 5 minutes, this should reset computer to branch new car :)
  • niki1niki1 Posts: 52
    That's great news. Glad to be of assistance. Now if someone could answer my question about my 2005 Camry XLE 4cyl. auto. with the very annoying tapping sound coming from the engine, mainly when in gear?? The vehicle has 300 miles on it, and I took it to the dealership, and they were going to change the intake manifold. This was the fix for the problem, but they did not change it, because they said that I already had the updated manifold. Great!! What do I do now call Toyota?? Please Help If You Can.
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    Nice post. sounds like a valid explanation to me, I took it very easy on the car the first 1000 miles, very slow acceleration (it wasn't easy!), and now step on it often!

    the hesitation has happened to me maybe 3 times in 2 years
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    is there another dealer near you? maybe you could start fresh, don't say you were at another dealership
  • bhenrionbhenrion Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me where I can find the fuel pump relay?Ive gone thru the diagnostics to get the pump to run but it still doesnt turn over,might have bitten off more than I can chew on this one
  • Help!!! I own a 1995 toyota camry thats stalls once to twice a week. It only stalls during the initial start in the morning but after that, it runs perfectly fine. I did a major tune up but no change. Any suggestions????
  • I only have 1700 miles on this car and it has lurched with the A/C on almost every time I come to a stop. It feels like someone has hit the car in the rear, the way there is a slight "push" or lurch when I come to a stop.
    I took it in for a check and they said it is "normal."
    I worry that it someday will do more than a slight lurch, that it will surge forward and the brakes won't be able to stop it.
    What can I do about this?
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    If you're concerned I wouldn't take the usual "normal" response from them, everything is normal to them, if you can reproduce it, have a mechanic ride with you, also try a different dealer.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    One thing you won't have to worry about -- the brakes will always have enough holding power to keep the car from accelerating out of control. Just make sure you have your foot on the brake and not the gas pedal!

    Not to be insulting, but are you letting up slightly on the brake pedal just before the car comes to a full stop? All cars will lurch to some degree if you keep your foot firmly on the pedal right up to the instant the car stops.

    Interestingly in a Car and Driver review of the new 2006 BMW 3 series, BMW has added a feature to the braking system that automatically eases up on the brakes just before a stop to prevent the lurch.
  • zone1zone1 Posts: 11
    We owned a 1995 2 door Camry DX and had an intermittent fuel smell problem. I never pinpointed the problem, but found that if I topped off the tank at refueling, the problem would pop up. It seems that the fuel will expand in the tank (due to temperature) and push past the cap, or vent. When that happens, you'll get a strong fuel smell.
    You didn't say if your problem seemed to be intermittent, but if it is, you may want to not fill the tank as far and see what effect it has.
    Secondarily, the Camry circulates fuel from the tank to the engine so there are more than one line from the tank to the engine compartment. Some of them are for vapor recovery and such, but the point is that you may have a connection somewhere under the car that isn't liquid or vapor tight. It may be worth the effort to crawl under and eyeball the fuel lines to see if you can see anything that may be causing the problem. It doesn't take a lot of fuel to smell up the cabin. The fuel filter is located on the driver side under the driver seat (outside the cabin, of course) If any of those connections are weeping, they could be the source of the problem.
    Hope this helps.
  • zone1zone1 Posts: 11
    I recently purchased a 1999 Camry LE 4 dr. that is equipped with daytime running lights (DRL). The odd thing is that the system totally ignores the headlight switch on the turn signal lever and instead relies solely on the light sensor on the passenger side dashboard. I don't know if that's normal or not.

    But, I have a problem that I think may be related: During the day when just the DRL are on, the turn signals operate normally. However, as soon as the lights go to night time mode with headlights on full and tail lights illuminated, when used the right turn signal flashes very fast, as if a bulb is burned out. I've checked all the bulbs both at night and during the day and they are all working.
    This isn't a big problem, but I'd like to fix it if I knew how. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • zone1zone1 Posts: 11
    The driver and front passenger door armrests on our 1999 Camry LE are bulging out, causing a gap around the window/lock switch plates. It seems that the foam core has separated from the hard plastic spine in the armrest, and a gap has resulted. I've looked at other '99's and have seen similar problems.

    Is anyone aware of a fix for this? (Everything still works fine; its a cosmetic problem but one that really detracts from the look of the interior)
  • zone1zone1 Posts: 11
    I own a 2001 Tundra V8 2WD and it does the same thing on occasion. I don't think the problem is in your brakes. Assuming you have an automatic transmission, I believe it's coming from the transmission. As you slow down using the brakes the transmission doesn't stay synchronized with the wheels. So, there is a slight "disengagement" if you will, where the car is rolling faster than the transmission. Once the car stops, the torque converter "catches up" and re-engages, and thus you get a "Thunk" as if someone just bumped into you from behind. You feel it more when the A/C is on because the engine is idling faster.
    My truck will do the same thing stopping, and going around a corner. As I come out of the corner and accelerate, there is a "bump" as the transmission and axle re engage.
    I know I don't offer any fix here, but hopefully this points you in the right direction.
  • on and the car has come to a stop the idle is being turned up suddenly.
    This causes the car to lurch.
    I don't know, should I just try to get used to it?
    If they were to fix this, I believe the electronic idle control would need to be replaced.
  • It lurches AFTER the car is stopped.
    I am doing nothing in particular to the brake pedal, just stepping on it firmly enough to keep the car stopped.
  • zone1zone1 Posts: 11
    Well, I know it is a bother, and every time my truck does it, I grumble about it. But, I've never gotten mine fixed, and I'm not certain that the Toyota dealer here could do it. I have a bad taste from them so I guess I put up with more than I should, although I've got to say the truck has been outstanding in all other respects.
    My wife had a Camry that the oil light would come on momentarily almost every time the car was coming to a stop. The problem was the oil pick-up tube was cavatating, and that was a result of having the dealer replace the timing belt and oil gaskets.
    But every time I took it to them (3) they said they couldn't make it happen. Of course they couldn't! They never moved the car to see what was going on! It would just sit in the lot (I checked the odometer) all day because it was a no money fix, and they didn't want to do it.
    So, if you have a good relationship with your dealer, or know a good mechanic, you might want to have it looked into. But since mine isn't real bad, I've chosen to live with it and just swear under my breath when it happens.
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