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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • Hey,

    Yet again my 1995 Camry 2.2 LE has a problem. We recently (about 2 months ago) put a new radiator in it. Now with 171k it is leak power steering fluid to the point where it goes through a reservoir a day. What could this be and is it gonna be expensive. There is a leak that I saw one day while changing my breaks on the driver side. It was a drip but must have gotten worse. What is it???? THANKS IN ADVANCE and Happy Motoring!!!!!
  • The inside release lever was working fine, then abruptly would no longer open the trunk. Remote fob opener works fine. Is this a cable adjustment, or is it perhaps electrical? Would appreciate any suggestions on how to troubleshoot and repair. Thank you!
  • I have a friend who has a 2000 Camry LE 6 cylinder with 15-inch tires and rims. The rims are oxidizing. They shouldn't oxidize because they are alloyed rims. Why are they oxidizing?
  • Did you ever figure out your High idle at start up. I have the same thing and I have replaced the temp sensor and totally cleaned the throttle body including the IAC valve but nothing helps. Still 1800 rpm until warm.
  • Can anyone help with a high idle at start up that last about 5 min. I have cleaned the throttle body,cleaned the IAC, and replaced the temp sensor. Still get 1800+ RPM until warm up. (96 V6 Avalon) I also tested the TPS.
  • Please switch to 87, Your camry does not know the difference, If you feel the change it may be time for a minor tune up or timing set.
  • not an expert in metallurgy but I'd assume with the right conditions, any metal will form it's oxide or oxidize. Maybe the protective surface was removed with age and or chemicals and that opened the door to oxidation.
  • go to car talk and search for oil filters. I'm sure you'll come up with loads of discussions. There's a link to it. Go to and find a study where they tore apart the filters and rated based on construction. That study gives fram a bad rap and loads of loyal fram users balked. He states that the pep boys is just a purolator premium plus (the white filter not the blue, more expensive one). as to cutting costs??? He didn't see any from his comments.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,702
    Thanks. I've been buying Puro, I'll pick up the PepBoys next time.

    The oil guy website IIRC determined the Fram was smaller in area for the filtration. So it filled up with fine particles more quickly.

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  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "Oil and filter changed religiously every 3000 kilometres , car is tuned regularly and it has never been overheated, belts changed on time and valves were done at about 150 k kms. Most of mileage is highway. I was driving at 120 kms per hour (70 mph) - temperature was 30 degrees centigrade (90 degrees fahrenheit) suddenly heard a ticking , slowed down to about 5 kph and then the engine seized. Has anyone else run into a similar problem - dont expect this to happen to an engine which has been well maintained."

    I agree absolutely with you. (if my conversion math is right, 3,000 Km is 1,800 miles - a very short oil change interval) If the timing belt let go, and IF the Camry's I-4 engine is an "interference" design (one in which open valves will contact the piston towards the top of its travel) the top end would've been torn up, not the main bearings in the bottom end. Main bearings seize for one reason and one reason only: insufficient oil pressure. As you might expect, the repair will be expensive. The real question is why would there be insufficient oil pressure to the mains in a well maintained engine? It turns out that early through mid-nineties Toyota V-6 and I-4 Camry engines had insufficient oil return from the head(s) and tended to pool oil "upstairs". Coincidentlally these engines tended to sludge up, further exacerbating the problem - and earned the nickname "sludge monsters". In short, it wasn't your fault! It was an engineering/production oversight. (Yep, it can even happen with Japanese engineering, though it's a rarity.) Toyota eventually provided a fix for new production in the form of larger oil return gallies back to the sump, and would fix customer cars out of warranty on a case-by-case basis. In the U.S. at least. But, I don't have any information about "secret warranties" over this issue for Canadian owners. Nevertheless, I strongly urge you to contact a Toyota dealership to discuss the matter. If you kept receipts for materials and maintenance at the proper or more frequent intervals, you could well have a basis for a rebuilt short block and installation labor charges on Toyota. Even lacking the documentation, you should still pursue the matter. Best of luck. Google "bobistheoilguy" and do a search on "Toyota sludge monsters". (Prepare yourself to read a LOT of posts.)
  • Please let me know if you get an answer to this question. I have done extensive searching on the web, and have not been able to find an answer to this question. My husband has a Dodge Dakota, and his manual told him how to disengage the beep. I saw where someone else posted this question on another site and was just berated for not wearing his seat belt. I am not wanting it disengaged because I don't wear my seat belt. In fact, I am the person that gets on any friends of family I see not wearing their seat belt. I often make deliveries in my neighborhood of newsletters and whatnot. I get in and out of my car several times, and each time I have to hear that annoying beep going off. I absolutely LOVE my Camry, but that beep is so annoying I would have to say it would affect me purchasing another one. Does anyone know how to disengage the seat belt beep or chime, or whatever you want to call it?
  • Hi, I purchased a 1996 Toyota Camry, 4 cyl, 4 door back in May. I did not realize that it had a theft alarm system until one day I was reading the information on the windows. Under the dash to the left of the driver's side is a toggle switch. However, I have no clue as to how this system works. I took it to the Toyota Dealership in my city and the mechanic told me that if I cut the switch on and the red light is on it means that the system is disarmed. My question is, How can you tell if the system is working or not. I always thought that if the light is on, it means it's working . Can somebody please help me? :confuse:
  • 94 Camry V6 - Had trouble adding oil to oil inlet after oil change. Wouldn't flow in very fast. Found a lot of carbon particles in the oil inlet. What's going on?
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    It's called sludge* - and you got real trouble. Engine sludging in early to mid-90s Toyotas and some lower end Lexis models was an all-too-often problem - especially for owners who followed the semi-extended oil change intervals Toyota recommended for "normal service" driving (7,500 miles I believe). Toyota is aware of and has acknowledged the problem and offers owners of affected cars a fix - including a replacement engine if necessary. Get your car to a Toyota dealer and inform the service department immediately, if not sooner. If the dealer balks (some of them claim they're unaware of the defect or the warranty extension), contact Toyota USA directly. The contact infromation is in your owner's manual.

    *Engine sludge (or the more correct engineering term, "oil gelling") is a witch's brew of partially oxidized fuel and motor oil insolubles held together by a sticky mass of varnish and acids that form from overused oil and moisture condensation - literally a cruddy, gritty, grease-like consistency, but it's absolutely no good as a lubricant. Hot running engines and/or engines with inadequate oil return gallery diameter are especially subject to this problem. Toyota's engineers miscalculated on the oil return issue. Consequently, oil tends to pool in the cylinder head(s) where it merrily "cooks" from the high heat there. (the cylinder heads are where the fire is made) When the issue was identified, Toyota made a running production change that allowed for enhanced oil return from the head(s) back to the oil pan. Late 90s and later engines have been typically Toyota reliable.
  • I have a 1997 Camry with only 68,000 miles and it started having the blew smoke come from the tail pipe everytime I started the egnition. One day while the car was idle in the drive way, the engine blew up and pieces fell to the floor. I had :cry: the car towed to 355 Toyota and they informed me at first that the piston rode went thru the engine. They took the car apart and then said that the 3rd cylinder connecting rod bolt come loose and fell inside the motor causing the engine to cease. That there were no signs of oil buildup. I am not convinced because when I asked what would cause the bolt to come loose he stated that it could be because there wasn't enough lubrication. To me that means that oil wasn't getting to parts it was supposed to. The dealer wants $7,200 to repair the car. The Blue Book value is only $7,155. What can I do?
  • I also have a 99 camry with134,000 miles on it that vibrates on the hwy between 65-80mph. The vibration is intermittent. 1 out of 5 times it happens. tires are balanced wheels are aligned bearings and struts are good. Usually after I stop and leave the car sitting for a while it corrects itself. When I stopped into the dealer an owner of a 2000 camry says he has the same problem. I can drive the car for a week trouble free and then it reoccurs. Any suggestions I'm stumped
  • The 99 camry vibration feels like its coming from the right front. The steering wheel just shakes.
  • Would your situation come under the engine gel warranty? See message #3954, just above your message. Did you get a letter from Toyota as I did? Call Toyota USA. Don't give up.
  • Are the wheels round? Some are not.
  • I had a serious Power steering fluid leak and my independent mechanic replaced a long, twisted hose that wraps around the engine. He says it is the first thing to fail in a Camry. He replaced it and then the pump leaked. He said this is typical also. He replaced the pump. This is the only repair I have had on my 97 and he said probably nothing else will bother me and so far, it hasnt.
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