Camry 2011 transmission problem
2011 Camry 3 weeks of usage with approximately 600 mileage. When the car is parked and when I start to drive it again, once the first gear disengages there's a slight clicking noise to it. Also, when I change the gear from park to reverse or drive, it's really rough and really noisy. The gear change is not smooth at all. Just wondering if anyone else is having the same problem.
mfi, I wonder what the dealer tell you when you bring your car to them.
I left it at a Dealership Service for a day and they told me that there was nothing they could have done about it. They gave me another LE 2011 for the day as rental and it behaved the same way. I wonder if anybody else noticed the problem? I do not want an automatic trasmission car with the added roll back feature.
Did you try putting your left foot on the brake, and then slowly release it as you begin to accelerate with your right foot?
If you let the vehicle roll back 30 feet before stopping it, you need to enroll in remedial drivers ed.
Foot operated parking or e-brake...??
My previous Toyota Camry 2006 rolled back a little and then stopped, but the 2011 model seems to be unpredictable on the hill. I was looking for a boring predictable car with no thrills of driving a manual transmission car.
A lot like dis-engaging a clutch these days.
Which is also why many modern cars now also come equipped with "hill-assist", automatically hold the brakes "on" after they're used to stop until the gas pedal is again depressed.
Other than some 4 wheel drive off road vehicles, what are some of the new cars that have this feature? Haven't been broad range competitive new car shopping in a year or two. With all of the sensors and brake control already in place, shouldn't take a whole lot more than some software program the computer for this functionality. Didn't realize that it may be broadly deployed and available.
ONLY VW seems to have addressed the problem, automatically up-revving the engine to prevent loss of directional control should the driver downshift to a level that inadvertently results in too much compression braking for current road conditions.
I walked beside it with the hood open and my hand on the ABS pump, to find and determine what the problem was when I first heard it.
It is a perfectly normal situation.
After the car is started after being parked for several hours, there's a single pronounced "clunk" from under the car when I make the first turn out of the driveway, in either forwards and reverse. The direction of the turn doesn't matter either. But it occurs only on the first turn after starting the car. Sometimes, the clunk seems to come from the back, sometimes from the front. Any others have this issue or is there already a TSB?
The rattle occurs when I change lanes and hit one of those little reflectors in the pavement. It definitely comes from the wheel area. It has the same sound as loose brake calipers. I recently read in another forum that one 2011 owner found his rattles were because of loose bolts in the suspension. Anyone have this same issue?
I don't buy it is ABS self checking and I own 4 Toyota cars in my family, they were all running good except Camry 2011.
"The vehicle stability control system
helps provide integrated control of the
systems such as anti−lock brake system,
traction control, engine control,
etc. This system automatically controls
the brakes and engine to help prevent
the vehicle from skidding when cornering
on a slippery road surface or operating
steering wheel abruptly.
This system will activate when your vehicle
speed reaches or exceeds 15 km/h
(9 mph), and will deactivate when the vehicle
speed reduces to below 15 km/h (9
You may hear a sound in the engine
compartment for a few seconds when the
engine is started or just after the vehicle
begins to move. This means that the system
is in the self−check mode, but does
not indicate a malfunction."
You can check it's the VSC/ABS yourself as I've described in previous posts, if you're careful. Park the car, where you will be able to drive it slowly the next morning. In the morning, open the hood, and while you are slowly walking on the passenger side with your hand on the ABS/solenoid pump (front passenger fender wall, immediately behind light area, the thing with the metal tubes coming out of it), have the driver slowly begin driving forward. You will hear and feel the 'clunk' while it does it's self test.
This seems to be noticeable for about the first 6 months of ownership. After that, we never really hear it at all.
Driver needs to be careful doesn't run over you with the tire, doesn't hit anything in front since they can't see past the hood, or you get your hand caught on any engine/vehicle parts. You assume all risk while doing this, but you can prove to yourself that your clunk is the VSC/ABS, or not.
This is my 4th Toyota an this one makes me wonder.
All new 6-speed transmissions will act this same way, if not now then soon.
The use of a more robust lockup clutch in the higher gear ratios, 3-6, to bypass the torque converter losses, has resulted in an even more "flaccid" torque converter design. Torque converter is now only used, really, to simulate a manual clutch and prevent the engine from stalling at lower speeds.
More "shiftiness" in order to extend, "on paper", FE..
If the shiftiness is really bothersome then buy a vehicle with CVT, if one is available.
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1. I can clearly feel the gear changing and the car like pause a little bit, especially at low speed (say less than 40 mph) and It starts to become more and more noticable recently.
2. Sometimes I notice that the car takeoff like it rushes right off the start rather than smoothly accelerating, although I press the gas pedel really gently.
3. Sometimes when I slow the car, I can sense the car will suddenly plunge forward a little bit once or so.
4. There is one sound that I notice when I start the car and reach like 10 mph or so (parking lot speed). Basically it is similar to the sound of door locking. Not sure if anyone else notice it or not.
I always love that line. It's pure BS. There's no way a vehicle can be designed to "get used to your driving habits" because over half the vehicles on the road have multiple drivers within the family that all drive differently....over different routes...with different traffic patterns...etc. It's comical.
Most modern day vehicle's will learn and adjust to the driver's "style", but in the short term only. It begins the learning process the instant you put the car in motion, within a very short period it will have "binned" you within one of four styles, shortly thereafter it will fine tune you into one of sixteen "styles". Now it keeps a running record of the past few minutes of driving and will use that record to revise your style as you go.
The "record" is mind-wiped upon each and every restart of the engine.
The 4 cylinder Camry transmissions are imported from Japan. If I'm not mistaken, the 6 cylinder model transmissions are made in the US. Originally, I thought the imported transmissions wouldn't have this problem, but I was wrong! As mentioned, I drive a 2010 Avalon. I recently drove a 4 cylinder 2011 Camry LE (brand new with 2 miles on it and part of dealer's rental fleet). I found the Camry's transmission to be slightly better in city driving than my Avalon. However, the transmission still exhibits the gear hunting, or confusion as I like to call it. This is the new technology, and I guess we (current owners) have no choice but to get used to it or find another car.
What you are experiencing, partially, is the new (well, fairly so) fuel cut technique/procedure used to extend FE. When you let off the gas completely the engine will be COMPLETELY starved of fuel. To prevent the engine from stalling the transaxle will be downshifted sequentually as speed declines. Once it reaches a point, low enough speed, wherein this is no longer possible it will upshift to an appropriate coasting gear ratio and begin feeding enough fuel for engine idle.
The transaxle will then not actually shift down into 1st until you have come to a full and complete stop.
The newer fuel cut technique is now more aggressive than in past years, most especially so, much more noticeable, with the new 6(9) speed trnasaxles.
Sounds suspeciously to me like a cruise control engine/transaxle ECU control firmware bug. New Brake override firmware fix gone awry...?
I have always thought that the unintended acceleration problem had something to do with a CC firmware bug. Here we are, new 2011 Camry, in the same firmware code area with a new symptom.
One of the ideas, possible fixes, for a WOT runaway engine would be to starve the engine of fuel if the engine doesn't fall to idle within a very short period of brake application. Did you by any chance make use of the brakes, even a light "touch", just prior to engine stalling? Or in the alternative is the brake light switch adjusted to be a bit too sensitive..?