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Toyota Camry AC Questions

s15as15a Posts: 14
I've had this problem for at least 1 year on my 2001 Camry with 30K miles on it now. I'm getting literally tired & sick of it. My 1990 Camry with 130K miles does NOT have this problem. It smells fine, even though its over 10 years older.

In the 2001 camry, the smell goes away, once I let the air run for a while(without recirculating it). We live in relatively dryer dallas/ft. worth.

anyone recommend a solution? Is it a "moldy evaporator"? My neighbor has 2 camrys both with over 45K miles on them(2001 and 2002) and he says he does not have this problem. So what gives here?

I'm "sick" of this new camry, almost thinking of selling it. Should not this be covered under the warranty? Please help.



  • Hi I've been noticing more water under my car when the ac has been on. I know there should be some water spot on the pavement but this one is huge? Any suggestions what it could be.

  • typesixtypesix Posts: 321
    The more humid the air, more water will be seen. The warmer the air, more moisture can be held by the air and seen when using AC. Use recirc. mode when outside temp. is hot to reduce AC compressor load(saves gas).
  • scotttscottt Posts: 4
    Sounds like your AC drain box had a clog in the line that cleared itself when the water level got high enough. LKucky it did not start dripping on the inside of the car, leads to mold, mildew and smell.
  • mrzsolaramrzsolara Posts: 1
    My 2000 Solara recently started leaking water out of the vents under the passenger side seat onto the floor while the A/C is operating. Any ideas how to fix - is this a simple do it yourself job or must the car be taken to dealership?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    That may mean that the drain is plugged (you used to see water under the car when you parked it after the A/C had been running, right?) You need to find that drain tube and unplug it. Probably means getting under the car.
  • snhoj2usnhoj2u Posts: 4
    I've had the same thing happen on different cars. Two quick ideas to try.
    #1 - get a piece of coat hanger wire or the like and send it up the drain tube to dislodge any obstruction. The drain tube is under the car behind and towards the center from the passenger's front tire.
    #2 - if you have a shop vac, put the hose over the drain tube and suck out whatever is obstructing the drain. May need to jam in some shop rags to get a good seal.
    Invest some some $$$. Good luck.
  • xenos_inxenos_in Posts: 1
    Hi Everyone,
    I have a 1997 Camry LE with about 120000 miles on it. I have done pretty regular maintainence and oil changes on it. Recently I noticed that whevever I turn on the AC, engine makes more noise and while driving I can feel that pick up is affected if the AC is on. Now I know AC tends to load the engine but is this a bad sign. Is there a preventive action that I can take? I am going to change the oil in my car next week so I can include this too if there is something that you guys suggest. Thanks

    There is something else off the topic that I want to know too. I just have a jack in my trunk and no other tools. I was wondering if there was any kit that I can keep in my car in case of emergencies. Thanks
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    1) the AC issue sounds ok to me, I too have a 97 LE with 110k miles. I have no concern about it at all since AC tends to put a heavy load on engine. You have regular services on your car, I think it should be find.

    2) have you look under the piece of board that sit on top of the spare? There should be a tool for you to remove the wheel nuts and wheel covers. I don't use that at all because it's so difficult to use that thing to losen the nuts. Instead, I got a impact wrench ($29), an air pump ($19), a travel kit (jumper cable, flash light, lighter)
  • midorigalmidorigal Posts: 8

    I just purchased my Camry about 3 weeks ago and already had/have questions! Toyota Ken was nice enough to help me the first time and I wonder if he or other experts are still available?

    I'm started to notice my Camry is leaving a pool (small) of water. I only notice this if I stop by home after work and then go out again. Usually I go to work and the car gets parked all day and then go home, so maybe it's doing it more often and I just didn't notice.

    I use the A/C all the time because it's been so hot, could this puddle of water be condensation (as a co-worker suggested)? Or is it something I should worry about? Sorry to be so green about the whole thing, it's been so long since I've had a new car and my old one used to leak oil so I'm very wary of all leaks now! :blush:

    Much Thanks!
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    Two things for you. First, in all liklihood, the fluid you're seeing is the condensation from the A/C. This is normal with any modern vehicle using the A/C. To double check, before getting home (about 5-10mins before) one time, turn the A/C off. You can still use the fan, but don't have the A/C button engaged. You should not see the water pooling under the car.

    As a recommendation in the future as well, anytime you have a leak you see under the car, place some newspaper or paper towel down where it's leaking. If there is only one leak, you'll be able to see what color it is (to tell what's leaking) and if there is more than one thing leaking, as it absorbs into the paper, the different fluids will separate as well so you can tell that too. If it's just water, it will evaporate so you'll know that too.

    Hope this helps and certainly lets you breathe easier.

  • midorigalmidorigal Posts: 8
    Thank you so much ToyotaKen for your reassurances and tips!! :) :) :)
    I will certainly try that driving home and place papers if I notice another leak. I hope that won't be for a looong time!

    You are the BEST!! ;)
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    You're welcome and I'm sure you're going to have a long, pleasant ownership experience.

  • vskrvskr Posts: 2
    check your canster i had this problem i use to get gas smeel i have to replace the whole canster at the bottom of the car appox 600 dollars.
  • adbsadbs Posts: 5
    I have a '03 Camry and this past weekend the AC Indicator light started flashing. I looked in my manual and it said that there was a problem with the AC and therefore it automatically shuts off and that it needed to be serviced. I took my car to the shop last night and they just called and said that the main relay switch went out and that it needs to be replaced and that part costs $140.05. He also said that sometimes this doesn't fix the problem and then I would need a new clutch for the compressor and if so, that part costs around $600.00. Should this be happening on a '02 Camry? My husband has a '96 Tacoma and has never had a problem with his air, much less anything else for that matter. Thanks for the help!
  • eg3941eg3941 Posts: 2
    I have had several Toyota products over the years but my 2005 Camry LE has some air vents near the floor in the rear of the console that even on hi fan speed are useless in this Texas heat. I notice the the XLE model has different type vents that seem to be more effective. Why would Toyota engineer two different vent systems and don't they test these things? What a waste of money and time. Any comments? Ed Gober
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    I don't know anything about your 2005 LE but the '07 XLE has the vents in the rear of the center console that are operational when the air selector is set to the high vents and the under seat outlets flow air when the foot selection is made on your console.

    They will both flow air (hot or cold) when the selection is set for both high and low air split.

    You might check your owners manual for your 2005.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    In the '04-'06 Camry LE/SE, those are not air vents at all at the base of the console. However, vent outlets under the front seats direct only heated air to the rear seats. They do not convey cooled air -- wouldn't make sense, since cooled air would remain down low.

    The XLE has dedicated vents in the rear of the console that do carry cooled air.

    To get more a/c in the rear of the LE or SE, you have to increase the fan speed and direct the center vents to blow into the space between the two front seats.
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    They will convey cool air if you direct the cooled air flow at your feet or split between feet and high, won't they?

    Cooled air doesn't just sit on the floor when you are circulating air in a 102 ft3 space.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You may be right -- I'll have to check it out.
  • I have a 95 Camry 4 Cyl. The A/C works fine for about 30 minutes then begins to blow hot air. In the morning when it is cooler it seems to work fine. Freon level is good.
  • teg1teg1 Posts: 1
    Did you ever get an answer? I have a 1994 camry with the same problem.
  • A/C problems are tricky to diagnose, because may causes lead to similar signs (high- and low-pressure side readings).

    Short of going to a real knowledgeable specialist to get your system analyzed, you can measure the temperatures of the refrigerant lines using an infrared thermometer : Compressor outlet line, line after the condenser, return line.

    You may have moisture in your system : Ice forms at the expansion valve, blocking the system until you stop it and it thaws. You may have a sticking expansion valve. You may also have lint on the radiator's face that reduces air flow - that usually reduces performance, but it is more of a gradual change than an on-off behavior.

    If you don't have the required tools, ask your friends for a local technician who knows what he does. Otherwise, you may end up replacing many expensive parts.
  • I bought a 2007 Camry last week. The left most knob which circulates the air within the car is not working.

    Please tell me what to do.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Your engine is on the verge of overheating. The A/C is automatically disabled if the engine water jacket climbs above normal operating temperature.

    Most likely electric fan(s) or thermostatic switch as/has failed.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Press the center of the left knob to activate the recirculate feature. The little green light will then go on.

    Press again to return to outside air intake.
  • I hear a peculiar intermittent noise from the AC vents ( I think ) from my 2004 Camry 4-Cyl XLI, which has done 45000 kms. The intermittent noise through the vents sounds like vacuum pulling, though I can't be certain about the exact location of the noise. The AC otherwise works fine. Pl. help.
  • modesfoxmodesfox Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Camry LE 4 cyl with 71,400 miles on it, and have owned it since new.
    Last week my wife reported the AC not blowing cold and the AC button light blinking. I was just informed by my local Toyota dealer (to which I "had" to take it, according to both the owner's manual and the service tech where I first took it for diagnosis) that I need a new compressor and clutch to get my AC to work again. :mad:
    Is this typical, or a problem Toyota had that year? Is there a TSB or "secret warranty" for this?
    I am disappointed because this is my first Toyota, and I bought it over another Hyundai Sonata because of the perceived better reliability. Between this and the squawking steering column, it has not worked out very well.
    Am I looking at any other "weak link" repairs before I hit 100,000 miles?!! :cry:
    Thanks -- I appreciate any and all input!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    IMMHO there is a high probablity that only the A/C clutch has failed or maybe even just so low on refrigerant that the ECU won't run the A/C.

    Take it to an automotive A/C specialist for an educated opinion.
  • I have a 2007 Camry with 31,000 miles. Since about 10,000 miles the A/C fan has behaved erratically. On long trips the air slows and speeds up. At times it seems as if the AC fan gets tired and can't get up to its full speed. It has been in to the dealer 4 times. Each time they could not duplicate the problem and could not find anything wrong. This last time I had to contact the service manager and have him compare my car to another one at the dealership to get my complaint taken seriously. They replaced the air filter($53.00) and have ordered a part called an "A/C accelerator", but it is back-ordered for weeks. I drove another 07 rental today and the air output difference was enormous. Anyone else with this kind of problem or advice?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Do you have automatic climate control where you set the temperature like a thermostat in your home?

    Or do you have the manual type (3 knobs) where you set the fan speed manually?
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