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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,399
    Those videos and reports are pricesless! What's funnier is this is the third time in years the TV station has caught Jiffy Lube stores ripping of customers!!!

    I wouldn't take my car in unless I could see that they do the work I've authorized. I do all my work myself. Trans flushes most people don't need, e.g., just regular pan drops and filter changes!

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    From my reads over at BITOG, tranny flushes can cause more problems than they solve in high mileage, poorly maintained trannies in which a machine pressure flush results in dislodging accumulated crud that ends up clogging the minute passages in the valve body.
  • Thank you for all your responses and concerns. I'm still 150 away from home, I bought 5quarts of penzoil 5w-30, first thing tomorrow morning im going fill up the engine and drive it to the toyota dealer here in Pomona (5miles drive) and have them check it.

    Is there anyway the dealer can check if my engine pistons, shafts are still in tack like a brand new engine? Bytheway the car has only 1400mls.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I agree with imid and ray. Don't add any oil -- have the car towed to the Pomona dealer. Before Pomona touches the car, call the service dept. at Kearny Mesa Toyota and tell them what happened. Then be sure to document what Pomona finds wrong with the car, and how much oil was needed to refill the crankcase.

    You don't want to get into a "he said, she said" between the dealers. Get everything documented!

    I've been in that situation before (with VW), and I ended up being the loser. (Each dealer blamed the other for botched service, but after months of delay from VW corporate, I was left holding the bag in the end.)
  • Thanks! Ill call Toyota and have it towed to the nearest Toyota dealer here Pomona...

    Oil dip stick doesnt show any oil marking on it but oil pressure indicator on the instrumental panel does not light so that does mean there is still oil the engine?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You're quite welcome. I would assume there's some oil left, but maybe not enough to prevent some serious damage. So the selling dealer could owe you a new engine.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,399
    Why not call the dealer who did the service first! They may want to have it towed back to their shop to check it. Let them decide what to do with their service mistake.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • Does no one know how to remove the valve cover on the 4 cylinder Toyota engine???

    Please Help !!!!

  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    "Oil dip stick doesnt show any oil marking on it but oil pressure indicator on the instrumental panel does not light so that does mean there is still oil the engine?"

    Depends. If the oil pressure idiot light* illuminates when you turn the ignition key to "on", then it's working correctly (a safety check in effect every time you start your engine). Check this out if you want to, but DON'T actually start the motor! (no point tempting fate) If you're sure the oil pressure idiot light never came on while driving, but the oil pressure idiot light illuminates when the ignition key is advanced to its "on" position, the odds are reasonably good that no engine damage occurred. In any event, it's Toyota's problem for a minimum of, what - 5 yrs./60,000 miles?

    *Note to manufacturers - who's the bean-counting cretin who decreed a "warning" light for low or non-existant oil pressure, that, by the time it illuminates in use, indicates catastrophic damage is somewhere between imminent and fate accompli?
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 321
    If no one here can help, try the forums at
  • Hi every one I have 2000 XLE Camry and I have problem with the CD Changer it dosn't accept cd's any more when I press load it's refuse to open the door to get the cd's and that's happend after I desided to change all the 6 disk's in the same time with new one's I mean when I took out all the disk's usually I change one or to disks at the same time but this is the first time I tryed to change them all, I appreciate any help
  • I just got the car back (ran smooth getting back here), Toyota service dept (Claremont toyota, Pomona) found out that my filter housing was over tightened by the mechanic here in Toyota Kearny Mesa, SD and resulted a cracked. So they did their normal operation, order the housing and put new oil (Stated on the document). Now I still cant sleep at night cause I know when I got to Pomona from San Diego, it was showing no oil residue on the oil dip stick (Checked 5x), Oil was all over my inlaws garage. Now im planning to take it to the Toyota dealer here in San Diego that did the oil change and have them do an extensive check up on the engine (Compression or Leak down test), you know so I can just have peace of mind and able to sleep at night.

    Thanks again in advance!
  • carylkcarylk Posts: 1
    Does anyone have a problem with water forming on the rocker panels and along the door hinges whenever it rains? 10 days after my recent purchase, I started noticing drops of water on the rocker panels of all 4 doors. Many visits to the dealer and even the factory rep, here is the response I received:
    "Water tested vehicle with district manager from Toyota. Tested with another 06 model Camry and other vehicle has same drain type as this vehicle. This is a typical and normal operation for the year model Camry. The mouldings are designed to prevent water from entering the vehicle and doors."

    What do you think? Might be OK if you live in Florida and the chances of door freeze ups and rust are slim, but in Boston.......
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's really nothing to worry about. I have both an '04 and an '05 (same design as '06); the older one has 37,000+ miles, and there's no rust or sticking doors. We do get freezing weather here (central VA).

    You can apply silicone with a rag from an aerosol can to refresh the rubber seals and prevent sticking in the winter.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Every car I have ever owned does not seal the entire rocker panel and hinges from water. The seals are inboard of those locations. You can easily see where the seals are on the body and on the doors themselves. Cars have been built this way probably since after World War II. As long as you don't get any leaks into the passenger compartment, nothing is wrong.
  • zakimanzakiman Posts: 71
    car is 6 month old with close to 3k miles on it. I don't drive it that much ! when should I go for my 1st oil change ? at 5k? or should I do it every 3 or 6 months regardless of miles since the car isn't driven that much ?
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    What does your owner's manual say regarding time?
  • zakimanzakiman Posts: 71
    not really sure. I'll have to check...
  • Just read about your problem with the steering shaft. I have the same problem and right now I have written the CEO because Toyota is recalling 1 million cars. Well they are recalling the Prius but not the Camary. Having talked to their Customer Service Rep, they did an investigation which is complete and they are not recalling the Camary as they put it there have no accident been reported on it. And like I told the customer rep are they going to wait until someone is killed. Maybe everyone should send a letter to The CEO. His name address is:
    Mr. Jim Press, President
    Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    19001 Southwestern Ave
    Torrence, Calif. 90509-2991
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It's the same as before ('04 and '05 models): change at 6 months or 5000 miles, whichever comes first.

    So change it now.
  • npetersnpeters Posts: 1
    Hope maybe someone can give me a hand. My camry stalls when idle or slowing to turn. It doesn't happen all the time. Mechanics had a tough time with it. They gave her a fuel injection cleaning, replaced the computer, idle speed valve, throttle positioning sensor, distrubuter sensor, checked everything and the car still stalls. Whenever the gas peddle is released, then the car begins to sputter and will stall. Will not start up right away. It takes about 5 times to get her going. Any advice would be appreciated!
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    gut feel is there is a problem getting gas fuel pressure to the injector rail. may be a fuel filter clogged, or perhaps a fuel pump going bad. time to take it somewhere else perhaps.
  • I have the exact same problem on my 2003 Camry. I was wondering if you found out what the problem was.
  • zakimanzakiman Posts: 71
    THANK you so much '210delray' ...this is exactly the info I was looking for.
  • lovecdlovecd Posts: 50
    I recently found the acceleration padel is not smooth as before, sometimes, it is kind of stiff when waiting for the traffic light, and not that easy to press it down. Does anybody has experience how to get it fix it?

    Many thanks!
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 321
    Likely the throttle butterfly valve has carbon on it and needs cleaning. It's located where air cleaner hose attaches to the long throttle body tube. Use carb cleaner sparingly along with cloth to clean it when engine is cold.
  • alintexalintex Posts: 1
    I am having a problem with the rear shoulder belt on my 1994 camry. I pulled it out too much, and now it won't retract. Is this something that I can fix myself, or do I need to take it to the dealer?
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    Have the EGR valve replaced.They are known for sticking open wich causes a stalling situation when the throttle is closed.
  • tr7tr7 Posts: 1
    I purchased my '94 Camry LE new and just recently began to have several problems: 1) Oil leaks, which my mechanic had a problem stopping even after replacing valves, 2)Stalling periodically after stopping at a light. I have to put the car in park, turn it off, then crank it again. 3) The engine light has started coming on when the air conditioner is turned on. It goes off in about 15-20 minutes after turning off the air. My car has 166,000 miles. Any insight?
  • rjruschrjrusch Posts: 1
    I have a toyota camry 2001 V6 and check engine light stays on. I have attempted to clean the EGR system but no luck. when the dealer checks why the light is on it says the egr valve is the reason. how do i clean it properly or replace the egr valve or get the system cleaned?
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