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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    Keep in mind this is the Maintenance and Repair Conference, so naturally the folks posting here are very likely to be discussing any problems they may be having with their vehicles.

    Take a look at our Sedans conference for topics on the Malibu and the Camry for a more balanced perspective. (You can use the topic search feature on the left side of the page for easy access.)

    Good luck!

    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • met0313met0313 Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 Camry LE. My brakes grind, even from the time it was new. I know someone with a 1993 Camry and a 1999 Camry who also have the grinding brake problems. The brakes have been replaced and still grind. I took it to the dealer 3 times while the car was still under warranty and was told that there was nothing wrong with the brakes. Does anyone know what can be done to fix the grinding noises? Other than the brakes grinding and the radio antenna getting stuck, I haven't had any other problems.
  • exit00exit00 Posts: 11
    Just had the first oil change done in a 2000 Camry LE at a Toyota Express Lube location. Upon attempting to pay the cashier for the work, she said the first 3 oil changes for a new car are free.

    Does anybody know if this is a normal Toyota policy..or does it sound like it was a dealer specific deal? Thanks
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I just had the same problem with my 97 Camry 4-cylinder at 57,000 miles. It needed new valve stem seals, but it was covered under the 5-year, 60,000-mile Toyota powertrain warranty. I changed the oil at 5000-mile intervals, but the dealer recommends reducing it to 3750 miles in the future (half of the normal 7500-mile interval).

    I'd be curious if your dealer says they have to check for oil sludging first and then try to get out of paying. Good luck, and please let us know what happens!
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
  • exit00exit00 Posts: 11
    Which dealership in N. Va. did you buy your Camry's at? We bought ours last Feb at Tyson's Toyota. I have had just a couple of conversations with one of the service managers there and he was super nice and answered my questions in detail...and not like he wanted to get off the phone as quickly as possible.
  • ecnirp1ecnirp1 Posts: 13

    The dealer has of course said that it is a valve seal problem and is covered under the 5 year/60000 mile powertrain warranty. Thank goodness.

    They even gave me a loaner car for free since they had to keep mine overnight.

    Now I have to
  • husky11husky11 Posts: 53
    about "sludge" in the Toyota Camry's. I asked the dealer about this issue yesterday and all I got from them was an answes" "Yes, we have had a few cases where sludge was involved." end of comment.
  • everydayeveryday Posts: 53
    I guess that settles the sludge issue, at last.
  • honkershonkers Posts: 2
    I am in the process of buying a Camry (96) LE, 4 cyl, automatic. I have been reading this board, and on a couple occasions there was mention of a
    regularly scheduled timing belt change ? Can anyone shed light on this, as if I buy a used Toyota that has NOT has this belt changed, am I in for trouble ? Also, it is limited to certain models of Toyota, or any Toyota, as I also am interested in the Sienna mini-van. Thanks for any advice for a potential Toyota owner.
  • rdavid222rdavid222 Posts: 9
    Rule of thumb is 60,000 miles. Some say this is for heavy duty usage, while you can go 90,000 for normal usage. Costs about $200. Most folk change the belt around the 60,000 milemmark.
  • jestes24jestes24 Posts: 1
    I bought my 2000 Camry in November, and already have 21k miles (100 miles roundtrip to work). When I got my oil changed at 14k I informed the dealer that there was a vibration in the car. They said the tires needed to be rotated anyway, so they would check it. They said the tires weren't balanced, so that was the problem. After another few weeks, I noticed the vibration came back, only worse this time. The next time I had my oil changed, I again mentioned the vibration. They told me that the machine that balances the tires wasn't properly calibrated so they re-balanced the tires. The problem still hasn't gone away.

    The steering wheel used to shake because the vibration was so bad, but now you can just feel it, not only when you hold the steering wheel, but under the floorboard. I drive highway to and from work at speeds up to 80 mph. I am taking the car back in today for it to be checked, but they have already informed me that the warranty on the tires has already expired. Since the problem started back at 14k does that make a difference?

    Anyone who has had a similar problem, please respond. Thanks
  • edwardh1edwardh1 Posts: 88
    if you have not been rotating the tires they are probably out of round. Especially those on the backfor a long time (15k miles.

    Buy new tires
  • I have a 1990 Lexus ES 250 (A.K.A, Camry with wood and two-tone paint) with 163,000 miles and still runs great. I have had a growing electrical/electronic(?) problem with the car for last year or year and a half. Periodically, the ignition will seemingly shut down -- as in, I would go to start the car and NOTHING. I would leave it a while (hour or two) and it would be fine. It reached a point where I could go out in the morning (car's been sitting all night) and NOTHING. Later, it's fine. I spent $400 at the Toyota dealer and nothing changed. (They didn't really pay attention to my real issues, but they managed to find several loosely related items to replace.) Eventually, the power locks would periodically fail. The security system would periodically act up as well. We reached a point where the alarm would trigger itself (daily) even though the car was unlocked and the alarm wasn't set. Within the last few weeks the horn would go off and lights would come on until I disconnected the battery or it just stopped. So... about two weeks ago I decided I was sick of disconnecting the battery every time I left the car and I pulled out the fuse for the horn. I have had no problem since. Too weird.

    Any thoughts?
  • I should clarify -- although I have no more problems with the ignition -- the power locks, hazard lights (I think), and maybe something else, isn't working.
  • I need some opinions from other Camry owners. I have recently bought a 2000 Toyota Camry with 13,000 miles. This was a rental car and this is the reason for the high miles. I noticed that the RPM's run a little high. When sitting still with the car running it doesn't rest on zero. Is it suppose to? and Does anyone else have this same experience?.....I also have a comment on remote power locks. I had this installed on my Camry and am not very satisfied. If I unlock and lock my doors manually, my remote entry is messed up and won't work. I either have to use it constantly or not at all. If anyone else has comments on this I would like to hear about it!
  • pat455pat455 Posts: 603
    Welcome to Town Hall!

    Have you had a chance to visit our Sedans Conference? There is a topic there on Camrys where you will find lots of 2000 owners. Someone around here may be able to answer you, but while you are waiting you can follow this link to look in on that discussion:

    Toyota Camry 3

    You can also post your question there.

    Good luck, and again, welcome.

    Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
  • heckel2heckel2 Posts: 19
    I have a 99 camry it does the same thing when you sit still so I ask my dealer he says it is normal but didn't know if he was full of it or not. Since yours does the same thing chances are they are right so I woudn't worry to much about it why don't you ask your area service department that ??? and get back with me then I will fill even better.
  • eagle27eagle27 Posts: 1
    My 1992 Camry 4cyl has developed a rear main seal leak. As long as I keep the oil level up, is there any danger in putting off the inevitable repair for a while?
  • bobc3bobc3 Posts: 5
    Hello, While idling the tackometer should read somewhere around 600-700 RPMs Because the CAR IS RUNNING!!!!! Happy motoring Bob
  • everydayeveryday Posts: 53
    In the 2000 Camry, the RPMs will go to the zero when you turn the engine off, whether the car is sitting still or not. But do not turn it off while the car is moving, you'll have bigger problems than your remote door locks!
  • guevinjguevinj Posts: 15
    My 1998 Camry LE 4 cylinder hardly slows down when I take my foot off the gas pedal! I've watched the RPM gauge and the car will coast for several seconds at the same RPM, before finally slowing down. It does this when the car is warmed up, as well as when it's cold. I've had to make some panic stops because I thought the car would slow down, as expected, but it didn't! Seems this is putting excess wear on the brakes, and is especially annoying (not to mention potentially dangerous) in city driving. Has anyone else noticed this in their Camrys? Is this "normal" for Toyota cars?

    Also, my gas mileage is only about 20 city, 28 highway, which seems low for the 4 cylinder. I wonder if it is due to the "racing" engine. What are others getting for gas mileage with their 4 cylinders? Thanks for your input!
  • wongstewongste Posts: 6
    My 2000 camry LE will not slow down significantly when you take your foot off the pedal. I believe this is due to the overdrive automatic transmission. You can turn off the overdrive (via a button on the gear stick) and your engine will slow down.
  • For Reference .... MY 1998 4 cyl gets 25 mpg city and 33 mph (at high speeds). Seems like you may have problem.
  • guevinjguevinj Posts: 15
    I don't see why I should need to disengage the overdrive just to slow down the car on a level road! I can't believe the car naturally "coasts" for this long a time. Once my foot is off the gas, the car's weight alone should slow it down.

    I tested it this week on a level road and it "coasted" at 1500 rpm for 12 seconds before slowing down. At idle, the RPMs go down to about 700, which is normal. Another Camry owner said her car does the same thing. It feels like the car has a mind of its own, and the lack of control is unsettling. I've never had this problem before with any other car. I guess I'll just have to get used to it?? Any other suggestions?
  • paulafpaulaf Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Toyota Camry with 59,650 miles and have recently discovered a power steering fluid leak. The dealer says I drove over a stick or something that punctured boot cover of rack and pinion steering. Could this damage be done that easily. Should it be covered under powertrain warranty?

    I need help fast!
  • thnksnothnksno Posts: 1
    I have a serious issue with regard to installation of a larger baby seat in my 1999 Camry. My wife and I purchased this car with the knowledge that we would soon have a child. Our previous car was a 1996 Camry two door coupe, the new one has four doors. I noted prior to signing any documents the owner's manual and the section on baby seat installation, I even inquired about the integrated seat. Graphic images are depicted showing the installation of an anchor bracket for use with a "tehter" system baby seat.

    Well, I went to get the installation kit and was told the kit would only provide a lousey hard grade bolt and some spacers, no anchor bracket as described in the owner's manual. The kid behind the counter goes on aboot some Canadian version???? After calling Toyota's 800 hotline a few times and explaining I don't need the seatbelt strap anchor, but the anchor for the teather, they explain they are in some sort of litigation and I need to go to the baby seat manufacturers.

    Baby seat manufacturers say, "Talk to the dealer."

    In case you can't tell I'm irritated by this point. At any rate, all 2000 model cars from Toyota are equiped with this teather anchor, will they sell me one for my car, NO! Even though my car has the bolt threads already tapped into the rear deck. BUNK!!!! Toyota put some cruddy new head/tail lights on the 1999 and sold it as a 2000. There is nooooo way they made any changes to the body of that car. Period!

    Why won't Toyota retrofit a prior year car????? I could understand if I was rolling in driving an '89 Tercel.

    Meanwhile, I purchased a seat after trying to find one that didn't incorporate a teather unsuccessfully. After installation, because the seat is so tall and the weight of the baby, it tips forward when applying the brakes. The seat was promptly returned after the test, $130, a lot for a baby seat.

    What am I supposed to do??? Should I "rig" something up???? They'll sell me the bolt, what if I improperly use it and have an accident????

    Another issue I'm peeved about with Toyota. Why didn't they "retrofit" (my word again, Toyota doesn't seem to understand) a front license plate mounting bracket. The 1996 Camry had a nice "built up" flat surface to mount the front plate. Did they make one for the new body style??? NO! Why??? These cars were made in the states, I could understand if they were made overseas and were factory equipped with one of those funky European plates. We don't run a plate on our car as a result.

    This rant may seem petty, especially the plate, but my son is in real jeopardy here if I use what is available to me. I'm left with the only option of purchasing a new car, for my child's safety??? DO YOU HEAR ME??? I'm saying that a 1999 Camry is unsafe for children over 20 pounds but under 45 pounds. Some of you may say so what.... I say so what too, especially to Toyota when they realize this.....

    I've bought 5 brand new Toyota's in the past 8 years, as our family has grown, I'm 31 years old. I've never even spoken a word of dislike to Toyota ever prior to these incidents. All the cars we've owned: '92 Paseo, '94 Truck, '96 Camry, '98 Tacoma (Ltd, I might add), and a '99 Camry. Aboot $96k in automobiles I've purchased in the last 8 years. I don't know that many customers that are that good, to spend, loyalty I might add, that kind of coin. At 31 now I expect to live to at least 75. A little math..... 75 (death) - 31 (current age) = 40 (years left) / 8 (recent purchase history, my income is rising by the way) = 5 (buying cycles) x 5 (cars purchased during example period) = 25 (cars potentially purchased in the next 40 years) Hmmmmmm. 25 (cars) x $22k (average price) = $550,000 in revenue from one customer, just think when my kids grow up. Or for that matter..... the people I recomend Toyota's to.

    It's the little things in life that are important.
  • everydayeveryday Posts: 53
    Those "cruddy" head and tail lights are the reason I bought my 2000 Camry! Yeah, those "little things" make the just cool it!
  • allametallamet Posts: 3
    I have a 91 camry and noted that at start up or when the vehicle is just idling there is a heavy vibration coming from the engine. It continues even after the vehicle is put in to gear and moves off after which you don't hear it. I check the engine but its not shaking or seem to be suffering from any vibration but yet you get this heavy vibrating sound. What could cause this?
  • allametallamet Posts: 3
    I don't think my camry vibration re: 189 is a tire related problem. I just change front tires within the last fortnight. There is just this heavy vibrating sound from the engine when the car is not moving.
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