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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • niki1niki1 Posts: 52
    Help Anyone,
    I have posted this problem before, so my problem is engine noise when the vehicle is in gear. The dealership told me it was the drive belt, because when they removed the belt the slapping/tapping noise went away. They did replace the belt, but the noise is still there, and getting worse. Does anyone know if there is a fix for this, or is anyone else experiencing this problem? Thanks in advance. The Camry is a 4 cylinder XLE auto, and the vehicle has about 1000 miles.
    Thanks Again
  • nowoldmechnowoldmech Posts: 6
    My wife and I have been experiencing vague a arbitrary shifted of my 2003 Camry V6 LE for about a year. I had taken it back to the local dealer where we bought twice in the past year. The tech and the dealership owner both test drove the car and both said they could not duplicate any of the problems I described. Last week the car was taken to a dealership that is more than 50 miles from where we live. After a brief test drive the tech check the fluid level and found it to be over filled. He indicated he had to drain almost 0.9 quarts of fluid from the transmission. When I drove the car away from the dealership I noticed an immediate difference. It no longer hesitated when accelerating from a dead stop and shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd seemed more normal. By more normal I mean that the engine would rev in each gear rather than sometimes abruptly shifting to the next higher gear. The car went from being (for me) annoying to drive to being pleasant to drive.

    I had written Toyota Customer Service in December 2004 about the car and their position was "if the Dealership cannot duplicate the problem they cannot fix it." Now my concern is what damage has been done after driving with the transmission over filled. Guess I will write them again for an explanation and ask for an extension my warranty. One more thing I noticed is my Owners Manual does not have a procedure for checking automatic transmission fluid level!
  • r0de099r0de099 Posts: 35
    it usuallycost to replace a rotor or resurfacing them?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    You need to call your dealer or repair shop to get a quote. Costs will vary widely from one location to another.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You drove away from the dealership without demanding that the problem be fixed? I'd keep hammering them, and if you don't get satisfaction, could you try a more competent dealer?
  • gcrumblegcrumble Posts: 1
    I lost my owners manual and I need to replace the headlight on the driver side. Anyone know how to remove the light cover?
  • scottimusscottimus Posts: 4
    Anyone know how to remove the dashboard, mainly the part where the radio is on a 2000 Camry?

    Thanks in advance!
  • helpneederhelpneeder Posts: 1
    Just came back from my 1 month trip
    and tried to start the car but could not.

    It's 96 Toyota Camry, 170000 miles.
    Power window works but seems very weak.

    Any Idea?

    thank you
  • 2000 camry with 100K shakes when driving down the pedal shakes so does the brake what could be possibly wrong with it? it only started recently and obviously shakes when going over 100Km/hr

    Exhaust rattles too
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    High speed shakes are often a wheel balance problem. Pedal pulsation while braking is due to rotors being warped or having too much thickness variation. You'll need a mechanic to provide a real diagnosis.
  • jdeibjdeib Posts: 70
    If you are interested in removing the dash to install a new stereo system, try, the stereo supplier. They have detailed directions that you can purchase from them for your Camry. It details how to remove the dash panel to get to the receiver and it also shows how to remove the door panels to replace the speakers. It would be alot cheaper than buying a shop manual if you are needing to just install the stereo.
  • nowoldmechnowoldmech Posts: 6
    Maybe not. Check my post on our 2003 Camry V6 LE 5spd automatic (nowoldmech), then check your transmission fluid level. Since there does not appear to be a procedure for this in the Owners Manual, if your not familiar with the procedure find a friend who is. If it is at all over filled take it to your Toyota dealer. I would be interested in what you find.
  • radarhog1radarhog1 Posts: 1
    02' Camry XLE with the V6. Lately been noticing engine or Trans. "jerking" while trying to maintain speed under lgt pressure on accelerator. Happens most notably around 48 to 65mph. Getting to be very annoying. Fuel?..electronic trans? Any ideas?
  • nowoldmechnowoldmech Posts: 6
    Sounds like a familiar story. Hesitation when starting from a dead stop, abrupt shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to third. How about this symptom: at low throttle and you try to accelerate it seems the transmission is momentarily not in gear then abruptly shifts into gear. Or how about: sometimes when trying to merge into freeway traffic and you try to quickly accelerate but passing gear is flat with no increase in either power or acceleration! If these symptoms sound familiar then read my post on our 2003 Camry (nowoldmech). There is hope but first make sure you transmission was not over filled. I would be interested to hear what you find. Hope your problems turn out to be as simple.
  • I think you have hit the nail on the head, hatedealers.
    Never had a car that did this before.
    It seems to be getting better over time.
    Car now has 2100 miles on it and the lurch is still there but
    much gentler.
    It used to feel like it was always being rear-ended when I stopped
    at a light, which was not a good feeling as it would cause a panic reaction
    in me, having been rear-ended three times in the past.
    I love this car otherwise except that every other car on the road looks just like it.
    I got the "superwhite" color, so bright it almost glows in the dark.
    Stereo in it is VERY bass heavy, guess they think we all drive around with the bass pounding away.
    For a four cylinder it sure is PEPPY, especially on the highway where we all cruise at 90 mph here in south Florida. Cruises like a six cylinder. Power to spare.
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676
    This is not just a Camry problem. It is also occuring in other Toyota and Lexus models with the 5-speed automatic transmission. There is discussion of the problem going on at nearly all of the Edmunds message boards for the various models. There is also a forum that is dedicated to just the hesitation problem in all makes and models that has some good discussion/solutions regarding Toyota/Lexus:
  • hey I have a similar problem with the brake and accelerator pedal both vibrate i think after stopping or braking and yes the brakes also sqeual so they did replace pads last time this time I am going to get them to check the rotars too
    I have 2000 camry V4 with 100K
  • scottimusscottimus Posts: 4
    Thanks! I never thought about that, I did check for any needed installation kits, but didn't even think of a detailed install guide...
  • 94camryv694camryv6 Posts: 4
    I have a 94 Camry V6 with the same problem. Local mechanic mentioned that it could be the fuel filter. He didn't have time to replace it today. When I have it replaced, I'll let you know if that helps.

    A note that when this first started about 8 weeks ago, I thought it was the transmission, I have 157K miles. Then, 2 weeks ago, reverse started to slip very bad, then the overdrive button didn't work when I wanted to use 3rd gear to help slow down. I had a used transmission put in. But the jerking is still there.

    Hope I can help.
  • jsmack00jsmack00 Posts: 2
    Hi, I have a 97 Camry and just the other day the check engine light came on. And me not knowing too much about cars didn't want to take any chances so I went straight to a mechanic. After doing a diagnostic they said it was the 02 sensory, so I say go ahead and replace it. After they were done the check engine light wasn't on anymore so I was all happy, and drove the car straight home, about a quarter mile from the mechanic. Then this morning I turn the car on for the first time since I got back from the mechanic and the light turned on again. So besides going back to the mechanic and demanding that something should be done, is there anything else I should do?
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I noticed in day one when I picked the car about jerky thing. Immediately, I checked the transmission fluid and it was at correct level.
    I mentioned this problem to service guy, he said " wait until 1000 miles over break-in period". Now the car has 20K and it's still jerky.
    Brought the car to Toyota dealership twice, nothing they can do about it.
    It's design flaw and Toyota could not figure out to fix it. There were several TSB about transmission and none of them could fix the problem. :confuse:
  • pcookpcook Posts: 2
    Monday 05/16/05 I purchased a 2003 Camry with 38,000 miles on it from the local FORD dealership here in Selma, Al. I love the car, it drives great, looks good, etc. Wednesday 05/18/05, the check engine light came on. I looked at the owners manual and it suggested that the gas cap may be loose. I checked this, it was not loose. I took the car back to the FORD dealership and of course they act like they have never seen me before, forgot all about my $14,000 purchase.
    They say that I must take it to a toyota dealership. The nearest one is 50 miles away in Montgomery, Al. I am getting NO CO-OPERATION from these Goobers. I want to know if anyone else has experienced the Check Engine light problem with their 2003 Camry? Did I buy a :lemon: ?
  • pcookpcook Posts: 2
    my check engine light is on too! I have a 2003 toyota camry, just bought it Monday!!! Took it to the dealership where I bought it, they did something (probably unhooked the battery) and the light went away, for one day! Came right back on.
  • jsmack00jsmack00 Posts: 2
    I took my Camry back to the mechanic, and it turns out that the 02 sensor they installed was bad, and this is a sensor I watched them take out of the package, so I am guessing these things are pretty fragile. I have learned that your best bet is to go to AutoZone and let them to a free electronic diagnostic, and then if there is a problem you can decided what to do from there. And if there isn't just ask them to erase the check engine light, and if it turns on again then go to a mechanic, the dealerships are way too expensive.
  • siren1siren1 Posts: 1
    The clicking sound for the turn signals of my 2005 Camry LE has very little volume and can't be heard in traffic with the window open or radio on etc. The dealer has offered to relocate the unit to be closer to the driver to possibly make the sound more audible. He said it would take 2-3 hours to do this . Are there any other solutions to increasing the sound level of the turn signals?
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Connect to you radio speakers
  • niki1niki1 Posts: 52
    Or, turn up your hearing aid (lol), just kidding.
  • bunny2bunny2 Posts: 2
    I recently purchased a 1999 Toyota Camry LE V6 with 21,000 miles from a private owner. We immediately had the oil changed after we purchased the vehicle. I was surprised when the oil light came on before the next scheduled oil change. Around town the car drove fine. Then, I drove the car approximately 10 hours. Five hours going and five hours returning. I had to add 4 qts of oil in the car. I again took the car into my mechanic, since he checked the car out before I purchased it, and he could not locate any visible signs of an oil leak. Therefore he speculated that something was going on inside the engine. I need help from you as to the exact contents of the letter such as address and or telephone number so that I can get help. Thanking you in advance for your time and effort. How is your car?
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676
    Sounds like you could have the dreaded engine sludge problem. Symptoms include what appears to be a loss of oil (it isn't really being lost, it is just turned into a goo that does not circulate), smoke coming out of your exhaust, and eventually the check engine light may come on. Sometimes people can see that the oil is thick, very black, and even chunky on the dipstick. There is a lot of information on the internet about this, including some old archived discussions here at Edmunds. Do an Edmunds search and internet search for "engine sludge" - several other makes have this problem too, like VW.

    There are several 1997 - 2002 Toyota and Lexus models affected (including 1999 Camry) that are covered under a free repair policy that is for 8 years from the original purchaes date, unlimited miles. I am pretty sure buyers of used vehicles are covered too, however, to get your engine repaired for free, you are supposed to provide proof of reasonable maintenance -- unless you have the maintenance records of previous owners, i don't know how you would do this. To positively identify sludge, you will need to get someone to pull the valve cover.
  • jamisontjamisont Posts: 4
    Refilling break fluid is real bad idea.
    If break fluid level is low it means couple of bad things, such as leakage or very thin break pad etc so usually technicians at autoshop see low break fluid level, they would also check those parts.
    Refilling break fluid would stop them from doing that, it might be just masking the real problem.
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