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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Been thinking..............AGAIN!

    My 01 AWD RX300's transmission fluid has a burned look and odor at just 38k miles. This on a vehicle that has no tow hitch but with the tow package (extra transmission fluid cooler in front of right front wheelwell) and no designated fluid/replenish maintainance schedule.

    I have sent at least three missives to and what I get back each time is that I should check with the dealer about why my RX has burned fluid. Apparently something they do not wish to put in writing.

    Up until just this week I have been assuming that the designers underestimated the heating contributed by the VC.

    But then I keep hearing/reading about these hesitation problems and that got me to thinking on another thread.

    I am absolutely sure that my 01's transmission shifts into another gear, or maybe even neutral, during coastdown.

    Some have described it as a "slingshot" effect or as if being bumped from behind just before coming to a full stop. I have attributed this effect to a desire to increase fuel economy and/or reduce the instances of loss of control on a slippery surface as the result of engine braking to the front, drive, wheels.

    But suppose for a moment that I'm correct and the vehicle is being shifted into neutral in these instances.

    My 01 DOES NOT have an e-throttle so the instant I depress the footfeed the engine will react and apply high output......while the transmission is still in neutral or an inappropreately higher gear??

    Now THAT would result in premature BURNING of the transmission fluid!

    But now with e-throttle the later models might have a firmware fix that delays the onset of engine torque until the transmission can be shifted into the correct gear and allow time for the clutches or bands to be full seated before excessive torque is applied.

    Obviously just guessing, but....
  • Static Noise coming from Right side Radio Speakers !!!

    Frequently, when driving my 2004 Camry, I get this frustrating "static" noise from the speakers on the right side of the vehicle. It also happens when a cell phone call is about to be received or when a call is initiated. I have taken the care to the dealer to have them look at this problem, but they cannot reproduce the static when the vehicle is being serviced.

    Does someone out there have the same problem? Please advise if anyone has a solution.. Thxs

  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    Simple solution. Do not use your cell phone while driving. Not only is it interfering with you radio, but also makes driving a hazard.

    Turn off the da_n cell phone while in the car and enjoy some quiet. Nothing can be that important that one must be yakking on the phone while driving.
  • The problem is present even when the cell phones are not in use !!!

    So please keep your sarcastic remarks to yourself and stop wasting my time...
  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    I am not being sarcastic. I am just stating a fact. Turn off the cell phone while in your auto and enjoy the quiet. It also helps one to drive better.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Whether you approve/disapprove of cell phone use while driving is irrelevant in this topic. If you're interested, this has been discussed several times in the past and those topics can be accessed by using search.

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  • ac556ac556 Posts: 2
    I just to say thanks again to Bill13241 and RLW for posting their solutions to this problem. I just got my 2004 Camry back from the dealer after they performed this fix of replacing the valve body and it drives great! I have gone from being greatly disappointed back to being extremely pleased with my purchase.

  • joy710joy710 Posts: 1
    I just purchased an 05 Camry XLE (4 cyl). I have been disappointed with the hesitation/jerky shifting in low speeds. I had been driving a V6 and am wondering if this is a difference between a 4 cyl and a v6 or if I am encountering the same problems that have been described in response to this post. Has anyone else experienced this in the 05 model? I heard rave reviews about Toyota Camrys, especially concerning the smoothness and have yet to experience this. Any help would be much appreciated
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Anyone has a copy of TSB TC008-03:A/T - Poor Shift Quality for 2003 Camry? I would be appreciate if you can provide me a copy.

  • joescarjoescar Posts: 30
    I'm taking my camry in to the ealer for the same steering problem (clicking when turning right) and they are going to replace the rack. However if it didn't resolve your problem I don't want to waste the time. How did you get yours repaired?
  • mit1mit1 Posts: 18
    is this something common because of the larger wheels.did you hit a pot hole.otherwise how has car been.
  • I had purchased a new 02 Camry LE V6 and started having transmission issues. One problem was the cold shift shock (bang into first gear when cold) and it also did some hard down shifts on the highway when I brake (easily) on steep declines. I had the car into the dealership multiple times and was told (the same old BS I have been reading in posts with similar problems)this was normal. Yeah Right !!!!

       I really enjoyed the car and was told that the 04 V6 Camrys had a new 5 speed tranny and did not have this issue. I test drove the vehicle and it did not have the cold shift shock problem and seemed to shift nicely during the test drive. I traded in my 02 for the 04.

       I am now starting to experience hesitations from 1st to 2nd. It seems to be worse after I get off the highway and get into stop and go traffic. I have also picked up the hard down shifts on the highway when I brake (easily) on steep declines. My last oil change they reset the computer to factory. It seemed fine for a short while now the problems are starting up again.

       I am very disappointed that I went Toyota again. Reading the posts on transmission issues there are design issues with Toyota's fly by wire system which they will not admit to. Us loyal Toyota folks are going to get burnt with major transmission problems just as our warranty expires. There are just to many of the same type issues (starting in 02) since their electronic throttle system was introduced.

      Hey Toyota, step up and admit that this system has flaws, admit there are flaws instead of giving us your BS that this is normal, really resolve the issues, and take care of your customers. OOPPSS !!, I forgot it might take some $$$$ to fix.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    xbbuster--- I don't know what is required for the warranty. But I don't believe you "have to" flush the tranny in order to be covered under warranty if anything happens. I don't think they will ask you to prove you change the fluid, what if you do it yourself. They can't say the warranty is void if you don't maintain your tranny's fluid.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    As you slow to a stop, at just about the time you would release the clutch for a manual transmission, slip the gear level into first.

    I suspect that in this case the transmission will actually shift into first and now you will be able to accelerate away for a full stop rapidly.

    Not saying the design feature is justified, just something to try for those of you so very frustrated about this.

    And of course more information to take to the complaint department.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    Last night I went to Toyota dealer for re programing flash per TSB info. Everything went smoothly. I will let the car to learn for couple days before knowing if any improvements.
  • I actually just took my camry in for a brake inspection, because it feels like i have to step on the brakes pretty damn hard for the car to actually break. Anyone else with this problem.
  • xbbusterxbbuster Posts: 145
    loucapri--according to the warranty book and Toyota Customer Care, transmission oil change is required at 30k on the '02V6 if towing a trailer or driving in a dusty area. It's the engine coolant that is required at 30k.
    P.S. I could like this car but this is my last Toyota. Not because of the car but with the dealer. Any problems I have with the car are passed off as "It's normal" or "They all do that". Cold shift shock, jerky shifting and at 38/40 mph the car will slowly accelerate up to 80mph with no additional pressure on the gas pedal. I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem.
  • I have a new 04 Solara rag top, and found that I am having a hard time reading the radios LCD readout, is there anyone else with this issue and has anyone found a way to overcome it? I wrote Toyota corp, and they thanked me for giving them this info but would not fix it, due to the fact that it was not a driving recall????
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    you mean your car will accelerate by itself from 40mph even you didn't press the gas pedal? Sounds like something I watched from a Halloween movie :-)

    I never seen it on my 97 LE 4-cy. It has 100500mile on it and I never have any problem with my tranny at all. Only did a "drain and replace tranny filter" at 60000 mile ONCE.
  • ian721ian721 Posts: 93
    Are you wearing polarized sunglasses? Those will tend to obscure LCD readouts, especially Toyota's.

    If my car went from 40 to 80 on its own and the dealer refused to do anything about it then my next calls would be to the NTSB and my State Attorney General's Office Division of Consumer Affairs.
  • Hey everyone, newbie here!

    I've got a 2002 Camry that has been making odd noises as of late whenever I start the engine (whether it is warm or cold inside / out). As soon as I turn the key and the ignition rumbles, I hear a 'gurgling' sound for approximately 2-3 seconds (like the last bits of water gurgling out of a container with a small mouth) from the vent directly to the left side of the CD player. This noise happens regardless of if I have just had the air-conditoning on or not.

    Does -anyone- have any ideas as to what may be causing this? I'm paranoid about my cars and it never use to do this, so needless to say I'm a bit worried.

    Thank you for your help!!
  • Thanks ian721! and I would have liked that to be the answer but even when I take off my glasses I can't read the LCD screen, and you are right I will be contacting Consumer Affairs.
  • ian721ian721 Posts: 93
    I don't know if Consumer Affairs can do anything about your LCD, that was really advice for the other guy with the transmission problems. But heck, give it a shot, it couldn't hurt.
  • xbbusterxbbuster Posts: 145
    I don't see myself driving this car long enough to have the trans. oil changed. As far as the car accelerating by itself if you take the car up to 38 or 40 mph and try to keep it there without any additional pressure on the gas pedal, the car will gradually accelerate. It has made it up to eighty mph before I tapped the gas pedal to make it slow down. I have taken the car to the dealer and the service dept. "greeter" and I took it for a test drive. The guy could not keep it at 40 mph without playing with the gas pedal. He finally said, "If the check engine light doesn't come on we can't fix it". Oh yes, He forgot his way back to the dealer.
  • I have a 94 Camry and am looking at a set of
    wheels on the internet that came off a 97 Camry.
    My question is, will they fit.???? I heard that
    there was some changes after 96 and can not
    varify this. Seller is not sure either...
    Any help or information would be appreciated.
  • raydahsraydahs Posts: 449
    It appears the bolt pattern is the same for both, see link. change the data to a 97' and it will come up with the same data. - - - - c=CASINT&yr=1994&wd=15&sw=false&rw=&vid=00690- - - - - 9&bp=
  • I've noticed what i'd describe as a "water gurgling noise" in my 02 Camry also. I took it to the dealer for repair about 8 months ago. They said they "r/r water pump" and the noise went away. The noise came back about 3 weeks ago.

    I took it to a local mechanic (not the dealer) and he spent some time looking around. He thinks it's trapped water somewhere, not the water pump. He couldn't find it, though.

    I notice the noise when i accelerate or brake, make turns, etc.

    What else have you noticed?
  • It sounds like your A/C drain hole is clogged. It will be under the car somewhere, and a blast of compressed air up into it should solve the gurgling. I had that too, it sounded like someone was flushing the toilet when I took a hard corner. Good Luck.

  • Thanks for the info....will check it out...
  • Dealer replaced steering rack in my 2004 Camry (4 LE) to resolve steering "clicking" on Rt turns. Didn't help. Any ideas or similar problems?
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