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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    The only thing that I know of that would cause tires to go out of balance so fast is for the wheel weights to fly off during driving. Maybe there is some other problem causing the vibration, but it shouldn't affect the tire/wheel balance.


    Clearly though, as the tire wears, its balance could change, but it won't happen in 200 miles.
  • Huh? What is the problem? Your remote fuel filler door does not open w/out somehow prying it open? Why not get a little suction cup?
  • I have a 2002 Camry XLE V6. The drivers door stopped locking and unlocking with the switch or remote(the power locks). I could lock or unlock it manually. This lasted for 2 days then it started working again. It has been several months now and the passenger side locks are doing the same thing. They have been inop for a while now with the exception of the other day. When I shifted into Drive, all of the doors locked. This is normal for my car. I unlocked them with the switch to see if they would work and they did. I tried to lock them back and they tried to move but didn't lock. I appreciate your help.
  • zed421vzed421v Posts: 28
    I am having problems cleaning my front windshield.When I clean it, it looks like rainbows are on the glass. It is also very hard to dry. The window also fogs up. I used 3m glass cleaner and also had the dealer try to clean windshield. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Are you talking about the inside of the windshield?


    If so, I've found over the years that using plain water with a sponge works best, followed by thorough drying with a dry kitchen or bath towel.


    The towel must be dry, so you may need to use more than one.


    It helps to do this when the sun is shining through the windshield, so you can see the results of your efforts.


    If water spots or streaks remain, wash and dry the affected area again.
  • zed421vzed421v Posts: 28
    Thank you for your response. I am talking about the outside of the windshield
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    In that case, I just use car wash soap (the same as for the rest of the car). Rinse thoroughly, use the windshield wipers to help remove the excess water, then use a chamois or dry towel to remove the rest of the water.


    Are you sure the fogging is on the outside? So-called outgassing from the interior plastics and vinyl causes a film to build up on the interior surface, especially if the car is parked in the hot sun.


    Fogging on the outside can be caused by using the A/C adjusted to the coolest temperature settings on a damp day when there is no sun (or on a moist night, say after a rain shower).
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Toyota/lexus has a design flaw within their automatic climate control system. In cool damp weather if you wish to keep the windshield clear of fogging then:


    Always disable, or turn the A/C off when you first start the car.


    Run the system air outlet routing in manual mode by selecting combined footwell and windshield airflow and raise the blower up a bit from where it normally runs with the cabin temperature stabilized at your selected comfort level.


    On a colder day at a reasonable highway cruising speed the windshield interior surface temperature may still decline below the dewpoint of the cabin atmosphere due to impinging COLD airflow on the outside. In that case you may want to raise you setpoint a degree or two.


    As of 2001 Lexus provided two C-best options that will partially help alleviate your problem, assuming the same options are available on the Camry....


    You can set a c-best option such that if you manually turn off the A/C function it will NEVER be activated until you turn it back on.


    The only excpetion to "never" is in defrost/defog/demist mode and there is yet another c-best option to prevent that. I suggest you have the dealer set both of these to prevent inadvertent A/C operation and therefore the formation, breeding, of mould and mildew spores in warmer climates and instances of sudden and unexpected windshield fogging in cool or cold climates.


    As of 04 Lexus went a step further, A BIG step, in a effort to correct the flawed design. A c-best option was added so the system can be set to not automatically change to "cooling" mode unless you wish it too.


    Once the system switches to automatic mode, as it does when the passenger cabin reaches your setpoint comfort level, there is NO warming airflow to the interior surface of the windshield. As I have indicated above, even in footwell mode wherein some minor portion of the system airflow is "leaked" to the interior surface of the windshield the automatic level is still often not enough to prevent windshield fogging. Especially on those cold days at 60MPH.
  • pphluxpphlux Posts: 1
    Model: '91 Camry DX 4cyl Automatic


    History: Car was parked outdoors, undriven, for 2 years. I recently started it up again, simply buying a new battery. After a rough start, it purred like a kitten. After an oil change it has been running great for 6k miles now.


    Problem: Recently after filling the tank and driving home (20 miles) and parking overnight, I would find a puddle (approx 1/4 gallon) under the left-rear tire area w/ obvious gas around/below the gas cap as if the gas is spilling back out of the tank overnight. The nights have not been hot.


    What is causing this?

    Do I simply need a new gas cap?

    Or is something clogged due to the car's time unused?


    Thanks in Advance,

  • peterpanpeterpan Posts: 120
    There is a rubber vent line on the gas tank, near the rear left wheel. It is likely that the rubber hose, left unsed for years, dried out or crack, therefore leaking fuel.


    1/4 gallon is a lot of leaked fuel that can cause a big fire. The leak should be fixed .


    The vent line can be accessed by taking out the rear seat and whatever panels in the way. Look for the leaky spots and replace the line or the clamp as necessary.
  • My 1995 Toyota Camry vibirate while the car is in gear and when I take off the vibration stops, when I stop that's when the vibration starts. Do you think I need my fuel injectors clean. The car has 190,000 miles on it and I have never had them clean, I have replaced all motor mounts, gave the gave the car a complete tune-up, replaced all the sensors.
  • peterpanpeterpan Posts: 120
    The car with that much mileage would more likely have worn engine and transmission mounts, which can no longer damp out engine vibration.


    A set of 3 Toyota's OEM mounts would probably cost about $500. In So Cal, Pepboys sells after market set for about $200. I have no idea how good, how durable they are.


    It should cost less than $100 in labor to replace the mounts.
  • I have replaced all of the motor mounts.
  • hallagehallage Posts: 24
    I just had a shop replace the timing belt, seals, and water pump on my '96 Camry 4cyl. When I picked up the car, the check engine light was on. They checked it. It shows P0420 - low efficiency cat converter. They said it couldn't be their fault. Is that true? What could be the possible fixes to the problem?
  • Maybe the new starter is defective is it after market
  • My air recirculation switch stopped working.Does any one know if this could be a fuse problem. Which fuse controls air recirculation thanks
  • Try too start it with a battery jump starter. could this be a weak battery ??
  • Try replacing batteries in the remote. Good luck.
  • One of the annoying traits of our 2003 Camry is a bit of wandering on the

    road. Changing tires and a couple of alignments still does not help. What

    it seems to be is the power steering assist is set too high. Makes steering

    much too light, therefore a minor road imperfection would kick the tracking

    out of line. This requires more correction on the driver's part to keep a

    straight line. Also the PS overassist makes turns a bit tricky, often

    causing a side to side swaying that mimics body lean, but is actually

    steering corrections during the turn. Making the Camry feel "floaty" like

    the old Buicks.


    I recently drove a rental 2005 Subaru Outback and it has rock solid

    straightline tracking and tight turns. Loved the solid handling of this

    large car, though the Camry is better in other respects.


    Is there any way to adjust the assist on the power steering?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Does not work on some cars if the A/C is turned off.
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    I noticed the noise during the recent frigid temparture like 10'F to15'F or colder before the car (2003 Camry SE) warms up or drives for few miles. I bought this attention to my service and they didn't even check and just said this is normal. :-(
  • I has this on my 02 and they immediately knew what to do. The lubed something and said it was common on th enew model Camry. Good Luck.
  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    Get them to put some grease where the shaft goes through the firewall. We had the same problem when our 2002 new and since they greased the shaft, there is no more squeak.
  • How often do you clean the fuel injectors on a 1995 Toyota Camry?
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    Thanks all! I will bring it back and have them look at this area. I probably try another dealer.
  • tommyg12tommyg12 Posts: 158
    Yes this is normal. My '05 Solara and '04 Matrix does the same as well as my '02 Honda Civic. I hardly notice as I don't drive on hills that often.
  • also it doesnt work with defrost mode for long.I discovered this through a mechanic. thank you for the info
  • We have a 2000 Camry with 60k miles and our started doing the vibration thing - just as you described. I suspect it some type of oscillation issue, since it does not happen every time. No conclusion or action yet.
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    my 03 steering wheel started making strange noises, mainly after I let go of the steering wheel back to the original position during U-turns or wide turns. During the noise I couldalso feel vibration on my accelerator.


    When it got below freezing, I started hearing noises on any turns that would eventually go away but the main noise was still there.


    When I went to the dealer, his first question was does it do it more when it's colder? I know if I said yes, he would say it's normal, so I said no. His explanation was about the steering fluid warming up or something like that, which I countered with it wasn't warming up like this last winter.

    As soon as I mentioned the vibration he got interested, when I got the car back, the fix was "repositioned and lubed steering boot"


    They also wrote up 'brake squeal'(which I never heard), 'front rotors warped', the fix was 'turned rotors and replaced pads.'


    I don't know if the brakes had anything to do with the steering wheel but at least I got new brake pads on the front.

    I have 23k miles on it.
  • epondepond Posts: 13
    We have a disconcerting sloshing noise that comes from our steering wheel. When you start driving and turning, it sounds like fluid is sloshing all around the steering wheel column. We have a 2002 Camry XLE with 28000 miles on it.


    Has anyone experienced this? Any ideas what the problem is? Fix? I was thinking of taking it in to a Toyota Dealership. Will the warranty cover something like this?


    Thanks for the help/advice in advance.
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