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Toyota Camry Transmission Questions (MY Prior to 2007)



  • mcar2mcar2 Posts: 1
    1994 Camry 6 cyl 114k miles. Regular trans service. Suddenly lost power to wheels both in drive and reverse. Engine fine. Could a broken motor mount cause this, or is the trans the problem?
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    you say that you suddenly lost power to wheels in both drive and reverse do you mean the car will not move in fwd and rev ? if the answer is yes check the atf level is it real high on the dipstick?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    That question, initially, confused me.

    But no, now that there is no mechanical connection between the shifter and the transaxle the motor mounts should not have this effect.
  • camry2k5camry2k5 Posts: 38
    I just did a drain and refill over the weekend @ 43k. I used CASTROL IMPORT MULTIVEHICLE MTF instead of Toyota T-IV. It needed 3.5 qts. I got 4 @ 3.19 each at Pep Boys. This MTF outperforms the original fluid. I noticed that it shifts smoothly and does not abruptly downshift when you step on your gas and driving uphill . This works on my Camry and might solve the tranny issue with 5th gens. I wish I had changed the fluid earlier. I plan to change again at 60K.
  • camry2k5camry2k5 Posts: 38
    Ooops! I stand corrected.
    This is Automatic Trans Fluid not MTF that I mentioned earlier.
  • brew23brew23 Posts: 1
    when i put the car in gear it does nothing ....... then when i try to put it back in park it grinds in the gears ......
  • torque48torque48 Posts: 3
    2001 Camry 4 cyl auto, trans replaced by Toyota at 56k miles (trans totally gone). Now, 30k miles more, no first gear. Fluid smells great (as far as fluid smells go) and level is OK. Does Toyota have a problem? Any TSBs available? Anyone think Toyota will help?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,504
    No mention of transmission failure issues in the TSB list.

    Could be an electrical issue (ECM, shift solenoid, etc.).

    You need to have the transmission scanned for trouble codes to learn more.

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  • torque48torque48 Posts: 3
    A) Sorry for duplicate posting. First time I have ever posted anything anywhere. B) are you saying an electrical issue could be causing 1st gear to shudder and slip when trying to connect up? That is what is happening. Thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,504
    I thought you said you had no first gear?

    Anyway hard to say from here what's going on, but a code reading should tell something, as should a pressure test. Might be valve body issues as well.

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  • torque48torque48 Posts: 3
    1st gear just about dead. Thanks for reply. Will do these checks 1st thing Monday
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,504
    With these electronically controlled automatics, you have to eliminate electrical issues first before tearing into anything. I'm not sure what the effects of a bad ECM might be precisely--I just don't have that hands-on experience. Seems to me that actual severe slipping would have resulted in fluid that would be quite dirty and would have a pungent smell (coming from the damaged clutch material).

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  • xbbusterxbbuster Posts: 145
    My '02 Camry 82,000 miles has recently been experiencing a rapid cycle of hesitations when decelerating at highway speed. also with the cruise on and going down an overpass. I took it in to a garage I trust and I was told that the trans needed to be reprogramed. I was also told there should be no cost to me for this as there was a TSB from Toyota for this complaint. Naturally the service writer at the dealer told me he never heard of it, therefore nothing was done. Has anyone else exerienced this problem before and what was the solution? Thanks.
  • oilcan93oilcan93 Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 95 Camry. The problems with the transmission are twofold:
    1.) Above 45-50 mph the RPM's are too high for the engine speed based on my last Camry (1996) that this car replaces. At 60 mph I am around 3200 RPM. At 70 I'm over 4000 RPM. I am used to 2600-2800 for around 70 mph. It seems that the car will go through all gears normally but the overdrive gear never kicks in.
    2.) If I'm at 60 mph (or ANY other speed just for example) and around 3200 RPM and I remove my foot from the accelerator, the engine tachs down immediately to around 1000-1100 (idle speed) and when I want to accelerate or just engage the engine to speed up, the engine revs ups freely until the RPM's meet the point where they engage. It works the same if I allow cruise control to take over.

    This car was an engine rebuild by a mechanic so it could be as easy as he just didn't put in the correct ATF so the friction agents aren't working or the whole tranny could just be junk and I can replace it with the one from my old car (235k miles). I'm certainly no mechanic. I'm just going by the posts I have read on here.

    Any thoughts or questions to help me hone in on this issue? Should I drain the tranny through the drainplug and just refill with what I KNOW is the correct ATF? I don't want to mess it up more without some guidance. So thank you for any offered.
  • i have a 1994 camry V6, suddenly my car just started to give me problems with what i think is the transmission, or so i am told
    when i first leave in the car it does fine, but after i come to a stop my car acts like it cannot shift (struggles from 1 to 2 then goes on to 3 & 4 with no problem)
    and sometimes won't go at all. will go into drive and reverse
    i recently had the radiator replaced and then afterwards i had a day where hit was trying over heat again , thought maybe the water level was too low cause after we topped it off and got it to my mechanic , he could not find anything wrong at all and never did it again until this started to happen with my shifting issue.
    any suggestions, cannot get a computer on it to see if it throwing a code
    could it be related to the radiator issue or a sensor
    was told that i have 3 sensors that could be going bad as well but don't know which one to start with
    any help or suggestions are welcome!
  • echo33echo33 Posts: 2
    I had the same problem on my 2002 camry V6. Gear 1 and 2 hesitation. I also has this problem. When the transmission cold (e.g. at 15'C). It won't change gear at the first 1 km. And I had the dealer reflash the ECM computer doesn't solve the problem. My friend said it is comment on camry transmission.
  • echo33echo33 Posts: 2
    Month ago. I had the toyota dealer flush my car trans system. Now the hesitation problem occur. Dealer said nothing related to the flush it is my transmission failing.
  • xbbusterxbbuster Posts: 145
    Same problem.......... rapid hesitation, bucking. seems like the engine is just cutting out like it had bad plugs. Only after driving a 100 miles or so and only when decelerating from highway speeds or going down the slightest hill. No check engine light so the dealer says they can't do anything unless they drive it with a scanner. It has real good power and gets 30 mpg highway. I'm lost. Local dealer suggested next time we take a trip schedule an appointment with a dealer on the way so they could test it.
  • prob1prob1 Posts: 4
    I have a 2005 Camry LE 4 cyl with 41000 miles and is still under PowerTrain Warranty. I am getting a gurgling noise like metal flowing thru liquid during low speed acceleration 2 to 10 MPH. It does not occur everytime. My engine oil level is reading high 1/2 inch above full mark.
    I am concerned about a transmission problem.
    Any comments.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Get that engine oil down to the correct maximum level.......... if there is too much oil the crankshaft can end up slapping it and foaming the oil up, and splashing it on the cylinder walls. Pull the drain plug and drain about a quart+ out. Drain more or refill as needed. This is assuming that someone overfilled the oil.

    If the oil level was correct, and now it is high....I would suspect a blown head gasket, allowing radiator fluid to contaminate the oil. Get this looked at pronto.
  • prob1prob1 Posts: 4
    Thanks for your comments. I removed 1 1/2 pints of oil from the engine. The oil level is now at the full mark; not over. The noise is still there. The noise lasts for only a few seconds. It seems to occur when we need to accelerate; in the 0 to 10mph range. However, it is not consistent. Hard to take to a mechanic to solve the mystery if I can't duplicate it. Racking my brain trying to find a word that describes this noise accurately. Do you know of anything else that may cause a noise that sounds like metal traveling through liquid? Coincidentally, the noise started after my last oil change and I have 4200 miles on the oil.

    Please advise.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Do you know what the sound of an engine knock is (cylinder detonation knock).....usually first noticed with a bad load of gas or low octane fuel? If so, does it sound like that?
  • prob1prob1 Posts: 4
    No,It does not sound like a engine knock. I know what a knock sounds like due to low octane gas. I am due for a oil change. I am going to report this problem to the Toyota Service Manager to get it on record.
    Thanks for your help.
  • clk2clk2 Posts: 1
    I need some advice, I did oil change on my camry and was told I had to change the tranmission fluid because it is dark and the fluid should be clear and pink, some friends advice that I should leave it alone, as long as there is no problem with it. Please advise me.

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010
    What does the scheduled maintenance guide (should be with your owners manual) say when you should change it, given how many miles you have on your vehicle, and whether you've changed it before or not?

    If it's discolored, personally I'd change it if you haven't done it in say 60K miles. If I remember correctly, if you are in special operating conditions they recommend changing it every 30K miles, but most people don't run in really bad operating conditions on a consistent basis.

    If you are not the original owner (and know how hard the prior owners drove it), or drive it hard yourself, then I'd definitely change it.
  • i think my transmission may be slipping. not every time but fairly often when i accelerate from a stop it will have a hard time speeding up even when i am stepping on the gas half to just about full way. also when i am stopped and leave it in a gear it will shudder and idle very heavily (most violently in reverse). my friend tells me the trans is slipping and could cost almost 3k to repair. any ideas?
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Have you checked fluid level as stated in owner's manual. If it is up to proper level, is the fluid nice clean pinkish color, or does it look dark and smell burnt. If the latter, low cost try is to have the fluid flushed and replaced. If that still doesn't work, there are plenty of tranny fluid additives that claim to fix your problem, try one as another low cost fix.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    No offense to your friend, but I would take it and have a professional garage look at it. When I first read your post, it sounds more like an engine problem than a transmission problem (lack of power, shuddering while idling).
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    +1 on engine first, especially the idle air bypass.
  • I have a 2002 camry and I was having transmission issues and check engine light came on, we replaced the transmission solenoid with a used one because it was only one that was not working. I had a mechanic friend do the work. After reading the post by toyota this is a common issue? They recommend replacing it with a newer one. COST $3000. But it feels rough and i think it is not engaging the last shift into the 5th gear. it is automatic with overdrive. 4cylinder. I thought it was going to go out but it still runs. My question is after so long it hasn't gone out what is the problem? Maybe it is not the transmission but it lags in reverse or my friend did not install properly. If anyone has info please help
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