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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • fran4fran4 Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 Toyota Camry 4- cylinder. My air conditioner compressor clutch went out. My air cinditioner light started to blink on and off. Then my fan shut off and the window lock up. Can I by-pass fixing the compressor clutch and just fix the belt for now?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    For what it's worth, my former 1990 Mercury Sable started making ominous-sounding grinding noises while we were on vacation at the beach. I didn't think we should try returning home with the noise, so we had the car checked at a local service station. It turned out to be the water pump, which had to be replaced.

    You could get a second opinion from an independent shop with a good reputation -- can you check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers for a recommended one?
  • I've imported my 2002 Toyota Camry from the US into England. Can anyone tell me if I can adjust the headlights to meet British requirements or must I replace the headlights?
  • smrennasmrenna Posts: 6
    I think your theory is right that the Camry speedometer is calibrated for 16" tires.
    I am now questioning the accuracy of the odometer. The next time I am traveling on the interstate highway with post markers I will check.
    Have you check the odometer?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You may have missed the 2nd paragraph of my post #3825:

    I haven't checked my '05's speedometer yet (16-inch wheels), but the odometer reads about 3% below the "true" mileage based on mileposts. For my '04 Camry with 15-inch wheels, the odometer had a smaller error, and the speedometer was pretty much on the money.

    I just checked the actual number for the odometer error on the '05 (with the 16-inch wheels), and when 40.0 miles had gone by as indicated by the mileposts, the odometer indicated 39.1 miles (just over 2% shy).

    So I don't think a general statement can be made that all Camry speedometers are calibrated for 16-inch wheels.
  • ibhg31ibhg31 Posts: 6
    I test drove my friends 05 Camry xle w/16" tires (I also measured the tire before I drove and noticed that 16" tires are about approximately 1" taller). On the highway Camry w/16 tires speedometer is only off about 1.5 to 1.8 miles off. (at 68.5, the speedometer was reading 70 MPH...etc.). Also I took my camry to the dealership and spoke with the service rep about the speedometer and odometer accuracy. The service rep said that they can't manually calibrate the new speedometers only thing they can do now is just make note of it on their record and he will also check with the factory rep about the odometer.
    I'll check the accuracy of my odometer with my GPS unit, which as a built in odometer ( I forgot about this feature) and let you know.
  • My 89 V6 Wagon wasn't starting (no turnover, no lights, etc) so we replaced the battery. Then the car often required a charge or a jump to start in the mornings, but would run all day and usually start. Usually wasn't good enough so we replaced the alternator. Now when you turn the key there is a click, the idiot lights come on, the clock comes on (although it will need to be reset AGAIN), but for the first 6 or 7 tries the car won't start. Finally, as if out of the blue, it will turn over and start. What is going on? :cry:
  • janetgjanetg Posts: 4
    My 03 Camry with 22k miles has an issue with the safety button on the shifter. With the engine off and no key in the ignition, I can slide the shifter from park to any other gear, without pressing in the safety button. I cannot slide the shifter back into park. Here's how I found out. Last night, I arrived home, parked in my drive, put the car in park, removed the keys, grabbed my shopping bag and went inside. My husband, who was working in the garage at the time, came in a few minutes later. Apparently, my Camry had rolled down the drive, took out our mailbox, went across the street and stopped in our neighbor's front yard. Our drive is over 100' long and slopes down toward the street. I handed my husband the keys and he drove it back up our drive. We determined that the shifter safety button is broken. What I can figure is that when I grabbed my shopping bag, which was fairly heavy, I hit the shifter and took the car out of park. But that doesn't explain how the shifter was able to move without my pushing in the safety button. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm calling the dealer as soon as I post this message. This is very frightening.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I'd take it back to the dealer pronto, as you are doing. The car is still under warranty. Some cars, including earlier Camrys, have been recalled for this problem.

    IMHO, everyone should also use the parking brake when the car is parked, especially when it's on a slope. But, in my experience, most people with auto transmissions seem to not use the brake.
  • cammancamman Posts: 1
    I also have a 1992 Camry V6 (XLE) and I am having an intermittent overheating problem. The car will overheat while sitting still with the A/C on, it will not overheat when the A/C off. It only happens sometimes.
    The cooling fan is on when the car is running, with and without the A/C on. The car will not overheat while driving because of forced air through the radiator. The car will not get hot while sitting without the A/C on.
    The cooling fan is powered by hydraulics, not electronic. I purchased a Haynes repair manual, and it said to connect a jumper wire from terminal OP1 and EC1 on the diagnostic terminal (or something like that), anyway, to check the fan. It is suppose to run at 1100 rpm's. I tried it and nothing happened. Then it says to check the temperature sensor on the passenger side with an Ohm meter. It also says to check the ECU under the glove compartment. The manual never says what to do if one or the other does not work.
    I live in the California (Central Valley) where it is really hot during the summer. I can't live without my A/C while driving in the city. Somebody please help me!
  • pwattspwatts Posts: 3
    I have a 97 Camry that had 112.0 Miles and changed the oil every 5-6.0 miles and it blew a rod when trying to start it last week. I was told that I would need a new engine. Anyone ever hearing that a 97 would blow a rod. thanks
  • new8new8 Posts: 7
    Hi everyone, anyone has similar problem when they start 2005 Camry with the key? It sounded like going to start but then failed. Then I turn the key again and it started. I just bought it 2 days ago. Does it sound like a usual problem to you guys? Thanks a lot for any answer!
  • janetgjanetg Posts: 4
    Thanks so much for your reply. The dealer fixed it pronto yesterday. They said they had to make an "adjustment." The Toyota folks in Torrance indicated they had never heard of the problem happening before. I have to say that I'm not nearly as satisifed and comfortable with this 03 Camry as I was with my other Toyotas. I'll be looking at other mfrs. if anything else goes wrong. Thanks again!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You're welcome. You may want to report the problem as a defect to the government at If there are enough complaints, an investigation and possible recall could result.

    Look under "Quick Links" and hit "file a complaint..."

    And please consider using your parking brake.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Are you holding the key long enough in the "start" position? It sounds as though you may not be. Let the engine crank a little until it starts; shouldn't take more than a second or two.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Unfortunately, the '97 Camry (4 or V6) is one of the cars models with the engine oil sludge (gelling) problem. Did you experience any trouble with this in the past? 5000-6000 mile oil changes are on the longish side (even though the manual says 7500 miles or 6 months, whichever came first, was acceptable for normal driving conditions).

    Toyota as of the 2004 model year reduced the oil change interval to 5000 miles or 6 months.

    There is an 8-year extended warranty with unlimited mileage for the sludge problem. Your car could be beyond the 8-year limit, depending on when it was built. You need to show that you changed the oil at least once a year, from what I remember, to obtain the benefits of this warranty, if in fact sludge was responsible for the rod blowing.
  • scoti1scoti1 Posts: 676
    You could be right 210delaray, that this is due to sludge. The 8 year sludge policy is 8 yrs from the date of purchase by the original owner. It is first important for pwatts to see if he is within that time frame. I suggest he tale it to an independent mechanic to see if sludge was the culprit. Even if he is outside the 8 years, it can't be by much, so maybe Toyota will at least partly compensate him for this known problem (assuming it is sludge).
  • new8new8 Posts: 7
    Thank you so much! I think that's it. Today I held the key a little bit longer and it started fine. Thank you again! :)
  • When I purchased our 01 Avalon almost 5 years ago the rear view mirror would vibrate (shudder) after the car sat in the Desert Sun any length of time. ( 107F today) I had the mirror re-glued twice, changed once. Not much better
    Took delivery of an 06 Solara 2 weeks ago, same problem-vibrating rear view mirror. Has anyone in the Southwest had a similar problem, any thoughts on a solution.
    also.........added Body Side moldings from, they are just terrific. Also added that American tradition, pin striping. Truly sets the vehicle apart from the rest.
  • I monitored the gas mileage for two weeks and it appears to be normal. And everything else you mentioned is also normal. I guess my car is ok.
  • wadavidwadavid Posts: 1
    :mad: I have recently purchased a 2005 Camry XLE V6 with power moonroof. I have noticed alot of wind noise when the roof is the the tilt position. I purchased a factory Toyota wind deflector in hopes that it would stop the noise but it has not; it fact I ended up taking off the deflector and returning it to the dealer do to while at high speed (55-60 mph) and the sunroof open I would get a vibration noise from the deflector that the service folks didn't know what the cause was or how to fix it other than get another one the try it. I have also tried to see if there is a seal or gasket missing from around the opening. Anybody who has experienced a similar problem?
  • Had this problem with 89 Camry, and tested everything I could think of before I found the solution. Door switches will check good, and fuses will test ok, and even when running continuity test on wiring you will get a good continuity check to the switch. Maddening! Finally found the bundle of wires leaving the door had an intermittent "open" in one of them that went to the switch.

    You have to remove the interior door panel and carefully peel back the plastic wind shield that covers access holes to the bundle of wires exiting the door. Carefully push and pull on each of the wires going to the switch until you duplicate the working/not working window condition. The wire will be broken inside the insulation, and this occurs from opening and closing the door repeatedly over the years.

    Simply cut the wire at the break and strip, clean, twist together and solder the two ends of the broken wire. Then insulate with rubber tape, and you will have no further problems. Even though the wire used is stranded, it either is brittle or becomes brittle over time and occasionally causes this nasty occurence.

    The reason this occurs only on temperature rise is that the wires that are still making contact slightly will separate when heated and they or the insulation expands. Cooling causes contraction, and temporary continuity.

    Good hunting, and best wishes for a successful outcome. ;)
  • janetgjanetg Posts: 4
    I just finished filing a report with the NHTSA. And I am now using my parking brake religiously. Thanks again for sharing your in-depth knowledge!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    You're quite welcome. Glad to be of assistance!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Glad it worked out! I thought that it was something simple.
  • I recently rear ended someone in my 94 toyota camry. Now, the frame of the car is bent back so that the latch of the hood doesn't line up. It's only off by about a quarter of an inch or so, and I've tried bending it back with the help of my brother but it won't budge. I have it fastened down with a bungee cord. I guess I will have to bring it in somewhere, but I have no idea what something like that would cost norrmally. I really don't want to get ripped off. Any advice?
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I take it you (and the other driver) are not reporting this to your respective insurance companies. If you were, your company would normally send out an appraiser to assess the damage, or depending on the company, you drive it to a central place where they do such assessments.

    Otherwise, take the car to at least 2 reputable body shops for a damage estimate. Since the car is older, you don't necessarily have to fix ALL of the damage if you don't care about cosmetic items.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    I had the same accident once in my 97 Camry. Same problem, the hood pop up. The whole job cost about $600 (but I know the bodyshop owner well). I believe if you take it to any shop, it will cost AT LEAST $1000 to $2000 (my Camry had been to different shops for body work more than 5 times so I kind of know how much it cost)

    You mentioned your frame is bent. Sound like a serious fender bender to me. The shop need to get the frame back to normal and I think it cost more too.

    If you are thinking about getting it fix with your own pocket, good luck because it might cost more than the car is worth.
  • yeah, mine too. if you turn the key and then back off as it's starting, sometimes it dies if you don't hold it one or two more seconds. Not as easy to start as our accord or my old camrys (1994's). but don't think it's a problem or issue. just hold the key a little longer.
  • Sorry Scotti I lost the website for the TSB's. Would you or anyone have the site for checking the current TSB's out for my 2005 Camry SE V6?
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