Toyota Camry Transmission Problems & Overview

Introduced for the 1983 model year, the Toyota Camry was designed to give Americans a reliable alternative to all the compact FWD cars that were pouring out of Detroit. Within a few short years the Camry was a success, and by 1997 it had become the best selling car in America.

Today’s Camry is a lot more luxurious and athletic than its predecessors. There’s fresh styling, a metric ton of features, and the choice of 4cyl, V6 or hybrid power. The cabin has also been reimagined, and it’s now filled with high quality materials, soft touch points, accent stitching, and tasteful chrome accents. Toyota has gone to great lengths to shed the appliance-like feel of previous Camry’s. But it’s still every bit as durable as you would expect.

Does something seem wrong with your Camry? Let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Camry transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

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Toyota Camry Recalls

No transmission-related recalls.

Toyota Camry Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2012-2014 Camry – TSB 0034-14

Problem:

On Camry models equipped with the U760 transmission, a brief shudder may be experienced under light throttle between 25-50 mph.

Solution:

To fix the problem, the ECU needs to be reprogrammed with the latest transmission control software.

2006-2009 Camry – TSB 0033-08

Problem:

When equipped with the 4-cyl and 5-speed automatic, the ’06-’09 Toyota Camry may exhibit an unusually harsh 5-4 downshift after decelerating from above 45 mph to below 28 mph.

Solution:

A revised line pressure control solenoid assembly will need to be installed.

Problem:

Certain 2010 Camry’s equipped with the 4-cyl engine may experience a transmission fluid leak due to a missing plug in the upper right hand side of the transmission case.

Solution:

If the plug is missing, a new one will need to be installed. Otherwise, follow normal diagnostic procedures to determine the source of the leak.

2004 Camry – TSB TC003-04

Problem:

Due to manufacturing issues with the Powertrain Control Module, cars equipped with the 3.0L V6 and 3.3L V6 may display malfunction warning lights with the following trouble codes: P0748, P0798, P0985 and P0986

Solution:

In order to fix this issue, an updated PCM will need to be installed.

2002-2003 Camry V6 – TSB EG022-02

Problem:

Some ’02-’03 Camry V6 models produced at the TMMK plant may exhibit a triple shock/shudder during the 2-3 upshift under light throttle.

Solution:

To stop this from happening, the ECM needs to be reset and the car needs to be driven with light throttle application to re establish the computer’s “learned values”.

How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the fluid level
  3. Test transmission pressure
  4. Drop the transmission pan
  5. Repair, replace or rebuild

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3 thoughts on “Toyota Camry Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. I have a 98 automatic camry. Starts but not moving, I can feel very very little when trying to shift it to any gear (R L2D). When it is cold it moves strong like it did before but after a 100 meters you feel like it’s nottled again and stops moving.. turned it of and back on after 5 minutes again moved about 100-200 meters and nottled again (the same in reverse or forward). Any solution please let me know…

  2. I have a 2002 Toyota camry the car start and go into first gear and change gears with no problem but when I take it over 40 mph it work find on till I stop at a light. When I start to drive it will change gear but the rpm stay high. They stay about 3000 rpm to 4000 rpm when I go faster than 50 mph. I have to stop the car and restarted for the transmission to work normal. I can’t find out the problem. I have taken it to a car shop but they can’t find out the problem.

  3. I have a 1999 Toyota Camry. Recently my car has been acting like it doesn’t wanna shift out of first gear. It goes all the way up to 4 rpm before shifts and when it does it jumps sometimes it shifts lightly. I had a transmission flush and it’s still happening. All other gears work just fine and once i shift out of first gear it drives just fine. I have a automatic. But i was told i could manually shift out of first but i don’t like to drive my baby that way.

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