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.
Toyota Camry Recalls
No transmission-related recalls.
Toyota Camry Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
2012-2014 Camry – TSB 0034-14
On Camry models equipped with the U760 transmission, a brief shudder may be experienced under light throttle between 25-50 mph.
To fix the problem, the ECU needs to be reprogrammed with the latest transmission control software.
2006-2009 Camry – TSB 0033-08
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.
A revised line pressure control solenoid assembly will need to be installed.
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.
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
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
In order to fix this issue, an updated PCM will need to be installed.
2002-2003 Camry V6 – TSB EG022-02
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.
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
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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