Toyota Camry Transmission Problems & Cost | U241E

The Toyota Camry was equipped with the U241E, A541E and A140E transmission in certain models. 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 Transmission Models

Toyota Camry: U241E Transmission
Toyota Camry: A541E Transmission
Toyota Camry: A140E Transmission

Toyota Camry Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

What are the DTC codes related to Toyota Camry transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Common Problems with the Toyota Camry Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

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”.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

  1. Find your transmission model in the table below for fair prices from reputable suppliers. Also fair labor cost for local installation at a local auto repair shop.

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Fair Remanufactured Transmission Price Ranges by Transmission Model Updated July 2018

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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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John

please what can I do if gear refuses to go on drive. it works on others please help

Terry

2010 Toyota Camry transmission shudder. Things I did to try to fix it change outer tie rod on the left side, additive for fuel injector, New side axle, new transmission fluid and filter, none of these things fix the problem. Saw a video of this guy using a product called Dr. Tranny Instant Shudder Fixx . Problem solve I hope this can help somebody it did for me.

MrC

When did the shudder happen for you? Was it during downshifts? Especially from 50mph down to 25mph? That’s the problem I am having so wondering if you had the same thing and if the Dr. Tranny Instant Shudder Fixx fixed that for you?

Dana Jensen

2003 toyora camry wont shift from 3rd to drive and hard shift from 2nd to 3rd. whats causibg this? check engine light is on.

Innocent

my Toyota Camry vvt-i 2009 gear is not shape, no power to climb small hills, not selecting properly and the gear light on selection just stop showing making it difficult for me at night please i need an assistance here…

Erica

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.

william cardona

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.

Mahrish

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…