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.
Toyota Camry Transmission Models
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What are the DTC codes related to Toyota Camry transmission problems?
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0710||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit|
|P0711||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0712||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0713||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0714||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715|
|P0715||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0717||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0724||Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High|
|P0741||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit|
|P0746||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0748||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0750||Shift Solenoid 'A'|
|P0753||Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0755||Shift Solenoid 'B'|
|P0758||Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0766||Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0770||Shift Solenoid 'E'|
|P0771||Shift Solenoid 'E' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0773||Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical|
|P0776||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0778||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0791||Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0793||Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0796||Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off|
|P0798||Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical|
|P0872||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch C Circuit Low|
|P0873||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch C Circuit High|
|P0877||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch D Circuit Low|
|P0878||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch D Circuit High|
|P0982||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit Low|
|P0983||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit High|
|P0985||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit Low|
|P0986||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit High|
|P0989||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch E Circuit Low|
|P0990||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch E Circuit High|
|P1705||Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction|
|P2714||Pressure Control Solenoid D Performance or Stuck Off|
|P2716||Pressure Control Solenoid D Electrical|
|P2757||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Performance or Stuck Off|
|P2759||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Electrical|
|P2769||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low|
|P2770||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High|
Common Toyota Camry Transmission Problems
No reverse – A140 transmission
Problem – The transmission upshifts properly, but will not engage reverse.
Solution – The overdrive drum will have to be replaced.
Premature upshifts at moderate to full throttle – A140 transmission
Problem – The transmission may prematurely upshift through several gears under moderate or heavy throttle. It may shift normally during light throttle application.
Solution – One or more of the A140 solenoids could be restricted
Harsh shifts or shift flares between 2-3 or 3-4 – U250E transmission
Problem – Shortly after starting up, vehicles may experience shift flares or unusually hard shifts into third or fourth gear. The problem may go away, but return after the vehicle has sat overnight.
Solution – It’s possible that the battery needs to be replaced (the voltage is too low, resulting in the ECU going into the “relearn” process after starting up), or the ECU grounds are corroded.
Lack of Response
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light
Toyota Camry Recalls
No transmission-related recalls.
Toyota Camry Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
TSB TC002-02 – Harsh 2-3 shift at high altitude
2002 Lexus ES300
Problem – Drivers may experience an unusually harsh 2-3 upshift during wide open throttle acceleration at elevations above 3000 feet.
Solution – A revised valve body has been developed to correct this issue.
TSB TC010-06 – Harsh 5-4 downshift on deceleration – U250E transmission
2006 – 2007 Toyota Camry
Problem – Owners with the Toyota Camry U250E transmission may notice an unusually harsh 5-4 downshift when the transmission is at normal operating temperature, and the vehicle was traveling above 45 mph and has decelerated through 28 mph.
Solution – A revised line pressure control solenoid assembly will have to be installed.
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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