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#4484 of 5646 30,000 Service
Jul 17, 2008 (4:19 am)
Took the Camry in for it's 30,000 mile service on Tuesday morning, (Oil & Filter, Tire Rotation, Brake Check ----- etc.). While it was there, I had the power steering fluid changed and the throttle body cleaned. When I drove out of the shop and entered the highway, I noticed that the engine was "VERY RESPONSIVE"! ---- Yes there is something to be said for a "clean throttle body!"
Best regards to all. ------- Dwayne
#4485 of 5646 Re: 30,000 Service [djm2]
Jul 17, 2008 (4:30 am)
I agree, cleaning the throttle body is a great idea.
#4486 of 5646 bad, musty smell coming from vents
Jul 20, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Recently, we have noticed a foul musty odor coming from the inside vents when starting the car and the fan is running, in our 4 cyl 2007 4-door Camry LE, which now has about 5900 miles on it. The bad smell goes away after several minutes, but returns each time after we turn off the vehicle, for say more than an hour and then start it up again. We are geographically located where high humidity exists most of the year.
I took it to a Toyota dealer, and the service reps basically told me I should NOT be using the recirculate position on the fan when I park the car and shut off the engine. They did check the cabin A/C filter and said it was not the source of the smell. They said that because of the design of the evaporator box in the Toyota A/C, the box will accumulate moisture if the air control is left on re-circulate when the car is turned off. Switching to recirculate several seconds before shutting off the engine will allow the box to drain moisture properly. At first, they didn't even want to write up a ticket, but I insisted on it, so it would be documented for Toyota (and us). At least they DID keep the vehicle overnight and used an "ozone machine" on it for several hours the next morning, which was supposed to kill all the bacteria or whatever was causing the odor. I am grateful that the dealer did at least take this action.
While I cannot dispute the reasoning to use "fresh air" prior to shutting off the car, I feel like Toyota has once again settled for mediocrity (just like the transmission hesitation issue). What bothers us most is that we have only had the vehicle for a little over a year, while we have had OTHER vehicles for 8-10 years, parked them in the same garage, ran them in the same environment and had NO issues like this, even though we never concerned ourselves with switching the air control, like we NOW have to do with the Camry. Has anyone else had this issue or found a TSB for it? I am trying to get an idea of how wide-spread the issue is.
#4487 of 5646 Re: bad, musty smell coming from vents [mayroge]
Jul 20, 2008 (4:11 pm)
In a hot and high humidity area as well, and have not experieinced that problem you define. However, I have to say we never use the recirculation setting either. Sometimes it gets turned on by accident by turning the temperature selector all the way counter-clockwise, but we then turn it off so we have fresh air coming in.
There is no TSB for this that I have or have seen.
#4488 of 5646 Re: bad, musty smell coming from vents [mayroge]
Jul 20, 2008 (5:39 pm)
From time to time I get a weird smell in my 2007 Camry XLE V-6. It usually goes away after the car has been running for awhile. I've never had this happen on other cars I've owned.
#4489 of 5646 Recirculated Air
Jul 21, 2008 (11:52 am)
Living in South Florida, we always use the recirculation button on our cars with no problems. It does get pretty humid down here also. Are we doing something wrong here?
#4491 of 5646 Re: bad, musty smell coming from vents [mayroge]
Jul 26, 2008 (2:52 am)
Mayroge - I live in an area of the country that in humid and operate the A/C in all my vehicles in the recirculation mode all summer all the time. This keeps the interior much cooler and allows for a quicker cool down. As for the musty smell, the Camry (along with many newer vehicles) have an interior cabin air filter. It is located at the bottom of the dash on the passenger side. There is a little black door/cover which you can easily find and open. Pull the filter out and take it to Pep Boys or auto supply store and get a replacement. I have normally had to replace these about once per year. The filter gets dirty and musty and creates that smell you describe. Replace the filter and the smell will go away!
#4492 of 5646 Re: Built in Australia Camry 2007 [fxguy]
Jul 26, 2008 (7:27 am)
I don't know about GM, but Ford already has built a better car than Camry v6: the Taurus. I don't want anyone to just take my word on it. I invite everyone to take a look at Consumer Report's latest automotive ratings and compare the rapidly increasing and now markedly superior reliability of the Ford Taurus with Camry v6's dismal track record. The Taurus is one of their recommended buys. The Camry v6? Well read it for yourself. By the way fxguy, how do you justify claiming "only a small percentage of owners" are experiencing transmission problems? Where did you get your statistics? According to a true and disinterested mass survey by Consumer Reports a large percentage of people are experiencing not only transmission problems, but rattles etc. from poor body integrity. The Camry v6 has been assigned a very poor reliability rating. And, to add insult to injury, it is evident from perusing this forum that Toyota is also guilty of inexcusable prevarication and outright denials. Oh, what a feeling!
#4493 of 5646 Re: bad, musty smell coming from vents [mayroge]
Jul 30, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Up until recently I was a Toyota service manager. To STOP this probelm is very simple. When you first start the car, run the a/c on regular mode for about 10 minutes. This will allow the system to bring fresh air thru the system, if you wish you can then go to the recirculate setting. When you run on recirculate all the time a door closes and does not allow fresh air into the a/c system. All you are doing is recirculating the air from inside the passenger cabin. This is where you get the musty smell. I had several customers like you who had the same concern. Once they tried what I recommended they had no more problems. This does work. Give it a try.