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#4694 of 5646 Toyota Camry VSC Problems
Jan 14, 2009 (4:31 am)
Is anyone else having problems with Toyota Camry's (2007) VSC? The VSC, Check Engine and traction lights came on (28K miles) and I had it serviced by the dealer. They claimed it was a sensor, and while they paid for that under warranty, I had to replace the throttle body and clean the injectors on my nickel. Two days later, same issue. Dealer now claims it was to due a skid on the ice (which did not occur) and that "they" will need to reset it. Sounds fishy. Based on posts I've seen for other Toyotas of various ages, seems like they have a design problem. Toyota quality - is it a myth??
#4695 of 5646 Re: Toyota Camry VSC Problems [jocool]
Jan 14, 2009 (5:36 am)
Have not had any VSC problems. What was(is) the error code in the computer?
#4696 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry multiple failure while driving [atb2]
Jan 14, 2009 (9:47 am)
In my case, the dealer said the alternator had completely failed but the battery was in good shape.
So far the car is working fine and I hope it continues...
Thank you for your thoughts and advice everyone. I really appreciate the time you took to help me with my car problems!
#4697 of 5646 Re: Toyota Camry VSC Problems [jocool]
Jan 14, 2009 (10:00 am)
When you have a CEL the VSC and TC systems are automtically disabled by default, FACTORY default. Fix the engine problem causing the CEL and the VSC/TC fault(s) will go away.
CEL can result in something as simple as a gas cap left untightened or even a defective gas cap.
"..a skid on ice.." Sometimes the only awareness of the driver to a VSC or TC activation will be the brief, TOO DAMMED BRIEF, soft "beep" from the instrument panel for the SHORT duration of the VSC or TC event.
I have encountered VSC (or was it TC..??) activation simply turning right under acceleration through a small water puddle. No physical sensation just a quiet/soft SHORT beep.
The dealer SCAMMED you on the throttle body and injector cleaning, ask for your money back.
#4698 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry multiple failure while driving [modivo]
Jan 14, 2009 (10:03 am)
The factory just got scammed by the dealer for the LABOR cost of replacing a perfectly GOOD alternator, probably to be soon used for the next SCAM.
The dealer makes no "serious" money if they just fix the problem by cleaning/burnishing/tightening the battery terminals.
#4699 of 5646 Re: Toyota Camry VSC Problems [wwest]
Jan 15, 2009 (8:44 pm)
Thanks for the info. I did figure I've been scammed. The problem is the work done did not fix the lights, they came on again two days later.
We've escalated this past the dealership. The "Toyota Rep" mentioned the gas cap, which is also not the cause. I "quote" the Toyota rep, because her office is based at the dealership, sounds like Toyota has an even bigger scam going - they make you think a mfg's rep is helping you with the dealer's issues, but they're all out to run you around in circles until you give up.
We've asked for the money back (note that the "throttle body" is covered by warranty according to the owner's manual), but that isn't getting us anywhere. I believe Toyota has a long standing design problem with the VSC system that they won't own up to.
Get this, the rep says the car is "safe to drive". Then why have a warning on this "system" if the failure is meaningless? The book says get the problem checked out right away, and the rep says it is "OK to drive" and they won't have a loaner for us for a week.
#4700 of 5646 Camry front suspension noise
Jan 17, 2009 (3:20 pm)
I own a 1998 Camry with 144k miles on it. Since I purchased it at around 110k miles, the front end has made a sort of clunk clunk or rattle when going over speed bumps, pot holes, etc , but only when its cold outside. In the summer the noise is not there at all, but below 50F then the noise returns. I do not notice anything feeling terribly wrong with the suspension as when breaking or turning, the car doesn't seem to loose control or slump. I read on the forums here that it could be many things causing this noise. It seems to be a light noise not very mechanical, it almost sounds plasticy.
So it seems it could be the struts, the mounts, the insulators, bearings, or something else? If I push down on the hood above say one wheel it makes that noise, clunky and plastic sounding. I think its the struts but I'm not sure.
Looking at this parts break down schematic I'm not exactly sure what could cause
http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/index.cfm?action=getJointLocator&siteid=2- - - 14329&chapter=&Sectionids=19,2512&groupid=2523&subgroupid=4154&componentid=10942- - - &make=34&model=Camry&year=2007&graphicID=8522330&callout=13&catalogid=3&displayC- - - atalogid=0
Should I just go ahead and replace the struts myself or be concerned
that something else is causing the problem? As far as I know they are the original struts?? I see nothing leaking from them by the way.
1998 Camry LE, 4cyl
#4701 of 5646 Re: Camry front suspension noise [awisniewski]
Jan 17, 2009 (3:34 pm)
I would suspect the problem is in the strut mounts. They are made of hard rubber so thats why you won't hear them in warmer weather. The dealer could look at them and tell you. Struts don't usually wear out unless they leak. Just my opinion.
#4702 of 5646 Re: Camry front suspension noise [awisniewski]
Jan 18, 2009 (1:32 am)
Check and Replace the Front Stabilizer Bushings. I had a Honda that did the same thing, made noise only when cold. After replacing the stabilizer bushings, noise was gone!
#4703 of 5646 Re: Dashboard Noise [novi1]
Jan 24, 2009 (11:36 am)
I have a 2007 XLE V6 with Nav and had a similar problem with the dashboard making noise very close to the windshield area. Sometimes it was on the driver side sometimes the passenger side and then other times in the center. It was very annoying. It seemed to be worse in cold weather. I finally read about the TSB NV008-07 listed in this forum (thank you whom ever posted this) and inquired at the dealership. They had heard of the issue and I took my car in to have it fixed. I'm happy to say that the work did the trick and the noise is no longer there. The mechanic told me that it was a generic TSB concerning the dashboard/windshield noise and it gave them guidance on the issue. If you have this noise problem I would recommend that you have it fixed. I'm glad I did.