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#4843 of 5646 Strut mount - replace entire mout or just rubber?
Jul 30, 2009 (7:01 am)
Hi, I own a 1998 Toyota Camry. With 150k miles on it, bought used at 102k miles. When I bought it there was noise from the front struts in the winter and I lived with it. I went to the dealer the other day to find out what it was. They said the strut cap ( strut mount?) are bad. Does that deem that the entire mount has to be replaced? As I understand there is the rubber in the mount that goes bad but could the bearing assembly be just fine? Is it possible to just replace the rubber, it seems like it would be less costly. Any other solution to this problem? If I had the funds I'd replace the entire setup but right now money is tight. Alex W
#4844 of 5646 Re: Strut mount - replace entire mout or just rubber? [awisniewski]
Jul 30, 2009 (7:58 am)
I can't say specifically that your strut is safe or not, you'd need someone locally to look at it.
However I will tell you, that a strut failure can be a catastrophic failure for you and your vehicle. The wheel is held in three dimensional alignment by three pieces. One rod holds the wheel front to back, one holds in to out, and the strut holds up and down. A failure in strut where it breaks loose, could cause a number of types of failures, including a bad case where the vehicle drops to the ground, jamming the tire in the wheel well, causing your vehicle to spin out of control....and either hit something you didn't plan to hit, or be hit by someone else.
You should be on a path to get it fixed pronto.
#4845 of 5646 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track
Jul 31, 2009 (6:18 am)
Hi, forum...my first post here...
took my 2007 camry se v6 in to a local toy. dealer for a check engine light on along with vsc and traction control. The problem comes and goes with 2-3 day periods. and slightly different every time. At times,with above mentioned alarms ON it drives just fine, but sometimes, transmission starts acting up - jerking, down/up shifting suddenly, especially on inclines. Nothing specific that I notice that triggers the lights to come ON, I could be sitting in traffic, moving 5 mph and it would light up.
First, I took it in with lights on they could not reproduce a problem and said that the car is totally fine, 3 days ago they finally got all the lights to come on and saw the intermittent nature of a problem.
They say C-codes are ABS related???
Does anyone here know what these codes mean?
I say, it seems like it's an electronic problem- a computer is driving the tranny crazy...could be as simple as a bad cpu contacts somewhere....
They say, they checked for it.
They want to put in another cpu in (ECM) for a $1000 but they are not sure if it is going to cure the problem...As you might imagine, I don't have a $1K to spare for their uncertainty and unproffesionalism.
Any info on the codes?
THANKS A BUNCH!
#4846 of 5646 Re: 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track [mac666]
Jul 31, 2009 (6:45 am)
....so much for 'unprofessionalism'
You could try spending a couple hours reseating all of the connectors and contacts in the system......probably worth a try since it's soo expensive. Be sure to check the wheel sensors as well.
#4847 of 5646 Re: 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track [kiawah]
Jul 31, 2009 (6:59 am)
Thanks for a quick reply
How hard is it to replace an ECM? does it have to be calibrated when installed?
Or is it just a "plug and play" direct replacement?
Can it be done at home? I really don't want to take it to a dealer again...it took the 2 days they charged me $170 just for looking at it and then, were not sure what the problem was, wanted another $120 for further diagnostics....
Do you happen to have any info on other codes I listed above?
Sorry, I am just so frustrated at this point..
#4848 of 5646 Re: 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track [mac666]
Jul 31, 2009 (7:16 am)
The dealership would have an intelligent tester that they plug in, which checks error codes, can clear them, and checks all of the different braking functions and sensors. If you buy the Toyota service manuals, the brake control chapter is about 480 pages worth.
U0100 is "lost communication with ECM/PCM", which is the engine control and power control computer. Error codes are clearly pointing to computer control or communications between them.
Other than reseating connectors, not sure what more you might be able to do here.
#4849 of 5646 Re: 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track [mac666]
Jul 31, 2009 (7:31 am)
Trial and error...
Remove and clean and burnish the battery terminal/posts and connections.
If problem remains repalce the battery.
Under $100 and if nothing else at least you have a NEW battery.
Jul 31, 2009 (11:22 am)
Hi, i noticed, your c1201 code ref. is for an FJcruiser...
are all cpu codes for toyota the same???
#4851 of 5646 Re: to kawah [mac666]
Jul 31, 2009 (11:38 am)
Same thing in 2007 Camry....it's an ECM Circuit Malfunction.
#4852 of 5646 Re: 2007 camry se v6 intermittent check engine/vsc/track [kiawah]
Aug 01, 2009 (1:10 pm)
I'm surprised that they're not offering to fix it for free.
Although my problem was a bit different than yours (transmission jerking intermittently) they replaced my transmission gratis two times!! I still don't like the way it down shifts, but overall it's much better. Also, the service dept's initial fix was to change a part in the computer; that didn't work so they swapped out the transmission.
All I can say is good luck, and ask them why they're not doing it at no charge to you.