Last post on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM
You are in the Toyota Camry Hybrid
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
Hearing some strange noises and can't figure out whatthey are? This is the place to start your investigation.
#120 of 148 Re: Problem with 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid - need help contacting Toyota [alanmiller]
Feb 12, 2009 (9:29 am)
I have an '09, and there indeed is a whine from the electric motor, but not while accelerating under moderate to heavy as you describe.
What you need to do is schedule a road trip with the CERTIFIED hybrid technician, not the service manager! You do the driving and point out exactly what you hear, when you hear it and tell him or her that you did not hear that sound until the day you had to do a panic stop. Then if he says it is normal, find out if they have another hybrid on the lot and prove it one way or another with a road test in it. This is the only way you will get any service done if you believe there is something wrong. Just keep in mind, warranty work does not pay the bills at the dealership, and most are reluctant to spend the time needed for a repair of this nature.
Now for My car, 2009 TCH, I get wind noise on the drivers side, does anyone else have this? I also have a sticky sun roof.
#121 of 148 Re: Problem with 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid - need help contacting Toyota [acdii]
Apr 14, 2009 (7:03 pm)
My 2009 TCH has the same problem. Sticky sunroof. Bring it back to the dealer and they will fix it. It was an alignment issue. Wind noise on the driver side. It is come and go for me. I just notice that the noise is gone if I turn off the air vent at the left hand side close to the window. I am thinking it is the fresh air vent from the outside that make the noise? I may be wrong.
Jun 15, 2009 (4:33 am)
have a 08 THC about same mileage, same problem. Had to demand tech ride with me and he admitted to hearing it. Right front wheel bearing was bad and had to be replaced.
#123 of 148 Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in
Mar 24, 2010 (3:54 pm)
A couple days ago my wife started up our 2007 Hybrid Camry with ~30,000 miles which we keep in the garage and after the usual delay the gas engine started up but it was accompanied by a loud fluttering or flapping sound and the vehicle was shaking. For safety and to limit any damage, she shut the car off after a few seconds of this.
I looked under the hood and couldn't find any obvious problems (belts, oil level) however I also didn't really know what to look for.
Later that day I tried turning the car on and this time we recorded it. The same thing happened. We were pretty concerned and had it towed to the dealer. Of course once it got to the dealer service, the problem had disappeared! They couldn't find anything wrong...no error codes and no mechanical problems after 2 days and apparently 3 technicians checking it out. They said come pick up the car, but we are worried if this poses any sort of safety problem.
So here is the video...and you'll want to focus on the audio...any idea what is wrong that the service center wouldn't be able to find?
#124 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pdxsk8]
Mar 27, 2010 (6:17 am)
The service dept. has access to the internet....have you had them listen to the youtube video???
#125 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pdxsk8]
Mar 27, 2010 (7:54 am)
Well I was going to say a cat got in there, but I didn't hear a screech. Did you open the hood and watch the engine when it did this to see where the noise was centralized? That would be the most helpful on this kind of problem.
#126 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pdxsk8]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Mar 28, 2010 (5:02 am)
Has it repeated since the service department couldn't hear it? If it hasn't, maybe there was something under the hood that got thrown off of where ever it was stuck. It sure sounded like something flapping around on a belt
#127 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pf_flyer]
Mar 29, 2010 (10:45 am)
Thanks for the responses.
Yes the service department watched the video and they were pretty surprised by the sound, enough so that they forwarded the link to various folks in their department and apparently to Toyota.
Looking back, I wish I had opened the hood and then turned the car on (instead of looking with the car off). Our thought process at the time was we didn't want to create more of a problem having it running.
The car is still at the dealer waiting for a response from Toyota. If they don't have any other ideas, I'll pick it up and know to pop open the hood while running if it happens again.
#128 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pdxsk8]
Apr 12, 2010 (8:54 pm)
I was wondering if there has been any sort of resolution on this issue. My wife just complained about this just this morning. It happened once about 3 months ago and when I called the dealer to find out if they were aware with such a problem they basically told me that all engines vibrate. Right then I knew what I was going to dealing with. It hadn't done it since, except for today. As I searched through the internet, I ran onto your post, so if you find something out please post.
Thanks for documenting your issue...
#129 of 148 Re: Loud fluttering and shaking when gas engine kicks in [pdxsk8]
Apr 13, 2010 (9:32 am)
Thanks for the video. About two months ago, my 2007 Hybrid Camry made exactly the same sounds and was shaking. It did that when the gas engine started in the morning. I turned off the car, considered my options, and started the car again. It worked fine and has been fine since then. But that metal-on-metal chattering was not a sound easy to forget. And the shaking suggested the car was suffering a calamity.
I love the car. It is smooth and quiet. I think it is a brilliant invention. But the fact that you could make a video of exactly what happened with my car makes me think there is a problem that I hope Toyota will help us fix.