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#112 of 318 97 toyota camry V6 check engine code PO773/PO772
Aug 06, 2006 (3:48 pm)
The car is a 1997 toyota camry V6, automatic. Bought it in 2001 with 110k on it and now it's about 148k. It always drive fine never a problem with that.
Last year it got a check engine light and after 1 hour fiddling I got lucky and found a bad vacuum switching valve. After replacing it, it's being ok for half year.
Since Jan. this year, the check engine light came on intermittently and I got a code of PO773. Now it's getting worse and light stays on almost all the time. Now I have 2 codes -- PO772 and PO773. The code reader seems saying the shift solenoid E stuck on.
Could somebody tell me where is this solenoid? I guess it's not the solenoid valve inside the transmission, which I have to take off the trans. fluid pan to gain access?? Is the solenoid near the end of the shift lever??
Could somebody direct me where to look first? Any hints are greatly appreciated. And, if it's the solenoid, how much would it cost? Thanks a lot!!!
#113 of 318 Re: 97 toyota camry V6 check engine code PO773/PO772 [jander111]
Aug 06, 2006 (5:35 pm)
P 0773 means there is an electrical prob. It could be some chafted wiring. If you know how to work with wires, you may be able to fix that. As for the access,Unfurtunatly, you have to remove the tranny pan to get to it. First undo the electrical connectors to all the solenoids, ussually just one fat connector on the outside of the tranny. Get a haynes manual for reference. Remove the pan and the filter for access then look at the solenoids, a cylindrical shapeded thing with two bolts holding it on, with some wires around it in the area. Remove the bolts to the solenoid that has an E printed on it. If there is no E, contact the Service dep. at Toyota and they can assist you. Solenoids are about 70 bucks for one. If you want a deal, buy a whole new set of solenoids to prevent from future pobs.
#114 of 318 Re: 97 toyota camry V6 check engine code PO773/PO772 [penizzle]
Aug 06, 2006 (8:05 pm)
Hi, penizzle, Thank you very much for your help!!!
I checked haynes manual and there are 4 shift solenoids for this tranny (A541E)-- no.1, no.2, SL and SLN. As for electrical problem with them. It seems P0753 is for No.1, P0758 is for No.2 and P1765 is for SLN. So I guess solenoid SL is also called solenoid E ????? (There is no code for SL.)
I'll check outside wiring first and see if there is anything wrong with the wires. If not I will look inside sometime later, don't have time to do it right away. If I keep driving like this, will I further damage anything?? It seems everything is normal, including gas mileage, if you don't look at that nasty yellow light. ))
However I couldn't imaging how a wire could be damaged inside the tranny. I changed the tranny fluid strainer 4 years ago but I'm sure I was very careful with the stuff inside.
Thanks again!!! And any input is welcome!!
#115 of 318 Re: 97 toyota camry V6 check engine code PO773/PO772 [jander111]
Aug 07, 2006 (4:27 am)
If there aren't shifting problems, then you dont have a problem. It could have been a quirk in the computer. Reset the light and see if it comes back. If you drive with it like that , there shouldn't be a problem (espesialy if there isn't a solenoid E)
As for the wire, It could get damaged. The heat inside the transmission is really hard on tranny parts. Heat is the main cause of tranny failure.
#116 of 318 Re: 97 toyota camry V6 check engine code PO773/PO772 [penizzle]
Aug 09, 2006 (10:32 pm)
That sounds better!!!
The check engine light goes off then back on in the past a couple of days. Now it's off again. I don't have a code reader to reset the code.
Something is wrong, maybe not serious. I'll try to find a time to do a painful wiring check.
#117 of 318 '98 Camry-- problems with starting
Jul 18, 2006 (2:45 pm)
I have a '98 Camry that as of today will not start. A couple of days ago I went out to start it and could hear a clicking/rattling noise under the hood. I didn't move or drive the car that day, just left it as is.
Ok today, I go out and it did start, however after driving just a few feet it died. Now it will still turnover, but it is not connecting at all. We had to push it back to get it back in the parking spot.
I called a Toyota dealer (of course saying I have to bring it in) but also stated it could be the battery.
I've never had a problem before. Just a sudden thing??!!
Does anyone have any ideas on what may be causing this problem?
Thanks so much!
#118 of 318 Re: '98 Camry-- problems with starting [cal1218]
Jul 18, 2006 (4:50 pm)
If the engine is turning over, you need to check the following. Check the fuel pressure, strong spark and good compression. Do the fuel pressure check first since the symptoms are sudden, i'm leaning towards a fuel pump problem.
#119 of 318 Re: '98 Camry-- problems with starting [penizzle]
Jul 19, 2006 (5:37 pm)
Thanks! Ugghhh... fuel pump problem. Sounds costly. I am going to have those other things checked as well. Hopefully, it's something that doesn't cost me an arm & a leg.
#120 of 318 Re: '98 Camry-- problems with starting [cal1218]
Jul 19, 2006 (7:19 pm)
Fuel pump problems I heard can be sometimes cause from letting your tank run near empty a lot causing the fuel pump which is in the gas tank to run hot due to what I hear the gas keeps the fuel pump cool and it last a long time. I have put on 385,000 miles on a toyota cressida and 200,000 miles on a camry twice and never had a fuelpump problem a toyota tech told me always keep your gas tank above a quarter tank and the fuel pump should last a long time. I don't say this is the problem with your fuel pump I just thought I would pass along the tidbit from a tech a toyota.
#121 of 318 Neatral safety switch
Jul 17, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Hi All. the other night in my 99 camry the check engine light came on as I started the car. The gear indicator in the gauge cluster stays put in the "R" position no matter what gear I am in and my reverse lights are constantly on...I am guessing this is the neautral safety switch? If so any ideas how much a new switch would cost me?.....thanks