Last post on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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Toyota Camry, Transmission, Sedan
#180 of 181 Re: '98 Camry 4cyl transmission whine [carbuf1]
Sep 21, 2011 (10:27 am)
I figured out the source of the noise (with the help of a garage) and it is close to what you suggested. It's the bearings in the A/C compressor going bad, or so said the owner of a local shop who pointed out the noise came and went with the A/C switch on/off, and used a stethescope to listen to an area behind the pulley as it was running. I think this little repair is going to wait until late Spring of '12! thank you for responding.
#181 of 181 Transmision problem 95 Camry V6 235k miles
Mar 29, 2012 (3:02 pm)
I have a 95' Camry V6 automatic with 235k miles. I bought it new and it has run perfectly until very recently with just normal and wear and tear-type maintenance. For several years the car has been shifting hard from 1st to 2nd gear in the morning when the engine is cold (goes up to around 3000 RPM before shifting to 2nd), which I consider normal since it has been doing that for many years. But recently the check engine light came on and several times a day even when the engine is hot the transmission is shifting hard from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd (waits until about 3000 RPM before shifting); also maybe once a week or so, when I come to a full stop I notice that the transmission has not shifted down to 1st and is still stuck in high gear.
I took my car to a transmission shop and the technician told me that there is probably something wrong with one or more of the solenoids, which I figured as much. But even without looking at the car or test driving it, he told me that based on the high mileage (235k miles) just replacing the solenoids would at best be a very temporary fix as the reason things are getting plugged in there is because parts of the clutch, gaskets, etc are starting to disintegrate. So, his recommendation is to rebuild the transmission.
On the surface his explanation seems to make sense. On the other hand, I have purchased this car new, most of my driving is on the highway and I never push the car hard at all and have changed transmission fluids at the recommended intervals. Is this technician telling me the truth (he is just basing his recommendation of rebuilding the tranny based on mileage, have not seen or driven the car) or is it possible that a transmission with over 200k miles can still be perfectly good, if driven smoothly? Also he gave me two quotes: one using non-OEM parts w/ a 2-yr unlimited miles warranty and the second using OEM parts w/ a 3-yr unlimited mileage warranty and the difference in price is about $1000 ($1,800 vs. $2,800). I know you get what you pay for, but $1,000 is a big difference, but not sure if I should skimp on something like a transmission. Any recommendations? Thanks for your feedback.