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#90 of 181 1994 toyota camry with a tranny problem
Feb 17, 2007 (3:21 am)
When the car is cold, I can't get it into gear until the engine warms. Even when I warm it up for about 15 minutes, when I put it into drive, there is another 1-2 minute wait until it engages. Once engaged, the gears run smoothly, and for the rest of the day, the car is fine, even after repeated stops to various stores. I was thinking about changing the oil and filter, but the tranny has not been serviced for a long time, and I'm afraid I could make it worse.
#91 of 181 Re: 1994 toyota camry with a tranny problem [vicu]
Feb 17, 2007 (7:40 pm)
Sounds like you need to get the transmission looked at pronto, by a reputable shop. Get recommendations from friends, relatives or co-workers. You don't have to go to a Toyota dealer.
If you know how to check the tranny fluid level, you may at least want to do this first.
#92 of 181 2000 Camry transmission problem?
Mar 12, 2007 (6:25 pm)
I've had my 2000camry LE, V6 since new. I only have 50,000 miles on it. Two months ago when driving in rush hour, stop and go, freeway traffic the car started kicking whenever I took my foot off the gas. Happened most often if I was accelerating and then had to lift my foot off gas to put on break. I'd get a slight bucking, and thump-thud noise. It got progressively worse and I took to the dealer. They replaced the bone joint and motor mount. I picked it up and drove it and no change to the problem. I had to drive with the technician because they were testing it in straight freeway driving and the problem was not occuring. I had them simulate stop and go traffic and then they felt it. Said it needed a new transmission. They put in a whole new transmission--no change to the problem. I took it back and they said it was a problem with the throttle cable. Tightened that. I drove it today and now it's worse. Not only happens when I take my foot off gas but now sometimes happens when it's shifting gears. It's much worse when the car is driving between 40 and 50mph.
I took it back and they say there is nothing wrong with it. HELP!
(My husband said he thought it was the U joints but the Toyota people say this car doesn't have U joints.)
Thanks for any help you can give. I'm frustrated and it's an uncomfortable ride but I can't afford a new car right now.
#93 of 181 Re: 2000 Camry transmission problem? [luigi2025]
Mar 14, 2007 (1:44 pm)
I'm no expert, but just a shot in the dark: Years ago I had a problem that sounds similar to yours, with bucking and hesitation. It turned out to be a dirty fuel filter. Hard to believe they would not have thought of that, however it's a cheap repair so it might not hurt to try it.
#94 of 181 Camry 1991 transmission oil
Aug 11, 2007 (7:48 pm)
I am planning to attempt to change the transmission oil. I have an engineering background and a garage full of tools. SO what type of fluid do I buy for that model/ vintage. What else do I need to do or replace.
This is our 'standby vehicle' and the fluid is VERY brown and the vehicle has started jumping out of gearoccasionally..The transmission has also been OVER filled.
Any assistance greatly appreciated.-
Thanks , John.
#95 of 181 '98 Lexus ES300 rough shift problem
Aug 13, 2007 (9:39 pm)
I know that this is the Camry transmission questions section but no one seems to be answering my question in the "Transmission Trauma" section. I have a '98 Lexus ES300 with 152k miles. About two weeks ago when the engine wasn't quite warm I got a hard shift and a thump when shifting from park to reverse. When the car warms up it disappears and shifts fine. Anyone experience this. The last time that I changed the tranny oil was 137k miles. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
#96 of 181 Re: '98 Lexus ES300 rough shift problem [sean300]
Aug 14, 2007 (7:26 am)
In the olden days, days gone by, my first thought would have been worn u-jounts, nowadays excessively worn CV joints would be the most likely cause.
Next time when the car is cold try turning in a tight, the tightest, circle while driving slowly forward and see what kind of sounds you get from the CV joints.
#97 of 181 '98 Lexus ES300 rough shift problem
Aug 14, 2007 (8:54 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try. I went to my mechanic who said that the tranny fluid was fine. He said that he has a tranny guy who could take a look but offhand his thoughts were something internal like a shift solenoid. I'm not sure about that because the other gears shift fine.
#98 of 181 '98 Lexus ES300 rough shift problem
Aug 17, 2007 (2:20 pm)
wwest, I did listen to cv joints - no sounds from them and drive boots are intact. So I took the car back to my mechanic who took it to his transmission guy to check it out. My guy returned back to his shop with my car and he said the tranny guy said that there were no codes in the transmission. The tranny guy concluded that all of the engine mounts needed to be replaced; he felt that the clunk was due to this. My guy said that the rear mount was the worse - supposedly shot. He quoted me at $700 parts & labor. I feel that the mounts are not that bad. Has anyone had this issue? Will it cause real problems if I elect not to replace the mounts. A friend of mine has a "95 Camry V6 coupe with almost 200K miles on it and he said that he never changed the mounts and had no problems - his car is older than mine's. What do you folks think?
#99 of 181 Re: '98 Lexus ES300 rough shift problem [sean300]
Aug 17, 2007 (6:43 pm)
Why do you think your engine mounts are not that bad?
Maybe you can get a second opinion from another shop -- your original guy should have been able to spot the bad mounts before the car was sent to the tranny guy.
I don't think it's too wise to have the engine/tranny flopping around if the mounts are indeed shot. But maybe you could replace just the rear one first if you want to minimize costs for now.