Last post on Nov 09, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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Toyota Camry Hybrid, Car Safety, Sedan
#37 of 63 Hybrid noise
Sep 23, 2008 (2:35 am)
We purchased a new 2007 Camry Hybrid when they first came out. We have owned the car for two years and have 20,000 mile on it. We have followed the recommended service scedual and taken it to the same dealership we bought it from. Two months ago we heard a strange clicking almost cracking noise in the front end when we turned the car to the left or right when moving from a parked position or slowing down to turn. The noise could be felt in the steering column when the clicking occured. We took it to the dealership and after several hours was told there was a rock sitting on the brake caliper. Having worked on the brakes of all my privious Toyotas the diagnosis sounded strange but I was assured the problem was resolved so I drove off. Within 15 minutes of driving and parking the noise came back and it was even louder then before. I called the dealership and took the car back. We were unable to duplicate the sound with a tec so I took the car home. Pulling in to my driveway the sound was there again so I made an apointment to have the car examined over several days. The car was kept for several days and the sound would not duplicate itself so I picked my car up. Soon enough the sound was back. I took the car back in and test drove it with the lead Tec and was able to duplicate the sound. I left the car for repair. I was informed that the there was actually an alert from Toyota about the clicking noise and it requiered the intermediate steering column be replaced. In the mean time the service manager called to say that Toyota had reengineered the grease and that was the problem. I called toyota and was informed no grease had been reengineered to resolve the issue. Crossed wires between service manager and service guy we were dealing with would account for this information. We picked our car up and after 40 miles of mostly straight driving we heard the noise again as we turned into a parking lot and it was even louder then the first time. I called the dealership and was told it might be the brake pads. We are having them changed tomorrow. I am not sure what to make of all of this. We enjoy driving our Hybrid, however, feel somewhat comprimised in driving it. We have been told it is not a safety issue but I am not so sure about this. Anyone out there have any thoughts on this or experianced something of this nature please advise.
#38 of 63 Re: Hybrid noise [dan143]
Sep 23, 2008 (3:34 am)
This problem is the intermediate steering shaft. It should be replaced ASAP by the dealer. This concern is well known and has affected other Toyota models--Highlander, etc. Keep after the dealer.
#39 of 63 Hybrid noise
Sep 23, 2008 (6:28 am)
Thanks for the info about the intermediate column steering problem. The deal is, I don't believe they changed the column to begin with because when I asked to see the part and was told I could see the part I was informed it was sent back to Toyota. I asked to see the invoice that the part even came in and was told they could not provide the invoice that the invoice belonged to Toyota. This will be our 5th attempt at resolving the problem. We feel that the car could be unsafe to drive because the original problem was never honestly resolved. Does anyone know if the intermediate steering column requiers grease to function properly?
#40 of 63 Re: Hybrid noise [dan143]
Sep 24, 2008 (4:14 am)
Yes like any moving part it requires lubricant. If it was low on grease or the wrong type of grease was installed it would be noisy and probably have a binding effect. However, the main concern is the steering shaft. Someone at the dealership or Toyota USA should be able to confirm if the shaft was actually replaced.
#41 of 63 EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid
Nov 09, 2010 (11:52 am)
#42 of 63 EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid
Feb 14, 2008 (12:27 pm)
When I drive my vehicle, I experience the following:
Swollen sinus mucous membranes, metal taste in my mouth, burning eyes. I drive a lot in my job. I have had my vehicle into the dealership multiple times and they always say they cannot duplicate my complaint. I don't think it can be "duplicated". I think you have to drive the car like I drive the car.
Has anyone else had an issue similar? Is there nothing to do but sell?
#43 of 63 Re: EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid [lpatterson30]
Feb 14, 2008 (8:24 pm)
Why do you suggest your problems are the result of EMF, electro magnetic fields? There are other, more likely, causes. Allergies, for one. Swollen sinuses are a common reaction to an allergy.
New cars are host to all manner of bonding agents and chemicals that might trigger an allergic reaction in you and almost no one else. But, given the popularity of Camrys, it's a safe bet that the cars aren't making many people ill.
#44 of 63 Re: EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid [lpatterson30]
Feb 14, 2008 (8:30 pm)
There is an ion generator in the left dash vent that purifies the air but might be causing your problems. I'd suggest having it disconnected. Also check your cabin air filter for possible mold accumulation.
I've never heard of this problem before, but I know some people have been bothered by the ionizers and dirty filters.
#45 of 63 Re: EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid [lzc]
Feb 15, 2008 (9:01 am)
I am just trying to find out what is causing me to feel ill on occassion and why my car emits an odor which causes me to taste a metal chemical, smell a noxious smell, go hoarse, and irritate my membranes. I have done hours of research and have only found the EMF issues stated as to a possible cause. I am an RN and should have disclosed that so you would understand that I have already ruled out the allergy and chemical allergic cause. This does not happen on a continuous basis which for me rules out a continuous contaminate. I am looking at the next reply which may have nailed it. Ionization may not bother everyone and I may just be the one who cannot tolerate that process to my respiratory tract. This person's reply was helpful and nonjudgemental. What is your agenda? You seem to want to beat me up with your information. Not everyone posting on these sites are gunning for bear. Some of us are honestly seeking a solution to a problem from others more learned.
#46 of 63 Re: EMF Issues 2007 Camry Hybrid [talmy1]
Feb 15, 2008 (9:15 am)
Thank-you for this information! This could very well be part if not the cause. Yesterday when I started out on my travel, the heating/air was in the off position-no fan on. There was hot air blowing from the chest level vents which I found curious. I turned on my heating system then off. The hot air was still coming out. I turned on the AC and cooled off the air then turned the system off and it quit blowing while the system was in the off mode. Yesterday, my symptoms were more exaggerated than they have been in months. I find that curious.
I had purchased a car several years ago and noticed a noxious odor in the cabin. I returned it to the dealer and they had an ionizer placed inside to treat the odor. When I got the car back, the smell was worse and now I remember I had some of the same symptoms as I have now. That is why I will try disconnecting the part you speak of and see if there is an improvement. I have changed my current vehicle cabin filter several times. I have sprayed the interior and trunk with Fabreze and Lysol (at different times) with no great result. Thanks to you and those like you who are here trying to help!