About Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry was a compact car and is a mid-size car manufactured by Toyota since 1982. The first Toyota Camry was introduced in March 1982. It has been produced through twelve generations. As such a long-produced model, it is still making profit for Toyota.
The tenth generation Toyota Camry (2006-2011) was unveiled at 2006 North American International Auto Show along with a hybrid version. It went on sale in March 2006 for the 2007 model year. As a 4-door sedan, it was powered by 2.4 L 158 hp 2AZ-FE inline 4-cylinder, 3.5 L 268 hp 2GR-FE inline 4-cylinder, 2.5 L 2AR-FE inline 4-cylinder and 2.5 L 169 hp engines mated to 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also offered base, LE, XLE, SE trims. The eleventh generation Toyota Camry (2011-present) was introduced on 23 August 2011. There are several trim levels available including the L, LE, SE, XLE, SE V6, XLE V6, Hybrid LE, Hybrid XLE and Hybrid SE. It now has three engine options such as 2.5 L 200 hp 4-cylinder engine, 2.5 L 178 hp 4-cylinder engine with 170 lb of torque and a 3.5 L 268 hp V6 engine with 248 lb of torque. And all engines are fitted along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Camry Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though Toyota Camry boasts a long development history, it still cannot beat the nature law. Some auto parts still wear out on it. We have collected some common problems from Toyota Camry owners to help other owners diagnose:
First, excessive oil consumption. In such a world that oil prices keep surging, Toyota Camry owners feel upset about this problem. Actually, they noticed other signs including slow acceleration, engine misfiring, difficulty starting the vehicle, reduced engine performance. Sometime, audible metallic sound could be heard as well. If your Camry is also experiencing similar situations, you can try checking spark plug, air filter, oil filter, intake manifold gasket. They are often the culprits of excessive oil consumption. If they get changed, your oil consumption may reduce dramatically.
Second, suspension system failure. In general, this problem shows as sluggish response in vehicle handling and rattling or squeaking noises from underneath the Toyota Camry, at the meanwhile Camry would start to bottom out, give out excessive road noise, grinding noises while turning, and you can find obvious damage to front tires and brakes. Then you should have a thorough inspection on sway bar bushing or coil spring insulator.
Apart from above mentioned auto parts, some easy-to-get-ignored auto parts are also important for your Toyota Camry's life expectancy. For instance, seat belt is a vital part for protecting occupants from sudden movement, after every accident, it needs new replacement. Brake pad set as well as brake drum is responsible for proper braking action. Cabin air filter is very helpful in creating fresh and healthy driving environment. And the wiper blade can sweep off obstacles for clearer driving vision. All these auto parts deserve enough attention.
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