Toyota Camry intake manifold noise
Prakash

Selma, CA

#21 Dec 29, 2006
My 2003 Toyota camry is starting to make a similar noise it seems. Please post the relevant links from the toyota site and service bulletins that I can use to get it fixed.

Thanks
JOE

United States

#22 Dec 30, 2006
BUy A GM
doug

Phoenix, AZ

#23 Jan 11, 2007
It appears that Toyota is headed the way of Detroit. First, they build shoddy parts, then they don't stand behind them, then the dealers lie and cheat you and then Toyota raises its prices.......hell of a business plan!!! Obviously this worked so well for GM
Morrison Stepp

United States

#24 Jan 12, 2007
I have a 2003 4 cylinder Camry making a thrashing noise at low RPM's what can we do or how can we fix it. The dealer told me it would not hurt to drive the car?
Mike

United States

#25 Jan 15, 2007
My 90k mile Camry has had this noise for 3 months now. Looks like it is going to cost around $530 to have the dealer replace it. The part cost around $400 if you buy it from the dealer. I found it for $275 here http://www.mrtoyotaparts.com/oem_parts.html for the ones that can do the job them selves. Has any one done the repair here? Was it hard? One more thing, it looks like they sell two versions of the manifold, one for California and a federal one. Does anyone know how tell the difference?
Andy from Philly

Philadelphia, PA

#26 Jan 17, 2007
I have the same intake manifold problem. Dealer tried to charge me $600. but after reading reviews from here.
I asked them about power train warranty. First time they denied the truth but when i mentioned about what i hav seen on the web, they fixed it as free.
It does cover by the power train warranty.
I can't trust Toyota quailty anymore.
walterroc

Montpelier, VT

#27 Jan 24, 2007
If you look in your warranty book you will see on page 9 that the intake manifold is covered under the powertrain warranty if you are less than 60 months or 60,000 miles. If you are over the warranty period then file a complaint with the National Highway Transportation Board. My research indicates the 2003 Camry has problems with the intake manifold. There are a lot of complaints on different web sites. I could not find a TSB regarding this problem but Toyota must be aware of the early failure of this part. Only complaints to the NTSB will get it fixed.
frb

Rockford, WA

#28 Jan 24, 2007
Toyota makes a good product, but will eventually lose out because of poor customer service. They stonewalled me on a front suspension design problem and on low hanging exhaust issue when our 2003 camry was almost new. Now, with almost 100,000 miles, I won't even bother talking with them about the manifold noise problem (which we also have).
fink

Rockford, WA

#29 Jan 24, 2007
Have removed plastic intake manifold from 2003 camry. Sawed a 4"x7" window in its ribbed plenum with saber saw. Learned that manifold noise problem is caused by a light plastic baffle poorly glued in interior of manifold. It was not immediately clear this was the problem; however, by thumping it, it was apparent that the edges of the baffle were hitting the interior of the manifold this causing a noise. I believe this rattles at its edges against the manifold interior during operation. Am fixing the problem by applying epoxy (JB weld) to the edges of the baffle where it meets the manifold; thereby fixing Toyota's screw-up. Am now in process of epoxying the 4"x7" cut-out piece back onto the plenum, using toothpicks to hold it in place to occupy the saw kerf while epoxy hardens. If this fixes the problem which I believe it will, I will save the cost of a new manifold which may of course be manufactured with the same built-in problem. Interesting how Toyota with a clear design/construction defect chooses to lay the repair cost on the consumer. Not the same company as it once was, it's a shame.

As an after-note, I don't believe this problem would ever cause an engine failure because I don't think the baffle could ever come completely loose from the manifold, and even if it did, it couldn't get thru the intake ports to the engine. It's just an aggravating noise problem.
Ali

Hillsborough, NJ

#30 Jan 25, 2007
My 2003 4 cyl Camry(45k miles) had a vibration/rattling noise in the intake & I used my Warranty info from Warranty book(It is under Long Term Emission Defect Warranty, page 20 and 22, for seven years or 70,000 miles).

Dealer Price on this fix was $450 but My dealer acknowledged(Concern 51) it under Warrantly and they fixed it for FREE.
Good luck to All CAMRY Lovers.
carl

Orlando, FL

#31 Jan 29, 2007
I replaced my intake manifold after a similar experience. As I recall, there were @ 7 bolts & nuts that hold the manifold onto the engine. Some were rather difficult to find. There were several hoses and the throttle body had something like four bolts holding it in place. I considered it a very easy & clean r&r job and could not belive the dealership wanted @ 250.00 labor to replace the part.
carl

Orlando, FL

#32 Jan 29, 2007
I replaced my intake manifold after a similar experience. As I recall, there were @ 7 bolts & nuts that hold the manifold onto the engine. Some were rather difficult to find. There were several hoses and the throttle body had something like four bolts holding it in place. I considered it a very easy & clean r&r job and could not believe the dealership wanted @ 250.00 labor to replace the part.
Tina

Kansas City, MO

#33 Jan 29, 2007
Raytown, MO

I too have this annoying sound coming from my 2003 Toyota Camry and have for about a year now. When I took it to the dealer early last year they told me that it was a known defect and that it was only covered under warranty up to 36,000 miles and that it would cost me $549. Well, I have continued to drive it and now at about 78,000 my car engine is okay but the darn noise is still annoying as hell. Sounds like a lawn mower. I spent many year planning to buy a Camry, but now I'm really frustrated and upset that I did. I love the car but hate that noise! UUUUGGGGHHHHH
Tina

Kansas City, MO

#34 Jan 29, 2007
Raytown, MO

I too have this problem with my 2003 Camry. I have been driving it for over a year with the noise and my engine is fine. However, the noise is annoying! I took it to the dealer early las year and they reported that it would cost me $549 to fix it but it wouldn't hurt my engine to continue to drive it with the noise. But I too do not want to drive a car that sounds like a lawn mower. I was so eager to buy a Camry but now I'm sorry I did. I love the car but hate the noise. Toyota should be ashamed!!!

Since: Jan 07

Raytown, MO

#35 Jan 29, 2007
I too have this problem with my 2003 Camry. I have been driving it for over a year with the noise and my engine is fine. However, the noise is annoying! I took it to the dealer early las year and they reported that it would cost me $549 to fix it but it wouldn't hurt my engine to continue to drive it with the noise. But I too do not want to drive a car that sounds like a lawn mower. I was so eager to buy a Camry but now I'm sorry I did. I love the car but hate the noise. Toyota should be ashamed!!!
fink

Rockford, WA

#36 Jan 29, 2007
New gaskets arrived today (intake manifold and throttle body gaskets). Replaced repaired manifold (see my 24 Jan note). Runs quiet as a kitten. Total cost less than $14 for the gaskets plus about $5 for the JB weld that I had in stock.
David

Phoenix, AZ

#38 Jan 30, 2007
Well, looks like I'm in the same boat as the rest of you. Took our 2003 Camry to a local mechanic out here to have the noise checked out, sure enough, intake manifold is the culprit like I figured from the research I did on the net. I have 79K miles, so I'm out of warranty. He wanted $600 to replace it which is about what the dealers want out here as well. I found the part for $266 (Part # 17120-0H010) from the link Mike posted above http://www.mrtoyotaparts.com/oem_parts.html which is actually Toyota of Dallas. Shipping online came out to $39, so I called and got the shipping knocked down to $15, total delivered price is $281. Not too terrible, so I ordered one, now I gotta decide if I want to try and replace it myself or take it to another mechanic out here. I found one who said he'd do it for $60/hour labor for $120 total. I assume it's pretty straight forward to remove/install? I was reading on the net that it said to to torque the bolts to 22 lbs. when tightening up the new one. If I decide to do it myself, are there any tips or other things I need to know about?
jim

AOL

#39 Feb 3, 2007
fink wrote:
New gaskets arrived today (intake manifold and throttle body gaskets). Replaced repaired manifold (see my 24 Jan note). Runs quiet as a kitten. Total cost less than $14 for the gaskets plus about $5 for the JB weld that I had in stock.
i am having the same problem . do u have to cut the 4by 7 hole get to the part to use the jb weld thanks
fink

Rockford, WA

#40 Feb 3, 2007
Jim, yes, there is no access to the baffle otherwise. The manifold appears to be a three piece plastic weldment, but I don't think you can easily get it apart at the joints. I cut the window out of the ribbed plenum on the forward side of the manifold. If I could figure out how to do it, I would have cut with the blade tilted slightly so that the window could not fall into the plenum. I could do this on the lower 7" horizontal cut but not the upper horizontal 7" cut because the manifold got in the way of the body of the saber saw. As it is with my fix, I am depending on the JB weld to hold the window from falling back into the plenum with force from manifold vacuum. I've run the engine since but haven't had it out for a good test because our 1000 ft lane is snow and ice covered, and I wouldn't be able to get back in. I believe the JB weld will have enough strength for a permanent fix. After sawing out the window, I washed the manifold out with Costco's equivalent to Simple Green (a good degreaser). Then, after drying, I swabbed the areas with acetone where the JB weld was to be applied. Removal and replacement of the manifold is relatively simple. You will need to get under the car to remove a couple of screws holding the bottom of the manifold to the engine. I removed the throttle body before pulling the manifold (4 screws), and removed the sheet steel and foam covers from the manifold after pulling it out and before washing it up. Mark or otherwise keep track of hose connections. Putting the manifold in wife's oven preheated to 175 degrees and then turned off speeded cure of the JB weld. Good luck Jim. I will try to remember to refer back here in next couple of days to see if you have other questions.
David

Mesa, AZ

#41 Feb 5, 2007
Received my replacement manifold today from Toyota of Dallas. It looks like the same beast I'm going to replace the old one with, but I noticed the part # on the side of the manifold reads 17129-0H010 instead of the actual part # which is supposed to be 17120-0H010. The other part # on the side of the manifold doesn't even show as a valid part # when I look it up anywhere. Why they heck would they make the part # on the actual part different than the part # you order by?

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