Sloshing sound behind dashboard

Sloshing sound behind dashboard

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Doug

Newington, CT

#1 Dec 20, 2007
I have noticed a sloshing sound coming from behind the dashboard (right in front of the driver) in my '03 Camry. I'm sure it is coolant-related. The sound is noticeable when making a turn or stopping or starting suddenly. I have checked the coolant level and the radiator is full with some overflow into the reservoir. There are no leaks under the car. I've seen other posts on this and it always seemed to be caused by low coolant levels; not so in this case (at least I don't think so). There is also no water coming into the passenger footwell that other posts have attributed to a blocked A/c drain. Any ideas?

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Larry

United States

#2 Dec 21, 2007
It is a clogged A/C drain. I had the same problem. The dealer can inclog it without much charge.
Doug wrote:
I have noticed a sloshing sound coming from behind the dashboard (right in front of the driver) in my '03 Camry. I'm sure it is coolant-related. The sound is noticeable when making a turn or stopping or starting suddenly. I have checked the coolant level and the radiator is full with some overflow into the reservoir. There are no leaks under the car. I've seen other posts on this and it always seemed to be caused by low coolant levels; not so in this case (at least I don't think so). There is also no water coming into the passenger footwell that other posts have attributed to a blocked A/c drain. Any ideas?
Doug

Syracuse, NY

#3 Dec 22, 2007
Larry wrote:
It is a clogged A/C drain. I had the same problem. The dealer can inclog it without much charge.
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Thanks but I can't imagine this is the problem because when the car is first started (car not moving) the noise can be heard, i.e. it is related to the engine speed. And when the car is parked (in neutral) and step on the accelerator, the noise increases since the water pump speed increases. The A/C drain, if backed up, wouldn't make any noise when the car is stationary.
Denise

Maple Valley, WA

#4 Jul 22, 2008
Doug wrote:
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Thanks but I can't imagine this is the problem because when the car is first started (car not moving) the noise can be heard, i.e. it is related to the engine speed. And when the car is parked (in neutral) and step on the accelerator, the noise increases since the water pump speed increases. The A/C drain, if backed up, wouldn't make any noise when the car is stationary.
Doug,
I've noticed this in my 2008 Prius as well. Did you ever get an answer to your question? I'd love to know what it is; the dealer said it was "normal" for my car, however, given that I didn't hear it until two weeks ago (and I've had the car for seven months), I'm thinking it's not too normal!
Denise
Dave

Concord, CA

#5 Jul 23, 2008
I had similiar issue with my 04 camry. It turned out I was slighty low on brake fluid. Something you might want to check very cheap to fix. Good Luck
Sue

Dexter, NY

#6 Aug 7, 2008
I have the same problem with my 02 Camry and just got back from a dealer to check it out. The technician said the cooling system had air in it and they "bled" it. But when I stopped at the top of a hill on the way home, there was the sound again. Any other ideas?
Jessica

Zephyrhills, FL

#7 Aug 31, 2008
I have a 2003 Camry as well about 92,000 miles, makes the same sloshing sound. Even worse now, twice during making a left turn the car just stalls. I restart and its starts like normal. This is driving me nuts I've been through enough with cars. Can anyone help?
Erika

AOL

#8 Nov 9, 2008
'03 Camry here, same thing. Sloshing sound when I start my car. After awhile, it sometimes stops. What the heck is going on?

Jessica, last winter my car started stalling without any warning. Very dangerous. Turns out it was the Stealth anti-theft device we'd put in. It just started shutting the car down - middle of the highway, street, intersection, didn't matter. SO scary. Once we un-installed it (took about 3 minutes) it was fine. I hope that helps.
Toyota is relible

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2008
I hade a semler problem it was a but in the stering colim was pushed down by foot
fixed it

San Diego, CA

#10 Apr 23, 2009
Sue wrote:
I have the same problem with my 02 Camry and just got back from a dealer to check it out. The technician said the cooling system had air in it and they "bled" it. But when I stopped at the top of a hill on the way home, there was the sound again. Any other ideas?
because of the coolant line design on gen 5 camrys you CANNOT drain and fill coolant...it must be flushed by machiene. I take that back, you can drain and fill coolant, but you run the chance of making the sloshing noise happen.
Richzab

Rice Lake, WI

#11 Jun 2, 2010
I had this problem appear after my water pump was changed. The problem was caused by the mechanic, who dumped used coolant into the plastic reservoir tank. The hose that goes to the radiator neck was plugged with rust flakes and dead bugs. I had to remove the tank and unplug it. This allowed the reservoir to do it's job.
liner

Bronx, NY

#12 Jun 2, 2010
Richzab wrote:
I had this problem appear after my water pump was changed. The problem was caused by the mechanic, who dumped used coolant into the plastic reservoir tank. The hose that goes to the radiator neck was plugged with rust flakes and dead bugs. I had to remove the tank and unplug it. This allowed the reservoir to do it's job.
I paid for a coolant flush a good while back and when I came home and gave a quick check under the hood, I found he didn't touch the overflow tank. It was filthy like yours. Great, huh?
Steve

Elizabeth City, NC

#13 Jun 5, 2010
I've had this sloshing sound in my 2004 Camry LE for a few months now. It sounds like liquid, but seems to be related to low rpm just after the car starts....but not limited to starting, I hear the noise whenever the rpms are close to idle. Could it be a faulty tach cable? Are these still mechanical?
liner

Bronx, NY

#14 Jun 6, 2010
Steve wrote:
I've had this sloshing sound in my 2004 Camry LE for a few months now. It sounds like liquid, but seems to be related to low rpm just after the car starts....but not limited to starting, I hear the noise whenever the rpms are close to idle. Could it be a faulty tach cable? Are these still mechanical?
Yup, tachs and brakes still mechanical.
You have air in your cooling system. Needs to be bled and filled by someone who knows how to do it.
Pam

AOL

#15 Oct 29, 2010
I have the same problem with my 2005v Grand Prix. Really noticeable when I accelerate after stopping or turning. I'll call my dealer. Thanks for the heads up on the clogged drain!
Joe

United States

#16 Nov 2, 2010
I have a toyota camry '02. I am so happy to see that I'm not the only one with this problem - my mechanic has no clue on what to do. I hear sloshing sounds from behind my steering wheel. I had the refridgerant drained and replaced on my a/c and the sound reduced drastically. Though now I can still hear sloshing sounds only slightly when I start the car. I used to hear the sound also when I turned or slowed down at low speeds or took off from a low speed. I have yet to try unclogging the a/c drain. In my case I don't think it is related to the coolant as I recently had my radiator replaced.
Dan Wilmington DE

Rossville, GA

#17 Mar 15, 2011
Wife's 2003 Camry XLE, 109,000 miles started with water sloshing sound behind steering wheel around new years (2011) when she starts the car and also when driving turning and stopping (it's loud and sounds exactly like someone is turning a pipe upside down that is half full of water. She's been telling me about it for more then a month now. I instinctively thought water was getting behind the firewall, maybe down from the moon roof and was going to rust through firewall and spill out all over the driver. Went on line last night and read a lot about what people did or thought they knew what the problem was, so I figured what the hell, I'll look under the hood and try some of there idea's. The last blog I read (not here) was one that finally said stop the sloshing noise and was something that the mechanic said that led me to believe what he said and did was maybe going to work for my car also, even though is was for a Chevy. He said that the problem is exactly like the sounds your stomach makes when you are hungry, and is only partially full. He said todays radiator's with reserves act the same as your stomach. It needs to be filled to stop the gargling sounds. I thought what the heck, so I opened up the radiator reserve and fill it (it was empty). It was late so I didn't test drive the car or even start it. Wife came home about an hour ago and asked me how I fixed her car...and that was all I did, Isn't the INTERNET great. I have read will people have actually paid more then $300 at dealerships and still had the same problem and were told all kinds of stories about what they did, but never really fix the problem. I guess that's why I have never taken my vehicles back to the dealership for service.
All that whining I had to listen to for all those weeks and it was a two minute $.00 fix. Next time I'm going on line immediately.

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Reggie

Charleston, WV

#18 Mar 15, 2011
Thanks for the info. My 2003 Camry has been doing this on and off for the last 2 years. My mechanic tried to figure out the problem. It would stop for a while then start again. I took in all the posted information I could find but he never figured it out. Since it didn't seem to cause any real issues I didn't persue a permanant fix. Next time it happens I will try your suggestion. Thanks again.
Gary-NM

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Sep 23, 2011
Dan Wilmington DE wrote:
Wife's 2003 Camry XLE, 109,000 miles started with water sloshing sound behind steering wheel around new years (2011) when she starts the car and also when driving turning and stopping (it's loud and sounds exactly like someone is turning a pipe upside down that is half full of water. She's been telling me about it for more then a month now. I instinctively thought water was getting behind the firewall, maybe down from the moon roof and was going to rust through firewall and spill out all over the driver. Went on line last night and read a lot about what people did or thought they knew what the problem was, so I figured what the hell, I'll look under the hood and try some of there idea's. The last blog I read (not here) was one that finally said stop the sloshing noise and was something that the mechanic said that led me to believe what he said and did was maybe going to work for my car also, even though is was for a Chevy. He said that the problem is exactly like the sounds your stomach makes when you are hungry, and is only partially full. He said todays radiator's with reserves act the same as your stomach. It needs to be filled to stop the gargling sounds. I thought what the heck, so I opened up the radiator reserve and fill it (it was empty). It was late so I didn't test drive the car or even start it. Wife came home about an hour ago and asked me how I fixed her car...and that was all I did, Isn't the INTERNET great. I have read will people have actually paid more then $300 at dealerships and still had the same problem and were told all kinds of stories about what they did, but never really fix the problem. I guess that's why I have never taken my vehicles back to the dealership for service.
All that whining I had to listen to for all those weeks and it was a two minute $.00 fix. Next time I'm going on line immediately.
Yup, fixed it for me too. Open the radiator cap (cool) and top up the coolant. Might take a couple of times to get the air out. Nary a swish since then.
Gary-NM

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Sep 23, 2011
Yep, worked for me, after being puzzled about it for months. Nowdays we mostly check the overflow reservoir for coolant level, but there can actually be a couple of inches airspacein the radiator itself. Open it when cold, top it up, swishing gone!

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