04 camry throttle body failure

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Joseph Camry

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#210
Aug 6, 2012
 
My 2003 camry at 110K had throttle body problem now just 2 months after replaced transmission on it.
Where is the link for the complains or lawsuit?
unnamed

Orlando, FL

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#211
Sep 4, 2012
 
Ive had this same problem....Since I dont have a grand to fix the problem Ive just bypassed the problem itself...A temporary solution I guess you could say.

I have an 05 camry 4cyl, 185,xxx Mi. About 10k ago it started. I was driving about to merge onto the interstate and it died...I wasnt sure what happend and it wouldnt start up in N while coasting and a 18 wheeler about to run me over...I hit the emergency lane and stopped...I thought right away fuel pump. After a phone call to my boss telling him I was stuck he said try to crank it over again and it fired right up...Then went into "limp mode" Only allowing for 2k rpms or less anything more it would die and id have to put in N and turn the key fully off and then try to start again. I finally made it to work and we tore it apart. I guess the Throttle body is a common problem from what ive read else where. 1,000$ for a new one or take my chances on spending 1/4 of that on a used one and running into the same problem...

I had some throttle body spray laying around and just sprayed the heck out of it...Pulled all the vac lines off the throttle body, sprayed them as well and also the inside of the throttle body especially around the throttle plate area where it connects into the electric motor. Moved the throttle plate a couple times and let it sit and dry...About a day later it was stuck open and I had to undue the intake tube and noticed it and had to push it back closed...Finally after about 100miles the check engine light went off and all was well...Now 10k later its doing it again...Same thing cleaned it took it for a test drive and all is well....FOR NOW! gah...but heres how i look at it....Other than the normal oil changes, tranmission fluid and filter changes...tires brakes etc...If I have to Spend a 1,000$ and its gave me 185,000 miles with no other problems...then i guess i cant complain :P keep you guys posted till i get a new one though...
unnamed

Orlando, FL

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#212
Sep 5, 2012
 
well it did it again....I cleaned it test drove it check engine light was still one even after resetting the ecu.....then it went off and came back on and happend again even after the cleaning...gah
Rob

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#213
Sep 13, 2012
 
This happened to me too. Just merging on a busy interstate and boom my car goes dead. Good thing I have a cool head and was able to get to the side of the road. A mechanic cleaned the assembly but it stills stalls on me. I guess I will just bite the bullet a pay the 1200 or so to fix it.
People please report this issue to the National Highway and Transportation Commission. A car should not randomly stall while moving at a high rate of speeds.
Kirok

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#214
Oct 13, 2012
 
Jeez...its a piece of mechanical equipment and sometimes things break! Get over it. It just happened to our 2005 Camry 4-cyl...first problem in eight years @ 70K miles. I still expect to own this car for another 10 years. Nothing more reliable than a Toyota/Nissan/Honda. Buy a VW, Mercedes, BMW, or domestic if you don't believe me-->you will be sorry.
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#215
Oct 29, 2012
 
My 2004 Camry started to experience loss of power when it got 130K miles, no light on dashboard. I took it to the dealer, they had it for 2 days, they told me it had nothing and they couldn't give me a diagnose because i had no light on. truth is car spends much more gas now more than before, and when i acelerate it does not speed that much, the rpm is always on 3 and i'm driving at 50mph. what can i do? car hasnt stopped running either, it's been running for months since that problem started
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Nov 2, 2012
 

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Cesar wrote:
My 2004 Camry started to experience loss of power when it got 130K miles, no light on dashboard. I took it to the dealer, they had it for 2 days, they told me it had nothing and they couldn't give me a diagnose because i had no light on. truth is car spends much more gas now more than before, and when i acelerate it does not speed that much, the rpm is always on 3 and i'm driving at 50mph. what can i do? car hasnt stopped running either, it's been running for months since that problem started
3000RPM at 50mph is not a good thing. Sounds like your transmission isn't shifting into high gear. It might not have the check-engine light on, but they should be able to find out why the transmission is acting up.
Cesar

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#217
Nov 3, 2012
 
Tanks for replying. Do you really think is a transmition problem? it seems to me the transmition works fine, altough i can't reached high speeds easily or fast, specially when im completely stopped. I've just been advised that all the engine mounts are broken and i got to replace them. Could this be also the reason why my car is acting like this? Why they couldn't find anything wrong in my car during those two days they had it in the dealer? just because it didn't have the light on? I feel i don't trust dealers anymore, they charge too much for basically nothing.
cody

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#218
Dec 22, 2012
 
on woodfins.com they have rebuilt ones for a little over 200
Stan Zumbrunnen

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#219
Dec 29, 2012
 
I live in Columbia, S.C. and my 2003 Camry (148,000 miles)was recently diagnosed with a failing Throttle body. Estimated cost for repair/replace was $1,100.00. Trying other ways to resolve this problem without going to those lying SOBs. What is amazing to me is I have read a lot……I mean A LOT of complaints about this issue and the dealership still doesn’t want to acknowledge that this is a design defeat; never again will I buy a Toyota.
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#220
Dec 31, 2012
 
Stan Zumbrunnen wrote:
I live in Columbia, S.C. and my 2003 Camry (148,000 miles)was recently diagnosed with a failing Throttle body. Estimated cost for repair/replace was $1,100.00. Trying other ways to resolve this problem without going to those lying SOBs. What is amazing to me is I have read a lot……I mean A LOT of complaints about this issue and the dealership still doesn’t want to acknowledge that this is a design defeat; never again will I buy a Toyota.
Scroll through this thread Stan, you'll find lots more about cheaper fixes.
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#221
Dec 31, 2012
 
Thanks for your reasoned post , rare on this topic.
Kirok wrote:
Jeez...its a piece of mechanical equipment and sometimes things break! Get over it. It just happened to our 2005 Camry 4-cyl...first problem in eight years @ 70K miles. I still expect to own this car for another 10 years. Nothing more reliable than a Toyota/Nissan/Honda. Buy a VW, Mercedes, BMW, or domestic if you don't believe me-->you will be sorry.
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#222
Jan 31, 2013
 
liner wrote:
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Going thru water would have no effect on a throttle body. It might affect the electronics, though. What's the car doing?
Yes, water will affect a throttle body failure. I had the same problem with my 03 Camry. Basically, you have to clean out the throttle body with electrical contact gleaner in 2 of the ports. I talked to a mechanic at Toyota and they said that they were never able to fix the problem. I tried to clean mine several times and finally got the water out of mine.
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#223
Feb 1, 2013
 
smr wrote:
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Yes, water will affect a throttle body failure. I had the same problem with my 03 Camry. Basically, you have to clean out the throttle body with electrical contact gleaner in 2 of the ports. I talked to a mechanic at Toyota and they said that they were never able to fix the problem. I tried to clean mine several times and finally got the water out of mine.
Are you talking about water in the gas? I assume he meant driving thru a puddle.
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#224
Jun 30, 2013
 
Yep it cost 1000 big ones to replace
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#225
Jul 3, 2013
 
Well I replaced my Throttle body off 10k ago with a used one off a scion tc with only 20k on the motor...All seems to be well now...

The guy that sold it to me is a master mechanic at Toyota, He said he see's the electric throttle body issues (drive by wire) commonly, The only true fix is a new one rather than a used one, cause toyota fixed the issue with later models after hundreds of complaints and 1,000$ dollars made without a recall. He said the seal where the coolant goes into the throttle body goes bad and the coolant leaks into the electric motor and eventually gums it up " gets hard as a rock" was his own words.. I have yet to pull my old one apart yet but ill get around to it and post what I find...only problem is that its pop rivitted in so putting it back together is nearly impossible unless you find the correct pop rivit and what have you...
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Well I replaced my Throttle body off 10k ago with a used one off a scion tc with only 20k on the motor...All seems to be well now...
The guy that sold it to me is a master mechanic at Toyota, He said he see's the electric throttle body issues (drive by wire) commonly, The only true fix is a new one rather than a used one, cause toyota fixed the issue with later models after hundreds of complaints and 1,000$ dollars made without a recall. He said the seal where the coolant goes into the throttle body goes bad and the coolant leaks into the electric motor and eventually gums it up " gets hard as a rock" was his own words.. I have yet to pull my old one apart yet but ill get around to it and post what I find...only problem is that its pop rivitted in so putting it back together is nearly impossible unless you find the correct pop rivit and what have you...
Thanks. Be curious what you find.
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Aug 7, 2013
 

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James wrote:
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You are lucky the throttle began to fail in the lower or closed position. If the problem were to have started in the upper or full throttle you would have been a victim of the "death throttle" from a few years ago. The modified part now has a way to keep moisture from developing in the electric motor which basically does the same thing as a foot on the gas pedal. Toyota opted to use an inexpensive motor instead of an expensive cable to do the work. Personally, I like to have control of the speed of the engine, not a computer. The problem? The little motor rusts and sticks. Be vigilant with this problem. I am thankful your family is alive, well and angry.
You people are stupid all manufactures are utilizing drive by wire and the problem with toyota getting stuck was the stupid customers not putting the floor mats back in right after removeal for cleaning
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Aug 12, 2013
 

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Just got off the phone with Toyota - Case # 130-812-309
The throttle Body assembly has a Warrenty Extension
for 10 additional years and up to 150,000 miles!!
the Code is "ELT"

my car is an '05
Steve Connolly

Raritan, NJ

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#229
Sep 12, 2013
 
Same problem here. My 2003 THrottle Body Actuator is failing. Car is stlling on the highway and when I come to a stop. Went to Toyota dealer. They said they were suprised and said replacement will caos $1250, plus $600 for a Surgetank. but no recall. I wonder what kind of accident it will take. Last night we stalled while driving 80mph on Rt 95 South in Lexington, MA. I had to cross 4 lanes with a stlled car. It wasn't pretty. I just made it to the breakdown lane. Restarted care and was on my way. TOYOTA ARE YOU READING THIS!

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