04 camry throttle body failure
Jon

United States

#167 May 9, 2011
much later than the posts earlier. The price is now $1310 for a 2005 Camry Thottle. JOY JOY!
Lance

Carpentersville, IL

#169 Jun 7, 2011
FYI, Pep Boys in Naperville, IL. told me Toyota is charging them $991.00 for a new throttle body and they'll install it for close to an additional $450.00!! Just under $1500.00 for a new throttle body. It must be really complicated to install one of these things, right?
birmingham al

Birmingham, AL

#170 Jun 7, 2011
please do not replace the throttle....my 2003 camry
was cutting off @ complete stop but would start right back up.... googled the topic and came up with throttle need cleaning took car to oil express
cleaned throttle for 19.99 and camry running like a new car :)
april

Thomaston, GA

#171 Jun 13, 2011
me and my husband were thinking of trading our 2001 toyota truck for a 2004 toyota camry our truck has about the same amount of miles on it 140,000 we need room for our family is this a good deal? it would be a even trade!!!
liner

Bronx, NY

#172 Jun 14, 2011
april wrote:
me and my husband were thinking of trading our 2001 toyota truck for a 2004 toyota camry our truck has about the same amount of miles on it 140,000 we need room for our family is this a good deal? it would be a even trade!!!
Yes it would be a good deal assuming you get the Camry checked out by a mechanic you trust. It would be even better if you knew the maintenance history of it.
Tony Garza

Lubbock, TX

#173 Jul 24, 2011
The throttle body replacement issue is not what you have experienced. The throat itself was most likely cleaned out by your servicer. The issue at hand would have involved the removal of 6 rivets by drilling. This only involves electronic throttles, not throttles operated by a cable.
GrrrMad

Ellington, CT

#174 Aug 10, 2011
I have a 2004 Toyota Camry and it stalled on me in the middle of traffic. Took it to the shop they "cleaned" the "throttle actuator" I got it back and the very next day had the same issue. The part and labor at $1400. I called Toyota and they gave me the run around. I filed a complaint with the National Highway and Transportation Commision. I might suggest you all do the same. The shop swore my vehicle is not included in the recall as it "doesn't have those parts" but apparently they should all be included in the recall
liner

Bronx, NY

#175 Aug 10, 2011
GrrrMad wrote:
I have a 2004 Toyota Camry and it stalled on me in the middle of traffic. Took it to the shop they "cleaned" the "throttle actuator" I got it back and the very next day had the same issue. The part and labor at $1400. I called Toyota and they gave me the run around. I filed a complaint with the National Highway and Transportation Commision. I might suggest you all do the same. The shop swore my vehicle is not included in the recall as it "doesn't have those parts" but apparently they should all be included in the recall
Are you saying they charged you 1400 bucks and it's still broke? I think I'd park that thing right in front of the shop's door till they did fix it.
david

Fargo, ND

#176 Aug 12, 2011
My 04 Camry (with 88k miles) died on the highway yesterday without any warning. Restarted it a few times and finally made it home. Tried to drive it to the dealer today and it died on me again. I can't start it again.

Finally had it towed to the the dealer and found out--you guessed it--that the "throttle body was stuck open" and it will cost $1200 to replace it.

Semms like a old story here. Will not buy another Toyota again.
Linda

Lake Worth, FL

#177 Aug 28, 2011
The engine on my 2004 Toyota Camry XLE shut down while going 65 mph on the expressway...had to coast to shoulder...started back up & made it off the expressway to auto shop. NEEDED NEW THROTTLE BODY...$1,059 repair bill...my warranty would not cover this.

REPORT FAULTY THROTTLE BODY TO: TOYOTA 800-331-4331 AND NHTSA 888-327-4236
Dave

Bear, DE

#178 Oct 17, 2011
On Thursday, October 6, 2011, my husband and I almost lost our lives. We were driving a 2004 Toyota Camry. We were at a stop sign waiting to enter a 45 mph two lane highway. When the intersection was clear, my husband attempted to cross into the North bound lane, but there was no power and he thought the car had stalled. We again waited for a break in traffic to enter the highway, again no power. Finally, when we had a clearing again, we attempted to cross the highway, only to have no power. A tractor trailer was now approaching as we were gliding across the road. Thankfully, there was a slight decline and our car just made it to the shoulder of the road. The gas pedal would not engage. If it were not for the slight decline in the road, we would have been plowed into by the oncoming truck. Once the car was towed to our mechanic we were informed that the throttle control was not working. We had this part replaced with a “modified” version of the original part at a cost of $1084.00 While checking online we discovered quite a few of Toyota models has had this part replaced. I’m wondering how many “accidents” and deaths have been caused by this failure of this original part. Not only should Toyota recall this part from their cars, but all replacement costs should be covered by Toyota.

REPORT FAULTY THROTTLE BODY TO: TOYOTA 800-331-4331 AND NHTSA 888-327-4236
James

Rhome, TX

#179 Oct 19, 2011
Dave wrote:
On Thursday, October 6, 2011, my husband and I almost lost our lives. We were driving a 2004 Toyota Camry. We were at a stop sign waiting to enter a 45 mph two lane highway. When the intersection was clear, my husband attempted to cross into the North bound lane, but there was no power and he thought the car had stalled. We again waited for a break in traffic to enter the highway, again no power. Finally, when we had a clearing again, we attempted to cross the highway, only to have no power. A tractor trailer was now approaching as we were gliding across the road. Thankfully, there was a slight decline and our car just made it to the shoulder of the road. The gas pedal would not engage. If it were not for the slight decline in the road, we would have been plowed into by the oncoming truck. Once the car was towed to our mechanic we were informed that the throttle control was not working. We had this part replaced with a “modified” version of the original part at a cost of $1084.00 While checking online we discovered quite a few of Toyota models has had this part replaced. I’m wondering how many “accidents” and deaths have been caused by this failure of this original part. Not only should Toyota recall this part from their cars, but all replacement costs should be covered by Toyota.
REPORT FAULTY THROTTLE BODY TO: TOYOTA 800-331-4331 AND NHTSA 888-327-4236
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.
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#180 Oct 19, 2011
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.
The throttle body problem is only in the closed position. The "death throttle", as you call it, was a figment of the medias imagination and gold diggers looking for a quick buck. No one, not even the engineers at NASA were ever able to duplicate the problem.
ALL manufacturers today use electronic throttles. No more cables.
James

Lubbock, TX

#181 Oct 20, 2011
liner wrote:
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The throttle body problem is only in the closed position. The "death throttle", as you call it, was a figment of the medias imagination and gold diggers looking for a quick buck. No one, not even the engineers at NASA were ever able to duplicate the problem.
ALL manufacturers today use electronic throttles. No more cables.
"ALL" manufacturers? I think you need to get back to school. And be thankful you are alive if you drive a Toyota. I've been inside the throttle and compiled a complete report for both Toyota and Jordan Ziprin. I didn't do it for free either. Toyota agreed that a safely command was needed in a new software pack and completed it in a timely manner.
James

Rhome, TX

#182 Oct 21, 2011
Please understand, if you purchased a replacement elecronic throttle on your Toyota then Toyota owes you money. They designed a bad unit. Problem is the part is still the same design with a safety feature in the car's ECU to completely shut down the engine whether the car wants to die or go at blinding speed. Be diligent and form a class action suit as a group of Toyota owners. Contact Jordan Ziprin before he gets more retired than he is.
XXRR68

North Fort Myers, FL

#183 Nov 1, 2011
david wrote:
My 04 Camry (with 88k miles) died on the highway yesterday without any warning. Restarted it a few times and finally made it home. Tried to drive it to the dealer today and it died on me again. I can't start it again.
Finally had it towed to the the dealer and found out--you guessed it--that the "throttle body was stuck open" and it will cost $1200 to replace it.
Semms like a old story here. Will not buy another Toyota again.
File a complaint with the NHTSA. I did. If they get enough complaints about this problem, something will get done about it.
XXRR68

North Fort Myers, FL

#184 Nov 1, 2011
My wife's 04 Camry stalled out on Saturday. I took it to get it checked out because the engine light was on. I was told it was the throttle body actuator stuck on the closed position. I went on line to research this problem and came across several websites/blogs with people having this same issue. I called the Toyota dealer on Monday, I was given the run around. They told me that they have never heard of this problem and it is not a recall. I contacted Toyota USA, but they haven't acknowledge me so far. I file a complaint with the NHTSA. I figured if everyone with the same problem would file a complaint, something will get done about the ongoing issue that Toyota refuses to recognize. Just like in 2009 when all those people got either hurt or killed. And, I would never buy another Toyota, again.
XXRR68

North Fort Myers, FL

#185 Nov 1, 2011
liner wrote:
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The throttle body problem is only in the closed position. The "death throttle", as you call it, was a figment of the medias imagination and gold diggers looking for a quick buck. No one, not even the engineers at NASA were ever able to duplicate the problem.
ALL manufacturers today use electronic throttles. No more cables.
My wife's 04 Camry was just diagnosed with the throttle body on the closed position, it is no figment of anyone's imagination. The car stalls out and will not start until the ignition is completely turned off. I'm not looking to make money on this problem, I just want Toyota to man up and face the problem and correct it. It's BS that we have to pay over $1000 for a factory installed defective part that just may get someone killed.
XXRR68

North Fort Myers, FL

#186 Nov 1, 2011
FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE NHTSA

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Recalls+&...
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#187 Nov 1, 2011
XXRR68 wrote:
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My wife's 04 Camry was just diagnosed with the throttle body on the closed position, it is no figment of anyone's imagination. The car stalls out and will not start until the ignition is completely turned off. I'm not looking to make money on this problem, I just want Toyota to man up and face the problem and correct it. It's BS that we have to pay over $1000 for a factory installed defective part that just may get someone killed.
I was responding to a poster who tried to liken your problem to the alledged runaway, unstoppable Camrys(death throttle)of awhile back. Not the same as your problem.

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