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I bought a Camry new car in 2010. No issues except 6 months ago, there is a weird transmission sound. When the car is started from cold, 1st gear change to 2nd gear gives a stretching sound and resistance and then it is gone. No issues for other gear changes. This only happens when car is cold, engine started and at low speed. I have let Toyota guys had a look and they said it is steering engagement - not sure what they meant. This noise was never there before when I bought it. the Toyota guys did not change any transmission despite the noice occurring during the scheduled service.

is this indicating the transmission oil is low, dirty or something else is wrong. Fyi, my car is maintained by Toyota dealer from the time it is bought. With this car, you cant check the transmission oil as I believe it is hidden somewhere.

Pls comment.

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2 hours ago, trentmeyer23 said:

Get it to a transmission specialist ASAP, not your dealer. A flush and oil change would be the cheapest place to start.

 Totally agree about getting the vehicle to a transmission specialist. Gear change noises are not good. Hopefully, it is not the torque converter going bad.


How many kms on the odometer? Do you do any towing? Do you have a sedate driving style more focused upon fuel economy or a more driving for fun, harder acceleration driving style? All of these factors are considerations for having a transmission oil change. May also be worthwhile to consider having the transmission filter replaced.

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Thanks for replying to the topic. The car, driven in town, no towing, no hard acceleration.

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Thanks for the additional information. Looks like your Dealer is giving you the run around/ not acknowledging there is a problem.

1. Strongly suggest that you do a Google search using " 2012 camry transmission recall " and start reading the URLs.

e.g. https://www.cars.com/articles/2012-2014-toyota-camry-transmission-issue-1420682965065/

2. Obtain the VIN for your vehicle

3. Contact Toyota Australia and discuss whether there is a similar recall/limited service campaign here in Australia. You may need to be making a powertrain warranty claim to have the torque convertor replaced.

In other threads, I have read posts where owners have gone to the ACCC to pursue a claim with the vehicle manufacturers.

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