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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Toyota Camry

1997 Toyota Camry

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1997 Toyota Camry Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine. Replacing the failed oxygen sensor should correct this concern.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The power steering pump and power steering hoses tend to develop leaks, particularly in the V6 models.

Engine -- Verified

One or more motor mounts may wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts, and the faulty mount(s) should be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

The valve cover gaskets have a tendency to leak oil, especially the one near the firewall.

Drive Train -- Verified

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

1997 Toyota Camry Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, October 1, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALASKA, COLORADO, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KANSAS, MAINE, MICHIGAN,MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW YORK, NOTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, WISCONSIN, AND WYOMING. A CONDITION CAN OCCUR WHERE ACCUMULATED MOISTURE CAN TEMPORARILY FREEZE IN THE BRAKE VACUUM HOSE IF THE VEHICLE IS USED IN EXTREMELY COLD CLIMATES FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

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Electrical & Lights, December 15, 1997

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Toyota is recalling 1997 Camrys due to a possible jamming of the lock pin of the key interlock solenoid, which makes it possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in the "Park" position. This may cause the driver to fail to move the shift lever into "Park," which can cause the parking brake not to activate. Dealers will replace the key interlock solenoid.

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Suspension & Steering, November 30, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE STEERING WHEEL SET NUT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENTLY TIGHTENED CAUSING STEERING VIBRATION AND LOOSENESS.

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1997 Toyota Camry Questions and Answers

cujocat, 1997 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, Pontiac, IL

How do I adjust the headlamps on my 97 Camry? Driver's side seems very low.

marcleachman, 1997 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Louisville, KY

how do I replace the serpentine belt

russ_2, 1997 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Emmet, AR

i have a rod that is broken that connects to the top of the shock on the passenger side of a 97 toyota camry. it is basically two rods that are connected together. the other end hooks to the bott...

bob97xle, 1997 Toyota Camry, Detroit, MI

Have a 97-Camry XLE. Driver seat will not move up-down. works fine back & forth. Is this an easy repair, what costs? Repair tips.

Rozena2, 1997 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, Winston Salem, NC

My mechanic said this work needed to be done to my car. I took my car in b/c it was losing anti freeze, they said that I had a crack in the radiator and replaced it. Soon after an oil change I noti...

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1997 Toyota Camry Reviews

i have 1997 toyota camry V6 with 200,000 miles on it still run good , most time just doing it my self , timing bell will work to 80,000 or 95,000 miles , but i just replace power steering compinion rack at 189,000 miles for 100 dollar , you can buy recondition on ebay , and heater core 9 dollar use part at junk yard .
any way if you know litle repair will save you alot money then take it to shop .

Same family two owners as of May, 2013 67,215 miles. I am right-leg amputee so I don't drive much.

I get a weird engine vibration now upon start-up until I shift into drive (any thoughts??).

Drives like a champ at 85+ mph along the ocean.

I just got my 1997 toyota camry and I love it. It now showing some minor repairs that need to be done. This car had 142,000 miles on it when i purchased it and it is the best. I love this car and I will keep going with my Toyota.

I bought my 1997 Camry V6 with 22,000 miles on it in 2000 and it now has 382,000 miles. The only unusual repair I've ever had to make was the replacement of the catalytic converter at 200,000 miles, which was VERY expensive.

Other than that, just the normal maintenance repairs and service throughout it's life. The mechanic I have tells me there should be no problem driving it to 500,000, or more. The seat adjustment motor has recently failed on the driver's side, and the sun roof drive motor has failed as well. I have used both of these items a LOT so am not surprised they finally wore out.

Mobil 1 synthetic is the only oil I've used from the first. Also, the timing belts DO NOT need to be replaced at 60,000 miles. They will easily go 100,000, and more. This is a great car and when it finally does wear out I may try to find another low mileage 1997 or 1998 to replace it!

I have a 1997 Toyota Camry XLE, with the 3.0 L V-6 Motor, with 340,000 miles. I think the only thing made & shipped from Japan for this model year was the engine and transmission, which I have had no problem with. The problem I have had was with the struts & shocks, made & installed in America. Once the Japanese allow us to assemble these engines & transmissions in America, their company will be just like our car makers, they will design a weakest link for failure, in an effort to keep the economy moving. My first brand new car was a 1986 Pontiac Grand Am, and I will never buy American again, because of all the failures on that car.

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