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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2002 Toyota Camry

2002 Toyota Camry

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2002 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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.
 

2002 Toyota Camry Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 28, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A THREE-SPOKE STYLE STEERING WHEEL. DURING AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE BOTTOM SEAM OF THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE AIR BAG MODULE COVER (HORN PAD) COULD BE TORN AWAY ALLOWING THE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE COVER TO COMPLETELY DETACH FROM THE AIR BAG MODULE.

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Body, Interior & Misc., September 25, 2001

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Toyota is recalling two 2002 Camry air bags because incomplete deployment of the front passenger side air bag might occur in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Both owners have been notified and their vehicles have been repaired. Campaign is 100 percent complete.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 6, 2004

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Toyota is recalling 2002–2004 Camry models with curtain shield air bags (CSA) because one or both curtain air bags may be twisted near the inflator. If this occurs, the air bag may not deploy rapidly enough when activated in a side impact collision, failing to provide intended head protection. Dealers will inspect the CSA and replace the air bag assembly if necessary.

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2002 Toyota Camry Questions and Answers

gdog, 2002 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, Saint Paul, KS

There is lights showing air conditioning options, and two of them went out. I have the XLE edition if that helps.

rebarfj, 2002 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Ormond Beach, FL

engine check light remains on. gas cap has been replaced. Is this a sensor issue,or canister,or? What checks can I do before taking it to a shop? Cost est.?

littlevac1, 2002 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Waterbury, CT

My check engine light is on. Code is for cat. I'm trying to find out if the cat is bad or if one of the O2 sensors is bad.

nickice78, 2002 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Toms River, NJ

How do you change your high mount brake light bulb or 3rd brake light?? I opened the truck and I don't see any way of getting to the light bulb. I can't figure out how to get to the lig...

rebarfj, 2002 Toyota Camry, Ormond Beach, FL

what should the man hours be to diagnose a faulty oxygen sensor and to replace it??

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2002 Toyota Camry Reviews

I bought my 02 Camry LE in 05 and it had about 52K miles on it. The previous owner had some scratches on the paint job but I made myself look past that and I'm glad I did. The car now has about 134K miles. I've replaced the brakes once, had to replace one of the catalytic converters (unfortunate that it is attached to the manifold!), had to realign the sunroof (tracking?) once, replace a tailight and license plate bulb, refinish the headlights (oxydation) just this week and my passenger's interior door handle is broken (literally). Aside from the catalytic converter, my only other MAJOR headache has been the front wheels. They're the standard 15" steel rims. I've had to replace them a few times as they are somehow getting bent and causing me to need new tires much more frequently than normal. Twice I've had blowouts after 20K miles, on 65K tires! I've had 3 alignments and the Toyota dealership that did the first two doesn't allow a warranty transfer...I now live 11 hours from that dealership and it's only been 6 months since my last alignment there. Oh, well. Oh, the very rear part of my headliner is beginning to loosen. I've been very happy with this car. Previously drove a Land Rover...take the Camry any time.

I bought my 2002 Toyota Camry XLE brand new. I never had a problem with it. Always kept oil changed, tires rotated. In 2005 or 2006 I had to have part of caatytic converter replaced. Never
any major problems. This car has 266,588 as of right now on it.
This has been a really good car...dependable, smooth ride, mechanically sound and safe. I just had Fred Haas Toyota in Spring, Texas in 2010 start at the front of car and go all the way to the
back and repair, replace anything that was worn, plus new tires. I plan on driving this car another five years at least. I have driven this car to Ohio, Tennesse, Louisiana, Mississpi, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and back. I live in Texas. I think this is pretty good for the low maintenance I have had.

I currently have a 2002 toyota camery that has 225,000 miles on it. I have replaced windshield wipers and brakes once, a broke belt once. Other than that it has NEVER been in the repair shop. Oh, except I got trash in sun roof once which only cost about 50 or 60 dollars for dealer ship to blow trash out. It has been the best car of my life. I still love it.

The camry oil lost was on going and I told the Dealer who said it was the oil pan gasket and it was replaced. We believed that the problem was corrected and several weeks later the engine started knocking due to a broken rod caused by a lost of oil. On line research revealed numerous other camrys with the same oil leak problem. No drops of oil on the driveway because the oil was burned off, no blue smoke, because of the cataylic converter.

Purchased a 2002 XLE new. Currently has 80,000 miles. Have replaced the brakes three times including rotors, tires, gas fill connector flange rotted, catalytic coverter and flex pipe, shocks have been shot since 64,000 mi and now the A/C is dead. All this along with a few other msc. nagging issues. Biggest disappointment ever. My last Toymotor.

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