2003 Toyota Camry Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota Camry
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2003 Toyota Camry ProblemsAutomatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages
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.
The valve cover gaskets have a tendency to leak oil, especially the one near the firewall.
As the size of the Camry vehicle gets ever larger, there is a tendency to warp the front rotors. This will be felt as a shudder in the steering wheel when braking. The front rotors can be remachined, if there is sufficient material left, otherwise the front rotors will need to be replaced. It is recommended to use factory quality rotors because cheap quality rotors warp very easily and tend to squeak and squeal.
2003 Toyota Camry QuestionsHow much does it cost to replace the engine on a 2003 Toyota Camry 2.4L Auto? (2 answers)
The car overheated because a coolant hose slipped the O-Ring. The temp shot so fast I didn't see or hear any issue but then lost power and died. I realize it is likely just a blown head gasket, but the car has 180k on it and considering replacement.
2003 Toyota Camry RecallsToyota Recalls 2002–2004 Camrys Due to Defective Air Bags
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.