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.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2004 Toyota Camry
2004 Toyota Camry
2004 Toyota Camry Problems
The valve cover gaskets have a tendency to leak oil, especially the one near the firewall.
Toyota issued a recall on the SRS - airbag system. The side curtain airbags may not deploy correctly. Dealers are inspecting for correct installation of the side curtain airbags; they will be replaced under the recall if necessary.
also issued a recall on the seat belts because of a faulty buckle
status switch. The seat belt status switch can be replaced under the
2004 Toyota Camry Recalls (Recent)
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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.
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A FRONT PASSENGER POWER SEAT, WHEN INSTALLING CERTAIN REAR-FACING INFANT CHILD SEAT BASES ONTO THE SEAT WITH AN EXCESSIVELY HIGH SEATBELT TENSION, IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO UNSEAT A COMPONENT CALLED THE BUCKLE STATUS SWITCH FROM THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE.Learn more »
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The amount of adhesive applied between the inner and outer parts of the crankshaft pulley may be inadequate. If this is the case, the outer ring may become misaligned and/or not properly rotate with the inner ring, causing an abnormal noise and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. In some cases, the power steering belt could come off resulting in a loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the crankshaft pulley and replace it if necessary.
2004 Toyota Camry Questions and Answers
What is this mount? Is it a motor mount?
How much would this cost including labor?
Car only has approx 25,000 miles. Was told I needed a fan belt--beginning to crack. Was I taken?
What does it mean when the green light on the a/c button starts flashing?
Every car I have ever owned has been a toyota and it is the only car i will ever own. Here is my question...Heat works perfectly. maint books says if there is a significant problem with the A/C, th...
2004 Toyota Camry Reviews
Bought new, now with 102,000 miles. No parts failures or early wear of any kind.. The car still has its original brakes, including pads. The secret: a light pedal, and over half the miles are highway miles. Four star explanations: Auto trans often fails to immediately engage in initial acceleration in creeping stop and go, and at stops. Multiple dealers say there is no cure. A light pedal in order to spool up the converter has now become a habit. Trans is otherwise completely satisfactory. Steering has been fine, but there is a slight noise in moving wheel off center noticeable only at very low speeds in places like parking lots. This appeared at about 15,000 miles. Fix was $150 at the dealer (a bushing of some sort.) Dealer assured me this was not a safety issue of any kind. The problem has not gotten worse. That's right, I did not get it repaired, figuring the next bushing would also wear. Suspension: this is a geometry complaint: the car is sensitive to side winds. Recently, my son-in-law suggested tire inflation of about 34 front, 30 rear. Presto! Virtually no further wind or buffeting problems. I've been very conscientious in changing fluids per-maintenance schedule. Struts are still solid, no rebound beyond normal. Slight indication of some bushing wear, but very slight. Again: CV joints, exhaust, water pump, AC compressor, brakes, plugs, serpentine, wipers, power seat & windows all completely trouble free. This car uses a chain for timing, so no replacement is called for. Routine 100,000 mile maintenance to include brakes, (and plugs at 120,000) and the car will be good for another 50,000 at least I think. Most trouble free car, including three Toys, I've owned over a period of more than 50 years.
I know everyone has a gas mileage story too good to believe, but I am greatly pleased and I guess that is what really matters. I live in an Alaska town 306 miles from Anchorage on paved road. If I use the cruise control and drive about 60 mph--braking as little as possible since there are not many cars--I easily average 34-37 mpg. I have a friend with a hybid that seldom beats that! I have had no trouble and the car was new (reconstruced title at 245 miles), and I now have 70,000. I think that is pretty good, but I now need rear shocks and struts I guess for my studded winter tire on the left rear had a flat place scooped out in it when I changed this last month (April).
I bought my 2004 Camry in 2008 with 63,000 miles on it. I've been extremely happy with it ever since. I get an oil change every 3,000 miles and have only had to replace the serpentine belt last year. Otherwise, no mechanical repairs have been required. The latch for the small, top compartment between the driver's seat and passenger's seat needs to be fixed and I'll need to get her some new tires within the next year, but she's at 100,000 miles and doing AWESOME!
I bought the 2004 camry in Nov 2003. It has been great except I am now having to replace the alternator for the 2nd time. I replaced the first one 4 1/2 years ago. I was stranded and it cost a lot to have it towed, a new battery and new alternator. At least I am home this time. The alternator starts to over produce electricity into the battery. It was putting out 17.5 volts when I had it checked today. Does anyone know why this is happening? This time I am not putting a toyota alternator on, I hope.
Hi, i love this car its been pretty good to me over the years, but lately when ever I'm parked doing something on my computer ( I drive a lot for work) I'll hear this squeaking sound, only maybe once a minute. Sounds sort of like when you close a wood door thats just a little too tight. Anyways sounds like its coming from under the dash on the passenger's side or perhaps the middle of the dash. Question is what is it? Is it something that needs to be replaced, also it might happen when I'm driving but I cant really hear it, also been running the A/c every time might this have something to do with it?