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Trans engagement #4807533
07/07/18 10:14 AM
07/07/18 10:14 AM
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supton Offline OP
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1999 Camry, door jam says U140E. If I put into gear right after starting, after it's been sitting, I swear it feels like it is between 1st and 2nd. Just like something is dragging, not quite like starting in 2nd but you get the idea. Goes away when it shifts into 2nd (and the shift feels a bit funny--not harsh, just out of the ordinary). If I wait 30 seconds and then put into drive on a cold engine, it doesn't do it. Don't think I've ever noticed with a warm engine.

Now at 183k and dubious maintenance I'm not surprised, and TBH my plan is to just wait 30 seconds. But is this a harbinger?

Fluid was changed with Maxlife at 140k and felt much better than the OEM stuff; I redid it at 180k and it didn't look bad--some black in it but that was to be expected (cleaning out all the garbage). Seems to shift fine--smooth shifts at low throttle, very firm at high rpm & throttle (like near full bore at 5k).


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 163k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 190k, his
Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807560
07/07/18 10:44 AM
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30 sec sounds like the way to go!

At 183k you're doing well, especially with ?? maintenance before you got it.


I'm a thickie; but a 20 has its place.

I use AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 138k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 41k, OE 5w20/Wix

Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807573
07/07/18 11:02 AM
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You might try a thicker fluid. My 12 year old BMW is the same way. It slips first thing the morning with thin fluids like MaxLife. I'm currently running Valvoline Import Multi-Vehicle fluid which the BMW loves.

Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807593
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What if you go down to manual LOW then back up to drive? Could have a gummed valve body. Another fluid change seems prudent.

Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807668
07/07/18 12:50 PM
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IS the level a pint low?


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: Trans engagement [Re: Dave1027] #4807670
07/07/18 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted By: Dave1027
You might try a thicker fluid. My 12 year old BMW is the same way. It slips first thing the morning with thin fluids like MaxLife. I'm currently running Valvoline Import Multi-Vehicle fluid which the BMW loves.


+1, that year Camry definitely needs something thicker than Maxlife atf. What did the car spec originally, T-IV? Plus maybe needs a new filter.

Last edited by SatinSilver; 07/07/18 12:56 PM.
Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807770
07/07/18 03:35 PM
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Accumulator in the valve body is bleeding out, just let the engine run. Or you can make a huge mess & remove the valve body to work on the accumulator above it. Really sucks doing that job on the ground while ATF is running down your arms.

Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807877
07/07/18 06:13 PM
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supton Offline OP
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Will try shifting to low first then up. will likely just run it, if it's not known to be a big issue.

I did check level after changing but it's probably time again.

Didn't know about using thicker fluid. I could try that next time.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 163k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 190k, his
Re: Trans engagement [Re: supton] #4807977
07/07/18 09:38 PM
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try to manually shift up through and also down through the gears to help get the valve body "exercised"


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