97 Camry won't run forward when accelerating

Asked by Mar 10, 2016 at 09:36 PM about the 1997 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 97 Camry 4 cylinder that won't run
forward when accelerating, it started little by little
when the car was cold I checked the transmission
fluid it was low I added fluid but still had the same
problem I accelerated to 5000 rpms and it ran . I
changed the transmission oil and filter there was
no metal on magnet and it does not smell burn. On
reverse it runs perfect but when put on drive it
doesn't it just accelerates if I let go of the brake
with out accelerating  it goes forward, well the
other day I got it to run after 2 hours of running the
car and accelerating at 4000 rpms but as soon as I
passed a speed bump it stop I put the scanner and
it gave me the vss code I change it and erase the
code but still same problem and check engine
light went on again and gave me the same code. It
starts fine and engine is normal no hesitation on
rpms. In reverse it goes fine when ican feel the
gear kick in but  when  put on the D and L1 their is
no reaction on the trani like if Iput it on neutral
does anyone have any Idea what it could be
besides the trani.

2 Answers

71,155

Sad to say,the tranny is bad.

IF the tranny fluid does not smell BURNT...and ...the tranny is at the proper level....you might have a Tranny Computer problem. Diagnosis requires a Scan Tool which is BI-Directional. These scan tools can check Tranny Shift solenoids by turning them on and off. Regarding the VSS sensor. Best way to check her out is to DC the connector and with your Digital Volt meter check the sensor OUTPUT. Meter should be set on AC Volts. Spin the drive wheels...you should see an AC voltage of at least 1-5 volts AC. Voltage should increase when wheel speed increases. BTW....does the Speedo work on the Dash? Next step before condemning the tranny is to check inputs into the Tranny computer. Maybe a fuse blew?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    14,340
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,810
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,090
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
900 Great Deals out of 77,283 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Corolla
872 Great Deals out of 64,399 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
685 Great Deals out of 53,534 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Altima
1,119 Great Deals out of 74,235 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota RAV4
682 Great Deals out of 53,060 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Avalon
222 Great Deals out of 14,611 listings starting at $1,600
Used Hyundai Sonata
767 Great Deals out of 52,733 listings starting at $1,745
Used Nissan Maxima
347 Great Deals out of 20,619 listings starting at $1,175
Used Honda CR-V
729 Great Deals out of 52,308 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Tacoma
658 Great Deals out of 41,137 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
316 Great Deals out of 26,923 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,085 Great Deals out of 57,768 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
11,536 listings starting at $20,098
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 1,384 listings starting at $12,799
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
47 Great Deals out of 1,668 listings starting at $9,950
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,766 listings starting at $9,990
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 947 listings starting at $8,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.