Not sure what's wrong but my 99 Camry will not go in reverse and revs up too high around 50 mph and will not change gears. Any ideas?

Asked by Jun 24, 2015 at 03:55 PM about the 1999 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: General

Car is 99 Camry LE  with 2.2L 4 cal and automatic transmission. Car was sitting for like 3
years and I just got a new used motor put in and returned to me yesterday. Was driving
fine for a couple hours then I noticed when I put it in reverse, it would just rev up like it
was in neutral. Also, once I reach 45 to 50 mph, it won't go into third (I think that gear).
The rpm's will just go up and up and not go into next year. However a friend told me a
way to "reset" the transmission is to turn the car off and put it in D2 gear instead of drive.
Then put it back in park and start the car. Then the problems ceased but only very
temporary. I'm not sure if it's the tranny or if the tps sensor just needs to be replaced. I'd
appreciate any feedback.

6 Answers

Have you checked the fluid? Up to level and does it look red/pink, nor have burnt odor? Also there are shift solenoids inside the transmission. (It's not the tps) I usually don't recommend a transmission flush, I preach the evils all the time. But if the fluid is contaminated, brown or smells burnt a flush may get a few more miles out of it. The problem is that's like $80 - $100 and may not do anything, money down the drain. And if your used engine was just the engine and not with transaxle, all well and good but if the transmission came with, no way of knowing history. That 'trick' of putting it in 2 then back in Park I know about, all it does is fool the shifter solenoid for about one or two shifting cycles. And the fact you have no reverse at all is a bad sign. And...it's going in to 3rd at 45 but not in to Overdrive.It's a 4-speed. At a light to moderate throttle that is when is is supposed to shift in to O/D. If your used engine is relatively low miles, and you like the car (it's a good one generally) you have already spent money for the engine. might as well have the trans fixed. Easy for me to say, yeah, not my money. But then you will have a reliable car.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

The transmission fluid seemed fine. I didn't smell it though. And yeah I just put $2200 into it so whatever the problem is, I will have to fix it. Thanks for the reply.

How many miles on this vehicle? I would be inclined to take it back to whomever did the Engine work. Now that you have some excellent advise above....start asking questions ? Especially if there was NO Tranny problem before the engine installation. A Scan from AutoZone might be helpful. Good Luck

hey I just opened my trans pan on my 2001 solara because it was not shifting into any gears. turns out the filter was so clogged it looked like it was packed with mud!!! that was probably the result of the two color additive i put in. i will never put anything in that is not recomended by dealer. anyway put new filter in cleaned the pan because it had so much mud at the bottom, put new oil and now it runs like new!!!! hope this helps

by the way my solara has 251000 miles on it!!!

Check the transmission linkage it could be loose or damaged and if not tht make sure planetary gears are meshing at there proper angles. If your gear teeth are not alinged as they should be this could possibly have an affect on your gears not shifting properly or not at all. But first call a mechanical friend whose knowledgeable about transmissions tell him your concerns and what is does or or doesnt do. And let him give you his answer and go from there ok.

Your Answer

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 86,816 nationwide Camry listings starting at $800.

ZIP:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    14,050
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,780
  • #3
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    3,060
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,102 Great Deals out of 73,575 listings starting at $1,100
Used Toyota Corolla
944 Great Deals out of 65,479 listings starting at $1,850
Used Honda Civic
797 Great Deals out of 60,930 listings starting at $950
Used Nissan Altima
1,326 Great Deals out of 77,581 listings starting at $1,695
Used Toyota Avalon
220 Great Deals out of 15,989 listings starting at $997
Used Toyota RAV4
816 Great Deals out of 52,893 listings starting at $1,600
Used Hyundai Sonata
888 Great Deals out of 56,572 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Maxima
318 Great Deals out of 21,815 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
884 Great Deals out of 59,635 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota 4Runner
343 Great Deals out of 26,694 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Tacoma
707 Great Deals out of 45,620 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,062 Great Deals out of 62,272 listings starting at $880

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
16,001 listings starting at $19,489
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 1,283 listings starting at $13,500
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 1,845 listings starting at $9,950
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
45 Great Deals out of 1,572 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 1,254 listings starting at $6,995

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.