my car is having stalling issues

Asked by Nov 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM about the 2003 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had driven my car all day then i stopped for gas right after that it stalled at every stop
sighn or if i slowed down to stop. I put some green foam gas treatment in it and of course
more gas but it did not seem to make a differents. I have put at least 70 dallors more in
gas since then but it is not doing any better. Can you help me?

27 Answers

yes...cheapo vacuum lines made from butyl rubber (chewing gum and coal tar) will crack...swell with oil..leak and become unreliable...suckin' in air and causing increased idle speed and gutless performance...yes may stall too, if something like the brake booster hose was rotted~ I suggest silicone rubber replacements are about ten times the cost but will last forever~

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

First thing we need to know is the make and model of the car

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

you can find a vacuum leak withe a can of carburetor the shop we'd use an unlit propane torch...but have been duly spanked for suggesting this...but gasoline is even MORE volatile so YES use an UNLIT propane around where the vacuum lines are and note an increase in idle speed~...that's how you find 'em~,,,,or carb cleaner which boy howdy is obscenely more expensive than RAW LP gas~anyways~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

REGINALD....its a 2003 Camry LE..did you miss a meeting there~?

5 of 5 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

The temp sensor and the Intake Air Temp sensor are not too expensive, but replacement of these goodies will probably restore you back to normal operating condition~

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Never heard of that roy. I all ways used starting fluid or wd40

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

YEP guess I did not read the whole post again

1 of 1 people found this helpful. sor

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

And Roy got the best answer for my stupitity!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

okay there's a two-for here...ambient air and Block sensor... both could affect/impair performance~

temp sensor~ p

yes, Autohousenj indeed could be anything....a vacuum leak would cause an increased idle speed and gutless performance...think we may have gone over this....chewing gum vacuum hoses are terrible...production quality...just get them out the door and running....until inevitable degradation will happen from exposure to UV and environmental conditions make them crack and rot...a MOST likely cause...if you can think of a better, cheaper I've stated the computer has eyes, and ears (virtually) to know how to handle prevailing conditions...most important in the "ice belt" we will see a lot of these in the coming months...the compy needs to know how to enrichen the air/fuel recipe...with gimpy sensors will get it they are each less than or around twenty...would be foolish NOT to replace these delicate my humble opinion~

Sadly in my observation Chevron with Techron weakens the fuel pressure regulator diaphragm and although the neat little cartoons says CLEAN your engine...what you're actually doing is Cleaning away the critical components....HERE is where a nasty vacuum leak can the fuel pressure regulator...check this goodie to make sure it holds vacuum and does not leak to the fuel~

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

okay fuel pressure regulators ain't that cheap, but if your has been eaten by must replace it and QUIT using that gasoline~ or

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

....also a defective fuel pressure regulator WILL NOT show on the obd-II diagnostic information~ FYI~

go with the cheap sensors Kimmybob, and check the operation of the fuel pressure regulator with some kind of sucking tool...a baster...(probably not enough suction) but stoke it like a pipe and see if fuel flow is affected...should open up the fuel with increased suction...some gurus say its NOT that way...guess it depends on which vehicle~....but check may need do NOTHING except perhaps replace the vacuum hose with a silicone one~

okay ron, wd-40 would cause a reduction in speed because it is NOT combustible (yeah I was a kid crackers down fence pipes and all that) and found WD-40 to be perfectly useless for anything else except Water Displacement (like if they had you doin' a pressure wash on the engine to find an oil leak) for example and still be able to drive the thing outta packin' a can of WD and you will be able to drive it AFTER an engine wash~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

and dammit ron...starting fluid IMMEDIATELY strips any lubrication that once was there away....shortest path to engine destruction~


But Roy starting fluid is about he same as carb cleaner > plus once it hits the spot it gone for ever. It will not hang in there and dedtroy stuff unless you keep spraying it. You have to be smart about it

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Ronc258, "starting fluid" is ETHER suitable for putting a guy unconscious for removing the bullet....carb cleaner is PERCHLOROETHANE....not the same puppy, rover~


Most of the starting fluid these days has a lubricant add to it. To prevent damsge from drying out

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I do like the idea of LP gas though. I have never tried that before. Thanks for the help. I will try that next time I am checking for a vacume leak

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I have this same problem with my 2002 camry XLE 3.0 but it runs perfect 99% of the time. I cleaned the throttle body (it was very dirty) and it happened again. If it were a vacum leak or a fuel pressure sensor wouldnt it be a consistent problem??

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

@rhallsey (notified me)~ would check the fuel pressure ...don't know there is gonna be a "fuel pressure sensor" be nice if there were....if a vacuum leak you'd hear it hissing...have a distrust for Techron as this contains benzene and things that will eat organic compounds....such as the fuel pressure regulator it's just a theory, but have seen more than one "eaten completely away" fuel pressure regulator~ the misfire may be do to reduced spark and/or grounding potential...with the cold weather and road salt it most often is the main ground connection to battery from the chassis at fault~

I realize this is an old thread but how come not one poster mentioned the possibility of a dirty IAC valve?


It's the ECT Sensor from my experience. My 2004 Camry with 135,000 miles started to stall at stops once the engine warmed up. Not while driving, but at stops with no dashboard warning lights (i.e., engine light was not on/flashing). I had to keep it reved while stopping. This happened on my way home on Black Friday morning after running an errand. After reading tons of posts, I gave the ECT Senor fix a try first. My local Pep Boys didn't have the sensor in stock, so they had to ship it from a different store and I picked it up the next day. Normally, it was $62, but a Black Friday weekend special knocked it down to about $40. It was super easy to install (I found a Youtube video on how to replace it) and my car hasn't had any stalling issues since (nearly 3 weeks, knock on wood).

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 72,798 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,000.


Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,028 Great Deals out of 63,282 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla
930 Great Deals out of 66,537 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda Civic
850 Great Deals out of 78,667 listings starting at $900
Used Nissan Altima
1,140 Great Deals out of 75,113 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Avalon
276 Great Deals out of 16,447 listings starting at $1,095
Used Toyota RAV4
907 Great Deals out of 60,619 listings starting at $1,690
Used Hyundai Sonata
756 Great Deals out of 47,839 listings starting at $199
Used Toyota Highlander
450 Great Deals out of 25,375 listings starting at $2,299
Used Nissan Maxima
325 Great Deals out of 23,753 listings starting at $1,550
Used Honda CR-V
904 Great Deals out of 55,003 listings starting at $1,007
Used Toyota 4Runner
239 Great Deals out of 21,558 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,246 Great Deals out of 78,131 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Prius
355 Great Deals out of 18,950 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
562 Great Deals out of 42,351 listings starting at $2,999

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
4,972 listings starting at $21,464
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 10,757 listings starting at $13,991
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,550 listings starting at $11,874
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 1,377 listings starting at $9,500
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
73 Great Deals out of 2,011 listings starting at $7,950

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.