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Toyota Camry 2013: Gearbox whine

Asked by Phil Charlton

I noticed in your column recently that someone complained of a whine in the gearbox of their Toyota RAV4 and it made me wonder if the new Camry had the same gearbox, as my new Camry has a whine or a very low growl between 1900 and 2000 rpm. You can`t hear it before the 1900 rpm or after 2000 rpm. The dealer could not work out what it was and said to leave it till it had done a few more kays. In the meantime I took it to another dealer and they loosened the engine mounts and let it sit for a while, which seemed to improve it a little, but it is still there. Have you had any other reports on this and could it be the gearbox? Both dealers have heard the noise, but I don't think they really know what the problem is. Have you heard of this problem?

Answered by CarsGuide

18 Oct 2013 Graham Smith

Final drive gear whine is something many owners complain about in Toyotas. It's usually a result of the gear cutting process and there is not much you can do about it, except replace the gears. You could try different gear oil, which might make it a little quieter.

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