87 Camry - RPM seems to be very high

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Old 30 Nov 2005, 07:21 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 87 Camry - RPM seems to be very high

Hello everyone:

1987 Camry - 4 cylinder - automatic - 198,000 miles

Lately (last 2-3 months) the car seems to be running at extremely high
RPM. Noticeable at high speeds .. 60mph or higher. I cannot measure
this as there is no gage in the instrument panel, .. the engine noise
is also noticeably higher.

I feel that the transmission may not be shifting once it goes to this
speed. I can feel transmission shifting when I start from a dead-stop
and gradually increase speed, but once it goes higher than 45 mph I do
not feel any more shifts. Transmission fluid looks fine .. and was
changed about 2 years back (30000 miles back).
Could this be the problem ?

I have tried running in power mode (pressing that switch) or leaving it

Otherwise, the car runs fine, with decent pickup, good gas mileage
(30mpg). I turn the radio volume high and the noise problem is gone

Thanks for your feedback.

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Old 30 Nov 2005, 09:18 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 87 Camry - RPM seems to be very high

there should be a temperature sensor that prevents it going into
overdrive until the trans fluid is warmed up, maybe that has gone bad?
Maybe the switch/wire on the OD button is broken of disconnected? Your
ready for a fluid change take it to the Toyota
dealer for a diagnosis. Maybe it has some sort of switching selenoid
in the trans that has gone bad also..

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Old 01 Dec 2005, 06:12 am   #3 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Sounds like no overdrive is button "Off" , is temp good on gauge , they
dont engauge till 110+. Dont drive fast till its fixed.

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