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1st & 2nd Generation (19831986 & 1987-1991) Toyota Camry Discussion for years: 1983-1986 & 1987-1991. Topics of discussion range from fuel economy, safety, modifications, performance all involving America's favorite family car, the Toyota Camry.

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Old 09-02-2005, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1988 camry loses power going uphill

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Can anyone out there help with a specific problem. I have diagnosed the engine through the computer and have fixed all conditions listed including timing belt, spark plugs and wires, rotor, etc, water pump, throttle body sensor, fuel pump and replaced battery, air/oil filters, oil, etc as needed for general maintence/ common sense.
The car runs but making it uphill is awful. It is very slow so that with the speed limit at 45, I can barely keep it going 30-35 mph while downshifting to get enough power to make it uphill without crawling.
Has anyone else had this issue? If so, what can I do? I have cleaned the carbon out of the throttle body and used fuel injector cleaner. Please help. I am at my wit's end!!
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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M/T? how bout a new clutch.
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Old 09-03-2005, 04:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Might be a drive train problem, im not too sure on how it all works but maybe theres a problem with the differential? Clutch/ torque converter is a good guess, the extra stress on the engine might be making it slip and if its an 88 theres a good chance that the clutch/ TC is old.

Again, the differential is just a wild guess, the other guys can vouch if its a valid guess or not.
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Old 09-03-2005, 06:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you forget to mention fuel filter?, thats a important one specially if it hasnt been changed for a while .
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I had a similar difficulty with my 90 Camry. However, it was also very sluggish at slow speeds and you don't mention this. Mine turned out to be a "bad" injector. The mechanic replaced it and it ran like a champ. Depending upon your need vs cost you might try a few tankfuls with an added cleaner (Techron has a good reputation but there are dozens out there) or you could take it in to a mechanic to power flush the injectors and at the same time see if they can evaluate the fuel flow after the injectors rather than a fuel pump pressure test (which you seem to have already done).

Don't know if this will help or not,
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You might also have a plugged cat. converter that would cause a noticeable loss of power, especially going uphill.
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Thank you all

Just wanted to say a quick thanks before I go out to check oout these suggestions, and yes, I did forget to mention that I put in a new fuel filter.
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Old 09-03-2005, 10:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i tend to lose speed going uphill also...im getting close to being convinced that my transmission is slipping at low speeds...i am going to do a a full transmission fluid overhaul...and see what happens...
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My 86 Pickup had the same problem going uphill. it has a 22E engine with EFI but no turbo. The Cat Converter and muffler were both changed and a noticeable change of power happens. Now it handles hills like a champ.
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