Pre-'94 Camry owners should ask their dealers to install an "anti-vibration kit". They'll know what you mean.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1996

Dear Tom & Ray:

My 1991 Camry must have been built by Jerry Lee Lewis, since it sure has a
"Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On," when I sit in traffic or at a red light.
Using the air conditioner really aggravates the vibration. My mechanic is a
Patsy Cline fan, since he tried to give me "Sweet Dreams" by turning up the
idle. This helped somewhat, but the car would then get up to 25 mph without
stepping on the gas pedal! The dealer likes Patsy, too, since he said my
mechanic was "Crazy." He said cars the age of mine all vibrate (so much so
that my purse on the passenger seat does the "Shake, Rattle, and Roll").
The car vibrates less when I put it in Neutral or Park while waiting in

I guess you could say I'm an Everly Brothers fan, since all I do is "Dream"
about my car running smoothly again. Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just
anybody. Help! I need Tom and Ray NOW! -- Janice

RAY: What an inspired letter, Janice. It's letters like this that make us
wish we had inspired answers!

TOM: Actually, we'll have you singing "Danke Shoen" to us in no time,

RAY: All four-cylinder Camrys shake in Drive at idle. It's a characteristic
of the car. It has to do with several things, most notably the stiffness
and damping abilities of the motor mounts (the large rubber bushings that
hold the motor in place).

TOM: Some of these Camrys shake enough to make you think you're what the
Allman Brothers referred to as a "Rambler Man."

RAY: That's "Ramblin' Man," you knucklehead, not "Rambler Man."

TOM: Anyway, since your shaking has gotten worse lately, and your car feels
like it's singing "I Fall to Pieces," my guess is that one of your motor
mounts has gotten weak or broken. And rather than replace it with an old-
style, 1991 motor mount, you should ask your dealer to install a "vibration
kit," which includes softer, more energy-absorbent motor mounts used on
Camry's made after January 1994.

RAY: If he says "whadda ya tawkin' about, lady?" just refer him to Toyota
Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) EG-94-002. He'll be so pleased you know
more about this than he does, that he'll almost certainly walk away singing
"Ain't She Sweet."

TOM: That may not make it perfect, but it should help a lot, Janice. At
least, as the Beatles say, you'll have to admit "It's Getting Better." Good
luck, Janice.

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