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2012 Camry Flex Lock Issue (Torque Converter)

Old 05-02-2019, 07:44 AM
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Default 2012 Camry Flex Lock Issue (Torque Converter)

I have a 2012 Camry V6 with the 6 speed automatic transmission. It has 152K miles on it and just started exhibiting symptoms of the flex lock issue (shudder when the transmission is changing gears... typically in the 40 to 50mph range for me).
- Dealer told me the TSB and warranty extension only apples to the 4 cylinder and doesn't apply to the V6 (anybody else been told this)... not that it matter much because I'm at 152K
- Anybody else have this issue on the V6? Have you had it repaired (did they replaced torque converter?... did it fix the issue?) I've read some posts where folks had the software update, didn't fix the issue, then had the TC replaced and it still didn't fix the issue...I'd hate to spend $2K and still have the issue
- If anyone has paid for the TC to be replaced out of warranty, how much did they charge? I see a new OEM TC can be bought from online Toyota dealers for ~$900 and the TSB says 5.6hours of labor (so I'm expecting around $1700... but I've been quoted a lot more... curious what other folks have experienced)
- Been looking online for procedure to replace the TC, but find nothing. Anyone found online repair

Thx in advance for any info folks have.

Old 05-02-2019, 02:14 PM
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Might check for any reports at the site. More members more opportunities for input. The trans was used for a few years in Avalon, Highlander and Sienna.

The wrong type of trans fluid can cause shudder.

Read the info on this trans and TCC shudder at the link below

For $20 you can download service info from Toyota corp at for 2 days.

Last edited by toyomoho; 05-02-2019 at 02:18 PM.
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