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90 camry goes backward and not forward

My son's 90 camry has a problem. He slipped on ice and hit a curb hard and bent the rim. He drove it home with no problem. We had the tire changed and he backed it out of the driveway and then tried to drive it about 10 feet before it wouldn't go at all. I was told to check the transmission fluid and it was dry. Do you think he hit something that made the fluid fall out? By driving it 10 feet, did he ruin the transmission?

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  • kimba4jc Dec 23, 2008

    No? My son and I know ZIP about cars. Some guy friends just told me to check the transmission fluid so I did and it was empty.

    Does this mean that maybe him driving it about 10 feet doesn't necessarily mean he ruined the transmission?

  • kimba4jc Dec 23, 2008

    Oh wow! I was hoping there was a chance the transmission will be okay! Yes, the bent rim was on the driver's side!

    As far as how much he revved the engine? We have no idea how many RPMS were used? It is a 6 cylinder engine. I asked him if he pushed the gas pedal all the way to the floor and he said not all the way. Oh I pray he didn't ruin that transmission!!! Thank you for giving me some hope. I got laid off last month and he needs the car to go to college and back. (He is a freshman)



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Ok I'm going to start simple because I know you don't know much, It is a front wheel drive car and if he hit the curb and run over the curb then you may have a punctured transmission pan, or leaking pan gasket. now the transmission pan may not be your problem. I have a 90 Celica and broke a front axle once and it still drove because the tranny will put more torque on one side than the other. ok now you know the axles are mounted inside the wheel (hub) by a big nut, but they are held in the transmission by a snap ring on the end of the axle. If he hit the curb hard enough he could have pulled one out. I'm going to presume that the driver side tire is the one that struck the curb then that would make the passenger side axle be the one that was dis-lodged in the accident. keep in mind the axle does not have to be all the way out of the tranny to become disfunctional, just about half an inch. this would cause a fluid leak and explain the missing fluid. the best way to check would be to put it on Jack Stands (saftey first) and slide both axles with your hand from side to side and see if one is loose, there will be a small gap between the tranny and the big part of the axle but very little. if one is popped loose you should be able to see that its not the same as the other side.
as far as the driving with no fluid goes, toyotas are tough but as long as he didn't rev it up over 2200 rpm for more than a few seconds he should be ok, just put some "Lucas" transmission fix in the transmission when you replace the fluid and you should be ok.

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    Josh Boyer Dec 23, 2008

    I'm more than happy to help if you need anything just let me know

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    Josh Boyer Dec 25, 2008

    did we figure the problem out?

  • Josh Boyer
    Josh Boyer Jan 03, 2009

    did you get your sons car fixed?


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Maybe its the bearings did you check them......?

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