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2018 Toyota Camry  Engine Problem 2.5L, 4 cylind er A25A-FKS engine  NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V200000

2018 Toyota Camry Oversized Piston Engine Problem 2.5L A25A-FKS engine

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Updated Monday Apr 02, 2018

Problem

2018 Toyota Camry with 2.5L, 4 cylinder A25A-FKS engine may run rough, turn on check engine light, emit excessive engine noise, exhaust smoke, have fault codes P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304 and show Low Engine Oil Level warning.

Under these conditions Toyota Camry owners many notice poor throttle response and reduction of power. If this problem is neglected the engine could potentially seize causing the engine to stop while driving. If the engine stops while driving it can increase the risk of a crash.

Solution

This problem can be caused by engine pistons that were produced larger than the specification. The oversized pistons where installed in 2018 Toyota Camry. The defective pistons were manufactured by Aisin Automotive Casting in Clinton Tennessee. The A25A-FKS is being manufactured in Japan and the Toyota Camry with Japanese engines (also sold in the US) are believed to not have been affected.

Over 1700 Toyota Camry vehicles manufactured in Kentucky,  [“TMMK”] produced from December 2017 to January 2018 have been identified to be affected by this problem. Vehicles with this problem have been sold in the US and other countries. The number can be larger and Toyota owners should monitor these conditions as it is possible that other engines may have out of spec pistons. According to Toyota, no Lexus or Scion models have been impacted.

If you are experiencing these problems you need to verify that your Toyota Camry has been affected by this recall. 

To check if your Toyota is part of the recall, go to Check Recall page and enter the VIN number.

If your Toyota Camry is part of the  Safety Recall Engine May Stall Due to Incorrectly Sized Pistons NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V200000 Toyota will either replace your engine or repair it for free. If you have questions or believe your Toyota Camry may be affected by this problem call Toyota Customer Service at 1-888-270-9371 or the headquarters at 1-800-331-4331.

Resources:

  1. Part 573 Safety Recall Report 18V-200
  2. Safety Recall J0M (J1M) – Interim Notice Certain 2018 Model Year Camry Oversized Pistons
  3. Engine may Stall due to Incorrectly-Sized Pistons
  4. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. [“TMMK”] Defect Infromation Report
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