Assuming you have automatic transmission - the torque converter does need proper fluid level. To generate the correct coupling between the tranny and the engine. If you are going to have any hope of fixing this yourself - at a minimum you should purchase a Hanes or Chiltons manual. Hope this all helps.
Addition: the correct fluid level is something which you can easily check yourself. The vehicle MUST be at normal operating temperature (158 - 176 degrees F)
Must be on a level surface; set the parking brake.
With the engine idling; shift the selector into each gear from P range to L range and then return to P range.
With the engine idling; pull out the transmission dipstick and completely wipe it clean.
Push back the dipstick FULLY into the tube.
Pull it back out and check that the fluid level is in the HOT range. If the level is at the low side of either range - add fluid.
Fluid type is ATF DEXRON II. CAUTION: Do NOT overfill.
The above iis something that you can easily do; and is direct from the Factory Service manual for an 88 Camry.
BTW: For troubleshooting an automatic transmission; the flow chart has NOTHING about the vehicle being bouncy or not idling correctly at a stop light. The absolute closest to this description for deciphering various transmission difficulties is the following:
Problem: Slips on 1-2, 2-3 or 3-OD upshift, or slips or shudders on acceleration.
I don't think it is your transmission. However, the above mentioned problem is caused by the following possibilities per the shop manual:
1. Control cable out of adjustment.
2. Throttle cable out of adjustment.
3. Valve body faulty.
4. Solenoid valve faulty.
5. Transmission faulty.
(I would think 3 - 5 are all essentially transmission faulty - but hey - I didn't write the steps.)
So now, with all of this info - what are you going to do. Take it to a shop and pay for diagnostics; sign up with alldata; etc. Just wondering what you think your next action will be.
Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 7:07 PM