Introduction

2007-2011 Toyota Camry's were installed with a sun visor that was later recalled due to a defect in the inner plastic body. The two halves of the visor that connect around the lever arm begin to pull away from the arm that attaches it to the interior of the car. Making the arm unable to hold the visor in place effectively, increasing the risk of it obstructing the view of the driver. Over time most visors even fall off the connecting arm completely. This guide provides a simple fix to the defect, providing a way to reinforce the faulty connection that is causing the problem. Follow our guide with the step-by-step process to insure that it will be fixed correctly.

Loosen and remove the swing arm with  flathead screwdriver and  remove from interior of car. Make a note of where the clips of the lever arm fit into the interior of car for reinstatement of the visor later.
  • Loosen and remove the swing arm with flathead screwdriver and remove from interior of car.

  • Make a note of where the clips of the lever arm fit into the interior of car for reinstatement of the visor later.

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Tear open the seam surrounding the hole that the swing arm inserts into with a  seam ripper. Pull the fabric back to show the inner casing.
  • Tear open the seam surrounding the hole that the swing arm inserts into with a seam ripper.

  • Pull the fabric back to show the inner casing.

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Reinsert the swing arm back into the visor, make sure the metal prongs on the swing arm line up with the holes on the visor. The red squares show where the metal prongs fit into the holes of the visor.
  • Reinsert the swing arm back into the visor, make sure the metal prongs on the swing arm line up with the holes on the visor.

  • The red squares show where the metal prongs fit into the holes of the visor.

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Fold the aluminum plate around the outer casing to reinforce the arm in the casing. The metal plate will hold both halves of the visor to the lever arm, so make sure it is secured tightly around visor to  keep it together. The metal plate will hold both halves of the visor to the lever arm, so make sure it is secured tightly around visor to  keep it together.
  • Fold the aluminum plate around the outer casing to reinforce the arm in the casing.

  • The metal plate will hold both halves of the visor to the lever arm, so make sure it is secured tightly around visor to keep it together.

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Screw a one inch screw through the metal plate and plastic casing using a phillips head screwdriver.
  • Screw a one inch screw through the metal plate and plastic casing using a phillips head screwdriver.

  • Make sure screw goes all the way through to the other side to effectively secure plate to visor.

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Adhere the two halves of the torn seam back together over the outer casing and the aluminum plate​ using upholstery glue. Allow the glue to properly dry before replacing visor back into car.
  • Adhere the two halves of the torn seam back together over the outer casing and the aluminum plate​ using upholstery glue.

  • Allow the glue to properly dry before replacing visor back into car.

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Realign the metal clips of the swing arm to the hole in the car and snap the visor back into place. If you go back to step one, the hinges are marked to show where the insert the swing arm. If you go back to step one, the hinges are marked to show where the insert the swing arm.
  • Realign the metal clips of the swing arm to the hole in the car and snap the visor back into place.

  • If you go back to step one, the hinges are marked to show where the insert the swing arm.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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How do you remove the visor from the swing arm to begin?

Is there any electrical work you need deal with? it looks like in the first pick there are some wires hanging from the swing arm that I am guessing power the light

Nick - Reply

For future readers: simply remove the visor from the ceiling as described in step one. No need to separate the visor from the swing arm in advance. Proceed through the steps as described. I used a 3x5 tie plate (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Simpson-Stron...) and it worked beautifully. I screwed the plate (2nd row of holes) to the edge of a piece of wood about the same thickness as the visor and bend it around that wood as a guide. It resulted in the 1st and 3rd rows of holes aligning so that I could put the screws all the way through and secure with lock nuts. I used #6-32, 1.5" screws (2) and #6-32 locknuts (2). The holes in the tie plate were ever so slightly too small for those screws but a drill bit one size too large for the hole widened it perfectly with ease. The screws were too long (1" was too short) and needed to be cut off with a dremel afterwards. (I couldn't find a 1.25" length screw for the job.)

Dylan Valliere - Reply

This is a Toyota design flaw. It is a safety issue and is negligence on their part not to admit failure and issue recalls. This is in no way isolated to the Camry. It occurs in RAV4s, Tacomas, Highlander's, Tundras and possibly more.

serbirish - Reply

Is it necessary to do this repair on a new or used visor? Just bought a 2007 Camry LE, without drivers side visor.

Kenneth Lemons - Reply

If I'm understanding the online forums right, Toyota never upgraded the visors so a new visor (really new or used/new to you) are both going to potentially have this problem develop. Since the car install is an absolute breeze, I'd say install a visor and don't do this unnecessary fix until/unless it becomes necessary.

Dylan Valliere - Reply

This happened to my 2007 Camry years ago. Sad that Toyota never recalled it as it is huge danger to driving - not only when the visor continuously drops down but also not being able to use it for it's sole purpose - to protect the sun from your eyes while driving.

Thank you for your DIY.

Gwen Carson - Reply

Lost one of the metal clips fell inside the cavity of the car is there some where to purchase these clips

mdmonday - Reply

There is a factory recall on this for 2007 thru 2011. Check with the dealer or https://www.toyota.com/recall. The above repair is kind of a rig job.

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