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Car just turned off by itself while running.

I was driving to work when all of a sudden it just turned off. It seems to have compression, you can hear the engine turn while trying to turn on the car but it wont start. Battery is new, sounds like if it were not injecting. Is there anything I can check at home before taking it to a mechanic?

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  • mmmchepo Oct 23, 2008

    No, I believe it sounds normal when cranking it.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Question: Does the engine "spin" faster whilst cranking it, faster than it used to before the problem happened?



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The first thing I would suspect is the distributor... for some reason they tend to fail internally and will shut off the ignition system. I have personally seen at least 4 of them fail within my realm of family and friends that I do work for in the past 2-3 years in this era Camry. This may interrupt the fuel delivery process also.

A new distributor will run you a couple hundred bucks ($200.00 - $300.00)... A reman is sufficient for the job and can be found at many local retailers.

A used one can be purchased from a salvage yard for around a hundred bucks ($100.00).

There is a test procedure in the haynes repair manual that could help you verify the fault if you are handy with a Multi-meter and are reasonably mechanically inclined to do so...

Make sure you remove the distributor cap first and make a mark where the rotor button is pointing... (if you have to loosen the wires to get enough slack... it is easiest to pull them off the spark plugs and leave them attached to the cap.) Also, mark the angle of the distributor in the head with a sharpy before removal. This gives you a reference during the installation of your replacement.

NOTE: Be careful with the plug on the back of the distributor... it is very fragile and will break if you look at it the wrong way. It may be easier to cut the wires and reattach provided you have dissconnected power from the battery and have "quick-connects" available.

Be sure the disributor goes in the same phase that the old one came out... reinstall the cap and wires if removed. Start it up.

Odds are about 95% you just need a distributor.

Good luck with your repairs...


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