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1995 camry has no ignition fire

Car quit running in 45mph zone and will crank, but not start. first thought fuel & tested power to pump, nothing. Found relay controlling fuel pump (behind glove box) replaced and still no power. Realized it only gets power while ignition in the start position (i guess) as I disconnected fuel line from filter and cranked engine and got fuel. Also disconnected wire to starter from ign switch and in the start pos. got fuel. Getting power to one connector on distributor, smaller of two and this has internal coil. Is there a way to diagnois the coil or ignition mod. without replacing?thanks so much

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  • hilbillydelu Nov 20, 2008

    no, not at all. Did put a new spark plug in the #1 wire and got spark, abet weak and inconsistent, but there. I'm thinking timing belt as well, but it cranks normally. Could the ignition module cause a weak spark? I was lead to believe it would either work, or not. However my informers are, well................. I remain at your feet, so to speak.

  • hilbillydelu Nov 29, 2008

    Update and more confusion. Removed timing belt cover. Belt "looks" ok. Checked Hayes manual which has #1 plug wire at 4 o'clock, not 8 o'clock which what is molded into the dist. cap.?!? Bought new, so it's an aftermarket, but still.....?!?
    With #1 cyl (passenger side, first cyl going left to right looking down at engine) at TDC, nothing lines up. Not cam timing mark, not crank timing mark, not dist. rotor, regardless of clock position.Timing marks do not line up regardless of TDC. Any combination of two (timing marks, rotor position) do not line up. Almost as though the belt slipped, and the crank balancer as well, but no evidence of either. Other than nothing lining up, that is. Engine is 5S-FE, so says the emissions tag. Am I nuts? Is Hayes? Is this the car sent from hell to torture me? I understand if no one touches this, Not sure I would, but thanks....................

  • hilbillydelu Nov 29, 2008

    Ed, any ideas with regard to the timing mark on the crank pulley? It's plainly marked, and the timing tag is fine. With mark on 0 degrees, #1 is halfway through it's stroke. Not at TDC, or BDC for that matter. Does  the timing  belt control the position of this pulley as well as the cam? Hadn't thought of that............

  • hilbillydelu Nov 29, 2008

    thanks Ed

  • hilbillydelu Nov 30, 2008


    Email is:

    much thanks. I'll let you know how  I do............

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Take the distributor cap off. Inspect the ignition coil under the cap CLOSELY for cracks and burnt spots. Then get back to me. Thanks.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Does the engine crank "faster" than it used to?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    the car cranks but wont start iv replace the distributor ignition coil fuel pump and ecm still does not start

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Car cranks, plugs are new, thought might be frozen fuel line, but not. Car smell fuel as car cranks



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I think for sure that the timing belt has jumped a tooth. This can happen if your water pump, or your idler pulley, which are driven by the timing belt, "locks up" for a second. Best advice: replace the timing belt (you should not "reuse" it, as once it slips a tooth, that tooth is now weakend. Also, check the feel of the water pump impeller-gear...if it feels gritty or does not spin freely, replace the water pump while you are in there. It's not much more work. Also check the IDLER pulley for the same feel. If it feels bad/does not spin free, replace it. One or the other caused your problem.
Let me know how it turen out.

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    Send me your e-mail; I will send you the exact proceedure out of the service manual.


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T.E. Coil looks normal. Replaced cap & rotor while there, new plugs. No joy. Pulled back timing belt cover a bit for a look see and looked normal. Used probe to get T.D.C. on #1 and checked rotor position.....again looked like right position. Loosened distributor and rotated to extreme stop, down (advanced?). Nothing. Rotated to opposite and it fired. Didn't let it run (was like it was 180 off, or wires crossed) as I have been told this is an interference engine, just enough to confirm I'm not completely nuts, and fuel, compression, and spark will do something (thank God). Is it possible the timing belt has slipped a tooth? I have had them go, but always completely, not "slip". Then again, those were for the most part, Ford Escorts with 1.8\1.9 engines (ran a fleet of delivery cars in a past life) and they always let go completely. Of course, the acronym for planned obsolescence is F.O.R.D., but I digress....... Replace the belt? Thanks so much.

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  • Hillbilly D Nov 22, 2008

    sorry, the above solution was to be a comment, not a solution. Would those in charge fix this as Toyota Ed deserves any credit for this thread. 
    Thanks, H.D.



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