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88 Toyota Camry won't start

I have a 1988 Toyota Camry that I bought about two weeks ago that decided to not start this morning. When I bought it the first thing I did was have it checked out by a mechanic, had the oil changed, the transmission flushed, tune up. A week later I even had a smog check done and it passed with flying colors. It's been doing fine and then this morning nothing. All of the lights, radio, headlights, a/c - heat ie:EVERYTHING came on. WHne I went to turn the key nothing happened. There was no clicking sound, no grinding, nothing. It was not hot, it was dead cold. However it had been raining last night and I am wondering if this could have something to do with it?

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  • chemgeek Dec 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 1989 Toyota Camry (4 cyl). It just "decides" when it will start. Sometimes if I leave it for a bit and come back it will start right up. I've replaced the battery and the starter. No luck. Anyone have any ideas?

  • tonyreyes657 Mar 20, 2009

    i have the same problem, i hit the starter and it cranks but does not fire up

  • bignastymofo May 11, 2010

    have you checked to see if your battery cables are fastened tight to the terminal?

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Check battery wires, check wire going to starter. Check for voltage on starter when key is turned. If your starter is getting power, replace starter

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If your battery, starter and cables are ok, perhaps the ignition switch or something in the ignition system?

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Had the same problem with an '88 Camry. Replaced the battery, distributor, and starter, but it didn't fix the problem. Then, a few years later, when the battery was getting old and tired, I replaced it with a more expensive _heavy-duty_ battery. That helped quite a bit. It didn't totally fix the problem, but made it a lot less frequent.

A mechanic I trust told me that non-OEM replacement rebuilt starters pretty much all have substandard wiring, with bad spots in the windings. A heavy-duty battery maybe cranks out enough extra amps to mostly compensate for this.

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You need a new starter

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Sounds like a starter problem maybe the relay wire came off, there is three wires one comes from the battery and another one to the motor of starter and a small one that sends the signal to starter to connect the serkit

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