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Car wont start mechanic says something about distributor

My car wouldn't start all of a sudden and a while after it did it died and would not start again. I towed it to a mechanic who says something about a distributor sensor and wires and wants to charge me close to a grand to fix it. Is changing the distributor and wires a hard thing to do? Can you walk me through it?

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  • Rich Jackson May 11, 2010

    I need to know what model your camry is and the engine size please. Also more clarification on the "distributor sensor" because from what I can recall there is no such thing. Hope I can help.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    A GRAND to repair it? I cannot possibly see how. I am guessing that the car needs a coil under the distributor cap. That is not hard to change. Pull off the cap, and tell me if there is a small square (about 2" x 2") box with a couple of wires on it.

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I had a similar problem with an old VW many years ago. For me, it was condensation in the distributor cap. Try spraying WD40 inside the distributor cap & see what happens. It can't hurt & might help. Hope it does.

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