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I have an '89 camry w/ about 115,000 miles on it. I have replaced the radiator, axel rod and a few belts + I gave it a tune up. But almost everytime I start it it makes this loud high-pitch screeching sound (it makes the exact same sound like when the car is already started and you go to turn the key by accident) but this morning I went to start it and it wouldnt turn over. The lights and everything came on but every time I turned the key it made a clicking noise. I tried a few times and even pumped the gas before starting it. I went back to give it another try about 20 mins later. I pumped the gas and it started this time but it made a weird clanking sound so I gassed it again-it sounded better but all of this white smoke came out. + The car was ice cold-what could it be please help!

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Make sure you get a new solenoid with the starter. It may not hurt to have the alternator and water pumped checked since you said you had a squealing noise. This is usually indicative of a bad bearing on one of the components.

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Sorry to tell you this with all the repairs yopuve already done but im 99% sure you need a new starter.

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