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Toyota '94 Corolla won't start

I washed the engine off, then started the car about 6 hours later. It backed up five feet then died. Now it cranks over, but won't start. I thoroughly checked the engine for moisture and found none. It has a full tank of fuel. I determined there is no spark. The only previous electrical problem experienced was a no start were the tech replaced the ignition switch. All idiot lights work but the security light doesnt come on after I follow procedures to set the security feature. This is my mom's car so I'm not familiar with the security system. This is a standard model with no options. Got any sugestions where to go from here?

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  • lianalet May 31, 2010

    what is the device under the dashboard to the right of the steering wheelwith a red indicator light?

  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    Our last expert hasn't responded to my last post. Further advice is needed.

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There is moister still in it so leave the hood opened for a good hot afternoon so it dries out

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  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    Tried that already.

  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    its getting fuel, but no spark to plugs. How can I troubleshoot no spark issue?

  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson Jun 01, 2010

    Purchase a NOID tester at Auto Zone for around ten bucks and that way you can see if power is getting to the fuel injectors. If not the ignition module was shorted out from the wetness. Engines are cleaned with degreasers and air dried these days inour neck of the woods toprevent shorts such as yours

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Hi this defiantly sounds like water in the electrics, it might even be the ECU for the engine, you can reset the ECU and maybe get it running again, what you have to do ( before starting this make sure you have radio code handy if it needs one!!!!!!) is remove the battery for 30 minuets, then reconnect it again and see if it will run, if not try again for another 30 minuets, then re-connect the battery and try it if this time it does run let id idle for 5 to ten minuets, make sure all the accessories are off none on, ie radio, lights ect..then turn it off , and disconnect the battery for about 30 seconds ( NOTE NOT MINUETS!! ) then reconnect it again, then it should be back to normal...hope this helps

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  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    it is a 1.6 liter engine, with an automatic transmission. Has distributor. Checked all fuses, pulled distr. cap and roter ok, no spark to the plugs, no water in any connectors checked.




  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    Sorry forgot to tell you thanks for the last post but it didn't work.

  • steve morris
    steve morris Jun 01, 2010

    hi sorry it didnt work, have you tried checking points/contacts in the distributor? purchase some wd40 and give the insides of the distributor and the coil a spray with that, also if you have an external fuse box spray that to, there isnt much to stop the spark getting to plugs, will be from ignition to power, to ecm to coil to distributor then ht leads then plugs, try checking from the external wiring wd40 is a greta oil to get rid of any water even in the wires and electronics, just douse all the wires and electronic components and see what happens...good luck

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Most common on this vehicle after an engine wash is water in the spark plug wells or the igniters


Posted on May 31, 2010

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  • lianalet May 31, 2010

    i found a bit of moisture there but its two days later and it still wont start. Could it have anything to do with the security device located under the dash? It appears its battery is dead and the indicator

    light isn't working.

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf May 31, 2010

    if it is an aftermarket alarm then yes

    however, I've seen water standing in the spark plug wells for weeks since it os covered and the engine is not runing



  • lianalet May 31, 2010

    the spark plug wells were checked again, but no moisture found. Also disconnected the battery in case this would reset any componets without any improvement. Still no spark.

  • lianalet May 31, 2010

    what is the device under the dashboard to the right of the steering wheelwith a red indicator light?



  • lianalet May 31, 2010

    what is the removable device under the dashboard to the right of the steering wheelwith a red indicator light?

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 01, 2010

    can you post a picture of what you see?
    I suspect it is an aftermarket alarm

    additionally, your vehicle had a few different options for engines and ignition


    • what size is your engine?

    • do you have a distributor?

    • what transmission do you have?


  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 01, 2010

    I'll have to do some assuming because you have not answered my previous questions so here is some more test you can do....

    Turn ignition on.
    Using voltmeter, check for battery voltage at ignition coil positive terminal.
    If battery voltage exists, go to next step.
    If battery voltage does not exist, check wiring between ignition switch and ignition coil.

    Check ignition coil resistance.
    secondary cold should be 9,700 to 16,700 ohms
    If ignition coil resistance is within specification, go to next step. If ignition coil resistance is not within specification, replace ignition coil.

    Check resistance of camshaft position sensor.
    cold should be 835-1400 ohms
    If camshaft position sensor resistance is within specification, go to next step.
    If camshaft position sensor resistance is not within specification, replace camshaft position sensor.

    Check resistance of crankshaft position sensor.
    cold should be 1630-2740 ohms
    If crankshaft position sensor resistance is within specification, go to next step. If crankshaft position sensor resistance is not within specification, replace crankshaft position sensor.

    Check ignition IGT signal from Engine Control Module (ECM) to ignition coil.
    If ignition IGT signal from ECM is defective, Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P1300 or P1310 will be set in the ECM memory to indicate an ignitor circuit malfunction.
    If ignition IGT signal is okay, substitute another ignition coil and recheck system operation.
    If ignition IGT signal is defective, check wiring between ECM and ignition coil.
    If wiring is defective, repair wiring as necessary and recheck system operation. If wiring is okay, substitute another ECM and recheck system operation. Reinstall components

    However, all of this is irrelevant if you have a distributor



  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    I thought I lost you! Had to leave. Did you get photo and specifications?

  • lianalet Jun 01, 2010

    Jun 01, 2010 - it is a 1.6 liter engine, with an automatic transmission. Has distributor. Checked all fuses, pulled distr. cap and roter ok, no spark to the plugs, no water in any connectors checked.


  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 01, 2010

    I did not check all the schematics but most look the same
    still need to know your engine size and what type of trans you have

    check for voltage at the distributor on the black wire with the yellow stripe

    I have seen this so many times that water gets in the dist and shorts out the igniter




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