Question about 1994 Toyota Camry

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RE: Won't start.

Did not get a check engine light as far as I'm aware. Can't get it to run now so can't verify if light comes on when engine is running. My daughter called me on her cellphone as soon as it started to act up and when she came to a stop light about a mile and a half later it stalled and would not start. Sounded like fuel at first but cannot see any problem with fuel system yet.

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  • butchie74 Jun 01, 2008

    Hi Shaggyrat,

    I finally found the problem it turned out to be the ignition coil. I had my brothers son-in-law who happens to be the main mechanic at Gemini auto center, look at thecar and he checked severla things. He checked the injectors and the spark plugs to see that they were firing and his test light was not as bright as it usually is. He said that if it was his car he would replace the coil. So after doing that it started right up! We were a little surprised by the way we were able to jump a spark a good quarter of an inch. Especially the way it acted when it quit running it acted more like a fuel related problem. Thanks for your time and add this one to the list of unusual problems.

  • butchie74 Jun 12, 2008

    sounds like your engine may have some major problem like crankshaft bearings or something. I was told that if your oil pressure was not up to normal the car won't start. Not sure if yours is set up that way or not.



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Well you have 3 fuel filters in the vehicle
dealers dont consider the third because it is in the tank of the vehicle called the sending unit this has a filter on it so debrie doesnt get into the engine from the tank
the other 2 are one by the gas tank mounted on the chassis undercarrage the other is in the engine compartment

i had a similar problem to yours at one time with an old truck i had just purchased
i got with in 80 feet of my street and my truck died the first thing i did was have the alternator and battery checked the checkers told me it was fine but there was something still wrong so i just said heck with it and i replaced the battery and guess what the battery had a dead cell in it that didnt show on there tests
and after that for 2 years truck ran fine never stalled or died on me
the reason for me telling you this is because its quite possible the battery created a dead cell and just needs to be replaced with fresh new battery
most batterys these days are remanufactured batterys some in which are still bad but you dont know this till you get it in the vehicle and yet it dies out i would check this first and i will type a list of things to check after this type <<<<

several things to look at
1 start with alternator is worn out i would check this first
2 the fuel filters all of them is cloged or installed in properly
they tend to have 3 one in engine compartment one under the chasis close to the tank and one actually in the tank its called the sending unit with a filter on end depending on milelage this does need to replaced after 100 thousand miles
3 bad computer module
4 the actual spark plug wires are not connected properly or out of order or eec << spell check this for the actual for cap
5 timing is off on the vehicle
6 cracked or faulty throtle body injection air intake mixture housing you will find this connected to the air filter remove whole air filter assembly then run vehicle it will run ruff without this assembly but will run
7 the car will run rough with bad oxygen sensor but it should still turn over
8 a mouse or small animal had made its way up the muffler pipes which has cut off the output so the car cant breathe
9 someone poured sugar in your tank or put ping pong ball in tank this would result in hicups
10 bad capasiter (spell check) ignition coil
11 bad relay for starter
12 bad battery even though battery can show good doesnt mean that it really is good it could have a dead cell test with a jump once started vehicle disconnect positive on battery this will show 2 things one bad alternator cause it wont power system it will also show a dead cell in battery
13 a/c compressor bearing went out and is frozen stuck this is also where you get a stall in motor
14 there is a major vacume leak in vehicle i would start the vacume inspection with the brake master cylinder on fire wall this will severly not start your vehicle

these are the things i can think of off the top of my head without actually being there inperson to see the vehicle that will make it hard to start or hiccuping
also some of these items will not show on computer diagnosis seeing there more mechanical than electrical
i hope this helped you in your quest

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    Christophe Thompson Jun 24, 2008

    maggie i would run some warner mystery oil with your regular oil and do an oil change every 500 miles for about 3 or 4 times its quite possible you seized up the some bearings or your oil pickup unit inside the oil pan is under alot of tension and strain from not having oil

    and it cooked oil on the oil pickup unit in oil pan

    the warner mystery oil ive used has worked in helping with the engine oil problems and claking

    when you put the warner in put it down the oil pipe and on both sides of valve covers

    the claking is from oil not being brought up to the lifters inside the valve covers in which you fried some old oil residue in the lifter rods which made a blockage warner mystery oil will help in breaking down those little particules but remember using warner mystery oil in this capasity since your husband didnt put oil in vehicle is you only have to use it for the oil changes

    then once you pass the marker of 3 or 4 oil changes you can use it in the vehicle as a partial oil aditive

    this stuff works

    when you do your oil changes put down both valve cover sides and down the oil dip stick pipe this will insure oils getting back to the lifter rods

    also check your water

    if this doesnt resolve problem then you need your lifters and oil sending unit serviced

    these are what your rods looks like they have an oil port to bring up oil

    these are your lifters these move off the cam to bring oil to the rods" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"

    this link shows you what im talking about hope this helped you in your knowlege you seek



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