Question about 1996 Toyota Corolla
What is needed for an engine to start
First, let's see what normally takes to start a gasoline car engine:
1. The engine must be turned over by the starter motor with enough speed to catch. For this to happen, the battery must have enough charge, the starter motor and the starter circuit should be OK.
2. Fuel mixed with air in the correct proportion must be supplied to the enigne cylinders;
3. Spark - there must be a strong spark at the proper moment to fire the air/fuel mixture.
4. Proper timing - the engine valves should open and close in appropriate time.
5. Compression - normal compression in the cylinders is 120 - 170 psi. The engine won't start if the compression is lower than 70 - 80 psi.
If the engine won't start - there's no magic - one of these things is probably missing. Sometimes the problem could be very hard to find, for example, when it doesn't happen at all the times. Often, though, it could be something very simple, like a dead battery.
If the car won't start, check the basic things first:
Is the battery OK? - here is a simple way to check battery: How to check the battery.
Do you have oil in the engine? Is there enough fuel in the tank? - it's a very common situation when the fuel gauge isn't working properly and the car runs out of fuel with the fuel gauge still showing some fuel in the tank.
Of course, you should always consider your own personal safety when checking things under the hood or doing any work on your car. Check your car's owner's manual for safety precautions.
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