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My 2000 celica turns over but wont start

My 2000 celica gts has been sitting over a year. It got towed by crooked cops in kahoots with a tow company who tried to take ownwrship and i luckily got it back but it wouldnt start from the day it came back and has been in my driveway ever since. Never had issues prior and had a full workup at toyota a month prior to it being towed. Now that I have my license back...I need it to start....I had a coroded batt terminal so that's been replaced and got a new batt, fully charged. My bf did change a relay fuse that a mechanic told him was bad but that didnt fix it not starting. With the new batt and terminal now it turns over like its gonna start (which it didnt do before) right up but it just wont fire. I have full power everywhere except the stereo/radio? Which has always worked prior. My stepdads diagnostic computer found no errors. I also put new gas (it has 3/4 full tank)and some dry gas in......any ideas on why it wont start??

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  • jenstruk May 05, 2010

    Do you mean the AIR filter? Or is there really a SIR filter? And this website is pretty confusing...I don't know how this got posted under AIR COMPRESSORS when this is clearly an AUTO issue and I selected AUTO twice! Also the mobile version is seriously lacking.....I originally posted and was trying to view your response on my Andriod phone (TMobile MyTouch), I could not get to it....just loops back to the login screen no matter what you do from the link you get in email....I had to access from a computer to read responses.

    Thanks for your input.....I will try getting a new air filter and plugs today. Someone else posted their daughters car (same make/year model) from May 1 also couldn't start and someone suggested resetting the alarm......there is nothing that shows me how to do this except with the key the car on the dash there is no toggle switch or button for reset...and when I turn it on the valet mode wiith the key fob it lights up steady in the car like it should. Is there a way to reset it under the hood that you know of and do you think that could have aything to do with it not starting? When we got the new batt terminal on, the alarm did go off....I had to disarm it with the key's a factory alarm standard witht this model. Also, any idea why the radio would have no power?

  • jenstruk May 05, 2010

    My air filter and spark plugs are brand new, they were changed prior to the tow, they have been sitting with the car but they look pristine. I cannot find any reason for the car not to start, nor any reason for the radio not to power up when everything else in the vehicle has full power and the battery has been fully charged. Could this have anything to do with the anti-theft system? It has no toggle on/off switch nor reset button inside the car and to my knowledge can only be turned on/off with the key fob. I'm so confused and really don't want to have to tow it to the toyota garage!



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First from sitting so long varnish has built up in the fuel line. Check the fuel filter first by disconnecting it towards the front facing the engine. Turn the ignition to the ON position and listen for the fuel pump running. It should run for 5 seconds when you do this to prime the injectors. If fuel spews out go to the next inspection. The injectors are more than likely plugged up. Auto Zone sells a NOID which is a tester for fuel injectors which are inexpensive. Purchase one and check your injectors. If working electrical wise you should smell gas through the air cleaner.If fuel is present which will have a strong odor check the ignition module and coils next. If no codes were present before it was towed and stored away there will be no codes as of now until you get it running

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Check out the sir filter and the carburetta.

Give the plugs a good clean (or fit new ones).

If it still doesn't start then give it a tow.

Vehicles that have been stationary for a long time will sometimes start if they are towed (while in gear-2nd or higher).

It may take some time but is worth a try.

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  • David Tolond May 05, 2010

    Sorry, I did mean air filter!

    The radio will fail if the battery dies, (presumably the battery was dead after the car had been unused for a long time).

    You need to enter the code for the radio to allow it to resume normal service. If you have lost your code you will have to approach the car manufacturers local dealer to sort it out.

    Good luck!



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