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Issue starting my Camry

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by RMTactical, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    Just recently, my '97 camry has had issues starting up right away, esspecially when the engine is cold. The battery is fine, and the power comes on, the battery connections are fine.

    It usually takes 4-5 turns to get the starter to get the engine going. What could this be? Is it the ignition? Maybe spark plugs? I have no clue.

    Any advice?
     
  2. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    I think the ignition would be a good start to try and track it down. OF all the things needed to make an engine run, the electricals tend to be the most enviroment dependant.

    Couple cheap things you could try.

    - fuel injector cleaner, even if it doesn't help, it won't hurt and would be a bit of preventative maintenece.

    - Sparkplugs. Again not expensive, and is good preventative maintence no matter what.

    - Spark plug wires. getting a bit more expensive, but I changed mine on my Cougar when I noticed the engine misfiring when it was wet out. Problem went away. Again it was environment sensitve.

    If none of that works, take it to a Toyota mechanic, not just some regular mechanic. I say that just because I know some and they ALL know Camry's like the back of thier hand (they have to, the see more Camrys than anything else). I would be willing to bet they could find the issue right away. "Experienced Toyota Mechanic" almost always means "Camry Expert". ;f
     

  3. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    any news on the camry yet gore?
     
  4. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

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    My 97 Geo Prizm, back when I had it, suffered a failing starter motor for several weeks before I gave up and replaced it. It had about 115,000 miles at the time. The clerk at the parts store told me that Toyota starters did tend to fail at about 100,000 miles. How many miles do you have?
     
  5. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    It has 85K miles.

    Well, it turns out that one of my cousins is a mechanic and so I am going to drop the car off to him tomorrow and let him take it to work on Monday. He'll mess around with it and take care of business.

    Thanks fellas. :)
     
  6. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    I just asked my toyota mechanic friend. he said if the "check engine" light was on he would look at the crank position sensor first.

    But if not it could be a lot of things.
     
  7. mrb302

    mrb302 Kick'n Brass

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    Sounds like a weak starter motor to me...

    Just guessing.

    Let us know what it was when it's repaired. I'm curious to see how good my pyshic web based vehicle diaognostic service is working. ;)
     
  8. RMTactical

    RMTactical www.AR15pro.net CLM

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    I got it back from my cousin yesterday. It was the starter contacts, cost $10 to replace, works just fine now.

    Thanks!