1988 Camry Ignition Problem

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Old 15 Aug 2003, 01:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
Sean Grant
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I bought an 88 Camry Wagon five days ago and this problem has happened three
or four times out of may two dozen times I've started it. When I try to
start the car nothing happens, I get the warning lights (including "check
battery") but nothing else. I immediatly thought that the battery was dead,
but nope, the battery was fine. So a few minutes later I tried starting it
again and it started right away, no problems. Each time this happens I only
have to wait a minute or two and it starts great.

This is more of an annoyance than a major problem, but I'm curious if anyone
else has had this problem. My mom said her old Corolla had the same problem
and they tried several mechanics but no one could fix it.

-Sean


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Old 15 Aug 2003, 02:21 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Get it checked out before it Wont start

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Old 15 Aug 2003, 03:19 pm   #3 (permalink)
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If it was me and I didnt pay cash Id STOP PAYMENT NOW and give
the car back......
You Bought a problem

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Old 15 Aug 2003, 11:12 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Sean Grant" <sean.grant@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> I bought an 88 Camry Wagon five days ago and this problem has happened

three
> or four times out of may two dozen times I've started it. When I try to
> start the car nothing happens, I get the warning lights (including "check
> battery") but nothing else. I immediatly thought that the battery was

dead,
> but nope, the battery was fine. So a few minutes later I tried starting

it
> again and it started right away, no problems. Each time this happens I

only
> have to wait a minute or two and it starts great.
>
> This is more of an annoyance than a major problem, but I'm curious if

anyone
> else has had this problem. My mom said her old Corolla had the same

problem
> and they tried several mechanics but no one could fix it.
>
> -Sean


The starter circuit has several components in it which can be giving this
intermittancy. One common one is the starter motor brushes. Its not
commonlyknown that the solenoid coil current path flows through the starter
motor field and armature to ground (motor itself is series-wound or field
and armature are in series. This give infinite torque proportional to
current). If the brushes have worn to minimum length, the brushes which are
replaceable start to not make good initial contact.
Try tapping starter with a spanner or similar (this jolts the brushes to
make contact) and see if the thing works.

Other causes maybe: battery terminals dirty, faulty starter solenoid,
intermittant key switch, intermittant fuse in starting solenoid cct, dirty
contacts on the starting relay etc etc.

To properly diagnose you need a w/shop manual and some ability to trace
wiring etc and use a multimeter or voltmeter.

Jason


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Old 16 Aug 2003, 10:39 am   #5 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Sean Grant" <sean.grant@comcast.net> wrote in message news:<zD9%a.121557$Oz4.25350@rwcrnsc54>...
> I bought an 88 Camry Wagon five days ago and this problem has happened three
> or four times out of may two dozen times I've started it.
> have to wait a minute or two and it starts great.
>

Search for "starter teeth" under Google Groups - Camry.
Not sure if that's your problem, but could be relelvant.
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