96 Toyota Camry stalls when warm

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Old 03 Oct 2004, 05:42 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Help ... my trusty 96 Camry is stalling and it can't get up (until after it
cools for 15 minuts). Mechanic says there are no fault codes present and
has no suggestions. Engine only stalls when sitting idle (it seems to
prefer busy intersections) and only after it's warmed up. When it runs, it
runs great. I've already replaced the distributor cap and rotor (no help).
It doesn't stall every time either. Today for instance, I
disconnected/reconnected the engine temp control sensor harness and
wiggled a few other cables around and went out for a 30 minute test ride
with no problems. Outside temp was low 60s though and I fear the problem
will only show during warmer temps. Going to bring it in garage tonight
and retest. If anyone has any similar experiences, please let me know
(kn4zj@yahoo.com) Thanks/Jim

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Old 03 Oct 2004, 06:55 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Bring it to the "garage" for the simple maintenance stuff, take it to the
dealer for nasty issues like this one. Saves on the stress. If the dealer
can't fix it, you know what you need to do....trade the Camry away.
"kn4zj" <kn4zj@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Help ... my trusty 96 Camry is stalling and it can't get up (until after
> it
> cools for 15 minuts). Mechanic says there are no fault codes present and
> has no suggestions. Engine only stalls when sitting idle (it seems to
> prefer busy intersections) and only after it's warmed up. When it runs, it
> runs great. I've already replaced the distributor cap and rotor (no help).
> It doesn't stall every time either. Today for instance, I
> disconnected/reconnected the engine temp control sensor harness and
> wiggled a few other cables around and went out for a 30 minute test ride
> with no problems. Outside temp was low 60s though and I fear the problem
> will only show during warmer temps. Going to bring it in garage tonight
> and retest. If anyone has any similar experiences, please let me know
> (kn4zj@yahoo.com) Thanks/Jim
>



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Old 04 Oct 2004, 07:22 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 Toyota Camry stalls when warm

Well that would be fine, but I've already brought it home from a well-known
local mechanic who is at a loss as to what it could be. I haven't taken it
to a Toyota dealer ... I've always been told that they will rob you blind
and simply throw parts at it until they fix the problem. The only problem
is you have to pay for all the parts that didn't fix the problem. I could
see spending 500 on this to diagnose/fix ... maybe a bit more. The car
has 170k on it and I know it's capable of 250+ ... My hope was to find
someone on the forum that's had a similar experience with this car and has
already had the stress. At least I can get decent money if I need to trade
... thanks for the input.

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Old 04 Oct 2004, 11:03 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 18:42:31 -0400, "kn4zj" <kn4zj@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Help ... my trusty 96 Camry is stalling and it can't get up (until after it
>cools for 15 minuts). Mechanic says there are no fault codes present and
>has no suggestions. Engine only stalls when sitting idle (it seems to
>prefer busy intersections) and only after it's warmed up. When it runs, it
>runs great. I've already replaced the distributor cap and rotor (no help).
>It doesn't stall every time either. Today for instance, I
>disconnected/reconnected the engine temp control sensor harness and
>wiggled a few other cables around and went out for a 30 minute test ride
>with no problems. Outside temp was low 60s though and I fear the problem
>will only show during warmer temps. Going to bring it in garage tonight
>and retest. If anyone has any similar experiences, please let me know
>(kn4zj@yahoo.com) Thanks/Jim


My first guess would be the igniter or module. Known to be heat
sensitive and can fail intermittently. Before you throw expensive
parts at it, you need to go to the dealer or a shop with lots of
Toyota experience and the appropriate test equipment. You could also
join the Toyotas Only group at Yahoo Groups and inquire there.
FWIW
YMMV
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