1999 Camry stalled, won't restart

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 11:23 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1999 Camry stalled, won't restart

My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
(cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.

Any ideas before I call a tow truck?

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 01:38 pm   #2 (permalink)
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PoxEclipse <fmurtley@nospam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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: My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
: (cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
: light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
: but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
: waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.
:
: Any ideas before I call a tow truck?
:

My Camry's a lot older (1986), but something similar happened to me 2 years
ago. It turned out the distributor had failed; or more specifically, if I
recall correctly, the actual ignition coil was part of the distributor
mechanism, and when that ignition coil failed, the car wouldn't start.

I own a Haynes manual on the Camry, and before having it towed to a shop, I
had used the manual, and tried and failed to diagnose the problem on my own.
As I recall, I did most of the electrical checks that I could do with my
multimeter. There was a (I presume) a set of terminals on the distributor
that was covered by a plastic piece with "Do Not Remove" printed on it. If
I'd ignored that message, and had removed the cover and tested the
electrical characteristics across those terminals myself, I probably would
have pinpointed the problem on my own.



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Old 16 Jan 2005, 02:45 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"PoxEclipse" <fmurtley@nospam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
> (cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
> light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
> but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
> waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.
>
> Any ideas before I call a tow truck?



There are some things you can do,..the old adage an engine needs "fuel and
ignition" to run is useful,..but that was in the carby days when fuel could
be checked by operating the throttle and checking for fuel mist (in carby)


Remove one of the spark-plug leads and place a long screw-driver up where
the plug normally is situated. Hold the handle (make sure the screwdriver is
large enough to have a nice thick well-insulated handle to stop shocks) so
the metal shaft is 1/4-1/2" away from the engine cam-cover. Get a helper to
crank the car,..you should see a healthy blue spark.

If its OK, a fuel test is needed. This requires a spanner to loosen one of
the fuel-pump lines and maybe beyond you. plus it can be hazardous.

It's times like this that we are reminded of the old days of simple engine
fuel systems.

Check the engine for any electrical connectors which are not secure or
disconnected. Also check things like the air intake hose clips are
secure,..and the airfilter housing is secure.

I'd also do a check of all the fuses, associated with the engine: ignition,
ECU etc.

Jason


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Old 16 Jan 2005, 02:47 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Check Timing belt first. then look around for other items if that's
intact and in place.

>My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
>(cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
>light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
>but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
>waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.
>
>Any ideas before I call a tow truck?





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Old 16 Jan 2005, 06:53 pm   #5 (permalink)
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I second the check timing belt --- unless you have definite proof it was
replaced in the last 50k miles!

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>>My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
>>(cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
>>light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
>>but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
>>waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.
>>
>>Any ideas before I call a tow truck?

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 08:56 pm   #6 (permalink)
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>I second the check timing belt --- unless you have definite proof it was
>replaced in the last 50k miles!



Proof or no proof........First thing to check.........fuses
second(actually I do fuses first, but it's not normal to lose a fuse
real abruptly like that...............mayhaps there's more to the
story, like "I was Lighting my cigarrette and all of a sudden, the car
just died"...........If so, please check fuses also.




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Old 16 Jan 2005, 11:04 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Timing belt was replaced at 55,000 miles, about 15,000 miles ago.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:58 am   #8 (permalink)
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"PoxEclipse" <fmurtley@nospam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> My 1999 Camry LE 4-cylinder is normally very dependable, but this morning
> (cold, 25 degrees) it started, and I drove 100 yards to the first stop
> light, then it stalled and won't restart. Starter cranks, engine turns,
> but there is no sign of ignition at all. I pushed it into a parking lot,
> waited an hour, but it still won't restart. It has adequate gas & oil.
>
> Any ideas before I call a tow truck?
>


Cranks but won't start? Sure sounds like a timing belt to me. Loosen the
cover at the 'front' of the engine enough to see the belt and have someone
crank the engine. If the belt ain't turning, that's what it'd be...


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Old 05 Feb 2005, 12:26 am   #9 (permalink)
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Last time that happened here it was one of the main 30A fuses that blew.
Since it supplied power to all the engine control systems, the engine
still cranked, radio played, blower worked, lights and wipers worked, etc.
Swapping the fuse worked -for a time. Garage found a chafed wire inside the
transmission -$600 later!? Good luck...

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Old 05 Feb 2005, 12:27 am   #10 (permalink)
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Last time that happened here it was one of the main 30A fuses that blew.
Since it supplied power to all the engine control systems, the engine
still cranked, radio played, blower worked, lights and wipers worked, etc.
Swapping the fuse worked -for a time. Garage found a chafed wire inside the
transmission -$600 later!? Good luck...

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