Camry not starting with strange noise

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Old 11 Mar 2005, 12:13 pm   #1 (permalink)
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When I turn the ignition in my 96 Camry I get a continuous triggering noise
as long as the key is turned. The car won't start and the noise is like that
of a toy machine gun when firing. I don't know if this could be caused by a
dead battery but I did not want to jump-start the car until I got some of
your advice. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance

ipo


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Old 11 Mar 2005, 12:45 pm   #2 (permalink)
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ipo wrote:
> When I turn the ignition in my 96 Camry I get a continuous triggering
> noise as long as the key is turned. The car won't start and the noise


Check your battery terminals and make sure they are tight.

Next, check the battery voltage under load (or jump start with a known
good battery).

It is possible that you have a starter solenoid problem, but I doubt it.


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Old 11 Mar 2005, 01:28 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"ipo" <ipo@xyz.com> wrote in message
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> When I turn the ignition in my 96 Camry I get a continuous triggering

noise
> as long as the key is turned. The car won't start and the noise is like

that
> of a toy machine gun when firing. I don't know if this could be caused by

a
> dead battery but I did not want to jump-start the car until I got some of
> your advice. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance
>
> ipo


That chattering noise is the spring-loaded solenoid plunger trying to
operate, but because the voltage is weak the plunger flys forward
simultaneously engaging the starter-pinion with the flywheel-ringgear and
bridging the actual startermotor's run-contacts. This then places amuch
larger load on the supply volts which drop-off in level which inturn causes
the solenoid to release,...then the whole cycle starts again giving that
repeated clicking.

Its either the battery or its connections usually.

Jason


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Old 11 Mar 2005, 01:37 pm   #4 (permalink)
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ipo wrote:

> When I turn the ignition in my 96 Camry I get a continuous triggering
> noise as long as the key is turned. The car won't start and the noise
> is like that of a toy machine gun when firing. I don't know if this
> could be caused by a dead battery but I did not want to jump-start
> the car until I got some of your advice. Any thoughts? Thanks in
> advance
>
> ipo


I had this problem a few weeks ago. It is the battery.

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Old 11 Mar 2005, 03:32 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Camry not starting with strange noise

Thank you very much for your feedback. Vey much appreciated. Cleaning the
battery connections did not help but the car did jump start. I also just
learned that the battery is the original one from '96. Should buy a new one?
Thanks again
ipo


"ipo" <ipo@xyz.com> wrote in message
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> When I turn the ignition in my 96 Camry I get a continuous triggering

noise
> as long as the key is turned. The car won't start and the noise is like

that
> of a toy machine gun when firing. I don't know if this could be caused by

a
> dead battery but I did not want to jump-start the car until I got some of
> your advice. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance
>
> ipo
>
>



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Old 11 Mar 2005, 03:37 pm   #6 (permalink)
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ipo wrote:
> Thank you very much for your feedback. Vey much appreciated. Cleaning
> the battery connections did not help but the car did jump start. I
> also just learned that the battery is the original one from '96.


Wow, that is great life for an OEM battery!

You are overdue for a replacement. FYI, I use the Sears Diehard
Weatherhandler series, a mid-priced battery that has given me excellent
service. YMMV.


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Old 11 Mar 2005, 03:52 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Travis Jordan wrote:
> ipo wrote:
>
>>Thank you very much for your feedback. Vey much appreciated. Cleaning
>>the battery connections did not help but the car did jump start. I
>>also just learned that the battery is the original one from '96.

>
>
> Wow, that is great life for an OEM battery!
>
> You are overdue for a replacement. FYI, I use the Sears Diehard
> Weatherhandler series, a mid-priced battery that has given me excellent
> service. YMMV.
>
>

That is terrific life for an OEM (or any) car battery. Generally, you
can figure on about four years, so you got twice the "normal" battery life.

Gary
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