Cutting out 95 Camry

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Old 16 Apr 2005, 07:36 pm   #1 (permalink)
Adrian Miles-Davros
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Does anyone please have any ideas on this?

My step daughter has a 95 Camry, with the 5SFE engine, it will start easily,
then occasionaly cut out, (usually when idling at lights etc) and not start.
Then after leaving it awhile it seems to start easily again.

There have also been the odd occasions on the freeway when it will get up to
about 60, and then go no faster, then this too will mysteriously clear, and
it runs normally again.

The problem has been going on for about 18 months now, and everytime it goes
to the mechanic, it behaves itself.

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Old 17 Apr 2005, 08:33 am   #2 (permalink)
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Suddenly cutting out at random times sounds like an electrical issue.
Would check the ignition coil first as those have known to be a problem
and would cause the engine to stop running.
Mine must be the California model with the coil on the strut tower, but
most Camrys have the ignition coil inside the distributor (where it is
subjected to more heat and vibration).
The factory service manual has a checklist for no spark conditions, but
could be hard to use with an intermittent condition. Try tapping on the
coil while connected to a DMM (digital multi meter - there are basic
resistance specifications for the primary and secondary windings), and
also heating it with a blow dryer to simulate engine heat, or just
replacing it with another from a wrecking yard.
Generally, trouble shooting by replacing parts is not the best method,
but since others have reported coils going out through the years, might
be worth a try.
---
If that doesn't work, and you have a good mechanic, may have to loan
the car to him, let him drive it until it acts up.
----
Here's one more idea - just a guess really, but think I heard this one
once, -- disconnect the wiring harness to the distributor, blow it out
with compressed air (perhaps a bit of solvent spray if covered with oil
or grease) and re-connect. If you're not getting a solid connection
there, that would cause the car to stop running.

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Old 17 Apr 2005, 08:54 am   #3 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> Suddenly cutting out at random times sounds like an electrical issue.
> Would check the ignition coil first as those have known to be a
> problem and would cause the engine to stop running.
> Mine must be the California model with the coil on the strut tower,
> but most Camrys have the ignition coil inside the distributor (where
> it is subjected to more heat and vibration).
> The factory service manual has a checklist for no spark conditions,
> but could be hard to use with an intermittent condition. Try tapping
> on the coil while connected to a DMM (digital multi meter - there are
> basic resistance specifications for the primary and secondary
> windings), and also heating it with a blow dryer to simulate engine
> heat, or just replacing it with another from a wrecking yard.
> Generally, trouble shooting by replacing parts is not the best method,
> but since others have reported coils going out through the years,
> might be worth a try.
> ---
> If that doesn't work, and you have a good mechanic, may have to loan
> the car to him, let him drive it until it acts up.
> ----
> Here's one more idea - just a guess really, but think I heard this one
> once, -- disconnect the wiring harness to the distributor, blow it
> out with compressed air (perhaps a bit of solvent spray if covered
> with oil or grease) and re-connect. If you're not getting a solid
> connection there, that would cause the car to stop running.


Dan,
Good tips. One suggestion is to use dielectric grease on any connectors
after cleaning and reconnecting to make them water-tight.
davidj92


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Old 17 Apr 2005, 09:53 am   #4 (permalink)
m Ransley
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I have had my coil inside the distributor get damp after high humidity
or rain and short out after the car warmed, leaving it useless for 15-45
minutes. It would die on aceleration till it dried out. A loose cap, bad
coil, grease on coil, bad cap and wires can all do this. This is not an
area for aftermarket parts, My aftermarket cap and wires only last 3-5
yrs, pay the higher price for parts you know will work. Likely the coil
but put on new wires and cap and plugs because of age. My aftermarket
wires caused a short only when hot. So doing all is best.

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Old 17 Apr 2005, 03:07 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Suddenly cutting out at random times sounds like an electrical issue.


Hmmm that's along the lines of what I was thinking, it's a pity her mechanic
is he admits "not too hot with electrics"

Thank you for your help, it's much appreciated, and I'll pass on the info to
her.


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Old 17 Apr 2005, 03:08 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"davidj92" <davidj92@sigecom.net> wrote in message
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> Daniel wrote:
>> Suddenly cutting out at random times sounds like an electrical issue.
>> Would check the ignition coil first as those have known to be a
>> problem and would cause the engine to stop running.
>> Mine must be the California model with the coil on the strut tower,
>> but most Camrys have the ignition coil inside the distributor (where
>> it is subjected to more heat and vibration).
>> The factory service manual has a checklist for no spark conditions,
>> but could be hard to use with an intermittent condition. Try tapping
>> on the coil while connected to a DMM (digital multi meter - there are
>> basic resistance specifications for the primary and secondary
>> windings), and also heating it with a blow dryer to simulate engine
>> heat, or just replacing it with another from a wrecking yard.
>> Generally, trouble shooting by replacing parts is not the best method,
>> but since others have reported coils going out through the years,
>> might be worth a try.
>> ---
>> If that doesn't work, and you have a good mechanic, may have to loan
>> the car to him, let him drive it until it acts up.
>> ----
>> Here's one more idea - just a guess really, but think I heard this one
>> once, -- disconnect the wiring harness to the distributor, blow it
>> out with compressed air (perhaps a bit of solvent spray if covered
>> with oil or grease) and re-connect. If you're not getting a solid
>> connection there, that would cause the car to stop running.

>
> Dan,
> Good tips. One suggestion is to use dielectric grease on any connectors
> after cleaning and reconnecting to make them water-tight.
> davidj92
>

Thanks David, I appreciate your input!


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Old 17 Apr 2005, 03:09 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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>I have had my coil inside the distributor get damp after high humidity
> or rain and short out after the car warmed, leaving it useless for 15-45
> minutes. It would die on aceleration till it dried out. A loose cap, bad
> coil, grease on coil, bad cap and wires can all do this. This is not an
> area for aftermarket parts, My aftermarket cap and wires only last 3-5
> yrs, pay the higher price for parts you know will work. Likely the coil
> but put on new wires and cap and plugs because of age. My aftermarket
> wires caused a short only when hot. So doing all is best.


Hello Michael, LOL! we usually only meet in Dave bashing sessions!

Thanks for your help, it does sound like a very similar problem.

Adrian


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Old 17 Apr 2005, 05:54 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Dave as in Dave the Hvac Hack! I havnt seen him in awhile

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Old 18 Apr 2005, 12:59 am   #9 (permalink)
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"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> Dave as in Dave the Hvac Hack! I havnt seen him in awhile
>

The very same! He's polluting the RV groups, with his usual asinine
trolling, but they're onto him there, and he was using the name
MsMaryPoppins in divorce and marriage groups. He seems to be using the name
Daveinlakevilla more now, in the gun groups especially.

But he is posting a lot less, I thought he may have been sticking behind the
webtv firewall.......


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Old 18 Apr 2005, 06:12 am   #10 (permalink)
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RV groups which ones, he is always worth a slap side the head.

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