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Old 22 Aug 2005, 05:16 pm   #1 (permalink)
Joe
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Default Strange Engine Symptoms...

Car starts... But when you hit the gas, you have to do it VERY gradually or
it seems to cut off all fuel flow. I thought maybe a vacuum hose had come
off, but they all seem to be fine. New air filter. Newish plug wires but
definitely good.

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Old 23 Aug 2005, 04:51 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Strange Engine Symptoms...

Joe wrote:
> Car starts... But when you hit the gas, you have to do it VERY
> gradually or it seems to cut off all fuel flow. I thought maybe a
> vacuum hose had come off, but they all seem to be fine. New air
> filter. Newish plug wires but definitely good.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Joe in Northern, NJ - V#8013-R
>
> Ride a motorcycle in or near NJ?
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Sounds like you are getting too much fuel or not enough timing advance. Cam
timing off will cause this as well. Are all sensors plugged in? Try
unplugging them and replugging to clean possible dirty connections. Is
distributor loose or cap loose?
How old is vehicle and mileage? If high miles has timing belt been replaced?
You didn't mention the year, if later than 1996 it can be scanned for codes.
Autozone will do this for free.
HTH, davidj92


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Old 23 Aug 2005, 06:17 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Strange Engine Symptoms...

> Sounds like you are getting too much fuel or not enough timing advance.
> Cam timing off will cause this as well. Are all sensors plugged in? Try
> unplugging them and replugging to clean possible dirty connections. Is
> distributor loose or cap loose?
> How old is vehicle and mileage? If high miles has timing belt been
> replaced?
> You didn't mention the year, if later than 1996 it can be scanned for
> codes. Autozone will do this for free.
> HTH, davidj92


Thank you.

1998 Camry. 140,000 miles. Had it's timing belt done a year or two ago and
we don't drive THAT much.

Will check the sensors again and do that stuff...

Check Engine light is also on so that indicates something too... I just
don't have a clue what.

Not driveable to an Autozone. Barely made it 1/2 mile downhill to shop last
night for prelim drop-off.
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Old 23 Aug 2005, 05:10 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Follow-Up - Problem...

They can't find the problem at the shop. They think the timing belt may
have jumped a notch... Even though I had it done less than 30,000 miles
ago.

Thoughts?

Joe in Northern, NJ - V#8013-R

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> Car starts... But when you hit the gas, you have to do it VERY gradually
> or it seems to cut off all fuel flow. I thought maybe a vacuum hose had
> come off, but they all seem to be fine. New air filter. Newish plug
> wires but definitely good.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Joe in Northern, NJ - V#8013-R
>
> Ride a motorcycle in or near NJ?
> http://tinyurl.com/4zkw8
> http://www.youthelate.com
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>
>



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Old 23 Aug 2005, 05:55 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Follow-Up - Problem...

Lots of times "fuel" problems can actually be electrical.
The fuel systems on the Camry don't cause very many problems.
When you say "newish" plug wires, were they genuine Toyota parts?
If not, try replacing those, along with stock ND or NGK spark plugs.
Many times aftermarket plug wires can cause problems.

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Old 29 Aug 2005, 06:04 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Possible timing belt being off.

Other possible causes include fuel starvation (clogged filter, broken
line, fuel pump?) or ignition timing being way off. Pull a spark plug
after it dies and look at the color. Red is lean and wet black is way
rich. Isolate if it's a fuel, air or spark issue.

This problem didn't just start up on it's own did it?


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