1998 Camry Computer Question

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Old 08 Sep 2005, 01:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
Joe AutoDrill
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Default 1998 Camry Computer Question

The PC in my car is supposedly dead. Chipmunks chewed through the wires...
And now that the wires are back where they should be, the car still doesn't
run right and the computer is supposedly the cause according to the shop.
Is it possible for a 1998 Camry to start (even if barely) with a dead
computer?

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Old 09 Sep 2005, 12:32 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Is it possible for a 1998 Camry to start (even if barely) with a dead
computer?
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No.
The ECM controls too many essential functions, right down to checking
for spark at each engine revolution.
Since they rarely go bad, best bet, find one used from a wrecking yard,
online or local.
Actually, shouldn't even be difficult to change - look under the glove
compartment.

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Old 09 Sep 2005, 01:02 pm   #3 (permalink)
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> No.
> The ECM controls too many essential functions, right down to checking
> for spark at each engine revolution.
> Since they rarely go bad, best bet, find one used from a wrecking yard,
> online or local.
> Actually, shouldn't even be difficult to change - look under the glove
> compartment.


Thank you for the info... Do you think it is possible for it to be
partially shorted out? The car I have was running as if it had bad gas.
Couldn't hit the pedal more than about 5% or it would stall and it would
stall if you let go of the pedal too... Just curious if it could possibly
be the computer - especially since that is what the repair shop is charging
me to have replaced.

What caused the problem you ask? Chipmunks chewing the wiring harness near
the Idle Air Control system. Ate straight through the wires.
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Old 09 Sep 2005, 04:52 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Joe AutoDrill wrote:
> The PC in my car is supposedly dead. Chipmunks chewed through the
> wires... And now that the wires are back where they should be, the
> car still doesn't run right and the computer is supposedly the cause
> according to the shop. Is it possible for a 1998 Camry to start (even
> if barely) with a dead computer?


Yes, the ECU can be bad and some functions may work and some not. When the
wires were chewed through there were no doubt shorts in unknown circuits
that could cause wierd symptoms. You can possibly find a used one in a local
salvage yard or there are online salvage yards and new OEM parts online as
well.
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