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Old 21 Oct 2005, 07:06 pm   #1 (permalink)
curniac
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Forgive me, because I know nothing about cars. Here is my problem.

While driving, the car just died. After getting it pulled over, the car
tries to turn over but doesn't. There is no smoke coming out of the
back and there is oil in the car.

After a day or two of it sitting in the driveway. I went to start the
car and it took a little effort, but it started up...for about 1 min or
so.

Now after about a week and a half, I go to start the car and it starts
fine and runs for atleast 5-10 mins with no indication that it is going
to stop.

Anyone have any ideas? Fuel Filter is what a friend told me he thinks
it might be. Is there anyway to diagnose for that?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 21 Oct 2005, 09:35 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:06:42 -0700, curniac wrote:

> Forgive me, because I know nothing about cars. Here is my problem.
>
> While driving, the car just died. After getting it pulled over, the car
> tries to turn over but doesn't. There is no smoke coming out of the
> back and there is oil in the car.
>
> After a day or two of it sitting in the driveway. I went to start the
> car and it took a little effort, but it started up...for about 1 min or
> so.
>
> Now after about a week and a half, I go to start the car and it starts
> fine and runs for atleast 5-10 mins with no indication that it is going
> to stop.
>
> Anyone have any ideas? Fuel Filter is what a friend told me he thinks
> it might be. Is there anyway to diagnose for that?
>
> Thanks for any help.


Nah, you just change it.

What you could do (this is a little dangerous...) is yank the filter, turn
it upside down and run something through it. I was thinking gasoline, but
you could try carb cleaner. I don't think it will hurt the filtering
element.

But I don't think this is the problem. Usually a dirty fuel filter will
let the car run until you ask for more power. But you never know!

New filter from Toyota is about $35.

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Old 22 Oct 2005, 08:45 am   #3 (permalink)
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check the ignition coil first
fairly common source of this type of complaint

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Old 22 Oct 2005, 09:18 am   #4 (permalink)
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See if you get spark when it is dead, if no spark start with the coil,
if you have spark its fuel related, likely the fuel pump.

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Old 22 Oct 2005, 11:16 am   #5 (permalink)
Curniac
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thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I will see what I can do.
Hopefully it's not anything to big.

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Old 01 Nov 2005, 11:18 pm   #6 (permalink)
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sounds like that the timeing belt silped a notch and after it cools it will
start with a little help.

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