1990 Toyota Camry starting HELP!

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 01:57 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I have a bit of an interesting problem with my camry. First off, it's
an 1990 camry automatic v6. Right now I can't start my car... This is
my problem! I turn the ignition key on and i get nothing. The car
won't turn over, there are no dash lights that come on, nothing! The
inside lights of the car still work as well as my headlights but my
brake lights, signal lights, and everything else doesn't seem to work.
Everytime i turn over the key i get absolutely zero response. Has
someone else experienced this before or know what it could be? Any
help would be great, thanks!

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 06:43 am   #2 (permalink)
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What is battery voltage, it should be apx 13.25v, not 12v. Did you
clean cables and terminals on the battery, your issue is common, use
common sence, the starter takes maximum power. Start with the basics.
Mine did that with just one cable I forgot to clean, I did the terminals
but not the neg cable.

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 07:58 am   #3 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> What is battery voltage, it should be apx 13.25v, not 12v. Did you
> clean cables and terminals on the battery, your issue is common, use
> common sence, the starter takes maximum power. Start with the basics.
> Mine did that with just one cable I forgot to clean, I did the terminals
> but not the neg cable.
>

I second that. You actually have to take apart the connections and use
an inside/outside battery brush. Reassemble with a felt washer on each
terminal. Coat with grease to seal out air and water.

Note that disconnecting the battery will also reset you LoJack if you
have one. LoJack as an ignition cutoff.
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Old 09 Aug 2006, 08:58 am   #4 (permalink)
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Right Stubby, thats what I forgot, I did not look inside my cable
terminal, it was corroded but my battery was cleaned. I got a
battery-cable cleaner tool and it fixed my issue. Other than cables
-battery its on to the starter to see if you are getting voltage.

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 10:23 am   #5 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> Right Stubby, thats what I forgot, I did not look inside my cable
> terminal, it was corroded but my battery was cleaned. I got a
> battery-cable cleaner tool and it fixed my issue. Other than cables
> -battery its on to the starter to see if you are getting voltage.


Thank you so much guys. I'll check and try everything that was
mentioned when i get home from work. What's interseting is that the
battery is brand new, literaly. I just got it earlier yesterday and it
seemed to work fine after installing it. I had replaced the alternator
the week before but that was giving me some issues yesterday. On top
of the alternator there is a small bolt that sticks up and a wire with
an O ring like end that goes over this bolt. Well i tightened that
connection and got a small spark (like an idiot i forgot to disconnect
the battery). So i'm wondering if you guys think maybe i shorted
something and if so, what could it be? I checked all the fuses and
none of them seem to be blown. Thanks for all of your help!

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 10:31 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1990 Toyota Camry starting HELP!

Oh i also forgot to mention. There is an old "black widow" alarm on the
car that hasn't been working right for years. It will just arm and
disarm itself whenever it feels like. do you think that this may be
part of the problem as well?

thanks for all your help.

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Old 10 Aug 2006, 10:42 am   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for everyones help. it ended up being a blown alternator fuse.
After i was able to take it off and take a close look i saw that it was
blown. thanks everyone!

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Old 13 Aug 2006, 02:36 am   #8 (permalink)
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It would be advisable to remove the alarm... Last week I had a no
start/starter not working condition on my sisters Olds, was due to part of
an old alarm system left on by the original selling dealer

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