94 camry- no one can diagnose the problem

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Old 21 Aug 2006, 04:06 pm   #1 (permalink)
mike
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Default 94 camry- no one can diagnose the problem

hey guys,

we need a camry guy to figure this one out. been to 3 different shops in a
little over a week. no one has a clue what's wrong with my wife's car. if
the story was in the newspaper, the headline would read:

"Camry problem persists - mechanics baffled"

c'mon guys, i know someone can figure this one out. i'd love to go into the
electrical shop and ask, "have you checked the (blank)," and have that be
the problem. save everybody a lot of time.

ok, here goes.............

symptoms:

she tells me the engine light is coming on and them it loses power (stalls
out) she has to restart and go up the gears from low to drive - real slow
accelerattion. problem is intermittent. doesn't happen all the time. has not
happened to me. car is not safe to drive like this. so i take it to work and
back.

it drives fine for me but sounds a little loud. i bring it to a muffler
joint. "needs a flex pipe," i'm told. "could this cause the loss of power
problem," i ask. "maybe," i'm told. $125 later it's quieter but problem
persists intermittently for my wife.

take it to our regular mechanic who has it two days. he tells me, "we can't
get the car's computer to talk to our computer." he can't figure it out.
suggests we take it to an automotive electric shop.

they have had it for two full days now (we brought to them last friday).
they are telling us, "we're having a problem diagnosing the problem. let us
have it a couple of more days."

so that's where we're at. any educated guesses as to the problem? i hate
intermittent problems.

thanks,

mike


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Old 21 Aug 2006, 06:18 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 94 camry- no one can diagnose the problem

If it dies out after it first warms up in the morning it could be the
coil is shorting out from oil that is leaking past the O ring, Coils are
common problems if yours is under the distributor cap.

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Old 22 Aug 2006, 10:32 am   #3 (permalink)
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mike wrote:
> hey guys,
>
> we need a camry guy to figure this one out. been to 3 different shops in a
> little over a week. no one has a clue what's wrong with my wife's car. if
> the story was in the newspaper, the headline would read:
>
> "Camry problem persists - mechanics baffled"
>
> c'mon guys, i know someone can figure this one out. i'd love to go into the
> electrical shop and ask, "have you checked the (blank)," and have that be
> the problem. save everybody a lot of time.
>
> ok, here goes.............
>
> symptoms:
>
> she tells me the engine light is coming on and them it loses power (stalls
> out) she has to restart and go up the gears from low to drive - real slow
> accelerattion. problem is intermittent. doesn't happen all the time. has not
> happened to me. car is not safe to drive like this. so i take it to work and
> back.
>
> it drives fine for me but sounds a little loud. i bring it to a muffler
> joint. "needs a flex pipe," i'm told. "could this cause the loss of power
> problem," i ask. "maybe," i'm told. $125 later it's quieter but problem
> persists intermittently for my wife.
>
> take it to our regular mechanic who has it two days. he tells me, "we can't
> get the car's computer to talk to our computer." he can't figure it out.
> suggests we take it to an automotive electric shop.
>
> they have had it for two full days now (we brought to them last friday).
> they are telling us, "we're having a problem diagnosing the problem. let us
> have it a couple of more days."
>
> so that's where we're at. any educated guesses as to the problem? i hate
> intermittent problems.
>
> thanks,
>
> mike



I agree with Mr. Ramsley. Check that distributor coil. A new
distributor O-ring is about $3 from the dealership... might be time to
change it too (since you have a '94).

Also, if the engine light comes on, borrow an OBD-II reader from
AutoZone to diagnose the error.

"We can't get the car's computer to talk to our computer." That's a
good one!

Michael

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Old 22 Aug 2006, 04:11 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 94 camry- no one can diagnose the problem

GO with ransley I had a somewhat simmilar problem with my I4 camry he was
right on the money with the coil being bad. The car was hard to start but
would sit & idle just fine would die when gas applied

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Old 22 Aug 2006, 06:23 pm   #5 (permalink)
mike
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Default Re: 94 camry- no one can diagnose the problem

hey,

they are telling me in probably need a new "computer" since it is not
sending any codes at all to their diagnostic computers. they cannot even
"induce" a message to be generated by the cars computer to their diagnostic
computers.

what do you guys think?

mike


"sqdancerLynn" <sqdancerlynn1@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:158a1b8ffb1d541dc9aab63993187b1a@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> GO with ransley I had a somewhat simmilar problem with my I4 camry he
> was
> right on the money with the coil being bad. The car was hard to start but
> would sit & idle just fine would die when gas applied
>



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