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#159 of 164 1996 Camry Starting Problems
Jan 24, 2013 (7:09 am)
I have a 96 toyota camry that wont start. when i turn the key, the starter clicks but doesnt turn. I replaced the starter and it works fine (as does the one i took out). the battery was obviously checked and is charged. when i hook up the starter to the leads and its not in the engine it doesnt turn (in other words, its not a locked engine). I replaced one of the fuses in the starting relay and it didnt make a difference. So the problem is between the battery and the starter - the starter isnt getting enough power (if i take it to an autoparts store it works when hooked up to their system but doesnt work (but makes a click) when hooked up to the car. any ideas?
#160 of 164 Re: 1996 Camry Starting Problems [jfranko]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 24, 2013 (8:06 am)
Maybe bad battery cables then.
we know your starter is okay
we know your engine is not seized
we know that current flows from your ignition key to your starter solenoid (because it clicks)
So my guess is not enough juice from the battery.
Jan 27, 2013 (11:15 am)
Owner of a billon used cars, me, can safely say you should replace the starter. A rebuilt starter is just as good and so much cheaper.I have paid as little as 25$ for a rebuilt starter.
#162 of 164 Re: need new starter [uckrkat123]
Jan 27, 2013 (1:06 pm)
Thanx for replying -- but why do you think it is the starter?
It's "intermittent" and been two times in past 2 mos. that it hasn't started.
Wouldn't a bad starter act up more often?
#163 of 164 Re: Intermittent starting problems Camry 2002 [camry002]
Feb 28, 2013 (12:51 pm)
Update and Resolution---finally! Camry 2002 intermittent starting problems:
For the 3rd time, car that had been sitting in the garage overnight, would not start. First time was in Dec., then again late Jan., and now late Feb. 2013. Car dealerships couldn't figure it out.
This time, "brilliant relative" with support of "brilliant friend" suggested that we not call AAA to jump start it. Instead, wanted to actually swap my battery with his known-functioning battery. He made the reconnect. It started IMMEDIATELY!
Moral of the story, perhaps:
When AAA jump starts a battery, it gives it enough juice so that when you take it to O'Reilly's Auto or a dealership/mechanic, the readout is okay BUT ACTUALLY IT ISN'T ... FOR LONG! The manager told me it was likely the starter or something else that was a parasitic low draw on my battery.
To their credit, O'Reilly's did use their battery checker device on wheels the first time this occurred and it showed it supposedly was not the battery. Maybe not to their credit -- is the fact that batteries being their specialty and having had the explanation of what happened, they didn't realize or admit that jumping it can cause it to look like a battery is still OK. My battery was 2 years and 4 mos. old. They replaced it but made me pay the amount of the remaining 8 mos on the warranty.
Sure hope that this may help some of the rest of you, and save you some money, too. I was close to starting to replace the Relay, first; then probably have to think about replacing the Starter.
Still totally enjoying my Camry, at slightly over 10 yrs. old!
#164 of 164 engine turns but doesn't start on occassions
May 01, 2013 (6:03 am)
I have a 96 Camry manual transmission. It usually starts fine but on two occassions in the past month the engine rotated but wouldn't start, no starter problem or battery problem. The first time that it happened I towed it to the mechanic and it started fine to him. The computer didn't provide any error codes. I run the car for about two weeks and one sunday morning again, the engine rotated but wouldn't start. Not even an explosion or two, nothing. Sunday evening I tried again and it started fine. I took it to the mechanic again, it started fine to him every time he tried. Any idea what may be going wrong?