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#49 of 164 1996 toyoto camry startup problem
Jul 31, 2008 (7:48 pm)
I am having intermittent starting problems with my 1996 toyota Camry.
It has happend 3 times till now. First it happened 2 months back. I turned the keys and nothing happend. I
turned it 3-4 times but nothing it didn't even click or anything. I tried few more times it clicked once but didn't
start. My interior light and headlights were working. I went to office in friend's car. In the evening I tried to
start the car again. Turned the keys 3-4 times after trying for few times finally it started. I had the problem for 2
days. I used to start the car by turning key again and again. After 2 days the problem disappeared. But then it
showed up again 2nd time a month back. At that time also it did last for one or two days and then went away. Today,
after a month, same thing happend again, this is third time. In the morning car did not start. I tried to turn the
key 3-4 time. It clicked once(made that start up noise) but didn't start. I did not take it to work. In the evening
when I tried to start it, it started after 3-4 attempts. Once it started I took it to the mechanic and explained
him the problem. He was about to close the workshop, so he didn't take a look at the car. Based on my description
of problem he said it might be a problem with the starter.
What could be the issue? Thanks!
Aug 01, 2008 (6:37 am)
Could be the starter, or the keylock/switch circuit. To conclusively prove, when you have a failing condition (it won't start), someone needs to check with a voltmeter whether the starter is getting the right voltages telling it to start (in which case the problem is in the starter itself), or it doesn't have the right voltages (in which case the problem is upstream in the switch circuit).
#51 of 164 Re: [kiawah]
Aug 01, 2008 (5:47 pm)
Today it started without any issue. May be when next time it starts giving problem I will have mechanic to check the voltage with voltmeter.
Actually I don't want to wait till it fails again. I am afraid that what if it gives problem again when I really need car or if I am some where away from town.
I took it to mechanic also, as it is staring without any issue he said he can not check anything. Thanks.
#52 of 164 Re: 1996 toyoto camry startup problem [raviraj]
Aug 04, 2008 (7:35 pm)
bad battery. just had that happen to one of my cars. wasn't the starter or anything else. ran the interior lights and occasionally a click on the solenoid. not enuf juice to turn the starter.
#53 of 164 Re: My Camry won't start...even with a "jump" [debv]
Aug 11, 2008 (9:18 am)
hi my girlfriend is having the same problems. its been going on and off for a few months. at first we thought it was her battery because nothing would actually turn on. but after a jump nothing changed. we tried a jump one more time and it worked after that. same exact thing happened the next day. she brought it tot the toyota dealer and told her that nothing was wrong with the battery, so she didn't replace it. things seemed fine after that until month later her car wouldn't start again. this time it was making very loud clicking sounds very fast. we tried to start it about 8 times before giving up. her father gives it a try later on the day and gets it started. i have a feeling it might be the starter but i'm not a mechanic. i advised to bring it to a different dealer from last time to see what they come up with. if you could share your experiences with me that would be very helpful.
#54 of 164 97 Camry - P0136 - Engine Light
Aug 20, 2008 (8:10 pm)
I have a 1997 camry which had the engine light on. I checked the OBD codes and got P0136 (just one code nothing else). The guy said Oxygen O2 Sensor Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1, Sensor 2). Now, I replaced the front oxygen sensor only a year ago. Is this the same one or different. If so where is it located.
Also, this could be due to the fact that my fuel is running lean. Every time I start in the morning for the first time the engine stalls, I have to race it and/or pump the gas pedal few times to get it started. Do you guys know how to increase the fuel/air mixture to adjust so I can get a more rich mixture which might fix this issue.
Thanks for any help in advance
#55 of 164 Re: 97 Camry - P0136 - Engine Light [athurai]
Aug 20, 2008 (8:18 pm)
Sensor 1, is between the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter. Sensor 2 is 'after' the catalytic converter.
#56 of 164 Re: 2004 Camry Starting Problems [frankrom22]
Dec 13, 2008 (3:43 am)
hi..having the same problem with my camry..did you find out the proble?..ken
#57 of 164 98 camry no power smoking near torque converter
Dec 13, 2008 (11:08 am)
my wife had her toy just die a couple of days ago stalled while driving, all electical drained just checked batt it is dead not sure where to start any suggestions tried hooking jumper cables just sprarks like grounding out dont see any cables or wires bare initially
#58 of 164 electrical dying and not battery
Dec 13, 2008 (12:07 pm)
When I experienced this in the past, it turned out that an animal had gotten up into my engine and eaten the coating off the wires (it apparently has fish oil or something in the coating that makes it appetizing to critters such as snakes, rodents, skunks, etc.) It is apparently very common once the weather turns cold for animals to like to climb up inside warm car engines to stay warm, and then they find they like chewing on the wiring coatings. The exposed wires then caused shorting out, and the car shuttered and then died. When this happened the first time, it caused the computer that runs my engine to short out, so the whole computer and most of my wires had to be replaced/repaired (the mechanic even showed me all the little chewed bits of rubber around the engine to explain to me about the animal, although we didn't see signs of the critter - sometimes it will kill the critter and you'll find the snake or whatever still there). BTW, when I called the insurance company to see if they would cover the cost, I was surprised that they would, and they said it actually is somewhat common.
Unfortunately, when they did the initial repair, they failed to spot one bundle of exposed wires that was hidden by an after-market security system my car had. So, more than ten years later, my car again had electrical failure when the battery was fine, and a resourceful mechanic trying to diagnose it asked for permission to remove the (now-defunct) security system, and when he did, discovered the one bundle that hadn't been repaired. Over the years the exposed wires had corroded to the green hue "of the Stature of Liberty" as he described it, and they finally got so hot they fused together, causing the car to die. He replaced that one bundle and again my problem was resolved.
Hope this is helpful.