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#413 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [kiawah]
May 02, 2009 (2:19 pm)
I have 73K miles on my car.
Funny thing I had oil change done at this toyota dealrship also last time just like this time. At that ime they told me I needed a new timing belt.
Funny because I thought I had gotten my timing belt changed about 4 months prior to that! But at a different dealership then this one.
So when I got oil change done this time with this toyota dealership I went and asked the mechanic if he could look and see If my timing belt was new. This guy was shifty and he told me he had looked at my timing belt and it looked new!!!
But last time they told me I neededa new timing belt!!
But in between the 2 oil changes at that toyota dealership I didn't get any timing belt!!
Why did the car stopped and would not start - I am wondering on the same day when I had my oil change done at this toyota dealership? I got oil change done at 3pm and the car stopped at 11pm when I stopped at a red light traffic light. And I drove the car on and off inbetween. And it was working.
But I had gotten some service done almost 7 months ago at a different dealership(where I had timing belt change done also)
And since then the toyota would stop after I had started it for 5 minutes and at traffic red light or a stop sign but then it would alawys start in 1 minute again.
Now after I had that oil change done at this toyota dealership the car just stopped at the red traffic light and would not start. I had car towed to my home and it is still not starting.
The car key would turn and lights would come on and as I turn the car key it a Ghrr and ghrr sound would come on - sound like when the car does not start? And car has not started.
#414 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [chilon]
May 02, 2009 (4:06 pm)
As mentioned, it could be hundreds of things and nobody over the internet is going to be able to figure out your problem based upon the only fact that it won't start.
Unless you know a competent mechanic who will come to the car with his tools, you'll need to get it towed to a garage, and have them diagnose what the problem is.
You seem to be making a linkage in your mind between the oil change and this problem. Unless you ran out of oil, your oil light came on and you are out of oil, it probably had nothing to do with the oil change. You drove it for a couple of hours and any number of things totally unrelated to an oil change could have gone wrong.
Let a shop look at it, and see what they find.
#415 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [kiawah]
May 03, 2009 (12:02 pm)
Is city garage good honest shop? They are charging almost $100 to diagnose why the car won't start? Is that okay price? Other issue I have is that I have only 2 AAA tows left. if city garage charge too much I may have to find some one else and then again get the car towed to that place.
One question - could the problem be the starter? The lights come on and when I turn the key the car makes ghrr ghrr noise? So could it be the starter?
or spark plugs?
or something else.
One person told be it could be the sending unit? I don't even know what that is.
#416 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [kiawah]
May 03, 2009 (1:00 pm)
why did you ask for timing belt?
Honestly I "thought" that I got it changed about 7 months ago but I am not sure.
In my last oil change before this one the dealer recommended I get my timing belt changed and about "water pump leak"
Could that have something to do with car stopping?
I will take the car to get it checked this week.
Also could I tow my car with another car? How do i do that? what equipment will I need. I am thinking of doing it as that car garage is only 2 miles from my place.
#417 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [chilon]
May 03, 2009 (1:10 pm)
Your car stopped running immediately, and has never attempted to run again even poorly. A lot of times when one of the many sensors are starting to go bad, it may run poorly for a while, and then even run okay.
If a timing belt breaks, the engine will stop immediately and absolutely not run until it's replaced.
I asked about a timing belt replacement, based upon the age of the vehicle. It would have cost you somewhere around 500 to $1000 to replace the timing belt, and they do the water pump also while they have everything torn apart.....since at 70/80/100K it's on last legs as well.
The accessory belt is one that is on the outside of the engine that you see, and many oil change places ask you if you want it replaced since it's easy to do. Belt is probably 30 bucks, takes 10-15 minutes to do, and perhaps they might charge you 50-100 bucks.
The timing belt is somewhat internal to the engine, and a major repair. The mechanic can test easily for cylinder compression, which if you have none is a major problem.
But again, there are many many things that could be wrong, and you need a mechanic to look at it to determine what the problem is. You (we/me) should not be randomly guessing, based upon a 'no-start' a grr-grr sound. If you are not mechanically inclined with tools, let a mechanic diagnose this so you don't do any other damage and run the repair bill up further.
If you have access to a pu truck (or something what can tow a 3500ish pound load, you can rent a car dolly at say Hertz for maybe 30-40 bucks a day. But I'd suggest to call a tow truck, let the professionals handle this.
I don't know what kind of shape this vehicle is in, and how much money you are willing to sink into it before you cut your losses and run. But you should be doing a little research to understand it's value in a non-running condition, and a running condition. This may be a cheap repair, this may be an expensive repair. If you have a leaking waterpump already, you're looking at the timing belt/waterpump repair as stated earlier.
#418 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [chilon]
May 03, 2009 (1:13 pm)
Toyota Camry not start.
Go to mycarspace for pictures. Seach:"blog:1990 q-45. Then scroll to 93 Toyota Camry V6 plug change".
I'd check the wire harness to the distributor. Iif they are not clicked onto the ignition circuit harness tightly, they will vibrate off and on at a light. I know mine did this after changing the valve cover gasket I forgot to push the wires on tight.It drove ok for about a week then one day it shut off at the light then started right back up.
One quick simple test is to pull a plug wire off, on top of the engine (comes from distributor too ) and insert a phillips srewdriver in the wire where the spark plug was connected or insert a spark plug on here. Crank the engine, and look for a spark.
I do this test in the dark with the screwdriver touching some metal part on the engine. This eliminates timing belt, electrical, A 2minute test!! Tomorrow will test fuel pump.
#419 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [rearwheeldrive]
May 03, 2009 (1:51 pm)
I read your problem wrong 93 Camry stopped .
I think you now run your battery down or you have engine problems mechanical parts, not electrical
Its one thing the car shuts off but another if it won't crank over. A Starter Motor is spinning fast, just before the engine runs. It sounds like it wont even crank over. Is it spinning fast still?.....No?
So now you have two problems a dead battery, and the problem when it originally shut off at the light.
When trying to start a car, if it dosen't start in 2-3 seconds something is wrong, More trouble shooting is required. Simply cranking the engine over and over will only make more things worst. Battery, fails.Starter Motor gets hot.
Right now you need a volt meter connected at the battery, or a jump start. Then do the test in above post.Your battery should show 12.5 or more volts.
#420 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [rearwheeldrive]
May 03, 2009 (8:26 pm)
okay. It is 1995 Toyota camry LE 2 door with 73000 miles on it.
The car won't start
It won't CRANK.
When I turn the key in to start it only that Ghrr Ghrr noise.
There is no Cranking
and I don't hear any engine noise at all.
No I don not hear any starter motor spining fast.
All lights come on when I turn the car key.
After the car stopped I had tried to get battery charged but it made no difference.
So the battery is okay.
The background again:
What happened was:
I had the car serviced before. ONLY after servicing that the car BEGAN to stop after 5 minutes and only when I was stopped at a Traffic red light or a stop sign.
But then it would start back in less then 1 minute maybe even in 30 seconds or so.
But last thursday it stopped as I was coming home from running errands after getting the oil change done by the toyota dealer.
And it would just not start unlike before.
There is no cranking. I hear no engine noise when I turn the key.
It seems to have died on me.
#421 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [kiawah]
May 03, 2009 (8:38 pm)
The car has only 73k miles on it.
well I went to auto parts retailer today. He recommened a mechanic to me. Also he told me don't go to 1 AAA recommened garage. "those guys are crooks." I don't know what to say. I asked him why. He said they overcharge you and gave me an example of a lady who he said was overcharged.
Yeah I got to find out if my timing belt was changed 7 months ago.
See I asked the dealers' auto mechanic if my timing belt was new. He said it looked new, but at the prior oil change the dealer said I needed timing belt changed! But in between these 2 oil changes I did not get any timing belt replaced!!
Now I am suspicious of that dealer's mechanic. May be he did something to my timing belt. You can tell if someone is shifty and not honest. I could be wrong.
I don't know really if that dealer's mechanic actually did something to my timing belt.
But I will get the car checked this week. probably call someone to tow it.
One guy is charging almost 98 dollars and other almost 70 dollars! one way of course and that is only 3 miles far from my house!
#422 of 727 Re: Older 1995 Camry LE 2 door stopped at traffic light and now won't start! [chilon]
May 04, 2009 (4:50 am)
The timing belt is inside the engine, nobody could have done anything to it.