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#443 of 727 Re: Toyota Camry Alternator [rearwheeldrive]
May 07, 2009 (7:41 pm)
It is 95 camry - 4 cylinder automatic car with 73000 miles on it.
I don't know how to describe it better. True I don't even have basic understanding of car mechanics.
Again first the background:
I had service done on the 1995 Toyota Camry 2 years ago - cooolant flush, break fluid change, body throttle, spark plugs etc. Immediately as I drove the car after the service the steering froze up and the car stopped on the side road!!! As I waited after a couple of minutes it drove fine!!!! I immediately drove back to the mechanic who worked on the car. He told me it could be the fumes trapped where engine is!!! He said I would be okay. I did not know too well so I said okay.
After this the car ran okay for a little while. But then one weird thing happened.
I would start the car and it would start. Then after I drove it for 2-3 minutes, and I stopped at red light or stop sign the car would stop and would only start after 10 seconds or so!! It kept on happening like this.
I had oil change done. The dealer's mechanic told me my battery was at 425 ampheres and it should be at 725 ampheres or so but said I was okay and battery would recharge as I drive the car.
And I drove the car for several hours after oil change.
And I stopped the car at red light and it stopped and died on me! A good samaritan came behind me and stopped his car and gave me battery jump through his cables. But the car woould not start. When I turn the key it gives me 2 ghrr ghrr sounds the sound when you try to start the car and it would not start.
The weather is bad here now and has been like this for some days now! So I will take the car to mechanic on Monday. I take ride to work with a friend meanwhile.
Would the dealer charge much more then the local mechanic?
#444 of 727 Re: Toyota Camry Alternator [chilon]
May 08, 2009 (10:44 pm)
This is really going in three different direction
First: the shut off its a bad electric connection to the ignition.
Second: the grr grr sound is a dead battery or a bad starter motor. A voltage check will determine which. A jump start should get the cars starter motor spinning, if the battery is not damaged, and the the wires are clean and tight.If the car is really 70k miles the battery is probably the original, and needs replaced.
Third: the 425 amp hours is a reserve built into the battery by the manufacture It can never be changed by charging. Find another mechanic who isn't baffling you with B.S.
Your dealer is the best bet Have the age of the battery ready so maybe you don't get charged for that too.Sears or Auto parts store can look up your battery amp hour rating for your car You can buy a big 700 amp hour battery, but why? The battery can start your car with the minimum required, whatever that is. 425 amp hours sounds right for a Toyota 4 cylinder engine. Its not the problem here.
#445 of 727 Re: Toyota Camry Alternator [rearwheeldrive]
May 09, 2009 (3:16 am)
Nobody can tell from an internet written description of "grr grr" what that means. To me, that could be the sound of the starter turning the engine, but it not firing (ie, no fuel delivery or no spark). If the battery were totally dead, you'd expect an internet description of "click", or perhaps if battery was low on voltage a "slow grr grr".
This situation just needs a local mechanic to look at it, it shouldn't take long to diagnose.
#446 of 727 93 Toyota Camry cruise control
May 11, 2009 (9:24 am)
93 toyota camry cruise control , As I turn it on, it works for a while, then it starts going off and on and the cruise light starts blinking, then it stops working, and will not work again untill I shut the ignition off and restart the car, then it works again, but then does it again, what could be wrong with it ?
#447 of 727 Re: 93 Toyota Camry cruise control [alex24]
May 11, 2009 (11:19 am)
For that model, you have a separate cruise control computer, which is up behind the glove box.
An intermittent problem like this in that circuit really takes some sleuthing to figure out. There are three power sources which provides power in some way to that circuitry, start by making sure all three fuses are fine:
- 15A ECU-1G,
- 10A Gauge
- 15A Stop
Next, there are a number of 'inputs' to the cruise control computer, so you'll need to take each one and try to isolate down whether it is working correctly:
- Backup light switch
- stop light switch
- parking brake switch
- cruise control clutch switch
- the combo switch
- the vehicle speed sensor (would also effect your speedometer)
- the main engine computer (which you really can't check)
- the dash combination meter (your speedometer, which you really can't check it's input to the cruise ECU)
I'd look as to whether there are any other symptoms which you didn't originally catch (like your brake lights not working right, etc). If something in the list above isn't working, then focus on fixing that. If nothing obvious, then you need to put a meter on the switch and continually work it back and forth to make sure the switch is consistently working correctly.
Personally, I'd suspect some of the switches that have gotten used consistently for 15 years (brake light switch, stop light switch, combo switch, etc). However, the fact that it is blinking and won't go back into cruise mode seems to be an indicator that it is finding some error condition it doesn't like, and isn't allowing it to be turned back on until it is 'cleared' by turning off the ignition.
If you have to go much further in diagnosis, it's going to start costing you bucks because you're going to have to swap out the cruise control ECU (might get one from a junk yard), or the cruise control actuator. Whether this makes sense to do in a 93 camry I guess depends upon how much money you have available to throw at it, and how much 'cruising' you actually do. I guess you could also try unseating and reseating connectors, to make sure they are getting a good contact surface.
#448 of 727 Re: Toyota Camry Alternator [kiawah]
May 24, 2009 (8:02 am)
Well we never hear back from the Camry won't Start. It had to be a dead battery. Sometimes they just wear out. Sounded like somebody looked at it and suggested a bigger one. And it had 70k miles on it. And never been changed or someone put in a cheap small one just to get by in the 12 year old car.
It could be she/him was driving, and the battery didn't take a charge. Then when she came to a light and hit the brakes, the brake light comes on, and it zap the little electric left in the battery to keep the engine running. Never got it to jump. It wont jump because there's no water in it, and is damaged.
I should of had her/ him check the water level in the battery, It was probably dry. The battery cell is shorted now and damaged. This would be a simple visual test. But they wouldn't pursue the dead battery theory, just kept repeating a 2 year history and it wont crank. Duh!!
People they ask for help, then when you offer some they don't even want to hear you, I was suggesting start at the Battery Battery Battery.
#449 of 727 Re: 93 camry wagon will not start [sbaker75]
May 25, 2009 (7:18 pm)
Great troubleshooting we all benefit
I guess you could say you already did the flush, the old fashioned way, but some chemical flush won't hurt.
93 Camry station wagon a rare breed? I think of all the Camry's on the road I rarely see one of these.
#450 of 727 2002 Camry..whiff of Anti Freeze smell now and then
May 26, 2009 (5:42 am)
WHAT SHOULD I DO? I have 1 week and 500 miles left on my Platinum warranty. My 02 4cylinder Camry has 74.5K miles. It has had all its service. It had a head gasket job w/in the last year at the dealer under warranty (was blowing smoke). On a few occasions over the past few weeks I swear I get a wiff of anti freeze smell in the garage. I had and oil change not too long ago. I popped the hood and saw nothing unusual....recovery tank was at appropriate mark. The lid may have been loose---not sure. No signs of a leak anywhere? Should call the dealer? Bring it in? What will they check? What will it cost to check it? How long do the water pumps last? Whats a water pump job run out of warranty? Opinions please!
#451 of 727 Re: 2002 Camry..whiff of Anti Freeze smell now and then [andrelaplume]
May 26, 2009 (6:06 am)
Did they replace the water pump, when you had the head off for the head gasket..... or is still the original pump?
#452 of 727 Re: 2002 Camry..whiff of Anti Freeze smell now and then [kiawah]
May 26, 2009 (7:03 am)
They replaced the head gasket under platinum warranty a year ago...no mention of water pump change. I see no leaks in my garage. Still original pump as far as I know. My timing belt was squeaky and replace under original warranty at around 30K. My existing belt should be good for another 15K or so...almost 2 years they way I drive. Just thought I'd mention that.