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1996 Toyota Camry Question: car dies with no warning and starts rite back up

 

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brandon3006, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Lake Charles, LA, November 01, 2011, 18:14
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distributor has been changed. check engine light comes on. code reads computer problems, or ignition module

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    November 01, 2011, 18:38
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    did you use a new or used distributor?? it is a common failure and requires a new one installed.

    Roy

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    brandon3006, November 02, 2011, 19:35
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    thank you my mechanic told me it looked like a used distridutor it had yellow writting on it maybe from salvage yard

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, November 01, 2011, 22:45
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    Some reman distributors are just no good.When I get a problem like this I drive the car with an oscilloscope attached to the sensors in the distributor and see if I loose signal when the engine stalls. If you don't have an oscilloscope use a volt meter switched to ac voltage look at the signal when the engine in running to see what a "base reading" would be at the camshaft position sensor in the distributor and the crankshaft position at the timing belt side of the engine. It's hard to describe without having a wiring diagram in front of you. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online
    The sensors put out a sine wave which more crudely can be measured as AC voltage.

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    brandon3006, November 02, 2011, 19:36
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    sounds like your an old school mechanic thank you for the detailed information

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    mastertech6371, November 03, 2011, 19:36
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    old school?? we are very old school.....lol

    Roy

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