Car won't start. Mechanic says spark plug keeps fouling out but can't figure why on 1993 Toyota Camry

Car keeps going to shop for no-start. Mechanic did complete tune up. No-start again. Mechanic says spark plug keeps fouling out but he cannot figure out why. Replaced the spark plug and said maybe it would do it again and maybe it wouldn't. I get stranded!!

by in Clarkston, GA on March 12, 2012
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on March 12, 2012
are they fouling with gas or oil and did he do a compression test or leak down test?
COMMENT by on March 14, 2012
I don't know. He didn't say. Just put another spark plug in it, said it was almost 20 years old and has 283,000 miles on it. He also said he didn't have a lot of time. I don't think he did those tests. I think he gave up! He mentioned water in the gas tank and to put in an additive which I did.
ANSWER by on March 14, 2012
1st I would suggest not using a person that considers themselves a mechanic that can't test the system. I would definately do a compresion test and block test to start.
COMMENT by on March 14, 2012
Thank you for your help. I'm sorry I don't know anything about cars (my car). I'm taking it to another mechanic tomorrow. He will check if it is oil or gas fouling out the plug. He gave me several different scenarios of what it "might" be...not too bad to rings or head. Not knowing much leaves me at the descretion of others who hopefully are honest! Thanks so much again for your assistance.