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1994 Toyota Camry Question: has fuel pressure and spark but won't start

 

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ssadair, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Pendleton, OR, July 27, 2009, 17:19
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I have a 1994 Toyota Camry with 298,000 miles on it. It died on me going down hill and now won't start. I have plenty of spark. I changed fuel filter and checked for pressure. Gas barely bubbled up out of the filter, so changed fuel pump. Now have plenty of fuel coming out but still won't start. It turns over great but won't even try to fire. After turning over several times, I pulled a plug and it's not even wet. I smell fuel on it, but don't see any. It acts like the fuel injectors are not opening. Any thoughs? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    July 27, 2009, 19:46
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    give it a shot of ether and see if it goes.
    Im not sure about this motor but it could have a broken timeing belt.

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    ssadair, July 27, 2009, 21:38
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    I've checked the timing belt and it is rotating ok and seems to be in good shape. I tried a little starting fluid in the throttle body, but didn't even try to fire. I'm not sure exactly how to do it on throttle body though. I know the tube coming from the air cleaner has to be on, or it won't start, so I sprayed it down the throttle body and tryied to hurry and put the tube back on and start it. Is that the right way to do it?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 28, 2009, 22:27
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    Squirting carburetor cleaner into any hose into the intake manifold, reattaching the hose and going into the car should cause the engine to attempt to fire if the problem is a lack of fuel, the fuel you sprayed into the manifold will remain volatile for 10 or 20 seconds easily while you get back into the car to start it. Check to see if you have spark at the spark plugs. If you have spark, and fuel pressure at the fuel rail on cranking can you hear the fuel injectors clicking (try putting a screw driver metal tip against the body of the fuel injector ,put the handle end up to your ear and get a friend to crank over the engine you should hear a clicking sound. You are in effect using the screw driver as a stethoscope.

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    ssadair, August 01, 2009, 10:25
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    Thanks, I'll try that when I get time. I'm working 7 days a week and moving in my spare time. It might be awhile. Thanks again

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    Visitor, July 25, 2010, 12:50

    May be a long shot but had the same problem with my 5.7. distributor module!!

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    Visitor, August 14, 2010, 03:21

    I would try the distributor module to . if that does not work do the minor checks first . if you have poured gas in throttle body and it has good firing power ; then check your catalytic converter. since you have almost 300 thousand miles its worth a shot. if that converter gets stopped up your car can not breath in and out . go under your truck and knock the heck out of the converter with a hammer.

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