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2000 Toyota Camry Question: Starter Issue+ dead clock+ check engine light= Are they connected??

 

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sarahliz34, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Gainesville, FL, October 05, 2010, 17:59
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My Camry has 93,000 miles on it and I maintain it regularly. I have only been driving it once or twice a week for the past 2 months. Last week the check engine light came on and a diagnostic produced Evap Emission Control codes: P0440, P0441, and P0446. I noticed that my gas cap was very loose (probably worked itself loose in the heat since I've barely been driving it) so I tightened it and ignored the light, figuring that was surely what caused it to come on.

A few days later I started the car again and the clock on my console was totally out, and is still not lit up at all. I ignored this too.

Now, a week later, I go to start it again and it just clicked when I turned the key. I tried to get a jump from someone without initial success, but after he had me shift into drive and pushed my car back and forth a few times it finally started.

The same thing occurred again after I finished my errands and tried to start it to go home. A jump was unsuccessful, but when I waited a minute and tried to start it again, it worked.

Now it is parked again outside my house and I am obviously anticipating a re-occurrence. The connections on the battery look good, and the battery is fairly new. I've had two people tell me the starter needs to be replaced, but it makes me wonder if the clock that stopped working could be a sign that something else is wrong instead?

I am alone in a new city and far from home and my trusted mechanic. Any advise? Thank you in advance.

-Sarah

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    daveer (see my shops), October 06, 2010, 07:46
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    I would agree with the starter diagnoses. It is about the right mileage for having worn contacts in the solinoid portion of the start. These contacts pass the power to the motor part of the start as it draws the gear out. So what you get is a hard click with no motor action. usually a few turns of the key or a tap on the starter while someone turns the key will get it going. An easy voltage test while it is acting up can confirm. I doubt the clock is in any way related to starter issue. The loose or bad gas cap can deifinetly cause those codes. If the cap was an issue the computer should reset the light after enough drive cycles to pass its own self test.

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