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Engine stopped suddenly, wont start

(1996 Toyota Camry)
in Ararat, NC on November 24, 2010
* Was driving the car, and the engine just stopped dead! Felt like the ignition was turned off.
* No strange noises, engine turns over fine, but wont start, not even slightly, not even a cough.
* Engine has spark & Fuel
* Timing belt is fine, hasn't jumped a tooth or anything like that
* Sprayed some "Go Start" aerosol, absolutely nothing
* Engine has oil pressure
* Has 1/3 tank of fuel (so unlikely to be bad batch of fuel, as a few days since filling up)

other things, possibly related? but happened for some time previously to event.
* The alarm has been playing up for years. it seemed to go off on hot days. Then it would go off if the car was locked keyless (So I now always lock it with the key).
* Interior light doesn't work (even with new bulb)
* Cigarette lighter socket doesn't work

The car was running beautifully right up to the event, starts straight away and always idles wells. I don't want to send it for scrap metal if its something simple! Would love it if someone could give some suggestions and things to try please
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on November 24, 2010
how do you know the timing belt is ok?? it is the most common failure with toyota no starts. thank goodness it is a freewheeling motor which means no valves get bent when it is out of time.

get it confirmed by a shop and get a bid.

on November 24, 2010
thanks for your reply mastertech6371 . The car is still at the mechanics at the moment. He has spent a fair bit of time already looking at it and cant work out what is wrong. He hasn't fixed it yet, and probably wont look at it again for a week when he is not so busy. He thinks the injectors might be blocked. He told me he checked the timing belt and it was still in alignment and not jumping or skipping when rotated..
on July 03, 2015
hey i have the exact problem with my 1997 camry ,so any idea how you got your problem fixed ,what was the problem fault
on December 30, 2015
I gave up and took it to another mechanic who had it fixed in just a few hours. It was the timing belt, once replaced was fine. I did half a million km's, best car I have ever had.
on December 30, 2015
Have you had your mechanic check the crank position sensor? It provides an input signal to the ECU which allows the ECU to control ignition timing and the operation of the fuel injectors. A bad sensor, damaged sensor wire or a bad sensor connector could interrupt the input signal to the ECU and cause the problems that you are seeing.
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