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Old 08-31-2009, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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USA '94 Camry Eng Stopped While Driving

I was out driving @ 55mph. Divided highway ended with red traffic light. I turned off cruise control and engine stopped running. Pushed car to parking lot off road. Unable to restart. Plenty of gasoline. Battery strong.

What do I look for first to get this running again?

Which fuse might be bad?

How do I check fuel flow?

How do I check dist? coil?

Where can I see exploded engine views?

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does it turn over freely with the starter? if so check for spark then check for fuel. Start there.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Turns over freely. This car is fairly new to me, how do I get to the plugs?
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't have the car in front of me but, I think the engine looks similar to this one < http://enginespro.com/index.php?main...s37njpc08lvqb0 >
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My car died on me while driving home from work one day. Had actually just gotten back from a 2 hr drive at 70mph just the day prior.
It turned freely but wouldn't ignite. Turned out the timing belt was gone.
Wouldn't have known if I didnt take it to the shop, so i towed it there and $700 later, it was back, running better than ever.
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I hope it is not the belt. That would prob total the car. I dont't think it is worth dumping more into this beater. I disconnected the fuel line and it pumped fuel. I couldn't even see a spark plug wire to disconnect to look for a spark. Wouldn't a broken timing belt ruin the engine? (interference/non-interference?)
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Timing belt won't hurt the engine. It's non-interference.

However that will run you at least 500 dollars if you use genuine parts.
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Um, don't spose the cruise control module's broken and closed the butterfly clip?
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I've had the same wonderful experience, except I was going 70 mph and the engine just died and would not restart. It was the timing belt. My second guess would be the distibutor coil. YMMV

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Another thing I'd check is the AM2 fuse in the engine fuse box (front left side on my 93 XLE). There is a noise supression capacitor in the distributor that can short out and blow this fuse. It will look like an ignition problem when you troubleshoot it. I understand you can replace the capacitor (~$10), but before I figured this out, I had already put a junkyard distributor on (~$100). That did the trick.
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Simple thing to do is unscrew the timing cover a bit and have someone look to see if the cam is rotating when you crank the engine.

If its not then belt is either broke or chewed up.
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It is the Timing Belt. Looks like $700 including changing the water pump and idler arm.
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