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No power to starter 95 Camry, replaced ignition switch,

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No power to starter 95 Camry, replaced ignition switch, relay and fuses
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Hi,

Do you have a volt meter to test with?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I don't actually
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Can you get one? We definitely are going to need it to find out why the starter wont engage...

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I'll go pick one up real quick
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Ok,

Once you get one. set the meter on the 0-20 volt DC scale and measure the volts at the battery posts when the key is held in the start position and write down the reading.

Then measure the volts at the small wire on the starter, again with the key held all the way in the start position and write down the volts.

Let me know your readings and we will go from there.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Is DCV the right setting on the multimeter
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Yes. It should have a 0-20 volt DCV scale for you to set it on.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I touch the battery post and I get nothing at all
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Did you Put the red lead from the meter to the positive battery post.. and the other meter lead to the negative battery post?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
12.83 at the post and 0.03 at the starter cable
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Ok, so there is no power to engage the starter at the small wire on the starter.

Remember the key has to be turned all the way to start position...

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
sir, turned all the way to the start position..
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Thanks,

Does this have a 4 or 6 cylinder engine?

Automatic or manual shift tranny?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
4 cylinder automatic
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** look at the wiring diagram...be right back

Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Can you see if it starts in neutral.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No sir nothing at all in neutral..
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Ok, this has what is called a park/neutral switch that only lets it start when in park or neutral. It is mounted on top of the transmission where the shift linkage is. You need to test the black wire with a white stripe on it and see if it has 12 volts when turning the key to the start position. Let me know

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Is the same black and white wire on the back of the ignition switch?
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 11 months ago.

Yes, and it goes to the park/neutral switch. I need to know if there is power to it at the park/neutral switch when trying to start it.

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