Hello. I have a 1991 camry
with the 3SFE engine
. The last one or two times I started the car before it quit it cranked longer than usual before starting. Then, the next time it just cranked and would not start. Initially I thought I had a fuel problem. I changed the fuel pump
and then the fuel pressure regulator. None of that helped.
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Toyota. The Toyota Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes I am hoping to do so. I seem to have an very intermittent spark.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: At first I thought I had a fuel problem and I changed the fuel pump and then the fuel pressure regulator. None of that helped. Then I realized that my spark was somewhat intermittent. With a timing light on number one plug wire it sparks once in a while while cranking. When it does spark it appears to be on time. Often, it sparks right when one stops cranking and tries to slightly spin backward. I changed the rotor, distributor cap and plug wires, but that did not help.
JA: Is there anything else the Toyota Mechanic should be aware of about your Toyota?
Customer: I checked the coil with an ohmeter and the reading seemed to be close to spec. The timing belt
has 110 thousand miles since it was changed, but when it does fire it seems to be on time so I don't really think the belt has slipped.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Toyota Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.