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1992 Toyota ceilca 2.2L cranks but no start, will start if

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1992 Toyota ceilca 2.2L cranks but no start, will start if starting fluid added. How to fix?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for trusting us with your questions. Sounds as though your vehicles engine is fuel starved. This can mean a couple different things. Most likely is a bad fuel pump. The other possibility is an electrical issue causing no power to the fuel pump. Do you have access to a digital volt meter to run some tests?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
have an meter, car will run til shut off.
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

So, once it starts, using starting fluid, it continues to run until you turn off the ignition? But, without starting fluid, it will not start?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
correct
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

Once it starts using starting fluid, have you driven it? Will it accelerate under heavy acceleration?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
have not driven it
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

I would recommend driving it under a heavy load such as full acceleration as if you are going up a freeway onramp. Let me know if it will accelerate normally.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
will drive in A.M any other options
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

Also, once it is warmed up, will it start without using starting fluid? As in, is it just a cold start issue? In the AM will be fine. At minimum, I make every attempt to check messages at least once every hour during the day.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
car doesn't start without starting fluid even after it warms up
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
what electrical test should be done?
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

Once started, how does it accelerate under heavy acceleration?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Car accelerate under load
Expert:  Boxer54 replied 10 months ago.

This sounds like a fuel issue, so you are going to need to connect a fuel pressure guage and monitor the fuel pressure as the car is cranking, but will not start. My feeling on it at this point is you probably need a fuel pump, but it will need to be verified with a fuel pressure guage.