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#2273409 - 03/20/17 10:43 PM Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry.
magnum440d100 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
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Loc: woodcrest, CA
Neighbors kid has a 1989 Camry 4 cylinder that doesn't want to start/run. I went through the basics like fuel, air, spark, etc. and everything tests ok. Cleaned the spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor cap, and nothing.

Pull the plug on the air flow meter, and she starts for a second and dies. Now, common sense says that the afm is bad. But I'm thinking there's gotta be something else in the same system that could be the culprit too(?).

He's a college kid, just finished finals, and this is his graduating year. He's wanting to sell the car since he has boughten a newer car. I'm just trying to get it to run so he can sell it for more, versus taking a loss...


Thanks in advance!

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#2273432 - 03/20/17 11:08 PM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
FrankenScamp Offline
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The bent duct from the air filter housing to the intake could be cracked, allowing too much air in. Common issue. I've had a couple of those cars ('87 & '89) and worked on them plenty.

I'll keep thinking..... work work
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#2273543 - 03/21/17 08:33 AM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
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Loc: Central Pa
My daughter has the same car, same issues. Was resolved when i removed and cleaned the injector at the top of the manifold, and replaced the ENTIRE distributor. Known to leak oil and crack the coil. You can pick a whole distributor up at advance auto or buy one of ebay cheap. As Scamp said also, air box tube known for cracking and causing lots of problems. EGR should be inspected/cleaned also if not done yet.

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#2273601 - 03/21/17 10:16 AM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
moparjim79 Offline


Registered: 09/30/14
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Loc: Central Pa
Also, try to find out if that fuel filter was ever replaced if you have not done so. Its on the drivers side near frame rail. That also left her sit. 15 min fix.

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#2273605 - 03/21/17 10:31 AM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: moparjim79]
FrankenScamp Offline
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I was going to mention the fuel filter as well, but he said he has fuel. I guess the next question would be, is it enough fuel?

These are good little cars. I had my 89 for 15 years. Paid $1300. It had body issues (rust from Ohio) that eventually surpassed the mechanical abilities. Sold it to somebody that just wanted the engine. It's still running around today.
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#2273714 - 03/21/17 01:26 PM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
magnum440d100 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
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The car is relatively low mileage (120,000 about).

Fuel filter looks original, and I couldn't verify fuel at the rail as I couldn't find a schraeder valve to depress. But fuel pump turns on when cranking.

Plastic elbow from afm to throttle body is in great condition, but was loose at the throttle body. Tightened, and still same no start issue.

I was looking at the cold start injector as a possibility also, and even maybe the tps.

The car ran great Saturday, then Sunday, he went to show the car to someone and it wouldn't start.

I have not had a moment to head back over there to investigate further. Maybe next Sunday.

Thank you for the pointers smile

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#2273782 - 03/21/17 03:17 PM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
70Duster Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: PA
Replace the entire distributor as suggested above by moparjim.

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#2273799 - 03/21/17 03:48 PM Re: Any "older Toyota" techs around here? 1989 Camry. [Re: magnum440d100]
moparjim79 Offline


Registered: 09/30/14
Posts: 260
Loc: Central Pa
Just an FYI on the filter- my daughters car had 80k on the clock when it $hit the bed. Filter will run around $20 at parts store.

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