Hoping somebody can enlighten me. My '85 Camry would not start this
morning, about 6F in Upstate NY.
2SE gas FI AT 116K
first, no crank when key is turned, although lights, buzzer, and
solenoid all strong.
Jumped car with warm, charged battery- Same.
Tried moving shift lever-no change.
grabbed engine belt and rotated engine- engine then cranks when key is
turned, but doesn't start. Turn key again- no crank.
rotated engine with fan belt-no crank.
rotated engine with fan belt-engine cranks, tries to catch, much
vibration like running on 1-2 cyls.
Walked to work, came home at 5PM expecting car to start in 25F temps.
Same results. When it cranks, it cranks at the usual speed, but
excessive vibration and feels like not all cylinders are firing.
I was given this car in 2001 by the original owners. They had replaced
the head gasket, but whoever did it did not change the plugs and it ran
like crap. I tuned it up, and I have driven it three times to Columbia,
SC and back with no problems. I have changed all the fluids, I have
replaced the battery a month ago because of the "no start" problem. The
starter was replaced about two years ago with a generic rebuilt.
Alternator is 2-3 years old. I'm not sure if the timing belt has ever
been replaced, but I think it was.
Normally, the car works fine. Back in Jan, I had trouble starting
it, but it started with a jump. Then the engine ran rough for about 10
minutes. Temps were also in the single digits then. After that, it's
been fine. I replaced the battery, which was not that old, with a higher
CCA unit. I believe it has 10W-40 in the crankcase, and I put in drygas
One thing I have noticed is that there is a hesitation of about half to
one second between when I turn the key and when the engine starts to crank.
My only thought is that the rebuilt starter is crapping out, but
it doesn't really explain the engine refusing to start when it does turn.
It started fine earlier this week, when it was 0F........