Its an 1988 Camry wagon , 4-cyl. Well, have made progress on some
problems. Have solved starter problem by temporarily jumping neutral
start switch, and have a good alternator now. But now I find a new
one. It starts easy. It runs ok for about 10-12 minutes. There is just
the slightest miss, problably one cylinder....hardly noticeable. Then
after this period of time, it begins to miss badly, then starts to cut
back to idle, then dies. It has what looks like a pretty new dist. cap
and plug wires. The air filter looks brand new. Car is running normal
temp. Oddly, I never get a CHK ENGINE lite....but it lites up when you
first turn on the key switch.
THis happens long after the car should have gone "closed-loop" , so I
doubt that it would be the control system.
I think I read in this NG that there is a coil pack under the
distributor that gets clogged with oil. Does this happen after a
period of running? If you let the car sit for an hour or so, it will
start up and run for a while fine, then the same thing happens...ever
Don't have a manual yet for the car....but there is a squarish
metal part that the distributor cap is attached to which has an
electrical connection. Is this the coil pack? Autozone doesn't have
Can you recommend an internet parts dealer for Camry?
It needs: neutral start switch, water pump, timing belt, idler,
tensioner kit, and all parts for R134 conversion/recharge....and
probably a new ignition coil.