2011 Camry 4cyl engine died while driving uphill on highway

Asked by Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49 AM about the 2011 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2011 Toyota Camry died while driving on an uphill highway.  100 degrees outside
air temp 3000 feet elevation.  It feels like running out of gas.  Restarted right away and
goes a few feet and stalls like out of gas.  After letting it set a few minutes and
repeating this for 10 minutes it finally keeps running and is ok for the rest of the trip
home.  This happened a year ago in the same place and the air filter was very dirty.  
Changed it and never happened again until last week.  This time the air filter was
recent so must have not been the original problem.  No codes set or any bad smells.  
Never have changed the fuel filter but being it was a year between episodes I don't
think it was the problem.  Fuel pump, filter, airflow sensor??  Any Ideas?  Thanks

3 Answers

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Try cleaning your Mass Air Flow sensor. Buy some spray cleaner at your local auto store. Plenty of how to videos on youtube. If your gas tank was at a very low level while going up hill, you may have overheated your fuel pump. If tank was over half, the pump should not have been your issue.

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Try cleaning throttle body with throttle body cleaner spray if air filter was that dirty throttle most likely dirty also.

You might consider having a fuel pressure test performed. This test usually requires opening up the fuel delivery system. This is a good time to replace the fuel filter.

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