How can I get my Camry to start

Asked by Jan 07, 2016 at 05:14 PM about the 1998 Toyota Camry

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my 1998 Camry will not start.  It has a relatively new battery and alternator.  
The brake won't depress and it is making a humming sound even when I take
the key out of the ignition.  When I turn the key the dashboard lights flash
briefly, then everything goes blank and the humming sound begins.

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Your "Not Start" issue needs to be further clarified. When you turn the key to start this vehicle do you hear the engine CRANKING OVER ...or...do you hear merely a clicking sound...or...no sound at all? If the engine is CRANKING....then...we can assume it is not firing up and running. If you are hearing a "humming" sound even when the ignition key is removed...this could be several different components trying to shut down but cannot because of a discharged battery. Having said all that...what you appear to need is a complete Diagnosis of the Cranking/Starting System on the vehicle. What you might consider trying yourself with the help of a friend is to CORRECTLY attempt a Jump Start using the proper/ recommended procedures outlined in your Owner's manual.

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