94 Camry sputtering

Asked by Jan 06, 2015 at 01:06 AM about the 1994 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 94 Camry has 212,000 miles and until the other day ran perfect.I crossed some rough railroad tracks and it immediately started sputtering. My first order of business  was to check the spark plug wires which are a year old. I had another distributor, tried it to no avail. I installed new plugs.Check the ground wires to the engine. Still the same. I drove the car around trying to get it to throw a code. No check engine light and no codes stored, just a blinking 1 pause1 12.  I checked every connection, every vacuum line and the exhaust for damage. Now I'm thinking about the fuel system but this is a 94 and doesn't have a shrader valve to check the pressure that I can find and an online manual says to check it at the filter. How? Do they make a banjo for a standard pressure tester?  Another thing I noticed is when cold, it will run great for about 30 seconds and the RPM drops and the sputter starts. I think this is due to the cold start injector turning off. It seems to be running worse, the less gas it has in it,(1/4 tank) Or is it just further degrading? Did I knock the sock off of the pump? I wonder.  Do I have a loose connector somewhere. I thought about the timing belt only to dismiss it because it does have brief busts of power before sputtering again. Can someone give me some guidance on this?

4 Answers

44,355

Try unplugging your line to the EGR. See if it runs better. Check for any vacuum leaks. Make sure your gas cap is on tight. You may have a bad purge solenoid in your EVAP. That usually throws a code though. You could try to tear your IAC valve off and clean it. If they get built up with carbon, it will make your car run poorly. Here is a detailed video on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsP2-HKz7vE

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
44,355

Also, replace your radiator temp sensor. That will also cause the symptoms you are experiencing......

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
44,355

Do you mean sputtering or the engine is skipping? If you think it is skipping due to a spark issue, take a spray bottle and mist your coil. If you hear snapping, you have found your issue........

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Change the Engine coolant temperature sensor $15 it will do the trick

Your Answer

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 77,381 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,100.

ZIP:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    14,580
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,890
  • #3
    last_chance_garage
    Reputation
    3,200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
818 Great Deals out of 88,085 listings starting at $1,444
Used Toyota Corolla
904 Great Deals out of 70,313 listings starting at $1,479
Used Honda Civic
594 Great Deals out of 53,438 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Altima
1,132 Great Deals out of 75,099 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Avalon
207 Great Deals out of 11,189 listings starting at $1,180
Used Hyundai Sonata
609 Great Deals out of 54,280 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Maxima
333 Great Deals out of 20,671 listings starting at $1,175
Used Toyota Tacoma
550 Great Deals out of 41,422 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
335 Great Deals out of 29,410 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
10,885 listings starting at $20,367
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,700 listings starting at $12,925
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 1,647 listings starting at $9,950
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
60 Great Deals out of 1,933 listings starting at $9,679
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 796 listings starting at $8,499

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.