2.2l will not start. 1 piston psi 60.

Asked by Feb 18, 2017 at 10:40 PM about the 1997 Toyota Camry CE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

97 camery will not start 2,2l. compression test was 1 to 4: 60, 90, 129, 120psi.  should start and run with little power. Is it possible that I lost a head gaskit. I know it is not the rings by placing oil in piston and testing pressure. piston 2 jumped to 120psi. I have no computer tester, or fuel tester att.

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Placing oil in the cylinder(s) is called a wet compression test. The fact that the reading improved that much does indicate that the rings on that cylinder are worn. The oil temporarily seals the wear between the rings and the cylinder wall. However, if cylinders 1 & 2 are next to each other you may be looking at a head gasket. Did you get the same result from cylinder 1 by putting oil in the cylinder? No improvement on those cylinders with the oil would definitely indicate a bad head gasket or possibly burned valves. Honestly, on a 20 year old vehicle, you'll be better off getting something newer. Sounds like it's time to move on. HTH. -Jim

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I would think even with those 2 cylinders low, that it should start and run. Might not run great, but it should run. Does it even try to fire? Perhaps give it a squirt of starting fluid to see if it fires. You may not have fuel pressure.

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