Car won't turn back on after over heating

Asked by Jan 03, 2017 at 08:01 AM about the 1998 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 98 toyota Camry. My gf
drove it earlier that day and
when it over heated she drove
it home and I checked all fluids
which where good. I Drove it
less than 4 blocks and it over
heated. Once I was at my
destination and I let it sit and
tried to start it up after
checking all fluids again and it
didn't start. All lights came on
including the noise for when
door is open with key in the
ignition but no humming and
no clicking when I tried to turn
engine over. Check engine and
abs light was on prior to car
over heating.

4 Answers


What Engine/Mileage? When those Warning Lights were on....did you perhaps have the vehicle scanned for codes? When you indicate the Engine your reference ...smoke coming out from under hood...or...Temp Gauge goes to hot?


You'll have to check the starter relay and starter connections to see why you're not getting so much as a click from it. As to what killed the starter circuit... you'll need to troubleshoot. Overheating driving less than 4 blocks without losing coolant is either a blown head gasket or failed water pump, or a bad thermostat. Because you did overheat, it's possible the starter became heat soaked. A heat-soaked starter will usually start again after cooling down, but sometimes they are just fried. Worst case scenario motor is seized.

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I find it odd that you say all fluids were good. If it overheated to the extent that you say, it should have lost quite a bit of radiator fluid. Are you sure that a belt didn't break? That would cause all of your lights to come on and have it overheat as well. If you lost your serpentine belt, that would cause all of your issues.


Alex did you resolve the issue with this vehicle?

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