hi.. i have a 1998 Toyota Camry 3.0l.. my car was running fine till this happen?i start the car on and off about 3-4 times and then it stop starting at all.now its only click.when i look under the hood i saw little smoke where the starter motor located and smell like something have burnt.so, i put a new stater motor and put a new battery check all the fuse including stater relay..after doing all this the motor did turnover ones and started to click again.can you pls tell me what it could be?thanks


Asked by Sep 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM about the 1998 Toyota Camry LE V6

Question type: General

1998 toyota camry 3.0l v6

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see if you can turnover the motor with a barring tool.If it does try to see if it will start,if it does'nt turn over check the timming belt!

When you installed a new battery AND starter motor....did you inspect or test the battery POSITIVE and NEGATIVE battery cables?


yes i did check battery cables,also i check the positive on the starter with a test light.. looks fine but i did not check the timming belt. I'm so appropriate your help. thanks a lot hope to hear from you more.ill keep update

IMO...joeshotgt has the right idea. We now need to make sure the engine in this vehicle is not LOCKING UP. I would be inclined to remove ALL spark plugs ...check the dipstick for oil contamination....such as coolant or raw fuel(gas) in the crankcase....then attempt a crank with the starter motor..or...a long bar and socket on the crankshaft front pulley. If you see and smell gas/coolant....coming out of the cylinders...you have a engine/fuel system failure. If the engine rotates freely....you need a voltmeter to check the CRANKING CIRCUIT accurately.


now the car start but its making a loud noise coming from top of the engine.i though timing belt jumped couple of teeth and i found out that the coolant reservoir is over the limit and its look like mix with transmission fluid.engine oil level looks fine.i test drive the car to see if anything wrong with transmission.gears change according to order.. what should i look for next??? thanks

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With the engine running and making noise......use a stick about 2 feet long...sort of like a broom stick....put one end on different areas of the engine...and...the other end against your ear. what you are doing is using the stick as a stethoscope. Where is the loudest noise? BTW...is the check engine light on when the engine is running?

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