2000 toyota Camry crank no start

Asked by Mar 31, 2017 at 03:21 AM about the 2000 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2000 toyota camry that cranks but will not
start ..fuel pump runs..i have spark just wont roll
over ..i changed the camshaft sensor as well and
still nothing ..ive also tried starter fluid and wont
even roll with it ...any other ideas ?

26 Answers


spark or fuel pressure may be weak or low , some cars are particular . This happened out of the blue ? Let us know what happens .


timing belt is always a possibility , take the oil filler cap off and see if the rockers are moving when it's cranking .


Turn the key to on but don't crank ,,, the fuel pump should stop after a few seconds .. if it continues to run then bad pump ..if it stops then check "security" ... whats curious is if you have a spark and sprayed fluid ,, why you didn't a least get a "try to start" sound

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Suggest you pull the engine dipstck and smell the engine oil. Does it smell like Gas? If yes....pull the spark plugs...clean or replace...change engine oil and filter....BEFORE...a restart .

When i checked the spark plugs they did make a spark but not a blue spark ...and the fuel pump is still good i checked a line and it shuts off right away


What do those Spark Plugs look like? Pick one or two.


Or one of these

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Hard to pick ..it does have a lot of build up on it and the either 3rd or fourth has oil on it pretty good ...


If the engine oil looks and smells ok I would be inclined to put a new set of spark plugs in this vehicle.

I did do an oil change 2 days before this happen ...but when everything went down ..i got into the car about to go to work ..it started up fine but got about 50ft tops and it died and wouldnt start back up


When was the last time you gad the computers scanned for Codes and do you remember the codes ID?


If starter fluid will not fire this engine up.....you either have no/weak spark....or....little or no compression. Suggest you pull the Spark Plugs and perform a Compression Test. Perhaps you have a Timing Belt/Chain issue.? What Engine in this vehicle? Are you sure you do not smell gas in the engine oil?

No gas in the oil or any smell...it has a 2.2 motor...belt is fine and didnt jump or anything i changed it a few years ago and my marks are still in order...on monday i am going to put new plugs and wires in and see if it will work ..i do get a spark but its a white spark not a blue one


Sounds like a plan. You might consider the purchase of a Compression Gauge and check Compression while you have all SP removed. What method are you using to check for spark? The spark tester we use looks like a SP...but is specially designed to require 20-25 thousand volts to function. Interesting to note many folks look for a blue spark that will jump about 1/4-1/2 to ground from the SP wire to ground. This old school method for checking spark is no longer adequate for checking today's high voltage systems. Get back to us when the SP are in.


About $15.00 from NAPA

I was taking the plug out and grounding it to the manifold..ill see if we have a compression gauge at work that i can use ..

I haven't changed the plugs yet but i did pull the dipstick and it does smell like gas


Ok...gas in the engine oil not a good thing. We now need to find out why the engine is over fueling. Do not start this engine. Change the oil and filter. Do you know what a FUEL PRESSURE REGULATOR looks like for your make model year?

Im thinking on how many times its been pumped ...but i also changed oil and replaced spark plugs and still nothing at all


"it's been pumped" I'm not clear as to what that means. Back to square one. Engine Cranks over like the battery and Starter Motor are good...but....she will not ...Fire Up ...START? Is this correct? If yes.....we need to verify a good strong spark. We need to verify Injector Pulses. My opinion....it's off to the parts store for a high voltage spark tester as noted above...and...a NOID Light for your make model year. The Noid light will indicate whether or not the Computer is firing the Fuel Injectors. It would be nice to scan the computer for codes...but...that requires expensive equipment. If you are not inclined to pursue the diagnosis yourself...then I'm afraid it's off to the repair shop.


While your deciding what to do next ....find your Fuel Pressure Regulator and remove the rubber hose. Smell the end of the hose....does it smell like gas?

So did a compression test and only getting 100 ..and should be 145-175


Concerning those compression readings. If gasoline is washing down those cylinder walls...the result could be low compression. Check the fuel pressure regulator as noted above. Recheck the spark plugs and compare to the above chart. If the new spark plugs are wet...the vehicle is over fueling..or...the engine head gasket went bad. Get back with results.


Jp...any updates concerning the issue with this vehicle?

Timing was off


Would that be ignition timing...or...valve timing?

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 70,426 nationwide Camry listings starting at $295.


Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,063 Great Deals out of 60,938 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla
900 Great Deals out of 56,955 listings starting at $1,099
Used Honda Civic
815 Great Deals out of 72,406 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Altima
1,025 Great Deals out of 74,840 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Avalon
235 Great Deals out of 16,787 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
806 Great Deals out of 50,584 listings starting at $1,500
Used Hyundai Sonata
707 Great Deals out of 49,623 listings starting at $790
Used Nissan Maxima
283 Great Deals out of 23,051 listings starting at $899
Used Toyota Highlander
437 Great Deals out of 26,809 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda CR-V
788 Great Deals out of 53,826 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota 4Runner
280 Great Deals out of 21,489 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota Tacoma
590 Great Deals out of 42,444 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,090 Great Deals out of 71,650 listings starting at $1,896
Used Toyota Prius
348 Great Deals out of 17,084 listings starting at $1,950

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
10,058 listings starting at $21,806
2017 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 3,607 listings starting at $13,495
2016 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,598 listings starting at $10,995
2015 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,358 listings starting at $9,958
2014 Toyota Camry LE For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,847 listings starting at $8,995

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.