why won't 2001 camry start


Asked by Nov 28, 2014 at 02:30 PM about the 2001 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Water pump went bad, so I replaced timing belt, idler pulleys, water pump, valve cover
gasket, plug wires. 2001 camry 4 cylinder. engine turns over fine but no hint of firing.
Checked plug wires & getting spark. Rechecked timing with compression tester, looks
good. ground wires and crankcase position sensor all connected. Any ideas? Thanks

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I think you have a good idea since you rechecked the timing. Personally, I'd take off the timing cover, remove a few spark plugs so you can turn the engine by hand to see if the marks match up.

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I have do the timing recheck already - cam and crank pulley marks all line up just right.


when u took everything apart u must have pinched a wire when u put everything back.i would check and follow my wires that I took apart.one of them must have gotton caught when u tightened everything down.


Do the simple things first. Check your fuses and make sure that your relays are working. Sounds like the fuel pump is not getting power.

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Update - I used the wrong mark on the cam spocket. My Haynes book showed setups for both the circle and the notch. I had used the circle mark - needed to use the notch. Guess I need big color photos instead of fussy b&w or artist drawings. Thanks for the help, all is running well.

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Congratulations on your repair. Next time anyone changes a timing belt or chain....line up the timing marks BEFORE you take things a part.....this way...you know what things look like at the start of the repair. Also....use the camera feature on your cell phone. Take pictures of the assembly before disassembly of any system or sub-system on your car. Good Luck on your next repair. Tony C

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