car starts up and then shuts back off after a few seconds of idling

Asked by Dec 02, 2014 at 12:48 AM about the 2002 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just replaced my '02 camry's battery, and after finishing and starting it up it would
immediately shut back off. It will turn over fine and turn on, but after a few seconds
sputters out and shuts back off. Not sure how replacing the battery suddenly caused this
to happen.

If it helps, I also just had an issue and had to replace my o2 sensor, not sure if that could
be any source of trouble.

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Get some throttle body cleaner and clean your throttle body and IAC valve. If you need some instruction, just type in "Camry Idle Air Control valve cleaning" and several videos will come up. Check out this short video also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDoxEF8X-U

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38,115

Here's another short video. Not so much how to tear apart, but some good tech info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2HSkY6abXs

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

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