Car is not getting fuel/won't start - !!READ ALL DETAILS!!


Asked by Apr 13, 2015 at 02:44 PM about the 1995 Toyota Corolla DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 95 Toyota Corolla DX and I have problem starting up the car.

Here's what I have done so far on this car:
- Current odometer mileage shows about 114,000
- Battery was dated 10/2014 (so it's brand new)
- The fuel filter was changed about four months ago (odometer shown as 108,000)
- Replaced alternator+belt the same date I replaced the fuel filter
- The EFI relay was changed last month
- Oil change last month as well including oil filter
- Fuel injector was cleaned
- Replaced fuel pump about two weeks ago (about 113,000 on odometer)

What my car does right now:
- Fully cranks but the engine won't fire up (so there's no problem on the starter/I have confirmed my car is getting sparks/battery is fully charged/alternator unit spins perfectly fine)
- When sprayed starter fluid into the air filter and/or carburetor the engine fires right up but then dies briefly. (I have tried to floor the gas, but the engine still stalls)

One more thing, there's a burnt connection (plus carbon buildup) on the female connection on the fuel pump bracket. I have "fixed" it by using a paper clip as a replacement connection. It works fine for about 1,000 miles (yes I was traveling long distance). It might be the connection to the fuel pump but just in case I replaced the whole connection assembly and my car still won't getting fuel. What would be the main issue why my car won't start?

I'm trying to get it fixed ASAP, since I have missed several days of work. There's no transit near my area and my friend don't live in the area.

2 Answers


Ok, first lets make sure you have the 1.8L 7A FE engine. Right? Toyota was a step ahead, and had OBDII on SOME 1995 Corollas, mandatory in 1996 model year. Is the Check Engine light on? From your description, it is indeed a fuel starvation problem. But could be anything from ECU not opening injector(s) You said 'injector cleaned' but this is a MPFI. engine with an injector for each cylinder, not SPFI with one injector that opens in plenum for all cylinders. They are directly attached to the fuel rail. My next step would be check fuel pressure at rail. Should be 30psi +/- 5. If it's lower than 20, leads right back to pump

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Well, finally got time and fixed my car. It turns out I was right about the bad connection to the fuel pump. Still I will take your advise just in case something happens. Thanks!

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