my 1987 toyota camry wont start


Asked by May 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM about the 1987 Toyota Camry DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my 1987 toyota camry has spark but wont start, i have checked all the basics i also
checked the fuel pressure regulator. my car was also driven with very little oil in it.  if
anyone can help me figure out what the problem is, i would be so very happy!!!  thanks
for the help   Marcy

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Remove the big black intake hose from the throttle body. Spray some starting fluid into the throttle body. If it fires up for a couple of seconds, you have a fuel or air issue. If the check engine light is on, try and get the error codes read. If you are unable to, unplug your Mass Air Flow sensor and crank it over. If it runs for a second, you may have a dirty or bad MAF. You can buy some MAF cleaner and see if cleaning it will help. If that doesn't seem to be the issue, have someone help you figure out if your fuel injectors are working.

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You might want to try this: have someone try to start this vehicle while you are smacking the bottom of the gas tank with the palm of your hand. If the vehicle starts up...or ...tries to have a bad fuel pump. MAKE SURE THE PARKING BRAKE IS FULLY APPLIED when you perform this test. Go to parts store and buy a cheap fuel injector test light (noid light). Plug it into one of your fuel injector connectors. The light should blink when you try to start the vehicle. Get back to us with the results of these tests.

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replace the distributor

Since we have not heard from Marcyie for about 3 months we should assume this issue was resolved.

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