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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Camry - Engine - 1/11/2014
    When I turned off my car and removed the keys the engine began sputtering like it was trying to start again.
    The alarm then began chirping before it finally died completely. I tried to start it, but there was nothing. It has never happened before.
     
    • Jimm
      1/11/2014 Jimm
      Change the ignition / starter switch assembly on the steering column.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. In fact, they (RockAuto) list the ignition starter switch from around $34.00 for your vehicle. This would be; Beck/Arnley part # 2011792.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Camry - Engine - 1/11/2014
    When I turned off my car and removed the key the engine began sputtering and trying to start again.
    then the alarm began chirping and finally it has died.
     
    • Jimm
      1/11/2014 Jimm
      Change the ignition / starter switch assembly on the steering column.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. In fact, they (RockAuto) list the ignition starter switch from around $34.00 for your vehicle. This would be; Beck/Arnley part # 2011792.
  • bruce
    bruce - 1999 Toyota Camry - Engine - 1/9/2014
    I have a 2007 Nissan quest with a whining coming from timing chain. Changing chain guides woud help?
    Noise coming from timing chain like a whining
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the timing chain tensioners. Typically the chain and all associated parts are replaced. This engine has lots of issues with timing chain noise. Change the oil and filter if it is overdue but something tells me you likely did that or you would not be on here asking about the chain.
  • Laura
    Laura - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 1/8/2014
    What is cause of sudden acceleration?
    Was in 2nd gear of automatic transmission, gently pressed the accelerator, it sped quickly, my breaks could not impede acceleration. I instantly put in neutral. Motor continued to make a huge sound like it was stuck in high acceleration. I had to cut the motor out ...
     
  • Laura
    Laura - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 1/8/2014
    What is problem with sudden acceleration and engine running high.
    I was in 2nd gear - automatic - accelerated lightly with the foot and car sped up. I immediately put in neutral and engine was running high making an extreme vroom sound. I had to turn off engine to reboot. I was able to drive fine afterward. Very unsettling
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 1/6/2014
    What is the length of the oil dipstick from the rubber seal to the end?
    What is the length of the oil dipstick from the rubber seal to the end?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody will know the answer to that unless they happen to own the same vehicle and can go measure this for you on their own car. There are no specs anywhere to look up this info.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 1/4/2014
    The check engine light is on, on my Corolla and it also seems to idle a little high.
    The speedometer is also off by 5 miles less than what the speed actually is. There is also a noise in the engine that comes on sometimes when i stop with the car on
     
    • CVO
      1/4/2014 CVO
      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts or Pep Boys will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for less than $20.21 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles
      http://www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensors.

      www.freeautomechanic.com
      CVO
      1/4/2014 AutoMD Member
      just got it checked and the code said that it was the catalyst converter. Is that hard to change?
      CVO
      1/5/2014 CVO
      If you get a direct fit catalytic converter, just loose the bolts and remove it, but if it is a universal cat, a muffler shop can install for $50.00 or less.I just repair mine.
  • Uprising Contractor
    Uprising Contractor - 1992 Toyota Celica - Engine - 1/2/2014
    How do you tell what causes low engine pressure?
    Hello community, Few days ago my mother called me in a distrout state of demeanor in fear about her car stalling of the road was a long night but what happened was that little knock sounds more like rattles came out the higher the rpm got i checked oil level was ...
     
    • Jimm
      12/31/2013 Jimm
      Low pressure? Low fuel pressure. perhaps? If low fuel pressure - check for; restricted / clogged fuel filter, clogged / deteriorated flexible fuel hose, faulty fuel pressure regulator.

      There are many possibilities - besides fuel system related - to cause the symptoms and conditions you have described; clogged / dirty air filter, faulty spark plugs or spark plug wires - to list only a few possibilities.
      Jimm
      12/31/2013 Uprising Contractor
      Tnx Jim diagnosted it little more after researching on here more or less its the IAC or throttle position sensor am trying to find the location of the idle air ccontrol valave any links to component locater?
    • Jimm
      12/31/2013 Jimm
      The idle air control (IAC) valve is located on the end of the intake manifold - just above the thermostat housing. The trottle position sensor (TPS) is located in the same area - just look at the air intake boot towards the engine - the TPS is mounted on the intake mass air flow (MAF) sensor.
      The replacement IAC and the throttle position sensor are readily available; try these on-line sources; www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. In fact they (RockAuto) list the IAC valve from around $178.00, and the throttle position sensor (TPS) from around $29.00 for your vehicle.
    • John's Auto Repair
      Low oil pressure, in its' self, would not cause the symptoms that you are describing.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Toyota Matrix - Engine - 1/1/2014
    Intermittent p0607 - Ck Eng light
    95,000 miles car runs fine, Ck Eng. light comes on for a day, goes out, stays out for weeks...etc. Battery good and terminals clean.
     
    • Jimm
      1/1/2014 Jimm
      This code basically means that the programming of the PCM/ECM (powertrain/engine control module) has failed. This can be a more serious code and may also be refered to as "ECM Internal Circuit Malfunction".

      P0607 - Control Module Performance
      Symptoms

      The P0607 code will illuminate the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp). Other potential symptoms of a P0607 include:
      •vehicle may also go into "limp-home" mode where it runs under reduced power
      •no start condition (cranks but does not start)
      •may stop running while driving

      Causes

      A P0607 could be caused by one or more of the following:
      •Loose ground terminal on PCM/ECM
      •Dead or defective (12V main) battery
      •An open or short in the power or ground circuit
      •Loose or corroded battery terminals
      •Failed PCM/ECM

      Possible Solutions

      As a vehicle owner there isn't a whole lot you can do yourself to diagnose this DTC. The first thing to check is the battery, check the voltage, inspect for loose/corroded terminals, etc., do a load test on it too. Also inspect the grounds/wiring at the PCM. If that's good the other common fixes for a P0607 Control Module Performance DTC seem to be either replace the PCM or update (re-flash) the PCM with updated software. Be sure to check for TSB's on your vehicle (Technical Service Bulletins) as there are known TSB's for this P0607 code for some Toyota and Ford vehicles.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Bad ECM. The ECM has emissions warranty for 8 years or 80,000 miles through Toyota.
  • Uprising Contractor
    Uprising Contractor - 1992 Toyota Celica - Engine - 1/1/2014
    What can cause the engine to turn of at idle but stay running above 1 rpm?
    Hello all few days ago 92 toyota celica just about died out got in the car turned on normal drove to gas station just fine filled up got back in the car hit the road little bit after i hear knocks almost and the thrust decrease majorly i pull over check oil gotten ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It can be a bad idle air control valve but not a sure thing. When an IAC valve is the cause, the reason for the shaking is because the idle simply drops too low, and also if you give it a little gas and that prevents it from stalling that is usually a symptom of a bad IAC. There can be other causes of what you describe as well such as a bad ignition distributor or a sticking EGR valve, even a bad map sensor.
  • Jim Mac
    Jim Mac - 1996 Toyota Tercel - Engine - 12/31/2013
    Temp gauge went to hot and then returned to normal.
    The engine temp gauge went up to almost hot, then went back down to normal. Arrived at destination, took around an hour, on way back, it did the same thing. Checked water level and oil level was a little low, and filled. What would cause this to happen? Thanks!
     
  • Jim Mac
    Jim Mac - 1996 Toyota Tercel - Engine - 12/31/2013
    The engine heat meter went up to almost hot, then went back down to normal.
    The engine heat meter went up to almost hot, then went back down to normal. Arrived at destination, did business, took about an hour. On way back, it did the same thing again. Check water level, was a little low, and oil was a quart low. Filled all. What caused this?
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      12/31/2013 John's Auto Repair
      You may very well have a coolant fan problem. Next time the temperature gage goes to hot, open
      the hood and check to see if the fan in front of the radiator is on.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 12/29/2013
    Why would my car knock really hard after my oil pressure and check engine lights came on?
    I was doing about seventy-five miles per hour when the oil pressure light and the check engine light came on. I pulled into a gas station and added oil. The car sounded better while sitting still but when I started driving again, I had to keep my speed under 50 ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Read the fault codes with a code reader and post the code numbers here. You can read the codes without having the engine running, just key on. If the oil pressure light is on solid do not run the car at all until a professional mechanic can get to listen to it.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Toyota Corolla - Engine - 12/29/2013
    My car started to loose power going down the highway then boom and a lot of smoke streaming from the back & it died
    Car has 277k miles. I think the loud boom and smoke came from the engine because when I pulled over there was oil everywhere on the ground and a small puddle of oil under the hood had actually caught fire under the engine (I was able to quickly blow the fire out ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There is no way that my advice could be accurate as to what happened to your engine however you have said enough keywords here to have me say that your event does not sound good. It sounds like the engine threw a connecting rod through the oil pan. This is not going to be repairable without replacing the engine. This is my guess. I hope I am wrong.
  • jose
    jose - 2003 Toyota Camry - Engine - 12/29/2013
    Why does my car hesitate when I step on the gas?
    I have 185,000 and other problem I have is that the idle is too low about 300RPM.
     
    • Bill
      12/28/2013 Bill
      Timing chain may have stretched a bit throwing timing slightly off, fuel injectors may be dirty, throttle body may need cleaned. Since you haven't provided any type of preventive maint, you've done or have had done you could also have a catalytic convertor partially clogged,
    • Jimm
      12/29/2013 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Verify that the throttle body is not sticking and dirty. First remove the battery cables and clean the throttle plates, and manually push them closed. Next touch the battery cables together and clear the idle strategy from the Engine Control Module, then start the vehicle and let it learn the idle speed.
 
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