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What went wrong with this old Camry?


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Lambo
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Aug 15, 2020, 4:05 PM

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Drove a 2002 Camry and yes it was likely at the end
of its life no question. Over 400000 km on it, really
good car, it owes me nothing.

Recently did a 300k drive and it was making a noise
but it did the drive no problem. Gave it to a
backyard mechanic friend to look at. They claim
they did a compression test, looked for air leaks in
the intake piping, changed the spark plugs (which is
likely irrelevant but they did need to be changed)
changed the valve cover gasket and fuel pump, fuel
pressure regulator, and fuel injectors. They may
have also changed the intake manifold and gasket.

They said they had a hard time getting it started the
day they changed the fuel pump. They put the old
fuel pump back. They said there is a misfire and an
engine code for being too lean.

Long story short someone could have driven the
car to a garage at least and now it’s rotting in my
drive way. I was able to start it, but a quick drive
around the block and I was lucky to make it back
into my drive way.

What went wrong? Is there anything I can do to
salvage it at this point, to sell it as a parts car?
Backyard mechanic boy has given up, I since have
purchased another older Camry but a generation
prior, so I don’t think there’s any point in keeping it
for a parts car myself.

Thanks so much


Hammer Time
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Aug 15, 2020, 4:54 PM

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Sounds like he just did a whole bunch of unnecessary work to make a few bucks while ignoring your problem.

What were the compression readings?

If he can't tell you why it won't start, then he wasn't qualified to do any of that work.

There is a test sequence for "Crank, no starts" that he should be aware of.

http://autoforums.carjunky.com/...LL_NOT_START_P75655/



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Lambo
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Aug 15, 2020, 5:18 PM

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All around 110 psi


Lambo
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Aug 15, 2020, 5:21 PM

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It starts, I took it around a single block and by the time I got back to the driveway I had to coast into it


Hammer Time
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Aug 15, 2020, 5:25 PM

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Compression is not the greatest but not likely the cause of the no start.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 15, 2020, 9:00 PM

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OP, in 1 hour +/- you just did a complete compression test since first suggested?
Gotta give you credit for being fast if nothing else to do that and report results?


May differ on this but 110 PSI if what you meant for compression IMO is uniformly too low for so begs asking under what conditions did you see that # on all cylinders? Doesn't work that way so what's the story?


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