Mechanics

COLD START IGNITION PROBLEM

Toyota Camry

I have a 99, 4cyl Camry CE with 340k miles, which is a testimonial on the car as well as how religiously I've adhered to its care. I have 2 problems with it however. First is ignition. The key turns and all dash indicators light up, but theres is only a click but no cranking. I take the key out and after about 11-12 secs. Repeat the process. If I am lucky, the starter may get fully engaged(as opposed to a half-hazard engage--since it may crank up but gets disengaged after half a second. So when I repeat the process, I make sure to put extra torque on the key for better connection.). If I am not so lucky, I have to repeat the process 30-40 times.

Once it starts however, I am good to go. I can turn off the car and start it up until 5-6 hours later with no problem. I think it I should attack the ignition switch first then the starter. My mechanic didn't even entertain the idea--he immediately said bad starter. What do you suggest?

The other problem is much simpler to explain. A metal ring has been dropped into #1spark plug barrel and sticking as a result of the heat. It is preventing the spark plug socket to get engaged and get the plug out in tune -ups. My current mechanic tried air nozzle as well as long nose plier to get it out but couldn't. How would you approach in getting the spark plug and that annoying ring out?

Much, much apprecited
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Matt5012
August 2, 2007.



Hi THERE,

As for problem No1. Go for the starter, 99.9% of the time that will be the problem.

As foir your ring, (in the plug hole) try using a small strong magnet, or go to your dendist and ask for any old tooth scrapers, thest are long enough to reach into the plug hole and have either a flat blade, or small scraping hook, also try a seal pick as these are long and thin and may disloge the ring.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Aug 3, 2007.
Thank you Mark! I replaced the starter and so far no problems. As for the ring in the spark-plug barrel, I don't know how he got the plug out, and never had a chance to ask him. But it seemed like a crafty way to do it the way you suggested. Thanks again very much.

Tiny
Matt5012
Aug 13, 2007.