1994 Camry

Tiny
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  • 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 197,000 MILES
This is a beater commuter car that has 197,000 miles on it. I parked it for a week to give it a full tune up and replace some gaskets that were leaking. I replaced the fuel filter but had some trouble getting the top banjo fitting off, so it sat with a loose bottom fitting for a few days while I let PB blaster sit on the top bolt. It drained all the gas. I also replaced the distributor o-ring since it was leaking bad. When I removed the cap and rotor, I noticed that the top of the coil that says do not remove was cracked bad and full of oil. So I replaced the air filter, fuel filter, plugs, wires, all fluids, engine mounts, distributor o-ring, valve cover gasket, and clened the intake manifold and IAC. At this point the car won't start because it's out of gas, but I tried a few times. After trying to turn over a few times, it started just clicking when I turned the key. I added five gallons of gas and hooked up my jump pack. No luck, all you hear is the starter clicking. Where is the fuel pressure test port to see if it's getting fuel? Should I replace the ignition coil in the distributor because it's cracked? Is it possible that the battery is too weak to even be helped by the jump pack? All lights and gauges work. I'm going to pull a wire tonight to see if it's getting spark, but where can I see if it's getting fuel? I looked for a shrader on the fule rail and couldn't find one?

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 AT 1:24 PM

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Tiny
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Before I parked it, it was running really rough at low speeds, sounded and felt like it was missing bad.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 AT 2:13 PM
Tiny
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Check the fuel pressure if its within specs-start here the fuel pressure should be 38-44psi and let me know
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 AT 2:24 AM
Tiny
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That was one of my questions, where do I check the fuel pressure? I can't find the test port on the rail.
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 AT 1:46 PM
Tiny
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At the fuel filter
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 AT 5:30 PM
Tiny
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Ok, thanks. I don't have one of those gauges, I'll check to see if there is general pressure at the fitting though. I replaced the ingition coil in the distributor yesterday afternoon and instead of grounding the jump pack to the hoist mount on the engine I hooked both cables to the battery terminals. I also added five more gallons of gas. This seemed to work a lot better. The gauge lights were brighter and the engine turned over a few times and tried to crank instead of just clicking. I guess the hoist hook was a bad grounding spot. I think I had drained my jump pack too much at that point though. I charged it over night and I'll try again this afternoon. I'm worried about having messed up the timing though having removed the distributor a couple times now. By removing the distributor and aligning it the best I could to the same spot could that have messed up the timing enoough to cause it not to crank? It certainly soounded better and tried a few times.
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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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Well I figured it out. Don't ever assume that a jump pack will always help. After spending two hours retiming everything, making sure that the car had no excuse not to start, I finally took the battery in and although it showed voltage from hooking up the jump pack, it showed no cca's. It got replaced, and I'll put it in today. Thanks for all your help.
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Friday, January 21st, 2011 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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You're welcome and TY for using 2carpros
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Sunday, January 30th, 2011 AT 9:55 AM

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