1996 Toyota Camry stopped working

Tiny
TYLER GRIFFITH
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  • 1996 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 224,000 MILES
Hi, I have a 1996 Toyota Camry that me and my Dad recently redid the timing belt on. After doing the timing belt the car worked completely fine I did a test drive then later that night I drove my car to my friends house and to see a movie at a theater a little ways away and came back home everything was great.
The next day as I was driving to work and I lost acceleration and the car died and then the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree my radio and lights all still worked but when I would crank the engine it would sound like it's trying to start but make sputtering noises.
A mechanic friend tried diagnosing over the phone and said the timing was off and caused it to skip teeth. So me and my Dad redid the timing made sure it was perfect and it still won't start any ideas what's wrong and how to fix it? Thank you for any and all help!
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 AT 11:57 AM

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Tiny
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If you just changed the belt the tensioner should have been changed as well or something may be out of line if the belt slipped. scan for codes and try resetting security system if no manual look online for your car on how to do it. if still not starting check fuel pressure with a gauge auto parts rent it. then do normal checks after that like compression etc.
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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Hey, Thanks for reply the belt got a new tensioner and spring with it when I put that in so I'm not sure what is going on in terms of that so I think it should be fine. I am going to buy an OBD reader ASAP to check for codes and such. And I'll try to test everything else to see what's going on but first I'm gonna clean the throttle body and see if that helps at all.
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 AT 12:22 PM
Tiny
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Itprobably wont' if it won't start to begin with
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 AT 1:03 PM
Tiny
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Ok, so I cleaned the throttle body and changed the air filter and it didn't do much (Didn't really expect it to) but earlier today my OBDII reader came and I got a P0340 error code it says "Camshaft Position Sensor A Circuit Bank 1 or Single Sensor" I'm assuming this will be the cause of it not starting? Also if I go to replace the camshaft sensor should I replace anything else? Again thanks for any and all replies!
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Saturday, August 27th, 2016 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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Upon further reading I have read that my 4 cylinder 2.2 liter engine does not have a camshaft sensor or that it is located in the distributor. Does anyone know which one it is?
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Saturday, August 27th, 2016 AT 2:40 PM
Tiny
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If you have a distributor it's in that
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Saturday, August 27th, 2016 AT 3:21 PM
Tiny
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Alright I'm back so I forgot to mention that in the beginning of all this before I realized my timing belt snapped I changed the distributor. So I pulled the distributor in my car out and put the previous one in, cleared the code for the Camshaft sensor and started it and it still won't start but the code has gone away for the Camshaft sensor.

While trying to crank the engine I notice my battery start sounding like it was going to die (It made the clicking noise when I tried cranking it) so I used my Dad's battery charger to try to restore it fully and It charged for over 24 hours and didn't show fully charged once.

About an hour ago I put the battery in and tried cranking it and it wouldn't turn over at all I also sprayed Engine starter fluid into the throttle body/ air intake hose area (My Dad's request) and still not turning over. Any advice on what to try at this point? I heard maybe the starter might be an issue.
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Monday, August 29th, 2016 AT 11:27 AM
Tiny
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It may be a security issue try resetting security system if no manual look online for your car on how to do it.
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Monday, August 29th, 2016 AT 11:59 AM
Tiny
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I think I reset the security system and still no luck. Any other ideas? Also does the engine starter fluid not starting the car rule out any fuel issues? Could it possibly be the fuel pump? Thanks again
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 AT 3:42 PM
Tiny
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Yes is can please follow this article to help you and then get back to us

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 AT 4:57 PM
Tiny
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Hey, so today I was messing around with the distributor and turns out when my Dad and I installed the previous distributor he used the old cap and the "new" distributor, so I pulled it out and installed the old parts and the car runs now! Hopefully it stays that way. Thank you all for your replies and time!
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 AT 11:27 AM
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Glad we could get it fixed please use 2CarPros. Com anytime we are here to help.

Best, Ken
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 AT 5:22 PM

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