1988 Toyota Camry Does not restart after 2 errands/stops

Tiny
TROY JOHNSON
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  • 1988 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 250,000 MILES
I have to leave it overnite and it will start normally. 3 year old plugs, wires cap and rotor replaced. Coil primary.4 ohms good. Any clues as to what to check next with the Haynes manual.

updated 8/26/09
I drove it again last nite. It stopped firing just when I got home. Checked out ignition coil-12.4V. Called wrecking yard and they said it's more than likely the pick-up coil. Rebuilt is the way to go I figure. Nippon-Denso rebuilt $200 aprox. I have an oil leak also thru the distributor shaft seal ( been like that for years-running good up till now). I did not check the secondary windings. Today will check pick-up coil resistance (140-180 ohms) for good reading. This will verify my bad P/U coil assumption. Thanks for you help. Troy
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 AT 2:44 PM

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Tiny
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I guess there's no spark -you're check the coil, what about the secondary windings on the coil what's the readings-what about the distributor pick-up coil and the ignitor are they okay
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 AT 3:41 PM
Tiny
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Take care of the leak, if the pick-up coil checks out-have the ignitor tested. Double check wiring.

Toyota Ignition system:

The computer has to see an Ne and G signals from the pick-up coil at which time the computer will issue an Igt signal to the ignitor to fire the coil once this happens an Igf signal will tell the computer combustion has occurred and repeats this cycles continuesly.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
TROY JOHNSON
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I ran my Camry for 15 minutes around a parking lot to get the ignition system/distributor to shutdown-no spark. Then I used my multimeter on the pick-up coil connector just to the rear of the distributor cap. Cold read 165 ohms - good is 140-180 ohms. After controlled breakdown in the parking lot the coil read 181 and climbing up. That told me I would need a complete new Distributor. Took it into my mechanic and he charged me $325 for a new ridgeporter tech dist. $ 89 for labor to install minus $20 coupon. They charged $20 for Environmental/ Hazard shop fee (5%) every customer ends up paying on their bill. Total $ 455 plus $ 130 new cap/wires, rotor and 4-plugs from Toyota parts. Runs like normal now. Thanks for your input.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 6:30 PM

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