1992 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 190000 miles
For six months, my car has been intermittently refusing to start. There appears to be plenty of power, but when I turn the key, nothing happens. There is no clicking sound, no attempt to turn over, no noise of any kind, nothing. The lights don't dim and a jump start doesn't help, so my mechanic and I concluded that its not the battery or alternator. The mechanic has replaced the starter twice, but the problem keeps happening. Two weeks ago he replaced the entire steering wheel (as a means of replacing the ignition switch) but the problem recurred and I was stranded yet again.
It may be coincidence, but the problem seems to happen primarily after I've taken a trip of a mile or two, turned the car off, run a quick errand, and come shortly back to the car. For instance, the most recent occurrence occurred Friday night after a 5 minute drive for Chinese takeout and 5 minutes out of the car to actually get the food. The car refused to start when I got back in it, but Saturday morning I returned to pick it up and it started fine.
Update: I just tested that theory, and it seems it may be accurate. I hadn't started the car since Saturday, and it started this (Monday) morning just fine. I turned it off and started it again- no problem. I drove it around the block a couple times, returned to my driveway, turned it off, and it would not restart.
Any help would be very much appreciated as I'm already $600 in the hole on a car not worth appreciably more than that. Thanks!
Monday, June 8th, 2009 AT 10:49 AM