1994 Toyota Camry Sluggish starting

Tiny
DONNIE AUTRY
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  • 1994 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 147,000 MILES
My '94 Camry overheated and I had a new waterpump on it. I also had the radiator redone. It began to be slugggish starting when I had driven it, parked, shut it off and tried to re-start it. After it sits a while it will start. I put a new battery in it but it still does the sam thing. Any ideas to explore?
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009 AT 10:22 AM

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Tiny
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First a few questions so I can better help. How hot did it get? When it acts up you say it takes awhile to restart how do you mean? Do you mean it truns over and will not start or does it do nothing at all? Get back to me and we will go from there.
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009 AT 10:35 AM
Tiny
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It got so hot it shut off. My daughter was driving. It will not do anything. The lights come on in the dash but the starter does not do anything, even click.
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009 AT 10:42 AM
Tiny
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Ok can you turn the engine over by hand with a wrench (with a socket on the crank)? If not then the engine is seized. Let me know what you find.
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Friday, February 6th, 2009 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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The engine is not seized. The car will start and run. After it is turned off, it will not restart until it sits and cools off. We replaced the battery and the electrical seems to work but the car will not do anything, even be jumped off until it sits for a while. It seems as though something inthe system gets hot and has to cool off to work again. Perhaps a "start" capacitor or switch. I know very little about Toyotas.
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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Ok so it starts when it is cold not when it get to operating temp right? So I would have the starter tested to see if it is working when it gets hot. If you pull it off and have it tested they may have to test it more then once to get it hot to see if it is the problem. Does the engine still get overheated?
Do you have a test light or volt meter? If so then find the starter and there is two wires going to it. One is the battery cable and the other is a small wire that comes from the ignition switch hook you test like to meter to that one and turn the key to try to start it and see if the test light comes on or if there is 12 volts there. Get back to me
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Monday, February 9th, 2009 AT 10:08 AM

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