1995 Toyota Camry my 1995 totota Camry will not start

Tiny
DAVIDDLW1
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1995 Toyota Camry 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

hi,
I have a 1995 toyota camry car and I cannot get it to start. The car use to run until a radiator hose sprung a leak and car started smoking so I park it and had it took to a mechanic and diagnose that a radiator hose leaked all the water out of it and he replaced the hose and the car started right up. When I went to pick up car I started the car it started up also. But when I turned car off and then tried to star it again it would not start. It acted like it wanted to star but would not fire. I took car home and I done some test on it like testing all the fuses, and I tested the fuel pump by turning key switch on and listning through the gas filler hole to see if I could hear the pump engaging. I did not hear pump so I took the back seat out to access the pump and I hooked a battery directly up to the pump and it worked. The n I put the connector back on the pump and I turned the key to see if the pump worked but do not think I heard the pump engage I thought I heard a sound but it did not sound like the one when I hooked the battery directly up to it.
also I wanted to see if the car was firing but I could not find the spark plugs on this 6 cylinder engine, but think the car is firing because it acts like it wants to start but will not fire up and keep running.
can you give me any suggestion on what is wrong with car especially when it ran so perfectly before the radiator hose leak.
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 7:56 AM

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Tiny
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Hi daviddlw1,

Thank you for the donation.

Check the fuel pressure at the fuel rails since you suspect the fuel pump is not working.

When you applied direct battery voltage to the fuel pump and it runs, did you try starting?

If the fuel pump works and still could not get the car to start, I would suggest getting the compression checked. Check if the coolant level in radiator is correct. Hopefully it is not a blown head gasket causing the non starting.
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 11:10 AM
Tiny
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I tried starting the car while I had the fuel pump hooked up directly to the battery and the car still would not start. I also took the line off the fuel filter and turne car on to see if gas would flow out of filter and it did flow. Would the fuel injectors cause this problem of the car not starting? If so what would I do to check the injectors I do not see a line I can take off to see if fuel is getting to injectors.
Now if my head gasket is blow would this keep the car from starting I have seen cars running with blown head gaskets but a lot of white smoke coming from tail pipe.
I noticed that I had to fill my radiator up with water when I got the car to the house and I looked in the radiator fill hole and could not see the water. Is this a sign that I have blown head gasket? I also checked my oil level and it was very high on the stick. It was almost double on the stick to where it was suppose to be, but I could not tell if it had any water in it.
Can I drain the car of oil and drain the radiator and then put some oil back in the car but no water and let it sit for a couple of days then I would try to start it. And if car starts I would try some blown head gasker sealer if it is a blown head gasket. Would you recommend any of this. I just wonder why the car will not start even with a blown head gasket like some cars are running on a blown head gasket..
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
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White smoke from exhaust are usually due to faulty valve seals or piston oil rings allowing oil to get into the cylinders to be burnt rather than blown head gaskets.

If the head gaskets are blown, engine can be started if the extent of the damage is not too bad. If the damage results in compression losses, then you might not be able to start.

Since the oil level is high, it is possible water has gotten into the oil. While draining the oil, check if the initial flow is water, if yes, then too bad, the head gasket has been damaged

Get a compression test to confirm that they are within specs.
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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 AT 9:31 AM
Tiny
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I will get a compression test but does the car have to be warmed up before a reliable compression test can be took? You know that my car will not start for me to warm the car up to operating temperature. Please let me know if it can be done with out car running to warm engine up.
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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It does not matter if the engine is warm or cold to test the compression.

A wet test should be done if the dry test indicates the compression is low. Dry test mean as it is and a wet test means to pump some engine oil into the cylinders, crank the engine without the sparks plugs to allow the oil to lubricate the cylinders and rings before the compresison test is done.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 7:48 AM
Tiny
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Hi,
I have done a compression test on the toyota camry like you suggested, and here are the readings I got.
#110
#90
#90
#150
#0
#130
i done the cylinder with the 0 results twice and came up with 0 everytime. I guess this means my head gasket is gone? Also I checked fluid and oil level is off the chart on the stick and I do see water in oil and the manifold also.
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Sunday, September 5th, 2010 AT 4:13 PM
Tiny
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Sorry for the delay in replying, just got my pc back from the factory after being sent there for repairs a week ago.

Yes, results and additional information indicates the head gaskets are bad and you need to have the cylinder heads pressure tested to ensure they are not cracked as coolant had entered the oil system.
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 8:41 AM

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