97 Camry LE Will Not Start

Tiny
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  • 1997 TOYOTA CAMRY
I was hoping someone out there might know the answer to this one as I'm stumped.

A few weeks ago, my 1997 Camry LE started making a loud noise which sounded as though there was a hole in the exhaust or manifold. I have driven the car about 10 times since then and the noise did not go away, but did not get any better. Sounded like I was drag racing down my street!

I tried to start the car a few days ago and now the thing will not start. I get about 1 second of the loud exhaust noise and it just dies. No engine turnover noise. Just the starter. I tried gassing the thing but this does nothing. I thought it may be a blocked catalytic, but there is no engine light & no scanner codes are showing up. The wife tells me when I try starting it, smoke is coming out the bottom of the engine compartment. I've tried starting it on a few occasions but it just gives an exhaust noise & instantly dies.

Helppp! Pleeease! I'm pulling out what little hair I have left.
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Saturday, April 7th, 2007 AT 7:53 PM

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Tiny
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Get a backpressure test done on the exhaust system that will finger a clogged Cat- The engine has to breath-inhale and exhale---just like us humans.
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Sunday, April 8th, 2007 AT 5:02 PM
Tiny
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Get a backpressure test done on the exhaust system that will finger a clogged Cat- The engine has to breath-inhale and exhale---just like us humans.[/Quote:6824b82899]

Thanks for your help Rasmataz! Would this result in the car not being able to start at all and just shutting off with the symptoms I describe and not trigger an OBD code?
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Sunday, April 8th, 2007 AT 5:11 PM
Tiny
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Get a backpressure test done on the exhaust system that will finger a clogged Cat- The engine has to breath-inhale and exhale---just like us humans.[/Quote:9d7750abb8]

Thanks for your help Rasmataz! Would this result in the car not being able to start at all and just shutting off with the symptoms I describe and not trigger an OBD code?[/Quote:9d7750abb8]

Sometimes the OBD2 system doesn't throw a code/s when something is wrong, start there. Then we'll take it to the next level dunno where yet till you comeback
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Sunday, April 8th, 2007 AT 5:52 PM

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