My 97 Camry has almost 200,000 miles on it. My dad and brother are both mechanics and completely overhauled the engine on it last year (all new seals, head gasket, spark plugs, etc.) Recently it started stalling or nearly stalling every time I come to a stop. It runs perfectly fine when I'm maintaining a steady speed, but as soon as I start to brake it starts to chug and, most often will completely die. Usually it starts right back up, but sometimes I have to let it sit for a while before it will start again. Sometimes when I put it in park it will start to " race", going over 2000 rpm, and when I try to put it in gear it automatically dies.
One garage told me I needed new spark plugs, pcv valve, and fuel system cleaning, all of which were done within the last year. The Toyota dealer told me the timing belt needs to be re-set (which was also replaced within the last year). Another mechanic cleaned off the throttle plates. Nothing has helped, and I am at a loss and tired of garages charging me hundreds of dollars to tell me what is not wrong with it. Any suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Sunday, January 29th, 2006 AT 1:57 PM