1995 Toyota Corolla Turns over, won't run.

Tiny
BRENDANFINN
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  • 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
Hey Car Pros!

My '95 Corolla died in the middle of the road. It will turn over, but won't run. Every couple of minutes I can turn it over and it will fire for just a second or two and die again.

I sprayed some carb cleaner into the intake while turning it over, and it didn't run.

I put a screwdriver in the spark plug cap and held it close to a ground while turning it over, and I don't think it was sparking.

Any ideas?
Thanks!
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 4:08 PM

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Tiny
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Do below and comeback with some results

Disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor /distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, ECM, Ignitor camshaft and crankshaft sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 4:12 PM
Tiny
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Found the problem.

The timing belt is bad.

Would it be wise to replace anything else while doing this job? The car isn't worth much, even in running condition.

Does this require special tools, or is it something a mechanically inclined person could do with the basics?

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 AT 2:10 AM
Tiny
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Hi brendanfinn,

Timing belty replacement can be DIY by a mechanically inclined person.

You would need to know the timing belt installations marks.

As the belt is bad, you need to recheck the timing marks before installation. The most difficult part would be to remove the crank pulley bolt. You would need a crank pulley holder or an impact wrench to remove it. Other than that, others are just basic tools.

The water pump and oil seals would be recommended to be replaced.
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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 AT 11:53 AM

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