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June 19, 2013, 11:50 am

Bethany D

Question: Car won't start?

This problem began about 3 months ago before it got hot outside. My car starts fine when it hasn't been driven in the past 30 minutes. After it has warmed up, it will not start. The starter relay clicks so I know it's not the relay. I just replaced the starter so it's not that. The radiator was replaced by the person who owned the car before me and is still fairly new. I've cleaned the battery connections and my next step is to replace the positive wire going from the battery terminal to the starter. I'm at a loss here trying to figure out what the problem is. I have a 2000 Toyota camry 4 cyl. If you have any suggestions that would be awesome!

June 24, 2013, 1:05 pm

Ron W
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If it doesn't crank, load test the battery when it is hot. also a voltage drop across the positive and negative battery cables should be done to make sure they aren't consuming the voltage needed to spin the starter.

Also make sure where the starter is mounted on the engine is clean (and not painted over) and tight. The starter bolts are the ground for the starter, so they must be tight and make a good connection to the engine.

If it cranks, but just doesn't fire, you issue sounds like a crank position sensor failing when it heats up.

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June 27, 2013, 7:00 am

Bethany D

Thanks for your reply. I actually found out it is the neutral safety switch has gone bad. Although many times my car was hot I tried to start it in neutral and it didn't work. It's apparently a common problem for camrys.

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