Can't Restart His Camry

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Dear Bob,
I have a 1994 Toyota Camry with 89,000 miles. The car starts fine in the morning, but not RIGHT after I drive it. I usually have to wait 20-40 minutes before it will start and go successfully. The dealer thought it was an electrical problem so I had my ignition wires and the distributor rotor and cap replaced. I was told that since it doesn't have a carburetor, the problem probably isn't vapor lock. Anyway, it still isn't fixed. Its really getting annoying.
Larry

Larry,
Does the car start just lack performance? If so, it may be that your catalytic converter is causing the problem. It may be closing down when it gets hot and limiting the amount of exhaust gas that can flow through it (similar to the old potatoes in the exhaust pipe trick we used to do when we were kids). Have your mechanic check the converter to see if it is functioning correctly. The exit temperature should be hotter than the inlet temperature.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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