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Toyota Camry Sputtering Badly

Q. Hello Vince, Need your help. My daughter has a 1995 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder. Shortly after she got gas the car started missing/bucking a bit, but not so bad that she couldn't drive home from college (90 miles). The next day she went to drive it and it would barely run. I replaced the plugs, distributor cap, rotor and plug wires.

Toyota Camry Sputtering Badly

Started it up and drove fine (while cold). Started it up after it sat 15-20 minutes and it behaved as before, sputtering. I got a can of dry gas, no change. Changed fuel filter and added injector cleaner, no change.

Weird thing is that if you start it cold it runs and drives fine. It's after it's warm and you re-start and try driving that it acts up. I'm thinking the tank may need to be dropped, emptied and injectors cleaned. The only other thought I had was the temperature sensor on the fuel injector? Any thoughts, suggestions?

Thanks Vince.
Best regards,

A. There are quite a few things that can cause this. It could be a bad Manifold Absolute pressure (MAP) sensor, bad distributor or even a bad PCM. The first thing to do is to see if there are any codes stored in the computer. This will go a long way in, at least, narrowing down the possibilities.

If you want to look inside the fuel tank, you do not need to drop it. There is an access panel that will allow you to open the fuel tank while it is still in the car.

Toyota Camry Sputtering Badly

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