2010 Camry 2.4 won't crank when hot

Asked by Guru2L6VQ Feb 27, 2020 at 08:57 AM about the 2010 Toyota Camry Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi,

I've looked through the forums but it seems
difficult to find exactly what I'm experiencing.

108,000 miles and this is one of those oil burning
Camrys. I go through a quart every few hundred
miles.

The car will not crank when hot. Starts strong
when cold.

Runs lean.

Some pink coolant gunk collecting near a hose on
driver's side of engine but coolant is not low.

Fans near radiator do not spin unless heat/ac is
being used (definitely a novice question, I don't
know if they should).

A little stutter starting when warm and not hot.

Hesitation when moving from a stop.

Plugs, coils, MAF and battery recently replaced.
Ground mounts cleaned.

Have NOT looked at throttle body or idle air control
yet.

A guy who was trying to sell me some fuel injector
treatment said my catalytic sounded like it might
be dead. He was a street mechanic, not someone
at a bona fide garage, so I don't know whether to
take that seriously. I'd take advice on the cat,
though, given this oil issue. I probably should have
been changing the oil more frequently when it
started consuming it but I didn't know better and
kept going 10k with synthetic oil.

Thanks for considering this issue!

3 Answers

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What happens when it's warmed up when you hit the key , ? a click ? Does it turn over slow ? sounds like you got a hot mess on your hands , basic mechanical know how can't be done over the web . If you're going through oil why would you use expensive synthetic ?

Thanks for replying. No movement of the engine, soft clicking sound. I use the recommended oil, maybe I should switch.

Thought I'd close this ticket, so to speak and lay some things out in case it helps any other pre-2012 Camry owner. 1. The oil consumption creates a lot of carbon. Cleaning out the throttle body and using Sea Foam seems to have been very helpful, and easy but... The gunk took over a lot of the functioning of the catalytic converter. I think that situation became worse after using Sea Foam. I took someone's advice and ran the car in park at 3000 rpms for 15 minutes and the difference was considerable. No more sounds coming from that area and the car purrs now. So much better than possibly replacing the cat. No more smell from running lean any longer. Hopefully gas mileage will increase a bit, too. 2. I needed a new starter. Problem solved. Now I need to save up a bit and replace my shocks and (maybe) struts before summer comes along.

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