Car crank but dont start, it was running 5 mins back.

Asked by Dec 29, 2016 at 10:58 PM about the 2013 Toyota Camry SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I parked the car in Orelly, went in to get the new spark plugs, then unscrewed
the first spark plug and removed the coil, then realized to place the car under
light area, so placed the coil back and screwed it back (didn't removed the
spark plug yet), then tried starting the car. It cranks but wont start up. Holy
Cow I just came all the way from home and not even got spark plugs out.

18 Answers

Adding it to it, Check Engine light is on, and when orelly guy check that, it gave error as missfire in Cylinder 1, cylinder 2, cylinder 3, cylinder 4. I have that check engine going on and off with Traction control light after i changed the Alternator Belt.

Troubleshooting performed: Check the Battery, tried doing the jump start. Then Removed all the Spark plugs checked them with Spark Guage all looks good. I'm guessing it is Starter or Alternator. Please guys help me out.


Before u start throwing parts at it, start by troubleshooting the fuel. Spray some quick start in the throttle body tobsee if it starts. The starter and alternator have nothing to do with this issue if it's cranking. The alternator charges the battery so it can feed starter among other things so if it cranking, the alternator, battery and starter are good.

But it was find 5 mins back, how suddenly will throttle body get effected, I didn't even touch there, I tried messing up with Spark Plugs, Do you think Putting Start Fluid will really help.

And Before today, I have noticed my car making some grinding sounds, and when I started from Home, it was struggling to start.When It started I gave Accelerator and then it was normal (I mean breathing normally) before that it looks like it got some problem with breathing.


How many miles on this Toyota?


It would appear that this vehicle has had running problems before your trip to the parts store. Suguest you check for a vacuum leak by following the vacation. Diagram label located under the hood. It would be helpful to know the codes number ID for further help.


Oops......that would be vacuum dIngram under hood...


@#/T&IT this new computer TABLET stinks. Old have to watch them like a hawk.


ROFLMAO!! Yes, you have to keep an eye on us old people!

Changing the Spark plugs, and the car starts now. Giving me a new problem I have to pump the accelerator while cranking and then only it will start, Can anyone tell me what is the problem now. To me it looks like Blown Head Gasket. Please help


You might have a bad Fuel Pump. Follow Irod suggestion above. Next time the vehicle will not start do not touch the gas pedal. Have someone attempt a restart while you very carefully use a little starting fluid at the air intake. All we are trying to do is to see if the problem is a lack of Fuel. If she tries to start with a little squirt...then most likely have a bad FP. Get back to us with results.

Can you guide me where is Air Intake located, I'm new to automotive world.


Remove Engine Air Filter. That is where air goes into the Engine. A quick squirt or two should be enough to briefly start the Engine. Careful now not spray to much into air intake....Boom!

It did not worked, I towed the car to a dealership, He did the diagnosis and told me that there is crack in Engine, antifreeze is being leaked and it is found in all the spark plugs. He said I need to replace the entire engine.


Holy s___. A "crack in Engine"??? How did that happen? A crack in the Engine usually is a result of a Engine OVERHEAT. Do you remember an overheat occurring in the past?

History: When I buy the car it was Rebuild title, then after 2 months I had a collision in which I replaced the Hood, Bumper, Radiator, driver side fender, Ac compressor. Then 2 weeks back here the temp went 26 and the Antifreeze got frozen, and Alternator belt got broken and replaced it and I tried driving with same frozen Antifreeze Car got overheated and break down.


OK...the History on this vehicle explains everything. Very interesting. Thanks for the update.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 1,971 nationwide Camry listings starting at $750.

Postal Code:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
85 Great Deals out of 1,051 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
226 Great Deals out of 3,770 listings starting at $2,245
Used Honda Civic
307 Great Deals out of 3,466 listings starting at $995
Used Nissan Altima
77 Great Deals out of 1,353 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Avalon
5 Great Deals out of 124 listings starting at $4,900
Used Toyota RAV4
51 Great Deals out of 3,205 listings starting at $2,495
Used Hyundai Sonata
42 Great Deals out of 1,390 listings starting at $1,288
Used Nissan Maxima
21 Great Deals out of 358 listings starting at $3,990
Used Toyota Highlander
16 Great Deals out of 666 listings starting at $838
Used Honda CR-V
44 Great Deals out of 2,566 listings starting at $1,997
Used Ford Fusion
150 Great Deals out of 2,121 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota 4Runner
6 Great Deals out of 477 listings starting at $5,990
Used Toyota Tacoma
35 Great Deals out of 878 listings starting at $5,990
Used Chevrolet Malibu
91 Great Deals out of 2,205 listings starting at $2,994
Used Toyota Prius
184 listings starting at $3,980

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry SE For Sale
91 listings starting at $27,890
2017 Toyota Camry SE For Sale
43 listings starting at $20,995
2016 Toyota Camry SE For Sale
9 listings starting at $18,900
2015 Toyota Camry SE For Sale
14 listings starting at $17,598
2014 Toyota Camry SE For Sale
31 listings starting at $13,986

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.