Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car is not starting - 1993 Toyota Camry

asked by on

Hello how are you? My Toyota Camry xle is not starting. Last night I accidentally put in a wrong key in the ignition and ever since then the car won't start and there's a little red light that keeps flashing. What could it be? Thank you.

My car has 177000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. From what you describe, it would app...

Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle's security system may have been activated when the incorrect key was inserted. You may have to reset the ignition system using the correct key in order for the vehicle to start. My research indicates that turning the ignition on and off 5 times, and then starting the engine, will reset the security system. If that does not work, then it may be possible that there is a problem with the alarm system control box, or perhaps the transponder in the key, if there is one.

If you need assistance, I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to determine why the car will not start and make any necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: No Power at All

You may have a bad negative cable to body attachment bolt that needs to be replaced under the battery tray. Technical service bulletin L-SB-0093-11 covers the replacement of the bolt and re-tapping the threads. The cable will not tighten and...

Q: I want to install tachometer what do I hook to in the ignition switch?

Hi there. Take the power wire to the tachometer (the input wire) and hook it into the return wire on the coil system. This will register the tachometer and make it work. Put the ground wire on a good source...

Q: Key not starting car

Another key could be used to see if the lock cylinder will turn completely. Chances are either the lock cylinder itself or the lock cylinder housing is at fault. The may both need to be replaced to restore ignition operation....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...