Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car starts for 2 seconds then dies. However, sometimes it start runs and drive good.

asked by on

Ok, so here's what i do know. I've replaced the EGR Valve AND Solenoid. I've replaced the fuel filter, air intake hose, all four spark plugs AND wires. I've tested and confirmed ALL sparks/coils are working correctly. I've Added fuel cleaner, checked hoses for air leaks and cleaned out the IAC valve thoroughly with carb cleaner.

That being said, if i let it sit overnight and try to start it, it will start up for 2 seconds then sputter out and dies. I then can continue to try and start it. it will then turn it over and eventually start up. I'll rev it up and after a few seconds it will run and idle perfectly. I can then drive it all day without the problem occurring again. This morning I tried something new by turning the electrical functions on without starting the car three times before starting. it then started right up with no problems. However it seems almost random when it decides to start or not day by day.

This is driving me crazy and any help would be appreciated!

My car has 151000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. Check the fuel pump to the vehicl...

Hi there. Check the fuel pump to the vehicle. A lot of Camry’s have this issue and all of them had their fuel pump replaced. There is a short that appears in the fuel pump wiring in the fuel tank over time and causes the fuel pump motor to get hot and shut down. Then when the motor is cool it works again. Check the fuel pump relay for the same issue and replace the relay if it is not working. I recommend replacing the fuel pump. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from YourMechanic, that can assist you with the intermittent starting issue.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car won't start

This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination of both. For example, if the...

Q: Opinion on a 2000 Dodge Caravan

In my opinion, it's probably one of the worst vans ever made. Do not buy one. They are horrible. The transmissions stink, the air conditioning can blow up, and they are generally just horrible vans. If you want a van...

Q: Bleeder valve not sealing

Try and remove the bleeder completely and cleaning the seat and bleeder and see if it works. If this does not work then replace the bleeder. It would've been helpful to know which bleeder screw you are referring to, as...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.