Hello Scotty, welcome back :) I hope you enjoyed the time with your grandchildren! I hope you can help me with a sudden problem I'm having with the engine in my Toyota Carina E. None of the people I know, even the mechanically inclined ones, seem to know what is the matter. It's an otherwise great car from 1994, it's done over 191.000 miles and we love it. It's been in our family for almost 25 years. By the looks of your videos it seems it might have the same engine as the engine in your '94 Celica :) Here's what happened. I drove the car for 20 miles last week, no problem. Parked it and even moved it a few parking spaces a few minutes later, still fine. Then after about an hour I started her up, still good, then drove away at a traffic light and suddenly it started sounding rough, and had virtually no power. I also smelled gasoline. I managed to get her home, but she's running rough, there is no power when, slow to pick up when you push the throttle, there's a popping sound from the exhaust and the engine vibrates. I have checked a few things out myself since the local dealer wants 120 dollars an hour just to look for the issue, but I can't seem to find out what's wrong. I changed the plugs and distributor cap and rotor, as they were due and don't cost much. I checked the resistance of the plug wires, coil, distributor, but they all seem fine. The new plugs did faul up quickly though, black, but I assume that's because it's running so poorly. Then I voltage checked the MAP sensor, but it seems to be working well also. I checked the timing belt with a strobe light and it's on the mark. Both cam shaft marks match up with the mark on the crank shaft, so it hasn't skipped a tooth on the belt. We also checked compression, which was well within spec and exactly the same for all cylinders. All things seem to be doing what they are supposed to. I haven't been able to check the intake vaccuum, but I don't hear any obvious hissing and the air filter is clean. I want to check the fuel filter and injectors, but as a layman I don't even know if the engine is starved of fuel, too rich, or if something else is wrong. Is there an easy way for me to find out if it's getting too much or not enough fuel? And even though the timing belt is still on the mark so to speak, could it be that the tension pulley is causing the problem I'm having? Or need I be looking at something else completely? Oh, by the way, it's a pre-OBDII car, and it's showing no check engine light at all. Thanks for your help, because none of my mechanically inclined friends or even some actual mechanics seem to know! Sincerely, Dominic

Oh, I wanted to add that the car starts up every time. Sometimes the idle fluctuates a little, but it's minor and not every time. I wanted to add a clip of the engine sound while running, for your expert ears to have a listen, but there doesn't seem to be a way to add videos here. If you like, I could send it in some other way, perhaps via email or wetransfer. Thanks again for reading.

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Domcar
Domcar

First of all, thanks for your reply, I know you're a busy man. So you think it might be starved of fuel, do I understand that correctly? The problem came on suddenly and hasn't been right since, so it does appear something failed. The car has been sitting for a few days and I don't see any puddles under the car, but I will check the fuel system for pressure. Is there an easy way to check the fuel pump or does it require dropping the tank? Thanks again! :)

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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Could be bad fuel pump or leaking fuel system bleeding off pressure