Toyota Corolla cranks but won't start! Help!
UUUUUGH car trouble is no bueno. So annoying.
So i have a 1997 Toyota Corolla that i've had for many years now. its got 190,000 on it, and i've never had any real issues with the car. Its been a total champ.
Wednesday, i drove the car and it was totally fine. Thursday, the temperature here in TN dropped a lot, and it pissed rain all day. I went to start my car that day, and the engine cranked just like always, but never quite started. Its sounded totally normal in terms of rhythm and sound… it just wouldn't start!
I read online that sometimes moisture in the distributor cap can cause that to happen on rainy days. So i took the cap off, and it seemed dry inside. I went over it with a paper towel to be sure there wasn't anything in there. The rotor looked okay too. Tried starting it again, no luck. Same deal.
A buddy at work told me that when i have the key in the 'on' position, i should be able to hear the fuel pump turn on. i tried that, and couldn't hear it. I also took the back seat cushion out so i could better hear it, and still no luck. But when i crank the engine, i can hear what i think is the fuel pump humming. After i stop trying to start it, i can hear that humming for another second or so, then it shuts off.
Yesterday and today, it hasn't rained, but the temperature has dropped even lower. I tried starting it again today, and it sounds super terrible! Really pitiful sounding. Its real hiccup-y, the rhythm sounds super jumpy, if that makes sense. Sounds bad. Very irregular.
I can't figure this out. Is it possible its the timing belt? Could it have just happened to have bit the dust? I actually have never replaced the timing belt on it, which is kinda nuts.
Thoughts??? Thanks you all, this is driving me crazy at the moment.