Hi all! Longtime listener, first time caller. (So to speak.)
I have a 2003 Toyota Camry with 100,500 miles on it. However, it has been through many brutal New York winters and lived through three years of the West Virginia hills and mountains, so it has been through a lot.
Last week my check engine light came on and stayed on. (When this happened to me before, it would go on and off, and ended up being a gas cap issue.) My diagnostic read from Autozone was P0446. I was assured that it was not an urgent matter by Autozone, family members with the same car, and the two service centers I contacted–they said my main issue was that I’d likely fail an emissions test.
Well, this morning I go to turn on my car, but when I turned the key the dashboard lights started to flicker and there was this loud, stuttering, buzzing sound. It eventually did catch, but I got nervous and turned off the car. I tried a few more times and it did the same thing, only this time wouldn’t turn on at all. Here’s a link to a video of what it’s doing.
I keep trying to search this issue but I’m coming back with a million different results it could be, and none seem to fit my symptoms quite right. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in my mileage, but I primarily drive in the city so it has never been great. My gas cap is tightened. I’ve noticed that I’ve had to rev more a little more than usual recently to kick the car into gear, but this has been the case for at least a year. I had an oil change at the end of June.
The one thing I can think of is that earlier this week I had a hard time turning my key to turn on the car, like it felt locked, almost.
I’ve been saying that I’d like to keep this car until December to buy a new one, but I just have no clue if that’s feasible, if I’d have to sink a lot of money in it to make it last until then, or if it’s even worth it.
Thank you! I so appreciate any guidance.
EDITED TO ADD: I can still turn on the car so that the lights and radio turn on; it’s only when I try to start the engine.