Why does my Car Die Moments after I Start it? (Please help a College Student)?

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5th Owner of 1989 Camry, 4 sp. Automatic transmission
ODO reads: 163,000 miles
When I start the car, sometimes I can hear a sputtering noise coming from the hood (could be the engine), ( it’s soft, then loud, then soft, then loud, etc.) The car vibes simultaneously with the noise. (I can best describe the sputtering noise as the sound of a motorcycle when it is idle, though not as loud.)
As soon as I take my foot off the brake to Reverse, the Car dies, & the Check Engine Light & Check Oil Light comes on, and I have to restart it.
I recently changed my oil & oil filters a month ago at an oil change shop (My friend said the guy put too much oil) I don’t think this is the problem though, because I have had this problem ever since I bought the car, even before the oil change.
What do you think the problem is & how should I get it fixed? Should I go ahead and get a Major tune up? is this one of those problems that probably won’t go away, thanks in advance
BTW, It’s not the battery, the previous owner installed a new battery a couple of months ago.
& my friend said he thinks the sound is coming from the radiator (not sure)

6 Responses to “Why does my Car Die Moments after I Start it? (Please help a College Student)?”

  1. Babygirl on June 19th, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Change your battery.

  2. el novato on June 21st, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    hey take a look to your fuel system ( replace your fuel filter ) and also it could be the IAC valve or the mass air flow sensor check your fuel sistem pressure

  3. herbedladybugs on June 23rd, 2008 at 7:47 am

    The first thing you want to do is determine if it is an electrical, ignition, or fuel problem. Check your alternator first. Since the car starts up it’s not your starter. Using a multimeter, if the alternator reads between 13.5volts – 14.5volts it’s good any where over or below that, you need to replace it. Without using any tools you can check your fuel system by ear and smell. For ignition check your spark plugs, distributer or coil pack, and wires.

  4. RW_123456789 on June 25th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Well if its stalling its either one of two things its either not getting enough fuel or too much fuel. Or you are losing ignition. First change the fuel filter. Pour some fuel injector/carb cleaner in or spray some into it. Check the pvc valve and see if its plugged. Pull out a couple spark plugs and check and see the condition. They could be really dirty.I would open the hood at night time in the dark and see if u can see any sparking or grounding of any wires. Check the distributor cap,rotor and wires. Cross the spark plug wires to help out with current issues. The rattlin could be the air filter box that is common in those cars. And the warning lights. dont pay attention to them because in older vehicles they can go off at any time if the computer is weak. And that could be the third thing ur computer is pooched.. Best of the luck

  5. tony on June 27th, 2008 at 6:59 am

    there probabely something wrong with ur spark plugs. open and check them if there is some liquid in it. this can be water(if u washed engine) or can be OIL. clean it and make it air dry. it will work( if its in spark plugs) and its better if u take it for some tune up.

  6. gothic_dragon_8150 on June 30th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    first off you should check the computer it might be an oxygen sensor to do this go to your local library and check out a haynes computer and diagnostic codes manual this will show you how to talk to the computer and tell you what the codes mean then you can assess the problem properly by checking off symptoms that the car has thus saving you time and lots of money once you have narrowed down the problem take it to a mechanic you can call around first to see who is cheaper or you can fix it your self

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