'96 Toyota Camry isn't doing so well
May 13, 2010 10:40 AM Subscribe
My daughter's car ruptured a radiator hose. I replaced it, and now it's not running properly. Help!
Last year I bought my teenage daughter a 1996 Toyota Camry LE, which has a 4-cylinder engine. It's been running just fine until last week when the upper radiator hose tore open while she was driving it. She was almost home, and drove maybe a 1/4-mile with steam coming out from under the hood.
I replaced the radiator hose, topped off the radiator fluid, and felt that everything should be fine. However, now the engine runs very choppy, The longer it runs, the choppier it gets. (By choppy, I mean it sounds like a lawnmower engine). When the engine is cold, it runs choppy but will idle and it can be driven. But as the engine gets warmer, I have to give the engine gas to keep it idling, and whenever the car is put into gear the engine dies.
All of the fluids are topped off, nothing seems out of place so I am at a loss here. Again, the car never had issues before this. The engine always ran smoothly. Any advice/tips/suggestions before I consult a mechanic?