1992 Toyota Celica Q&A
1992 Toyota Celica Question: Car intermittently starts, mechanic cannot get it to fail....
Sometimes an intermittent starting problem is the ignition switch beginning to fail, Here's a online guide http://bit.ly/ro2bn and the part is available from autozone $55 to $77 - hemicuda
hemi is right, ignition switches can cause odd electrical and stalling problems. Doing the "jiggle test" on the harness from the switch may highlight problems with the switch. Did you only replace only the distributor cap and rotor? The ignition coil inside the distributor can fail. It can actually begin to show itself like this. As the distributor warms it can cause an open circuit killing the spark and stalling the engine. The radio noise suppressor inside the distributor may also cause problems. If either case is the problem, the entire distributor needs to be replaced. Some technicians will use a heat gun and meter/scope to test the circuits as it heats up. Technicians often recommend sticking with OE Toyota parts for this sort of repair and also for maintenance items like cap/rotor/plugs/wires. I also use Toyota parts in my truck when I can afford it. hope this helps! - Andy Y
You say the car intermittently doesn't start and your mechanic can not replicate the failure. Does the car crank over but just fail to catch? If it doesn't start or crank it could be ignition switch, starter or electrically related. If it cranks but doesn't start it could be fuel or ignition related. I have seen the insulation of the coil break down causing the ignition coil to fail. If the car has higher mileage the fuel pump may intermittently fail. - patrick mannion
I had a 1991 toyota celica GT 2.2L 5sfe with the same problem and the mechanic could not replicate it when it was at the garage. it ended up being 2 relays i dont know what for but thats what i heard from the person i sold it to while it was broken. - Visitor
Haha, tell her to push the clutch in - Visitor