If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Toyota Celica
1998 Toyota Celica
1998 Toyota Celica Problems
Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.
1998 Toyota Celica Questions and Answers
high pitch squealing, as soon as the engine starts up the noice comes up but then stops after a few seconds and then again when i turn my air conditioner on and accelerate
What's the average cost to have the convertible top and rear tinted window w/defroster replaced on a 98 Toyota Celica?
Both high beam headlight glass lenses have a hole in them.
How do you replace it?
1998 Toyota Celica Reviews
Good reliable car with no issues at about 176000 miles. With the automatic it is still quite fast and can get over 30 mpg on the highway. Very few repairs needed, such as an oil pump and the coolant overflow bottle leaked. Handles well and just seems like it will go forever. Much better than an Accord of the same age that I own. Very rare and people hang onto them.