2003 Toyota Celica Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota Celica

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2003 Toyota Celica Problems

Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

The automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

Fuel Overflowing at Gas Pump and Check Engine Light

The Toyota Celica may develop an issue with the fuel tank inlet pipe causing fuel to spill onto the ground when fueling the vehicle.

The problem is a faulty 'check valve' in the filler tube, which normally prevents overfilling. The check valve is known to break off and fall into the gas tank. This can cause:

-OBD Trouble Code P0441

-Engine stalling or hesitation (Rarely)

The correction for this issue is to replace the filler pipe that leads from the gas cap to the gas tank

Excess Engine Oil Consumption

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.

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2003 Toyota Celica Questions

Where is the fuel sensor located on a 2003 Toyota Celica GT? (1 answer)

The check engine light is coming on giving a lean exhaust code somewhere.

Exhaust valve??? (1 answer)

Can you replace an exhaust valve on a 2003 toyota celica gt yourself? If not, guestimate on a repair shop doing it? This is my last hope to figuring out what's wrong with my car. :(

Burning oil, sudden loss of power, misfiring.

Replaced spark plugs, replaced the mass air sensor, checke...

Running on 3 out 4 cylinders (1 answer)

Engine light came on, then I had a sudden loss of power.
My car was burning oil for a bit before this happened.
I hooked it up to the machine at auto zone, and my husband either checked, switched, or replaced everything that the machine said was wrong..including the mass air something or other...

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2003 Toyota Celica Recalls

Recall 03V074000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE FUEL TANK CHECK VALVE, LOCATED IN THE FUEL TANK INLET PIPE, MAY BECOME SEPARATED FROM THE INLET PIPE AND FALL INTO THE FUEL TANK. IF THE CHECK VALVE FALLS INTO THE TANK, FUEL MAY SPILL FROM THE FUEL INLET PIPE WHEN THE FUEL PUMP AUTOMATICALLY SHUTS OFF DURING F...

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