2004 Toyota Celica Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Toyota Celica

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2004 Toyota Celica Problems

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.

Rattle from Engine at All Speeds

The timing chain tensioner on the Toyota Celica is designed to use oil pressure to keep tension on the timing chain. When it develops a leak, it can no longer provide tension, and the timing chain will begin to make a slapping or rattling sound at all times.

If left in this condition, the timing chain may fail, leading to costly internal engine repair.

To correct this issue the timing chain tensioner must be replaced with the revised part.

Rough Idle and Backfiring Engine with Check Engine Light

The Toyota Celica 1.8L engine has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. 

The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed open by the camshaft, and closed by springs. When valves are closed, they seal against a valve seat. In this vehicle, the valve seat is too soft, so after the valve contacts it thousands of times, it becomes crushed. Once it is crushed, the valve can no longer make a proper seal, and the valves erode due to extreme temperature (burnt valve).

Symptoms related to this issue:

To repair the burnt valves, the cylinder head must be removed and rebuilt, which is a costly internal engine repair, however, this issue can be prevented through inspection and adjustment of valve clearances every 40,000 miles.

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2004 Toyota Celica Questions

Looking for info. on repair or adjustment to rear latch on 2004 Toyota Celica GT (1 answer)

I have a working handle, latch that is clean, lubricated, latch and clasp in good position and tight and no obstructions with trim, insulating rubber, or door, yet latch will not close. There is no cable or electronic way to open these rear doors.

my transmission its taking time when its shifting to second gear only. (1 answer)

what i mean in taking time, its not the regular time that al cars shift to second gear
hope you understand me

pls can anyone tell me if my car has a timing belt or chain. thanks (2 answers)

i'm not having any probs with it. it runs great. there are no noises, etc. i am curious for preventive maintenance. i've taken very good care of this car. i don't hot rod it. thanks again

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