2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Problems

Timing chain/sprockets may need replacement due to wear and problems with VVTi

Occasionally the timing chain and sprockets need replacement due to premature wear and problems with the variable valve timing system (VVTi).

Rattle from Engine at All Speeds

The timing chain tensioner 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.

Transmission Slips Out of Gear

Manual transmission models of the MR2 Spyder tend to slip out of gear while driving. This is because the bushings that support the shift lever wear out very quickly, and prevent the shifter from placing the vehicle firmly in gear.

The remedy for the issue is to replace the bushings.

If left unchecked, the transmission may be subject to undue and premature wear.

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2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder Questions

what does it mean when white smoke comes out from the engine? (1 answer)

ok so before, my car has been having problems. it was misfiring in cylinder 1 and 3 so replaced the sparkplugs, spark plug boot and the coil plug boot. i also gave it an oil change and everything seemed to be fine and i did this like 5-6 months ago but now recently the idle went really low to the...

P0101 is the code that I got from my failed smog check. Where is this located? (2 answers)

The 02 sensor heater circuit, bank 1 sensor 2. Denso. Is this located on the right or left or underneath?

engine light is on. what could be the problem (3 answers)

engine light is now blinking

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