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1996 Toyota Tercel

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1996 Toyota Tercel Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is al...

Drive Train -- Verified

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) 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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the vehicle will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter, which tend to fail at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid contacts, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Over the time the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system may become plugged with debris, the oxygen sensor may also be getting slow or 'lazy' around this time. When servicing or cleaning  the EGR system, it is a good idea to replace the oxygen sensor because it works in tandem with the EGR system.

Engine -- Verified

The ignition coil inside the distributor may fail. Our technicians tell us this may result in a hesitation on acceleration, especially when the vehicle is warming up on cold, rainy days. The pickup coils inside the distributor can also fail and cause a no-start condition. There have also been some failures of the radio noise suppressors inside the distributors, which can short out. Our technicians recommend replacing the whole distri...

1996 Toyota Tercel Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Pittsburgh, PA

It looks as though the sensor goes up into car. Can you pull the senosr out without going through the inside of the car?

There is rubber where the sensor is attached to the car. It doesn'...

Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Blue Grass, IA

how can i tell if the cv joints need to be replaced

not an expert, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Milford, CT

Drove Toyota after car sat approx. 2 mos. in driveway. A little sluggish, backfired than ran ok. Check engine light came on, took to my mechanic. I Asked for quote on tune up and replacing timing b...

Talmighty, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Pollock Pines, CA

Where can I find a repair manual for this car? 96 toyota tercel

katynchris, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Collegeville, PA

our radiator reservior is red. we just changed the alternator and it ran great for a week, now it turned off at a stop sign, the radio and lights work but it won't turn over, even with a jump.

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1996 Toyota Tercel Reviews

I have been using since 2009 to date almost four years but changed only battery,refill gas.Toyota Tercel 1996.

Purchased my Tercel with 82,000 miles on it...Just rolled it over to 337,000 miles with nothing but very basic and limted manitance. At 325K I had to replace the first rotor and a windshield washer pump. Been a great little car!

Essentially bulletproof. Only issues: starter and second oxygen sensor. The starter just failed, at about 75,000 miles. It turned out to NOT be the sensor, but the exhaust pipe. The biggest challenge is/was finding a good, trustworthy shop, as it is with any car.

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