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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Toyota Tercel

1997 Toyota Tercel

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1997 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...

1997 Toyota Tercel Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Van Wert, OH

what is the average cost of replacing front brakes

Visitor, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Boynton Beach, FL

recent oil change, was told my "struts are worn and should be replaced. what is estimated cost. thanx pajie0207@aol.com

JessieLee, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Ogden, UT

I had a cylinder 4 missfire, replaced all spark plugs and wires. It runs better but the problem still exists. The check engine light wont go off and it wont pass emmissions!Help

blehbleh11, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Long Beach, CA

whenever i'm stepping on the gas, it makes a screechy noise. it's quite emabarrassing. The thing is, it only happens at night. It's perfectly fine in the day time. i have been told i...

Visitor, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Kendall Park, NJ

I have a possible short where while driving the check battery light comes on, the car shutters and then clears up by itself. I'm not sure what is causing this or where to start to look for the...

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1997 Toyota Tercel Reviews

super commuter, got it with 2,000 miles and it now has 224,000 miles on it. replaced tranny at 100, 000 (my fault for thinking it was an f-1 car) all original engine and suspension, engine burns "some" oil, suspension definitly sagging..oh yeah brakes done 1 time. im looking to rebuild my motor and get some basic things replaced.

I love this car. very good gas mileage. I own it since it came out on 97. it has 190,xxx miles but still with original timing belt and water bump. now it burns lots oil. but it can be fixed easily - just replace some valve seals. event burn oil, passing smog no problem. it goes up to 30mpg.

I have this car since bought the same year, believe it or not I still ahve it at 257k! Change major necessary part ofcourse but still runs good air condition. Love it! PS I think I just need to replace the brakes though but it's all good!

Amazing cheap car, reliable car....never die. Its a Toyota!!!!

I have had my tercel for 10 years. I love my car, it is great on mileage and even though I have had to replace parts, it has never given me a problem. I drove it 350 miles in 5 1/1 hours at 75 the entire way and still had 1/4 tank of gas.I will buy another but I hope to have this car many more years, right now I have 189000

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