1997 Toyota Tercel Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Tercel

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1997 Toyota Tercel Problems

Rattling noise from timing belt tensioner at higher mileages
The timing belt tensioners may make a rattling noise at a higher mileages. This is due to the adjustment being at its limit. Our technicians tell us that range of the adjuster may be lengthened by elongating the slot where the spring attaches by 2-3 mm to remedy this problem.
Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

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.

Check Engine Light Due to Restricted EGR System

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 also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.

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1997 Toyota Tercel Questions

the obd is not ready for smog is there something can i do to get it ready (1 answer)

engine is not having any misfire it runs great

Engine begins "bucking" when cruising at 55/60 mph. (1 answer)

I just bought a 1997 Toyota Tercel with approximately 110,000 miles on it. On a short test drive it performed well. After signing the papers and driving it home, the vehicle began to "buck" when cruising at 55/60 on the Interstate. It wasn't when accelerating, just when cruising....

Do all Tercels have drive belt tension pulleys??? (1 answer)

the reason I'm asking is my 97 Tercel had 2 tension pulleys on it but after i had some work done to it i noticed it now has none. In fact the whole pulley set up does not look the same??? the guy said he replaced the crank because it had some a few broken teeth on it. I'm really confused,...

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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. BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED
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!

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