1998 Toyota Tercel Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Toyota Tercel

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1998 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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1998 Toyota Tercel Questions

What can cause the fuel pump to not get fire causing the car to not start? (1 answer)

Theres a continuous beep when switching-ON my car, remain constant while driving (3 answers)

When I am switching-ON my car a constant beep starts, which keeps making noise till I switch-OFF the engine. There's no alarm on the panel at all and drive is also normal.

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