Hesitation or No Start Due to Internal Distributor Fault on Toyota Camry

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 distributor with a complete, genuine Toyota distributor if any of its components fail.

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Average mileage: 154,000 (75,000–227,000)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.2L 4 Cylinder
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997
16 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1990 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder129,000
Ive had this problem in rainy weather for quite a while. I haven't fixed it yet but I'm glad to know I'm not alone. My mechanics have had a hard time finding this because it was fine in dry weather.
1994 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder195,000
upon starting my car one morning ,it started and then died , i tried starting car again but only ignition light comimg on , no cranking of engine or anything.
1994 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder227,000
I've gone through two distributors in three years. The car is old and I have not replaced it with a genuine Toyota part either time. I was told that would cost about $600 for the part alone. I have had it replaced with OEM parts that cost about 1/3 of the genuine part, hoping the OEM parts would last at least 3 to 5 years. So far I've not been lucky in this, so I wanted to let others know. I just searched for prices for a genuine Toyota distributor online and I found one for about $400. Maybe saving up for this expensive part would be worth it to some?
1990 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder145,000
Cold weather miss & stalling. Clears up after a bit............but returns when the weather gets damp.... New coil solved problem ..woohooo!!
1995 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder140,000
Car had been sitting up for about a year because of water pug in motor. Had it fiixed but also replaced timing belt, water pump and all the gaskets. Ran fine. stopped fpr gas, stopped to vacuum it out and when I tried to start it it would turn over but not start. Found a 30 amp fuse blown. replaced it and it blew again and again. Help!!!
1990 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder75,000
Engine coughs and stalls on acceleration on cold and sometimes on rainy days.
1995 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder108,000
they said it is the distributor
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