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Toyota Tercel Ignition Coil Inside Distributor May Fail

Toyota Tercel Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Engine Affected: 1.5L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 141,944 mi (118,888 mi - 165,000 mi)


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.

  • chrio39, , 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 165,000 mi

    Not yet fixed yet, The old coil in the distributer has about same resistance as the new one I bought on ebay. It is supposed to be .4 to .5 on the primary (pos & neg terminals), and 10.2 to 13.8 on the secondary (pos & center(to cap & plug wires)). I'm getting .85 old and 1.0 new on the primary, & no reading on the secondary on either one. I'm also getting no reading on the pickup coils in the distributer.

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  • Visitor, , 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 118,888 mi

    same problem

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