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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: 143,977 mi (96,000 mi - 180,000 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.

  • Visitor, , 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 180,000 mi

    Tercel wouldn't start on a cold rainy day. Tested the resistance on the ignition coil inside the distributor and it was way off spec. Replaced with a new one and the car runs great. Very easy to replace, shouldn't even take an hour for the mechanically inclined with a basic knowledge of ignition systems.

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  • TonyKassel, , 1.5L 4 Cylinder, 160,000 mi

    The pickup coil inside the distributor look like one of those old point can capacitors. The electrolyte leaked out when the engine got hot, my cooling fans do not work, control problem. I have not been able to start the car in 10 days now, the high voltage coil checks good resistance wise, I intalled a different pickup coil from a junkyard. My plan from here is to install an ignition tester so I can clearly see the lack of spark, get the correct part at the dealer to replace the pickup coil that failed. I swapped out the Engine Control computer and the ignitor also thru some new plug wires on shot some starting fluid down the throttle body still no workie. Any new fresh ideas would be appreciated. TonyK.

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  • 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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