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.
Car Problem Reports
Geo Prizm Ignition Coil Inside Distributor May Fail
Geo Prizm Problem
Engines Affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder
Average Mileage: 197,087 mi (147,000 mi - 266,525 mi)
Visitor, 1994 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder
i have replaced the ignition coil and it still dies and is hard to start what is the cause and effects of this problem and what else do i have to replace.
Visitor, 1994 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 149,000 mi
I've had trouble starting my car. The times when you would think it should have trouble, it's fine. Then it randomly refuses to start even though there is plenty of cranking power in the battery. It's really a hit and miss situation. The mechanic is guessing it could need a new distributor but so far it has started perfectly for them -- 30+ times while at the shop.
Visitor, 1997 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 217,000 mi
intermittent starting problem, noise suppression deteriorating on AM stations
Visitor, 1994 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 193,000 mi
Engine skipping found #2 cylinder dead windings on pick up coil wrapped around distributor shaft copper slivers found in the bottom of the distributor cap causing #2 plug wire to ground out on the distributor body Replaced pickup coil
Visitor, 1994 Geo Prizm, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 266,525 mi
My car died. Very hard to start, if it did start at all. Ignition coil appeared to ohm out ok. So I replaced fuel pump. Still a problem, So then the fuel presssure regulator. Still not good. Would cut out, then run ok. Then would not start unless really cranked it. I checked and replaced the throttle postion switch. Ran better, but would cut out. I ohmed out the Ignition coil again. A bit over spec. So I replaced it. It is runnnig good. Except that it is displaying error code 71, egr valve. I try and clean it. Still a nice car I bought brand new in 1994. It has given us great service for many years.
Visitor, 1994 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 147,000 mi
Distributor failed, replaced distributor.
Visitor, 1995 Geo Prizm, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 210,000 mi