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

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.

RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 156,407 (64,000–200,000)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder
6 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997
19 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder
i replaced the ignition coil,it idles great,runs good,until i test drove it,after the transmission shift its first gear,car start hesitate/stalls but never stop running.
8 people like thisFlag inappropiate
1994 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder145,000
I would notice sometimes when I would crank the car it would somewhat stall on me. It started not wanting to accelerate when I hit the gas. I ended up having the entire distributor changed out after finding out it wasn't the battery, starter, or alternator. I haven't had any problems since.
2 people like thisFlag inappropiate
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder64,000
it hasn't got any spark
1 person likes thisFlag inappropiate
faulted coil, igniter, distributor cap, rotor not able to fix yet but I thing is de ECM...
1 person likes thisFlag inappropiate
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder145,000
Not fixed, but from everything I'm reading the ignition coil is on the way out. Idles smooth, accelerates fine once at high revs. Bogs otherwise.
1994 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder200,000
Car stopped. 3 garages couldn't figure it out. Even Toyota dealer couldn't solve it, *and* charged for their time.. Finally, a garage suspected ignitor/distrubtor, and their fix worked. Four months later.. totally stops again. This time, I was near a garage I trust (Lozano Auto, Sunnyvale), and they puzzled for 8 hrs -- which tells me a hard problem. Finally, decided it was indeed ignitor/distributor *again*. Dropped in another new one, works again. I still have old one and it looks brand new (why fail? unknown..) From now on, this year corolla, I suspect ignitor/distributor first thing on any fail.
1996 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder200,000
One day the engine quit and would not restart. Traced the problem to an open in the primary circuit of the ignition coil. Replaced the coil with an aftermarket part. Engine started and ran fine except it had a hesitation between 2500 and 3000 RPM's. Hesitation was worse going up a hill. Replaced the entire distributor with one from a wrecking yard. We lucked out. Found a low miles OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) distribute in good shape. Problem solved. Back running great!!
1994 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder177,064
I have a 1994 toyota corolla just died while I am driving two weeks ago.I changed the ignition coil and started to work, but after two weeks, ignition died again.
Related Items:
Cost for fixing ignition for Toyota Corolla 2002
have replaced the distributor, igniter,& crankshaft position sensor. The coil will fire once when you release the key after turning the engine over.

Related Content