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.

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Average mileage: 147,876 (130–300,000)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder
9 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2009
39 people reported this problem
21 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.
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.
1996 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder160,000
car cranks but doesn't start... replaced fuel pump and fuel filter and also the distributor cap.... moving onto changing the ignition coil.
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.
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder64,000
it hasn't got any spark
1990 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder300,000
Replaced distributor. We have had to replace the distributor 4 times in 20,000 miles. No one knows why it keeps failing. Another problem we have had the entire time is that the idle always drops, whether in gear or not. I think the 2 problems are related, but no one knows. We have had both problems ever since we bought the car about 7 years ago (about 20,000 miles ago).
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder130,000
It crank,good fuel circulation but no spark.i checked the ignition coil on the distributor with a 12volt tester the tester light turn on it means there's a current flowing to the ignition coil. distributor assembly consist of built in ignition coil and igniter but i don't know if the igniter is working.
1990 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder
Cranks but doesn't start... No spark ... Checked fuel pump timing belt and fuses and relays and everything is good....thinking maybe distributor
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.
faulted coil, igniter, distributor cap, rotor not able to fix yet but I thing is de ECM...
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.
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder158,000
It would hesitate on acceleration then cut off.
1990 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder
1985 corolla GTS, the drop down does not have this year. but ignitier replaced , ignition key tumbler relaced, no crank , no start, no click, Battery trickle charge to max, new independent jumper start.. nothing? any hints? distributor left to check?
1992 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder200,000
92 corolla tries to start and fuel smell, when it does start it bogs until it warms up.
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder141,200
Got the same problem,engine suddenly died during warm up. I have change the distributor to a new one. But now it is happening again,this time engine won't start. Still can 'crank' it,battery works fine. I am wondering if the new distributor got problem with its inside coil..
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder130
change coil start then stop
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder160,000
I need help no power not starting
2009 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder53,000
The car suddenly sort of "chugged" and the check engine light popped on. It slowed down and had trouble accelerating. I was afraid it was going to stall, but it just as suddenly improved and seemed almost normal. A day or two this, then the light would go out and the car would seem 100% normal again. Then a week or so later same problem. I have been told the problem is caused by coil #3. I have never had to replace this part on a car, including cars that I owned more than ten years and had been driven more than 100,000 miles.
1997 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder
Rolls but no start no fire
1992 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder214,000
i steamcleand the engine and coverd the distributor with plastic bag and still got water in it. went 4 miles with it then it died and wont start now. took it apart and sprayed with wd 40 to no avail still wont start
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have replaced the distributor, igniter,& crankshaft position sensor. The coil will fire once when you release the key after turning the engine over.

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