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.
Hesitation or No Start Due to Internal Distributor Fault on Toyota Corolla
Average mileage: 147,876 (130–300,000)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder
39 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 CylinderVisitor
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.
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 Cylinder160,000Visitor
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 Cylinder200,000Visitor
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 Cylinder64,000Visitor
it hasn't got any spark
1990 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder300,000Visitor
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).
1990 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 CylinderVisitor
Cranks but doesn't start... No spark ... Checked fuel pump timing belt and fuses and relays and everything is good....thinking maybe distributor
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder130,000Visitor
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.
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 Cylinder145,000Visitor
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 Cylinder158,000Visitor
It would hesitate on acceleration then cut off.
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 Cylinder200,000Visitor
92 corolla tries to start and fuel smell, when it does start it bogs until it warms up.
1993 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder141,200Visitor
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 Cylinder130Visitor
change coil start then stop
1995 Toyota Corolla- 1.8L 4 Cylinder160,000Visitor
I need help no power not starting
2009 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder53,000Visitor
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 CylinderVisitor
Rolls but no start no fire
1992 Toyota Corolla- 1.6L 4 Cylinder214,000Visitor
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
Cost for fixing ignition for Toyota Corolla 2002
I put the key in the ignition on my 1990 Toyota Corolla and they key won't even turn. The stee...
have replaced the distributor, igniter,& crankshaft position sensor. The coil will fire once wh...