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: 161,405 (25,000–300,000)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
32 people reported this problem
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1994 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 177,064 mi,
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.
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.
1996 Toyota Corolla - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 160,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 200,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 64,000 mi,
it hasn't got any spark
1990 Toyota Corolla - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 300,000 mi,
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).
1994 Toyota Corolla - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 145,000 mi,
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.
1994 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L 4 Cylinder
faulted coil, igniter, distributor cap, rotor not able to fix yet but I thing is de ECM...
1992 Toyota Corolla - 1.6L 4 Cylinder 214,000 mi,
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
1993 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L 4 Cylinder
I am not getting any spark on my 1993 cirola
1993 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 145,000 mi,
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 Cylinder 158,000 mi,
It would hesitate on acceleration then cut off.
1996 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 200,000 mi,
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!!