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Toyota Corolla Ignition Coil Inside Distributor May Fail

Toyota Corolla Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1995

Engines Affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 229,000 mi (158,000 mi - 300,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 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).

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 158,000 mi

    It would hesitate on acceleration then cut off.

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