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

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: 164,707 (22,222–280,426)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.2L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
19 people reported this problem
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problem details
The engine just turns over but wont start.
1993 Toyota Celica - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 196,000 mi,
Distributor had been replaced with a rebuilt unit, and it failed after just a few months—engine would not start. Internal wiring was bad. Once distributor was replaced (again!), the car started right up and has been fine since.
1991 Toyota Celica - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 280,426 mi,
was lacking power, gradually stalled more and more, and only started after a while of driving.
1991 Toyota Celica - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 251,000 mi,
hesitation and very loud stereo noise, still trying to fix
1990 Toyota Celica - 1.6L 4 Cylinder
Distbutor and firing order problem
1997 Toyota Celica - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 88,000 mi,
Engine would turn over fine but would not start. Being an electronics geek I traced it to a shorted out radio noise suppressor (capacitor) inside the distributor. I've since put 50k more miles on it with the removed capacitor, as I could not locate a replacement even at Toyota dealers. There is no noise in my radio.
1991 Toyota Celica - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 22,222 mi,
the second caps cracked in a yrar replacess it still experiencing a hesitation or weekness in the way it runs