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 Celica
Average mileage: 164,707 (22,222–280,426)
Engines affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.2L 4 Cylinder
19 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1992 Toyota CelicaVisitor
The engine just turns over but wont start.
1993 Toyota Celica- 2.2L 4 Cylinder196,000Visitor
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.
1990 Toyota Celica- 1.6L 4 CylinderVisitor
Distbutor and firing order problem
1997 Toyota Celica- 1.8L 4 Cylinder88,000Visitor
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 Cylinder22,222Visitor
the second caps cracked in a yrar replacess it still experiencing a hesitation or weekness in the way it runs
1991 Toyota Celica- 2.2L 4 Cylinder251,000Visitor
hesitation and very loud stereo noise, still trying to fix
was lacking power, gradually stalled more and more, and only started after a while of driving.
the distributor, rotor were replaced. IT fails when my daughter tries to drive it...they check...
Starter crank but the engine wont start. I checked spark at the #1 spark plug and no spark. Cha...
My technician said the distributor need replacement since there is no electric coming from the...
Getting a yellow spark, not the blue hot spark. Checked the spark at the cap and it is weak. G...
the ignition coil cap rotor wires and plugs are all new