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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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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
24 people reported this problem
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The engine just turns over but wont start.
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.
was lacking power, gradually stalled more and more, and only started after a while of driving.
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.
hesitation and very loud stereo noise, still trying to fix
Distbutor and firing order problem
the second caps cracked in a yrar replacess it still experiencing a hesitation or weekness in the way it runs