1996 Toyota Celica Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1996 Toyota Celica as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

A loss of power on the freeway may due to an internally leaking fuel pulsation dampener. This commonly occurs on higher mileage vehicles.

The rear Oxygen sensors are a critical element in fuel control (unlike other vehicles) and can cause an emissions test failure for high CO and HCs. The sensing element cracks and and reports an erroneous steady state lean condition which confuses the computer, which in turn makes the fuel mixture overly rich.
The idle air control motors tend to become carboned up at around 100,000 miles and will cause a start and stall and/or stalling at stop sign problems. Many times these valves can be cleaned, however, the sure bet is to replace the idle air control motor and clean the throttle body.
A code P0770 or P0773 may occur at higher mileages which indicates that the 3-way lock-up solenoid could be defective and may need replacement.