Toyota Tercel Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Toyota Tercel

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Toyota Tercel Problems

Rattling noise from timing belt tensioner at higher mileages
The timing belt tensioners may make a rattling noise at a higher mileages. This is due to the adjustment being at its limit. Our technicians tell us that range of the adjuster may be lengthened by elongating the slot where the spring attaches by 2-3 mm to remedy this problem.
Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

Check Engine Light Due to Restricted EGR System

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is also wise to verify the EGR system components i.e. the Transducer, EGR Valve and VSV Solenoid at this time.

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Toyota Tercel Questions

why do you not list 1984 since that is the model Tercel I am in need of help? (2 answers)

I damaged the driver side front hood, fender, headlight assembly and axle. The driver side front wheel is pushed back-the sub frame may be damaged. Where can I find these parts?

On dash board my o/d light says that okay? Is that why the car doesn't (1 answer)

Is the o/d light suppose to be on but says it's off?

Got thermostat replaced. Now engine runs quite a bit warmer than before. Is this normal, will it hurt my engine? (3 answers)

It always for the past 23 yrs ran cool with the heat indicator needle near C. Never over heated until last week. With new thermostat, engine heat indicator needle runs consistently just below 1/2 way. This is quite a bit warmer than usual. Is it normal for a new thermostat to be this much differe...

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Toyota Tercel Recalls

Recall 92V111000

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Toyota Tercel Reviews

I have been using since 2009 to date almost four years but changed only battery,refill gas.Toyota Tercel 1996.
I bought this car in 2004, had it for four years; only reason for that is because a friend of mine really wanted to buy it, and I needed the money anyway. Best car I ever had; over 400 miles on one tank of gas, only routine maintenance; nothing too bad. Would love to have it again if I am Stateside!
Purchased my Tercel with 82,000 miles on it...Just rolled it over to 337,000 miles with nothing but very basic and limted manitance. At 325K I had to replace the first rotor and a windshield washer pump. Been a great little car!

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