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DISTRIBUTOR PROBLEM??????? HELP!

1994 Toyota Celica • 175,000 miles

OK. Here is a challenge for you.I have a 1994 Toyota Celica. It's issues are many, however, the one stumping my mechanic AND Toyota is the fact that t he computer has been replaced and the distributor THREE times has been replaced and the car still won't start on the first try for any long period of time. For about 24 hours it will start. After that it can take as long as 15 or 20 turns of the key. Then the engine turns on and the car runs. But then, the next day it MIGHT start on the first try, but then three hours later, it is back to the 5, 10, or 20 turns of the key for t he engine to turn over. It's frustrating all of us. The starting issue is inconsistent and there doesn't seem to be a pattern. The Toyota dealership has gone over all the electrical connections to the distributor and thought it was fixed, but today, its acting up again. PLEASE HELP!
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Caymangirl63
October 4, 2012.




I did not see anything topless in the pictures.

Since problem is temperature related, check the Engine Coolant Temperature sensor.

KHLow2008
Oct 9, 2012.
KHLow2008. Will have Toyota look at that (engine coolant temperature sensor). Also my daughter noted today that when she brings the car to a stop and starts to put it in park, the RPM needed starts bouncing up and down and clicking. She has observed this a few times, along with today, for about a second, the check engine light came on, but then quickly went off. SIGH.

Tiny
Caymangirl63
Oct 9, 2012.
ALSO, where would a good place to go to sell a distributor that was only used for 24 hours, but is not now needed? Is there anyone that would buy something like that? Are distributors for car specific, or will they go in any vehicle?

Tiny
Caymangirl63
Oct 9, 2012.
THE DISTRIBUTOR IS MOST LIKELY USED ONLY IN THAT ENGINE....THAT ENGINE MAY BE IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT VEHICLES

THIS MAY BE A WAY TO DO IT--YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO MAKE THE PRICE SOMEWHAT APPEALING---THEY'LL COME TO YOU---AT LEAST YOU WON'T HAVE TO "EAT" THE WHOLE THING AS A LOSS

SOMETHING THAT "ELVIS" HAD TO DO WITH IT MAY MAKE IT MORE DESIRABLE IN YOUR DESCRIPTION!!!

SORRY I AIN'T BEEN MUCH HELP WITH YOUR CYBER CAR

MAYBE I CAN OFFER SOMETHING "JEEP" ONCE YOU GET DONE WITH THIS

I PREVAIL BEST OVER IN THE CJ5 & 7 FORUMS...HERE'S JUST TWO EXAMPLES

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1977-jeep-cj7-front-wheel-wont-into-4-low

RIGHT NOW, IN THIS ONE, TOWARDS THE END, I'M ATTEMPTING TO HELP HIM SAVE A CHUNK OF $$$ ON PARTS

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1985-jeep-cj7-inconsistent-curb-idle-low-power-hi-rpms

I'LL LET KHLow2008 CONTINUE ON WITH THIS...AS I AM SORTA USELESS

THE MEDIC


CJ MEDEVAC
Oct 10, 2012.
Aww, Medic. You aren't useless if you love Jeeps like I do.I still have a lot to learn about using them offroad since I don't have anyone to help me with offroad stuff. Just now learning how to use the four wheel drive. That I REALLY need help with!

Tiny
Caymangirl63
Oct 10, 2012.
YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO "UNDERSTANDING"....I HAVE BEEN THIS WAY SINCE THE ONE I REMEMBER SEEING FOR THE 1ST TIME...AND MY TOYS...ETC

THIS IS MANY TIMES, THE 1ST QUESTION I ASK THE QUESTION ASKER....SCROLL DOWN AND SEE WHEN I ANSWER IN THIS ONE

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1975-jeep-cj5-ignition-switch-issue

.....ONE REASON I HATED TO WATCH THE "A-TEAM" ON TV, THEY WOULD DESTROY MANY JEEPS ON EACH EPISODE. I WROTE TO THE SHOW AND BEGGED THAT THEY "SPARE" JUST ONE OF THEM, AND SEND IT TO ME. I WAS IN THE ARMY AT THE TIME, I'D HEARD THAT STUPID REQUESTS SOMETIMES COME TRUE!.....I'M SURE MY LETTER WAS LOST OR LAUGHED AT.

THE MEDIC

CJ MEDEVAC
Oct 10, 2012.
I can't STAND to see any vehicle destroyed needlessly, must less our precious Jeeps! Never really watch A-Team, but to hear your description of the destruction of Jeeps, it would have made me cringe, also. I would love an older one, but that will have to wait. I will baby this one as much as possible. No one else in my family drives it because it is a 5 speed.I guess that is good, in a way.

Got a question for you? I didn't realize the day I bought this Jeep that the heater didn't work. It blows air, but never gets warm even after 2 1/2 hours of driving. I've been driving it without heat for two years now without heat (brrrr!), But would like to remedy that. Any suggestions on what it would be? Thanks, Medic Jeep Guy!

Tiny
Caymangirl63
Oct 11, 2012.
LET ME SEE WHAT I CAN FIND OUT ON THE HEATER---I CAN!

. MEAN TIME, FEEL THE HEATER HOSES AS THEY GO INTO THE FIREWALL (WHEN THE JEEP IS RUNNING AND AT OPERATING TEMPERATURE)

ARE THEY HOT?

WATCH OUT FOR THEM PESKY MOVING PARTS UNDER THERE!

THE MEDIC
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CJ MEDEVAC
Oct 12, 2012.
OMG, Do NOT destroy the Jeep! I think I will start a group called SPCJ. Those actions ought to be illegal!

Wow. Don't think i've seen the open to that show for at least 20 years. Mr. T. Where is he now! I will need to go more into Youtube and find the scenes of destruction and "flag" them as inappropriate, LOL!

I will check on the hoses as you suggested. Thanks!

Tiny
Caymangirl63
Oct 12, 2012.
HERE'S YOU SOME DIAGRAMS OF THE HEATER AND A/C

I'VE NOT DEALT WITH A TJ's HVAC

I DO SORTA KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR/AT

http://www.jeep4x4center.com/air-conditioning-heating/wrangler-tj.htm

LOOKS LIKE IT'S VACUUM OPERATED---SEE # 13...THERE'S 3 OF 'EM

THESE CONTROL DOORS INSIDE THE BOX

IF YOUR HOSES ARE GETTING HOT....THE HEAT IS "THERE"....YOU JUST GOTTA TURN IT LOOSE!

HERE'S WHAT COULD BE GOING ON

1) NO VACUUM TO THE CONTROLS---THIS MAY BE A LOOSE LINE UNDER THE DASH OR UNDER THE HOOD (A VACUUM LEAK)

2) NO VACUUM FROM THE CONTROLS TO THE ACTUATORS....BAD CONTROLS...LOOSE LINE

3) VACUUM ACTUATOR(S) BROKE OR STUCK...OR THE VACUUM HOSE IS OFF (BASICALLY A VACUUM LEAK WHICH MAY BE AFFECTING ENGINE PERFORMANCE)

4) ACTUATOR LINKAGE CAME LOOSE FROM A DOOR (ACTUATOR WORKS, BUT DOES NOTHING)

5) DOOR HAS COME LOOSE--OR IS STUCK (I'VE SEEN SPILLED SOFT DRINKS SORTA GLUE 'EM SHUT)

ALL THESE ACTUATORS SHOULD WORK ON CERTAIN CONTROL SETTINGS (I DON'T KNOW WHICH CONTROLS WHAT)

A HAND MIRROR AND A FLASHLIGHT MIGHT LET YOU SEE WHATS GOING ON UNDER THE DASH....AS YOU RUN THE CONTROLS THRU THEIR SETTINGS

REMOVING THE VACUUM HOSES FROM THE ACTUATORS, ONE AT A TIME, WITH YOUR FINGER OVER THE HOSE'S HOLE...OPERATE THE CONTROLS TO SEE VACUUM DOES REACH THE ACTUATORS (IF THEY WERE NOT MOVING).....MAYBE A BAD ACTUATOR?

YOU MIGHT ALSO "GENTLY HELP" THE ACTUATOR LINKAGE, TO GET A DOOR UNSTUCK

TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON!

SEE MY "1ST PROTOTYPE HEATER" FOR "WILLY", MY '46 WILLYS....ON NOVEMBER 6th IN THIS POST

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1994-ford-ranger-alternator-quit-charging-tried-4-other-alternators-worked-came

SEE MY SHEET METAL VERSION...BACK-UP HEAT FOR "MR JEEP", MY '77 CJ 5

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1998-jeep-wrangler-heater

THE MEDIC

CJ MEDEVAC
Oct 12, 2012.

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