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Answered 2006-11-23 21:38:32

My guess is there is somthing weak in the secondary ignition-(plugs, cap, rotor wires), This weakness has forced the primary ignition to overwork and fail. I would suspect the ignition coil or the igniter to be bad. The igniter isn't cheap. ********** I have a 93. My bet is that it is something else. Stalling could be from your fuel pump or a clogged fuel filter. If it is turning over with no spark that is probably the problem. No gas in the carb? Try starting and then open up your plugs and smell them If they are gassy and wet you are getting gas and the engine is flooding. If dry then it might be plugged fuel injectors. Also add some fuel injector cleaner into the next tankful. If it clicks when you start up but not fire, it is your starter, You have a reduced gear starter that is easy to replace- 2 wires and 2 bolts hold it on- about $200 to replace. If you hear a high pitched whine while the car is in motion, and you get some battery warning lights from time to time, then it is your alternator -an easy fix, about $200 or less for a rebuilt. Perhaps one of your spark plug boots is damaged?? This would give jerky moments and vibrating from time to time, especially when stopped and idling. push them down tightly onto the plugs. Check your fuses. It could be a short in the ignition system. Also some keys copied by the dullards at Wal Mart don't always work. I have a key that opens the doors but not the truck and won't start the car. Go figure. Tercels are very reliable, and most problems usually have a simple cause. You might have a partially blocked tailpipe from vandals stuffing crap in the pipe, or even sugared gas. Sometimes cold weather caused condensation in the fuel tank if it is less than half full. Add some of that wintertime gas line antifreeze (I think it is formaldehyde or some other nasty chemical) I have yet to hear of problems with the distributor. Another thing could be an exhuast problem- maybe the catalytic converter is plugged up. My girl is 13 years and counting - 180,000 KM+.

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