Replaced the original terminal with a generic from Advance Auto. Mechanic said I needed Toyota specific terminal. That was two weeks ago. Today I go to start my car and the battery won't turn over. Was he right and if so - would a Toyota dealership have them in stock?
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Have you changed tires/wheels to a different size than was originally specified for this car? That will throw the calibration of your speedometer off. Sometimes the onboard computer can be adjusted to fix this, but you need garage professional programming equipment to do something like this if it is possible to do at all. Otherwise, if your speedometer is off and you haven't changed anything, it may need to be replaced, or the sensor on your drivewheels. Check with a mechanic.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
On models equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or "air bag,'' work must NOT be started until at least 90 seconds have passed from the time that both the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative cable is disconnected from the battery.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Disconnect all the wiring from the starter terminals. On some models, it may be necessary to remove the transaxle cable and bracket from the transaxle.
Remove the heat insulator, if equipped, and the starter mounting bolts.
Remove the starter.
Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the starter from the vehicle
Hello mmdwell. You may be able to replace the seals, but it is a difficult job and you will likely find the surface the seal rides on will also be scratched, rusted and scored. People in the auto repair trade usually go for a rebuilt unit available at most auto parts supply. They are not that expensive and make the job much easier. Get one that already has the inner tie rods mounted on it as your Tercel is a few years old and will likely need them anyway. You will need an alignment after the replacement. A tape measure toe set usually results in worn tires. Thank you for using FixYa.
This happened to me on my toyota tercel, and I found that the distibutor cap's seal was split, and the cap itself had a small crack in it. I fixed the problem for less than $20 by getting a new cap from advance auto parts.