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You likely need a new clutch, perhaps a new pressure plate and perhaps more. . .

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Nov 09, 2017

May have two sensors.
Usually found in the exhaust manifold between engine and catalytic converter under the car's cabin area.
They're expensive little buggers, about [email protected] so make sure it's the problem and the right one.
Trouble code may indicate A or B or front or back one if more then one.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Sep 22, 2017

Hello Theresa Honeycutt,

There is an easily explainable configuration that would cause your dilemma on OLD FASHION 4 connection (two big posts & two small gauge wire posts) starter SOLENOIDS...

1997 Tercel is 3 wire (can't happen)

Technically what you are describing is not possible as a USER MISTAKE because the TOYOTA solenoid only has THREE Battery TERMINALS showing.


YOU will need to return the starter as DEFECTIVE and get another one..

Fault: The primary winding of the ("s" lead on classic drawings ... "st1" lead on the 1997 Tercel) has a DIRECT SHORT to the output battery (starter motor side) of the main battery source (internal solenoid defect).

There should be ABSOLUTELY no continuity between the large posts (battery & motor) and the ST1 terminal WITHOUT THE STARTER switch ("st1") momentary contact being energized.

Then inspect the Ring gear on the vehicle to assure no
GEAR TEETH have been broken off in the previous melee... (Serious job... hope not).


Use the BBB Industries FREE wiring diagrams to trace your "starter wire" (registration required: proprietary documents).

BBB drawings (my opinion: great company)
BBB Industries Premium Alternators Starters Power Steering Products

Amazon com BBB Industries 17681 Starter Automotive

Carnac the Magnificent

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Apr 16, 2017

go google and type in-- firing order for toyota engines -- sites show firing order and rotation of rotor button

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Oct 02, 2016

It blows with the car turned off? Then you have a dead short in the wiring.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Jul 27, 2016

Clutch slave will be on the bell housing near the gearbox.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Feb 09, 2016


The knock sensor is usually located in the side of your engine block just under the exhaust manifold. If your standing in front of the car (Since Its Front Wheel Drive) It should be almost in the center directly in front of you.

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1997 Toyota... | Answered on Sep 30, 2015

Faulty EGR valve.EGR is exhaust gas recirulation and is typical to have a loss of power when it has gone bad.Replacement is easy,2 bolts hold it on and a vacuum line connection.Do this and get your power back so can climb hills again.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Jun 27, 2015

poor fuel delivery, chugging, poor acceleration, stalling, hard starting are just some of the symptoms.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on May 24, 2015

the problem may be a faulty clutch master cylinder that has a blocked compensating port
I would suggest taking the vehicle in for an inspection of the hydraulics or the cable if not hydraulic several quotes fro accredited brake and clutch shops.
if the hydraulics have never been checked / cleaned or changed, I would be looking at that first because even if it ends up being the clutch and pressure plate, an old clutch slave and master cylinder will fail quickly with the added pressure of a new pressure plate.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on May 18, 2015

Replace oil pumps

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Mar 03, 2015

Try this YouTube video on the light change:


It may be similar to the Tercel, and it is a good starter.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Feb 01, 2015

Could be your PCV valve or air filter need replacement. Also could be your EGR system needs a clean out.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 17, 2014

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.

1997 Toyota... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

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