1995 Toyota Corolla won't start 1.8 auto trans

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  1. Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    My car was starting to miss a little so I decided to change plugs and that's when all hell broke. After changing the plugs it started up fine and ran good. I tried to back it up then it ran rough and died. Since then I replace distributor, wires, fuel pump and starter all of which were bad or dying. It ran awesome so I took it for a drive and 10 miles down the road it died and wouldn't start. Towed it home, follow the repair manual to diagnose it and it comes down to igniter or computer. Spark at plugs, fuel to throttle, volt to the igniter on the two + sides. Car turns over with no promise to fire. When I release the key it makes a small popping sound with white/gray smoke coming from the throttle body. Can the igniter itself be tested? Its getting costly and I'm turning into an R&R guy. Remove and Replace and hope I changed the right part. I am no mechanic but I can read and follow the repair manual. I'm not a cash cow and don't have cash coming out of my ears either. Yikes! Any suggestions? Help!!!
     
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  3. mikeyb

    mikeyb New Member


    Get a compression tester and test the compression. Mine ran fine then did a whole bunch of work to just come to find that the head was warped and a bad backfire finished it all off as far as compression goes.
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    Compression is 125 on all four cylinders.
     
  5. mikeyb

    mikeyb New Member

    Check timing?
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    Yes, however there is no adjustment on the distributor. I believe its done with the ECM. I'm waiting on a known good ECM to try in the car before I purchase a new one. Don't like spending $ on parts that could be good.
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    Ok here is something that I was wrong on. I check the compression and noticed that 1 of the cylinders has a 195 compression as it did when I checked it before it stalled. The other 3 are around 20-30. I removed the cover and its clean in there's no water. The timing belt is still good and lined up at TDC. What could cause the sudden compression drop on three cylinders without warning on the freeway? It ran great then it was like the ignition was turned off.
     
  8. mikeyb

    mikeyb New Member

    Carbon build up on the valves, not seating correctly or the head gasket is leaking a bit.
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    So does this mean head removal and send to the machine shop or is there a less aggressive first try? By the way thank you very much for responding to my post.
     
  10. mikeyb

    mikeyb New Member

    Can you remove the oil cap when you have the gauge on a cyl that has low compression? Do you hear air leaking? Maybe I should ask if you have a gauge that hooks to a air compressor then pressurizes the cyl first lol. If you have just a gauge that measures compression when cranking then you won't be able to hear air leaking out..
     
  11. mikeyb

    mikeyb New Member

    Are putting some oil in the cylinders after doing a dry test? Take the plugs out and ground them to test the ignition, 125 psi is considered low for those engines. Look up a manual to see specs for compression wet and dry. A valve could have burnt up dropping compression, coolant low? I'd just buy a reman head but depending on mileage you need to ask yourself if it's worth it.
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    I'll do a leak down test.
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    Sorry it was 195 all across when it ran great. Then when it crapped out it measured 20-30 from 1-3 and four was still 195. I will do a wet test then a leakage test on Saturday. I'll post the results...
     
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    Kika Wai'Alae

    Kika Wai'Alae New Member

    Cylinders 1, 2, & 3 went from 30 to 60 on the wet compression test. The leak down test proved that the intake valves on those three cylinders were leaking. So my guess is carbon build up on those three cylinders. Now is it a matter of refurbishing the head or is there more to that? I will start the process of removing the head for a visual inspection. Is there a place on the internet showing the removal of the heads? I searched on youtube but no luck...
     
  15. Christian_pulisic

    Christian_pulisic New Member

    Felling Annoying :(
    I have a Toyota Runx, have overhauled engine and bought almost new engine parts and new service kit now the car it doesn't start.Please advise?
     

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