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1997 Toyota Celica GT 3dr LB Manual

1997 Toyota Celica
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Liftback, Sub-Compact
22 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy
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November 18, 2013, 3:52 pm

Deb O

Question: Alternator or other problem?

Replaced alternator, 2x. Car died, 2 load tests 1 good 1 bad, new battery, car dead again. Do not want to pay toyota for another diagnosis fee, could there be another problem and how can I test?

300,000+ miles! May be time to scrap but want to be sure! everything else is good about the car.

November 19, 2013, 7:38 pm

Richard W
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When the car dies does it crank again or does it need a jump start? Then if it does crank and does not need a jump it will be fuel pump or spark out put. When the car dies you have to test for spark and fuel pressure. If not fuel pressure you need a fuel pump. With no spark it get a little harder to say what's wrong. It could be the distributor or the ignition module. Or you could just replace the distributor. that comes with the module and coil. If you have to jump start the car to get it to run you need to check the alternator again. Most auto part stores test them for free.

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