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Toyota Celica, Coupe, Hatchback
#1131 of 1560 03 celica engine defect (sludge,gelling)
Aug 03, 2004 (2:39 pm)
Does anybody know anthing about engine problems in 2000-2004 celica? my '03 with only 11,000mi according to Jiffylube is showing signs of a wide known problem with toyota engine sludge/gelling. ___Called toyota they said there is know way a celica is included in there problem vehicles for that specific problem? But according to some websites it does include celica. And once started it will vastly decrease engine life. they noted on my receipt at jiffy lube "Toyota engine sludge/gelling evident"
My 95 nissan w 180,000 miles never had an oil problem and I neglected that car till I traded it. What Gives toyota??
#1132 of 1560 toyota engine flaw
Aug 03, 2004 (2:48 pm)
From what I can find out most engine sludge was a problem in the Camry of 1997-2001.Does any body have any hard facts on which models and years were affected? thanks so much, sean
Aug 03, 2004 (4:01 pm)
I just did a quick google search, and have no idea if this is accurate, but one site shows affected engines:
Camry 4 cyl. Produced 8/96 - 7/01
Camry 6 cyl. Produced 8/96 - 7/01
Solara 4 cyl. Produced 6/98 - 5/01
Solara 6 cyl. Produced 6/98 - 5/01
Sienna 6 cyl. Produced 7/97 - 5/01
Avalon 6 cyl. Produced 7/96 - 5/01
Celica 4 cyl. Produced 8/96 - 4/99
Highlander 6 cyl. Produced 11/00 - 7/01
You can try the NHTSA website for verification.
Please don't tell us you are "neglecting" your new car, and that this is your first oil change at
Aug 04, 2004 (6:14 am)
1. the sludging TSB DID affect the old Celica, the 2.2L, from MY '97 up until it went away in 2000. It never affected the current gen.
2. Take anything Jiffy Lube tells you with a grain of salt. Maybe even a POUND of salt. The level of technical expertise at their stores varies a lot (mostly from 'some' to 'none') and many of their "recommendations" are designed to produce extra business for themselves that is a needless expense for the consumer. They have been investigated by the state AG here in California for exactly this reason.
3. Oil gelling can occur in any engine if the oil changes are not frequent enough. I am with guitarzan in asking: this isn't your first oil change, I hope? If you do not drive very much, follow a time schedule for oil changes, rather than a mileage schedule.
4. If you are truly worried about this, DEFINITELY get a second opinion from a real shop or a Toyota dealer - no gas stations or quickie lube places.
#1135 of 1560 Re: toyota engine flaw [sean3]
Aug 04, 2004 (7:23 am)
Type engine sludge in the search box to your left and you will get 5 discussions on the issue. The are archived, but contain helpful information.
#1136 of 1560 1991 Celica GT-S.........
Aug 18, 2004 (6:25 pm)
has been a great car even though it listed for $23,768 in 1991. Very expensive for its time. It has an exceptional 10 speaker CD, cassette, Am/FM stereo which has just gone on the blink today. I cant figure out if the problem is with the head unit or power amp. The left channel cuts out when on AM/FM mode, sometimes completely, sometimes partially. All of the left channel speakers are affected. The CD unit has not worked for quite some time now. The problem is that the power amp is actually three separate amps. One goes to the front speakers, one to the rear speakers and one to the two woofers, so if its the problem how do I get a identical replacement without paying Toyota prices. Anyone have any experience/ideas.
Aug 19, 2004 (8:27 am)
I would go back there and just check all the connections first, especially if it is intermittently working properly.
Just a thought.
#1138 of 1560 Celica Cracking Spark Plugs
Aug 19, 2004 (8:39 am)
I have a 91 automatic convertible celica with 193,000 miles. Replaced the distributor, cap, wires and plugs due to a "bucking" problem. Since then have cracked the same #1 plug 4 times. Each time the plug lasted about one week. the Toyota techs say they have never heard of this problem and can't figure out what it could be. Any ideas would be appreciated.
#1139 of 1560 that sounds truly odd
Aug 20, 2004 (9:20 pm)
when you say "cracked the spark plug" what exactly is it that cracked? The resistor on top where you attach the plug wire boot? The electrode on the end of the plug?
Also did the bucking problem go away with this fix? And lastly, are you sure that the plugs you are using are the proper heat range for your car?
#1140 of 1560 Re: that sounds truly odd [nippononly]
Aug 25, 2004 (6:05 am)
The electrode on the end is cracked with no sign of oil or other liquid or burn marks.
The bucking problem disappeared with new plugs, except at about 45-50 mph where it has always bucked. This bucking AT 50 MPH did not disappear with the new distributor either.
I have only had the Toyota Techs work on the car so I assume that the plugs are the correct heat range. Any ideas? Thanks.