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#50 of 80 1990 toyota ignition lock
Nov 30, 2009 (1:22 pm)
Hello everybody. I have a 1990 toyota celica gt (2.2 liter engine). It's been a great car.
The ignition has locked up and won't turn when I insert the key. I have tried pulling hard on the steering wheel (turning both left and right) as I try turning the key. The ignition won't budge.
If anybody knows how I can solve this problem while avoiding costly repair bills, I am all ears.
I had another key made at the local Toyota dealership, but that did not solve the problem.
The Toyoata dealership said a new ignition cylinder costs $90.
Will installing this cylinder solve the problem, and is it difficult to do? I am somewhat mechanically inclined.
#51 of 80 Re: Check Engine light is ON [joelax10]
Dec 12, 2009 (11:17 am)
You should buy a handheld engine scanner. Many brands sold on e Bay for $20. It will read out any fault codes. The P0420 fault code is catalytic converter running low efficiency.
The catalytic converter may be bad, but most likely the cause is fuel /air mixture is not optimum, therefore fuel burn is incomplete, causing high level of pollution that cannot be completely cleaned by the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter itself is probably OK and does not need replacement.
Try cheap fixes of the air/fuel mixture problem first before other expensive fixes. The air filter is probabaly old and dirty, and should be replaced. It should be replaced every 15K miles or when it looks dirty. New Toyota OEM air filters are sold in eBay for about $12. Toyota dealers sell for $30, yuk!
The white filter fiber should look white and clean. The engine sucks in a lot of air through this filter. Dirty filter would reduce airflow into engine, causing rich mixture that causes low gas mileage, high pollution and rough idle.
If new air filter still cause low-efficiency catalytic converter then look to make sure all rubber vaccumm hoses around the air box and the fuel injection unit are properly connected and not leaking.
Perhaps spraying carburetor cleaner into the fuel injection unit's throat to unstuck the valve would also help...
Look at the symtoms, figure out all possible causes, then try the cheap fixes at the root cause first. Dont just fix the symtoms. Would be expensive and sometimes useless.
#52 of 80 Re: Check engine light [celicagirl]
Dec 12, 2009 (11:36 am)
P0420 catalytic converter fault may be caused by rich air/fuel mixture. The converter itself is probably OK.
Replace the air filter should increase air intake, balance out air/fuel mixture and solve the problem. You can buy Toyota OEM air filter in eBay for about $12. Dealers sell for about $30.
Check all rubber vaccuum hoses around the airbox and the fuel injector. Make sure they are connected and not leaking.
Check the cold air valve in the airbox in front of the air filter. It may be stuck in close position, causing rich fuel mixture. Spray some WD40 into the valve to lubricate it.
#53 of 80 Re: 2003 Service Manual [jkon]
Dec 12, 2009 (11:47 am)
You can buy it in eBay for about $10.
#54 of 80 strange vibe Please Help!!!!!
Feb 09, 2010 (10:46 pm)
I just paid $3oo to have 2 motor mounts replaced and i still have a wired vibration through out the drive train-- it really shows up in 3rd gear (automatic) while gaining speed. after reaching cruse it settles down and rides OK. its a 95 celica gt and the CV joints are OK so they said. is it something in the trans?
#55 of 80 question on which fuse block to use for clock
Mar 02, 2010 (6:29 am)
I need to replace a fuse for my dash clock and I wonder if I need to replace it in the fuse block on the left side of my instrument panel inside my car or outside in my engine compartment?
Thank you for the response. I appreciate it.
Mar 16, 2010 (9:23 pm)
I am having the exact same problem with my Toyota Celica Gt 1988
It idles rough while I am in park, and when I accelerate it starts off very slow and finially catches up... I have like 165,000 miles on it too. Did you EVER find out what the problem was or is????
Michelle in Las Vegas
#57 of 80 88 Toyota Celica Gt EXCESSIVE fuel consumption, and low power
Mar 16, 2010 (9:33 pm)
I have a 88 Toyota Celica Gt. with 160,000 and I am having problems with EXCESSIVE GAS CONSUMPTION. I did the tune-up, new fuel regulator, filter..
It also when I try to accelerate from a stop position...its bogs down or takes a little bit to catch up .. I had the injectors cleaned when I first bought it. I bought the car April 08...and it was the same then.
They sales person said they just changed the fuel pump..
I would fill my tank and get about 245,000 miles out of ..NOW I can get only about 150,000-160,000
Is there a way for me to have a friend do some of these tests at home with a tool??
MY ENGINE IS 3S-FE
Wheres a free online toyota celica GT site that I can see the service manual???
My CAMSHAFT is needing a gasket I was told and the other camcrank I think..Do these help with the diagnoises???
Las Vegas, NV
#58 of 80 Re: Weird [natural4realz]
Mar 17, 2010 (3:29 am)
The fuse problem was caused by a burnt taillight socket. I replaced my taillight with harness(sockets) and my clock works properly. You might have them check your transmission which may need to be replaced to maybe control the acceleration on your celica.