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About Toyota Tercel

Owning several names such as the Toyota Corolla Tercel, Toyota Corsa, Toyota Corolla II and Toyota Soluna, the Toyota Tercel was produced by a renowned Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation from August 1978 to July 1999 as a subcompact car. Slotting between the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Starlet in size, the Tercel was built on the same platform with the Paseo and the Starlet. "Tercel" in its name derives from a Latin word, meaning "one third" though it was actually the first front-wheel drive vehicle produced by Toyota. However, after being manufactured through five generations, it was eventually replaced by the Toyota Vios and Toyota Platz/Echo in 1999. 
The fourth-generation Toyota Tercel was produced from September 1990 to 1994 as a 2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback or 4-door sedan. Though the hatchback was not available in the North American market, Base and DX trim levels as a coupe, DX and LE trim levels as sedan were available. North American version of Toyota Tercel was powered by either 1.5 L I4 rated at 82 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque or 1.5 L I6 producing 110 hp. And engines sent power through 3-speed automatic, 4-speed and 5-speed manual transmissions to front wheels. The latest generation Tercel started its life in September 1994 as a 1995 model. It added a new CE trim level and new 1.3 L I4 and 1.5 L I4 turbocharged diesel engine generating 66 hp and 96 lb-ft of torque. And power is sent through the 4-speed, 5-speed manual and 3-speed, 4-speed automatic transmissions.

Toyota Tercel Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

In certain sense, the Toyota Tercel is a pioneer in layout and frame, which were later used in other popular Toyota models. As the accumulation of mileage, you still need to be aware of the fact that these common problems may appear on your Tercel: 
First, car stalls while driving and jerks when accelerating are what drivers complained most about the vehicle according to the car repair statistics site These obviously have a close relation with the working conditions with the engine. Based on Toyota Tercel drivers' experience, other symptoms such as irregular or unusually high idle speed, rattling noises occurring from the front of the engine, retarded ignition timing, oil leaking, smoke from the engine bay, decreased power and acceleration, visible coolant leakage, overheating and illuminated Check Engine Light also come along. To be honest, as long as you make sure the thermostat housing, idle control valve, timing belt, coolant temperature sensor, timing cover, speedometer cable, thermostat, camshaft seal, EGR valve gasket, rod bearing, thermostat gasket and throttle body gasket are working properly all the time, above symptoms won't emerge prematurely. 
Second, compared to the serious engine problem, issues on braking, suspension and transmission systems are much simpler. In this model, braking failure often could be attributed to the defective hydraulic hose and brake line. Due to both suspension and transmission would result in clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle while driving, you are advised to inspect the coil springs, sway bar bushing, wheel bearing in suspension system and pinion bearing in the transmission system. 
The function of routine maintenance is to prevent some unnecessary issues from happening, which means you could maintain some important but vulnerable parts in the vehicle to make sure a safer driving trip. The seat belt is often comprised of resilient nylon, but it undertakes the responsibility of holding occupants on the seats so that once any collision or sudden movement happen, occupants won't be harmed secondarily. Besides the seat belt, wiper arm, door handle, headlight bulb, fog light bulb and emblems should be maintained on a regular basis, too. 
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