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Toyota Celica GT - Troubleshooting

ecoichecoich Posts: 1
Not sure if anyone out there can help me out with this or not, but I'm trying to understand what's happened to my 2001 Celica GT the last couple of days.

Here's the rundown,
I noticed the car needed an oil change, so yesterday, against my better judgement, I went to one of those franchise oil-change places.

So last night, about 8-10 hours after I'd had my oil changed, by oil light goes on! It's intermittent at first, but within minutes it's on permanently. Shorly after this, the engine cuts out entirely, my battery and check engine lights go on, my RPM's drop to zero and I lose my power steering. I pull over turn the ignition off, give it a sec and start it up again, it turns over as it normally would and runs pretty much as usual, but still with the oil light on, I begin to drive, and in another minute the exact same thing, no jerking, no jumping, just the engine cuts out. The only consistency I notice is that it seems to occur when I'm changing gears, at the point where my clutch is all the way down.

After a while of repeating this cycle, I finally get it home, pop the hood and check the oil, it seems to be fine. There's a slight smell of burning but nothing overwhelming, and definitely no smoke coming off the engine.

I know I'll end up taking it to the service center where they'll tell me what's wrong, but I'd like to get at least some idea as to what it could be. I prefer to be somewhat informed.

Anyone out there know enough about these cars to throw any hypotheses out?



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Maybe it went into limp-home mode? That would happen if the computer detected a major emissions meltdown - maybe the bozos left the old oil filter gasket on there and the leaking oil ran back along the engine screwing up sensor readouts for the computer?

    Either way, don't EVER restart your engine (or continue driving in the first place) with the oil light on! That is just begging for a major repair bill.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • lesteralestera Posts: 1
    Well i bought this old used car and i really love it, but my problem is that when i place it in 5th gear it pops out. It only does it in 5th not 1st or 3rd. there is pressure that pushes the gear out not slippage. What my problem? can anyone help me. To give you more insight my cousin who is a mechanic thought it might be a spring loose. it was not. I am not really mecahnicaly inclined. i just know that after five months of holding it in gear on the highway it getting old
  • hey i have this lilttle problem, ive been fixing it from ground up but the car seems to shake when turned on, im not sure what it any suggestions please let me know thanx
  • 1. Timing problem
    2. Runs on 3 cylinders
    3. Spark plug wire is shorting out
    4. Engine mounts are lose ...........
  • I have a 2001 Toyota Celica. Since September there has been a clunking sound when driving in low gear and also whilst changing gear. I took it to my Toyota dealer and a mechanic who has driven the car heard the noise himself but says he cannot find anything wrong. Basically I have been told that there is nothing about to fall off, nothing loose so they can't do anything about it. Has anyone else had a similar problem???
  • I have a 95 Celica GT and your problem sounds exactly like what was happening to mine. Believe it or not, the sound was from a loose rear brake caliper. I had it in the shop for front end work and mentioned it to my mechanic and he solved the problem. It might be the same for you.
  • I have a 95 Celica GT and the oil light came on this morning. I checked the oil and to my surprise there was no oil on the dip stick. I added 4.5QTS of oil. Now I have the usual couple of small oil spots in my driveway but by no means enough to account for 4 QTS. The car doesn't burn oil either. Has anyone heard of this with Celicas? I'm wondering if something isn't wrong inside the engine. I drove to work with no problems.
  • i guess i'm the only one here that has NO problem with their car, i bought it certified used and for the past 7 years it has given me no problems .
  • it is a jan. 2000 celica, i guess it was one of the first cars out before they started to figure out that was too good so on later cars they started to put sub standard parts on them i guess. 'cause i hear alot of horror storys about these cars.
  • I'm not finding fault with my car. I love it. I bought it used, it wasn't certified and that made me a little uneasy but all in all it's a good car. I think the previous owner sold it so that they didn't have to put the money into the front end. :sick: They kind of let it go and I had to have wheel bearings replaced all four, a new axle.
  • A classic dumb move, courtesy of a good friend who I'm trying to help: He hooked the battery up backwards, and was actually able to get the car to run (he claims). Now, with the battery hooked up correctly, the cluster, daytime running lights, radio, turn signals, and some other things do not work. The car will start and run, but it will not shift out of park because of the interlock. The headlights will work if turned on with the control stalk.
    I've checked all the fuses, and they are good.
    Are there any circuit breakers or fusible links in the vehicle, somewhere other than in the fuse centers under hood and under dash?
  • 1st diag the dealership told me it was my MAF SENSOR, so I put some fuel injector cleaner in the fuel line...light goes off. Then it's back on after about 300 miles take it back in to the dealership to get the fuel injectors replaced then they tells me diag code P0420 my Catalytic Converter. What is the actual problem?

    Now the engine light will not go off and when I first start the car up in the morning it spits out a cloud of smoke and there is some black ash type material (just a little bit) that comes out of the tail pipes also...but only when I first start it up. I can drive it all day no problem but the light doesn't go off which makes me think it's not the fuel injectors....any advise...I need help trouble shooting this issue. :sick:
  • mctcmctc Posts: 4
    I just rebuilt my engine and all my electrical are hooked up correctly and my vacuum lines are all in place according to the diag. When my engine is running it has a high pitch squeal and I cannot figure out what it is. It sounds like it is coming from under the intake manifold it is EFI. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • Hi Celica girl,

    You did not say what model and what year. All models that use premium gas should run on premium gas only. If not, a lot of the sensors and the catalytic converter will malfunction.

    Buy an engine scanner in eBay for about $30. Switch off the check engine light.

    Rescan your engine. If a sensor failure keeps coming back, replace that sensor.

    If the catalytic converter fault keeps coming back, time to replace the converter.

    Toyota's engines are very simple and logical. Use your head and dont be scared. You will find the problems with some thinking. The dealers' mechanics use the same scanner and may not be as smart as you.
  • jmb8jmb8 Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 Toyota Celica GT.

    Its has a ruff idle when in park, when it first gets going it has a rough start off. But seems to run fine once on the road.

    I did have an engine light come on, but the code tells me its a normal code.

    I did add some fuel cleaner and a fuel injector cleaner to see if its helps but nothing has helped.

    Any advice.
  • I'm sure I'll get several resounding answers on this issue, but here's my problem: I have a 2000 Celica GT with 104,000 miles on it. It's never had any problems and has always had regular maintenance. Within the past year, it started consuming oil at an incredible rate. I'm dumping at least 2 quarts a month into it. There's no noticeable change in the exhaust, though, nor any other problems/symptoms of any kind. I mentioned this to my regular mechanic, and he said, "Eh, the car's 8 years old, it has 100k miles on it, it's just using more oil. Cars use more oil as they age."

    That was a year ago. Yesterday I mentioned it to a good friend of mine who immediately said to trade the car in as quickly as possible, before the engine goes. He had the same 1.8L in his MR2, and by 50k miles the car was burning through oil like nothing and eventually had a bad engine mount. Luckily, his car was under warranty. Mine is not. He said Toyota knows about the problem and corrected it in 2002, but ignores prior issues.

    I've tried to do :confuse: research online and this oil consumption issue is apparently well known on the 2000-01 GTs? One website even said there was a recall for this problem in the UK?

    So I just need some advice on how serious this is, how likely my car is develop it (or is already developing it), and what to do with the car. I don't want to sell the car - I bought a Toyota planning to have it for 200k+ miles. But if I'm facing an inevitable major engine problem that'll drop it's value from $5000 to $200, I'd rather trade it in now.

    What do you all think?

    Oh, side question - I'm thinking of replacing it with a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. Any opinions on that car?

  • does any one know if a manual transmission needs to be split to replace the output shaft bearing??
  • celica861celica861 Posts: 1
    i recently bought a 1986 celica gt it began to over heat i replaced radiator(which did have a crack) water pump (which was leaking ) and then thermostat it still over heats did i blow a head? and what other options do i have besides engine swap?
  • sezza217sezza217 Posts: 2
    Hello everyone,
    I own a 1990 Toyota Celica, which i love to bits!! No real big work done on it as of yet but was planning on starting to spend some money on it very soon. Only problem being I recently had a collision and people have been telling me once it is fixed I should try to get rid of it. :cry:
    The crash not being my fault (someone ran a red light and hit me) has resulted in the car having damage to the front left passenger side of the car and thats all i know as of yet. I was hit at about 80kms/hr.

    Anyone have any thoughts as to what I should do with it once it is fixed and or if once it is fixed it will be the same as before the collision?

    Any thoughts would be much appreacited
  • I have a 1990 Toyota Celica GT-S w/ Electric Windows & Sun Roof quit working the other day, anyone have any suggestions as to how I can troubleshoot this situation?
  • :sick: What could be causing my car not to start? :cry: Currently my starter,battery, alternator, ignition connections grounds are good so what could be the problem could it be a certain relay fuse or which one? They have been checked and also my timing belt was checked but it has been difficult trying to determine what is the problem. It seems electrical but I am so confused and I do not want to loose my celica they I have been keeping up with the maintenance promptly. Could someone possibly give me advise on how to go about resolving my celicas starting problem or maybe a part or what can fix my starting problem? :cry:
    Thank you,
    Deb :confuse:
  • My 1996 Celica did the same a couple of years ago. Would start sometime and would go totally dead on me. The dealer asked me to change the battery, which I did. Worked for a week (probably the new battery did the trick)... then stopped again. Once I got stranded in a rest area on the highway; the car wouldn't start. Well, I had to try a non-technical method... (normally not recommended). No, I did not push it. Fortunately, I was parked on a slope, so I shifted into neutral and let the car pick up some momentum, (in reverse, of course). With the ignition on, I engaged the reverse gear. The car started up. I reached home. Had a restless night, with multiple nightmares... First thing in the morning, went to Advance Auto, got a new STARTER, and replaced it myself (hour and half). The car starts like new till this day, not-withstanding its age (and miles:194,000).
  • Took my Toyota to our Mechanic, he found that the wire broke at the door hinge, door locks & Windows are working again
  • :sick: With my 1994 Celica going dead I have been having restless nights with nightmares.Not withstanding its age( and miles 145,540). And I have always taken care of preventive care of my Celica. It is very heartwrenching :cry: . After your informative response because you could relate with my situation it seems that I may the same problem that you had with your 1996 Celica. I have not wasted anytime and I spoke to a 23 yr Toyota experience Master Tech Mechanic and he told me about the headlight test to do. I made sure the connections to the battery and the engine grounds are good. I made sure the battery is fully charged. I turned the headlights on and try to start the car. The lights stayed brite except when I attempted to start the car the lights dimmed way down. That mechanic told me about the contacts in the starter are known to go bad. Also my Toyota advisor told me about the need for a new starter(mind you my current starter is over 8 years old) So I have to think positive about it. Well today Wed. 10:00am A toytota recommeded tow truck company will be taking the celica to the toyota dealer for repair. I will keep you informed of my situation.
    I greatly appreciate your helpful inforrmation which helped me sleep well last night.
    Thank you,
  • The car runs and starts great, however after it warms up it wont start for 15-20 minutes. After it starts again it runs great again.

    Any Ideas?
  • Hello,
    Well after my 1994 starting issue problem it happened to be the ECU (computer)so I had it replaced and it starts and runs good. I was told it may have been the distrubutor. I do not know much but I had to get it diagnosed at the toyota and they replaced the ECU (computer).
    I would suggest maybe get a diagnose at Advance discount store since it starts or the dealer.

    Take Care,
  • hi
    i just purchased a 2001 toyota celica gt and a couple months ago i noticed my trunk light wasn't working so of course i changed the bulb and still nothing and just today i changed it again figuring it was a bad bulb but still nothing and i checked the fuse panels and cant find a fuse designated for the trunk all my other systems are working that i can tell. i know sometimes they tie the fuse with more than one system can you please help
    ben :cry:
  • I have a 2002 Toyota Celica GT with 100,000 miles on it. Since last week, the check engine light has been turned ON.

    I checked the GAS cap & its closed well as hinted within the manual.

    I went to FIRESTONE to see what could be the issue. They were charging $100 to run the diagnosis alone.

    The car has been in perfect shape with no issues so far. I would like to know what could be the possible issues & where can I go to get them solved ?

  • I have had the exact same problem. Car runs great. I get 30 city and 37 highway miles... what more can one ask of a non-hybrid. But it drinks oil like Craig Ferguson in an Irish Pub. Hey, may be that is the Secret of my car. It mixes oil and burns it up in just the right ratio... keeps the engine running smooth, no smoke, no leaks, occasionally when idling, you can "smell" the burning oil. I am not letting anyone open up a good working machine to change the gaskets. Hey, I just have to add a quart every Sunday. And if I travel long distance (I drive from Baltimore to New York and back the same day, on a tankful of gas, and have some left over), I just top of the oil when I park it. Don't worry, it passes Emissions Test too. I have changed the spark plugs after 40,000 miles. Unless the engine just falls apart by itself (in 20 years or so), I would just stick to routine maintenance and keep driving. Hi-ho Silver, away!
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