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by Mark
Sun Dec 04, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: First tercel burning oil
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: First tercel burning oil

Mine smokes out the tailpipe on cold days for the first couple of minutes, It's not oil though, but a mix of water vapour (a normal byproduct of combustion) and unburned fuel vapour. The fuel vapour gives it a stink. Could this be what's happening with yours? I've been trying to figure out why I'm h...
by Mark
Sun Dec 04, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: JET - 2-way filter/valve??
Replies: 8
Views: 101

Re: JET - 2-way filter/valve??

The "jet" is just a small orifice that slows down the vacuum being applied to the choke breaker. The choke breaker slightly opens the choke by a few degrees on startup. Otherwise, if the choke is fully closed, there is not enough air in the mix and the engine will die right away. I've had ...
by Mark
Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Blowing black smoke and is running rough.
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Blowing black smoke and is running rough.

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by Mark
Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Blowing black smoke and is running rough.
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Blowing black smoke and is running rough.

And check the little window on the carb to make sure the fuel level is about in the middle of the window.
by Mark
Thu Sep 22, 2022 1:21 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Charge and brake light on still after replacing alternator & voltage regulator
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Charge and brake light on still after replacing alternator & voltage regulator

I'd do a voltage check. Check the voltage on the battery when the car is shut off. It should be 12.8V or so. Then start the car and the voltage should jump to close to 14V. If it does that, the alternator is probably fine and it's probably a broken wire or corroded contacts in a wiring connection. I...
by Mark
Tue Sep 13, 2022 8:42 pm
Forum: Tercel Gallery and Projects
Topic: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures
Replies: 24
Views: 3310

Re: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures

Bummer that didn't work. I think many of the Tercels came with single-port vacuum advances on the distributors. Judging by the emissions vacuum diagrams, one port comes from manifold vacuum and is to advance the timing at idle. The other hose comes from the throttle body (ported vacuum) and is to ad...
by Mark
Sat Sep 10, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Tercel Gallery and Projects
Topic: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures
Replies: 24
Views: 3310

Re: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures

I looked around my spare parts hoard and couldn't find my original butchered vacuum advance housing that I took apart. I assume I threw it out when I replaced it with a working spare from another distributor (I think I remember buying a distributor off ebay since there was something wrong with mine ...
by Mark
Fri Sep 09, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: Tercel Gallery and Projects
Topic: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures
Replies: 24
Views: 3310

Re: Distributor vacuum advance diaphragm adventures

Man, that was so long ago, I forgot all about it. I think I maybe used a needle-nose vise grip. At least that's what I'd use now. I'd probably use some kind of very fine-tipped flat head screwdriver to help pry it up. I'm not sure what happened eventually with that distributor vacuum advance. I do r...
by Mark
Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All

We've had it here for years, but I don't remember exactly when it started. The govt. info says it has slightly less heat energy, but that is partially made up for by its easier combustion. I never made any adjustments to the carb. To try and compensate for it by changing the air-fuel mix (which is f...
by Mark
Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All

The regular gas here in Canada is 87 octane with 10% ethanol. My tercels run fine with it. I assume it's the same in the US. In hotter places, there may be more of a problem with the fuel vaporizing easier in the lines from the ethanol, but we've been through a few heat waves here over the years (30...
by Mark
Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:32 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All

I'd also check the vacuum lines shown in red to make sure they are connected and that they aren't deteriorated: vacuum.jpg That is vacuum coming from the manifold (basically from when the engine is at idle) that is activated when the engine is warm. So any leaks there would cause a rough idle when t...
by Mark
Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All

Here's the instructions from the service manual for checking the egr vacuum modulator: egr.jpg The reason I suspected the egr system is that (off the top of my head and I could be wrong) it is the only vacuum system that is activated only when the engine is warm (unless you have a feedback carb like...
by Mark
Sat Jul 30, 2022 10:14 am
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All
Replies: 16
Views: 687

Re: Erratic Idle - If it Idles at All

I'd suspect a ruptured erg vacuum modulator diaphragm. The EGR system is only activated when the engine is warm. On my wagon this happened several years ago. It would idle fine when it was cold, but after the engine warmed up, it would often stall at red lights and idle low. I'd often have to keep m...
by Mark
Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Market / Parts
Topic: fenders
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: fenders

I've never understood how some provinces have vehicle inspections that fail you for having non-structural rust.
by Mark
Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: 1981 toyota stereo
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: 1981 toyota stereo

He also has a (sold) ad for a butchered Cressida with the same stereo in it so I assume that's the car it came from. I still have the stock unit from my '81 Tercel (not installed). It's just a mono AM radio unit.