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Toyota Starlet Common Problems and Solutions

Suspension problems

Problem:

When you are driving over speed bumps or rough surfaces and hear a knocking noise, this is an indication of worn anti-roll bar bushes.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit replacement anti-roll bar bushes to sort this issue. We can help you find these parts at very low prices.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Anti Roll Bar Bush

Part required

Anti Roll Bar Bush

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Poor economy

Problem:

A known issue on the Starlet is a problem known as 'Pinking'. This is a build up of carbon deposits in the engine and occurs when the vehicle is mostly used for short journeys. One of the main symptoms of this issue is poor fuel economy.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to have the carbon deposits cleaned out from the engine to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

4

White smoke coming from the exhaust

Problem:

One of the main symptoms of a blown cylinder head gasket is white smoke coming from the exhaust. Another symptom of this issue is overheating. A blown cylinder head gasket can have detrimental effects if it is not fixed quickly.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit a replacement cylinder head gasket to sort the problem.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Cylinder Head Gasket

Part required

Cylinder Head Gasket

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Rough idling

Problem:

A know issue on the Starlet is with rough engine idling. When the engine is idling the revs should remain constant. If they are very irregular then you most likely have an issue with a blocked idle control valve. This happens as the valve is not opening up as it should, due to a blockage. Another symptom of this problem is if the car keeps cutting out when starting. Is the video below anything like your issue?

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to remove the idle control valve (ICV), clean it out and use some idle control valve cleaner. Once you have done this and refitted the ICV, you should no longer have this problem. You can watch the video below for an idea how to sort this issue:

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Idle Control Valve

Part required

Idle Control Valve

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Power loss

Problem:

You may have been noticing a real lack of power. If you have, then the usual cause of this problem on this vehicle is a failing coil pack.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to replace the coil pack to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Coil Pack

Part required

Coil Pack

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Reading these common Toyota Starlet problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Toyota Starlet – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Toyota Starlet does have one of these issues.