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Carolla: i have a 1991 carolla DLX.. it runs fine or

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i have a 1991 carolla DLX.. it runs fine for 2 or 3 hours then it wont start up for an hour or two then it cools down and starts right up.. I have replaces the battery, the starter, the alternator.. then found that the ground wire running from the battery to the starter was fried..i ran i new ground wire from the battery to the starter and another from the battery to the block...i didnt remove the old burnt ground wire that was causing the issue.. once i did that it will run for 5 or 6 hours then do the same thing..i let it sit for an hour and a half to 2 hours and it starts right up...where should i go from here to fix that problem
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for posting
Have you checked for any diagnostic codes yet?
A common problem on these engines is the distributor, the igniter and the coil, the coil is inside the distributor and has a tendency to develop small cracks and possibly leak high voltage to ground, check the coil first, remove the plastic cover and carefully check for cracks at the top and for burned spots on the side and the bottom, if it doesn't look right try a new coil and see if it helps, if the igniter or distributor are the problem there should be some diagnostic codes for those,