99 corolla turns over lazy, does not start

James McGuinness IV

Asked by Jun 30, 2014 at 04:49 PM about the 1999 Toyota Corolla

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 99 corolla that recently decided it
won't start. I had taken the car out on a
drive with my GF, parked it to get some
snacks, and when I tried to start it, it would
turn over lazily but not start.
Couple things I've tried, oil is all good,
battery is good, plenty of coolant, tried
spreading some ether in it, no go on that.
Hooked up the diagnostic computer to it,
only fault I got was for the catalytic
converter. There is also smoke coming
from the exhaust so I assume it's getting
fuel. The car does turn over it just dosent
catch and fire up.

3 Answers


From your post sound,s like a firing problem,pull wire see if you get fire,if not check coil,

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Beginning in1998, when the 1.8 liter 1ZZ FE was introduced in North America, that engine has a coil for each cylinder, no distributor. If you have the 1.8, which you probably do, T_S_T is on the right track, but there is no single coil to test. If you want to really read up and study that engine, here is the best article I have ever found: http://www.mr2roc.org/misc/referencelibrary/enginedocs/1zzfedesigndoc.pdf

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James McGuinness IV

We have spark, tested that yesterday.

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