Toyota Corolla Starting Problems

by Farrah Jean

Toyota Corollas are powered by a 1.8 or 2.4 liter four cylinder gasoline engine. Should starting problems arise, you can isolate the problem and identify the faulty part by performing a few tests.

The Engine Cranks But Does Not Start

If the battery is not charged properly, it will be unable to supply the proper electrical voltage to power the alternator and fuel injectors to turn the engine. Poorly maintained battery terminals also can impair the battery.

The Engine Does Not Turn

Inspect the connection of the ignition wires and coil pack to the spark plugs. Replace the ignition wires if they show any sign of wear or damage.

Bad Starter and Solenoid

If your Corolla has high mileage and none of the above recommendations has fixed the problem, then you might need to replace the starter and solenoid. These two parts are interdependent as the solenoid or starter relay signals the starter motor to rotate the engine. Contact your Toyota Dealer Service Department for proper diagnosis and repairs.

About the Author

Farrah Jean has been a grant writer and proofreader since 2005. An avid reader, her portfolio includes literary criticism and book reviews for "Dorrance Publishing," "Destiny Images" and Enchanting Reviews. She holds a bachelor's degree in human services, a history minor and a graduate certificate in health management from Saint Thomas University. She is currently working on her master's degree at Capella University.