Among all the cars in this Japanese car manufacturing giant's stable, few are as enduring and iconic as the Toyota Corona. Coming out a few years after the high-end Crown, the Corona was intended to be the mid-size version among the "crowned" siblings. While the Crown was the luxury model, the Corona managed to carve a niche for itself as it was one of the first of Toyota's international exports. As might be expected, the specs of the Corona were somewhat more subdued than its bigger contemporariesbeing the first, no one got to compare, and everyone agreed it was a pretty fine ride.
The Toyota Corona was most recognized for two things: fuel economy and versatility. The first characteristic is wholly responsible for the Coronas success in the United States. In the 1970s, the fuel crises forced Americans to rethink their spending patterns, and a lot of different car models simply just didn't fit the budgets anymore. The Corona really shone through in this eragoing for many more miles on a single top-up. The second characteristic only made it more appealingyou could go for the standard sedan version or upgrade to station wagon if you needed more cargo space or leg room!
Even today, the Toyota Corona remains very much relevant. Die-hard owners and first-car purchasers alike continue to speak highly of its ability to save more dollars to the gallon, as well as to fulfill every basic need set to it. As such, you will find a thriving market of Toyota Corona partshigh-quality replacements and upgrades from anything as simple as hoses and covers to more critical components like cylinders, shafts, and motors. The support base is impressive, and guarantees that the Toyota Corona will be plying the roadways and byways of America for many more years to come.
FAQs – Toyota Corona
I have a Toyota Corona and it's been driving great even if it's really old. However, the other day, the engine started having problems — it will not idle. It also cuts off if I press the accelerator. I checked the plugs, air filters and gas filters; they are all okay. What should I do?
The most likely culprit in your problem is the idle fuel cut solenoid; it's either damaged or clogged. The cut solenoid valve opens and closes the fuel passage leading to the suction part. When it is turned on, the battery voltage is applied to the solenoid and the valve should compress the spring to be drawn upward; this result to the suction port opening and supplying the fuel. On the other hand, when the cut solenoid is off, the current that flows into the solenoid is cut off so the valve could retract downward and stop the fuel supply to the cylinder — the engine then will stop. Make sure to check all the fuses and locate the connector that goes into the harness for the carburetor. Check the power to the solenoid. If everything is fine then you may be having a vacuum leak. You need to check the manifold area if that is the case.
My Toyota Corona starts fine and runs without problem so I'm really very happy with it. However, it's been giving me headaches lately. The other day, it started to misfire after driving for about 15 miles. I checked the spark plugs and points — they are both okay. What could be causing this?
If the engine is running fine when it is cold and the misfires started as it warms up, the most likely problem would be a vacuum leak. When your car's engine is cold, the choke plate is closed which causes the engine to run rich. The choke plate opens as the engine warms up and if there is a vacuum leak, the mixture will be too lean. You should check for leaks at the base of the carburetor and around the car's intake manifold. You also need to check the EGR valve as it could stick open and cause the engine to misfire when it is warm. Your car's Check Engine Light would also come on if there is any leak in your engine.
The dashboard warning light in my Corona has turned on saying I have issues with the fuel filter. However, the filter in my car is new; I have just replaced it last week. I checked all the electrical connections and they are all fine. The light remains on, though. What should I do?
If you've just changed the filter, the first thing that you should do is to disconnect the negative cable from the battery and leave it for at least 10 seconds. This will allow the system to reset itself and if everything is fine, the light should go off. If upon reconnecting the battery, the light is still on, there is probably some problem with your fuel filter. A fuel filter warning light that stays on could mean that water has been detected. This means that the amount of accumulated water in the filter has reached a critical level. It would be normally safe to drive but the water should be drained off as soon as you can. The water could contaminate the fuel and cause damage to the injection system.