Dimensions and Weights
Buying Spare Parts and Vehicle Identification
General Repair Procedures
Jacking and Vehicle Support
Radio/cassette unit Anti-theft system
Tools and Working Facilities
MOT test checks
Glossary of Technical Terms
The Toyota Carina E was introduced to the UK in May 1992 in Saloon, Hatchback and Estate versions, with a choice of 1.6 or 2.0 litre engines. All models were fitted with power steering and a catalytic converter. Executive and GTi models were fitted with ABS as standard. From September 1994 all models were fitted with a driver's air bag, previous to this the driver's air bag was standard on Executive and GTi models.
All models are fitted with an Independent McPherson-type front suspension Incorporating a telescopic shock absorber and coil spring, and an independent dual-link strut rear suspension with integral shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar.
Provided that regular servicing is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, the Toyota Carina E should prove extremely reliable and economical. The engine compartment is well-designed, and most of the items needing frequent attention are easily accessible.
The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage), provide Information on routine maintenance and servicing, and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur. However, it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs, it may even be quicker than booking the car into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.
The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components, so that their layout can be understood. Then the tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence.
Toyota Carina E Estates
Toyota Carina E GTi Saloon
The Toyota Carina E Team
Haynes manuals are produced by dedicated and enthusiastic people working in close co-operation. The team responsible for the creation of this book included:
Andy Legg Steve Rendle John Mead
John Martin Paul Tanswell Steve Tanswell
Cover illustration & Line Art
We hope the book will help you to get the maximum enjoyment from your car. By carrying out routine maintenance as described you will ensure your car's reliability and preserve its resale value.
Toyota Carina E Estates
Toyota Carina E GTi Saloon
Thanks are due to the Champion Spark Plug Company, who supplied the Illustrations of various spark plug conditions. Thanks are also due to Sykes-Pickavant Limited, who provided some of the workshop tools, and to all those people at Sparkford who helped in the production of this manual.
This manual is not a direct reproduction of the vehicle manufacturers data, and Its publication should not be taken as implying any technical approval by the vehicle manufacturers or importers. We take great pride in the accuracy of information given in this manual, but vehicle manufacturers make alterations and design changes during the production run of a particular vehicle of which they do not inform us. No liability can be accepted by the authors or publishers for loss, damage or injury caused by any errors in, or omissions from, the information given.
The main vehicle used in the preparation of this manual, and which appears in many of the photographic sequences, was a 1996 Toyota Carina E 1.6S Hatchback with a 1587 cc 4A-FE economy engine and manual transmission. Also used was a 1994 Toyota Carina E 2.0GLi with a 1998 cc 3S-FE engine and automatic transmission.
Safety first! 0.5
Working on your car can be dangerous. This page shows just some of the potential risks and hazards, with the aim of creating a safety-conscious attitude.
• Don't remove the radiator or expansion tank cap while the engine is hot.
• Engine oil, automatic transmission fluid or power steering fluid may also be dangerously hot if the engine has recently been running.
• Beware of burns from the exhaust system and from any part of the engine. Brake discs and drums can also be extremely hot immediately after use.
• When working under or near a raised vehicle, always supplement the jack with axle stands, or use drive-on ramps. ([
venture under a car which is only supported by a jack.
• Take care if loosening or tightening high-torque nuts when the vehicle is on stands. Initial loosening and final tightening should be done with the wheels on the ground.
• Fuel is highly flammable; fuel vapour is explosive.
• Do not smoke or allow naked lights (including pilot lights) anywhere near a vehicle being worked on. Also beware of creating sparks
(electrically or by use of tools).
• Fuel vapour is heavier than air, so don't work on the fuel system with the vehicle over an inspection pit.
• Another cause of fire is an electrical overload or short-circuit. Take care when repairing or modifying the vehicle wiring.
• Keep a fire extinguisher handy, of a type suitable for use on fuel and electrical fires.
• Mains voltage is also dangerous. Make sure that any mains-operated equipment is correctly earthed. Mains power points should be protected by a residual current device (RCD) circuit breaker.
• Avoid skin contact with battery acid and with any fuel, fluid or lubricant, especially antifreeze, brake hydraulic fluid and Diesel fuel. Don't syphon them by mouth. If such a substance is swallowed or gets into the eyes, seek medical advice.
• Prolonged contact with used engine oil can cause skin cancer. Wear gloves or use a barrier cream if necessary. Change out of oil-soaked clothes and do not keep oily rags in your pocket.
• Air conditioning refrigerant forms a poisonous gas if exposed to a naked flame (including a cigarette). It can also cause skin burns on contact.
• Asbestos dust can cause cancer if inhaled or swallowed. Asbestos may be found in gaskets and in brake and clutch linings. When dealing with such components it is safest to assume that they contain asbestos.
• This extremely corrosive acid is formed when certain types of synthetic rubber, found in some O-rings, oil seals, fuel hoses etc, are exposed to temperatures above 400°C. The rubber changes into a charred or sticky substance containing the acid. Once formed, the acid remains dangerous for years. If it gets onto the skin, it may be necessary to amputate the limb concerned.
• When dealing with a vehicle which has suffered a fire, or with components salvaged from such a vehicle, wear protective gloves and discard them after use.
• Batteries contain sulphuric acid, which attacks clothing, eyes and skin. Take care when topping-up or carrying the battery.
• The hydrogen gas given off by the battery is highly explosive. Never cause a spark or allow a naked light nearby. Be careful when connecting and disconnecting battery chargers or jump leads.
• Air bags can cause injury if they go off accidentally. Take care when removing the steering wheel and/or facia. Special storage instructions may apply.
Diesel injection equipment
• Diesel injection pumps supply fuel at very high pressure. Take care when working on the fuel injectors and fuel pipes.
A Warning: Never expose the hands, face or any other part of the body to injector spray; the fuel can penetrate the skin with potentially fatal results.
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