How to Tune Up a 1996 Toyota Corolla
Tuning up a 1996 Toyota Corolla consists of changing the wires and spark plugs, as well as checking and topping off the fluids. There are no adjustments necessary for ignition timing and fuel because the car's computer automatically handles these adjustments. Only use Toyota's recommended spark plugs and spark plug wires to achieve the best results in drivability and fuel mileage. You can purchase the wires and spark plugs at any auto parts store or any Toyota dealership.
- Spark plug socket
- New spark plugs
- Motor oil
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
Remove the spark plugs and wires from the boxes. If the spark plugs have a ring, slide the ring over the threads. Lay the wires out in the order that you will use them. Each wire is a different length so that it can be matched up with the old wire.
Pull the wire off the front cylinder, which is the one closest to the front of the engine, where the accessory belt is located.
Remove the spark plug using the spark plug socket.
Insert the new spark plug. Tighten it just until it does not turn anymore. Do not over tighten the spark plug or you could damage it. Push the end of the new wire on the new spark plug.
Follow the old wire to the distributor cap. Pull the wire off the distributor cap. Push the end of the new wire on the cap. When pushing the wires onto the spark plugs and the cap terminals, make sure they snap into place. You should be able to hear or feel them snap into place.
Repeat the process for each of the three remaining spark plugs and wires. Be sure to remove only one wire at a time so that you do not lose track of the firing order. If you do not get the firing order right, the Corolla will not start.
Check all fluids: oil, transmission, brake fluid, power steering fluid and antifreeze. Top off the fluids as needed. While checking the fluids, check to see that none of the components are leaking.