Starting and Stopping the engine
Starting and DrivingStarting and DrivingStarting and Driving - Pretrip Safety CheckSupra Handbook

Before starting the engine.

  1. Check the area around the vehicle before entering it.
  2. Adjust seat position, seatback angle, and headrest height and steering wheel angle.
  3. Adjust inside and outside rear view mirrors.
  4. Close all doors.
  5. Fasten seat belts.


How to start the engine
  1. Before cranking
    1. Apply the parking brake firmly
    2. Turn off unnecessary lights and accessories
    3. Manual Transmission
      Press the clutch pedal to the floor and shift the transmissio into neutral. Hold the clutch pedal to the floor until the engine is started.
      Automatic Tranmission
      Put the selector lever in "P". If you need to restart the engine while the vehicle is moving, put the selector lever in "N". A starter safety device will prevent the started from operating if the selector lever is in any drive position.
    4. Automatic Transmission only
      Depress the brake pedal and hold it to the floor until driving off.
  2. Starting the engine

    Before starting the engine, be sure to follow the instructions in Before cranking.

    Normal starting procedure.
    The electronic furl injection system in your engine automatically controls the proper air-fuel misture for starting. You can start a cold or hot engine as follows:
    With your foot off the accelerator pedal, crank the engine by turning the key to "START". Release it when the engine starts.
    Engine should be warmed up by driving, not in idle. For warming up drive with smoothly turning engine until engine temperature is within normal range.

    If the engine stalls...
    Simply restart it, using the correct procedure given in norml starting.

    If the engine will not start ...
    See If the engine will not start.


    • Do not crank for more than 15 seconds at a time. This may overheat the starter and wiring systems.
    • Do not race a cold engine.
    • If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have the engine checked immediately.


Precautions for turning off a turbo engine (7M-GTE engine).

After high-speed or extended driving etc., requiring a heavy engine load, the engine shoul dbe allowed to idle as shown in the chart, before turning it off.

Driving condition and required idling time.

     Normal city driving.
          Idling time -- Not necessary

     High-speed driving.
        About 80 km/h (50 mph)
          Idling time -- About 20 seconds
        About 100 km/h (63 mph)
          Idling time -- About 1 minute
        Above 100 km/h (63 mph)
          Idling time -- About 2 minutes

     Steep mountain slopesdriving.
          Idling time -- About 2 minutes

Never turn the engine off immediately afer a heavy load. This may cause severe engine damage.