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Toyota Echo Maintenance and Repair



  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    Heres a little something that makes you think. I have three Toyota dealers nerby and one of them wants $45 for the two belts on the engine and the other wants $85. The place selling them for $45 wants $139 total to change them.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I bet there's a timing chain tensioner though, isn't there? Could be that is screeching because it is nearing its end. If it is that, don't delay in fixing it. If it blows apart or freezes, consequences could be dire as you know.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    Yes there is one. Its hydralic whereas accessory belt tensioners are spring activated. If the timing chain were not right somehow then the engine would run badly...which isnt the case. Still that would be a disaster to have the chain go! I called the service departments of two Toyota dealers in the area and they both suggested tightening the belts. It not easy but when I get around to it Ill tell you ifn that fixed it.
  • do a search for "2000 to 2002 echo factory service manual torrent" on google and download the *.rar file, It helps a lot
  • Greetings all... I was wondering if anybody out there might have an idea what is going on with my 2001 Echo. Recently I have noticed a subtle "bouncing" in my car at speeds from 10-25 mph. After 30MPH, it is not really noticable. I bought new tires 3 months ago and this problem didnt exist before the new tires. Is this possibly a balancing issue? Any suggestions would certainly be appreciated.

    Thanks all....
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    Why three new tires? Whats on the 4th wheel? I would start by balancing that 4th tire/wheel. Then rebalance the new three. (or take it back and ask the people you bought the tires from to drive the car)
  • I just finished replacing my water pump but while re-installing the alternator, I heard a spark, my bad for not disconnecting the battery. Now the engine starts and runs fine but I can't get the car out of park and also no mileage showing on dashboard and check engine light is no longer on. Did I blow a fuse or is this more serious??? Any ideas?? If a fuse then which one is likely??
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    You need to check the fuses if necessary removing them one at a time. There a fuse box under the dash near the driver and also one under the hood. Check your owners manual. Hopefully some of the fuses are blown and replacing the blown ones will fix the problem. How difficult was changing the WP? How many miles when it went?
  • Never mind, I figured it out...turns out I blew a fusible link when I shorted the alterator. Attached to the positive terminal of the battery is a square box, iif you remove the cover you can see the fusible links. Mine has two and one was burnt through. I bent it back together so the halfs would touch and everything works fine now. Phew! Tomorrow I will go to the dealer and get me a new fusible link.
  • Changing the water pump wasn't too bad...I did curse a few times...there's not much room in there. Drain antifreeze, disconnect battery, remove belt, remove alternator then 3 bolts and two nuts and water pump is out. It is tight to get in in/out but it does go. Careful not to damage the gasket when putting new water pump in. What a more leaking and no more noise.
    My mileage is about 165,000.
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    I always wondered what that box was. Wow 165k miles. I put three pumps in my 240D every 60k miles like clockwork. The Japanese ones seem to go much farther than that. My 2001 ECHO only has 43k miles on it but it IS eight years old. Hopefully Ill never have to do it. My sons 2000 ECHO has 120k so I guess thatll go someday...
  • Hi, no I bought 4 new tires. They were brought back and rebalanced. The problem I'm having with the Echo is a "bounce" from 20-25 mph. I'm thinking it may be a strut/shock issue. Once the car hits 40, its smooth sailing. Any ideas/ suggestions? The car has 100,000 miles and is a 2001. Thanks for your input, its much appreciated.
  • Just to let people know that I experienced slow take off espacially when cold. After changing plug and air filter to no avail i tried a response i saw on this website which worked a treat. It involves cleaning the thin wire air flow sensor on the air intake box with a cotton bud preferrably with a spirit as it had carbon deposits. Note there seem to be 2 of them.

    Now it goes well again.
  • I've got a 2000 Echo with about 153K miles on it. For the past three years, I've noticed a chirping noise when the AC/heat is engaged.

    Lately, especially starting up in cold weather, the chirping has been joined by a hideous squeal. The squeal is terrible during the first 30 seconds of use in the morning (it's bad when turning the steering wheel) and then abruptly stops.

    I've narrowed the chirping noise down to the AC clutch when it's engaged, but the squealing has me baffled. I've had the belts checked out twice in the last year and have been told they're OK.

    Would a faulty clutch cause the squealing? Is it as simple as tightening the serp belt?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • kneisl1kneisl1 Posts: 1,685
    The fact that it makes the noise when you also turn the wheels indicates a loose/worn belt. When is the last time the belts were changed? The PS is on a different belt from the WP, AC, ALT. Could still be something like the AC clutch but you really need to eliminate the belts first. Who said the belts were good?
  • We had the same sqealing when we turned on the a/c. Couldn't find it so took it for a service and it came back fine. I think it wass some belt or adjustment on the a/c.
  • There's probably 9,000 miles on the serp belt. I'm not sure about the PS belt. A mechanic and friend of the family said the belts looked good.

    I ran the car cold today -- after it sat for five hours in the 32-degree cold -- and drove it home without any heat and the fan off ... no squeal, not even on turns.

    I'm going to let it sit overnight and fire it up again in the cold of the morning without the heater. If there's no squeal, then I'm thinking it's that clutch.

    Any thoughts?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    AC clutch wouldn't squeal. More like rapid chirping, chattering. And it wouldn't go away unless you shut the AC off.


  • marcumarcu Posts: 11
    Hello, i'm looking for a front bumper cover for my Toyota Echo 2003 4 doors sedan. I don't want the primed one (ready to paint) but the BLACK one (textured). Any good address and pricing where to buy AND shipping in Canada? :confuse: :confuse:
  • marcumarcu Posts: 11
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