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Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions

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  • sweetknesssweetkness Posts: 2
    So I've been having this probelm for a few months now. Once I start my car, when I'm coming to the first few stops, or going in reverse, the car starts to shake a little then dies. When I try to give it gas, very little seems to get through, like the lines are plugged, and I can't accelerate. Again this is mainly while stopped just after starting. I have have tune ups recently, spark plugs look fine. I was told that my fuel filter cannot/doesn't need to be replaced. The only other problem I have been experiencing that could be related is if I drive more than about 30 miles above 60, my check engine light comes on, then goes back off a few days later. I was told that it is because of an oxygen sensor, could this be causing the problems discussed earlier??? Please help, I have taken it to one mechanic and gotten nowhere.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 46,003
    Sure faulty oxygen sensor could create all kinds of problems. But a good mechanic should be able to identify the problem. If your check engine light came on, the computer is probably storing an error code for you.

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  • sweetknesssweetkness Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply. Apparently the error code was related to one of my oxygen sensors. I know there are probably some better mechanics I can go to, but I really want to get an idea of what it could be instead of going there and paying for 5 different things before the problem is found.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 46,003
    Well the 02 sensor code is tricky, because all that means is that the 02 sensor is upset...whether IT'S bad, or something else is bad that is causing it to malfunction---that's the question that a good mechanic can decipher.

    If he does replace the 02 sensor, get a factory one, not an aftermarket one. Buy it from Toyota.

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  • mikebalmikebal Posts: 8
    Hi, Can anyone suggest where I can order a repair or shop guide for my 2005 Corolla online?? Thanks in advance, Mike
  • sales2010sales2010 Posts: 33
    Maybe e-bay
  • tiffdtiffd Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 Toyota corolla s and its every 7 months on the day i have to change my breaks. I talked to the dealer and they said it was me, the last time i had to change them i was very careful, never slamed on the breaks, didnt ride them or anything, still 7 months to the day i am changing them. this has been 3 times now. is anyone else having this problem or is it just me? please help me!!!!!!! :cry:
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    You don't mention which brakes, but I'm assuming it is the front brake pads since they are the first to wear out and do the majority of the stopping. Normally you should be able to get 20-30K (or even more) on a set of brake pads. So that tells me that either you are a very fast/aggressive driver, you drive with your left foot resting on the brake pedal, or there is something wrong with the vehicle. Only you would know whether you are the cause or not.

    Problems in the brake system would be a little unusual in a 2 yr old vehicle, but not out of the realm of possibility. This is probably why the dealership is suspecting you are the problem. Could be a sticking caliper, perhaps a blockage/crimp in the brake line, defective master cylinder, etc.

    If you let go of the steering wheel while driving, does the vehicle drift to the right or left and the steering wheel turn by itself? If it does, this could be an indication of a sticking caliper on the side it drifts to.
  • tiffdtiffd Posts: 2
    I only drive with one foot and no im not an aggressive driver. I have noticed that the car shakes when I go to stop. what does that mean? i mean i bought the extended thing and everything but the dealer only looks at the brakes nothing else. I beleive if they look at something else they will see its the car not me.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 46,003
    it means your brake rotors are warped which could explain your severe brake wear.

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  • I've always been told it's a good idea to change your oil in a brand new car within the first 1000 miles to get any engine debris out from first use.
  • I have an '06 corolla, when my check engine light came on i was told i needed to have the fuel pump replaced, however, i was told the computer also would need to be replaced since the new fuel pump cannot be calibrated with the current computer. is this so, or am i being taken advantage of by the service department?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    Possible that it needs to be replaced also, but isn't this under warranty??
  • It is still under warranty, but the computer is fine. i just wondered if this was something due to the design of corollas.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    First I ever heard - there's always the occassional fluke!
  • vuceticvucetic Posts: 3
    I was given an estimate of $2,200 to replace all four struts on my '94 corolla (143,000 miles). Is this estimate believable, sounds way too much?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    What is the value of a 13 year old Corolla with a 143K? I bet that is more than you could get for it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 46,003
    Complete strut assembly should be about $110--$125 apiece, plus I'd figure 1 hour labor per strut, plus an alignment, so in my neck of the woods (California) that would add up, with sales tax to about $1,000--$1150 for good quality parts and good technical workmanship.

    So you'd need to ask them to break down your estimate and see what they are selling you here aside from gold-plated struts. Are they including other front end work?

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  • vuceticvucetic Posts: 3
    Well, I would not bet on getting much more, but I would not sell it, I am going to keep it as long is it runs. And it runs great, actually, except for the rattling noise from the faulty struts. So I need to do something about them, but need to find a good shop that would not rip me off. Any ideas for Northern Virginia (Fairfax)?
  • vuceticvucetic Posts: 3
    Thank, that is about what I was expecting. No additional fron work or anything, but I will ask for details of the estimate.

    I thought that with some reasinably food maintenance I could drive it for at least another 50 K miles, is is reasonable to expect a Toyota Corolla to last to 200,000 miles? It really runs well now (143,000 miles).
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    If you have done all the scheduled maintenance (fluid changes, etc.) by the book, on time, then yes, 200,000 is reasonable.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 46,003
    I agree, 200K is feasible. I really wouldn't want to drive a car much more than that, as you can get into problems with metallurgical failures or instant engine death, etc. 175-225K is the statistical lifespan AT BEST of just about any car. Some go more, but their condition, reliability and safety are debatable to say the least.

    Of course, if you want to spend thousands upon thousands, you can keep any car running for a million miles if you want...the point of which is...I don't know...

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  • soynutssoynuts Posts: 7
    I recently changed my 03 CE. I put in 4 quarts. I think the capacity is 3.98 quarts... When I purchased my oil, the auto parts clerk was able to tell me the capacity by looking it up in the computer...
  • soynutssoynuts Posts: 7
    I have an 03 Corolla CE with an auto transmission. My odo reads 78xxx miles. Is this a little early for a toyota transmission to be going out?

    Here is the background info. I added some gumout fuel injector cleaner to my gasoline, but put in twice the amount needed by accident. Immediately after, when i pressed the gas pedal, the rpms would hit somewhere between 2 and 3k before first gear would catch... Above first gear, there has not been any catching or rough shifting at all. I drove until the tank was empty. After refueling, the car ran a little better. I then disconnected my battery to reset my computer and changed my spark plugs which has helped but did not fix the problem. The first gear is still catching slighty it seems when I am driving at low speeds or starting... I do know that I need a new catalytic converter, but have put off the $400 repair. I am skeptical that it is the transmission because the problem seems to be going away gradually. Next on my list is changing the air filter, and maybe some seafoam... Any ideas, hints or similar experiences??? Any help is appreciated.
  • I offered to change my girlfriend's oil & oil filter in her 1988 Toyota Corolla. I lifted the hood to check the number on the oil filter. I couldn't find it. I checked her driver's manual and it doesn't even mention an oil filter. I don't know much about maintenance on cars but I've never heard of one without an oil filter. Where do I look? Jim
  • is the motor twin cam 16V 4AG if it is its behind the headers
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    I remember my '89 being under the exhaust manifold. You could change it from above, not under the car.
  • janebojanebo Posts: 1
    Hi Folks, I can't believe I'm asking about a bulb because it sounds so simple---arg, but it's not! The "owner's manual" shows a configuration that doesn't even exist in this car & looking at it closely, I know 2 things: the clips(2,very flimsy)will almost certainly snap right off & the seal between the front lens & where you're "supposed" to separate it from to get at the bulb, will be so badly damaged that it'll be prone to water getting inside if I attempt to pull this apart. It will not go back to the way it was. Not to mention all those nasty little pry marks!

    I have looked but couldn't find any info, but has anyone experienced this & knows how to not wreck your front lens just for a bulb that you really need? I appreciate it very much--TY! :confuse
  • hi im james the oil filter is behind the exaust manifold heat guard and u can only get to it from underneath the car
    dont take the heat guard off to get to it i no thers only 7 bolts holding it in but they will be week due to the heat and if u snap one it will start ratteling
  • Yes I have replaced the ignition cylinder on my 1990 corolla. But one thing there is a little thing that came out with the old one and I cant get it back in it holds the steering wheel lock and it turns the car on. I need to know how to get this thing back in and what the hell its called. I have talked to a toyota machanic and they have on idea what it is and told me to bring it in but I cant because the steering wheel locks. Need help email me if you can vw6366@hotmail.com
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