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Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions



  • theflushtheflush Posts: 100
    They might have ripped you off on the MAF sensor as well as frequently all that is really needed to is to clean the MAF sensor with a $4 can of contact cleaner. It takes less than 5 minutes to replace a MAF sensor and you can get an aftermarket one for about $100, IIRC.

    How much did they charge for the new MAF sensor? What year is your Corolla and how many miles are on it?
  • homethhometh Posts: 7
    I did my first oil change at the dealer for my 2006 Corolla LE @ 2000 miles. Somehow I choose the Valvoline SynPower, which cost me about $50.
    So should I stick to this Synthetics oil or should I switch to other cheaper brands.
    Most of my milage will be local and I'm living mid-west.

    Thank you
  • that sucks....charged me about $560.....corolla is a 2000 and it has about 80,000 on it....know anything about the fuel injector or induction flush?
  • theflushtheflush Posts: 100
    I just bought my 2000 Corolla and one of the reasons I got it so cheap was that the seller was told by the dealer that it needed a $500 MAF sensor. I did enough research to figure out that it was usually a simple cheap solution and took the risk and bought the car. I got a check engine light, had the code read as P0171 (I think that is what is was). Bought a can of contact cleaner, took me 5 minutes to spray some on the MAF and the CEL went away.

    I don't know anything about the fuel injector or induction flush. Ask over at Corolland
  • Hi there,

    Just read your info about Check Engine Light on, My car, 2001 Toyota Corolla with 53000km. get three error code, P0440-EVAP control Sys; P0441-EVAP Sys Purgeflow low; P0446-EVAP vent solenoid pro; These three code get back again and again after I reset each time.
    Do you think I should replace the gas cap? it looks nothing wrong with it. BTW, I am going to take E-test soon. Is that will be ok if I just replace the gas cap? I am new driver. Thanks for your advice.
  • clueless7clueless7 Posts: 5
    Please help me!! My battery light keeps coming on, and I recently had a tune up. Do you think it's bc I didn't replace the spark plugs? My alternator was checked recently in a tune up, no problems. The battery light was going on before the tune up, never mentioned it when I dropped off the car, they never said anything about my alternator when they did the tune up. Do you think it could be a fuse? 98 corolla with 51000 miles on it. No problems starting/driving the car. Btwn both my toyotas this past month both being @ dealership for repairs this last month I can't afford another error.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    The plugs have nothing to do with the battery light. Is this the original battery?
  • If the $50 made you feel well, then it was worth the expense.
    For that type of driving, any 5W30 oil with API: SL or SM certification should be good for 5000 miler OR (important) 6 months.
    If you towed, raced, or lived in arctics my advice would be different. Enjoy your new car!
  • denver5357denver5357 Posts: 319
    I think the A/C is finally giving out on my 93 Corolla DX. I recall something about a change in A/C refrigerants in the mid to late 90s. If I need to get my A/C fixed, does it mean I need to replace the entire system because of the refrigerant change? What does that cost? Has anyone else gone through this? Thanks.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,028
    With the error codes you're getting, I'd start by replacing the gas cap first (you can't tell if it's bad by looking at it), if that doesn't fix it, then I'd go with a new tank bypass valve. Since your's is an '01, it is equipped with a purge valve, but that has a much lower failure rate then does the tank bypass valve. I would only consider replacing the purge valve if the gas cap or the TBV doesn't fix the problem.
  • clueless7clueless7 Posts: 5
    no we have since replaced the battery and just had it tested. Do you think it is a faulty wire?
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    If I were you I would use the new Mobil 1 Extended Drain Interval Synthetic. Mobil says you can use it for 15,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first. It's a bit expensive, about $6 per quart here in New York but you only have to change it once a year. I am using it in my 2003 Corolla along with a Mobil 1 Oil Filter and am quite satisfied.
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    Blowing smoke! Th fuel filter is in the gas tank and is not considered a serviceable item.
  • saqiqisaqiqi Posts: 2
    Hello everyone! I hope someone can help me with this question. I have a 2005 Corolla (automatic) and I am leasing it. I was told by the dealership merchanic that they "recommend" me to do a 4 wheel brake service, which is rather costly. I don't see it on the service menu, which probably is not mandatory.

    Question: what is it and is it necessary if I am just leasing the car? Thanks.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    I would tell them to go fly a kite!! How many miles do you have? I do not know anything about leases, but I am sure you do not need to do this.
  • saqiqisaqiqi Posts: 2
    Right now, I am at 46,000KM. It doesn't seems to be an obligation to do it with a lease (changing air can filter or A/C filter are)
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    = 28,000 miles. I would highly doubt you need any brake work, unless you are REALLY hard on brakes, so don't bother. If you don't hear any squeaking or grinding or feel any pulsation, they are fine.
  • camphorcamphor Posts: 7
    How can I get rid of the sweaty smell when I turn on the A/C? The smell lasts for a few minutes then disappears. I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    Turn the vents away from your armpits. HA! that was funny!

    Seriously - do you mean sweat, like perspiration smell or sweet, like sugar or candy?

    Sweat smell is likely just from dust and dampness in the ductwork which may include junk laying in the bottom of the evaporator coil tray - that's where the A/C water collects and runs out. If there is junk in it, it will hold water and start smelling musty. It could also be due to a windshield leak that you don't know about yet.

    Sweet smell is a coolant leak - hose connection, heater core, etc.

    Sweet = coolant = operational problem = fix it now.

    Sweat = musty junk = no problem other than allergy = no rush.
  • brymil1brymil1 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know where the parking brake adjustment is located on a 2005 Corolla? I know on older models it was located under the center console but would like to confirm this for the 2005 before I go through the hassle of removing the console.

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