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Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions

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  • I mentioned that I bought the car in 2005 with it having 3,500 miles on it.. i would assume you'd figure it was a 2005 Corolla w/my title as well ;)

    I'll have the dealer look at the master cylinder. I had an emissions inspection done on my car last week and it passed. I do put break fluid in my car and I have a bottle on hand.

    Btw, I used to have a 1990 Jetta (from when it was 9-15 years) and I know quite a bit about dealing w/older cars.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Don't take it personnal, but quoting your own words, you spoke of your erratic brake behavior, others tailgating you, being in two rear enders where you were hit from behind and possible physcological problems with braking and questioning if you are delusional with this braking issue. I thought perhaps there could be some kind of correlation between all of these episodes. Perhaps the initial brake pads were way too grabby attributing to some of these issues that you spoke of and actually the real culprit to start with. Maybe the brake pads you have on now are really the way your brake pads should be. In other words the real problem could have been the old set of pads not the new set.
  • holidaylisaholidaylisa Posts: 4
    edited July 2011
    Okay, I should tell you about the accidents..

    Both accidents occured during my drive into work. The first one was when I was on the left lane of a two part lane going one way when this lady in an SUV was trying to get to my lane from the right lane. She didnt wait for me to pass by (my lane was moving, hers was all stopped). I normally drive even slower, expecting people to try to get to my lane. But this woman just slammed on her gas pedal and obviously didnt look before trying to go to the left lane. The speed limit was 25 in that area. The woman hit me from the back side and back area. She either didnt see me or didnt pay attention. HER FAULT.

    The second accident, like I mentioned in my original posting, was a 6-car accident. And, like I mentioned, I was in the 3rd to the back row. So, three cars were ahead of me, and two were behind me. The front 5 cars were stopped (again, a 25 mile an hr area) when this lady in her SUV comes speeding from the light that was two blocks away. She was on her cell phone and wasnt paying attention. We were stopped for at least a minute or two before we all got hit (and hit each other). Again, NOT MY FAULT.

    I don't believe I mentioned ANYWHERE about my brake behavior being horrible!! If anything, I mentioned that it takes a while before my car comes to a complete stop when I press the breaks. If driving the speed limit and safely is crazy, then I guess I should drive like a maniac and tailgate other drivers!! NOT! Just yesturday I saw three SUVs flipped over- probably hit each other before going to the side ditch of the road. No thank you!! I'd rather drive safely! I live in a major city with too many crazy idiot drivers. Almost every day there are at least 2-3 accidents and people are always driving like they're playing a game on their x-box!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I don't believe I mentioned ANYWHERE either, about your brake behavior being horrible!!

    I hope you resolve your brake issue.
  • circuitsmithcircuitsmith Posts: 117
    edited July 2011
    "i would assume you'd figure..."

    We all know what happens when you assume...
    However I see it's in the title, my bad.

    "I'll have the dealer look at the master cylinder"

    Nobody can tell if a master cylinder is bad just by looking at it.

    "I do put break fluid in my car"

    Topping off the reservoir is not the same as flushing out all the old fluid and replacing with new.
  • I would suggest you become informed before using a KB about facts as opposed to just your dangerous opinion!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    And I would suggest you just disregard my "dangerous opinions" as they were not intended for your reading anyway.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Not sure what's "dangerous" about suggesting that another member try to find an honest, qualified mechanic, and that the vehicle owner should make sure their vehicle is being maintained & repaired properly.

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  • visch1visch1 Posts: 6
    ANYTHING on the net is reading matter no matter how poorly informative it is. How does Transmission fluid get dirty at 30,000 miles. It might get burnt if you are having transmission problems but not dirty. “It might be a good thing to get it changed for viscosity purposes, but not dirt.”
    You must be a chemist, I never knew viscosity changed, thanks!

    “Even so, 30,000 miles seems way too soon for that.”
    And a auto engineer as well!
    “I certainly didn't know timing chains had oil leaks, or "O' rings for that matter.”
    Pray tell what gizmo is it that keeps most lubricants getting past shafts?
    “Why did you have your brakes replaced in the first place?”
    Some people are hard on brakes, but only Einstein would know that.
    “ Rotors should never have had to be replaced at just 30,000 miles.”
    Another real internet gem for misinformation.
    “Did you know they can be resurfaced for just a fraction of the cost to replace them.”
    Quite true, but do you know what specs they were within?
    “Also, brake fluid should never have to be changed unless it got corrupted with water, you would feel this in the firmness of the brake pedal.”
    Good maintenance advises changing brake fluid as it absorbs water from the air into the MC and will rust out the brake lines from within. Water is NOT compressible so will not be felt on the pedal. A soft pedal indicates air in the system.
    That’s enough about what I mean regards to misinformation on the internet
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I never knew viscosity changed, thanks!

    You just keep reading and you'll be surprised what you can learn from not just me, but most informed Toyota owners as well.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,048
    > It might be a good thing to get it changed for viscosity purposes, but not dirt.

    What does this mean by viscosity changes?

    How does the viscosity change?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    After years and thousands of miles of the same fluid sitting in the bottom of your transmission it stands to reason newer fluid would not be subject to the constant changes in temperature,moisture content etc. that would all change the viscosity of the fluid. You don't have to be a "Chemist" to figure this out. Perhaps you feel it never needs changing ? ? ? ? If so, why else change it if it's not burnt ? ? ?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,048
    >the same fluid sitting in the bottom of your transmission it stands to reason newer fluid would not be subject to the constant changes in temperature,moisture content etc. that would all change the viscosity of the fluid.

    I still haven't seen anything to explain a viscosity change in transmission fluid. Is it hydroscopic? Changing temperature... how does that affect it other than overheating in which case there's a clear indication of need for change due to the additive package changing color.

    Transmission fluid doesn't have the same shearing of molecules as does engine oil, which does change viscosity--some.
  • visch1visch1 Posts: 6
    “After years and thousands of miles of the same fluid sitting in the bottom of your transmission it stands to reason newer fluid would not be subject to the constant changes in temperature, moisture content etc. that would all change the viscosity of the fluid. You don't have to be a "Chemist" to figure this out.” I guess it’s true because you said so. Ok now I get it “act as if” even if it‘s wrong. Spread the internet truth! Check what the ATF viscosity is and what affects it. FYI viscosity is for the purpose of measuring flow.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Whatever floats your boat man! I wouldn't change it then.
  • visch1visch1 Posts: 6
    Good on ya! I'm gonna go throw out my throw out bearing, it's got 50 K on it,
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Sounds good, go for it !
  • continuecontinue Posts: 1
    On the 09-newer Corolla there is another place under the hood where mice can enter the cabin area of the car: Look down behind the engine where the grey A/C lines pass through the firewall. Just above the lines where the poorly placed foam is supposed to seal off the hole, there is just enough gap in the foam for a mouse to squeeze through. Plug it off with silicone.
  • bilsafbilsaf Posts: 1
    Hi,

    I have 2001 Toyota, Corolla. it has 104,000miles. last time I had tune up was in 60K miles. Should I get tune up done now that it has hit over 100k miles. What should tune-up include? Also, I recently had breaks replaced, tires changed second time, first changed them at 50K, since then when ever I break very fast, push break to the end it makes knocking noise like 'tuck, tuck' I showed it to couple of mechanics and a transmission specialist they have no idea what that noise is from. I would appreciate if someone can help me.

    I love the car, bought it brand new in 2000, no accidents, it has been so good to me, great with gas.

    Thank u so much!!
  • circuitsmithcircuitsmith Posts: 117
    "What should tune-up include?"

    The Owner's Manual is the place to start.
    Beware of extras that shops recommend, like "induction service".

    See my last post here:

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f2552d7/12
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