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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i don't think it would. however, a bad ignition switch? hmmm.
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    Starter wouldn't cause that problem. However, a dead battery or defective alternator would (both may be finished). If not you may be looking at a severe electrical problem. Good luck.
  • jeff43jeff43 Posts: 14
    my grandmother has a 2003 Toyota Corolla LE, and I have pretty much set everything up for her on that car. The lights turning on 5-10 seconds later is normal on her car, and she has had absolutely no problems, so don't worry about it!
  • jeff43jeff43 Posts: 14
    Maybe the overdrive button on the side of the shifter(if you have automatic transmisson), is pressed.
  • cmatt2cmatt2 Posts: 17
    Thanks very much for responding to my problem.I've not had a chance to mess with it further-but here is what i'm thinking.
    Since, when i turn the key on I get no power anywhere(and i know there is power in the battery and the battery post connections are good)it must be the ignition switch or a fuse somewhere.BUT- even with the switch off the lights should come on -right?i don't know.I looked for a fuse or fusible link coming from the positive side of the battery,but could not see any due to cables location.
    I hate to just take it into a shop not having a clue.The other possibility that comes to mind is a defective engine computer -could that cause the wholev electrical system to shut down?Any help is really appreciated.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Your car is fine - operating as designed. Most new cars do this.
  • rollaboyrollaboy Posts: 11
    From what I heard, the catalytic converter needs to warm up quickly for it to function optimally. So the ECU keeps the engine revving high for a few minutes to get more exhaust gases through to heat it up. Dunno how accurate this is.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    This is correct, and it is an environmental issue. The quicker the catalytic converter gets up to temperature, the less the car pollutes.
  • pondladypondlady Posts: 1
    I've just purchased a 2006 Toyota Corolla CE and am having terrible reflections at night on the windshield. It is impossible on the freeways. When it is raining the windshield shows a cloudiness in patches all over the windshield. It is not from the wax of a car wash for it was there when I first got the car. I get red taillights that make long red lines of light and oncoming headlights make long slanting lines and the throughway overhead lights have long slanted lights and all are reflecting at once through the windshield. Is it just defective glass?
  • rollaboyrollaboy Posts: 11
    I'm posting this again, hopefully someone will offer help! :)
    Sometimes when I start the engine up and shift to reverse (5spd), the tranny growls (not a good sound).. also, when the car is rolling backwards down a driveway for instance, I don't dare shift to reverse cus the tranny doesn't like that AT ALL!
    Does this happen to anyone else? Is this standard for a manual transmission? I need to know if I should get it checked out at the dealership.. Thanks!
  • leenaleena Posts: 1
    Hi, there .. I have exactly the same problem with my car. Corolla with odometer read over 136,000 and manual transmission. I noticed the noise just about 2 weeks ago. Took it to the dealer and they fixed the fuel system but the noise is still there. Brought it back to the dealer and they told me it was the transmission. I am just trying to find out did you get your car problem fixed? If you could advise me on how to go about solving this problem? Thanks a bunch.
  • I have the audio system configuration with the CD auto changer in my 99' corolla. There's a cassete player but I have seen nowhere a CD can be inserted. There are buttons like "Tape" & "CD" on the panel. So can anyone explain to me how does it work?

    thanks to any response.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Is that a grunt or a sound more like gears crunching together? I notice that if I try to go directly into reverse I sometime get the gear crunching sound. To avoid that, I slip the gear into first (the whole time the clutch is depressed) and then go into reverse. Never a crunching sound that way. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to put it into reverse while the vehicle is moving. I think it may have to do with synchros (or lack of them for the reverse gear)? Just put it into reverse before moving the car and let the clutch determine when to put power to the engine.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    1. Only engage reverse when completely stopped.
    2. If in neutral, with clutch released, put in clutch, go to first or fourth, then put into reverse.

    You might want to check out some websites on standard transmission operation to make sure you are not doing anything else wrong.
  • rollaboyrollaboy Posts: 11
    hey mcdawgg,
    funny you mention it, that is exactly what i do, take it up fifth and bring it down to reverse (that seems to work for some odd reason!!) :confuse: thanks though! any clues about my posting on Accessories & Modifications?
    rollaboy, "Toyota Corolla Owners: Accessories & Modifications" #236, 23 Jan 2006 12:35 pm
  • edwin_redwin_r Posts: 4
    Where does one find the fuse box inside the car? And how can it be accessed?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Most of the fuses are on the driver's side, next to the clutch pedal (or next to where the clutch would be if you have an automatic.) There is a plastic nut that you unscrew then pull the cover off. It also tells you in your owner's manual.
  • tobias31tobias31 Posts: 1
    This same problem happened this morning to my corolla.
    I have not yet had a chance to visit the problem in the daylight.
  • brb972brb972 Posts: 7
    When you drive does the seatbelt alert keep beeping until you put your seatbelt on or does it stop after a minute?
  • edwin_redwin_r Posts: 4
    My 2006 Corolla beeps 8 times slowly and then 50 times quickly before it shuts off. There is a light on the dash that keeps flashing though until you put your seatbelt on.
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