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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • magihmagih Posts: 3
    230,000 miles and purring. I gave her to my son. He can't start her. Lights go on with key but no starting. There is
    a little red light on below dashboard and steering wheel.
    He says he took out a "key" like they use in motel rooms,
    that look like credit cards. Somebody told him to do this
    so car couldn't be stolen. But....he can't find the card "key". :confuse: Help!!! what is this about? I never saw the light on before. What to do? magi
    He needed a reliable car or I'd never have given her up!
  • celenacelena Posts: 7
    I have a 2000 Corolla with 130k. The CEL has been on for a couple of years now. The codes coming up before were "bank one too lean" and "cylinder misfire." After much research, I decided that the lean code was due to a bad MAF, which we finally replaced last weekend. We cleared the codes and now it's throwing a P0420, which is "catalyst system efficiency below threshold, bank one." However, I'm not getting a misfire code. The more I read, the more confused I get. The basic answer seems to be to replace the converter, but apparently this does not always work. I don't want to spend even more money and be stuck with the same problem. I am becoming increasingly desparate. Any suggestions?
  • urnsturnst Posts: 3
    What is CEL? and where are you seeing these codes?
  • dgauldgaul Posts: 2
    My Toyota owner's manual says to use the Toyota brand ATF only, or damage could occur. My Haynes Repair Manual states to use Dexron III ATF. What's the difference, and will damage really occur if I use Castrol Dexron-III ATF?
  • urnsturnst Posts: 3
    i had taken my corolla 00 to my dealer for routine oil change and he came back saying that my water pump was leaking on it and if left alone would destroy the engine. he also added that there my drive belt is probably cracked. The cost would be around 650 for replacing water pump and around 100 for the drive belt. I took it to the local gas station and he was ran a cooling system diagnosis and found no problem with the water pump. He did recommend to change the driving belt.
    I was surprised to get different diagnosis in the same week from two different facilities. Have any one of you ever experienced this where the toyota dealer is wrong in his diagnosis? :surprise:
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    CEL = Check Engine Light a.k.a. MIL = Malfunction Indicator Light.

    I presume the person is using an OBD-II (On Board Diagnostic II "reader").
  • shekharshekhar Posts: 23
    All tires are inflated to same pressure (regularly serviced, balanced and rotated). Tire pressure warning light comes on after a few minutes of driving, especially on a highway. Is there anything I could do (other than a trip to dealer)?
  • My 06 corolla has a metal tweek sound when it starts off cold the for the rest of the day no sound unless it is parked for a few hours. The dealer said it was the belts and the cold. I will wait till spring to see. Do you have the same sound? Does anybody have an ans. for this?
  • The noise I have has occurred since I picked up the vehicle in early September 2006. It was still pretty warm out at that time, and doesn't no matter if it's warm or cold.
  • I've had the sound before (after some deep snow)... and found it to the the whisper thin (made of tin?) heat shield vibrating between the exhaust and chassis.
  • Just purchased a new 07 Corolla LE. The low beam headlights are dim and weak, in fact they are so bad I consider this dangerous. I have perfromed minor vertical adjustments and tried different bulbs (including Silverstar),all without much change or success. I will be taking this back to the dealer but dread the drive and situation. Does anyone else think their low beams are weak? They are like flashlights compared to my other vehicles. The highbeams are good. Comments and suggestions.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    is it the lenses? maybe going aftermarket...
  • Hi guys, newbie here with my first post...and it's not even for me. I'm asking a question for my brother in law. I hope I've posted in the right place.

    Anyhow, he has a beater (well...looks more like showroom new) '84 Corolla RWD Coupe. He says he's having a helluva time finding winter steelies (steel rims) for his winter tires. He says the specs are really unique. He's sending me the specs tomorrow. He found this out when the tire shop where he bought his winter tires sold him steelies that didn't fit quite right. They rub on the inside. Are the specs really that unique?

    Since then, he's tried every tire shop and bone yard in the city he lives in and has resorted to the wrecking yard network search but is still having trouble finding some. He found some at a wrecker in my home town that I'll check out and pick up, but he needs to find 2 more at least.

    Does anyone know of a Toyota specific pick n pull or someplace that I could direct him to or maybe give him the correct specs? Any info you guys can provide would be very much appreciated.
  • Reference above post concerning headlights and low beams. Problem resolved by adjusting the verticle aim. There is an adjustment screw on the back of the light fixture--turn counter-clockwise to "raise" the low beams. There is no side-to-side adjustment. Adjustment did not seem to alter the high beams. Had to turn the screw about four turns to get the low beams into proper adjustmemt. Original factory adjustment had low beam pointing down about 15' from front of car.
  • Has anyone experiences seat problems. I have a 2006 Corolla and experience seat back noise and slopiness in the seat back hinge mechanism's. When stopping and starting the movement of the seat occupant causes the seat to crack/pop apparently due to excessive play in the seat mechanism's.It is very annoying when starting, stopping and even when turning corners. This give in the seat back causes noises that are not like the quality in the rest of the vehicle.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    A couple of posts were moved to this link: amm625, "Toyota RAV4 Maintenance and Repair" #462, 25 Jan 2007 8:31 am. Thanks mcdawgg!! :)
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    My Corrola did this same thing at about 10,000 miles. I had the seat frame replaced which cured the problem only to come back after another 12,000 miles. This was all about a year ago so maybe a permanent fixed has come down since then? The repair is under the 3yr/36,000 warranty.
  • Well thanks for the great response there...very helpful.

    Do you give this type of helpful advise all the time? If you don't have anything constructive to say, then don't say it at all.

    I was hoping to find other people out there that may know what the problem could be since I don't trust most dealerships. Example: I had a problem with VW shops where I would get two totally different answers from different shops about the same issue. One said there was no problem, the other said it would cost $350 to repair it. At that point, who do you trust since they work on VW's all day long.

    And if I did get a stranger's opinion on this, I would look into it further and not accept it at face value. Basically I am doing research. This is what smart people do.

    Dealerships have you cornered when it comes to stuff like this because they control everything and the auto makers don't make things easier by making cars simple like they used to. So you have to rely on the dealer shops to keep you informed and be truthful, which I believe in 90% of the cases they are not when it comes to repairs other than oil changes.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Happy to help. I suggest you keep on researching the problem until you get the answer you want, whatever that is.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Okay, tell us your EXACT symptoms and we'll try to help. Be sure to note the difference between "crank" and "start".

    If an engine cranks over but doesn't start up, that's one thing. But if it doesn't even crank over, that's another.


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