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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    They might have caught the e-brake cable on the lift and stretched it.


  • Thanks for replying re message #3060. I thought that this model did not use a cable. When they redjusted the e brake they fooled around with the the rear brake pods. They mentioned that there was not a "y" type of cable.
    My Corolla needed new tires so I took it into a shop and had new tires put on. After I left the shop I realized that there was enormous slack in the emergency brake handle and the brake barely worked. This was very strange because when I took it in the "e" brake had a lot of tension and it worked just fine. The manager of the shop feels that this was impossible because nothing could have happened to the brake while they were replacing the tires. They begrudgingly did some adjustments. What could have happened? I have a bad feeling about this and I do not feel like using that tire shop again.
  • stevelstevel Posts: 5
    Not sure where I saw it or what vehicle it applied to but recall someone having replaced a weak/low voltage battery (the one that starts the car - not the FOB battery) that was causing exactly the same condition. Just a thought...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Hmmm...I'd like to know how an e-brake works without a cable. Also why these people are selling an e-brake cable for a 1990 Corolla?

    1990 Toyota E-Brake Cable


  • 1/22/8 the problem was the ingition switch, the electrical switch behind the steering key lock. It had w-d in it or was dirty, I replaced it and the door locks popping open spontaneously was resolved. worked on it for 3 months finally yeh!
  • I bought a demo model (6,000 miles) a few weeks back-.I am the "first" owner. Found out that I did lousy on the price-another story. Anyway, I noticed a huge scratch on the windshield -drivers side-after purchase. Only shown when the sun was on the windshield in that direction. Talked with the service manager-too complicated to buff out, so they said that they would replace the windshield. I was verbally promised it would be with a Toyota windshield (corner label and all). After pick up from Toyota dealer (I was in a rush), I noticed that the windshield was not Toyota glass, but a plain windshield. I have called the service manager and one of the sales managers. Still waiting for a call back. Do I have any recourse here? Should I even worry about this? My concern is now the value in my car has dropped as it is not a Toyota part? Would it affect resale? Just want to see if I should be making a stinct about this. I am asking them to fix it, not sure if they will or not. I hope that they do. Please advise ASAP. Thanks!! :mad: :cry: :confuse:
  • joffjoff Posts: 1
    There is a stale smell when I use the defroster in my 2 month old car. Seems to be getting worse the more I use it.
  • mjnk77mjnk77 Posts: 2
    I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla, and now only 1 of the locks works with the keyless entry or using the power locks. It's a little frustrating and haven't been able to figure out the problem. Fuses seem to be fine.
  • problem just started. first would run but wouldn't idle. then after a long time of pumping the gas it would start but die if i let rpm's even this won't work. so tried to pump once then start. it starts fine and sounds good but just dies after about 45 seconds. then can't restart. fule pump?? thanks for any help.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Probably the master lock switch in the driver's door. That's where the "brain" of the whole system is.


  • I have a 2008 corolla with about 6,000 plus miles now. It has been a bit chilly here and the past few days I have heard a rattling noise over in the right side/passenger side of the dashboard. Making me batty trying to find what is causing it. Thinking that is a problem for many. Plus now, my passenger side window does not go down. You hit the button and see it drop 1/2 an inch, and just hummm. One friend said it was the cold, though another said, it never dropped below zero and that Corollas are known to have problems with the regultor/motor for the windows-it is either the connection-wiring is lose or the motor went bad so soon, but the cold should not affect the use of a power window. Is the latter true, or all is true. Either way, I believe that it is a covered under warranty item. Or at least, I hope it is. Please let me know if others had this issue with the power windows or rattling, what they did and what was covered under warranty. Thanks for the advice.
  • Does anyone know how to replace the bulb in the shifter console of a 99 Corolla?
  • jsouthjsouth Posts: 13
    I have had my new 2008 Corolla for three weeks and so far am getting about 36 mpg all of the time. I have a 5 speed manual which was the only one they had when I bought it. I thought more people wanted manuals than what they do for the fuel mileage but I guess not.This is a great little car and I hope I get good service.
  • my drivers side window has come off its "rail". when u bring it down it makes a horrible crunching sound. and if i have my window down a little and i shut my door it rattles.

    i think its just a workmanship/quality issue. granted, window still goes up and down.
  • The airbag indicator light on my 05' Corolla (45,000 miles) stays ON. Also the passenger side airbag indicator light becomes ON at start-up and then goes OFF even when an adult passenger is occupying the seat! Do I have the airbag protection? What is going on, Is there a fix. I think my choices are rather limited, risk it or make the dreadful trip to the dealer.
    I would appreciate any feedback from the expert community populating the corolla forum. Thank you.
  • I want to change the coolant and need to know if it's 50/50 or straight.
  • Had to get my windshield replaced, now I notice that when I put down my driver's side visor all the way to the windshield, that it hits the rearview mirror. Does not seem to happen on the passenger side. The mirror looks evenly placed, but now I am wondering if it is. My dealership has dodged my calls. Before I make a big stint about this--does anyone else have this problem? I have a 2008 Corolla-LE.
    Thanks for getting back to me.
  • whilstwhilst Posts: 19
    I believe Mr. Shiftright is correct.
    My daughters' Avalon had a bad brake booster that would try locking all brakes after driving for a while.
    Although your car is newer,since it is a "salvage", who knows exactly what was damaged.
    Toyota dealers weren't able to diagnose my problem,I did, and replaced it myself.
    To test if this is your problem: Disconnect the vacuum hose that feeds the booster.
    Plug it so there's no vac. leak.
    Your brakes will work,just VERY hard to apply.
    Allow plenty of stopping distance when test driving!!
    If this proves to be the problem/solution,you'll know by checking the heat or lack thereof, emanating from brakes.
    Post if further help needed.
  • savagez7savagez7 Posts: 1
    i got hit on the front left side of my car making a u turn, the whole engine is perfect but the whole knuckle, rotor setup just moves left and right really easy. Probobly something to do with the power steering, please help me. email me
  • whilstwhilst Posts: 19
    Hi. Bummer!
    What is to help?
    The car is a 1990.
    Time to say good bye.
    Seriously,the cost of repairs is too great.
    IF, you were to put used parts on ,you have no idea of their integrity.New-prohibitive.
    At minimum,tie rod ends,control arm/ball joint,strut(s)and alignment.
    Sell the parts and buy another.
    Cheers,Jeff. ;)
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