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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • jkittlejkittle Posts: 5
    Thanks. I must be doing something wrong because it didn't work the first time. I'll tri it again.

    Again thank you
  • Need answer/ or advise from someone who knows about car repair/maintenance for I can't afford to take my car to the dealer nor can afford a new one to replace it. My car just been to the auto shop for diagnostic image for thorough check up for what causing my engine light comes and stays on for no reason and off when it feels like it. Mechanic is claiming that his diagnostic image machine showing code "99" which he doesn't understand what that mean? I really need someone's help or advise to solve this "unknown" matter for we can't figure out what's going on and what's causing that light to stay on. At first, it will give me warning like, "jerk the car" then the light comes on. Now, the light stays on and I get worried everytime i drive it. By the way, it has new crank sensor/new water pump/new belt...Pls. help. I will be very grateful to someone who can help me solve this problem. Thanks.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    A parts store like Advance Auto, NAPA, or PepBoys will probably be able to read the code for you. However, determining what to do next?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,897
    I had to have the tranny replaced in my 2003 Tundra with 43,000 miles. Two wheel drive and suburban driven and never pulled a thing with it. They didn't even blink an eye, gave me a Camry loaner for a week and replaced it. I get the feeling that a lot of trannies are replaced on Toyota products and when they are done under the powertrain warranty like mine they get no publicity whatsoever and I think Toyota wants to keep it that way.
  • basline11basline11 Posts: 13
    The instrument cluster in the Corolla DLX (Delux?) is very simple. I have an opportunity to get one from a LE model that has a tach and is better looking. I know the new cluster will fit in the dash but do not know if the connections will fit. Any Toyota experts out there?? Is there an online resource possibly.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Do this first, disconnect the positive cable from the battery and leave it disconnect for approx. 10 minutes, then reconnet it and start your car, this should make your car computer reprogram it self, and solves alot of the problems, with the engine light coming on. alot of times do to something simple making it come on like a poor wire connection some where. if this does not work you can take it to Auto Zone auto parts store, and they will test your car with a computer for free, and tell you what the test results come up with. Some mechanics say if engine light problem can not be solved and your car runs good like it is with that light on then do not worry about it, just drive it like it is.
  • esvesv Posts: 1
    I have a good friend of mine that just bought a beater 93 corolla and wants to learn how to change the oil. Can anyone help me with these questions?

    Where is the oil filter located?
    How much oil and of what type does it take? (didn't come with an owners manual)
    Where is the oil plug?

    Is there any good web site that can help me with this? or even a book I can get?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Hello,
    still the problem is on my 1995 Toyota Corolla. Engine check light stays on for
    no reason. Mechanic checked everything and all him is code "99" which
    he is not sure what it means? Will anyone out there would know what that code mean?
    Also, just replaced the crank sensor/water pump and belt. Sometimes, car jerked and stall. Pls. tell me what's causing to do that and how to solve the problem. No money to take to dealer for check up nor repair. Pls. help.. Any help or advise to resolve the problem is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,448
    Go by Auto Zone, Pep-Boys, someplace like that and buy a Haynes shop manual for that car...should cost around 16.95, and it will explain everything, and has pictures.
  • Just want to thank you for the information/advise regarding my concern. I'll try to do just that, take my car to Auto Zone and hopefully they'll be able to help me out and find exactly what the problem is and come up with the solution. Do appreciate for the advise, thank you and take care.
  • csheffieldcsheffield Posts: 1
    I have a 93 corolla that the OD light blinks on and off intermitently and sometimes it will not shift to the higher gears. The code tells me that it is the vehicle speed sensor. I have replaced this with no luck. Sometime the engine light comes on as well. This car has 307,000 miles on it and it still gets 30+ mpg, so most of the time it runs well. Any help would be great!

  • mgealmgeal Posts: 2
    does anyone know if Qhorsepower oil really works well in adding horsepower to an 89 corolla?
  • hondo12hondo12 Posts: 1
    I have the same thing going on with my 2001 GEO Prizm with 65,000 miles. Pretty quiet at neutral and 1st. 2nd gear gets louder and 3-5 is loud with a grinding type noise. started about 3 months ago. CLutch seems fine.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    No you can't get horsepower out of oil. Qhorsepower is just another synthetic oil. Might be a great product but it doesn't have any horsepower in it.

    I guess if you froze your engine with 40W in it, and then drained that and put in synthetic oil, yes your engine would, for the first few minutes, spin easier with the synthetic and produce more of its own available horsepower on a dyno. I have experienced easier start-ups in cold weather with synthetics.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,448
    I agree...oil does not add horsepower, but it does reduce friction. And, synthetic is a better lubricant than traditional oil, and due to that, you may actually see a slight increase in MPG. Also, synthetic oil is more moisture resistant, which can have a positive effect if you take primarily short drives (15 miles or less).The other good quality about synthetic oil is that you can extend the periods between oil/filter changes safely.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,664
    All true but he was asking about horsepower gains, which I bet on a dyno would come up as "statistically irrelevant".
  • carebear3carebear3 Posts: 1
    Have the same problem w/ my 06 corolla S. It was Sluggish when it shifted out of gears.
    Took it to the dealership, was told the power control module had to be replace.
  • frugalonefrugalone Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla LE. The driver's side, interior door handle has broken and I have ordered a replacement. Can anyone refer me to a site with instructions on how to replace the handle? Or can you give me any tips? Will I have to replace the panel on the door? Thanks.
  • folesfoles Posts: 1
    My drivers door just start not to work. Did you find anything out? :cry: :mad:
  • ednorton1ednorton1 Posts: 1

    When engine is cold have a slight knock, but then disappears in a few minutes. Never checked my valve clearances. Have 2003, 90,000 mi. Do I need to check this? Is this a pain in neck if adjustments need to be made?

    Thanks for any help.
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