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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair

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  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    It might be a bad belt, it could also be a bad tensioner.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Have you checked for blown fuses?
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    Took my 2009 Corolla in to the dealership for regular oil change. The tech comes out and says that I haven't been rotating my tires. But I have regularly, once the day before. Asked for Repair Manager and he says that most worn tires go on the back not the front as the tire place has done. Anyone had this happen? Dealership writes it up in the notes on the receipt they give me and that goes to Toyota, right? It makes it seem as though I am not maintaining my car, which I am. Called the tire place and they said that they rotated correctly, the Dealership should go to training.

    Also, there is major wrinkling on the driver seat and the front passenger fabric seats. Just the left side, an area about 8 inches long but it looks odd. I think this is a warranty issue as I have had the car 18 months and have never had any car do this before. I have rented similar Toyotas with a lot more miles and never saw this before. The Dealership, same tech says this is normal wear and tear.

    Anyone had these issues before?
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    I have not gotten any response for my question since yesterday. It is my first post. Am I doing anything wrong?
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
    No, you did it right. Sometimes it just takes awhile - also, your question was whether anyone else had these problems. If no one else has had a similar issue, they may not be able to comment. But keep checking back...

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  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I wouldn't worry about tire rotation being a reason to deny you warranty service. I have three Corollas(one an "09") and my basic rule of thumb is when the front tires start looking worn I put them on the back and bring the rears front if they have not been there yet or otherwise buy new fronts This way I always have good tires in the front for bad weather accereration and braking. Why wait until all four are bad to buy new? A wrinkle in the seat fabric on a "09" Corolla is diffinitely a warranty issue. Demand them to take care of it or go to another Toyota dealership.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Toyota doesn't even warranty the tires---the tire company does, and they will only pro-rate wear, so really this is a non-issue in my opinion, unless the tire wear is excessive and unusual.

    I'd have to see a photo of the seat to comment further.
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    Question: I am told that the cabin air filter needs to be replaced at $54. Why is that a necessary maintenance item? What happens if I don't replace it? Is it something that I can do or do you need one of those 2009 Corollas special tools like for changing the oil?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    You can do it yourself, it's easy. It is important for the maximum efficiency of your AC system. A badly clogged cabin filter will restrict AC output.
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    Thanks for the reply. I am not a confident mechanic or a mechanic at all. Where do I get directions? Where can one buy an aftermarket cabin air filter, or should I get a dealer filter?

    Appreciate any and all help!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Okay I'm going by memory here----*most* toyotas work like this. You open the glove box door---then you press on the left and right sides of the box and this drops the door all the way down. **You may also have to disconnect a little retaining arm prior to dropping the glovebox door out of the way. Then either with a few screws or just by pulling you take out the glove compartment inner box. The filter is right behind that. You'll see some clips that hold the filter in. The dealer labor rate is 3/10th of one hour so that's not much more than sneezing. This might be in your owner's manual as well.

    ROCK AUTO has your filter for $6.60! (the 1.8L engine. I didn't look up the 2.4L--might be the same).
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    Thanks I will check that out. The dealership wants $54 plus 9% tax.

    I am not confident that I can do this. I do okay with the taking apart, it is the putting back together that is always the problem. That and losing parts mid way.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Oh c'mon, you're not going to lose the glove compartment. :P

    It's so easy even a cave man can do it.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Do all Toyota's have the cabin air filter ?
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
    Most cars built in the past 10 years have cabin air filters.

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  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Well I'm sure all Toyotas have some kind cabin air filter, but it's only been since 2003 that Toyota made these owner replaceable. Earlier models were not meant to be replaced. Cost about $68.00 at a dealer for these filters and can be changed in 10 minutes by the owner.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Some of the Scion models have a place for them but no filters installed. My 2003 MINI has one, but my 2006 Scion did not.
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    THis is what the dealership says about my tire rotation. I had rotated the tires at a local tire dealer the day before they saw my Corolla. The tire shop put the ones with the most wear on the front. I don't know whether to go back to the tire shop and say rotate these correctly or tell the dealership they are offbase. I need some feedback. Thanks

    "you do not want tires at the rear of your vehicle that have less of a contact patch with the road than the front. In your case there is only a 3/32 of an inch difference. You will experience greater tire wear on the front tires than you will in the rear. This is due to it being a front wheel drive vehicle. With your tires in the current positions the tires on the front will wear out long before the rear tires will. You will then be replacing two tires at a time. If they are rotated and the tires that have more tread are placed in the front they will catch up to the wear of the rear tires and the whole set will match."
  • james2011james2011 Posts: 12
    I have had my Corolla for 20,000 miles. The two front seats have considerable wrinkling of the fabric on the seats on the left edges. The passenger side seat is rarely used. I thought it might have been from getting in and out of the car, until I saw that the passenger side is also wrinkled. The dealership says it is normal wear, but I have looked at used Toyotas and Toyotas used as rentals with a lot more mileage that do not have any wrinkling at all. I took it to a local upholstery shop and they said that the foam under the fabric was insufficent so it has wrinkled. Please give some feedback.

    Thanks
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    See post #3557 - Forget about what the dealer said? You got the better tires on the front now where they belong. Disregard the dealer's statement and enjoy your car. The dealer just wanted more of your money to rotate them again.
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