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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • Perhaps, it's a badly done manual mentioning a retained power feature that's not installed.

    For example, the manual says that the interior dome light will stay on for a few minutes after the door is closed. Even the switch on the dash shows a clock for the timed option.

    This option's not on the CE but Toyota didn't make a different dimmer/dome switch plate to so indicate. Even the dealer had to check it out on several lot cars to be sure.

    Perhaps this is the problem here - bad documentation.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    if you have power windows, then you should have this feature.

    i have this on my sienna van and at first, i thought i didnt have it or it wasn't working. the way it works is when after you shut off your engine, the windows will work for set period of time as long as none of the doors have been opened. if you shut off the engine and open the door and then try to operate the power window, it won't work. once you open the door, the reserved power is gone.
    it works the same way for my sister's 1997 camry with power windows. i assume that all late model toyota's would work the same way.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    i could be wrong but i believe that the little clock picture on the dome light switch is meant to tell the driver that it's a dimmer switch as well for the instrument panel. the little round picture with lines means speedometer/instrument panel but because the picture looks like a clock, i guess some people would interpret the picture as a timer.

    the fade-out dome lamp feature is available only for the LE and S models as indicated on the 2003 corolla brochure.

    just my $0.02
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    I agree with 8u6hfd. The Michelin X-1's are great, I have them on my '99. They are expensive, but you get what you pay for in this case.
  • Thanks for your advice. I see that the 2003's are having the same cross wind problems from the other Toyota Corolla board. Perhaps the weight of the car is a bit light. Mine weights a little over 2,400 lbs.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    probably because it has gotten taller, which has probably less aerodynamic on the sides, making it more susceptible to cross winds
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Also, shop around for the best price on the X-1's - I found a BIG variation in price from place to place. Also, I had the Integrity Tires on mine from the factory - I hated them - no traction, noisy, etc. You'll be pleased with the X-1's. I don't notice the cross winds - I think it is just common to all smaller cars.

    I replaced the wiper blades (just the rubber inserts) with the Toyota original parts - about $12 total for the pair on sale at my local dealer.

    I just had a VERY minor problem yesterday - my clutch pedal was squeaking (from the inside). A spray of white lithium grease on the hinge point and it was fixed! Love my Corolla!
  • Thanks again for your advice. I love my Corolla too! I like it's nimbleness around the corners as well as the suspension that feels like I'm riding in a big car too.
  • mralanmralan Posts: 174
    Mom's 2000 Corolla "check engine" light recently came on. I removed the negative battery terminal for a few minutes and the light stayed off for a few days, but now it's back on.

    Any ideas on what could be causing this?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    the interior lights fade out after a period of time, or when the engine is turned on, whichever comes first. But the retained power is absent for the windows, whether or not the doors are opened. 72 hours, no response from Toyota.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Another saga of dealership non-service. Once again, Toyota has managed to do a great job of SELLING me a Toyota but I see where their dealerships RANK? (APPROPRIATE WORD ALSO) near the bottom as far as customer service. I contacted the region? and they were to contact the dealer about installing the cargo net on my car. They (forgot) to install it at delivery!! Ten days later,no call,no installation.. I have owned several Toyotas and thank God they are very reliable vehicles, because the dealership service SUCKS! IF anybody wants to give me advice on installing the cargo net, let me know! May even be a beer in it.. for someone.. At least it would get installed before the Northside Indianapolis dealer would call.. Hell would freeze over earlier! Have a good day! Nice car I have, dealership still sucks!
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    get the OBDII computer scanned.

    It could be anything.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    the light could be caused by your gas cap. check to make sure the cap is tight. if it is then you have something else thats causing the light to come on.

    boilerman: get the net from the dealer if you don't have it yet. waiting for them to install something that's free always takes a long time! get the net and do it yourself. i havent done one but it cant be that hard to install. i would assume that there are pre-drilled holes on the body for those nets or maybe hooks for the net like on the matrix.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    for the power windows, have you tried leaving the key in the ACC position and then operate the windows (without opening any doors)? there are systems out there that would require you to leave the key in the ACC position to operate the windows. i'm not sure if the matrix would be one of them.
  • sensei1sensei1 Posts: 196
    boilerman, I have a '98 Corolla and bought/installed the cargo net myself. All that's required is replacing two plastic fasteners on each side of the trunk right behind or close to the rear light assembly and replacing them with the T-hook screws that come with the cargo net. It should be the same unless the trunk configuration has changed drastically. Instructions also come with the net. Good luck!

    CEL does not go away unless the condition that caused it goes away. Most common is a loose gas cap as mentioned above. Try to unscrew the gas cap all the way then screw it back on till you hear lots of clicks (2 to 3 extra twists). Others have been caused by bad gasoline or clogged O2 sensors. And even if the condition goes away, the computer keeps a record of it for the tech to look at or you if you have the right gadgets to hook it up. Good luck!!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    no go - that doesn't work either. 4 days, no response from Toyota...I will stop counting now! :-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Boilerman - I installed a cargo net in my 2003 Corolla last week and it mirrors the procedure described by Sensei1. Takes about 5 minutes.
  • There are no factory roof racks for the Matrix yet and the Vibe rack will not fit as it has a slightly different line to the roof.

    There are 2 aftermarket racks


    I have the Thule and it fits nicely and comes off in less than 5 minutes. If anyone wants a picture or more information about the Thule rack...let me know and I will get it to you.
  • sensei1sensei1 Posts: 196
    Glad it worked out for you. Now if only they have one for a WRX sedan would be great.

    Virtual beer would do.

  • It doesn't work on mine, either. The retained power feature just isn't there as advertised.
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