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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    This is one of the reasons I am looking into purchasing a Honda versus Toyota.

    Also Toyota salesman very impatient with me and pressured me way too much!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    when they installed the remote starter, they created an electrical short that is draining the battery every time you leave the parked for more than a couple of hours. It is a pretty common thing.

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

  • I'm not really so familiar with cars so I hope all of you kind corolla owners can shed me some knowledge. I drive a 03 corolla LE and basically, I'm planning of changing the intake of it. I saw this ad from Injen and my friend offered to do it for me, the only problem is that the intake was designed for a S type corolla. My question is: does a S and a LE have the same engine and all, except for the body kits? Thanks in advance.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    There is NO difference. They are simply appealing to the S model buyers as more likely to purchase. I also have an '03 LE and will be ordering mine as soon as they have the CARB approval sticker available. Tell them to ship it!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    the corollas have the same powertrains.

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

  • yesterday the Check Engine light lit up on my 95 Corolla car. I kept up with the service and had change the spark plugs and cables over 1.5 yrs ago. I check the gas cap and engine cap is ok. I purchased this Corolla 1.5yrs ago! it drives fine has about 117K miles now. My friend told me its normal for toyota, the light will turns off after 200 miles! Is this true??? in the meantime I still driving to work and school. please help! thanks,
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    If the check engine light is on then it has detected a problem. It is NOT normal and should be investigated. Even if it turns off the trouble code remains stored in the computer. Auto zone will pull the code for free but you will still have to have the code "translated". It won't tell you exactly what is wrong but will point to the system that is having a problem. With 117K on the clock it could be as simple as replacing an oxygen sensor but there are thousands of other things that it could be. Have it checked....and don't listen to your friend anymore when it comes to cars.
  • just bought a 2003 Corolla S and I have the same vibration noise coming from the front left dash. Only when accelerating from a stop.
    Also, I notice a knock sound from the transmition when I put the car in reverse when I pull out of the garage in the morning. I had a old camry that made the same noise. Is this common w/ toyota's?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    is the oxygen sensor - those fry all the time. Repair it or the car won't pass the next snog check, if you have one of those. And it shouldn't cost a fortune. Good luck!

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

  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    You have to actually figure the MPG at each fillup. You can't judge by the gauge. Your car is approaching seven years old. It's likely that the rears do need replacing.
  • I have a 7 month old 2003 Corolla LE and have been getting the rattling noise in various places on the dashboard. Like the far right part of dashboard, the middle area near where the compartments are and on the left upper part of the dashboard. Lately it's been in the steering wheel. The vibration was worse during the summer for me. The hotter the weather the worse it's been. Now that the weather is cool I barely get it. I'm planning on having my car serviced in a couple of days. I'm not too sure if I feel comfortable having dealership take apart the dashboard. Especially since I haven't been getting the noise lately. Should I wait till it gets warm again and I'm getting the noise? Or should I have them just go in and try to find what is causing it? Has anyone had it successfully fixed? Unsuccessfully?
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    Mine had squeaks coming form those same places and they eventually went away. Since you can't duplicate the noise in the cooler weather you should explain the situation and make sure it gets on record at the dealership. Desribe the noises and locations as precisely as possible and get a copy. I would be leary of anyone taking apart the dash unless it was driving me crazy. Next summer if the noise reappears it is on record and they just might have a factory fix by then.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    question for those of you with a 03' corolla.
    if you look down your gas filler neck, do you see a flap covering the hole?

    i thought i had one when i bought the car but i can't remember if there is a flap there covering the hole.
  • fgf001fgf001 Posts: 98
    Negative on mine. The gas cap is what makes the seal. If not completely tight it can cause the check engine light to appear.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    thanks. i guess i'm used to my sienna having a metal flap there and i thought the corolla had one too! :)
  • I got my Matrix in mid-July and it currently has about 2,400 miles on it. The weather has recently become colder and rainy. We had the car out and noticed a "clunk" noise every time I would brake. You can feel it just under your feet as you drive. Brake, and when the pedal is about half way down you hear and feel the "clunk". It is pretty loud. The dealership says that they have had this a lot with the '03 Matrix and that it is just the brake pads slipping in the cold. He said "we would probably just have to live with the noise." Sound right? I hate to have to "live with it" when it doesn't even have 2500 miles yet. It is a pretty annoying sound.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    do you have ABS with your car? if you do, could it be your ABS kicking in? in my sienna, each time i brake and hit a patch of leaves or ice, ABS will sense the slip and i would get a big thud.

    on my 03 corolla, when i go over railroad tracks and i brake or accelerate - i would get a clunk or thud as well coz the cheap uniroyal tires are slippery!
  • We have had our 03 Corolla in 7 times since we bought it in May. They have replaced the Catalytic converter and the O2 sensor, along with the entire rest of the exhaust system. Toyota admits that they know of only two other Corolla's other than ours that is having this problem. Maybe everyone should contact the dealership AND Toyota that has this problem. We were eventually told it is the gas. The only problem with that is that we drive this car across the country every month. Lots of different gas, from lots of different places. All have the same problem. Overall, we love Toyota's.
  • tja2tja2 Posts: 5
    My 03 Corolla has also suffered intermittent episodes of rotten egg smell. Occurrences were rare until the last month when the weather turned much cooler. Most frequently it happens about five minutes after start up when the car has not been in use for some hours. It might be coincidence but usually it happens when the car is at idle or stopped at a light.
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