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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair

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  • bigrodbigrod Posts: 1
    Thanks for all of your post's on corolla problems. I have a 05 corolla ce that has "paint chip problems" not so much chip but coming off leaving little round paintless dots. after countless hours of researching this I have found Toyota paint problems going back to the 1990's( and have printed out over 212 post/complaints I have found ). I took my car to a freind who's known world wide for his perfection in body and paint.We examined my car and the problem is CONTAMINATION under the paint!!! You can feel it and see it if you look good enough...He said when I wash the car I knock those pieces loose leaving a "chip or spot"...most of them are on my BACK BUMPER!!!!all of the post I have read, Toyota calls it a enviormental issue and IT"S NOT COVERED!! Apponitment next week with dealer about this and other issues...Have already spoken with VP and he has assured me everything will be fixed to my satisfaction...( if so I post the dealer I went to so 100,000 other people can get theres fixed)

    #2 FM radio fades in and out lots of static when driving..seen alot of these post all over the web..only effects 4 speaker system NOT any of the 6 speakers..Has been replaced twice....Dealer said he cannot put a different toyota radio in my car..waiting for answer on this one...

    #3 clicking and or ticking coming from front wheels...Dealer said to begin with" Ohhh they all do that..it's the HUPCAPS and we will go ahead and grease them for you. GREASE THEM????????? Claims there's to much flex from my steel rims going straight at 5 MPH......will find out next week..

    #4 after car is warm when you turn if off and try to start it again it will just sit there and crank...UPDATE toyota has just sent my dealer a few new computers that have been revised and I got one...works great...so you folks with this problem call your dealer...DON'T ASK DEMAND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like i told EVERYONE AT MY DEALER (including the janitor) I WILL NEVER EVER EVER GO AWAY UNTIL MY CAR IS REPAIRED !))
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    lol. boy that sure doesnt measure up to the toyota "quality" that they advertise does it. I had my corolla in the shop 12 times the first year so I wasnt impressed with their supposed "quality" either but it does run well now.

    Ive had front end & mirror paint chips from almost day one and I hate it because its a great looking car and the chips make it look ragged out. I wish they'd make paint stronger like the good ol' days where it'd resist chipping better.

    my chips are from rocks though, no chips on the back like you have.
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    ahh...I forgot to ask, how is your friend chip foose? lol

    "I took my car to a freind who's known world wide for his perfection in body and paint."
  • misssunnymisssunny Posts: 2
    Hi, I have a 2002 corolla and it has 55000 miles on it. I was wondering if other than oil change what else service I should get for it. I don't want to just going to a dealer place and get a rip off :( please help me. :confuse:
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    I wondered this too and found it listed in the manual under 60k mile checkup. I didnt get the suspension checked & lubed yet which you should include but I did this so far:

    -new air filter
    -oil
    -coolant
    -trans fluid
    -brake fluid when I got new front pads put on & rear brakes tightened
    -and rotated the tires.

    if you dont have a trusted mechanic to do this cheaper than the dealer then just take it to the dealer but dont try cheap mechanics they'll tear your car up like they did mine.

    *also, when they put your wheels back on tell them to torque your wheels to 74lbs with a torque wrench so they wont over torque them with an impact wrench and warp the rotors/drums like they did me. they also scratched my wheels from the impact wrench so tell them not to use that.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Check your owners manual for a listing of needed or recommended services. If you do alot of stop and go city traffic, then I'd use the Severe schedule. I do and I think the extra $ will be well spent. All highway is a different matter. Things like a tranny flush, transmission fluid drain and refill and possibly new brake fluid in the lines couldn't hurt. All told, maybe it might be a $700. 1 time expense, but with the price of new cars...it's cheap insurance to me. I did it on out '01 Altima at about the 60k mark, and the car is doing fine with almost 78k now.
    Look at it like insurance. You pay your premiums every year and many folks never have a catastrophe, but when a major one happens, the insurance helps to soften the monetary as well as the mental aggravation. It all depends on the amount of risk that you are willing to live with in your life. As for me, I'll spend the $ for the piece of mind and sleep better knowing something's in place just in case it's needed!
    Good luck whatever you decide.

    The Sandman :)
  • misssunnymisssunny Posts: 2
    thank you for responding my question :) I was wondering do you think I should just change the oil now and fix it big when it comes to 60k? how often should i rotate the wheels? and i think i did a transmission flush not long ago... and they wanted me to change a whatever belt and breaks too. do they do all these stuff when it's like 30k 60k and above? my mom always takes it to the dealer but i always think they are making stuff up to make money. I mean since now i have to pay by myself i want to make sure that i'm spending the right money. who knows if whatever belt inside my car is actually ware off :( :sick:
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    someone will get your money in the end, either in maintanance, or in more costly repair if maintanance is put off, so Im going with the cheaper route.

    -the schedule guide says rotate the wheels every 15k miles but thats waiting too long so do it at oil change [every 5k miles] & use synthetic oil too btw.
    -yes trans flush & brake fluid is every 60k miles and I'd do it.
    -make sure to flush the radiator every 30k miles too btw.
    -yes change timing belt every 60k miles[$200, but cheaper than $1k+ breakdown].

    great, I just found cracks in my drive belt at 67k miles so Im fixing to replace that.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I rotate the tires with every 4k oil and filter change, as it's included in the service anyways. Even if it wasn't included, I bought the tires where I go and they rotate free for the life of the tires.
    If you end up doing the timing belt at 60k, do the water pump at the same time as everything is off already and the labor cost should be minimal. If you wait on the water pump, everything has to come off to get to it and the labor charge goes up. My way, there's no labor as everything's already off. I did it this way on my '96 Corolla, and even if I didn't need the new water pump, my piece of mind was worth it to me as I'm a very low risk taker. Everyone has a different tolerance for risk...mine happens to be low and I do believe in preventive maintenance(?) as I want my cars to start everytime and don't want the wife or the kids to ever get stranded. The battery on the wife's car died the 1st time the 2 daughters took the car alone. Eventhough they had the cell with them, it caused some unneeded aggravation(?) and thankfully it did bring the wife around to my reasoning on preventive maintenance.
    It all depends on the risk tolerance you can bear in your life.
    Good luck.

    The Sandman :)
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I rotate the tires with every 4k oil and filter change, as it's included in the service anyways. Even if it wasn't included, I bought the tires where I go and they rotate free for the life of the tires.
    If you end up doing the timing belt at 60k, do the water pump at the same time as everything is off already and the labor cost should be minimal. If you wait on the water pump, everything has to come off to get to it and the labor charge goes up. My way, there's no labor as everything's already off. I did it this way on my '96 Corolla, and even if I didn't need the new water pump, my piece of mind was worth it to me as I'm a very low risk taker. Everyone has a different tolerance for risk...mine happens to be low and I do believe in preventive maintenance(?) as I want my cars to start everytime and don't want the wife or the kids to ever get stranded. The battery on the wife's car died the 1st time the 2 daughters took the car alone. Eventhough they had the cell with them, it caused some unneeded aggravation(?) and thankfully it did bring the wife around to my reasoning on preventive maintenance.
    It all depends on the risk tolerance you can bear in your life.
    Good luck.

    The Sandman :)
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    1. does anyone know what the cost will be to replace the drive belt on my 01 corolla[belt+labor]?

    2. wheres a good price to buy the belt online?

    3. is there a good place that will replace it cheaper than the dealer without tearing up the car?

    reguarding the post above, do corolla water pumps last over 120k miles or go bad sooner?
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    My mechanic didn't say...and I didn't ask about it's condition. Just figured it was right there in plainsight, and he didn't charge any extra labor to swap it out. Was a no brainer to me. Like I had posted earlier, since my kids were driving the car also, I wanted the peace of mind, as the car already had about 59k on it.
    Funny though, 6 months later we traded it in for a '03 Sentra. Two things helped us decide to trade. We had already had 4 Toyota's and all their brakes felt "mushy" to all of us...they didn't grab at first and there was a bit of play in the brake pedal. Even after the pads were replaced and the rotors were machined and the rears done a few weeks later.. The brakes didn't instill that feeling of confidence and no one would drive it except me.
    Then we saw an ad with a $1500. rebate on the Sentra. We already liked our '01 Altima and decided to check the Sentra out. We test drove it, liked it and got a good OTD price...so we traded it in. I will say that Toyota's all have better gas mileage but that's the only complaint I have about the Sentra. And all the girls enjoy driving it.
    I personally want peace of mind when it comes to our cars with multiple drivers and now we have that. We will probaly replace the Alty around Thanksgiving, as the wife is ready for something smaller and new.

    The Sandman :)
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    I previously thought the same along with you and alot of others but I was pleasantly suprised recently.

    I had the same problem with my 01 corolla and was displeased with the brakes for 67k miles even after a pad replacement with better pads than stock. I took it to discount tire to machine the rotors/drums and they tightened the drum adjusters and parking brake without me knowing to ask for it and that thing stops better than it ever did brand new so what a suprise that was. now there's no more mushy pedal feel like Im used to so know now that it "can" be improved. everybody should get this done on their corollas and discount charged me nothing extra to do it btw.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I had my mechanic do the same thing, he adjusted and cleaned the rear brakes about 2 months later. After, the emergency brake only took 3 clicks to get to it's stopped position. the peddle did feel better for a bit afterwards, but that "mushy" feeling always came back.
    The brakes on the Sentra are pretty good to me, better than any of our Toyotas, and 2 weeks ago with my oil change and rotation, he also did what you had done on the rear brakes. Car stops like it was new again.
    Will probaly try Honda, Volvo, Mazda or BMW for her new ride. After showing her the '05 325i this morning on the way to breakfast, she said she'll buy whatever is most comfortable with a unobstructed view in a compact car. This should be fun!

    The Sandman :)
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    yes it does always loosen up but when it does I'll just get discount tires to tighten it while rotating the tires for free so its no hassle in my case.

    whatever car you buy just make sure there's atleast one dealer if not more near you incase one dealer does you wrong. I wanted acura or infinity but their dealers are nowhere near me. if I had the money I'd try a volvo or bmw but if youre not made out of money just remember they will cost more in upkeep.

    I dont know anything about the other cars you mentioned but a mechanically helpful guy on another forum said the newer honda accord is super with a strong body and quick v6 with the smoothest motor/trans combo he's ever driven...better than the several earlier accord models that he's owned. he said its a joy to drive with the nice interior and comfortable seats and he see's no reason to ever buy anything else its so good. if I had the money I'd look into one.
  • fernzofernzo Posts: 1
    Hello.

    I'm having trouble with my old and beloved car and I'm hoping that someone will read this, understand my problem, and provide me good and accurate advice.

    I have a '91 Corolla - 4-cylinder automatic. It has 165,000 miles on it and, in most respects runs very well. I'm getting about 35 mph on the highway right now. Over the past month or so, I've been having difficulty starting it and can't identify a pattern. I've had problems starting it when it's sat for days or an hour. I just drove it 350 continuous miles on Saturday, shut it off, and then tried to start it and it started right up.

    When I try to start it and it's reluctant, there is virtually no sound. Somewhere distant in the engine, there's a small buzz, like it knows you're trying to start it, but nothing else. I can hold the key for several minutes and it may spring back from the dead. I've also tried repeatedly and then it will resurrect itself or leave for a few minutes and come back. I've called the auto club twice on this car only to come back and have it start immediately. I have taken it to the Toyota dealership and they replaced the starter (the third in 3 years for this car), but the problem hasn't gone away. I brought the car in again and they had it for 3 days but could not duplicate the problem.

    There are some perhaps important things to know about my car. I quit my job to go back to school and am just now employed and trying to get a down payment together. In '02, my car had an electrical fire that my (truly) fantastic former mechanic - an electrical whiz - told me started at the starter I had recently rebuilt at a Toyota dealership in Lansing, MI (don't ever go there). The fantastic mechanic I found through the grapevine revived my car. It was truly fantastic. I've had a lot of work done on it since (timing belt, new gas tank, etc.) due to its age and my desperate financial need not to buy a car. The battery, which he described as industrial strength, dates from 2002. When I last saw him in November, he told me that it didn't need to be replaced. I moved out of state in January and it was in April that I began to have problems with my car not starting.

    Forgive the length of my post. I know a little, but not a lot about cars and I won't be able to buy another one until early fall. Does anyone recognize this problem and if so, can you offer any guidance as to what is actually wrong with my car? It runs beautifully, it's just starting it that's the problem.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
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    Thanks for your consideration,
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  • qwer01184qwer01184 Posts: 9
    Hello guys,

    I have and Corolla 2001. Everytime I start the AC, there's an odd smell, some what like the smell of fungus, for a couple of minutes. After that, the smell gone away. I thought that I need to replace the air filter for cabin's air. However, an technician as an dealer told me that Corolla doesn't have air filter for the air inside the car. Is he right ? What do you guys think I should do to get rid of the smell ?

    Thanks in advance :D
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    dealers really miss the mark sometimes, they shouldve told you thats mold growing in your evaporator.

    I had this exact same problem with my 01 corolla and bought "odor out" at a parts store [$5]. get the ac kit version not the fogger it works better since it has a hose attached to stick in the vent which in our car is above the glove box when you open it.

    next time you take it to the dealer ask them to clean out your ac drain line where the water drains out behind the motor because it may be dirty and holding some water in the evaporator causing that mold. either way after you use the odor out just drive the car down the highway with the windows down for about 30 minutes and that will get rid of the too strong vanilla smell.

    oh and have paper towels around the button when you press it because some liquid will build up around it and fall out on your hand and car otherwise.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    Does the water drain out behind the "motor", as in the fan motor? Or do you mean behind the engine, like at the rear of the engine compartment - on the passenger side?
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    right, your second question is what Im talking about.
  • danyos777danyos777 Posts: 4
    Hello:
    I like your comments. You are very honest in your answers. I would like to ask you for advice. I own a toyota 2000.
    Do you have idea on what type of tune-up should I do like what I am supposed to change by doing it. My car has close to 65000 miles. I want to know if I need to change the spark plugs and for a better fuel economy, what type I can use without affecting the engine's life. I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
  • danyos777danyos777 Posts: 4
    Hello: Does anyone know about tune-up? I own a toyota 2000. Do you have idea on what type of tune-up should I do like what I am supposed to change by doing it. My var has close to 65000 miles. I want to know if I need to change the spark plugs and for a better fuel economy, what type I can use without affecting the engine's life. I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter
  • danyos777danyos777 Posts: 4
    I would like to know the difference between wax and polish if you said that you do this i time against 3 a year. Thank you.
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    check it out, zaino z-2 won over mcquires in a wax test.

    http://www.nsxsc.com/nsexcitement/waxtest.html
  • randsrands Posts: 1
    I am having what seems to be the exact same problem as you in my 97 Corolla. My intuition says it is an electrical problem, which is the only type of problem I've ever had with this car (AC problmes and oxygen sensor in fuel went in past). I hear the same buzzing and no turn over. I haven't done anything to fix it yet becasue I eventually can start the car after several tries (though today it took the longest so I am getting worried). One thing: it has rained here like 10 straight days so that might be an issue...maybe moisture on some poor wiring connects? If you find anything out please contact!
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    My guess would be the starter solenoid. Not cheap, but cheaper than replacing the whole starter motor. A good technician should be able to diagnose this quickly and easily.
  • m_c_1212m_c_1212 Posts: 2
    :cry: Hello All,

    Ref : ENGINE BREAKDOWN for corolla 2000, with 62k miles.

    My car is Toyota Corolla 2000 CE, Automatic. It has 62,000 miles on it.
    Yesterday while I was driving for a trip, it made some noise and then "check light" cameup. I stopped and then tried to start, it would not start again.
    It had to be towed to a toyota service shop. The service man said that the "engine has broken down" and would need about $3500-4000 to put a new engine.
    I WAS IN TOTAL *****SHOCK*****.

    Since it is a Toyota dealership shop, I am inclining to trust their diagnosis. To be exact he said, the 4 rods of engine has broken down and this is the first time I have seen any such problem.

    I am very very surprised and shocked to see car like Toyota corolla, with just 5 years and 62,000 miles on it, have its engine breakdown. I did regular maintainenace with oil changes and in fact just had my 60k few weeks back. I dont understand what would have gone wrong...... ( The car is not under warranty now so no way they will take care of it by their money ...)

    Questions need help :

    1) Does anybody knows how much does it cost to replace a new engine in corrolla? Is $4000 , (california) too high for a new one with labor charges ...?
    2) Could my car have some manufacturing defect from beginning that may have caused this case? How do i deal with this case ??
    3) Would the main toyota centre help in reimbursing this amount since this looks like such an unusual problem... or do you think they will just say "What can we do" ... You must have not maintained it--- Though i have most of the records to support maintanenance... Has anybody come across any issues out of warranty and talked to 800-331-4331 ( toyoyta line) and reimbursed from them...
    4) Any other ideas suggestions, inputs ( I know i could get a new car for like 10-15k so 4k is a big amount .... so buying a new is an option )

    Overall I am shocked at this "engine failure" event. I will talk to the Toyota service center tomorrow and see what can they do. Already talked to my dealer .. he says "do what you want to do" I cant help .... you must have not maintained your car ... ( thats pretty "rude" ) .....

    anyways... thanks for taking time to reply.
    mary
  • 01loadedle01loadedle Posts: 23
    the price sounds good but I'd get another dealer to do it since theyre service isnt pleasant. I'd tell the dealer that was rude and youre leaving. then I'd leave a complaint to toyota.com about them saying that.

    Im at a loss of why that would happen too but a mechanically enclined person should know better than to say that since anything mechanical can break down without abuse although its rare but that doesnt mean it cant happen.

    you may be better off selling the car as is and buying another one since youre having to spend 4k. I'd think that money would go better towards a newer vehicle. but I'd absolutely get toyota to examine the motor and find out why that happened because that is very rare.
  • aj2aj2 Posts: 12
    hi, i have a new corolla and have noticed the same thing since I bought the car...I also rented a car a month ago, and it was a 2005 corolla, and it did the same exact thing...I think it's just the car to be honest.....
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