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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair

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  • leenaleena Posts: 1
    Hi, there .. I have exactly the same problem with my car. Corolla with odometer read over 136,000 and manual transmission. I noticed the noise just about 2 weeks ago. Took it to the dealer and they fixed the fuel system but the noise is still there. Brought it back to the dealer and they told me it was the transmission. I am just trying to find out did you get your car problem fixed? If you could advise me on how to go about solving this problem? Thanks a bunch.
  • I have the audio system configuration with the CD auto changer in my 99' corolla. There's a cassete player but I have seen nowhere a CD can be inserted. There are buttons like "Tape" & "CD" on the panel. So can anyone explain to me how does it work?

    thanks to any response.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Is that a grunt or a sound more like gears crunching together? I notice that if I try to go directly into reverse I sometime get the gear crunching sound. To avoid that, I slip the gear into first (the whole time the clutch is depressed) and then go into reverse. Never a crunching sound that way. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to put it into reverse while the vehicle is moving. I think it may have to do with synchros (or lack of them for the reverse gear)? Just put it into reverse before moving the car and let the clutch determine when to put power to the engine.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    1. Only engage reverse when completely stopped.
    2. If in neutral, with clutch released, put in clutch, go to first or fourth, then put into reverse.

    You might want to check out some websites on standard transmission operation to make sure you are not doing anything else wrong.
  • rollaboyrollaboy Posts: 11
    hey mcdawgg,
    funny you mention it, that is exactly what i do, take it up fifth and bring it down to reverse (that seems to work for some odd reason!!) :confuse: thanks though! any clues about my posting on Accessories & Modifications?
    rollaboy, "Toyota Corolla Owners: Accessories & Modifications" #236, 23 Jan 2006 12:35 pm
  • edwin_redwin_r Posts: 4
    Where does one find the fuse box inside the car? And how can it be accessed?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    Most of the fuses are on the driver's side, next to the clutch pedal (or next to where the clutch would be if you have an automatic.) There is a plastic nut that you unscrew then pull the cover off. It also tells you in your owner's manual.
  • tobias31tobias31 Posts: 1
    This same problem happened this morning to my corolla.
    I have not yet had a chance to visit the problem in the daylight.
  • brb972brb972 Posts: 7
    When you drive does the seatbelt alert keep beeping until you put your seatbelt on or does it stop after a minute?
  • edwin_redwin_r Posts: 4
    My 2006 Corolla beeps 8 times slowly and then 50 times quickly before it shuts off. There is a light on the dash that keeps flashing though until you put your seatbelt on.
  • I bought a 05 corolla automatic new and have had nothing but problems. Sometime when I try and start it it just turns over but doesn't crank the engine. Done this since it was new. Plus, when I put it in gear and start to go it make a loud popping noise. Last week I wanted to set the car on fire. Has anyone else had issues like this with their 05 Corolla? :lemon:
  • roebuckroebuck Posts: 1
    Hi all last year head gasket went. This year timing belt chain seal started leaking. Anyone else get the feeling that Toyota has under engineered all cars from 2003 and on so they can compete with cheaper built new cars? Any one else had problems? I'm really unimpressed as the warranty has just expired and I'm hoping nothing else goes wrong. Should I sell it? Lemon?
  • danielj6danielj6 Posts: 285
    Over the weekend the "check engine"light appeared on my '04 Corolla's instrument panel. I brought the car in this morning to a dealer. They hooked it to a computer and
    they called me to tell me that the charcoal canister with the VSV part had to be replaced. The cost is $900 but since the car is under warrantee, they'll charge only for the diagnosis $85 and to clean fuel lines, injector and tank at a cost of $295. Also, they recommended service
    "C" as they did not know whether or not I ever had the car serviced. I replied: "Are you kidding me? do you really think that I would drive 15000 miles without at least changing the oil?

    I called my mechanic who has serviced and fixed my cars since 1992. He told me to "get the car out of there" after the do the work under warrantee. I called the service adviser and authorized him to do the required replacement of parts mentioned above and nothing else. I mentioned to him that at the moment I am short of cash but that I intent to bring the car back in a month and let them do the recommended work. The guy said that cleaning fuel lines, injector and tank is essential or otherwise I have 50-50 chances of having parts fail again which will not be covered under warrantee next time. I insisted that they change the faulty parts only, and to not charge me for diagnosis as the light on the panel is continuous and not intermittent.

    I picked it the car late in the afternoon, drove to the private shop and left it.

    Back at home I spent time researching my car's problem mainly through Goggle and found that I am not the first Corolla owner experiencing canister and VSV failure.
    These components regulate the fuel intake. The issue is that other owners went through premature failure of these parts which are costly to replace if the car is not under the 36000 mile warrantee. It does not really cost $900 for the parts and labor. I believe that this dealer (located in Brooklyn, NY) wanted to scare me and in doing so, double dip. Had I not kept my wits about me, I would have driven out with a $600 bill today.

    I would never let the dealer do scheduled maintenance on my car. By the point is that according to information I glanced from the internet, Toyota knew for sometime this problem but did little or nothing to correct it. It leads me to believe that Toyota bullet proof quality is a thing of the past, it has grown to be a giant, about to become the number one car manufacturer in the world and it lost touch with the consumer. Some of its dealers (perhaps not all) continue to gouch customers and make tremendous amounts of money from poor slobs like me that believe in the urban legend of "Toyota reliability".
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    What you have there is a classic case of off-gassing. The plastics in all new cars do this. You can clean off the inside of the windshield with a regular glass cleaner. I have heard that ones withOUT ammonia work better, don't know how true that is.

    In the first year of ownership, you may have to do this a few times.

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

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,693
    The CD changer is a separate unit that is usually under a seat or in the trunk. You load it up and then control it from the head unit - that is what the 'CD' button is for. You can switch among sources at that point, using the AM/FM button and the Tape button.

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

  • I had the same problem, but I got it fixed. Take it to the dealer and tell them to fix this problem under these 2 TSB numbers: 02705 - 1ZZ-FE ENGINE NO START CONDITION (NHTSA Item Number: 10016121) & TSB# 04205 - 1ZZ-FE ENGINE EXTENDED CRANK CONDITION (NHTSA Item Number: 10017318)
  • danielj6danielj6 Posts: 285
    Today I picked up my car from the shop. Fuel injectors, fuel line and gas tank were cleaned. Fuel filler was checked. Fuel pressure was found to be quite low. Idle speed was reset. All for $135 as supposed to $295 that the dealer wanted to charge me.

    For those unsuspecting Corolla owners, I repeat that the charcoal canister and VDV(Vacuum Switch Valve)failure happens to these cars, and often after the basic warrantee expired. I'd suggest to have this checked even though no check engine light has appeared on the dash. Also, to write to Toyota to cover yourselves in the case that this problem does occur. I thought about NHTSA, but they deal only with automobile safety issues. Perhaps the Dept. of Consumer Affairs.

    My only nagging doubt is that if the above mentioned components did not in some way prevent carbon build up in
    fuel line,injectors, etc.,why am I being charged for a service that should be done as result of parts failure and not customer neglect?

    When I get the questioner from Toyota I will explain methodically what the dealer did and did not do. I will attach a letter to the questioner. Not that Toyota will give a hoot. But I will be one more Corolla owner complaining. In any case, I don't expect to buy anymore Toyotas.
  • Thanks for the good information. I will take the dealer the codes you provided. What did the specifically did the dealer fix on the car?
  • I don't know the specifics, but they will reprogram the computer. The first time I took the car in, of course they couldn't find the problem. I researched and found some TSBs' on this condition. When I gave the TSB #s to the dealer, they gave me no lip and took the car right away. If your car has other problems, you can find the TSBs on this site; here's the link: odi.nhtsa.dot
    ***just put in the info (year, make, model) required****

    good luck
  • run347run347 Posts: 2
    I am looking at buying a used 2000 Corolla from a private party. It has 130k miles on it. The owners are selling it for $2500 because for the last 10,000 miles they have been putting in a ton of oil all the time. They also think that the engine will need to be replaced fairly soon. Are they crazy? Or is this just a simple oil leak that can be fixed easily? How much would it cost? Also how many more miles can I expect to get from this Corolla?
  • jako1jako1 Posts: 22
    I have a 98 Corolla. When I drive up a hill, the car makes a sound as if I have a bad muffler. Other times it drives fine. When I am driving on freeway, there is no such sound, but when I try to accelerate, it will give me same (bad muffled) sound. Idle is fine as it was when new, gas mileage is a little lower (about 28 mpg on freeway), I changed the spark plugs and the air filter only. I also filled up the gas tank with one of those fuel injection cleaner solutions - but the problem didn't go away.

    Need some help as to what to do or what to look and clean or change. Thanks in advance.
  • genifragenifra Posts: 1
    Hi all,
    The maintenance guide for my Toyota Corolla says I should flush the transmission fluid at 45K miles, yet today I went in for an oil change and they said the trans. fluid was black -- bad shape. I'm barely at 37K miles. Is this a bad sign? Should I worry? FYI, I do *some* off road driving; I live in Colorado and sometimes have to drive around steep rural unpaved roads.

    Any advice would be great. Thanks!
  • kish1kish1 Posts: 2
    I just bought a used '03 Corolla, and a few hours later after the purchase engine light came on :(.

    I went to a mechanic and he charged me $40 to use his digital sensor which indicated to replace catalytic convertor and (maybe)O2 sensors. He told me he would reset (so engine alert would go away for now). He told me to wait for couple more months instead of spending $$ (~1000 total) now. Maybe I can go back and find out exact error message. Nice mechanic did not try to push :).

    I guess I have no recourse with the seller right? I mean this happened 2 hours after purchase. I had paid $65 for inspection earlier- what a waste.

    Car runs fine but is this (purchase)something I can postpone?

    Thanks guys wonderful forum here!

    Kish
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    If it is the Cat. converter, it is covered under warranty for I think 8 years, 80,000 miles, so your cost is 0. Of course, I would think twice about the mechanic you took it to, because I think he should know this - all cars are required to have long warranties on pollution control equipment. If you go to Toyota dealer, the whole thing should be free if the code truly did say cat converter error. This is very unusual, but it is a used car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,116
    You'd have to have a cylinder leakdown test performed to know what's up with the engine. Why do you want a car like this anyway with all that oil consumption? Anyway, spend $100, save a bundle later on perhaps. That's certainly enough miles for a neglected engine to be good and dead.

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  • kish1kish1 Posts: 2
    Sorry I did not mention earlier that it has 92K miles on it...and thus there is no warranty on the car.

    The car passed smog test over 1 month ago- maybe that is why local mechanic told me to wait?? He told there there would be no problems wrt mileage or driving..

    I guess I will have to take it to a dealer someday..probably when oil change is due next month. For now there is no engine fault indication.

    Cheers,
    Kish
  • mtglennmtglenn Posts: 3
    I have a 1999 and am experiencing the same problem. The exhaust on the back of the car is darkening the car. Tell me what you found out.
  • I have a 2002 corolla LE and I have the same problem you had. Did you figure out the solution yet? If so, can you post your solution here? Thanks.
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    I must say this is a Beautiful looking car. Its a pleasure to look at. As far as the ride goes, Its not bad considering Im still breaking it in. I try not to go above 55 MPH. After 1000 Miles I will try 70. From what i read, this car will last a long time. I owned a 1999 Corolla before this and i loved it. Its not a Lexus, But if i had a choice between Luxury or reliability, I would choose reliability. One question.. How would i go about installing a Rear Spoiler?? :)
  • Hi all...

    I've posted once, long ago...more of a lurker than a poster. Really love these forums.

    At any rate, I bought a 2006 Corolla S manual in early January of 06. Loved the car at first. The more I drove, however, the less I like it.

    First off, the driver's seat is too dang uncomfortable. Can't find a great spot, and the keys always hit my knee.

    Anyway, on to more serious stuff. Within the last week, I've noticed my car is much noiser than previously. Additionally, it doesn't accelerate like it should. It feels almost as if the emergency brake is halfway on, but it isn't, as I rolled it across teh parking lot. Any thoughts? I am going to check the tire pressure tomorrow, but that wouldn't account for the extra engine noise.

    Anyone put synthetic in at the 5k oil change? Any difference? thanks.
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