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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    My manual transmission never had that problem. ;)
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    You are just very unlucky! I have never heard of such a thing with a Toyota, but it can happen. Obviously, it was a manufacturing (assembly) error, not a design issue. They will fix it and I am sure your car will be fine. Don't worry, Toyota builds the most reliable cars.
  • after getting my car fixed from having a small animal eat several hoses in my engine compartment I noticed that at 90mph or above my car begins to whistle. It seems to happen after the ac has been on about 10min, also it comes and goes with the wind changes or lane changing. any ideas or thoughts what it might be? my dealer thinks I am crazy and that there is nothing wrong. :confuse:
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    I recently began feeling my Brake pedal pulsate when i come to stops. Today, While i was washing my car, i noticed my rotors were filthy black . Could this have anything to do with my problem?? Thanks :confuse: ">
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2
    I have a problem with my 2005 Corolla XRS. At approx. 5,000 miles, the A/C stopped working. Took it to the dealer and was told that it would be covered under warranty. 2 hours later they called and told me that a rock or some other object caused "road damage" to the condenser and that this was NOT covered under warranty. As I was looking at the damage with the service tech., I noticed that there was a HUGE gap between the road and the condenser. I commented to the tech that the condenser looked extremely fragile and that there was very little to protect the condenser from road damage. He said that it was "tough luck." When I mentioned that I thought the design was maybe not the best, I got no comment.

    Well, for the last 3 days, I've crawled underneath the front grill of at least 25 different models of cars. Almost all offer protection in the form of either: 1) small holes in the grill or 2) a plastic plate to protect the condenser.

    In my humble opinion, the 2005 Toyota Matrix and Corolla have very poor protection for their A/C condensers and very fragile condensers. I believe that this is a design flaw that could be easily corrected with a plastic plate similar to that found on the Sienna and older Camrys.

    I've complained to both the service department and Toyota USA (the toll free number given to me by the service dept.) and as of this afternoon, the party line seems to be sorry, but "road damage is not covered under warranty."

    Bad luck may be the problem, but I don't think so. I believe that there is simply not enough protection for the condenser.

    A new condenser runs $650 plus tax. IF I was convinced that this was a freak accident that had very little probablilty of occuring again, I'd quietly bite the bullet and pay to have it fixed. As it now stands however, it's 92 degrees out and I'm almost positive that, thanks to the poor protection (in my opinion) of the condenser, that this is going to happen again during the lifetime of this vehicle.

    I am very unhappy.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Check with your insurance company. It may be covered if you have comprehensive coverage. Good luck.
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    Anti lock brakes pulsate when you use them. :)
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    That is true. But I have two questions:

    1) Its August in New York. Why is the ABS kicking in? How often are you asking your car to protect you from locking up a wheel in the summer?

    2) If it is the rotors that are black and not just the wheels from dust build-up, why are they black? Are both of them black, or just one?
  • hi,

    I have an 88' corolla DX with a 4AF engine. I had purchased it a year with a bad transmission. Since then, i have had the tranny' rebuilt by a local garage. Everything seemed well, but the acceleration was below normal. I fear that this "garage" had intentionally did so.

    But thats not the problem im having today. The problem is that the engine wont start on command. I have to 1st step on the gas a few times(which is normal in a carburater type engine) but then when i turn it over, i haer a clunk sound. Only after i turn it over numerous times will the engine actually start. My first opinion was that the battery had died, so i've tried charging i multiple times with no progress. So my conlusion would be that the ignition is bad....

    what do you guys think?
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    I was looking at a 2005 Corolla last weekend and looking underneath the car I saw how the gas filler pipe is so low and parallel to the ground. I immediately pictured in my mind going over packed snow and ice chunks next winter and tearing out that filler pipe from the gas tank. I probably won't buy a Corolla because of this design.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    ????? Living in Buffalo, NY with over 90 inches of snow every winter I've never even heard of any problems with this. I have to say that's a new one to me...

  • reba05reba05 Posts: 36
    I currently have an ECHO which I really do like, mainly because of the great gas mileage, however, my annoyance is with cross winds on the open road. My first inclination was to upgrade to a Corolla because it is about 500 lbs. heavier yet still a small car. I have read some reviews with complaints on the cross winds on this vehicle as well and wonder if its even worth it.
    Advice is much appreciated!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Lots of the same complaints with the new Honda Ody and Accord - rocks taking out the compressor. Many of the Honda owners are putting in there own screens to keep the rocks from damaging the compressor.
  • scvragescvrage Posts: 1
    A friend of mine has a slow leak of dirt brown coolant. It happened over night and seems like it is coming from the center of a belt pulley. If anyone has a suggestion on what the source of the problem is or how I can fix it please let me know.
  • kalm2kalm2 Posts: 3
    im new at this so be patience with me. anyways i just got a new toyota corrola 2005 and my odometer went. i was wondering what fuse do you replace?image
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Take to dealer - under warranty.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    And don't let them tell you "that's normal".
  • kalm2kalm2 Posts: 3
    ok but cant i do this myself? how hard could it be to change a fuse. so if i dont want to go to a dealer but spend money on the thing what fuse would i take out?
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    You can do anything you want, but take mcdawgg's good advice.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    It's a good idea to have the dealer do this to get the problem documented in case something else is wrong. My question is what is causing the fuse to burn out, if that is the problem. That's why I think you need to go to the dealer. Besides, I have never heard of anyone having a problem like this.
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