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Toyota Corolla Transmission Questions

soynutssoynuts Posts: 7
I have an 03 Corolla CE with an auto transmission. My odo reads 78xxx miles. Is this a little early for a toyota transmission to be going out?

Here is the background info. I added some gumout fuel injector cleaner to my gasoline after changing the oil, but put in twice the amount needed by accident. Immediately after, when i pressed the gas pedal, the rpms would hit somewhere between 2 and 3k before first gear would catch... Above first gear, there has not been any catching or rough shifting at all. I drove until the tank was empty. I asked around about the concequences of this and was convinced my car would be ok. After refueling, the car ran a little better. I then disconnected my battery to reset my computer and changed my spark plugs which has helped but did not fix the problem. The first gear is still catching slighty it seems when I am driving at low speeds or starting... I do know that I need a new catalytic converter, but have put off the $400 repair. I am skeptical that it is the transmission because the problem seems to be going away gradually. Next on my list is changing the air filter, and maybe some seafoam... Any ideas, hints or similar experiences??? Any help is appreciated.


  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I doubt the transmission was damaged from Gumout--unless you put it into the transmission (which you didn't). One thing that can happen with fuel injector cleaner is that it can affect oxygen sensors. And those can affect drivability. But should that happen the Check Engine light should come on.
  • soynutssoynuts Posts: 7
    Ahh! Thanks for the tip. I haven't thought of checking there yet. My engine light may have indicated this had it not already been on regarding my catalytic converter...
  • Ok so my car has a problem when its shifting gears. Its a 2006 automatic, only about 15000 miles into the car, every tune up and oil change on time. I dont drive the car, its my wifes. so i dont know how this happened. but when i drove it i noticed this problem.

    As soon as it shifts from first to second there is a pause, then it kicks in... just the same in the other gears, but not as noticable. now iv looked under the car and i dont see any leaks. my next step is to check the level of the fluids. Any help or ideas too why my car is pausing and kicking into gears like it is would be great.

  • mot trying to up the thread, but im really worried something could be wrong with my car. its brand new and im wondering why this is happening and what could be causing it.
  • I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla with 79K miles. I purchased the car new and have had the manual transaxle fluid replaced twice since owning the car. Recently, the car has begun making a clicking sound in 2nd gear and higher. The noise is not noticeable in 1st gear or neutral. But is a continuos clicking sound that is consistent with the engine speed in 2nd gear and higher. I was unable to identify the location of the sound so I brought to a trusted mechanic. He put the car on the lift and said the sound is coming from inside of the transmission. He showed me how the right front accel has "too much play in it". He also said that the problem may be related to the differential but that in my my model the differential is combined with the transmission so it's the same work required, replacing the transmission. I wanted to hear your thoughts on whether there are other "less expensive" possiblities as to what is causing the noise and not require replacing a transmission prematurely.
  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    That's similar to what my old-timer is doing, except when it's low on fluid, it has trouble downshifting to first or upshifting from first; unlike yours, it doesn't affect the higher gears. A dipstick check could tell the tale, but you may just have to let a Toyota mechanic diagnose it for you. And I know what a hassle that can be!
  • raye5raye5 Posts: 3
    1998 Corolla with 55k miles met an Acura while moving forward out of a parking space. Damage to front left bumper, lights and hood ajar. Car spun 180 degrees to the right on impact with side door of moving Acura. Corolla exhibits a new noise (rumble) when going forward only at low speed. Its an automatic but the noise is at the equivelent of low gear maybe up to 15 miles per hour. It this a transmission problem or other.
  • pengwinpengwin Posts: 74
    i dunno, might just be a crooked frame or wheel, sounds like your car got hit pretty hard.
  • Can i tow the max 1500 lbs with my 06 automatic corolla, thinking of buying a pop up trailer that weighs 1450lbs. is this ok or will i cook the trany
  • alivesalives Posts: 1
    Today as I was driving downhill on a very busy highway, my new 2008 Corolla (1000 miles as of today) just stopped. The engine was running, but there was no power. It was only a miracle I wasn't killed in the approximately three blocks it took to get off the road at 5 miles per hour with trucks coming up behind me at 70!!

    After waiting for the police for an hour, I started the car again, and was able to drive it (with escort) to the dealer. They checked it out and could find no reason this would have happened. I had to drive it 70 miles home on the freeway wondering if this would happen again -- or when it will happen again. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • that's quite an interesting event. i wonder if gm/pontiac did any work on the transmission. if they did, then it doesn't surprise me that you had this problem.

    afterall, gm/pontiac worked on the power windows for the vibe/matrix and corollas. of course, they screwed it up and those cars are/were being recalled to have the power windows fixed.

    i'm a huge fan of toyota as well as honda. but, if toyota keeps collaborating with american auto companies, then their products will continue to have problems and then i'll end up buying a honda civic rather than a toyota corolla.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I had this happen to me in a GM vehicle years ago.

    If it happens again, try this and see what happens...Come to a dead stop, then put the transmission in park...rev the engine a time or two quickly, and then shift back into drive.

    If it returns to driving normally, you have a transmission issue...

    Good luck!
  • carhunt08carhunt08 Posts: 1
    I have an automatic 95 Corolla w/140k miles. I've been experiencing (for several months) what I fear is the start of transmission problems but two mechanics can't diagnose it since the problem doesn't occur all the time.

    Here's the problem: I begin to accelerate from a full stop and the car sounds like it's in the wrong gear. The car moves forward at about 10-15 mph and the engine sounds like it's trying its hardest. Suddenly the car will jerk forward like it's finally gotten in the correct gear and pick up speed. This occurs randomly and not frequently. Enough for me to be concerned though.

    Two mechanics checked the transmission fluid and found no discoloration or burned smell. My records show a transmission filter and fluid change about 20,000 miles ago. Since fluid checks out as OK, what else could it be?

    I plan on selling the car at the end of the month and want to have a better idea of what could be causing this.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    The transmission is attempting to start in a gear other than first gear. That's what you described as the engine straining. As pressure builds, it then down-shifts to first, causing the lurching sensation you described.

    It could be caused by a number of problems. You need to have a reputable transmission repair shop take a look. Could be a failing sensor, or internal issues...
  • lattylatty Posts: 1
    My 2009 Corolla automatically gears down if I touch the brakes going down a steep grade. I can find nothing in the manual which mentions this feature. Is it a feature or is something wrong with it?
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    Electronic Brake-Force Distribution ( ESB) Maybe ??

  • 759566759566 Posts: 3
    I had only aprox. 1800 miles trans. quit started back done it one more time, took it to dealer couldn't find anything wrong. After 3300 miles had same problem, this time had to put it in 3rd to get home. Next moring shifted fine, took to dealer said he couldn't find anything. I need help afraid to go on long trip. Also had problem with floor mat carpet wearing where my heal rested on, service manager said it was normal wear, that was a joke, went to sales rep. he gave me a new set of floor mats
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    This is normal, the owner's manual of the older cars did mention this feature.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    Buy a set of Toyota all-weather mats from the dealer or internet, or buy a set of Weather-Tech mats. The carpet ones are no good, it's been that way for at least 10 years.
  • joeyjoejoejoeyjoejoe Posts: 67
    I posted this question in the repair section, but thought maybe someone would know in this forum instead. Does anyone know where the transmission oil drain/fill plugs are on a 2000 LE? I got under the car and I am lost. I'm able to do a few things like change the oil, rotate tires, etc....but otherwise I'm not all that great at finding things....especially on my back under the car.

    The owner's manual is anything but helpful. It just says to change at 90,000 miles and continue to check, but there is not dipstick or anything. Not sure how to even check. I've owned mine for almost 4 years and it now has 94,000 miles on it. I think it is about time to get it changed. Would like to do it myself if possible. Thanks.
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