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Toyota Corolla Electrical Problems

My wife called last week from the Target parking lot and said the car would start but wouldn't stay on. When I got in it, if I gave it gas it would stay on. I drove it around the parking lot and noticed when I turned the A/C on, the parking brake light came on and when I signaled left the wipers would come on. I immediately drove to the nearest repair place, which happend to be a Toyota dealership. The tech said the entire main fuse box had melted and that he smelled something burning. They have had to replace two new computers and still no answer. Anyone ever had this. 2000 Corolla with only 82000 miles.


  • irismgirismg Posts: 345
    Try the alternator/voltage regulator.

    I guess I've been lucky with my '98!
  • i ordered some blue LEDs for my corolla... to change the lights in the instrument cluster and the climate controls from white to blue

    i unplugged the light from behind where the thelittle guys are that have the arrows going to their feet or face

    i realized i didnt have the right LEDs to put in there so i went to plug it back in and the LED blew and i believe it shorted out the spedemoter, gas guage, and temp guage as well because they wont light up now

    please help
  • I've been trying to deal with this problem but have had no luck. I'll describe some problems and solutions I have tried. Please see if you can help me.

    I've been having trouble with the Starter. The symptoms are intermittent. Sometimes the starter will not crank. It'll just "Click". If I turn the ignition enough times it will start. (I have Sears Die Hard Gold Less <2 yrs old)

    One time when I started up the car the starter motor kept cranking with the engine resulting in a noisy clicking sound. When I shut the engine off through the ignition and pulled out the key the starter kept cranking! I had to unplug the battery to get it to turn off.

    Since then I have replaced the starter. It was ok for a while but sometimes it will still only "click" when I turn the ignition and eventually (after many tries) it will catch and crank the engine.

    Today my wife while driving the car complained of a noisy engine and the automatic "lighting" didn't turn on. She had to turn on the parking lights manually.

    Note: I have had the engine swapped with the same engine model 1ZZFE. Old engine was eating oil and then died cause wify didn't check oil. Thank you to ProLong prob eating my seals.

    Sometimes when the gas tank is filled the motor will rev and drop rpm for a little while and then return to normal. (this has appeared since engine swap)

    I know I have a lot of questions but please if you have any solutions to the multiple of questions I have post them.

    Thank you for everything.

  • Park lights in Corolla/Yaris/Allion are veri bright and consume lot of battery power. Are we suppposed not to switch on park lights when parking? or can we switch on park lights when parking?
    is there a way to have an on off switch for separetly for lights in the bumper.?
    pls give ur suggestions
  • The parking lights are automatic. There is a photosensitive sensor dome near your "defrost" windshield. The only way to keep the light from coming on is to pull the emergency brake before you start the engine. There is a switch in the e-brake. If you want to bypass the automatic lighting system you have to prob splice that line and short it. But do your research in the electrical manual...that is only my assumption and is not recommended.
  • My sister drives an 04 Corolla and is having a problem with the heating system. The heater will work while the car is driving, but suddenly switch to cold air when the car is stationary (i.e. while at a traffic light). What could the problem be (electrical issue, blower motor?)?

    Also, for two days the temp. gauge would not report an increase in engine temperature until midway through the day. Any thoughts.
  • gierbogierbo Posts: 1
    I am driving a '92 corolla with over 190K miles. I never have any issues other than regular maintenance until recently. The problem comes and go. I go start up the car fine, drive around and stop. When I come back it would not start. Lights, radio, works fine but it will not do anything. If I wait awhile and try again, voila, the car will start with no problems. I can be driving the car with no problems for days and suddenly, it just would not start. The battery, terminals, starter, alternator all new. Distributor cap, cables, spark plugs in good shape. Checked terminal cables and looks ok. Any ideas???? :mad:
  • no warning just started car and then set heat and tried to start fan no go at all. Checked fuse 31 and also36 both good. Wondering if anyone knows of more fuses to check or if anyone has had this problem and what they have done to correct it. Car is a 2003 toyota corrolla. Thank you in advance if anyhelp out there.
  • poppy10poppy10 Posts: 2
    We have the same problem with our 92. Some time has gone by since your posting. Any news? Has anyone solved the mystery? On ours, I wonder if it has anything to do with the position of the steering wheel or shift lever (maybe the contacts). Or maybe some coil or solenoid just doesn't work when it gets hot? Weird. After a while it starts up fine. Thanks for any help. Poppy10
  • npentznpentz Posts: 1
    Hi, did you all ever figure out your surprise no start problems? I've had two cars that did this, one was down for 6 months because it was totally random when it would die or not start, and they had to have it hooked up to an Ossiloscope with their desk person watching it for half a day to catch it.. Both cases though, it was a bum pick-up coil in the distributor.
    Good luck!
  • I have replaced the battery and terminals, and the starter. Had the Alternator tested and passed, and two weeks after I got it back on the road my fiance wa eating lunch and went to leave to go to work and the car would not start. I got in the car and none of the dash lights or windows would work (total electrical failure). So I got the car ready to jump and when I turned the car ON the radio worked and Door Ajar light lit up, then I turned the key to start it and everything seized (total failure again). I am completely stumped. Checked all the fuses, battery again, and I am lost. After re-checking everything, the Door Ajar light came on again then same thing, everything seized when I tried to start it. Can anyone help, Pleeese!
  • poppy10poppy10 Posts: 2
    Thanks, npentz! We will check it out. I have since sold the car to my nephew, but I will pass this on to him.

    BigShot: Here is a list of the ideas I have come up with, arranged in order of increasing difficulty:

    1. play with the steering wheel for a while, and then it starts right up.

    2. try putting on the brake and moving the gear shift into neutral and cranking it again.

    3. buy or make a remote starter switch

    4. replace the pick-up coil in the distributor.

  • glo3glo3 Posts: 1
    I have a 92 corolla with 65,000 miles, and the same exact problem. It seems to only happen in the summer when it's very hot outside and only sometimes. Three mechanics have diagnosed it as intermittent distributor failure and sugest changing the distributor. So my question is should I do it? with a new distributor for $360 or rebuilt for $200. I hate to put money in the car as it's so old but it is a great city car. Any ideas, comments, suggestions??? Thanks
  • bajarbajar Posts: 1
    I have 2001 Corolla with less than 50,000 miles and it was working properly. Never had any problems since then. One day when I was on the road the car suddenly stopped in the middle of the road and won't start anymore. A technician came in and have checked all the possible causes (fuses, fuel supply, spark plugs, etc) and they are all OK. The engine was cranking when you switch on the ignition it but it won't start (run). Before the problem occurred, my gas was just 1/4. I filled up full tank of gas. I drove 20 miles and then the car suddenly stopped running on the road. The guy told me it might be the bad gas but not sure because I need to bring my car to the shop to check it.
    Is there anybody had an issues like this before?

    Thank you very much in advance for helping me with this matter
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    Bad gas or clogged fuel filter sounds it like could be the issue.

    Good Luck

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Another possibility is a failed fuel pump, but if the pump was bad it probably would have failed before 50k miles.
  • I have intermittant power windows on my 2000 Corolla. Any tips?

    left front and rear right window will stop working occasionally, It doesn't matter the switch being used
  • My 1997 toyota corolla just started to act funny. When I step on the brakes the headlights, and dashboard lights including radio and clock go out but then come back on when I step off the brake. can anyone give me a suggestion? The car runs fine otherwise.Thanks.
  • I replaced my brake light switch on my girlfriends 94 however it didn't do anything im wondering if at this point and time it'd be a fuse or the wire harness is shot any input? :mad:
  • djw918djw918 Posts: 1
    2000 Corolla. My battery light came on, car drove for a while then died. Will not hold jump start. Is this an alternator problem? Cost of repair? Thanks!
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