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2009 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs

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  • the brake pedal literally goes right to the floor and the car will not stop. It happens only in the cold weather. It happened before the brake recall, and it is now happening again after I had the recall part put in.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,259
    Wow, that's awful. I'd take it back again and insist on a new master cylinder for openers and if they won't do anything, consult a lawyer and initiate the Lemon By-Back. Each state has different rules for qualification and you may have to give the dealer a certain number of "tries". I'd also fire off a letter to toyota corporate citing the "present danger of complete brake failure", and also register this with the NHTSA website.

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  • so im having an issue with my brakes in my new 2010 toyota corolla S. i purchased this vehicle at the end of august 2009, and since mile 1, ive noticed something funny about the brake system. first and foremost, i am a pretty conservative driver. i have young family that i cart around and purchasing this corolla was almost mostly for this reason, also the safety ratings... so anyway, while braking under normal driving conditions, if i hit a small bump or pothole, my ABS vibrates profusely, makes a loud buzzing noise, and rattles my pedal to the floor. while doing all of this, the vehicle stopping distance greatly increases therefore heightening my chances of impact or collision. i brought up recalls to the service guy, nothing. brought it in for inspection and the district inspector states that the ABS system is extra sensitive and cannot be changed. while performing a driving inspection of my vehicle, the toyota district rep ended up grinding a couple of gears in my brand new car like he didnt know how to shift the car properly. also ended up with a couple of dents in my passenger door and one on the roof that were not there prior to the inspection. as many cars as i have driven, the abs has never acted this way unless i was braking aggressively to avoid an impact or collision. i feel this issue could cause a collision or accident. has anyone else experienced this issue with their ABS? also, the dealership where i bought my car is under the impression that swirl marks will wash off, and that a coat of polish fixes it, however just masking the problem... i regret buying this car. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • i have experienced very similar problems.... would you post the link to corporate again?? when your brakes fail, do you hear the abs vibrating or rattling or whatever the commotion? phunkeymunkey@gmail.com would be interested in hearing the issues you are having in more detail.... i feel so small and weak against these corporate giants
  • I have had similar braking problems with a 2010 Corolla, which I leased on 11 Nov. 2009. When I braked aggressively the brakes produced a loud, hard metallic clatter; I was prepared to bring the car to the dealer; however, before I could manage to get to the dealer, the brakes failed, and the car crashed into the rear of another car. The brakes had slipped and would not stop the car. This happened without warning. There was severe damage to the Corolla, but fortunately no injuries. It is not possible at this time to report how the matter will be resolved. I believe the Corolla I leased is unsafe to drive at any speed.
  • Is there anyone else that is having a battery problem with the 2009 Corolla. The battery apparently was changed before I took possession of the car (I took possession on 6/19). On the 15th of the month, the battery was deader than a doornail. There was battery corrosion all over the positive side. Got it jumped and took it to the dealership where they cleaned it up and put in a new battery. Battery was dead again yesterday. They said that they checked the charger and alternator. Replaced the battery connectors and put in another new battery. I love my car, but this isn't going to work for me! Any help? Thanks!
  • Yea I just crashed my 09 corolla into the rear of another car due to abs. The road had a 1 inch of snow on it and i was doing 15 miles and hour and I tried stopping and just sled over 150 feet because the abs just kept kicking in and wouldn't slow me down. ......My poor baby (my car that is). Everyone is fine but my car has about 5-7 thoundsand in damage!!! I just hope they don't say it total!!......but maybe it better if it was i would get about 5 thousand after paying it off and just buy new with that amont!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Interesting that it sounds like you are actually faulting the ABS rather than praising them for maybe saving your life. Do you fully understand the concept of ABS brakes? Without ABS you would have locked up your wheels solidly and you would have done nothing but slide. Okay, you state that you slid anyway. But it sounds like the ABS did there job as designed to but conditions or speed were just too much to overcome. Don't know if you ordered the optional Traction Control or Electronic Stability Control on your Corolla as I did on my XLE, but I find this as a very useful additional safety option. Electronic Stability Control channels the braking away from the locking wheels. Traction Control is just reverse, it channels the gripping action away from the spinning slipping wheels and onto the solidly grounded ones.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    A car skidding 150 feet doing only 15 mph at the start of the slide suggests ice under the snow. I don't think any ABS or non-ABS would help under those circumstances.

    Of course, this assuming that the figures given are correct. :)
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    No problems here! Sounds like you have a unique problem. It does sound like your dealer is working with you though. I hope they find your problem soon for you. Yea, I love my 2009 Corolla addition to my Toyota line-up also. I was thinking about a Mazda 3 or a Civic when I was shopping, but I'm soooo glad I chose Corolla
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,259
    Very sorry to hear about this louie----did you by chance "pump" the brakes?---that would be a bad idea and might have defeated the ABS. The trick with ABS is to stomp on the brakes and KEEP YOUR FOOT on them.

    If you hit ice, then there's no defense for it---nothing---no tire or braking system, can defeat ice. You'd need something like large studs in the tires or tire chains to even begin to cope with ice.

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    FYI ESC (VSC) with traction control are standard on 2010 Corollas. Very nice feature to have on a low-end car. Even the Yaris has VSC standard for 2010. Within a year or so, all new cars will need to have ESC due to federal regs. So Toyota is a bit ahead of the regs.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,689
    I guess Toyota hasn't done much with their brakes since the late '80's & '90's. On our two Camry's and two Corolla's we had similar grinding noises from the front brakes with pedals going down to the floor consistently. Toyota tried their best to correct the problem but never got it fixed correctly so we said adios to Toyota. The Mazda, Hyundai, Honda & Nissans we've had since have all had superior brakes with no consistent grinding noises & much better pedal modulation with no pedal to the floor situations. A shame too since we're just getting ready to start our search to replace the '05 Mazda 3s. I like the look of the Corolla XLE and the upscale features but the brake problems I'm reading about in here bring back bad memories.

    We'll test drive one anyways but I'm not to optimistic after reading some of the recent posts.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Actually Toyota Corollas have continued to improving braking. The newer Corolla models can all be had with the Star Safety System, which includes Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Traction Control (TRAC). Enhanced VSC coordinates the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist with Traction Control (TRAC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS), to help provide a the driver a better-integrated, controlled vehicle in the event of an emergency maneuver. I've owned many Toyotas in my lifetime and have never had any problem with my brakes. Now granted Toyota did have the recent voluntary brake recall of vehicles that are driven in extremely cold conditions. There is a possibility that the moisture on the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may condense and seep into the brake system vacuum port, where it could freeze and cause partial braking failure. The recall for the moisture freezing in the lines in the very colder climates, but other than that, I think you will be hard pressed to find a large number of complaints on Corolla braking in this or any other forum. Going "to the floor" as you put it, longer pedal travel as I call it, is a characteristic of the new Corolla braking system. The pedal will travel farther down then in some cars but the braking of the car is far more superior than most also. Good braking is not judged by how far the pedal travels, but how quickly they can stop the car in an emergency situation. Now if you owned four Toyotas and all four have had brake grinding noises from the front wheels I would look for an outside reason or condition for this or your just the victim of outrageously bad luck. Perhaps your technician's installation might be the fault or the pads he might be using are not up to snuff, or maybe even your not replacing the pads as frequently as you should be. But really, four out of four ????
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,689
    We used the Toyota dealerships for the brakes and they kept replacing pads & rotors and finally shrugged their heads. Our Nissans, Mazda, Hyundai & Honda which came after never had these problems so we're gonna stick with them. Glad your brakes work fine but others in here are complaining, so...! And our Toyotas were previous generations, complaints in here are from this one.

    Bottom line for us is that we won't consider a Toyota product in our current search...which is fine by us. The Southeast region adds fees & options to a car that we are not willing to pay. But for folks that are happy with their Toyota's...good for you.

    The Sandman :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I hope you have much better luck with your next car, it sure can't get any worse!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,689
    We've had great luck with the last six cars since we left Toyota...thank you very much! Only traded one in when the warranty was up...health reasons.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Wow, really burnin through the cars huh? Purchasing your eleventh !!!! Must really pile on the mileage. Four Toys. and six others after.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,689
    Two of these were bought for our girls as their 1st cars within the past 14 months. I've bought two since 2003 and the wife bought two since 2001. Her cars are usually gone around 80k miles...with the Mazda now having 71k. And my current ride will take me well into retirement...I have 11 months and the car has 25k+ on it now, so I'm good for another seven years G-d willing. I only drive about 7100 miles per year.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • The owners manual on my 2009 Corolla mentions that when a new set of tire pressure sensors is installed the new numbers need to be registered with the Toyota dealer. So they may be grouped in sets, it appears they have an ID #. Then again they could be just making sure you always go to the dealer to get them??
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Why register at all ?
  • I have a little problem with the gas pedal. It's about the design in general. I have a 2009 corolla that I just cannot drive anymore. First of all I can't get the seat far enough back to where I'm comfortable, my legs are all cramped up. Most cars floors are flat where the gas pedal starts but it seems that there is this hump or raised part right at the base of the gas pedal,which prevents my foot from relaxing when I drive.(maybe that's why the mats are getting stuck) The pedal is actually mounted past where the floor starts to incline. It feel as though I'm holding my leg up the whole time I'm driving which has caused a terrible pain in my ankle and my knee, to the point where I've had 2 MRI's which were negative. It's more of a tendonitis issue. First I thought it was the seats, I've tried every seat position, pillows under my legs to try to take the pressure off but no success. I really think this is a design flaw that Toyota should address. It's actually over a year now and the car will going on sale this week.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Geez, that's first of that kind of complaint I've heard here. First of all, if you have to sell the car because you can't get comfortable driving it, unfortunately I'd say that's a major problem for you, not a "small problem". Are you very tall? Besides going forward and backward the seat also goes up and down, has that helped? I can only guess that your particular problem has to be with your own physical stature. I for one, am of average build, 5' 11", 195 lbs. and have never felt uncomfortable in my 2009 at all. My wife is 5' 6", 125 lbs. and has never felt uncomfortable in this car either. The only comfort issue I have heard of here, was that the driver's arm rest is not in usable position. Two reasons why the accelerator pedals are getting stuck in some of the other Toyota models. One is some owners are doubling up on mats, particularly in the winter. The other is that the little clips holding the OEM mats on are becoming dislodged allowing the mats to slide forward against the pedals. Perhaps your Toyota dealer might be able to help with some kind of modification for you. Good Luck!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    The other is that the little clips holding the OEM mats on are becoming dislodged allowing the mats to slide forward against the pedals.

    No. The clips do not come "dislodged." The problem is that some people don't use them at all, or they put a mat on top of another mat. Of course, some of the Toyota haters try to tell you that it is the electronics, but there is zero proof of this. The Corolla is not affected by this because the shape of the pedal is such that when people don't follow the rules (not use the clips or stack up mats), there is still sufficient space in most cases that the pedal does not get stuck down. So Toyota is forced to idiot proof the car so if you don't do these two things, the pedal will not get stuck. The media made this into a HUGE story, way overblown.

    Please use the hooks and a good proper fitting mat (Toyota or WeatherTech) in your Corollas, or any car!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I haven't heard the "electronics" accusation yet. But yes, as I mentioned, the pedal problem is partially attributed to doubling up on winter mats. On the other hand, the Toyota mat retaining clips can also become dislodged. In my own instance, on my ""02" Celica the clips did come off allowing this driver side mat to slip up under the accelerator pedal all the time until I removed it. I can't concur with your suggestion of using "Weather Tech" winter mats as I don't know if they are equipped with the necessary Toyota retaining holes. I would highly suggest, as is Toyota of course, using only the OEM mats with the holes
  • ok, Are you very tall or have past problems with your ankles?? I am 6'2" and 220 and I have driven my 2009 for 2 years on 2/10/2010. I do love the ride and I don't feel like i'm in a small car. The only problem I have is after 3 hours driven my knee hurts and that only because i torn my acl and mcl years ago, and it just gets sore staying still for that long. Nothing with the car itself. The thing i don't like is what the other guy said about the arm rest on the door, it not at a good height. I love the car and your the first to complain about this problem!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    The Weather Techs have the retaining holes for the clips, and fit as good or better than the Toyota OEM mats. They are pricey, but protect better. As far as the clips, my old Corollas, Rav, and the newer Camrys that I have never had the clips come loose, nor have I read that the clips come loose on the affected models of the recall. Maybe your Celica had the problem, but not my '99 Corolla, or my '07 and '10 Camrys. So yes, just use the clips and Toyota OEM or WeatherTech mats, and your Corolla (or any car) will be fine.
  • I'm 5'-8" but I like to stretch my legs which I can't seem to do with this car. But I do love the ride and I'd hate to get rid of the car.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I would love to see your seat set-up. It blows my mind that you're only 5' 8" and can't fit behind the wheel of your new Corolla comfortably. Doesn't sound like you might be one of these people that slide the front seat all the way back to where your actually sitting in the back while driving are you? Oh no, that's right, they're Honda owners who have tinted black windows blast their stereos to bass thump'in loud and wear their Yankee hats sideways with their bluetooth hang'in on their ears. LOL
  • Adding another comment to the sea of posts already made.
    Have a 09 Corolla CE.

    1. Steering is vague and it does show up at higher speeds on the hwy for example. You do get used to it.
    2. I do have bunch of rattles.
    a) under the dash
    b) Pillar A on the driver's side
    c) the windows both front and rear can make a cracking noise at low temps (at like -15Celcius.)
    d) now I have a mechanical noise in the left wheel i) when I hit huge bumps (like slowing yellow bumps at Wal-Mart), ii) when I take a sharp turn to the right with a good speed.

    I'm going to the dealer tomorrow to get those fixed. I did a research and I found something interesting : there are Technical Service Bulletins dealing with some of my issues!
    http://www.alldatadiy.com/TSB/59/095937aL.html
    Let's see the service manager's face tomorrow morning when I show him the printout!
    SB0214-09 JUL 09 Interior - Rattling Noise From The A-Pillar Area
    SB0142-08R2 JUL 09 Body - Windshield/Back Glass Ticking Noises
    SB0333-08R1 FEB 09 Interior - Instrument Panel Rattling Noise

    I am quite ticked with the no-clock thing : quite dumb move from Toyota.

    I was expecting a PERFECT car (brand new right?). And I got less than that. Don't get me wrong : it's a great car, lowest of the lowest gas consumption, etc. But to have to deal with such rattles is troubling... :)
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