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2009 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs



  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Never heard of one with that issue. Taking it in to be corrected is the thing to do.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    The rear bottom seat actually connects/disconnects from the chassis in the crease or fold in order for you to remove it. There are two hooks where the seat attaches. Apparently the one hook on the left side seems like it is not fastened. If you don't want to attach it the dealer could do it in five minutes. There are no tools involved.
  • cpu8900cpu8900 Posts: 53
    Wow....that's a pretty scary story.....I wonder if new Honda Civics have these kinds of problems...I'll review the Civic section and see what people are saying.

    Anyway, what struck me as interesting is that the engine made it 4,000 mi. with a severe defect.
    Also what 2 people said the computer can tell all the oil to leave thru the exhaust....say what?.....boy, the computer is the boss of this car, forget the driver. I might be over the hill (pushing 60) but in the good old days when oil left it was
    1. external leaks
    2. worn rings/cracked piston/cracked/worn cyl.
    3. valve seals

    That's why today's are cars are all about electronics and a much smaller mechanical aspect.
    The last time I did an engine overhaul was about 1975 and I don't think I would even attempt it today....I stick to oil changes/wheel/tire/brakes work on my 09 Corolla and don't go near anything controlled by the computer....well, I did install aftermarket wheels and decided to not reinstall the tire pressure sensors (yep, my light stays on.....they'll go back at the first tire replacement). A friend told me to put them in a container pressurized to 30# and put it in the trunk. ...I didn't like that idea. These things are about $94 each(somebody is making big bucks).

    I hope we have a couple of Toyota techs. reading our posts since they have the knowledge and skills needed to bring clarity to our discussions....if so thanks.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Wow....that's a pretty scary story.....I wonder if new Honda Civics have these kinds of problems...I'll review the Civic section and see what people are saying

    I'm sure you will find that every car maker will have a rare problem like this. As long as people make mistakes, there will be a few problems like this. As I said, having been in manufacturing (not auto) for a long time, things happen, even to the best car makers. It is amazing that we don't have more problems, considering the complexity of automobiles.

    The good news is the defect was identified and corrected, so everything should be fine now.
  • clbrewer06clbrewer06 Posts: 2
    thanks! i actually went to sit down on the opposite side just to see how comfy the back was.. and it felt kinda hard.. i pulled the seat back up and their was a clear/white clip on the oppisite side that it belonged and i figured thats what had came out or got loose. so.. thanks.. yeah simple fix.. i felt like an idiot after cause it was so simple but i didnt see it to begin with.
  • stevefsstevefs Posts: 2
    I'm having the same problem on the 2009 Corolla with the "wandering" steering. I've taken it back to the dealer 2 times, they agree with the symtoms but don't know what to do. They tried another steering box but that didn't work. They said the solution will have to come from Toyota. I contacted Toyota, filed a complaint, got the call from Toyota telling me they talked to the dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong. What a circle-jerk. They said it drives like it is supposed to. I think it's a major safety issue and have filed a complaint with the National Transportation Safety Commission. This and other forums have owners experiencing the same issue. It has to be something with the new EPS, and it certainly is not on all the Corollas or we would be having alot of freeway accidents and something would get done. I've heard the issue described as "trying to balance a pipe on a beach ball" and "like pushing a shopping cart at Walmart", both are accurate descriptions. It really wears you out to drive any distance at all. You constantly have to correct the steering to keep between the lines. If you look down to the radio and look back, you might be halfway into another lane! Anyway, I feel like giving up getting something done about it. Wish I had test driven the 2009 before I bought. Anybody interested in buying a nice 2009 Corolla with under 3000 miles?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Of course there has been much said about the new EPS steering on this forum. I do have to agree with what you said about not being an issue with all new Corollas. I have read so much and even defended the new 2009 Corolla EPS as my wife and myself have never experienced a problem what so ever on our new 2009 XLE. In fact, we both love the ease and control of the new EPS. I do however have to sympathize with new Corolla owners like yourself that have been affected by this phenominum. I would hope Toyota would acknowledge the issue if there is one and take care of it for those affected.
  • erikhaanerikhaan Posts: 29
    I'm experiencing the same issue with my 2009 Corolla. I've had people look at me as they pass me on the highway, as if to say "Why are you wandering all over the highway?" I can't keep it straight!
  • cpu8900cpu8900 Posts: 53
    Yeah, that's a bad problem that Toyota needs to fix. Are they giving you a loaner for overnite repairs?

    Since this looks like a long term problem be sure to document everything that is done: time, dates, repairs, names, the whole thing. Your documentation paper trail will go a long way in supporting your case.

    I know many will roll their eyes when I say talk to a Lemon-law attorney. Each state has their own guidelines as to how many times you have to have tried to repair it for the same problem or loss of use.
    I have a friend that used one for a new car that was unsuccessfully repaired for the same problem many times . He ended up with a new car.

    Good luck.
  • stevefsstevefs Posts: 2
    Thanks guys for the comments and empathy. The dealer I bought it from basically told me there was nothing they could do about it, the fix has to come from Toyota. I love the car other than this issue with the steering. If Toyota's response doesn't change from what has occured so far, I'm afraid I won't ever be buying another Toyota. I'm already telling everyone that will listen, not to buy Toyota. Everytime I drive down the road, I'm afraid I'll be pulled over for DUI, and I wouldn't blame the police the way the car weaves and bobs across the road.
  • Can any one explain to me that why every time i fill up my gas tank it always fills up to 383 miles on my 09 Toyota Corolla LE.. If im averaging 35 miles in my car and my gas tank is 13.2 gallons it then should be reading 462 miles. Is this correct? I fell that the miles to empty is giving me the wrong readings. :mad:
  • cpu8900cpu8900 Posts: 53
    I'm also suspicious of the Toyota fuel management computer. I've had my 09 LE since
    last Jun and no matter how many times I reset the system or drive I continue to avg. about 42 MPG.

    I think the Toyota engineers majored in "fuzzy math" in college. :)
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Well your not filling up your tank when your on "absolute empty" are you?
  • That mileage of 383 would be till the light goes on and when you should fill up. If you fillup right after the light first comes on you will see it will only take about 10.2 gallons not 13.2. So you still have 3 gallon x 35mpg= 105miles. So you could really go about 480 miles on a FULL tank of gas but you will never go till it runs dry!! You do the math of 10 gallons when you fill it and times it by 35 is 350. So the computer is correct in a way!!
  • erikhaanerikhaan Posts: 29
    I think this last post is correct. I actually surprised myself one day when I drove around for a while, looking for a gas station, when the # of miles left read 0.0. I must have driven 20 miles looking for a gas station.
  • Thanks for all the advise, i was just a bit confused because my previous vehicle( Jeep ) was calculating the miles to empty according to my Average per gallon..which makes since to me but not seeing it in a toyota vehicle really confused me..
  • dotcom1dotcom1 Posts: 4
    Are you filling it up until the nozzel clicks off and then pull the nozzel out? I can put as much as 2.5 gallons in to bring it to the insert hole after the nozzel clicks off. When the gas goes in there is alot of air (foam) in the gas which leaves an air pocket in the tank and gives you a false impression that the tank is full. After the nozzel clicks off I slowly continue to fill it to the top of the neck until the gas quits going town the fill tube. Also I take the mileage on the trip meter since the last fill up and divide it by the gallons put in. I travel about 35 miles one way to work in not so steady driving and average 32-33 MPG. On a one long trip (83 miles) steady driving then running around and comming back it increased to 35 MPG. Some day I hope to take one long trip none stop on a tank to see what it increases to. Also you might want to add about 1 - 2 lbs of air to tires over the recommended Mfg PSI that is on the decal inside the drivers door.
  • newby8newby8 Posts: 4
    I have a constant vibration on my 1 week old Toyota Corolla LE. The vibration happens whether driving or stopped. It is worse when driving. I took it to the dealer and they stated on the service report they handed re: their diagnosis that'..the engine-driveline vibration is well within factory tolerances..and that the car is operating to manufacturers design intent.' It also stated (I did not witness) that they also took out another brand new 2009 from their lot and experieced the same vibration. They said there was nothing else they could do. I said that I cannot possibly continue driving a car with that much vibration. (I drive mostly on highways and have put on over 600 miles in the one week I have had the car. My hands and arms get weary with such vibration not to mention feeling the vibration thru my whole body.) I was instructed to file a claim directly with Toyota but the 800 # they gave me was not valid. I sopke to the dealer today and was instructed to file the claim with their customer relations person during office hours tomorrow. I'll keep posting updates. I am sure I am not alone with this situation.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Well, actually you might be alone as this is the first time I heard this complaint on this thread. Squeaks yea, vibrations no.
  • BakkaBakka Posts: 12
    You should never have a vibration like you describe.

    I had an issue with a '99 Saturn SC2 in regard to vibration. Saturn was not able to locate the source and I actually gave the car back to them just under the 1500 mile/30 day program that was offered at the time. This was replaced by a '00 model.

    I noticed the car stayed on their lot for nearly another 60 days before being sold, and later discovered the vibration turned out to be a tire issue of all things. Once they took the factory tires off and replaced them with Michelins, end of story.

    Your issue sounds to be more serious though, yet I would still look into the tires.
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