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2009 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs



  • chrischris Posts: 9
    HI! Terceltom is right. I have had brake noiseon my 2009 Corolla but once I take the car to a self-serve car wash and wash the front wheels (especiailly in and around the hubcaps), I see how much dirt comes out.,
    After that, it is fine.
  • pct2pct2 Posts: 1
    I had exactly the same problem, and this noise drives you nuts! I believe it was caused from the gas pedal recall when the dealer had to remove the manifold cover. Dealer has corrected now by repositioning the throttle plate. If not perfectly aligned, it lets in a small amount of air which causes the squealing. It took them several attempts to re-align, but they finally got it.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    What? Dealer does not remove manifold cover for accelerator recall. It's a simple 10 minute r/r on the pedal itself.
  • etho1416etho1416 Posts: 18
    The recall that caused the problem, and involved the manifold, was the earlier brake recall involving freezing brake lines, not the accelerator recall.

    I also had my dealer reposition the brake air intake unit and the noise went away. It took a few tries to get it right.
  • Erik,

    Here is my experience on vibration: when driving downhill--steep, strait and long slope, the car starts to speed up, to about 80 km/h (50 mile/hr), there is a kind of control system (if it has) starts to work trying to hold the speed (like kind of engine brake?), this function (like braking, even if your foot is away from the brake) causes the vibration.

    I tried a few times, and it happens all the time!

    It is not problems of tire, neither brake pad/rotor, or whatever, I think it is the problem of the design/control/programming! I explained to the dealer, they don't understand--how can they know? Maybe the Toyota engineer know exactly what's the issue----IT IS the design problem!

    I regret bought this car. Toyota will never be my next car!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Yea, I feel the same thing you're describing, but I actually think that's performing as designed. I don't believe it's a problem at all.
  • zzzcarzzzcar Posts: 3
    i had a very similar experience with my '06 corolla S. I have driven many cars with ABS and grew up north with lots of snow and ice driving. The ABS on my '06 kicks it provides very little braking force. it also triggers on bumpy surfaces such as cobblestones or rough road. I've driven over same road surfaces with other vehicles with no such activation. THere's really two problems, the abs triggering too easitly AND when it does activate there's little or no braking force.

    Contrary to logic, when this happens I do have to pump brakes to reset brakes and get any braking force. None of my other cars with ABS have worked in this manner. Someone I work with has a '08 corolla and has same problem. His dealer told him, maybe he drove through a puddle and brakes were wet!

    Toyota , something is wrong here. would suggest all who have problem to report to nhtsa website to get some traction (no pun intended) on this issue. thanks!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Have my first small problem with my "09" Corolla. A.C. smells on start-up. Odor resembles urine but I know it isn't. This odor quickly dissappears. Any ideas?
  • avelichevavelichev Posts: 6
    diller told me that evaporater has mold. they will contact to toyota to have permission to change evaporater
  • pekelvrpekelvr Posts: 61
    I "hear" on the WWW. There is an issue with hoses for the air units. Almost like the idea of condensation sitting in your home ice-maker in your fridge or water dispenser in your fridge. Sometimes it can also smell as in my car like a dead animal is in my motor. So suggest checking the lines that lead to airways.,
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    The evaporator drain can clog up, but then you'd have drips into the interior as well as mold.

    I would think that removing the evaporator would be the last drastic step in curing this problem.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Just found out there is a TSB ( # T-SB-0384-09) for replacement of the evaporators on 2009/2010 Corollas for the odor problem. Certain vins are covered under the 36 month 36,000 warranty.

    Here's the link:
  • I have just started to notice a smell in my ac. But I now have 39,350 miles on my car, so you telling me since they have this TSB I will still have to pay for it? If you have a TSB on a car shouldn't they tell you about it, I was in there back in march for my 35,000 mile oil change and didn't need ac back then so now i use it and i'm finding a small smell.......WHAT DO I DO???
  • cass01cass01 Posts: 10
    I would call your Toyota dealer and see if they would cover it since you are barely over the 36,000 mile mark. If they won't, call Toyota directly (look in your manual, they have instructions on how to to file a complaint) and raise a 'stink' about the problem. With all the difficulties Toyota is having right now, they may be very willing to cover this.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Not sure about this particular TSB, but some of them have an extended warranty time for the owner to get the problem taken care of. Check into it!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    TSBs are dealer advisories and not extended warranties (although they could be in some cases, if specified in the TSB). As an advisory, the dealer doesn't have to tell you about it, and he doesn't even have to pay attention to it if he doesn't want to.

    The TSB doesn't say anything about what's causing the odor or why the "new" evaporator fixes it. I suspect it has to do with draining.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I don't have the TSB in front of me right now but didn't it state the new evaporator was coated with a special material that the initial one didn't have? It does state in there that if your problem is found to be at fault and you have the affected VINS that it is covered under the manufactureres warranty.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    No, that's not how I'm reading it It says:

    "This repair is covered under the Toyota Comprehensive Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle’s in-service date. Warranty application is limited to occurrence of the specified condition described in this bulletin." ©

    I think the latter sentence refers to the VIN range that is applicable.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Talked to a buddy of mine who works at my local Toyota dealership. I asked him about the TSB for the evaporator replacement. He said while the TSB states the the replacement job takes 4.5 hours to complete he said it's more like a 6 hour job as the whole dash has to be removed first just to get to the evaporator. So I guess I'm going to live with this odor for about 30 seconds when I first turn on my A.C. rather than have my whole car torn apart for the replacement. He did give me the Petro A/C Chemical cleaner that most Toyota dealers use and sell to try on my car. They'll do it for you for about $60.00 but really, it only takes about 30 minutes of your time to do it yourself. The only drawback is you have to crawl halfway under the car to get to the A/C drain hose. This is a two can foam system; you shoot half the can up the rubber A.C. drain hose into the evaporator. After it turns to a liquid and drains out you repeat with the second half of the can. After that, you use the smaller 6 oz. can to totally disinfect the air intake and ductwork. I did this last night, I'll post about my success with this or not.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Yesterday I received my recall notice for my floor mat recall. Not quite sure what they are going to do though. I suspect they're going to give me new floor mats. The recall notice states that "Toyota will modify the floor surface in the driver's foot well as well as the pedal itself". I already had the wedge put into the pedal at a separate recall. It also states if the optional "all weather floor mats" are of the older style they will replace them on the passenger side and the drivers side free of charge. The only part that concerns me is the "modification of the pedal and the foot well".
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