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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • chejochejo Posts: 1
    yeah, that's I never try to climb 5 speed y rather use 4. It's not a big deal..
  • There are certain types of concrete that do make some tread noise, but otherwise I only hear the engine up to 75 mph most of the time. I am absolutely *shocked* at just how differently a vehicle can perform with different tires. I think the ride might be a tad firmer than the OE Goodyears, but with less than 100 miles on the tires it's hard to say. Probably need a good 1000+ miles to wear in. Car tracks perfectly after balancing and alignment was completed, as well.

    I have a question, can tires affect body roll? When I would go through some of the twists on my road on the Goodyears the body roll was so atrocious I was looking into a sway bar or suspension upgrade because I was getting tossed around in my seat. That's pretty much disappeared with the Michelins.

    I also think that almost any tire from any manufacturer will start having problems with their rubber after 4-5 years. Considering the miles I put on a year I'll probably have a good 70-75k miles in 5 years so that'll put me right at a good time to replace them if all goes well!
  • I had Costco dispose of them. 5/32nds in 13k miles is atrocious wear. I was gonna replace them at 4/32nds before the real winter hit but I decided to utilize the Michelin deal before it ended.
  • There was a dent removed a few inches in front of the driver side door handle. You can see a very small ripple in certain light. It is interesting that the rattle is coming from an interior piece in the driver side B-pillar and from what I understand, they have to replace the whole column that the seat belt comes from. I do think it's kind of odd that the two are so close...either way as long as this new part fixes the rattle then I'm satisfied.

    I think that tires might be a bit more expensive where I am at, but after cross-shopping several tires (and spending hours researching) I had narrowed it down to Pirelli P4 Four Seasons, Michelin X and Cooper CS4 Touring. The Michelins were the cheapest, surprisingly enough! Couldn't say no to that considering their reputation.
  • "can tires affect body roll?"

    It can feel that way if a tire's sidewall flexes excessively under side loads.
  • jyeejyee Posts: 1
    i have a 1998 corolla. i'm having problems with the one side of the brakes locking up.i have changed the brake line and the caliper and each time (3 times)after about a month it does it again.i'm stumped and so are 2 of my buddies which are part time machanics.need help with this

    1998 corolla
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    edited October 2011
    How 'bout the proportioning valve? When you first did the replacement, if the brake fluid that came out was dirty and brown, you could have sludged up the entire brake system. Brake fluid needs to be flushed every couple of years. I presume the slides on the calipers were greased properly and I hope that you used top quality parts and weren't tempted to use cheap rebuilt calipers from a chain store. God knows what they do to those things.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Asumming new brake fluid was used to eliminate moisture contaminated fluid and correct bleeding of the system was completed. Shiftright might have more.
  • Also a problem with the traction control module, if so equipped.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    That is strange if both brakes of one is locking up, but one thing I know for sure is when one brake locks up it is the rubber brake line to that wheel, note ,when it locks up, brake open the bleeder screw for that wheel, then see if the wheel turns freely, if it does, than it is a defect in the short rubber brake line to that wheel. if thats not it, than you need to flush out your brake lines as it sounds like you have a cloging somewhere in the lines.
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 305
    Tomorrow I'll have Hankook Optima tires installed on our 2010 Corolla S with 10,200 miles. The Goodyear tires were down to about 6/32nds and with winter coming here on Pittsburgh hills, I wanted something newer and with a good snow traction rating. The Hankooks rated well. I'll save the Goodyears for turn in at the end of the lease (2 years from now) in case the Hankooks are shot by then. I hope I made a good choice.
  • Yeah, the original Goodyears are cruddy tires...plain and simple. Mine were at 5/32nds at 13k miles...
    I utilized the Michelin $70 rebate and got the X's like I'm driving a totally different car. The cornering/handling has improved exponentially compared to the Goodyears. Road noise is nonexistant. The ride is a little firmer, but it's definitely worth it considering how much better the car performs. The traction is much better...on roads where my ABS would (prematurely) activate it no longer does with the Michelins. If I can get 60k out of the tires I'll be ecstatic. I was looking at the Hankook Optimo H727, but I didn't get it because the Tirerack tests didn't give it the best wet traction reviews, which is important to me. I was looking at the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons, Continental ProContact w/Ecoplus and Cooper CS4 Touring. I would have preferred the Continentals, but they are backordered and the Michelins were (surprisingly) the cheapest out of the bunch.

    I do have an annoying problem. It sounds like there's a bee in the trim garnish piece that the driver side seat belt comes out of in the B Pillar. It alternates from buzzing at lower speeds to creaking at higher speeds. I've been to the dealership like 5 times. They ordered a new part and put it on today, and did some other work (apparently the new part didn't fix it so the mechanic called Toyota and did some more work to repair the problem) and I test drove the car with the mechanic and I didn't hear the buzzing. Drove it home and it started all over again. Any suggestions? My 15k service is coming up soon, I'm wondering if I should just drop the car off and say that I won't drive it home until I don't hear this buzzing anymore because it's seriously driving me up a wall. :sick:
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Yes, tell them to fix it. You said earlier that there was damage in this area (a dent or something like that), that I bet caused it. They need to fix it, so tell them to get it right!
  • I was just thinking...I found a service bulletin for Corolla/Matrixes from 09-10 regarding a garnish piece on the B-pillar of the car. I even brought it in to the dealership, but they disregarded it because it was a problem with the lower part of the B-pillar (the buzzing is at ear level).

    Looking at the Invoice it says the mechanic called TAS and was supposed to add felt somewhere because there was a problem with the lower half of the B-pillar that was causing the sound to radiate upward, making it sound like it's at ear level. That's a little suspicious, no...? I might bring back that service bulletin...

    Yeah, there was a small dent removed from the driver side exterior door handle...I'm sure this is a cause of that. So frustrating!
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 305
    Windgrace, when you say you got the (Michelin) "X" tires...the only such tire I can see on TIRERACK is a winter snow tire. Is THAT what you are talking about? Do you plan to run it yearround?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Really sounds like you should go to another Toyota dealer, as the one you have been going to is not doing their job!
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,690

    Check out the Michelin "X" which is last on the page.

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  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 305
    Impressive. Perhaps had I seen this, I would have gotten them instead of the Hankook. Well, the Kooks are on the car now and they appear to be "good too". Good going on your Michelin deal!
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 305
    I am wondering what the top speed is on my 2010 Corolla "S"? The reason I ask is because when I ordered tires from TIRERACK, they called to "warn" me that the tires I ordered "only" had a top speed of 118 versus the top speed of 130 on the stock Goodbad tires that came with the car. Can a Corolla REALLY get up to 118 MPH, let alone 130?
  • They're covering their butts legally on that.
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