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Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    Would just like to keep things on topic here. If you want to talk about the cars I own or have owned, it should be about the 2 Corollas I've owned and their maintenance.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I really don't think you should require purchasing a Chilton's repair manual for $15.00 to change a light bulb. Like someone mentioned it should be in your new car manual. But really, I'm assuming it's just like previous Corollas and other cars. You just pop the trunk open, look for the connector in the back with the wiring attached depending on which side your bulb is burned out. Twist this plastic connector to the left and pull out. The burned out bulb will be attached. Replace bulb from any auto store and replace the same way.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,564
    That info should be in your owner's manual.

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  • Sometimes when I press on my 2007 corolla brake pedal, I hear squeaky sounds (like an old bed spring), not squealing sounds like when pads need changing. A rep at the dealership says there is nothing that can be done about the squeaky sound, that it will be there forever. He says the brakes have been inspected and they look fine. Is this accurate info?
  • my brother-in-law had one. at first he had me thinking that car was reliable, but thought wrong. the check engine light came on and he spent 400 dollars to get it fixed and a month later it was on again (electrical problem). what happened after that? dropped it off at the dealership and did not look back!
  • I bought a brans spanking new 2008 Toyota Corolla CE and only a few weeks into the purchase have had mice getting into the passenger cabin. Has anyone had this problem before or do I have a problem car?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Well, you definitely have a problem but it certainly isn't the car. Doesn't seem to be a hard problem to solve though. Set a couple of glue traps when parking for the evening and you should catch the culprets by morning.
  • sefsef Posts: 3
    I changed the front bulbs for my 2006 but I don't think a guy could get his hand into that little opening for the left front one which sits right in front of the battery. My son couldn't get his in there.

    Have not had to do the brake lights yet. It was all in the manual that came with the car.

    Good Luck. The bulb units were $10.50 each at Autozone.
  • sefsef Posts: 3
    They changed my t. fluid at 30,000. It was dirty. I made them show it to me and it really was.

    The service guys push changing those fluids everytime I go in for service. I make them look at the fluids with me on a clean white paper towel which I take with me and tell them if it looks good to me and I check the fluids in between times. I am at 77,000 and have only changed the t. Don't forget they are all on commission and probably have to bill a certain amount per hour if I understand it correctly. They replaced the front brakes this time - my idea and I asked for the old brake pad so that I can monitor the wear.

    When they replaced the brakes, the guy called me while the car was down and told me the O ring on the timing chain (?) had an oil leak and also that my brake fluid needed to be changed AFTER we had looked at it. I told them it could all wait.
  • sefsef Posts: 3
    Good Grief! I think they are padding that payroll!! My 2006 has 77,000 on it and I just now replaced the front brake pads and replaced transmission fluid at 30,000 because I made them show it to me and it really was dirty. They will try to do everything you let them because they are on commission and have to bill an hourly amount. I emailed Toyota about my questions and even though they refer you back to your maintenance rep, they are more careful about it.

    Make them show you what they want to do. Make them show you what those fluids look like on a clean white paper towel. They sound terrible to me if they didn't even rotate your tires. I mark one tire so that I know they have been rotated everytime. Everytime they tell me something, I get that manual out and show them it's not on the list for that mileage and make them explain it to me. Also, I have a son who knows a lot about car. I am so sorry.

    They don't like it but I don't care.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I would definitely watch the technicians you have servicing your car. They sound like they're out to make money on you. How does Transmission fluid get dirty at 30,000 miles. It might get burnt if you are having transmission problems but not dirty. It might be a good thing to get it changed for viscosity purposes, but not dirt. Even so, 30,000 miles seems way too soon for that. Did you understand what he meant when he told you "the "O" ring on the timing chain had an oil leak"? I certainly didn't know timing chains had oil leaks, or "O' rings for that matter. How was he able to make this fantastic diagnosis by just replacing your brakes? Why did you have your brakes replaced in the first place? Were they worn or was it just an intuition you had? Rotors should never have had to be replaced at just 30,000 miles. Did you know they can be resurfaced for just a fraction of the cost to replace them. Also, brake fluid should never have to be changed unless it got corrupted with water, you would feel this in the firmness of the brake pedal. It's pretty sad when you have to mark your tires because you can't trust your Service Tech. to rotate the tires when you ask him to do so. Did you think of trying to find a more trustworthy Technician ? Your wasting your money!
  • I bought a 2008 Toyota Corolla LE in November. Its at about 36000 miles. For the last few months there is a metal scraping noise apparently from the brakes the first time I press on them with every "trip." After braking once, I never get the sound again--until the next time I start the car and head out. It happens when I reverse, and when I go forward. I thought it might have something to do with using my parking brake (when I'm parking of course), but it happens whether I have used it or not. Any ideas?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Normal on all cars I've ever had - it is just moisture on the brake rotors that causes corrosion, and the first time you use the brakes it gets scrapped off - no harm done. My '99's front brakes lasted 85k miles, and the rears are still original (105k+ miles). So, obviously, this scraping noise is not at all bad, perfectly normal.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    McDawg is exactly right. This is perfectly normal as it is corrosion which appears mostly after driving in wet rainy weather and dries until the next time you use your brakes. It is then removed from the rotors with the brake pads.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Having the same issue on our '05 Mazda big deal...gone after using the brakes once. Funny though, our other 3 cars don't do this at all :confuse: .

    The Sandman :)
  • Hi all,

    I have a 1996 Corolla DX (1.8 L) which has 201K miles with the following issues:

    1. For the past several years, when it gets really cold out (below 20F) you turn the key and the dash lights come on, but nothing else happens (no crank or start). However, if you hold the key in the start position long enough, it will start (unless it's below zero, in which case I take a different car to work).

    2. New problem (started five days ago) - when you start the car, there is a strong air sound coming from the engine compartment. I have theorized that it may be a belt rubbing against something (no squeak) or something with the air intake or vacuum line. The noise stops after about 30 seconds. This happens upon start up even when the car is warm.

    3. Every once in a while, the check engine light goes on (no, it's not the gas cap) and will turn off after 2-3 days, or 2-3 weeks. I have replaced both O2 sensors.

    I would like to sell the car, and a friend has expressed interest. I would not sell to him with these issues, though. Please help me out!

  • geeta3geeta3 Posts: 2
    Thank you for your reassuring message. That is the MOST STUPID LECTURE I HAVE EVER HEARD. It seems to be pretty close to what I have heard from most of the people at the Toyota dealership. You seem to be closely related to the them - your "Knee-Jerk" type of response exhibits that trait.

    I have tried every trick (and believe me I mean every thing) in the book to stop the mice entering into the cabin without success (glue traps, etc., etc... - even covering holes with mesh per the dealer mechanic's suggestions - at a cost they could do that for me - I wonder why I ever bought a new car - to provide free transportation for mice?????). They have eaten into two air filters. I have never had mice or such get into any of my other cars. These were parked in the same spot as this new Toyota. Right now there are two other cars parked right next to this one and have never seen this problem. I am sick and tired of the dealer and others telling me that I don't understand the problem. Let me tell you - it not the mice that are the problem. It is the dumb design of Toyota that allows the mice to find their way in. If that is not the case, then I have been sold a lemon of a car. The dealer who is supposed to help me with this only wants to make more money out of the situation that Toyota has put me into. Do you consider this as a feature and I should be so happy for. These dealers were so happy to sell me this car - and once bought they don't want to know about the problems. I will join the line of people who will not touch another Toyota even with a barge pole.

    Let me tell you something else. The people who bother to write about problems with their cars do so after exhausting most normal channels. I have been struggling with this problem for over one and a half years. I take offense at comments that outright tell me that there is nothing wrong with the car. If you really believe that there is nothing wrong with the car, than why don't you buy this junk off me for a mere $15,000. I'd be more than happy to give you this simple problem to fix. You have no idea how I lost my excitement of purchasing a new car transformed into disgust within the first two weeks and subsequently into utter stress because I can never drive this contraption with peace of mind.

    Let me know if you are interested in purchasing this car from me. You'd be most helpful. I say shame on Toyota!!!!!!

    Apologize for the long reply and no personal anger intended, but that's how cheesed-off I feel with such ill-considered responses.

  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    Sorry to hear about such a weird situation but after doing some research its not all that un common. The one thing i did find was they will go into any make of car from a Geo to a Lexus depending on many of different sitiuations. Good luck hope you find a answer.

    The baby powder near the bottom of the artical i thought was a good idea

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    It wasn't a stupid lecture ! I was trying to legitimately resolve your problem. In fact didn't you say that you even tried my suggested glue traps on your own before you even heard from me?
  • Two days ago my cruise control stopped on its own, I reset it and its been fine since. Tonight my car engine stalled and I pulled off the road and restarted the car, the malfunction light was on. When i put it in drive it felt like the transmission had jumped. I could drive at a normal speed but the light was still on. I pulled off the road again and unscrewed the gas cap and reapplied it. The malfunction light turned off and I was able to drive normally. Has anyone else had similar problems and is this a one off or should I expect it to happen again?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Get your error codes read from the car computer, then look them up on the internet.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Sounds like it's much more than just a gas cap issue. Follow #485 suggestions.
  • thanks, i brought the car to the garage today, I need to be more on the ball with following maintenance schedules, the oil was cruddy and the air filter blocked. he mechanic said that should fix the problem
  • Hi I read your note on the forum and just thought I'd ask how you made out since it was wrote. Our letter would go much the same way with our 09 Corrola! I tried the dealer, I tried Toyota Canada and they said it was my baby as it isn'nt a defect! Itold them I thought it was a design defect. Our problem is from the cabin air intake. Our service manager was quoted me 400.00 plus change to fix this nothing wrong problem. It burns me on a new vehichle that we even bought xtended warrenty,and they say we are sorry but it isn,t a problem! Toyota Canadano is 1 888 869 6828 Goodluck! Snow Gopher
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Okay, so let me get this right, mice in your vehicle and you think either Toyota or your dealer is responsible for this? Hmmm! Maybe they just threw a $400.00 number out there just so you would go away? Don't get me wrong, I do understand that rodents and /or squirrels in a vehicle can wreck havoc, but how in the world could it possibly be someone else's fault? Don't you think an exterminator in or around your parking area can go along way in solving your problem? "09"'s have cabin air filters, how are they getting past the filter?
  • Bahhh, it ended up being the electrical panel, I was 4,000 km's over my warranty, so the dealer said no go on covering it, brought it to the garage that my office uses and he did the work for 1300.00. Ticks me off beyond belief that Toyota knows its a defect and does crap to cover it. I'm very disappointed in them and will never buy a Toyota again.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    So was there a $1300.00 problem that allowed mice into your Corolla throu the electrical panel or did the mice chew the wires on the electrical panel to cause $1300.00 in damage?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Toyota knows its a defect and does crap to cover it.

    A MOUSE DEFECT ? :confuse:

    Not sure how many Toyota vehicles made and sold over the years, but yours is the only one with a mouse problem and you claim Toyota is covering up some sort of defect. :sick:

    Wow what an ego :shades:
  • hold on, I didn't have a mouse problem, I replied to the question asking what happened after my car stalled a few times. No ego here, just an empty wallet. :mad:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Terceltom and kenym, let's back up and take a breath here. First of all, imjustagirl said nothing at all about mice. Her problems are described here: imjustagirl, "Toyota Corolla Basic Maintenance Questions" #485, 4 Jul 2009 8:34 pm.

    Secondly, if people are having problems with mice getting into their cars and want to ask for help with that, they are welcome to do so.

    Let's not jump on other posters, please. Skip the post if you can't be helpful. Thank you.
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