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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair

deagleddeagled Posts: 20
After getting home with my new XRS I heard a strange ticking sound coming from under the hood. I checked and it sounded like a fast sucking/clicking from the top right corner. I buzzed back to the dealer and there tech had no idea what it was. When i got back home the noise was gone. Since then i have heard this noise a few times, but each time i take it to the dealer it isnt clicking. anyone out there have any ideas?


  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    I don't know where to post, but I guess this is as
    close at it comes.

    I noticed my new 99 Corolla makes a ticking sound.
    It happens when I shut off my engine after a
    drive. That was when the weather was colder, and
    now it has disappeared. It sounds just like "tick,
    tick, tick..." continuing on a regular rhythum. I
    don't know if it only happens during the break in,
    or was it because of the cold temperature. I
    check all my fluid levels very frequently, and
    hasn't noticed any leaks.

    Any of you new Corolla owners had this experience?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,484
    Sounds like the engine cooling off, quite normal, I'd say, but I'm presuming this goes away in 13-30 seconds?

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  • gusgus Posts: 254
    Or perhaps the ticks get slower or more irregular over the next few minutes?
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558

    It disappears in about a minute. If it is engine cooling off, why the noise?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,484
    My understanding is rapid cooling of metal parts of different thicknesses and types...a contraction or flexing. AFter you shut an engine down, it actually heats up for just a little while (heat-sink effect) before it starts cooling, when the cooler outside air takes over. You might notice a similar sound in house wall heaters when you shut them down.

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  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    here is another note:

    I just noticed a little wind weezing noise + little vibrating sound coming from my driver side front door on my 99 Corolla LE. It only happens when I go over a bump or pothole. It sounds like air leaking into the car via the door seal, but there doesn't appears to be any water leaking in. I originally thought it was the antannae whipping about when I hit a bump, but even when I fully retracted it, the noise is still there. Has any one had a similar problem? It's not loud, pretty faint, but noticable w/ radio off. Some suggestions pleas. :)
  • windstar2windstar2 Posts: 1
    I have purchased a 98 Toyota Corolla LE today. During my test drive, I noticed the steering wheel vibrated at 70 mph. 60 MPH was ok. Anyone else out there noticed this problem? Is it fixable?
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    Try switching the tires front to rear. If the problem persists, you know that it's not wheel balance, and may be the rack or some other steering component.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    The noise is gone... 2 weeks now and no more wind noise or vibrations. Strange... maybe something just wasn't worn it yet. Thank you all for your information.
  • guitarzanguitarzan OhioPosts: 764
    Wenyue, the Toyota's have such close tolerances, that sometimes even a small amount of dirt can prevent the door or window from sealing properly. Did you wash your car recently? Or experienced rain? That could have gotten rid of any dirty on the seal. Or, like you said, it may have just needed to be broken in a little.
  • I have a manual 1999 ve corolla. I noticed from the first day of driving it that going very slowly and turning, there is a "boingg" sound (like a spring) going on near the driver's compartment. At first I thought it was the steering, then the brakes, or the clutch, but I can't identify where the sound might be coming from. All my fluids are filled, so I'm not sure what the problem could be.

    Any ideas?
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    Thanks for the info. Yeah, i did wash my car recently. For what ever the reason, the noise is gone.

    Oh, here is another stupid story. I thought I heard a vibrating noise coming from the driver side window. I was worried, turned off the radio and listened closely. Noticed it only happens when i drive over rough pavement or bumps. I was debating whether I should take it to the mechanic. The next day (before I went to the mechanic), while I was driving, I realized that noise was coming from my wrist watch's. I wear my watch pretty loose, and every time, I drive over a rough spot, my watch band(metalic) would shake like a wind-chime and produce that noise. God I felt really stupid. :)
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    I don't suppose you have ABS. It could some times cause that noise. But that is more like the property of a Ford or GM cars.
  • No, I don't have ABS. One thing I did notice is that it only happens when I am braking (and stepping on the clutch) in a low gear.
  • shmangshmang Posts: 297
    It might be the synchronizer. Normally, new cars w/5spd will have a synchronizer to reduce clutch wear. So when you are in low speed, the gear ratio difference is more than in high speed and you will notice that kind of sound, it is not anything unusual, next time, try to disengage your clutch while on 3rd gear and try to push the stick into 1st gear(But don't engage the clutch), you will hear that kind of sound again.
  • ant1ant1 Posts: 4
    I'm thinking of buying a 99 CE I got a quote for 14,100 with a/t and the value package (thats the out the door price) is that good?
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558

    If it includes the value package, then it probably is a good price. Best of luck. :)
  • aloha2aloha2 Posts: 1
    I'm considering purchasing a Toyota Corolla CE.
    Overall, do you think it's the best car you
    could buy for the price? Thanks
  • ohhohh Posts: 7
    My friend bought a corolla LE for that price.
    So I think you can probably get a few hundreds bucks discount from there.
    check out and see what price they give you. i think corolla has $500 dealer incentive (at least it used to two months ago)
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558

    The $14,100 is the out of the door price (tax and tag included). With value package, it would probably be a good price (as long as sales tax is 3% or higher).


    I think its the best car when comes to daily commuting. Not the sporties handling of cars, but it's the most reliable economy car with possibly the best over all engine out there.

    If you want to drive for fun, try a Mazda protege ES instead. It should cost as much as a TOyota CE w/ value package.
  • just reading the notes about cost of the CE, i just worked a deal out for a CE with the VP value package, cruise and those nice mats (hate those being an extra) for $13,390 then add the shipping of $420. not a bad deal and it was advertized in the paper (5 cars at this price) well i used that add to convince the dealer i was at he was to high. (had it at $14,200) and then i looked on the web and see another $100 coupon from class action to apply. too late for me cause the coupon has to be presented before papers completed..
  • poiu1poiu1 Posts: 1
    hi! the steering in the VE model is non -adjustable and is too low...and my legs constantly touch the steering wheel...

    and it is bugging me a lot...

    i spoke with a few dealerships... and they were not able to help me out... one suggested to trade in the vehicle and take a CE!

    any help is appreciated...

    thanks in advance
  • hc28hc28 Posts: 1
    Hi, I brough my corolla LE 5-speed for 14,000. Is this good or bad deal. (not include tax and tag)
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    (hc28), this is a question you should ask in the Smart Shopper Conference, not here.

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  • 130130 Posts: 7

    I've just bought a new 99 Corolla CE, 4-speed automatic. Its engine whines when accelerating, especially between 10-40 mph. Is this normal with Corollas or should I have it serviced?

  • luqluq Posts: 1
    I am currently looking into buying a Corolla CE. I think there may be good deal as end of year approaching and the Labor Day weekend coming up. I don't seem to see that kind the deal the other people talked about in the newspaper. I didn't decide to buy a new car until last week, and I haven't shopped around to find out the best deal yet. I also would prefer to find a car before Labor Day. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    Check the Smart Shopper Conference.

    conference host
  • gusgus Posts: 254
    wenyue, I don't mind at all--answer the questions twice if you want to!! :) In fact, I encourage people to answer each others' questions. Nobody has the answers to everything, so member participation is vital to the success of the Maintenance Conference and the Town Hall in general. Thanks for speaking up!
  • Having problem with a 90 corolla aux fan and a/c
    fan. I can't get it to shut off,I replaced the relays and the radiator fan switch with no luck?
  • mt1mt1 Posts: 4
    I have a 1996 Gea Prizm, with the 1.6L. Can anybody tell me when the timing belt should be replaced? Can't find it in the manual.
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