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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,842
    I'm afraid this car is a goner. You can buy a very nice 1990 Corolla for less than the cost to repair all this damage.

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  • dkeaniedkeanie Posts: 16
    I need to use both hands to open my boot, could it be because it the spoiler? I thought the gas struts were supposed to assist when opening the boot they don't on mine, it does hold the boot open. Are the struts supposed to assist I have a 1995 Corolla CD.
  • blazer01blazer01 Posts: 4
    Hi Just Bought 90 For My 20Year Daughter Would You Sell Me Your Owner Manual Also What Is Little Button On Left Side Of Shift Lever My Daughter Got Hit And Run Thats Why I Bought This Car Sorry About Your Car Thanks Robert
  • blazer01blazer01 Posts: 4
    Does Any One Know About How Much A Timing Belt Cost To Replace 1.6 sohc And What Else Should They Replace While Their in There P.S. Thanks for The Site On Which You Can Find Motors That Are Interference And Non Interference Robert
  • ftmunftmun Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 Corolla LE with about 76,000 miles. I've taken care of it and had routine maintenance performed, although I have not had any transmission maintenance except checked the fluid level at each oil change. My "check engine" light went on. I ignored it, until I finally took it to dealer and they said the computer had trouble code PO741 torque convertor clutch solenoid performance, and Toyota recommends replacing the transmission at a cost to me of $3100. My warrantee expired at 60,000 miles, but one should not expect to have to replace transmission at only 76,000. Any ideas??
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,842
    If you added a spoiler yourself than the struts might be too weak to handle it. If the spoiler is stock, then the struts are just worn out. They aren't very expensive and they are easy to replace. If it's an aftermarket spoiler, that's going to be harder to solve.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,842
    Have you had any driveability symptoms from this alleged defect, like weak acceleration (as if the car were starting in too high a gear?) or weird shifting?

    If not, I'd get a second opinion from a reputable transmission shop that has been in business for a long time in your area.

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  • blazer01blazer01 Posts: 4
    HelloWould You Know Where I Can Get A Owner Manual For My Daughters 1990 Corolla?
  • ftmunftmun Posts: 2
    Thanks for your response, I will get a second opinion. No, there have not been any signs of trouble and transmission seems to be working normally. I have been driving with the engine light on for a couple days, then it goes off for a couple days. I wonder if it could be a computer problem rather than xmission problem. May try AAMCO. Did I also mention that at about 35,000 miles my air conditioning went out and it cost almost $1,000 to fix that!!
  • twixertwixer Posts: 1
    Hi all, I have a a Toyota corolla T3 vvti, 3 door hatchback, 2003 model,Initially the left turn signal would not cancel now the right turn signal is the same, Update on indicator stalk problem, I ordered a spare from an auto parts dealer, removed my "faulty" one? and on checking it out the appears to be nothing wrong with it at all as it is exactly the same as the replacement in every detail and I can cancel both when not fitted, when fitting the spare part it problem is still there so i suspect it has to do with the "notched " part of the steering column although I cant quite figure out what is wrong!
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    A quick google yields the following:
    TSB No.: 00804 NHTSA No.: 10011810 TSB Date: November 22, 2004
    Failing Component:
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Torque Converter
    Description of Summary:
    Malfunction indicator light on with diagnostic trouble code p0741 (torque converter clutch solenoid performance).

    Maybe the owner has a free-bee coming. :shades:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,842
    Yeah he may---here's more on that TSB:


    M.I.L. "ON" DTC P0741

    '04 - '05 Corolla (1ZZ-FE)

    November 22, 2004


    Some 2004 - 2005 model year Corolla vehicles may exhibit M.I.L. "ON" with DTC P0741 (Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid Performance). Production changes have occurred to correct this condition. Follow the repair procedure to address those vehicles that exhibit the condition.
    NOTE :The repair procedure must be followed closely to assure that only the affected part is replaced, as multiple possible causes are listed.

    Applicable Vehicles
    ^ 2004 - 2005 model year Corolla vehicles equipped with 1ZZ-FE engine produced BEFORE the Production Change Effective VIN shown below.


    Production Change Information

    Warranty Information

    Applicable Warranty*:
    R & R of the Speed Sensor, Transaxle, and Torque Converter Clutch Assembly are covered under the Toyota Powertrain Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 60 months or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle's in-service date.
    R & R of the Engine Control Module is covered under the Toyota Federal Emissions Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 96 months or 80,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle's in-service date.

    * Warranty application is limited to correction of a problem based upon a customer's specific complaint.

    I'd sure waive that TSB # in their face!

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  • katz3katz3 Posts: 1
    We just bought a 2008 Toyota corolla and noticed that the security light keeps blinking. Is this normal? Won't it drain the battery?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Perfectly normal, just like my Camry - battery will be fine. See owner's manual.
  • jkittlejkittle Posts: 5
    Does anyone know what the sequence is to turn off the "maintenance required" light?

    I have searched the forum and gone through my manual twice and have found nothing. I tried the same method as my Honda CRV (hold the trip meter button and turn the ignitionon switch on and off) but it didn't work.
  • stevelstevel Posts: 5
    Believe it or not it tells you how in the manual and yes, it's done the same way as on your Honda. Start with key off, hold down trip reset button and then turn key to run while continuing to hold down the button. Watch the odometer "count down" with dashes till they disappear - done.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Yep, Stevel is right. It is in the manual. Also, his description of how to do it is correct.
  • jkittlejkittle Posts: 5
    Thanks. I must be doing something wrong because it didn't work the first time. I'll tri it again.

    Again thank you
  • Need answer/ or advise from someone who knows about car repair/maintenance for I can't afford to take my car to the dealer nor can afford a new one to replace it. My car just been to the auto shop for diagnostic image for thorough check up for what causing my engine light comes and stays on for no reason and off when it feels like it. Mechanic is claiming that his diagnostic image machine showing code "99" which he doesn't understand what that mean? I really need someone's help or advise to solve this "unknown" matter for we can't figure out what's going on and what's causing that light to stay on. At first, it will give me warning like, "jerk the car" then the light comes on. Now, the light stays on and I get worried everytime i drive it. By the way, it has new crank sensor/new water pump/new belt...Pls. help. I will be very grateful to someone who can help me solve this problem. Thanks.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    A parts store like Advance Auto, NAPA, or PepBoys will probably be able to read the code for you. However, determining what to do next?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,175
    I had to have the tranny replaced in my 2003 Tundra with 43,000 miles. Two wheel drive and suburban driven and never pulled a thing with it. They didn't even blink an eye, gave me a Camry loaner for a week and replaced it. I get the feeling that a lot of trannies are replaced on Toyota products and when they are done under the powertrain warranty like mine they get no publicity whatsoever and I think Toyota wants to keep it that way.
  • basline11basline11 Posts: 13
    The instrument cluster in the Corolla DLX (Delux?) is very simple. I have an opportunity to get one from a LE model that has a tach and is better looking. I know the new cluster will fit in the dash but do not know if the connections will fit. Any Toyota experts out there?? Is there an online resource possibly.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Do this first, disconnect the positive cable from the battery and leave it disconnect for approx. 10 minutes, then reconnet it and start your car, this should make your car computer reprogram it self, and solves alot of the problems, with the engine light coming on. alot of times do to something simple making it come on like a poor wire connection some where. if this does not work you can take it to Auto Zone auto parts store, and they will test your car with a computer for free, and tell you what the test results come up with. Some mechanics say if engine light problem can not be solved and your car runs good like it is with that light on then do not worry about it, just drive it like it is.
  • esvesv Posts: 1
    I have a good friend of mine that just bought a beater 93 corolla and wants to learn how to change the oil. Can anyone help me with these questions?

    Where is the oil filter located?
    How much oil and of what type does it take? (didn't come with an owners manual)
    Where is the oil plug?

    Is there any good web site that can help me with this? or even a book I can get?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Hello,
    still the problem is on my 1995 Toyota Corolla. Engine check light stays on for
    no reason. Mechanic checked everything and all him is code "99" which
    he is not sure what it means? Will anyone out there would know what that code mean?
    Also, just replaced the crank sensor/water pump and belt. Sometimes, car jerked and stall. Pls. tell me what's causing to do that and how to solve the problem. No money to take to dealer for check up nor repair. Pls. help.. Any help or advise to resolve the problem is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    Go by Auto Zone, Pep-Boys, someplace like that and buy a Haynes shop manual for that car...should cost around 16.95, and it will explain everything, and has pictures.
  • Just want to thank you for the information/advise regarding my concern. I'll try to do just that, take my car to Auto Zone and hopefully they'll be able to help me out and find exactly what the problem is and come up with the solution. Do appreciate for the advise, thank you and take care.
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