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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • csheffieldcsheffield Posts: 1
    I have a 93 corolla that the OD light blinks on and off intermitently and sometimes it will not shift to the higher gears. The code tells me that it is the vehicle speed sensor. I have replaced this with no luck. Sometime the engine light comes on as well. This car has 307,000 miles on it and it still gets 30+ mpg, so most of the time it runs well. Any help would be great!

  • mgealmgeal Posts: 2
    does anyone know if Qhorsepower oil really works well in adding horsepower to an 89 corolla?
  • hondo12hondo12 Posts: 1
    I have the same thing going on with my 2001 GEO Prizm with 65,000 miles. Pretty quiet at neutral and 1st. 2nd gear gets louder and 3-5 is loud with a grinding type noise. started about 3 months ago. CLutch seems fine.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,374
    No you can't get horsepower out of oil. Qhorsepower is just another synthetic oil. Might be a great product but it doesn't have any horsepower in it.

    I guess if you froze your engine with 40W in it, and then drained that and put in synthetic oil, yes your engine would, for the first few minutes, spin easier with the synthetic and produce more of its own available horsepower on a dyno. I have experienced easier start-ups in cold weather with synthetics.

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  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I agree...oil does not add horsepower, but it does reduce friction. And, synthetic is a better lubricant than traditional oil, and due to that, you may actually see a slight increase in MPG. Also, synthetic oil is more moisture resistant, which can have a positive effect if you take primarily short drives (15 miles or less).The other good quality about synthetic oil is that you can extend the periods between oil/filter changes safely.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,374
    All true but he was asking about horsepower gains, which I bet on a dyno would come up as "statistically irrelevant".

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  • carebear3carebear3 Posts: 1
    Have the same problem w/ my 06 corolla S. It was Sluggish when it shifted out of gears.
    Took it to the dealership, was told the power control module had to be replace.
  • frugalonefrugalone Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla LE. The driver's side, interior door handle has broken and I have ordered a replacement. Can anyone refer me to a site with instructions on how to replace the handle? Or can you give me any tips? Will I have to replace the panel on the door? Thanks.
  • folesfoles Posts: 1
    My drivers door just start not to work. Did you find anything out? :cry: :mad:
  • ednorton1ednorton1 Posts: 1

    When engine is cold have a slight knock, but then disappears in a few minutes. Never checked my valve clearances. Have 2003, 90,000 mi. Do I need to check this? Is this a pain in neck if adjustments need to be made?

    Thanks for any help.
  • bob191bob191 Posts: 14
    I am going to change first time the engine oil and filter in my new Corolla S. Toyota recommends for the best performance and fuel efficiency OW-20 fully syntetic oil.
    I found out that it is very hard to find this oil in Toronto. The closest I saw on a shelf was OW-30, made by Pennzoil. I've never heard about this brend before.

    I will appreciate any suggestion regarding the best syntetic brend and the place where to get it.
  • I have an 02 Corolla with about 65K miles. I just started to get a little trouble with the breaks. Little grinding not all too often but enough to keep make me get it checked out. When I took it in I was told the front break job would run me between 500 and a grand. Does this sound like the right ball park for the price for labor and parts? A 'regional manager' calls me. It is about 15 minutes after I tell them no thanks I will figure out a plan B. He tells me they can take 20% of parts and labor but only if I get everything else on their list of periodic maintenance. They also held the car for most of the morning and into the afternoon before calling... as if that would stop me from getting a second estimate. Are they fishing for a sucker or do I need to be a little less suspicious?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,374
    it's too much for just front brakes. Shop around.

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  • joeyjoejoejoeyjoejoe Posts: 68
    I have a 2000 Corolla LE with right around 95,000 miles. I was running through my manual and saw it reference changing the manual transmission oil around this time. Well I can't find anything on the Internet about there is nothing in the manual about where to find it. Nice, huh?

    Anyway, has anyone ever done this themselves? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Check Toyotanation for complete details/pictures. I have a '99 LE 5 speed manual with 105k. Any issues? Mine runs perfect, no issues, ever.
  • joeyjoejoejoeyjoejoe Posts: 68
    Nope, mine runs fine also. I just like to find ways to keep it in tip-top shape. This is obviously something I've never done. There is all sorts of information on-line about changing automatic transmission fluid, but I'm having problems finding anything about the manual tranny oil.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 57,374
    On most cars, except a rare few with a dipstick for the manual transmission, the changing of manual transmission fluid is a fairly nasty job, requiring you to jack up the car (safely) on the level (so you know how much to fill), a drain pan of course, a pump for the new fluid, a wrench for the drain plug, and another for the fill plug, and the new oil itself.

    It's the kind of job I personally prefer to give to someone else. They put the car on a lift, drain it and pump in the new oil from a pressurized hose. Bing-bang, ten minutes.

    As for mileage, I wasn't able to find any mention of when to change the manual transmission fluid. It might be fine for the life of the car. But if you're the type who plans on keeping a car 200K + miles, I think it's a good idea to have it done around 100K or so. You might think about using a synthetic transmission oil.

    If you don't have an owner's manual, if I were you I'd pick one up on eBay or at the dealership so that you can have a complete maintenance guide.

    In any event, nothing you have to worry about.

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  • dchevdchev Posts: 38
    You can change manual transmission fluid IF YOU WANT TO!
    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO, but if you believe that car will run better, you can do it.
    Just go to Auto Zone or Advance Auto Parts, tell them that you have 2000 Toyota Corolla with manual transmission. They will tell tell you what fluid they have got for your car and how many bottles you need. If you do it, please go with synthetic gear fluid.
    Next, check with a few local repairing shops, and there will be one or two of them at least who can do it!!!
    I used to have a Toyota Tercel and did change my gear fluid once. Car started running much smoother.
    Good luck!!! :D
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    I changed my manual tranny oil at about 80k. I had mechanic do it, cost me $40.
  • Car still giving me trouble. Mechanic just replaced new fuel pump/relay(???) and water pump was recently replaced as well and still the engine light comes on and the car jerked and sometimes it stall. Before it stall, it gives me warning, like car will jerk and then the speed decreases and can't pump the gas nor accelerate, it's just slowing down until it stop completely. When i tried to start it, it's starting but not going so i waited for few minutes. After 20-25 minutes it will start and go as if nothing happened. It does that occassinally and can't figure out what's wrong with it. Also, mechanic tried to replace the distributor with either rebuilt or new one, but the car rejecting the parts. It gotten worst than before, so mechanic put back the original one and it works. Pls. if someone out there who can diagnose the "illness" of this car, I will appreciate it and eternally grateful. Can't afford to take it to the dealer (too expensive) much less buy a new one???? Thank you.
  • Just replaced new radiator/thermostat due to overheat once.Had it flushed (ran through machine) to clean the system.
    However, everytime we drive it, gage moving up above normal and don't understand why it's doing it. Will someone out there understand the problem, pls. we could use your advise/input. Do appreciate whatever suggestions you can give us. Thank you.
  • whilstwhilst Posts: 19
    Has the fuel filter ever been replaced?
    Replace ALL vacuum lines-cheap!
    Check your catalytic converter- maybe broken/clogged.
    Have you replaced OX2 sensor/
  • whilstwhilst Posts: 19
    Have you checked to see if engine fan comes on at temp?
    Let it sit and idle or check after runnig and let sit,watch and see if fan cycles on/off.
    If it does, radiator may be clogged,or waterpump may be worn out.
    Last would be a possible headgasket failure.
    Oil in coolant/or water in oil, bubbles in coolant reservoir are tipoffs.
  • Answer to all your questions above are "yes" and hubby always keep the engine [non-permissible content removed] N span. Water pump just replaced last month. Mechanic checked truck and everything is ok except when driving it, gage goes up above normal which we couldn't understand what's happening or what's causing it to go high like that?
    Well, thanks for the comments/advise.
  • Yes. Mechanic already checked everything and most of parts are new/been replaced except for distributor. He thinks the distributor is the cause of the stalling.
    Get this tho'- how come no distributor works in my car but the ORIGINAL? He tried to replace it with a rebuilt or a new one (different brand) and my car rejecting it(is that possible?) ...he claimed it got worst than before so he put back the original one (that i had) and it worked. However, it's still "jerking" and engine light stays on but only this time, it's not stopping nor stalling and i can feel the light jolt every now and then. What do you think? Thanks for your input.
  • My 1990 Toyota corolla also won't start. I have tried the repairs you mention also with no luck. I am about to try a new starter, but mechanics will not say with any certainty if this will work. How did you solve your problem?

    It takes 20 - 50 tries for the car to turn over. When you turn the key, it clicks, as if the battery is dead, but does not turn over. When it finally turns over it catches with on try. Under the hood, you can hear a hissing noise, like air escaping, while trying to start the car. The engine cooling fan does not operate after the car is turned off, but it comes on while turning the key to try to start the car. Could this be related to the starting problem?
  • jcagatayjcagatay Posts: 2
    I'm sure most of you veterans and pros are sick of seeing these types of discussions, but I do need some advice. I couldn't really find a specific answer to an 05 (9th gen Corolla) using search.. so here it goes.

    P.S - Thanks so much for even looking :D
    I'm pretty smart, and know my way around computers but I don't know much about cars. :D


    My car has exactly 38,000 miles on it. It is an 05 Corolla S (which I love dearly).

    I have my oil changed every 5,000 miles, and I replace the engine and air cabin filters regularly. So far I have no mechanical issues with my car.

    I took my car to a dealership to have the molding on my driver side window fixed - and the service writer told me that I need to have my transmission fluid changed and that I need a new timing belt! I said.. wtf?

    I thought that the transmission fluid in these cars didn't even have to be looked at until 60k miles or so, am I wrong on this one?
    But a timing belt? Aren't these good for up to 80k miles? Or am I a complete idiot!? lol.
    I am a bit of an aggressive driver..

    My last question I promise, I looked over the maintence guide and couldn't find this one - but what is the reccommendation for changing the spark plug? It's good to change the air filter every 15k miles at least too, right?

    Thanks for looking, and for your help. Honestly.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    This post will be moved, but I will answer here anyway.

    Corollas do not have timing belts, they have timing chains, so no maintenance is required. They might have meant serpentine belt, which drives the alternator, AC, and PS pump, etc. I doubt the serpentine belt needs replaced yet, just take a look for cracks, etc.

    Automatic tranny fluid - some say drain and fill every 30k, others say follow the Toyota's maintenance schedule, which is a lot longer. Bottom line - check your maintenance guide, I guarantee that it does not say do anything to the tranny fluid at this point.

    The maintenance guide will tell you about the plugs, I think it is 100k miles or so, and the air filter should be inspected (takes 5 minutes to inspect or change), but I would change it no later than 30k or sooner, depending on your driving environment.
  • jcagatayjcagatay Posts: 2
    mcdawgg - thanks so much for taking the time to reply.
    Means a lot to me :D

    The maintenence schedule is unfortunately not very clear - it doesn't give a specific time as to when to change it - but has a checklist where it states "Inspect so-and-so"
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    No problem. The Toyota maintenance schedule book does tell you when to change things, in months and miles - just look far enough ahead. At least it does with my '99 Corolla and '07 Camry. With low miles, it only has change oil and then inspect this and that,and rotate tires because that's all that needs to be done.
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