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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • smpoolsmpool Posts: 33
    I bought my Corolla in Feb 2003. It has 9800 miles. A couple Saturdays ago, I discovered my 2003 CE was running hot and losing coolant. I filled the resevoir 3 times, but the coolant kept disappearing. I took it to my mechanic who found a small crack in the rear of the engine block were coolant was escaping. So I took it to the dealer who says it needs a new engine block. A week later the dealer say a man from Toyota is coming to help with the engine repair because the dealer is having trouble with tolerances of the components in the engine compartment. Has anyone had an experience like this? Is there anything I should be paying real close attention to?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    Never heard of anything like this. Sounds like a very unusual manufacturing defect. At the least, I would be demanding a free extended warranty (at least 100,000) on the powertrain, since they have to tear everything apart. You may have to call Toyota customer service if the dealer won't give this to you. Sorry about your bad luck!

    Toyotas are bullet-proof and hardly ever have any problems like this. Obviously, a rare manufacturing error when they made the engine block.
  • pjksrpjksr Posts: 111
    Hi, I searched the discussions, but couldn't find a similar post...

    2001 Corolla LE, 41,000 miles, kept outside:

    A friend owns this car. She noticed, and I heard, a "rubbing sound," when she turns toward the left, coming from the right rear wheel. She has had the "rear brakes replaced," but I am not sure what they did, since she lives out of town, not here by my garage. This sound is speed-dependant, always at the same low volume, but increasing in frequency with car speed.

    Could this be the rear bearing? There isn't much else it could be, is there? Then also, on the Corolla, is there a separately replaceable rear bearing, or is the bearing/rear axle hub a single assembly? I have suggested my friend go to Midas/Monroe for a diagnosis.

    Thanks to anyone who knows!

  • toguytoguy Posts: 20
    The 2 Corollas in our family (a 2002 model -the previous generation- and a 2003 model) have less than 50,000 km (~31,000 miles) each and yet they produce a cacophony of junky noises when they hit a shallow bump or a section of rippled asphalt. Makes me wonder how they'll hold up at 100,000 km.. Mind you, bigger bumps hit at speed on the highway are definitely felt, but don't produce any noises to speak of, which is a relief.

    At any rate, I'm very disappointed with the build quality/solidity of those Corollas, especially after taking a ride on the same roads in a friend's Mazda3, which I found to be absolutely squeak/rattle-free. Granted, my friend's Mazda is newer, but it's still more solid than I remember either of our Corollas being at a similar age.

    Having said that, both cars lived up to Toyota's bullet-proof reliability (despite a rather expensive brake job on my 2002 model at 32000 km, but I drive fast!). It just makes me cringe when I'm passing over a patch of rippled asphalt and find all sorts of rattles/squeaks coming from my car's doors, dashboard and/or suspension! As you might expect, the dealer always "fails" to find any thing wrong with either car.

    Is everybody else experiencing this? I just find it hard to believe I got 2 bad samples!
  • My daughter and hubby lives in the Dominican Republic. They drive a '96 Corolla automatic trans, build in Cambridge, Ontario. The closest dealer is a 4 hour drive. When reverse is selected, the engine speed increases dramatically, making for a potentially dangerous situation. Any clues as to what could be causing the problem?
  • I had exactly this problem with my 2003 Corolla LE. It was a rubbing or low vibration from the rear passenger wheel area that increased frequency with car speed. Not dependent on acceleration. Even constant when putting car in neutral or turning off and coasting.

    If that sounds about right, it's the wheel bearing. It's worn down abnormally and will probably get louder - and more likely to create other damage - if you don't do anything. I believe it is a single hub assembly. I got mine replaced under warranty.
  • macedonmacedon Posts: 27
    When I got my car, it had a very small chip on the hood. Noticed it when time to take possession. Never would have bought if seen earler. But knew they are responsible repair it.

    Dealer said, no problem to fix. Got work order and went in today. They dab paint on it. It is ridiculous, nothing but a nightmare waiting to happen. Told them it was not acceptable.

    I go in tomorrow to see the General Manager. The Customer Relations Manager implied that the whole hood needs to be painted. (which I agree is the only way to fix it). She mentioned 'sending it out'.

    Paint Forum host advised me to make sure I get a Full Warranty on the re-done paint. But no follow-up posted on the following questions.

    Does anyone know how long a full warranty would be or should be? Never heard of a paint warranty. What if they refuse or only offer a short term or pretend they never heard of it. I expect to have this car at least 10 years.

    This really soured my purchase. I hate Toyota dealerships but love the Toyota. (Got a 2005 Corolla LE in silver streak mica). Of course I'll take photos of hood, roof, inside hood; engine since the paint job cannot 'injure' other parts of the car.

    I am very intelligent but don't know about paint warranties...They think I'm a moron since I purchased wearing ripped jeans and sloppy sweatshirt. So don't want them to try to take me over by pretending it is not possible or get short-changed on the term.
  • carglowcarglow Posts: 91
    There should be some $$$ compensaton as the dealership paint job isn't the same as factory paint.
  • My car [94' Olds Achieva] was doing the same thing except in drive it was rev'ing way high and made the car jump out of drive unless I had the break depressed.
    It was also rev'ing irregularly when dirving, like jumping up and down for no reason.

    I checked my manual and it said that one problem might be a leaky PCV (positive crankcase ventilator) valve. Well I found the valve and sure enough the rubber elbow connector was all cracked and old, and also the hose the connects to the back end of it had come out! So I replaced the elbow connector and never had to mess with it since.

    That may or may not be the problem. It could be a timing issue, and on a 96' you may still be alble to adjust it. Really though go buy a repiar manual and use the trouble shooting section in the back. There should be a list of problem/solutions.
  • My front and rear brakes were replaced on my 2002 Corolla (67,000 miles) by a local tire company around the end of January 2004. My brakes have squealed ever since. When I took my car back to the tire company in July I was told that humidity makes the brakes squeal. They said that they cleaned and adjusted the brakes and ever since then my brakes sound like they squeal louder. It also sounds like I have a rubbing noise coming from the rear of the car. What's wrong? Does humidity really cause brakes to squeal or am I being taken for a ride by the tire company?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...and everything to do with how the brakes were done.

    Front squealing can usually be traced to the improper use, or worse yet, no use at all, of the small amount of lube necessary to allow the pads to move within the caliper, and where the pad actually rests against the piston inside the caliper. Most manufacturers use a proprietary formula for the stuff that lubes the caliper pins and piston, so the wrong stuff [or none at all] can mean that the pads start a high-speed harmonic vibration when applied, and this is the squealing you're hearing.

    In the rear, it can be a number of things, including improperly adjusted drums, wrong springs, or a bad bearing.

    You need to find someone else to look at the brakes - gasp, maybe even an authorized dealer - but certainly somebody other than the shop who did the work. Noisy brakes are NOT NORMAL on this car, period.

    (As a matter of principle, I never take a car I really care about to have the brakes worked on by any shop not affiliated with the manufacturer. You have lots of recourse if an authorized dealer messes things up - not much when done by an independent. If you really know who you are dealing with personally, and KNOW their competence level, of course this advice doesn't apply, but that doesn't sound like what happened in this case.)
  • mujmanmujman Posts: 29
    I have a 2001 LE.It has just 42,000 miles and I am hearing a little louder than normal sound from the middle pipe section of the exhaust system, which I think there might be crack in the middle pipe.Does anybody has this problem that early or is there any TSB with exhaust system going bad that earlier? Thanks for the help!!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    You really should have had a Toyota dealer do the brake work, or at least had someone use Toyota parts. The Toyota parts last longer and you won't have the squealing. By the way, I question having the rear brakes done so soon. I would be willing to bet that the rears had miles left in them.
  • i got an old corolla sr ke-35. i took it to a repair shop because of yielding and steering wheel vibrates left and right after it ran over a pothole. they replaced some bushings and welded some support that have gave up from the chassis itself. the car never got a wheel balance after the repair. after few months of driving, the steering wheel vibrated again and this time it vibrated stronger making the whole car shake this always happened at 50mph. ive read topics here regarding steering vibration and came upon wheel balancing and alignment. i think its only applicable to corollas with macpherson(correct me if im wrong) suspension system. the question is what is recommended for old suspension systems.
  • I have a 2005 Corolla S with about 6,000 miles on it. I don't seem to be getting very good gas mileage, at least not what the sticker estimate was when I purchased the vehicle. I am getting about 325 miles on a full tank in the city which is about 25 mpg. While 25 mpg is not bad I believe the sticker has a 30 mpg /city. Any suggestions?

  • last winter and now this one too...i will get up in the morning to start my 92 corolla and all i hear is nothing.the power is there;ive checked the battery and cables.i just dont know.if i turn and hold the key;sometimes it will start.i dont know if this is coinsidence or not.
  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25
    hmmm well could be a few things...... like my 88 dodge caravan that kept dyin on me every time i turned right....... after a lot of head scratching and parts, turned out it was a simple deal of tying up the wires from touching the manafold......... sooo...... check your wiring again..... make sure nothing is touching metal...... if not that could be your ignition key isn't making proper contact..... and the ignition may be the problem if the battery has power. just a thought.....
  • thanks...ill be sure to check my wiring.but im afraid ill prob be buying a new ignition.
  • cidvicious:

    My roomates Nissan had the same problem (dying every time he turned left).

    It turned out to be a bad serpentine belt pully. Every time he turned it would do something to the power steering and cause the car to die. Wierd.

    New Ignitions aren't too expensive, my roomates also been through two on his little sentra. sux. *chortle*

  • hi all i have a 84 corolla done timing new plugs leads condenser points but on start has a miss as i speed up it (is still there) diminishs does 140ks bit slow on hills as is the a2 1300 i took out fuel filter was full of metal fillings replaced need to know if iit is fuel or electrical also did compression 170 evan ????
  • I have an 05 LE with auto tranny. I'm only getting 22-24 mpg city and 33-35 hwy. That's not bad, but it's not the 30/39 mpg advertised.


    Do you have an auto or manual transmision?
  • mcase2mcase2 Posts: 160
    I have an 04 Corolla automatic that got beyond belief piss poor mileage - It actually declined from 18 city to 12.5 over the course of three months from the date of purchase (same commute, same driver day in day out - old accord got 24 mpg on same commute). Strangely it got its highway miles handily. Also a bad sulfer smell would sometimes be evident - Dealer contacted Toyota. Toyota's response was to tell to me to get lost. No really! they told to sue them if I wanted, they were not going to do a damn thing. Since I bought a Sienna and a Corrola from the same dealer on the same day you think they might try and go to bat for me. Nope! gee whiz our hands are tied blah blah blah. After three months the car Suddenly, and I mean suddenly, in the middle of the same tank of gas, jumped up to 22 city - We initially thought the gas gauge was broken because it did not plunge as it had in the past. No one ever figured out what was wrong with it. Though now that winter gas is back the mileage is again declining. - The point is, Toyota does not give a rats [non-permissible content removed] about you or your car once they have your money.
    If you get 25 city, believe me your lucky. 25 city is well within the normal range of the rated mpg anyway and even a reputable car manufacturer would not see this as a problem.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363

    This is right on the money for a new-gen Corolla with an automatic.

    Can't say it often enough: unless your driving is EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE EPA TESTING CYCLE, you cannot expect to match those numbers. Some trips will do better, some will do worse; some drivers will do better, some will do worse. Your numbers are very close to ours.

    One thing you can be fairly confident of: the engine won't be completely loose and fully broken in for about 5-7000 miles. Mileage and power will both very gradually get better right up to that odo reading. This has been consistently the case for every new car we've owned [both Japanese and German] for the past 20 years.
  • I understand the EPA figures are estimates, but I'm disappointed I've never came close to the estimates. 26-27 mpg city would be acceptable, but 22 real world mileage for car rated at 30 mpg is disappointing.
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    Your mileage may vary, as they say. Lots depend on such thing as your driving style. Do you accelerate hard from a stop? Lots of stop and go? My 02 Corolla with 5 speed gets 36 MPG in my 60 mile daily commute. Sometime I get 40, but it's been consistent.
  • mcase2mcase2 Posts: 160
    Thanks to all involved in getting the word out about out the TSB on the stink mobile. MY dealer of course blew us off and never got back to us when Toyota acknowledged the problem. Its now November 04, I bought the stinkrolla in Oct 03 and never got any notice from the Toyota. Thanks again!
  • stinkrolla..haha, clever
  • I have a 2005 Corolla S and at 5000 miles the Maint Req light came on. I know this is for the oil change but I would like to know how to reset it?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    My recollection is that the reset instructions are in the Owner's Manual. It is a simple procedure involving the odo reset button, but I would have to have the manual in front of me to remember the details. You can look it up...
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    the ODO reset button.
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