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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • veera24veera24 Posts: 1
    My corolla is automatic (1999), with 110000 miles on it. The car vibrates violently at low speeds (with periodic grinding noise). When I come to a full stop and apply the brake (on red signals), I hear a continuous rattling noise. If I remove the brake and accelerate, the rattle stops (but grinding noise and vibration still there at low speeds).

    (The noise does not come when I shift from 'D' to 'P' position on long red signals.)

    If you found out the problem, please tell me what it is :-(

    I have driven 500 miles non-stop with this condition, as I said before the problem is only at low speeds and complete stops and the car is OK on the highway

    This problem is there ever since i took the car to my new mechanic 2 mths ago, has he done any goofups??I will never know...
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    When coming out of park after my car has been sitting overnight or for more than an hour,there is a sharp ping noise that lasts for a second when i accelerate.. Any guesses?? Thanks
  • mark86213mark86213 Posts: 2
    Yesterday evening, I started my car and noticed that the instrument panel lights failed to turn on. After fiddling extensively with the light controls to no avail, I hopped outside the car to see if the tailights were on.....but they too were not working. After replacing the fuse for the instrument panel/tailights, they still don't work. Any ideas?
  • mace242mace242 Posts: 12
    I went today to pick up the 06 w/ 6,300 miles on I just purchased. I didn't get 1 mile from the dealer when the check engine light came on. I turned right around and drove it right into their service bay where they hooked up their little computer thing and out popped a code for a malfunctioning catalytic converter. They told me it was probably the sensor that needed replacing, not the converter itself and ordered the part. My question is: does this seem like a freak, bad luck problem or is this just a sign of things to come? Also, between Tuesday (when I bought the car) and today (when I picked it up) it was suppose to have been given a complete and total "safety check." It is really plausible that this problem did not exist until I drove less than 1 mile off the lot? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,317
    An 06 with 6300 miles is a use car? or a demonstrator? What history do you know about the car?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • sanholdsanhold Posts: 4
    Hi there!
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. I'm having the same exact problem with my 2005 toyota corolla S. I've had it for 1-1.2 yrs now. Ever since I've had it, it has been not always started. It will start in the mornings or whenever I first start the car but after it has been started that day it won't always start up again. Sometimes it take 2 or 3 tries before it will start again. My dad had the same exact problem with his 2005 toyota corolla ce. he brought it in to the dealer and they replaced the fuel pump. After a few months it started doing it again and my dad finally just decided to sell. I brought my car in to a toyota dealership and they didn't attempt to fix anything because they said it started up fine for them and they have checked out everything and everything seems to be working fine like it should be. Right now I'm up to 30,000 miles and I'm probably going to trade it in for honda or possilby a 2007 toyota if I don't hear of anyone that has found a solution to this prolbem. I just afraid that when the warranty expires I will be the one who has to shell out the money to fix it, if they can determine what it is and that can take a lot of fixing something that doesn't need to be fixed to begin with. If you have had a solution, please let me know. I would really love to hear from you regarding this. Like I said, I'm at the point within the next few weeks of getting another vehicle and losing out on a few thousand dollars.

  • sanholdsanhold Posts: 4
    My car always starts up the first time it is started in the mornings or when the engine is still cold. The problem is after it has been started for that day or within a few hours it doesn't always crack over and start. Usually after the 2 or 3rd try it will start. My dad had the same problem with his 2005 toyota corolla ce. he brought it in to the dealership and they replaced the fuel pump but within few months the problem came back and it wouldn't always start.So he sold it. So I decided to bring my car to the dealership and they said everything is working fine and the car starts right up for them. They didn't even attempt to try and figure out what the cause could be. Basically they just don't know what the cause is and it could be too many things for them to repair. I'm located here in san antonio and I'm hoping someone else might have had better luck and can let me know the outcome to the solution. Otherwise I'll end up selling my car as well and buy a new one and be out a couple of thousand dollars. Ugh! I hate the thought of that.
  • kpuddenkpudden Posts: 1
    I have just over 100K on this car, i have replaced the plugs, wires and air filter a while back, and the problem has not gone away and now it is getting to the point where the car stalls. Any ideas? I have run "SeaFoam" injector cleaner though without any noticible change. I am going to replace the fuel filter today and if that doesn't do it, i guess i will take it in to get the injectors cleaned professionally. I just don't want to spend a ton of cash if its something simple i can fix. Thanks!
  • mace242mace242 Posts: 12
    The car was a service loaner. Told me it was taken out simply because of the demand for late model "used" Corollas.
  • I had the same problem; read post # 2394 and it should take care of this - good luck.
  • sanholdsanhold Posts: 4
    Hi, Thanks for the reply. If you don't mind me asking what make and year was/is your vehicle? How long ago was it when you took your car in to be fixed and it hasn't had any problems since? If you have a 2005 corolla they may not give me a hard time about looking up the #'s you gave me, but if it is a different make/model/year...I'm sure they'll give me a hard time like they did last time. I have made a print out of your email so I can take it into the dealership.
  • sanholdsanhold Posts: 4
    Hi, Thanks for the reply. If you don't mind me asking what make and year was/is your vehicle? How long ago was it when you took your car in to be fixed and it hasn't had any problems since? If you have a 2005 corolla they may not give me a hard time about looking up the #'s you gave me, but if it is a different make/model/year...I'm sure they'll give me a hard time like they did last time. I have made a print out of your email so I can take it into the dealership.
  • dmathew347dmathew347 Posts: 79
    My 2000 Corolla is having problems with its seat belt light. When the belt is clicked in properly, and is in its normal taut position, the Seatbelt Light comes on, but the light disappears if you pull the belt lightly to give it slack and make it slightly loose. Nothing seems out of place with the belt, and during normal driving, everything seems fine with the belt. The light however won't go away, unless i pull on the belt and keep it loose. Can someone offer me any advice on this. Thanks.
  • I have a 2005 corolla S with the same engine. I had the same problem and was very frustrated. I took the those TSB#'s to the dealer and they gave me NO TROUBLE AT ALL and took the car right away. I've had NO TROUBLE since then. I THINK the reason why they gave me no lip was beacuse they had no knowledge of the fix for that particular problem and saw it as a relief. I too had the famous "couldn't duplicate the problem" from the dealer, until I found these TSB's. Also, click on this link and enter your Model/make/yr and it will give all the TSB's on the corolla: Office of Defects Investigation Good luck!
  • penizzlepenizzle Posts: 104
    What kind of noise is it. It could be an exhaust leak.
  • c67c67 Posts: 2
    I have been having the same problem. The code readers all come up with a message that it is running lean on bank 1. I was told that the problem was the main oxygen sensor - replaced it but it didn't help. Also told that the throttle body was dirty - had it cleaned but it didn't help. Also have found the fuel pump does not seem to be priming the system correctly - but can't locate the problem (relays test okay ).
  • penizzlepenizzle Posts: 104
    The fuel pump doesn't have a prime. The repair manuals like haynes aren't right. Toyotas dont prime. The fuel pump should hold about 21 psi after shutoff so the engine can start easy. The fuel pump only runs if the engine is cranking or running. If you get lean codes, here are things to check:::: Fuel pressure, intake leaks, vacumm leaks, MAF sensor, ECM... Check those first.
  • annajannaj Posts: 2
    I'm also having problems with my standard am/fm/cd stereo system. I've brought my car to the dealer 3 times with the same problem, the stereo will randomly turn on and off (the faceplate looks like the stereo is on, but I get no sound from the speakers. I also hear a popping noise by my rear speakers when I turn the radio on.) I have been repeatedly blown off by the service dept. at the dealership, because they are unable to "recreate the problem." I'm about sick of this car and it only has 16K miles on it. Is anyone else having problems like this?
  • I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla CE. For two years I have been trying to solve this noise problem. I first heard it coming from the inside the car on the passanger side dashboard where right against the window where it meets the hood. It does it randomly when I am driving and idle. It does it a lot repeatedly when idle and when I get out of the car I hear it coming from under the hood. When you put the least bit on pressure on the hood the noise stops totally. Take pressure off, it starts again. It is like a load clicking noise/pinging and/or loose noise. It sounds like it is coming from the top left part of the hood where it right before the wiper cover meets the windshield. I've taken it to Thompson Toyota in PA repeatly for 2 years and they have no idea what it is. They ripped apart the dash, insulated the dashboard plates, tightened up the dash clips, realigned the hood, sprayed and tightened the latches in the hood, taped wires up...and NOTHING. It still happens! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh and there is also a crackling noise coming from the center of the dash which I believe has something to do with the air vents. My e-mail is
  • rsonersone Posts: 5
    Try a higher octane gasoline. Just a guess. Roger
  • rsonersone Posts: 5
    If the check engine light was on before you drove the car and the code was cleared that would have put the light out. Once the computer sees the problem again it will put the check engine light on again. I am guessing this is probably what happened to you. Some vehicles will hold a history of codes in there memory, you might want to ask another dealer if this is so with the corolla, and if so take it to another dealer to have the history checked. It is also possible if the battery was disconected that all history would have been cleared from the computers memory. Good luck . Roger.
  • penizzlepenizzle Posts: 104
    Try relacing the motor and transmission mounts. Those are probably causing vibration.
  • poliva2poliva2 Posts: 25
    My VSC indicator light on my 2006 Corolla does not go on when i turn the ignition Key. I do see the Letters VSC in my console when the sun is shining on it. All the other indicator lights go on. Does this mean I dont have VSC or is there a malfunction?? Thanks :confuse:
  • limelime Posts: 9
    The CEL (Check Engine Light) comes on and off these days, I found out the error code is P2716 "PRESSURE CONTROL SOLENOID "D" ELECTRICAL", someone said it is relating to the transmission, could anyone tells me what is the real problem?

    I want to bring the car to the dealer, please advise if they still can computer out the error code in case the CEL does not come out by the time they have the car?

    Need advice for the above ASAP, thanks a lot.

  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    The vehicle should still be under warranty (depending on the mileage). It likely has nothing to do with the transmission. The problem could be as simple as bad gas, a defective gas cap, or an 02 sensor problem. A reset may be all that is required. The repair should be covered. This is not new. Good Luck.
  • penizzlepenizzle Posts: 104
    You're wrong. That code does have to do with the tranny. Transmission solenoids are under warrrenty so dont worry about paying big bucks.
  • petlpetl Posts: 610
    The message should be referred to lime. I'm not the one with the problem. Until the dealer verifies it, no one knows what the problem stems from. That's the point I was trying to make. As we both stated it should still be under warranty.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i don't think all models/trims have VSC.

    did the dealership provide you with the window sticker from the manufacturer? it should be on there.

    for the 2007's the specs are here:

    so if it is the CE model, probably not.
    for the 2006, maybe you needed to get the LE to get VSC.
    sorry, i don't know.

    there also appears to be an ownership link:

    maybe if you register, you can determine this by your VIN number.
  • limelime Posts: 9
    Further to message #2584
    Thanks for the infos, I am going to bring the car to the dealer, I need to know if the error code will be stored as the CEL (check engine light) is on and off all the time, which means it might appear in the morning and disappear in the afternoon, or appear today and disappear tomorrow, I just afraid the dealer refuses to inspect the car in case the CEL is off by that time. Please give me an expert advice that if the dealer still can find the error code if the CEL is off? Thanks
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