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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • ajvajv Posts: 8
    Did you figure out how you can get the 100A fuse out? I am in the same boat. I opened the fuse box and tried to get from underneath in vain. The whole section of those 3 fuses are kind off in a plastic enclosure. I don't want to break it to get to the fuse.I think there has to be a wy to get it out, I am lost for now.. I will try again tomorrow.

    Any suggestions or advice are welcome. Thanks in advance. :sick:
  • I have a 2001 Corolla CE with a 3 speed automatic transmission with torque lock up driven 52K miles. I have problems with the transmission shifting from first to second gear. The problem occurs if I accelerate a particular way (not being aggressive). I have kept up maintenance by having 2 complete flushes (at the Toyota dealership) and 1 service dropping the pan (changing out 4 - 5 quarts) at an independent mechanic I have used for years. Therefore I have changed the fluid on average ~ 20K miles. According to my mechanic, there was no abnormal wear. The transmission fluid has always remained pink with no burnt smell. I am leery about taking it anywhere anticipating the response, "you need a rebuilt unit". Are there any suggestions on what maybe causing this? Thank you.
  • Check your Toyota owner's manual. My 2001 manual states that the fluid type to use for the automatic transmission is "Automatic transmission fluid D-II or DEXRON III (DEXRON II)." Per mdawgg in another posting, it is suggested to use the ATF from the dealership. I would like to know if there is some verification from Toyota Motor Corporation if this is the case because at my last service, Dexron III was used. Also per Popular Mechanics, it was suggested to flush the transmission because it removes the fluid that is trapped in the torque converter. This is because the fluid can breakdown into a varnish like substance. Also Click and Clack, the tappet brothers on NPR's 'Car Talk' also recommend flushes over simply dropping the pan. So I have been having my transmissions flushed at the dealership. If there is a authoritative automotive stating otherwise, please reply. Thanks!
  • Dadof6 and Micomark,

    I have a brand new 2007 Corolla CE that is exhibiting this seat noise at approx ~1500 miles. The seat makes a popping noise on acceleration/deceleration and when the seat back is moved back and forth. The noise is extremely annoying and poses as a safety concern. I feel that the seat will give in the event of an accident causing more injury/harm to the passenger. I have had the car for 2 months now. I brought it to Longo Toyota (El Monte, California) twice for 2 determinations for the seat problem. The first time, the technician didn't diagnose the problem correctly. The second time the service department threw the problem over the fence for Toyota Corporate to deal with. They let the District Service and Parts Manager (DSPM) evaluate the problem. The Toyota DSPM determined he was able to duplicate the same noise in the seat I have encountered and is deeming this condition as NORMAL as compared with LIKE models. Furthermore, the DSPM added that the seat is operating as DESIGNED. Hence, the Dealership and the DSPM will not do anything to alleviate the seat problem. I will most likely submit a claim to the California Dispute Service for arbitration. Please acknowledge if anyone has encountered such a hassle.
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    If this is a normal condition the DSPM & SM should be able to show you other cars on the lot with the same noise.
    Your next step--tell them to show you that it's normal by showing you it exists in other vehicles just like yours.
    When I had mine done there was nothing visibly wrong with the seat frame but it cured the problem for about 10,000 miles.
  • Apparently there is no technical service bulletin to document this problem. I think that if we pursue this further then Toyota "may" look into the problem. I feel ripped off becuase I purchased a new car to avoid such problems! I am speaking to the DSPM today and will let you know. Thanks for the prompt reponse.
  • Dadof6,
    After you had the frame replaced, was the noise any different? My observation is that the noise is coming from a loose height adjustment lever. If you are exhibiting it too then it's a poor design or a flaw in the assembly chain. What else have you done to resolve seat the problem?
  • To all Toyota Corolla owners with a vehicle still under warranty (2004-2007),

    I just spoke with the DSPM (district service and parts manager in the El Monte, Ca district) from Toyota. He compared my new vehicle to other Corollas. According to him, the seat is operating under the tolerances/variances of the design and henceforth, the seat is not warrantable. Furthermore he said that the same noise was found even in Camry's. I am totally unhappy with the quality of my Toyota. I will be submitting a claim to the National Center for Dispute Settlement and California Dispute Settlement. I urge you all to call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800)331-4331 and report your seat problems. I am real worried about the safety risks involved with a loose seat that Toyota refuses to repair.
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    Did the DSPM duplicate your noise,while you were with him, in the other cars he compared too yours? This is the only way Toyota can claim it to be a normal noise. Keep in mind that the DSPM is a business degree not a technical degree position in Toyota. Hopefully an FTS (Field Tech Specialist) will be sent to inspect your noise. IMHO the noise is not a safety issue just annoying as all get-out. I lived with my noisey seat until I traded the car recently at 2yrs & 55,000 mile. BTW I advised our FTS of the noise his response being they hadn't seen that before.
  • I never even met with the DSPM. He claimed that he had 2 other people with him at the time of the inspection (a technical specialist and the shop foreman). He refused to show me the car in person. It seems as though after the DSPM has inspected the car, his decision is the final verdict - there is practically no negotiation. What would be the best course of action to proceed? I realize that there is a design flaw in the seat but if it occurred down the line at 20K miles I would be alot happier than now when the problem occurred at 1500 miles.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    "operating as designed". sort of like the kiss of death. duplicate the issue in a number of other cars and it's suddenly a "normal characteristic" no matter how absurd it seems... geesh.

    quality. doing right by the customer. this is what toyota strives for, right?

    why don't you have someone you think is mechanically savvy drive the vehicle while you listen from the back seat location, and as the car is put thru it's paces to replicate the problem, you try to sleuth the location of the sound.

    then you drive and have that person perform the same steps and see if you converge on the probable cause.

    perhaps, there is some fitting or some metal to metal contact or other in the seat or positioning mechanicals that you can lubricate or modify (rubber bumper, foam, electrical tape, adjustment) to mitigate the problem.

    then you go into the dealership and you point blank tell them they a really poor excuses for diagnosticians and repair people. :sick:

    no - just kidding.

    you show them your findings and your kludgy solution, and you ask them to address that problem properly (if you couldn't or don't like your solution).

    sometimes i think you just have to invest the effort when your dealership won't. this seems on the surface that you can make some inroads yourself, then perhaps take it back to the dealership, or call corporate to get it fixed.

    good luck.
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    The DSPM IS the face of Toyota to the customer so he should have met with you face to face even if he couldn't tell you what you wanted to hear. Have you duplicated the noise for the SM?
    Have you spoken with Toyota National Customer Assistance Center about you issue ? 1-800-331-4331
  • I have a 1998 Corolla. I plugged in a cell phone charger to the cigarette lighter (I have done this numerous times before) and the radio as well as cigarette lighter attachment no longer works. I checked all the fuses (including the one in the back of the radio) everything looks fine. All other parts of the car are functioning fine except the radio and cigarette lighter attachment. I am willing to buy a new radio, but want to make sure that it's not the wiring or a short circuit causing the problem. Any suggestions? Is there a way to test the power going into the car stereo?
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Sir, that is a strange problem you have there, I would say get one of those 12 volt testers and check to see if the wire behind the radio and lighter are Hot, and also check the ground wires, if the wires have current it must be your radio, I have a original 98 corolla radio with cassette player in good working condition, I am willing to sell it, email me if your interested, To all who reads this, I am looking for a 4 cyl. engine for my 98 corolla because my #1 piston rod broke and the engine is shot, or if anyone is interested in this car as is, email me to work out a deal, this corolla is all good shape but the engine, only 97300 miles on it, email at
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Is any body intersted in my 98 corolla ,97300 miles, with blown engine ? Or does any one have a 4 cyl. engine that would fit this car that I could buy, email me ,
  • First off thanks for making this great site where people can share problems regarding their vehicles..for the past 4 weeks iv been trying to deal with a problem with my 95 corolla...First off it was the light problem from the parrking lights...could not find the problem becuase it was not making the parking lights turn on...then repaired it using an external relay, anyways the main problem wich i cant fix is with my engine..First off at cold starts sometimes it starts good sometimes not, at most of the times it smells like gas, and when it does start you step on the gas and the engine stumbles and sometimes dies, as long as it is cold it will start when it is getting a little hot the engine will not start..another thing is the exhaust manifold is broken, i tried repairing that by welding it but no luck, it broke again so will have to get a new one, anyways the other thing is it throws some water from the manifold i was guessing it was because of the broken trying to see if it could be the head gasket that the problem..anyone with good tips will be very much appreciated..
  • I have great news. After speaking to the DSPM I thought I was stonewalled. The agent at the Toyota Experience hotline said that I was free to go to another dealership to get another opinion. And that I did. I went to Wondries Toyota and they quickly assessed the problem. They brought out the Master Technician and did a road test. Within an hour, I got my car back and lost the annoying popping noise in the seat. The technician traced the problem to loose seat track bolts. All they did was resecured the bolts. Presto - No more noise!!! The service advisor said if the noise reappears feel free to bring the car back again. At least I know where the problem is coming from now. If it reappears I'll ask the technician to apply some thread lock to the bolts so that they do not come loose. I'll be sure to call the Toyota Hotline and praise Wondries for the professionalism and prompt service. I am extremely not happy with the run-around that I got at Longo and from the DSPM (his initials are J.K.). I hope Toyota does an evaluation on that DSPM's knowledge on Toyota Service Repairs.
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    Good news bcorolla. Time will tell if they'll have to Locktite the track bolts.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    Cool. Good news.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    I currently own a '99 Corolla which my Daughter wants when she turns 16, which will happen in about 1.5 years. I'm okay with the idea as I think it will make her a reliable car. I've got my eye on our secretary's '03 Corolla 5 speed. She told me she's interested in buying a new Civic and she'd probably be looking to make the move around the time my Daughter turns 16. I know the car is very well taken care of as it goes to the Toyota service dept. for all of its service, which includes every 3K for oil changes. I guess what I need to know is there anything I should know that's different about the '03 model as compared to my '99? Is there anything about them that's problematic? My '99 has been as reliable as a swiss watch.
  • Hi, I have a 1997 corolla I have to replace the rear seat and backrest. Does anybody know how to activate the switch to unclip the backrest??? There are two magnetic switches behind the backrest - how do you unlock them?????? Please help :confuse: :cry:
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    Where is everybody?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Everybody left for greaner pastures. The new format was a killer :sick:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    From your posts in the Software discussion, I know you know that this is not the place for this conversation, but I gotta tell you that you're way off the mark. Overall, with a few tweaks after the debut, we're experiencing great success with the new format.

    Come to the Software discussion if you want to discuss this. :)
  • pite0007pite0007 Posts: 1
    Recently some vandals decided to break the antenna off my 06 Corolla and in doing so they also cracked the base. Can anyone please help me out and give me some advice on how to replace the antenna? Does the headliner have to be removed, since the antenna is rear-center mounted on the roof? Any advice helps! Thanks!
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    This is not a Do It Yourself job because of the way the base is mounted & cable is run. Last I knew the antenna assembley that you need is $125 then you have the labor to install it on top of that. Go find yourself a good body shop.
  • jack03jack03 Posts: 1
    Going nuts trying to find the source of power for the following.

    Toyota Corolla 1989 SR5 2 dr, manual 1600 2wd

    The wire that energizes the choke heater and the big alt wire (white w/ blue diamonds) has very low voltage, not enough to energize the relay, ....1.6V

    The whole story.
    No power to the above wire at the alt....charge light is on....system is charging 14.6V. The choke only gets 1.4V, I am certain it needs much more.

    All fuses have been checked with a test light. Fuseable links are fine, the splice under the battery is okey dokey, there is a toyota service bulletin #0246AP, but I cannot locate a version to read.

    If I jump power to either side of the 7.5A engine control fuse the choke heater works, the charge light is off...

    Have done the: key on engine off test of alt wires.

    Sure would appreciate any assistance on this from someone in the know....I betcha it is pretty simple.
  • dandman1dandman1 Posts: 12
    ive used the search feature, i see people, like myself, looking to replace the gear selector bulb for a 98 corolla
    but i dont see any answers
    please help, i can get the trim ring off the gear selector, then what?
  • I recently bought a 1997 Toyota Corolla. Everything has been perfect with this car, except that I needed a new battery and three fuses replaced, which I took care of this past Saturday. Yesterday (Sunday) I went and unlocked the car using my key. The car does not have remote keyless entry or an alarm system, although it does have electronic door locks. Anyway, yesterday the doors opened just fine. This morning I went to open the door and the key went in but would not turn! I tried three different copies of the key that I have, all of which worked fine yesterday, but none of them worked today. They still do open the trunk. Could this be another blown fuse? Has anyone else experienced a similar problem? If you have an answer or suggestion for me, I'd really appreciate it if you could drop me a line at Thanks!
  • bhasinbhasin Posts: 11
    I have a 2002 Corolla with 82k miles. I have been told by my dealer to replace the fan belt and quoted $200.

    A local Sears quoted me $110.

    Is there any advantage in getting the dealer replacement?

    Also is $300 each ($600 total) a reasonable price for brakes (front and back). I mean it is a Corolla... so does sound a bit excessive...
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