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2009 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs



  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    Did you by the car new? The whole things seems so weird that your having so many problems that others have not, (transmission?, brakes?, oil burning?)
  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    LOL, no sorry, they don't all do this !
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I guess he did not see post # 923 about the JD Powers 3 year dependability study, or Consumer Reports!
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    for my 2009 corolla @ 21K miles

    For the past few weeks on cold starts. I turn the ignition and as soon as the motor kicks in, there is this loud grinding/rattling sound for about one or two seconds. It only seems to do it when the motor has been off for at least a couple of hours. The sound went away for few days.. then it came back.. The degree of noise depends on the length of time it has been off (i.e. it is usually longest and loudest in the morning, shortest when you start up again after few hours).

    I found below TSB.

    link title

    Did any one of this forum experienced this problem ?. How long it took to fix ?
  • mike7945mike7945 Posts: 1
    Purchased my 2009 Corolla XLE with a Five year warranty from Toyota (warranty should be good until April 2014) My air-conditioning was working perfectly for the first three years and recently during June only works intermittently (inability to produce cold air) it blows but not as good as before.
    Called Toyota and I was advised it would cost $280.00 to service. Booked it in for the service then Toyota asked if I was sure I wanted to have the a/c repaired as they could not find anything wrong with it. Well I agreed to see how it goes and try it out for a few days. The problem continued and I booked the my car in again for the a/c repair and oil change.
    Received a call from Toyota again that there is nothing wrong with my a/c and I was only billed for new oil change .

    The same problem continues… took my carback to Toyota the cold air works but agree it’s fine in the early morning when it’s not hot and you don’t need much air. But if my car stands in the sun all day and you get into at 4:pm in the hot summer afternoon the a/c just cannot cool my car anymore like it used to. So drove the 25 miles home with nonfunctioning A/C direct to Toyota they took my car to the back and again called me to the back and they somehow managed to get it to blow cold again better than what it was but not really like when I had my car for the first three years (only 21000 miles driven.)
    They asked me if my car had been in an accident which it has not. They still insist that they cannot find anything wrong with my cars a/c and if I continue to have problems I must bring my car back to them. I feel that I’m am going insane with dealing with Toyota not to mention the time wasted taking it to them for three times already.

    Clearly there is a problem with the thermostat and Toyota keep on doing the sidestep in committing to do any repairs. I used to be a proud and satisfied Toyota customer but not anymore.
    How do I get a car with a/c that works ? trade it in and buy a new car ?

    This situation is so ridiculous !! so much for Toyota’s five year warranty that I paid an additional $2,000 .00 for

    Anyone with a similar problem ?
  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    Let me start by stating the price you paid for the 5 year warranty ($2000.00) sounds outrages. But anyway, I also have a 2009 XLE I bought new in 2008. I do notice the A.C. in my 2009 does not cool as good as my 2001 Corolla LE. That being said, the only problem I have experienced with the A.C. in the 2009 is the stinky odor from the evaporator coil. There is a TSB out for the odor which many have experienced. They will replace the evaporator under warranty but it's really a labor intensive job where they have to tear apart the whole dash just to get to the evaporator coil. I chose to just put up with the smell as it's only for the first two minutes when you turn on the A.C. Below is the TSB link for the evaporator
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    It's time that you part ways with that dealer and find another one. Good luck.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    Yesterday evening I dropped my 09 corolla at 20K miles to the dealership for cold start rattle/grinding noise from top of the engine. I mentioned the TSB on camshaft but the service guy was not interested about the TSB. He asked like you don’t have extended warranty?. I said Toyota should cover this since I am within the power train warranty period. He told if the mechanic starts the car and hear the noise tomorrow. He will look on it. If any thing Toyota covers you don’t have to pay for it. But if they don’t cover and you do not want to be fixed here.. I will be charging you $150 for diagnosis.

    Just called today morning.. the mechanic is still looking at the car...

    I am thinking like as soon as I get the car back.. I will trade in for a new Camry. I am afraid this one.. also after driving for a while grr.. grr.. grrr noise seems to come from the water pump assembly ..
  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    Yea, water pumps are bad on the 2009's - TSB on that too - had mine replaced on my 2009 Corolla under warranty - no questions asked
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    for the water pump did you hear grrr...grrr....grrrr noise with idle ?

    How long did your dealer took to diagnose & fix ?
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    My car having engine grinding noise, as soon as the motor kicks in hears a loud grinding/rattling noise. Dealer checked and said they could not duplicate the sound. But I still hear it. Not every start it’s only after sitting for 3 or 4 hours. Some times even after sitting for a while it starts normally. I was searching many forums. Some said its ignition module, some said distributors, some said flying wheel. Toyota has the TSB out for camshaft gear assembly. Did any one experiencing this problem right now?

    How do I force the dealer to perform the TSB on my vehicle? No use of calling Toyota..
  • It's probably your alternator. I'm a mechanic and my girlfriend drives this car. She has put in four replacement alternators. When her new alternator is going bad, her engine sounds like a diesel truck. This model year toyota, came factory with a bad part. Only certain vin numbers are incorporated. Toyota released a technical service bulletin (T-SB-0004-11, date of issue January 5 2011) that under warranty, covers cars under 3 years or 36,000 miles. "Some 2009-2010 model year Corolla vehicles may exhibit a condition where the charging system light is "ON", the alternator is in operative, and/or there is abnormal noise from the engine compartment. This may be cause by the pulley not being seated correctly. The pulley has been updated to correct this condition. Use the following procedure to diagnose and repair the alternator." This is from the online repair manual we use at my shop. Toyota has engineered a new part, however, you can only buy it from Toyota, as they have not released the specs. If you go to an auto parts store to buy a cheaper part, they will sell you an alternator that was to designed to fail. I am speaking from experience.

    If you plan to trade your car in, as a mechanic, I would refer you to a Honda dealer or private owner. I always have, and always will own a Honda. Parts are cheap, available and long-lasting. Honda also continue to hold the highest resale value. Something to think about if you don't plan on owning a car forever.

    PS-I do NOT work for Honda. This is not a plug.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,674
    '06 Civic LX and still am very happy with the car. Sure there have been some TSB's done and a couple other little problems, but with a 1st year model, one expects certain things will crop up. And not really sure what else I'd buy as a replacement for it? Especially in it's price range. And to be honest, I couldn't justify spending C Class or 3 Series $ on a vehicle no matter how well it drove. As much as I love cars, just couldn't spend that kind of change on a vehicle.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    I had no noises or symtoms whatsoever before water pump was replaced. The car was in for state inspection and my warranty was about to expire; the Toyota dealer suggested they replace the water pump just in case it was a bad one and it possibly might cause a problem after the warranty expired and they didn't want me to have to pay for it.
    This is the difference between the two dealers. My dealer actually looked out for me where as your dealer couldn't be bothered.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90

    I did show a mechanic (friend) checked whole system, nothing wrong. He said might be some thing out of position inside the engine, also mentioned about this pulley. Contacted regional office, they recommended to check with another dealer.

    Toyota dealer quoted 10,600 (2009 with 23K miles). I like the car, quiet, smooth and 35mpg highway. I will wait for 2014 corolla or buy 2013 Accord. For Honda, Material quality is excellent but road noise is still major issue. I am leaning toward owning a Honda for the fist time
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    Wow. That’s rare.
  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    edited September 2012
    Excellent price and low mileage but maybe they're low balling it because of the problem. Are you sure it's road noise your hearing and not the engine noise? I don't hear any road noise from my 2009. Are they giving you a certified warranty with it? Either way, Toyota or Honda you can't go wrong.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    No. that’s the price they quoted for my car. I decided not to trade in. Very hard to find a good car for 10K. Next Week I will take my car to another dealer . Right now not a major issue. It might be the pulley.
  • negchinnegchin Posts: 2
    edited September 2012
    I know this is an old post. I hope you solved the problem by now.

    I am not a Toyota owner. But my neighbor is having the same exact issue during dewy mornings or after a rain with her corolla (late 90? model). She would crank the starter 50 times or more before it gets going. This repeated starting attempts are very annoying and I almost want to volunteer to fix her corolla so I don't have to see her having the starting issue.

    I had exactly the same symptom with Volvo 740. During the wet weather it wouldn't start. But later in the day it would start up like nothing happened, and once it starts up the car ran fine without any issue whatsoever. But the morning after the rain was the worst. I was expecting not to start on those mornings.

    The solution with Volvo 740 was Fuel Pump Relay. The Relay will short with excess moisture, hence the fuel pump will not work. As the day warm up, the moisture disappears and the relay will function properly.

    I replaced the fuel pump relay on that Volvo, and the problem was gone. Gone forever.

    For your info. In Toyota vehicles, Fuel Pump Relay is called Circuit Opening Relay. The relay costs less than $10. Even if it doesn't work, it's worth a try, don't you think?
  • guru76guru76 Posts: 1
    edited October 2012
    I have been having issues with the air-conditioner on my 2008 corolla, sometimes it cools and sometimes it does'nt. I replaced the AC relay and the issue appeared to have been sorted out but it started again after a while. Anyone has any clues what the problem could be?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,441
    Has anyone checked the refrigerant level? Also, it's important that the cooling fan blow across the condenser at the appropriate times. So if your car has 2 fans, one for the engine and an auxiliary for when the AC is on, be sure that second fan is kicking in.

    If none of those ideas work, you may have to have the car scanned for trouble codes, or taken to an AC specialist---perhaps you have an issue with the orifice/expansion valve (not sure which system your car uses).

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  • maktbonemaktbone Posts: 2
    edited October 2012
    Back in May the front passenger-side actuator on my 2009 Corolla LE failed, so I shelled out about $500 in parts and labor to have it replaced. This morning I went to get in my car to go to work and my door wouldn't open... Seems that now the front driver-side actuator has failed!

    The car is 4 years old and has 38,000 miles on it, but multiple actuator failure on the car just seems, well, highly improbable. Has anyone else experienced this or do I just have bad luck?
  • terceltomterceltom Allentown, PSPosts: 1,024
    I have always owned multiple Toyotas simultaneously. I have always noticed that on my 2009 Corolla the digital thermometer reads and reacts much slower to outside temperature changes than my other Toyotas do. I have a 2001 Corolla that changes immediately when I pull out of my warm garage into the cold, but my 2009 Corolla will take up to 5 to 10 minutes to read the accurate outside temperature. Anyone else notice this? Is there a reset I could possibly do?
  • Check to see if there's any goo on or debris around the sensor (located just behind the front grill on my Matrix).
  • I have a 2013 Corolla and it also has a rattling sound on the dashboard. At first I tried to ignore it but then there was a crack on the lower driver's side windshield. Check it out and no obvious hits from the outside but after bringing it to DCH Toyota of Simi Valley, CA. They said it was just natural for it to happen and that it was not covered by warranty and that even on the slight pressure that could happen. Obviously the service manager Javier did not want to deal with it. Any other incident, about cracking windshield due to the flexing of the frame of their corolla?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Sorry, I've never seen another complaint like this. I also check frequently, but have not seen any issues like you described. Your insurance company will likely cover it.
  • I stopped at a Toyota dealer in another state last fall while on a road trip, and was told the noise indicated I needed a new water pump, so I had mine replaced. Upon returning home, I learned of a recall for that, and kept waiting to hear from Toyota. Today I called my local dealer, and was told my car was not included in the recall. Is that because I was over the 60,000 mile warranty? I am very disappointed, and after having 8 Toyotas between my husband and me, my Toyota loyalty is going down the tubes. Can someone tell my why my car would not be in the recall?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,441
    that recall was for the electric water pumps on hybrid Toyotas I believe.

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  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Yes, that is correct. And recalls are for safety-related issues. If a water pump fails and starts a fire, then it would be a recall. If a water pump just fails, no recall.
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