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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • hoodyhoody Posts: 25
    had a reason to try out the power plug in this car, its the same as the cigarette lighter, I plugged in a hand held vacuum, but it didn't work, thought it was the vacuum, so tried it in my other car, it worked?...... I read the "book", seems you have to have the key in and on acc??????....... why would you need to use a key on acc to have power to the cigarette lighter????...... it was a weird deal cause the damned ding, ding was on the whole time i was using the vacuum, cause the door was open..... just wanted to see what this brings, cause if its a "power source" it should work without having the key in anyway.
  • bittoobittoo Posts: 5
    Hello I just bought 2000 corolla. What maintance should be done to keep it well tuned. It has 116KM. I was told Timing belt,spark plugs, and coolant do not need to be changed. Is this correct? I would appreciate any comments.
  • Could you please look at my post #1547 (couple of posts above)?
    I am trying to figure out whether the sulfur smell fix is worth the trouble. Sounds like yours was not succesfull (was it botched?). I would hate to see MIL acting up and generating extra trips to a dealer down the road. I would also hate to see any drops in MPG.
    Please advise!
  • Hmmm.....someone told my friend that she can find the exact price the dealer paid for a specific new car by inputing the vin number somewhere on anyone know where I can do this on this site? Thank you in advance.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    To my knowledge, there is no such tool here. Perhaps your friend is confused with the Carfax reports? However, those reports give you a history of the vehicle's accidents and major repairs.

    You might try checking out the Prices Paid board (choose from the drop down at left) for an idea of what others are paying. And here's info about TMV.

    Edmunds Manager UGC Click on my screen name to send a personal message. Need help navigating? Check out Getting Started in Edmunds Forums.
    Need help picking out a make/model, finding inventory, or advice on pricing? Talk to an Edmunds Car Shopping Advisor

  • Would appreciate any feedback from members on their positive or negative experience, buying or getting car repaired, with any New Orleans area Toyota dealership.

  • I'm a college student who's looking to get a new car so i can have something dependable when I move to a major metropolis.

    I'm trying to buy a new 05 corolla S and I am probably going to get it for 15,500 (the dealer offered 16,900) we will see.

    In any case, I have a 5500 dollar down payment and would only need to finance 11,000 or so. But they won't finance me! My credit score even qualifies for the low 3.9/60months that they are running right now but they still won't budge.

    As a college student I only have a workstudy job that pays about 480/month. I"m having trouble making them understand that I just don't live off those measly paychecks, I also have financial aid that more than supports me out here in the middle of nowhere.

    They want me to co-sign on the loan, but I have more money than my parents combined and they have no credit.

    Anyone had any similar problems? IF so where they resolved. I'm on my last nerve here. Would trying a different dealer be any better? ITs Toyota Corporate thats not financing me.

    Thanks in advance MM
  • We have owned eight toyota's since 1978 and currently have the 1988 corolla,1995 camry,1998 corolla, 2002 corolla S and 2004 camry.
    Our 1995 had to have major work for engine sludge after owing for 3 years. Taking owner responsibly we had this fixed and the car now has 245,000 miles. Our 1988 has 277,000 miles but our problem now is with the 2002 Corolla S 3 years later, dealer said it has engine sludging and the cost is around $2800.00 to repair. Should we try an engine de sludge our self? We maintain all our Toyota's and just was floored with this again.
    Thanks, Holly97
  • what is engine sludge?

    Are there any TSB's on the subject?
  • According to Toyota tech this is when oil becomes a gel. Thinking about trying a product that is injected into PCV valve that I saw in reference to sludging.
  • Huh, sounds interesting, let us know how that goes.

    PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilator...). I think.

    Also, maybe getting my new 05 soon. Like in the next 14days (though I doubt they will finance me). Should I be worried about engine sludge for the 05 is this a common problem with that engine?

  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I have not heard of engine sludge in Corollas. In fact, there is a whole forum for sludge (do a search for it). In a nut shell, the Camrys and Siennas from 97-02 (or something like that) are more prone to sludge IF you do not change oil and filter regularly. If you do oil and filter changes on time (5,000 miles or 4 months), you will have no problems. I still have not seen one sludged engine's owner come forward with proof of regular oil and filter changes. Anyway, I highly doubt that new Corollas are prone to sludging, even if you do not do regular changes. I monitor other internet sites that are for Corollas only, and Corollas are fine, as are any Toyotas. Just do REGULAR maintenance. If you have sludge, there is no cheap way to fix it now.
  • We have a 2004 Corolla LE and even when I turn the fan knob to "off" there is still air coming out of the vent. If the controller is on heat, then air comes out through those vents. Is this common on this car or should I take it in? Thanks in advance.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Unless you close off the vents, air will come through simply by virtue of the car moving forward. If you don't know how to close the vents, read the owner's manual. You can also shut off outside air by using the recirculation button. I think this is foolish [ no outside air coming into the car risks the remote but real possibility of exhaust buildup in the cabin ], but suit yourself...
  • I own a 2004 Toyota Corolla LE with 10,000 miles. I often smell anti-freeze after an idle time of approximately 5 minutes. I have visited the Toyota service department twice with no luck. The anti-freeze level does not appear to be dropping, but the anti-freeze smell continues to be very prevalent. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
  • Check cabin heater/ may have a small leak in heater core (pin hole) or hose connection point?

  • I bought my son a 2001 Corolla last year. This year, the repair shop told him his motor was on its last legs (said a rod was going) and suggested he take it somewhere to have the engine replaced. The Toyota tech looked at it before and told him that he most likely had a "lemon".

    Does anyone know if Toyota ever had a recall or "secret" warranty on these 4 cylinder engines?
    To have a rod go out at only 64000 miles seems unusual for any car, especially one known for quality as the Toyota. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated....

  • toguytoguy Posts: 20
    I've been hearing more and more stories like that of bioteahcer above and I'm starting to get the impression that the Corollas aren't built as tough as they used to be, especially the 1998-2002 generation (I own a 2002 Corolla with only 40k Kilometers).

    I would, therefore, like to ask Corolla owners of that generation who have piled on impressive mileage on their cars (say 100K or more) without major issues to share their experiences. That'll help reassure those of us who own the Corolla and who bought it with longevity in mind, first and foremost!

    Thanks in advance..
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    '99, 68,000 miles - zero problems. Only things replaced - oil, filters, plugs, coolant, battery, wiper blades. Check the internet for other sites dedicated to just the Corolla. I think you'll find the Corolla is still a battleship, as far as reliablity goes. BTW, I change oil and filters at 3,000. I think that you hear about more issues because of sites like this.
  • Hello all,

    I hope someone can help me with this issue, it has probably been discussed before but I am a new member.

    Anyways I just bought a new 2005 Corolla CE a couple of days ago, a bare-bones car - no power anything, but I got it for $12,500 out the door. There's really only two things I don't like about the car: it's color (white, and that was the only car they had at that price), and the driver's seat space.

    I am 6'2" with long legs, and I have lousy leg room in the car. Of course I considered that when test-driving it, but I thought at the time that the pros (price, reliability, fuel econmy etc) outweighed the cons (color, comfort). But I do want to find a way to fix the problem with leg room. Even with the driver seat pushed all the way back, I don't have much leg room. I don't think I can really put cushions on the seat to give me more room because my head is pretty close to the car's cieling already.

    I'm wondering if there's anything I can do about it. I'm thinking maybe I can customize it so that the drivers' seat can beat pushed back more (don't know how much that would cost) - I have long arms too but the steering wheel would be pretty far away from me. I'm starting to think I might not be able to fix this problem. I thought about getting a midsized sedan but fuel economy was definitely important to me. I'm pretty much stuck with this car for years so I want to see if/how I can remedy this.

    Looking forward to feedback, thanks.
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    You might try using a synthetic oil like Amsoil or Mobil 1. Synthetic oil does not form sludge.
  • Hello: I just purchased a Corolla Sedan '05 and I love the vehicle. The only problem I am having is the seatbelt warning signal for the front passenger seat. When my dog sits in the seat, (she's over the 45# limit) the signal goes off. I've asked the General Manager of the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and the service department of same and both have said it is against the law to disconnect the buzzer. This is all I want disconnected, nothing else. I have tried to fasten the belt and my dog gets tangled up in it.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to lend.
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    The transmission in these cars is electronic and it has a sensor that detects when you are going down a hill and braking. It then downshifts into a lower gear to aid in braking. It's just doing what it is supposed to do. My brother bought a new Civic and experienced the same thing. He thought there was something wrong with the transmission, there isn't.
  • I think I stated in my post pretty clearly that I AM closing off the vents with the fan control knob by putting it in the OFF position. I HAVE looked at the owners manual. I don't want an airtight car (I don't believe that is possible), but having cold air blowing on you - either on your face or on your feet is uncomfortable. I am not exactly a teenager and have owned many cars, none of which have done this. Thanks for your "help" anyway.
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...and I will try again:

    Shutting off the air with the fan control knob DOES NOT STOP OUTSIDE AIR FROM COMING INSIDE THE CAR. If you insist, these steps should work:

    -Set the air DIRECTION control to the face-level vents [this prevents air from being routed to the foot outlets]

    -Individually close the face-level vents by moving the blades to a position that effectively blocks the air. On some models there is a separate air knob that closes each of them completely, on others you have to actually move the blades manually to a blocked position.

    I reiterate that I think this is a potentially dangerous thing to do [drive the car with no outside air coming in for a prolonged period of time], but if that is what you want, the above steps will accomplish it.

    And finally, in any case, why not just adjust the temp control to give the air coming in a little heat, if that is what is bothering you?

    My mother-in-law insists on virtually shutting off the incoming air in her Corolla; whenever I drive it, I have to spend a couple of minutes reconfiguring everything so I don't suffocate. It pains me to put it back the way she wants it, but I know how to do it. She too seems reluctant to just adjust the temp to make the dribble of air that comes in with the fan off a little warmer; I believe it is a pathological problem with drafts in her case - it doesn't seem to matter what the temp of the air is. In any case, try the above steps....
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    You did not mention if you had your wheels BALANCED! If not, that is probably causing the vibration (shimmy).
  • Not sure this is the right place to post this, but I hope someone can help point me in the right direction. I purchased a new '05 Toyota Corolla from a dealer in the LA, Calif. area just under a month ago with 2 miles on it. After driving it a bit I noticed a few things that seemed not right, including the fact that the car seemed to vibrate slightly/had a rough idle at stop lights and on the freeway. Something just "didn't seem right" for a new car.

    Today I finally got the time to take it into a Toyota dealer nearer to my home than where the car was originally purchased. Two hours later they called and told me it appeared to have been in an accident! Bolts had wrench marks on the heads, the right fender was slightly mis-aligned; battery, hold down, ground snaps, and headlights had been removed.

    Spoke with my sales rep at the dealer and she told me that I needed to call corporate customer service. I need advice on what my next steps should be.

  • Get a copy of the lemon laws of your state, read it and have in hand during your meeting w/ dealership representatives, have phone number of your friendly lawyer very handy, and the phone number of the TV station that does "the discontented consumer we help report" presentation. Hopefully this can be resolved quickly to your satifaction. Do not skip your monthly payment if you have one---yet.
      Attempt to get the confirming dealer of your suspusion[sic] to put their findings into writing for you on their letterhead. Good Luck
  • Does your Corolla have a separate button for re circulating air (sideways U-turn arrow)? Make sure that it it is set to re circulate (light on or lever pushed in that direction). This will close off the outside air. My '93 Corolla has a lever, my '03 Sequoia has a button. If the light is off on my Sequoia or the lever on the Corolla pushed to "fresh" (3 basically straight arrows), air flows all the time even with the fan set to off (which I prefer). Good luck!
  • Try connecting the seat belt by routing it behind the front seat. Should reach no problem and won't be across the seat for dog to get tangled up.
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