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Toyota Corolla Maintenance and Repair



  • Hi, I just had same problems on my 99 Corolla...starter would not stop eventough the key was turned off and pulled out many times...took the car to a small garage and they told me it was very difficult to pinpoint the problem. I suggested they changed the started but they talked me out of it....I live in Canada where winters are super cold and very hard on the battery... Has anyone heard anything from Toyota regarding this bizarre problem...after reading your comments I think I<ll change the starter anyway...could it be simply a faulty selonoid :confuse:
  • hmohtahmohta Posts: 4
    I did have problems with starting the car in cold winter mornings prior to this. But I did not do anything since after some time this problem went away.

    I please request all to chim in.. as to how can I ensure I was not getting fleeced. For all they say the diagnostic service is completely stupid and outright unprofessional.

    I was given some scribbned handwritten notes on the estimates !! It is going to take me forever to earn the 1400 $ back I am set back with !!
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Just follow the directions on the can of belt dressing, I purchased mine at Advance auto parts, it basicly said just to spray on all of the belt.
  • were you able to resolve this issue. I have the same problem. I plugged my Sirius car radio into the lighter and the radion and clock went out. The fuses seem to be OK though. I would appreciate your help.

  • annajannaj Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla that the same thing happens to it. My fuses were actually blown in the fuse box located in the engine block. I took mine to the dealership and they advised me never to plug in any kind of charger into the lighter. They did say that I could buy a Toyota made charger that I could purchase, but I just avoid plugging in anything all together.
  • Recently (less than a month) I had a problem with my Driveaxles and had to get them replaced. The front end was making a rubbing sound like when you have something that is not round and when it is spun it always hits on that spot. I had the car aligned afterwards. Well the issue is pretty much the same thing (same kind of sound) does this mean that the Driveaxles are already shot and I need to get new ones? I also noticed that after taking off the tire that you could see the gear like part at the end of the Boot. Any advice would be great. Thanks,
  • anyone have an issue with their brakes squeaking all the time in all kinds of weather? mine wont stop squeaking. the mechanic has tried everything. they work fine but that damned squeak...
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    Are the parts OEM or aftermarket?
  • Could someone help me with the wiring diagram for 1996 corolla. I need it to help me install a switch
  • My son recently purchased a used 05 Corolla with 34,000 miles on it. Now it has 40,000 miles. Before driving home for Thanksgiving he changed the oil. There is a dashboard maintenance light which came on intermittently before he drove home, after the trip back to school, the light is on continuously. My husband says there is a maintenance log reset or some such thing that wasn't done when the oil was changed and that is why the light is coming on. Is this true and if it is, how do you reset the maintenance log? We do not have an owner's manual.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    Yes thats possibly true, Try disconnecting the possitive battery cable for a few minutes, that should reset the computer in the car.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    Take to the Toyota dealer. It is a simple process and I doubt they would charge you anything
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341

    My opinion: go on eBay or search the internet, or go to the dealer and purchase an owner's manual, and give it to your son for the holidays.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    It is a very simple process that involves holding down the trip odometer reset and turning the key, but I cannot remember the specifics. Hopefully, someone here will go out and look in their owner's manual and give you the instructions. I can give you the instructions from my '07 Camry manual later, since it will likely be the same as the Corolla.

    Don't go to the dealer for a 1 minute job. Someone here will eventually help, or do a search for the procedure on the internet. It is just a reminder to change your oil, so it won't hurt anything to keep driving with the light on for the time being.
  • Anyone has a repair manual for a 98 Corolla??
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,507
    From Section 1-6, page 114 of he Owner's Manual

    1. Turn the ignition key to the &#147;OFF&#148; position with the odometer reading shown. (For details, see &#147;Odometer and two trip meters&#148; on page 104 in this Section.)

    2. Turn the ignition key to the &#147;ON&#148; position while holding down the trip meter reset knob. Hold down the button for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicates &#147;000000&#148; and the light goes off.

    If the system fails to reset, the light will continue flashing.

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  • Help Please car thieft rampant in my area :cry: :cry: :cry:
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    Perhaps the service manual located here, see Download:
  • me and my friends are making a road trip to snowshoe wv and we will have to go through the mountains. i was wondering if anyone can tell me how corollas preform on mountain terrain or give me any help
  • I don't see a 1998 repai manual in this site, does anyone else know where I acn Download a repair manual for a 1998 Corolla?
  • me and my friends are making a road trip to snowshoe wv and we will have to go through the mountains. i was wondering if anyone can tell me how corollas preform on mountain terrain or give me any help
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    I have been to the Snowshoe WV area 10+ times, and all but a few have been in a Corolla. It performs great, (mine is a manual transmission) but it does require some downshifting to maintain speeds uphill from time to time. But this is fun for me. On some of the steep downhills, I downshift to keep from using the brakes too much.

    Overall, it is no speed demon, but you will have no problems with your Corolla in WV. By the way, they build Corolla engines at the Toyota plant in WV.

    Enjoy the trip, WV is great!
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    Oh man. Did you drink your coffee today? :sick:

    Go back to this site by clicking on the link. I'll repeat it again here:

    Scroll down past the image of the car, the reference to the Wiring Diagram via AllData, past the Ads by Google, till you see Download | Mirror and right click >> save as.


    Click on Download.

    You'll find 113MB of a zipped up .PDF Service Manual for a 1994 Toyota Corolla. Included in the .ZIP archive is a 307 page .PDF wiring manual. I'm looking at it right now.

    It truly doesn't get much better than that. :shades:

  • I have a 98 Corolla with 120,000 miles on it. It's been burning oil. It runs great but I am just concerned why is it burning oil. I know these cars go past 200,000 miles but is it normal to be burning oil this early?
  • 10sfan10sfan Posts: 136
    See post (2/25/07) #2820 & 2748 (1/10/07). I also replaced the engine on a 2001 4 cyl Corolla, Jan 07, with 84,000 that was burning 1 to 2 quarts every time the gas tank was to be filled since about 64,000 miles. The piston rod finally broke and that was it. We unfortunately purchased it with 52,000 and had no recourse with Toyota Customer Service.

    Apparently this was an inherent problem with theis engine so we had to be very concerned with a replacement engine block, etc. This was a year ago and so far so good.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    I have the same year, same problem as yours, I tryed every thing, could not fine the problem why my oil was disappearing, So a Summit Racing Tech. told me to switch brands of oil, So I switch from Castrol 10/30 to Penzoil 10/30 and this helped a great deal, but I still loose oil but not to bad at all now.
  • alex24alex24 Posts: 54
    my 98 corolla number 1 piston rod broke and went through my block, this engine ran perfect, there was no explanation for this to happen, So I put in a 99 engine in place from the auto wrecking yard, and this one is running good but I have a oil disappering problem, no leaks, and it does not look like its burning it, as I switched brands of oil and that did help alot but still not perfect, So some of these engine do have a major problem thats hard to explain.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    it's possible it's a stuck PCV valve. it's an easy thing to diagnose and cheap to replace if the internals are "gummed up".

    google it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    It's either burning or leaking, no other possibilities. A clogged PCV can force the oil out in areas you might not see.

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