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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
#4607 of 5822 flat tires
Mar 17, 2005 (2:02 pm)
I have a 2001 Black Toyota Echo, my first and only car, it has around 40,000 miles on it, I bought it brand new.
I absolutely love it and it has given me absolutely no problems unit Yesterday (I think this is also because I get the oil changed like clockwork )
Yesterday on the highway, My dear Echo had a flat tire, I am covered by my insurance for road side service and that guy (road side service guy) says he did not know why the tire gave away, on further inspection he also said that all the 4 tires looked pretty used and may be I should go and get all 4 of them replaced at Costco
So is this something that all/any of you have faced, if so please let me know what tires would you recommend
Or the guy was simply trying to scare me in to getting new tires, so that what would be good for the insurance company
Or is this something I should expect, that Echo tires need changing after 40K
Please comment as it would really help me
Mar 17, 2005 (2:08 pm)
Yes it is entirely reasonable that your car would need new tires at this point. My 2001 has 26k on it and the tires are not ready to be changed yet. Tire wear is a function of how you drive the car so there isnt a specific mileage that they need to be replaced. There ARE wear bars across the tread in a line. You could look for them or ask the tire salesman to point them out.
I hanvt decided on what tires i will put on the ECHO when it needs them. Right now i like the Dunlop Sport A2s because my sons car has them and it runs real good in snow. Good luck and tell us what happens!
#4609 of 5822 Re: new plugs [wrgraham]
Mar 17, 2005 (3:12 pm)
I'm a college student that has about 125K on my echo. The sparkplugs have never been changed. I haven't noticed anything wierd going on, but I'm going to change them cause I know my dad would be furious that I haven't yet taken care of this. Do you happen to have these instructions from Kneisl still around. I would love to get a copy of them. Thanks
Mar 17, 2005 (4:15 pm)
Youll need a 5/" sparkplug socket, a 3/8 inch drive ratchet with a 10 inch extension. Also a 10mm socket. The sparkplug socket must have a rubber liner capable of gripping the sparkplug.
To get the wires off the sparkplugs, youll need to remove the 10mm bolt that secures them. I suggest removing and replacing one plug at a time so you dont get the wires mixed up. Look in your owners manual for the correct sparkplug gap and check the plugs before installation.
Getting the plugs out is easy. Installing them is easy too but getting the sparkplug socket to come off the installed plug might not. If the extension pulls out of the socket after youve tightened the new one in, try spraying wd40 on the rubber insert of the socket and checking the fit with the sparkplug until it is tight enough to hold the plug on its trip into its hole, but loose enough to slip off the plug after you tighten it.
Mar 17, 2005 (5:03 pm)
The complete proceedure i wrote up for changing the sparkplugs is message #4393.
#4612 of 5822 navigating to previous messages
Mar 17, 2005 (5:12 pm)
Tip #1 - the Go To Msg # box on the page bar will take you to any post if you know the number.
Tip #2 - you can easily include a link to a previous post if you'd like to do so. Just go to the post, right-click on the highlighted post number, choose "copy" (or copy link location, or whatever is similar depending on your browser). Then in your post, you just right click and paste where you want the link to show up. You'll see a bunch of gobbledy-gook but when you hit post, that will be translated to a link to the message you want folks to see.
Here is the result of me right-clicking, copying link location on post #4393, and then pasting that result into this message: kneisl1, "Toyota Echo" #4393, 11 Jun 2004 11:23 am
#4613 of 5822 Re: new echo owner [pesterkid]
Mar 18, 2005 (1:37 pm)
As an owner of a Land Cruiser and an Echo, I feel very safe in either since I spend a good deal of time riding a motorcycle. Get some guts and enjoy the drive. If you dwell on the negative, it's gonna happen to you.
#4614 of 5822 Re: new echo owner [srmark]
Mar 18, 2005 (2:33 pm)
> IF you dwell on the negitive, its gonna happen to you
#4615 of 5822 Re: what if [reba05]
Mar 18, 2005 (5:28 pm)
reba05- I live in the Twin Cities, my '01 5spd gets 47 highway summer at best, 32 city winter at worst. I still have the Potenza tires at 52K miles, they are rated for 40K... I will be buying a new set very soon. The only prob is I feel a loss of power at acceleration sometimes. I haven't checked for codes yet. I use 5w30 Mobil 1, change it at 7k, new filter and top off at 3.5k. When I bought the car used in early '03 some laughed, now the price of gas has silenced them....
Mar 21, 2005 (6:57 am)
I saw gas on TV for $3.33 a gallon. Here in NJ its still $1.90