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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
Sep 08, 2005 (4:21 pm)
I was told there was a recall for the front seat rugs and metal floorboards.
I was told there was a Toyota service bulletin but not sure if it is a recall for the engine
control module. I paild through the nose to have mine replaced. Please advise with what
My iridium spark plugs from rockauto.com for $6.22 each for NGK seems like a good deal
as the local parts stores want double that!
#33 of 138 Changing the spark plugs; what exactly is needed?
Sep 13, 2005 (1:33 pm)
What size are the bolts holding down the plastic block cover? Also, are they metric or
the US standard. Actually, is the whole Echo metric or US measurements?
Are you sure the nuts to the spark plug housing are EXACTLY 10mm as I don't want to
strip them? What size ratchet wrench do I need for the actual spark plugs in metric or
US measurement? How long of an extension do I need to get at the plugs, what is it
called, where is the best place to buy this, and how much should it cost?
I am a klutz but feel good about myself as I just checked my air filter and it is fine. I
bought three of them from an online parts broker for about $6.25 each.
I thank you in advance for your answers so I can put in the iridium spark plugs I also
purchased from rockauto.com for also about $6.25, of course plus shipping which they
goose you on as it is dropshipped. My order came from four different vendors but I
still saved over buying the parts localls ie iridium plugs for $12.
I find a major difference in MPG when I drive a local highway at 50 to 55 versus the
Massachusetts Turnpike at 60 to 75MPH.
The cheapest gas near me as I write this is $2.99. I use WorcesterGasPrices.com but
this website listing the cheapest gas station prices is national if you scroll down on
the left hand corner.
#34 of 138 Service Manual?
Sep 14, 2005 (10:10 am)
Greywoulf, from the US.(NJ). I have an '03 Echo Sedan. Is there anywhere I can get a repair or service manual for this car?
#35 of 138 Re: Service Manual? [greywoulf]
Sep 19, 2005 (4:34 pm)
After much looking, I have found out that all the major publishers of auto repair guides in
book format don't have one for Echos. Also, most big box and auto parts stores do not
carry the oil or air filters as both Fram and Purolator don't make them for the Echo. I
am very happy with the prices, quick service, and quality from RockAuto.com. Air filters
were only about six dollars and change and a similar price for the Iridium NGK spark plugs.
I also bought oil drain plug washers for next to nothing as most oil change places just
let them slide into the bucket of waste oil. When I had my 88 Tercel, I used to keep these washers aka gaskets in my glove compartment. Oil filters from Rock were a litttle over
two dollars but they have many types and prices.
#36 of 138 Where is the radiator drag plug on a 2001 Echo?
Sep 19, 2005 (5:28 pm)
Not only where is the radiator plug, but what exact size of socket wrench do I need or can
I just use pliers? I know it is probably in the owner's manual or maybe not, but in Boston
with hot summers and very cold winters, how often should I flush and change the radiator,
please. Should I wear medical gloves when dealing with the antifreeze?
It would be useful information to know about independent repair shops which have a good
knowlege and experience with Echos as I was just fleeced by an indie shop that did not
know what they were doing and charged me for their three hours when it was a ten minute
job. They also replaced a part that was very costly and did not need to be replaced, but
rather, just cleaned. Make that five minutes.
If we could share indie Echo repair shop data, we could have a nice network going for
everyone to benefit from. We all know how expensive the Toyota dealer repair shops
#37 of 138 Re: Mfg Guide Intervals [cliff5]
Sep 21, 2005 (9:38 am)
In my 2001 Echo I change the oil every 20k or so. I only use Amsoil Synthetic plus a dual oil filter (by-pass microfilter).
I do almost 30k per year so I only change oil every 9 months or so.
Oil analysis shows every time that the oil is suitable for longer use.
#38 of 138 Changing spark plugs, changing oil & filter, changing coolant
Sep 24, 2005 (10:01 am)
Would somebody be so kind as to answer my previous questions about the titled topics as it has been quite a while and I would like to do this important maintenace work.
#39 of 138 A couple of questions
Sep 29, 2005 (11:36 am)
Does the Echo engine have a timing belt or chain? If it's a belt, what is the recommended change interval?
#40 of 138 Re: A couple of questions [bottgers]
Sep 30, 2005 (7:20 pm)
It's a chain and should last for the life of the car.
Oct 03, 2005 (10:28 am)
Hello! I love my 5 speed 2000 Echo. Have 93K on this well travelled mountain car. Recently I have been experiencing my engine missing or hesitating after driving for 30+ minutes and highway speeds. Once stopped and restarted, it jumps horribly while shifting through the gears. When at 55mph it almost loses power but doesn't stall. I understand we shouldn't have to change the fuel filter but that is definitely what it is acting like. Kind of choking. No check engine like comes on. Please know that I already a) changed the spark plugs, and air filter, along with checking the gas cap, b) changed the mass airflow filter, (all with genuine Toyota parts)
c) Bent over at the dealership only to have them say they found nothing in the computer, had no one to drive the car and that we needed to change the items I had just changed the week before again. ( Not likely) Help! Thanks.