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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#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.
#42 of 138 When to change the oil to maximize engine efficiency and minimize cost
Oct 09, 2005 (4:13 pm)
I just changed my oil and put on a Nippon OEM oil filter and used Castrol synthetic blend oil. My next oil change, I will be switching to K&N oil filters and Mobil 1 10-30 synthetic
I have NGK iridium plugs and the tools and will install them when time permits.
When I have the iridium spark plugs installed and using K&N oil filters and Mobil 1 synthetic oil, my question is, when should I change the oil and filter to maximize the
engine efficiency, engine life expectancy, and minimize the financial cost?
Also, does anybody know exactly how to get to the cabin air filter and replace it? I was
told it is inside the car, behind the glove compartment, but I think I need help. Thank you!
#44 of 138 Check engine light being on in 2001 Echo- how to easily fix
Oct 10, 2005 (11:03 am)
I have the check engine light "on" in my 2001 Echo. I have been told that you may be able to reset the check engine light by:
1) Clean the sensor with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip and that will solve the problem.
2) Depress the odometer button while the car is running and then turn your engine off
and then on as this will supposedly reset the computer and the check engine light will
3) Disconnect the battery terminal and then reattach as this will stop the flow of electricity to the sensor/computer and reset the computer so the check engine light will go off.
PLEASE ADVISE IF ANY OF THE ABOVE METHODS OF MAKING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON A 2001 ECHO GO OFF AND RESET THE COMPUTER/SENSOR ARE TRUE AND WORK,.
IF YOU HAVE PICTURES IN ADDITION TO WRITTEN INSTRUCTINS, THAT WOULD ALSO BE VERY HELPFUL.
#45 of 138 answer #3 is partally correct
Oct 16, 2005 (7:54 am)
Disconnect the negative battery connection. Press your brake pedal down for 10 seconds. Reattach your negative battery connection. The computer will be reset.