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#863 of 914 2001 toyota echo belt problems
Jun 02, 2012 (8:31 am)
I have a 2001 Toyota Echo Sedan and I have had trouble with my belts squealing for a long time. I have had both serpentine belts replaced but the problem has not stopped. If I have the A/C on in the summer or the heat/defroster in the winter, I get a squealing that only stops when I turn off the air/defroster and my headlights. I only need to turn them off for a second and then I can put them right back on, but I wait until the car is moving again. This usually occurs when my car is 'warming' up. I only have a little blue light to tell me if the engine is cool. Even after the cold light goes out, I still will get squealing if I am stopped or at a light for a few seconds. I turn everything off before I have to stop now to prevent the noise.
I also get a rumbling/ticking noise when my car is accelerating up to 40mph. It stops if I go faster than that or keep accelerating, but the noise is constant if I am going less than or around 40mph. I did have to have my alternator replaced along with my battery, which it drained. I know that these occurrences happen in other Echoes as well. The AutoCare center I have been taking my car to for the past few years has no idea how to fix my problems. They just charge me for new parts. I was hoping someone might know what things I should ask my other mechanic to look at. I'm hopelessly car illiterate. Thank you!
#864 of 914 Re: 2001 toyota echo belt problems [ktbugs87]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 02, 2012 (9:22 am)
squealing means that the belt is slipping--so either it's the wrong belt or they didn't adjust it using the right tools.
As for the ticking noise, that's not really specific enough to pin anything down. You need to have a mechanic ride with you, or drive the car. Ticking and rumbling are such different phenomena that it's hard to make sense of it.
Jun 04, 2012 (2:36 am)
It could also be the bearings in the alternator water pump or even the ac are bad. If you can remove the belts and spin those pulleys by hand you might find bad bearings.
That happened to my sons ECHO and it was bad alternator bearings.
Good luck and tell us what happens!
#866 of 914 Re: squealing [kneisl1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 04, 2012 (9:44 am)
Well that's a very good observation! It's possible that an alternator or AC compressor is dragging so badly due to bad bearings (hence the noise) that it could be causing the belt to slip as well. The two problems (slippage, noise) might be connected. Worth looking into.
#867 of 914 echo chuffing on idle
Jul 17, 2012 (12:29 pm)
my friend as an 2004 1.4 echo.
starting up on idle is sounds likes it's missing, put a few rev on runs smooth. On idle, is sounds like a valves though it's an automatic adjuster loosing pressure, at the exhaust it's chuffing like the mixture is out, not a constant hum.
He also complains that sometime when he puts the A/c on it stalls the engine. I've never been there when it's done this.
1. Are they auto tappet adjusters?
2. how do you adjust the air mixture?
3. could it be an injector?
any other ideas. please.
#868 of 914 Re: echo chuffing on idle [pohhop]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 17, 2012 (1:02 pm)
yes the valves are adjustable on that car. It wouldn't be expensive to CHECK the clearances but it's a bit of labor (over 6 hours) to shim each valve. Your friend should get a quote for this job.
Possible idle roughness could be a defective Idle Air Control valve (IAC), or just a vacuum leak somewhere.
If gas mileage has dropped a lot, there could also be an EGR system problem to cause this rough idle.
Jul 18, 2012 (1:23 am)
Unplug the injectors one at a time with the engine running. If the engine doesnt run any different, that injector is BAD. If it runs good the injector is GOOD. Do each one one at a time until you have tested them all.
Let us know what you find out and Good Luck!
#871 of 914 wait a minute...
Jul 18, 2012 (6:26 am)
Please disregard the previous two posts by me. Its hot here and I wasnt thinking too good.
Start the engine. It is running unevenly right? One at a time, unplug the injectors. If after unplugging one of them, the engine runs WORSE, you just unplugged a GOOD injector. Keep going until you unplug an injector and it doesnt run any different. It still runs unevenly just as it has been. You should have three injectors which make the engine run WORSE when you unplug them and one when it doesnt run any different.
THATS the bad one.
If one is bad.
#872 of 914 Moon roof/sunroof issues
Aug 03, 2012 (7:37 pm)
Hi all, I have a 2000 2dr echo with a manual sun roof, the problem is that the handle to open and close the sun roof isn't working. Has anyone had this problem before?