Last post on Nov 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
Aug 24, 2013 (4:04 pm)
Is it OK to leave the battery unhooked for 12 or so hours on an 05 Corolla? Took my battery out & can't get a new one till tomorrow. Any need to worry?
#3848 of 3856 Re: Battery removal [hoopitup2000]
Aug 25, 2013 (6:20 pm)
no problem at all.
#3849 of 3856 Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles
Nov 20, 2013 (10:54 am)
I just took my 1995 automatic car in for an oil-change and was given a list of things I needed to have done for a cost of $1,000 plus tax. It came as a bit of a shock since none of this came up when i had my annual inspection in June (from the same place).
Can anyone advise whether this is a realistic list of maintenance things and if $1000 is a reasonable cost:
Timing belt and water pump. Tune-up, power steering flush, coolant flush, battery service, tire rotation, fuel induction service.
#3850 of 3856 Re: Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles [curatsu]
Nov 20, 2013 (12:29 pm)
Is this at a dealer? That would explain the high price.
How do they know the timing belt and water pump are due for replacement? 60k miles is a more normal time for that. Do you know if the car has had the timing belt replaced before? If so, it shouldn't need another one. If not, might not be a bad idea if you plan on keeping the car. I've seen dealers charge ~$400 to replace a timing belt.
What's included in the "tune up"? Doesn't this car have electronic ignition? So what are they going to do, replace the spark plugs or ???
If the car hasn't had a power steering flush or coolant flush before, might be a good idea, especially the coolant flush.
What will they do on the "battery service"? Check it and clean the terminals maybe?
What's "fuel induction service"? Are they going to put some overpriced fuel cleaner in? Is this a "dealer special" or does Toyota's recommended factory service specify it?
All this... and no brake check or other stuff that might actually be useful??
IMO much of this might not be needed, and even if it is, you could probably find a good mechanic who would do the work for a lot less.
#3851 of 3856 Re: Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles [backy]
Nov 21, 2013 (9:50 am)
Backy, many thanks for your reply. The quote I got was from a full-service auto repair shop (they don't sell cars) and when I asked him if the recommendations were based on the mileage or by actually looking at things he said both. I know I had my breaks replaced some time ago and a few other things -- i don't believe i've ever had the timing belt or water pump replaced. I hear that most people replace these two things at the same time because it's most efficient.
So, it sounds like the timing belt and water pump are the most costly things to do. Perhaps I should get an additional quote or two from others.
#3852 of 3856 Re: Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles [curatsu]
Nov 21, 2013 (11:12 am)
I would agree with the timing belt and plugs(tune-up)for sure as you are definitely overdue for these services. Your lucky the timing belt didn't break yet as this is usually performed around 60/70 K miles. If it was never done I would also go with the coolant and powersteering, transmission flush and refill. Considering parts and labor cost should be closer to $700.00 then $1000.00 in my book.
#3853 of 3856 Re: Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles [terceltom]
Nov 23, 2013 (5:57 am)
Many thanks Terceltom. I feel like I'm getting a crash course in car repair. I read that a cooling system drain and refill is almost always done with a timing belt and water pump replacement. I'm going to get a second opinion from another local repair shop on cost/things to be done.
#3854 of 3856 Re: Cost and maintenance at 90,000 miles [curatsu]
Nov 26, 2013 (8:09 am)
If the timing belt hasn't been changed in 18 years you're running on a wing and a prayer.
The belt degrades with time as well as mileage.
Seven years is the usual interval.
I'd also change the brake fluid every 3 years.
Replace the thermostat and radiator cap every other coolant change.
I would skip the fuel induction service if it's running OK.
OTOH I would get the throttle body cleaned every 10 years.
#3855 of 3856 soft brake pedal 2011 corolla LE
Nov 26, 2013 (8:48 pm)
I recently purchased used 2 year old 30k milage 2011 corolla LE from a dealer, while test drive I felt the brake was not responding and it was too soft. Dealer said they will inspect the brake. The inspection report noted the brake was Ok.
After I took the delivery of car I saw the brake was too soft and the brake wont work until the pedal crosses first half and reaches the floor. Next day I took it to nearest different Toyota dealer for servicing. The dealer informed me that they drove the vehicle and found brake to be hard and ok.
I can clearly see the brake is not working even at low speed of 5 mile until the brake pedal is pressed all the way down. The car is still in warranty. I cannot believe dealers and service department blatant lie that everything is OK. I have driven so many car to know how brake works. This car is too dangerous to drive. Seems both car dealer working in tandem to show that everything is fine.
#3856 of 3856 Re: soft brake pedal 2011 corolla LE [fairshadow]
Nov 29, 2013 (3:42 pm)
It had a problem on the test drive and you bought it anyway??