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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#1543 of 3856 Responds to #1517,1520,1522,1530,1531,1537
Aug 17, 2004 (9:05 am)
Hey, I'm no car expert, but the above messages caught my eye.
2005 Corolla Air Conditioning by ejg - The color of your car can make a BIG difference in a/c performance. Most mfgrs don't vary the tonnage (cooling capacity) based on color, but the amount of interior 'heat soak' increases dramatically as the car color shifts from white to black. Too, parking so the sun beats down on the dashboard pumps heat into the interior a/c components (ducts, evaporator, etc.) forcing your unit to work for a while cooling those components down before cooling YOU down. Running in RECIRC mode makes this happen faster because you're not trying to cool down the outside air ONE TIME as it passes through the car and out the exhaust vents buried in the rear fender area (peel the trunk liner back to see these). Keep in mind that when defogging your windshield, you DO WANT TO take in fresh air to rapidly push the excess interior humidity out those exhaust vents. Know also that in partial or total defrost mode, your a/c unit is turned on (even if the dash light doesn't indicate this) to dehumidify the air before blowing it at the windshield.
'05 cat converter by modestmouse - the changes Toyota is making under the TSB are undoubtedly integrated into the assembly line, so you should not be affected, but re-read my post on page 76 to determine how to test for the problem.
lizservo & stinkinrolla - Not long ago I had the (approx. 1200 Toyota-paid dollars) job done. The stink seemed to abate for a while, but recently the CHECK ENGINE light turned on and the smell has returned. I'd guess that the computer reprogramming now looks for the problem to happen. I'll be taking it back to the dealer.
Andrew, my car was built in Canada, per the door jamb sticker (and, you're welcome.) It ticks me off that Toyota provides a fix but won't tell anyone who has complained to a dealer in the past about the fix, so I catch every 2002/3/4 Toyota I can (at traffic lights) and inform them of the problem/'hidden' fix.
Lizservo, I'd suggest that if your car falls in the range spec'd by the TSB, you have the fix installed. Read my post (page 76) to see how to describe the problem to your dealer. If you don't describe it correctly, they (at least, my dealer) won't consider putting the fix on. You MAY have to go back and complain several times before the dealer agrees to fix it.
Corolla won't start after filling gas tank by erins3204 - Suggestion: next time you need a fill, go to the dealer and take a service writer or tech with you to the gas station. (Keep a spare gallon in your trunk, just in case you run too low.) Believe me, they'll believe you if they have to sit with you waiting for your car to start. If they won't ride with you, at least arrange to meet them at a (same brand) gas station when you call to say you need a refuel. If they won't cooperate & you want to 'force' the issue, park your car on their lot in plain view of shoppers. Put a big sunshield-looking signboard INSIDE your windshield stating their non-service. "My car won't start and this dealer won't fix it!!" Set the parking brake & lock your car and go sit on their customer's toilet with a crossword, your favorite magazine, whatever. Pick a busy day - Saturday?? Negotiate through the locked restroom door.
#1544 of 3856 2003 Corolla - excessive tire wear??
Aug 17, 2004 (9:22 am)
My car has less than 15,000 miles on it. It came with Firestone tires claiming a Wear Rating of 440, per the sidewall info. I keep the tires inflated to 35-36 lb., cold, to 'force' the center of the tire's tread to buldge outward (to increase gas mileage via less rolling resistance, and to push the wear toward the center of the tread). Neither my spouse nor I drive rough, and we both avert potholes, sewer covers et al (to avoid upsetting the steering geometry settings) as best possible. Despite all this, the front tire tread EDGES are already VERY close to the wearbar depth of 2/32" above tread depth. (The outside edge shows more wear than the inside edge.)
I can't believe that a Wear Rating of 100 equals 4,000 miles (and by extrapolation, a Wear Rating of 440 equals 17,600 miles). Is anyone else seeing heavy wear on their front tires?
If YES, or even if NO, what BRAND of tires are on your Corolla, and what is the Wear Rating embossed on the tire's sidewall? Sure would appreciate some feedback, especially from one or two unbiased tire experts.
#1545 of 3856 2002 Corolla - Wheels bent??
Aug 17, 2004 (11:56 am)
My car has approx 30,500 miles on it. I took it to the dealership for maintenance and I was told that 2 of the rear wheels were bent. I inspected the wheels and they seem to look ok to me so I refused to change them. I'm also careful to avoid potholes most of the time. I'm worried that this is a rip off so I need advice on whether should I get the wheels changed?
#1546 of 3856 Re: 2002 Corolla - Wheels bent?? [scy]
Aug 18, 2004 (8:43 pm)
2 of the rear wheels? I was only aware that there were four on a car; 2 front and 2 rear. *giggle, just kidding*
I would take it to a third party and have them check it out. They really have nothing to gain and you have nothing to loose. Get a second opinion. And really my question is, how do wheels get bent, and what does that mean anyway? Why to be vague dealer man. If they were "bent" how'd they get bent? Maybe you should tell your dealer to "get bent" HAHA.
#1547 of 3856 Re: Responds to #1517,1520,1522,1530,1531,1537 [corollagold]
Aug 23, 2004 (2:20 pm)
Question Re: sulfur smell.
Have you noticed any MPG changes with your TSB fix.
I understand that Toyota reprograms ECU to avoid H2S production. The part I don't understand is if they go from lean to rich (to avoid SO3 accomulation in the cat) or from rich to lean (to avoid H2S release from the cat).
My car has poor MPG as it is now (27/30 city/hwy), I would hate to see it go down (I learned to live with brands lower in sulfur in my area).
#1548 of 3856 power source/plug
Aug 25, 2004 (5:06 pm)
had a reason to try out the power plug in this car, its the same as the cigarette lighter, I plugged in a hand held vacuum, but it didn't work, thought it was the vacuum, so tried it in my other car, it worked?...... I read the "book", seems you have to have the key in and on acc??????....... why would you need to use a key on acc to have power to the cigarette lighter????...... it was a weird deal cause the damned ding, ding was on the whole time i was using the vacuum, cause the door was open..... just wanted to see what this brings, cause if its a "power source" it should work without having the key in anyway.
#1549 of 3856 maint. sched.
Aug 25, 2004 (5:23 pm)
Hello I just bought 2000 corolla. What maintance should be done to keep it well tuned. It has 116KM. I was told Timing belt,spark plugs, and coolant do not need to be changed. Is this correct? I would appreciate any comments.
Aug 27, 2004 (5:42 am)
Could you please look at my post #1547 (couple of posts above)?
I am trying to figure out whether the sulfur smell fix is worth the trouble. Sounds like yours was not succesfull (was it botched?). I would hate to see MIL acting up and generating extra trips to a dealer down the road. I would also hate to see any drops in MPG.
#1551 of 3856 vin number and price of car
Aug 30, 2004 (1:24 pm)
Hmmm.....someone told my friend that she can find the exact price the dealer paid for a specific new car by inputing the vin number somewhere on edmunds.com...does anyone know where I can do this on this site? Thank you in advance.
#1552 of 3856 Re: vin number and price of car [annieraggedy]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2004 (5:13 pm)
To my knowledge, there is no such tool here. Perhaps your friend is confused with the Carfax reports? However, those reports give you a history of the vehicle's accidents and major repairs.
You might try checking out the Prices Paid board (choose from the drop down at left) for an idea of what others are paying. And here's info about Edmunds.com TMV.