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#1555 of 3844 Engine Sludge?
Sep 13, 2004 (9:05 pm)
We have owned eight toyota's since 1978 and currently have the 1988 corolla,1995 camry,1998 corolla, 2002 corolla S and 2004 camry.
Our 1995 had to have major work for engine sludge after owing for 3 years. Taking owner responsibly we had this fixed and the car now has 245,000 miles. Our 1988 has 277,000 miles but our problem now is with the 2002 Corolla S 3 years later, dealer said it has engine sludging and the cost is around $2800.00 to repair. Should we try an engine de sludge our self? We maintain all our Toyota's and just was floored with this again.
#1556 of 3844 Re: Engine Sludge? [holly97]
Sep 14, 2004 (3:42 pm)
what is engine sludge?
Are there any TSB's on the subject?
#1557 of 3844 Re: Engine Sludge? [modestmouse]
Sep 14, 2004 (4:23 pm)
According to Toyota tech this is when oil becomes a gel. Thinking about trying a product that is injected into PCV valve that I saw in reference to sludging.
Sep 14, 2004 (4:29 pm)
Huh, sounds interesting, let us know how that goes.
PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilator...). I think.
Also, maybe getting my new 05 soon. Like in the next 14days (though I doubt they will finance me). Should I be worried about engine sludge for the 05 is this a common problem with that engine?
#1559 of 3844 Re: Engine Sludge? [holly97]
Sep 14, 2004 (5:38 pm)
I have not heard of engine sludge in Corollas. In fact, there is a whole forum for sludge (do a search for it). In a nut shell, the Camrys and Siennas from 97-02 (or something like that) are more prone to sludge IF you do not change oil and filter regularly. If you do oil and filter changes on time (5,000 miles or 4 months), you will have no problems. I still have not seen one sludged engine's owner come forward with proof of regular oil and filter changes. Anyway, I highly doubt that new Corollas are prone to sludging, even if you do not do regular changes. I monitor other internet sites that are for Corollas only, and Corollas are fine, as are any Toyotas. Just do REGULAR maintenance. If you have sludge, there is no cheap way to fix it now.
Sep 15, 2004 (4:18 pm)
We have a 2004 Corolla LE and even when I turn the fan knob to "off" there is still air coming out of the vent. If the controller is on heat, then air comes out through those vents. Is this common on this car or should I take it in? Thanks in advance.
Sep 16, 2004 (7:11 am)
Unless you close off the vents, air will come through simply by virtue of the car moving forward. If you don't know how to close the vents, read the owner's manual. You can also shut off outside air by using the recirculation button. I think this is foolish [ no outside air coming into the car risks the remote but real possibility of exhaust buildup in the cabin ], but suit yourself...
#1562 of 3844 Antifreeze Leak?
Sep 18, 2004 (5:05 pm)
I own a 2004 Toyota Corolla LE with 10,000 miles. I often smell anti-freeze after an idle time of approximately 5 minutes. I have visited the Toyota service department twice with no luck. The anti-freeze level does not appear to be dropping, but the anti-freeze smell continues to be very prevalent. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
#1563 of 3844 Re: Antifreeze Leak? [santhony1]
Sep 19, 2004 (2:45 am)
Check cabin heater/hose...you may have a small leak in heater core (pin hole) or hose connection point?
#1564 of 3844 Corolla Engine Replacement?
Sep 19, 2004 (6:36 pm)
I bought my son a 2001 Corolla last year. This year, the repair shop told him his motor was on its last legs (said a rod was going) and suggested he take it somewhere to have the engine replaced. The Toyota tech looked at it before and told him that he most likely had a "lemon".
Does anyone know if Toyota ever had a recall or "secret" warranty on these 4 cylinder engines?
To have a rod go out at only 64000 miles seems unusual for any car, especially one known for quality as the Toyota. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated....