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#1582 of 3858 Squeaks, rattles and other assorted junky noises from my 2002/2003 Corollas!
Oct 08, 2004 (8:49 am)
The 2 Corollas in our family (a 2002 model -the previous generation- and a 2003 model) have less than 50,000 km (~31,000 miles) each and yet they produce a cacophony of junky noises when they hit a shallow bump or a section of rippled asphalt. Makes me wonder how they'll hold up at 100,000 km.. Mind you, bigger bumps hit at speed on the highway are definitely felt, but don't produce any noises to speak of, which is a relief.
At any rate, I'm very disappointed with the build quality/solidity of those Corollas, especially after taking a ride on the same roads in a friend's Mazda3, which I found to be absolutely squeak/rattle-free. Granted, my friend's Mazda is newer, but it's still more solid than I remember either of our Corollas being at a similar age.
Having said that, both cars lived up to Toyota's bullet-proof reliability (despite a rather expensive brake job on my 2002 model at 32000 km, but I drive fast!). It just makes me cringe when I'm passing over a patch of rippled asphalt and find all sorts of rattles/squeaks coming from my car's doors, dashboard and/or suspension! As you might expect, the dealer always "fails" to find any thing wrong with either car.
Is everybody else experiencing this? I just find it hard to believe I got 2 bad samples!
#1583 of 3858 Engine speed flares in reverse
Oct 08, 2004 (1:31 pm)
My daughter and hubby lives in the Dominican Republic. They drive a '96 Corolla automatic trans, build in Cambridge, Ontario. The closest dealer is a 4 hour drive. When reverse is selected, the engine speed increases dramatically, making for a potentially dangerous situation. Any clues as to what could be causing the problem?
#1584 of 3858 Re: Noise from rear wheel [pjksr]
Oct 12, 2004 (1:09 pm)
I had exactly this problem with my 2003 Corolla LE. It was a rubbing or low vibration from the rear passenger wheel area that increased frequency with car speed. Not dependent on acceleration. Even constant when putting car in neutral or turning off and coasting.
If that sounds about right, it's the wheel bearing. It's worn down abnormally and will probably get louder - and more likely to create other damage - if you don't do anything. I believe it is a single hub assembly. I got mine replaced under warranty.
#1585 of 3858 Paint Chip found on NEW car (help w/dealership)
Oct 12, 2004 (8:51 pm)
When I got my car, it had a very small chip on the hood. Noticed it when time to take possession. Never would have bought if seen earler. But knew they are responsible repair it.
Dealer said, no problem to fix. Got work order and went in today. They dab paint on it. It is ridiculous, nothing but a nightmare waiting to happen. Told them it was not acceptable.
I go in tomorrow to see the General Manager. The Customer Relations Manager implied that the whole hood needs to be painted. (which I agree is the only way to fix it). She mentioned 'sending it out'.
Paint Forum host advised me to make sure I get a Full Warranty on the re-done paint. But no follow-up posted on the following questions.
Does anyone know how long a full warranty would be or should be? Never heard of a paint warranty. What if they refuse or only offer a short term or pretend they never heard of it. I expect to have this car at least 10 years.
This really soured my purchase. I hate Toyota dealerships but love the Toyota. (Got a 2005 Corolla LE in silver streak mica). Of course I'll take photos of hood, roof, inside hood; engine since the paint job cannot 'injure' other parts of the car.
I am very intelligent but don't know about paint warranties...They think I'm a moron since I purchased wearing ripped jeans and sloppy sweatshirt. So don't want them to try to take me over by pretending it is not possible or get short-changed on the term.
#1586 of 3858 $$$ COMPENSATION
Oct 18, 2004 (3:03 pm)
There should be some $$$ compensaton as the dealership paint job isn't the same as factory paint.
#1587 of 3858 Re: Engine speed flares in reverse [lisascar]
Oct 18, 2004 (3:38 pm)
My car [94' Olds Achieva] was doing the same thing except in drive it was rev'ing way high and made the car jump out of drive unless I had the break depressed.
It was also rev'ing irregularly when dirving, like jumping up and down for no reason.
I checked my manual and it said that one problem might be a leaky PCV (positive crankcase ventilator) valve. Well I found the valve and sure enough the rubber elbow connector was all cracked and old, and also the hose the connects to the back end of it had come out! So I replaced the elbow connector and never had to mess with it since.
That may or may not be the problem. It could be a timing issue, and on a 96' you may still be alble to adjust it. Really though go buy a repiar manual and use the trouble shooting section in the back. There should be a list of problem/solutions.
#1588 of 3858 Squealing brakes
Oct 21, 2004 (9:42 am)
My front and rear brakes were replaced on my 2002 Corolla (67,000 miles) by a local tire company around the end of January 2004. My brakes have squealed ever since. When I took my car back to the tire company in July I was told that humidity makes the brakes squeal. They said that they cleaned and adjusted the brakes and ever since then my brakes sound like they squeal louder. It also sounds like I have a rubbing noise coming from the rear of the car. What's wrong? Does humidity really cause brakes to squeal or am I being taken for a ride by the tire company?
#1589 of 3858 This has absolutely nothing to do with humidity....
Oct 21, 2004 (10:09 am)
...and everything to do with how the brakes were done.
Front squealing can usually be traced to the improper use, or worse yet, no use at all, of the small amount of lube necessary to allow the pads to move within the caliper, and where the pad actually rests against the piston inside the caliper. Most manufacturers use a proprietary formula for the stuff that lubes the caliper pins and piston, so the wrong stuff [or none at all] can mean that the pads start a high-speed harmonic vibration when applied, and this is the squealing you're hearing.
In the rear, it can be a number of things, including improperly adjusted drums, wrong springs, or a bad bearing.
You need to find someone else to look at the brakes - gasp, maybe even an authorized dealer - but certainly somebody other than the shop who did the work. Noisy brakes are NOT NORMAL on this car, period.
(As a matter of principle, I never take a car I really care about to have the brakes worked on by any shop not affiliated with the manufacturer. You have lots of recourse if an authorized dealer messes things up - not much when done by an independent. If you really know who you are dealing with personally, and KNOW their competence level, of course this advice doesn't apply, but that doesn't sound like what happened in this case.)
#1590 of 3858 2001 Corolla Exhaust pipe problem
Oct 26, 2004 (5:34 pm)
I have a 2001 LE.It has just 42,000 miles and I am hearing a little louder than normal sound from the middle pipe section of the exhaust system, which I think there might be crack in the middle pipe.Does anybody has this problem that early or is there any TSB with exhaust system going bad that earlier? Thanks for the help!!
#1591 of 3858 Re: Squealing brakes [dbsgirl]
Oct 27, 2004 (8:20 am)
You really should have had a Toyota dealer do the brake work, or at least had someone use Toyota parts. The Toyota parts last longer and you won't have the squealing. By the way, I question having the rear brakes done so soon. I would be willing to bet that the rears had miles left in them.