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#1738 of 3856 2000 Corolla-Plugs,Injectors, or Filter?
Apr 09, 2005 (7:06 am)
I bought my 2000 Corolla used in 2002. Never changed plugs (can' t find them in the engine-anyone know where they are?). Late last year, car starting acting up-chugging while in idle when first starting or starting from red lights, hesitating slightly when accelerating on the freeway, and the check engine light stayed on a few days. Took it to CarX, who said it was the fuel injectors, cleaned them for $200, and told me it was a design flaw in that particular engine. They said I would have to have repeated injector cleanings for the life of the car to keep it running properly, and to switch to high grade premium gas, plus add a bottle of HEET to every third fill-up.
The car ran fine for several months, but a couple weeks ago, it started acting up again, though not as bad. I called the local Toyota Dealership service line, and they said based on the description, it wasn't the injectors, and even said they had never heard of any "design flaw" in the engines that require multiple injector cleanings. I told him my husband thinks it's the fuel filter, and the service tech said the filter is built into the gas tank, and designed to not need replacing, not for a very, very long time, if ever. He said it sounds like the plugs, since they've never been replaced, and told me if we do it ourselves, we HAVE to use special Iridium style plugs (at about $12 each) or it can cause considerable damage to my engine, even destroying it long term.
I called auto parts stores for the plugs, and they confirmed about the fuel filter, but said they had never heard of a regular spark plug replacing a special one destroying any engine, although not spacing it properly can cause engine problems and cause it to not run right.
Has anyone else had this type of problem with the Corolla? It's been such a perfect car to me until this, we've never done anything else major on it until that, just regular maintenance and tire changes. I hate to think there are "design flaws" in the engine that will be costly for me down the road, but I don't want to part with the car. Any ideas, or suggestions? Am I getting ripped because I'm a woman calling around? For the record, I'm not Mr Goodwrench, but not a dummy either. I've been helping my husband with auto repair and maintenance since we got married 16 years ago, so I mostly know my way around. We are just unfamiliar with this engine. Thanks!
#1739 of 3856 Re: 2000 Corolla-Plugs,Injectors, or Filter? [shetiger68]
Apr 09, 2005 (10:27 am)
You know you're way around, but you cannot find the plugs? Why don't you just let a Toyota dealership do a service on your car? I think you were badly ripped off by CarX because the Corolla engine has no such "design flaw". How many miles do you have on your car?
#1740 of 3856 Corolla questions
Apr 09, 2005 (11:19 am)
Two questions about a 98 Corolla:
1. The Brake light in the dash won't go out. We checked the fluid level and the parking brake switch, both were OK. Any suggestions?
2. the horn also stopped working on the 98. Fuse is OK, power is there, but no power at the horn. Haven't taken the steering wheel cover off yet due to 2 big Torxx fasteners, and I don't have a driver for them yet. Also any suggestions?
Thanks for any help you can provide...
#1741 of 3856 Re: 2000 Corolla-Plugs,Injectors, or Filter? [grandtotal]
Apr 09, 2005 (2:01 pm)
I have a little over 120,000 on there now. I trusted CarX because they were literally across the street for me, and had done several oil changes for me, and had never talked "down" to me. I hate that most places assume I'm going to ask for a doo-hicky or a thing-a-ma-jig. On all my previous vehicles, I had done my own oil changes, radiator flushes, brake changes, standard maintenance like that. But my husband and I got the Corolla, and when he saw the engine, he freaked. He had never had experience with such a computerized, sealed-up engine, and said he didn't want to risk damaging something, so he wouldn't touch anything in there.We had always had older vehicles that we could patch up ourselves.
I didn't take it to our Toyota dealer because 1) I had most of my regular service maintenance done at CarX, and somehow would have felt guilty taking the work elsewhere. 2) they said if I took it to the Toy dealer, I would have paid 3 times as much.
I have since learned that not everything that comes from CarX is exactly the truth, though I will not elaborate. It involved a separate matter that happened recently because of a minor car accident. The original damage was because of my husband and some unforgiving midwestern ice, but cost me $700.00, and a couple weeks later, almost the entire front end alignment of the car.
I am considering taking it to the Toy dealership for the service to the plugs, but was interested in finding out if anyone else had similar problems. I don't think I want to risk a plug breaking off. I had that happen once before on another, older model, and it's a pain to have the broken part tapped out. And I have not tried to locate the plugs on this one; my husband says he has, but can't find them, I feel it would be best if I didn't try to look. I love him more than I want to find the plugs, if you know what I mean.
#1742 of 3856 Re: Automatic instrument panel lights [bigred18]
Apr 10, 2005 (5:04 pm)
I purchased a 2005 Corolla and had the same frustration. I took it back to the dealer and hear is what I found out. The Corolla doesn't really have "automatic" lights in the true sense. It has automatic "daytime running lamps" which display at a reduced brightness (about 60%). If you are driving as it becomes dark the system detects the darkness, brings the headlamps up to 100% and turns on the tail lamps and dash lamps. The reason you don't have any dash lights for about the first 30 seconds when you start out at night is because you don't have any tail lamps activated either! Why Toyota just didn't have the tail lamps activate along with the daytime running lamps I don't understand. When I start out at night now I just use the head lamp switch and activate my headlamps manually - I don't want to drive my first 30 seconds without tail lamps - it would be just my luck to have someone run into the back of me and I would be found at fault. Hope this helped.
#1743 of 3856 Black overspray on white paint near radiator
Apr 18, 2005 (5:00 am)
Recently bought a 2005 white Toyota Corolla in Florida. It is Canadian built. When looking under the hood at and around radiator supports there are patches of black paint over the white body paint. Sent email and photos to dealer with no response, took car to dealer and he said didn't know what it was. Have been told it is just a result of the "robot" painting process. Any ideas.
#1744 of 3856 Re: More on Rotten Eggs, Whistling Sound, Sunroof [mukka39]
Apr 20, 2005 (8:41 am)
How's the mileage on your 2005 Corrola S? Are you getting what the sticker said? The salesman told me that most people have told him that they're getting better mileage than listed. I'm cosidering buying one, and have noticed that the mpg listed on the vehicle sticker is 41/32 on the 5 speed. I recently got a Matrix, and have found the mileage a lot lower than what the sticker said.
PS my sunroof on my Matrix has no rattling. Hope you get it figured out.
#1745 of 3856 Re: 2000 Corolla-Plugs,Injectors, or Filter? [shetiger68]
Apr 20, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I gotta agree with grandtotal. With 120,000 miles anything could be going but start with a tune up (plugs) from a qualified mechanic, Toyota or other. The plugs on mine are on the top of the engine under a cover. That's a 2003. There are no plug wires.
#1746 of 3856 Really automatic door locks
Apr 21, 2005 (9:42 pm)
My '01 LE locks all the doors 5 seconds after I start it. It didn't do that before I disconnected the battery to clean the posts--I guess it reverted to the default mode. I bought it used, and it does not have remote keyless entry or an aftermarket (or any) alarm system.
My wife's '03 Camry does this, but there is a whole page in her manual about setting it to lock the doors under different inputs. Nothing in my manual and the Camry procedure does not work for the Corolla. Now I see why they're called POWER door locks. I want control of the doors returned to me! Help, I'm being held prisoner by my own car.
#1747 of 3856 Re: Really automatic door locks [gorolla]
Apr 22, 2005 (11:39 am)
Try starting the engine with the driver's door open. Get in, leave the door ajar, start the engine, then finish putting on belts, closing door, releasing brake, putting in gear. In my mother-in-law's '98 with this feature, this defeats the automatic locking for that cycle of use. Doesn't change the default, though...