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#1920 of 3858 Toyota Corolla 1996-- Shift Lock (in Park) -Electrical ?
Jul 17, 2005 (4:21 pm)
Initial problem---Car would not shift out of park. Had to use a screwdriver to activate the overirde featrue to get out of park. Repair shop said it could be a number of problems--switch in brake thta sends electrical current to solenoid to release park gear, wiring in this sytesm, or the solenoid. They checked and it was the solenoid. At the same time they alos told me thta one of the brake lights was not working. Strange because I had just replaced thta bulb the week before.
One week later, the problem returns---stuck in park. Repair shop keeps 2-3 days but can not replicate problem. Three days later same problem. In adiition the cneter brake light will not work. Repair shop said that when they looked at the brake lights, none were working. After further study, they said thta the fuse had blown and thta the current had burned (fried) 2 of the 3 brake light switches.
Question---what is causing the system to prduce this excess current. Does something else need to be repalced or repaired to prevent the same problems from occurring again?
#1921 of 3858 Wheel Alignment done by Sears
Jul 18, 2005 (12:45 am)
Im new to this board, so here it goes.. Today, I went to Sears to get the tires on my 1999 Toyota Corolla changed . The technician said im going to need a Wheel Alignment, So I agreed. The car dries like a dream. No pulling and it drives straight as an arrow. Now i go online, and im blown away to see how many complaints and reports of fraud that were aimed at Sears, My question is , will this wheel alignment cause problems down the road? The technician gave me a printed before and after summary report on the alignment. it seems like its in the specified range. I would like to share it with this board for your advise... Please help!!
#1922 of 3858 Re: Wheel Alignment done by Sears [poliva2]
Jul 18, 2005 (4:01 am)
You are now on the Sears hook! They won't start reeling you in until your next visit, but they will get you. I assume they sold you the "life-time alignment"?
Know what your car needs before having anyone blow your money on their crappy advice. This is the subject for a different board's discussion, but my experience is that Sears WILL rob you over time.
To answer your question, the wheel alignment that Sears did is probably fine and will not cause problems. All cars need their alignment checked and almost every car on the road right now could stand to be adjusted. Quality new tires, alignment and most importantly!!!!! - - balance!!!!! Will make even my Ford Windstar drive very well. The work you had done is simple and Sears probably did a fine job, but with THOUSANDS of shops available who can do as well or better, why go to Sears?
BTW, my family and all of my friends have been boycotting Sears since the summer of 1986. Go to the any of the Sears compliant discussion boards and you can read my story played out over and over by others across the country.
#1923 of 3858 Sorry, Ill post on the care and mantiance Forum
Jul 18, 2005 (4:23 am)
#1924 of 3858 Re: '05 Toyota Corolla - Paint chips [reidroot]
Jul 18, 2005 (8:53 am)
Slow starting - take to dealer. There is a TSB out for this problem - something with the engine computer. Paint chips - normal on all new cars.
#1925 of 3858 Re: 05 squeaky brakes [5rich]
Jul 18, 2005 (8:57 am)
All cars do this first thing - it is moisture on the rotors. Normal.
#1926 of 3858 Sears Lifetime Alignment
Jul 18, 2005 (2:11 pm)
I had this for my '88 Corolla FX and I was very happy with the price and the service of my local Sears. They did it about every 3 months for me and I used it for almost 8 1/2 years!
#1927 of 3858 Re: Wheel Alignment done by Sears [poliva2]
Jul 18, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I have been using Sears automotive products and services for just over fifty years all across North America. No problems. Secret is to be able to express your situation to the service writer with the vehicle, what will they do to correct the situation and what will the cost be. Get it written on the work order so the situation clear to you and the tech. and when will it be done.. Not that difficult.
Honey always get more than vinegar
#1928 of 3858 Re: Wheel Alignment done by Sears [tjdepere2004]
Jul 19, 2005 (3:50 am)
"Not that difficult" - for someone who knows what they are talking about, has been doing it for 50 years and has the time to invest in micro-managing their car maintenance - that's you and me, tj, not the overwhelming bulk of the population! Sears doesn't prey on you, or me. They prey on those of us who don't know, don't want to know, never will know..... they just want their damned car fixed. People who want the speed and convenience of Sears and want desperately to THINK they can trust someone with their car and are willing and able to pay the asking price - - they will get screwed by Sears. At the risk of sounding sexist, tj, these are our wives and daughters I'm talking about.
Why would anyone trust someone with their car if getting simple service done requires one to "be able to express your situation to the service writer with the vehicle, what will they do to correct the situation and what will the cost be. Get it written on the work order so the situation clear to you and the tech. and when will it be done."?
That's not a TRUST relationship, tj, and is exactly the issue with Sears.
#1929 of 3858 TJ...I'm With You About Sears
Jul 19, 2005 (4:54 pm)
Guess we should just agree to disagree. My experiences with Sears have been top notch going back to 1973 when I got my 1st car. Tires, batteries, oil changes and alignments have all gone pretty well I'd say. Sure I had to go back about 5% of the time to adjust a tire...they don't road test the cars after servicing them. If they did, I think the return rate would decrease signifigantly.
Some folks have good experiences...some have had bad. Seems like their on par with most businesses in the U S!