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#2261 of 3844 Can i get a little help PLEASE!
Dec 20, 2005 (10:33 am)
I am a single mom and I can't afford to get a mechanic. I need help because I really need my car for my 2 jobs. I own 1999 toyota corolla, it has a clicking sound, I already know its the starter, 3 differant people looked at it. I have the part, now i need to know how can I change my starter. Because of my car situation I have to cancel christmas to buy this new starter. So please i have to change this on my own because no one here can help me..
#2262 of 3844 Overdrive off light coming on & off
Dec 21, 2005 (9:38 am)
The light is coming on & off but the car drives fine until I come to a stop then when I try to take off it goes real slow until it finally picks back up & I have problems pulling hills what could be the problem I am driving a 93 Toyota Corolla
#2263 of 3844 Re: Headlight Problem on 1998 Corolla [tonyend]
Dec 22, 2005 (12:43 am)
Well, the problem with my headlights was a bad ground wire behind the driver-side kick panel. I finally had time between my traveling for work to take it to a dealer. The charge was $140 ($70/hr). Not too bad.
#2264 of 3844 Corolla Airbag did not inflate
Dec 22, 2005 (11:44 am)
I have a 05 Corolla.
I was involved in a car accident 2 days ago. I was coming off an exit, turning right on an uphill ramp, and the sunshine was in my eyes. I couldn't see for a second or two. I hit the pickup in front of me. No one was hurt although the front part of my car was badly damaged: the hook was bent, the fluid was leaking and it has to be towed away. But my airbag did not inflat!
I did some research and found that airbags should work in front-end collisions occurring at more than 10 mph. I am sure I was driving in a speed more than 10mph in order to have such damage. One of my friends told me that his father was involved in a similar accident as I had, and the airbag did not inflate neither. And, he was driving a Corolla too!
I wonder if anyone out there has similar experience.
#2265 of 3844 Re: Can i get a little help PLEASE! [curiouslady]
Dec 22, 2005 (11:46 am)
It sounds like you're pretty desperate, so let me give this a shot.
It's always best to tackle a job like this with a repair manual specific for your car. You may be able to get one at the public library, but if not, sometimes you can get away with unwrapping one copy at the parts store and just reading over the pages you need.
If you can't do any of the above, a starter isn't *too* hard to figure out ( ). It is usually mounted to the transmission housing with 3 or 4 bolts, and has a starter solenoid bolted to it, which has electrical wires going to it.
Assuming your advisors are correct, the problem is with the starter and not the solenoid. Therefore, you will need to mount your existing solenoid to the new starter. Be sure and note how the wires are connected and then disconnect them (some solenoids are color-coded for this purpose, if not, you may be able to mark them with colored tape or nail polish).
Another thought: remove the starter/solenoid assembly and take it to a place like AutoZone that does free testing. This way you can be sure you're replacing the right part.
Also, this job will require going under the car. If you don't have access to a pair of ramps or jack stands, you can try parking the car with the front wheels up on a curbstone. If you do use jackstands, you'll want to position them as close as possible to the point where the front suspension mounts to the chassis, as this is the strongest point. Either way, be sure to chock the rear wheels to prevent any possibility of rolling.
#2266 of 3844 Re: Can i get a little help PLEASE! [curiouslady]
Dec 23, 2005 (8:45 am)
I suggest you enroll in an adult school night or day
class in auto repair, and join the Toyota owner's
club. Being a single mother, you may not have much time
for this, but since it sounds like you can't afford
to really maintain this car anyway, maybe you can meet
people in a car club who can help you with repairs, and
you can learn how to do some things yourself. Most women
don't want to be bothered with car repairs, but if you
decide to try, you might like it if you really focus on it.
Since women in general have smaller hands then men, you
will have the advantage in one respect, accessing hard
to reach areas in the engine compartment.
#2267 of 3844 2003 Corolla LE
Dec 23, 2005 (6:54 pm)
My thermostat blew on my corolla, isn't this unusual for a three year old car?
#2268 of 3844 "Maint Req" light was on for my 2005 corolla
Dec 23, 2005 (9:35 pm)
The "Req maint" light was lit up after my first 5000 miles. I guess it is trying to tell me my first schedule maint. is due. Is this normal? But then I changed eng. oil and filter myself. It is still lit up. Do I have to bring to the dealer for them to do the maint? Do any of you know is there a way to fix this?
#2269 of 3844 I received my....
Dec 24, 2005 (8:52 am)
....$40 master switch from ebay yesterday and installed it this morning. I was pleased that this fixed my window problem as having to replace the power window motor assembly would've been more costly and much more labor intensive. All systems go! Merry Christmas!
#2270 of 3844 Daytime Running Lights
Dec 24, 2005 (12:46 pm)
Anyone know how to disable the DRL system on an '05 Corolla?