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May 30, 2006 (12:12 pm)
Toyota to Recall 987,262 Vehicles to Fix Steering
By Kae Inoue
May 30, 2006
Toyota Motor Corp., which recalled over 2 million vehicles last year, said it will recall 987,262 vehicles globally to fix defective steering shafts.
The recall, which starts in Japan tomorrow, is for nine models produced between Sept. 16, 2002, and Nov. 22, 2005, including Corolla compact cars, Prius gasoline-electric hybrids and Wish and Isis minivans, the company said in a statement today. The world's second-largest carmaker will recall 565,756 vehicles in Japan and 421,506 units overseas.
The recall comes after Toyota announced Japan's largest one-time recall in October 2005, spending 15.5 billion yen ($139 million) to fix headlamps on 1.27 million vehicles. President Katsuaki Watanabe said earlier this month the automaker is planning to create a new senior managing director position, responsible for maintaining vehicle quality.
“Toyota has been paying attention to quality but with one defect in one of its auto parts, it affects a huge volume as it's selling more and more vehicles globally,'' said Koji Endo, an analyst at Credit Suisse in Tokyo.
Earlier this month, the Toyota City-based carmaker recalled 217,767 Land Cruiser Prado sport-utility vehicles to fix faulty rear axle shafts. In April the carmaker recalled 11,109 Lexus-brand vehicles to fix seatbelts which jam, the second domestic recall since Toyota introduced the Lexus in Japan in August.
Car assemblers tend to buy the same parts for different models from the same supplier to reduce costs, in a move that increases the chances of replicating defects.
The defects have not been linked to any injuries, Japan's transport ministry said.
Toyota shares were unchanged at 6,140 yen in Tokyo at the close of trading.
#2477 of 3844 Corolla 2002 problems
May 31, 2006 (1:32 am)
i have corolla 2002 car. i hv problem in my engine i think. engine was ok when i start and while driving, but after having little drive, if i stop my car in the traffic
, my engine going off and on, when it happen all lights and radio got off and on, few times my clock also got reset. i changed spark plug and fule filter, but i still have this problem, can any1 help me?
#2478 of 3844 Check engine light
May 31, 2006 (8:36 am)
Last week the check engine light came on in my '99 LE. I went to Autozone to have them plug into the harness and read the fault code. The codes that came up were both EVAP codes, one was for a purge flow fault, and the other was for a vent circuit malfuntion. The AZ guy said the most common cause for these errors was a faulty gas cap. I replaced the cap and he turned off the check engine light. Yesterday the light came back on which tells me the cap isn't causing the problem. I'm fairly certain the problem is being caused by a faulty tank bypass valve, located on the charcoal canister. After doing some research I found out that Toyota didn't start installing purge valves on the Corolla until 2001, and the tank bypass valve has a fairly high failure rate. Anyone else ever delt with this issue?
May 31, 2006 (8:54 am)
Sounds like a problem with the ignition switch or a primary electrical system problem.
#2480 of 3844 Re: Clicking sounds? [minerva8918]
Jun 01, 2006 (1:41 pm)
Check and see if there are rocks stuck in your tires.
Thats usually the case, it was for me.
#2481 of 3844 Re: Check engine light [bottgers]
Jun 04, 2006 (5:51 pm)
bottgers: Please read my message
Over the last weekend in March the "check engine" light appeared on my '04 Corolla's instrument panel. I brought the car in this morning to a dealer. They hooked it to a computer and they called me to tell me that the charcoal canister with the VSV (Vacuum Switch Valve) part had to be replaced. The cost is $900 but since the car is under warrantee, they'll charge only for the diagnosis $85 and to clean fuel lines, injector and tank at a cost of $295. I just had them do the work under warranty and I refused to pay for diagnosis.
#2482 of 3844 Re: Check engine light [danielj6]
Jun 04, 2006 (6:13 pm)
I don't understand why the customer should pay the diagnosis when it found the company's warrantied part was to blame. The fuel lines, injectors and tank need cleaning on an 04 car???!!! Sounds like they wanted to run an injector cleaner through and pack the bill. Go buy a bottle of Techron by Exxon at Meijers or Advance Auto and add it to a low tank when filling it with mid or premium.
Jun 05, 2006 (8:32 am)
Somebody's pulling your leg. If the car is under warranty, they can't charge you for anything, unless they can prove "YOU" somehow directly caused the malfunction. Since that isn't possible in your case, you owe them nothing. Also, the price for the canister sounds WWWAAAAAY high. I called Toyota to price a new canister for my '99 and they said it was $225. Was there a specific question you wanted me to address, or did you just want me to read your message?
#2484 of 3844 Re: Check engine light [danielj6]
Jun 05, 2006 (9:26 am)
in my mind, if you were getting a CEL because the system wasn't detecting a proper vacuum, and a part is at fault, there is no cleaning of any lines or injectors or whatever involved, just a limit switch or pressure switch or solenoid actuated valve).
i can't see them charging you anything for this, because I think by law, the parts of the Emissions Control System, of which I believe this is a part are warrantied for a number of years beyond your basic warranty.
Jun 05, 2006 (9:32 am)
I just bought a used '00 Corolla VE with 88K miles. The seller disclosed that they had been told by the dealer that regularly serviced the car that the air sensor was going bad and that it was safe to drive, but that at some point in time the car might quit running (that's all the seller could remember). The seller was told it would cost $450 to replace the sensor. The seller lowered the price to account for my taking the risk with this alleged problem. I am assuming that this is the mass air flow sensor. Is this something that the dealer can really tell is going bad or is it a sensor that either works or does not work? What else could it be? I thought I read somewhere that cleaning the electrical contacts can bring a MAF sensor back to life. Any thoughts?