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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
#2478 of 3858 Check engine light
May 31, 2006 (7:36 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 (7:54 am)
Sounds like a problem with the ignition switch or a primary electrical system problem.
#2480 of 3858 Re: Clicking sounds? [minerva8918]
Jun 01, 2006 (12:41 pm)
Check and see if there are rocks stuck in your tires.
Thats usually the case, it was for me.
#2481 of 3858 Re: Check engine light [bottgers]
Jun 04, 2006 (4:51 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 3858 Re: Check engine light [danielj6]
Jun 04, 2006 (5:13 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 (7:32 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 3858 Re: Check engine light [danielj6]
Jun 05, 2006 (8:26 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 (8:32 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?
#2486 of 3858 Re: MAF Sensor [theflush]
Jun 05, 2006 (8:53 am)
FWIW: If you go to www.autozone.com, i think they sell a 2002 Toyota Corrolla replacement MAF sensor for $69 with a $65core charge (which you get back when you bring yours in so it can be refurbished and used again).
I don't know how hard or easy it is to get at one of these, but imagine if you are mechanically inclined or know someone who is, you could replace it, or get it done for much much less than $450.
I don't know if the car would quit running, more likely default to some mode of engine management that would leave you without good power, and good pickup. at that time, it would probably throw an OBD-II diagnostic code.
#2487 of 3858 engine trouble
Jun 05, 2006 (11:27 am)
me and my girl were driving our corolla and it started smoking real bad and died. some guy said that a rod went through the block. what do i do ... how much would it cost to fix?