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#2618 of 3858 Starting Problem on 97 Corolla
Aug 30, 2006 (9:43 am)
I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla that I am having trouble with lately. Every so often when I go to start the car, it does not start. I turn the key and nothing happens. What is interesting is that if I quickly turn the key three or four times it will eventually start.
When I turn the key, no noise is made, the car is just dead until the third or fourth quick successive try. I just replaced the battery so I know that is not the problem. Does anyone know what might be wrong with the car?
It seems to get worse when it is raining outside. I am guessing I have a short of some sort in the electrical system, but I am not specifically sure.
Any ideas or thoughts on this problem?
#2619 of 3858 Re: Starting Problem on 97 Corolla [chicagotom]
Aug 30, 2006 (12:09 pm)
Very likely a starter motor solenoid - do you hear a click when the engine does not turn over? Time for a new starter or just the starter contacts, I would bet.
#2621 of 3858 Re: Toyota dealer [lime]
Aug 30, 2006 (3:32 pm)
I wrote to Toyota Motor Sales USA HQ, but didn't really expect them to answer.
I'm about to purchase a new car for my son and it will not be a Toyota, and when it's time for me to purchase a new set of wheels it will not be a Toyota either. Totally inconsequential to Toyota though.
#2622 of 3858 Re: Starting Problem on 97 Corolla [chicagotom]
Aug 30, 2006 (5:25 pm)
If absolutly nothing happends, it is probably an ignition switch
#2623 of 3858 Re: Starting Problem on 97 Corolla [chicagotom]
Aug 31, 2006 (4:59 am)
I'm with mcdawgg, it's most likely the starter solenoid. It's one of the few weak points of that Corolla. You can have just the solenoid replaced, it's cheaper than a complete new starter motor.
#2624 of 3858 Re: Toyota dealer [danielj6]
Aug 31, 2006 (6:00 am)
I have never written to Toyota Motor Sales USA HQ, last year when I had problem with the dealer I called Toyota Customers Service 800#, but nothing has been worked out.
I bought the 05 new Corolla in the beginning of last year, only a week after I picked up the car the check engine light on the dashborad came out, I took the car to the dealer and they just erased the light and blamed on me that the problem was because I did not close the gas cap correctly; then the light came up again and I had to send the car to the dealer again and they told me the same thing again; the same repeated 3 times, when the light came up again at the 4th time I was getting impatient and mentioned to them the "Lemon Law", they finally "found out" the problem was a small hole at the canister and changed the part, then the light did not came up again.
Unfortunately after 14 months the check engine light came up again, same as last time, the dealer immediately blame on me that the problem was caused by the overfill of gas oil, they said it happened because most of the gas service men overfill the gas for to round up the price, I told them it is impossible because I do the fill up by myself and I use credit card for payment. Now they found out there is "metal fragment" (maybe it is not the proper word) in the tramission, they need to empty the fluid oil and clean up the "metal fragment", this is the last thing I heard from them and they are keeping the car until next week.
I am so frustrated with Toyota, I understand nothing is perfect that is why there is "warranty" policy to protect the car owner, but why they keep wasting time on blaming the car owner, instead of looking into the car problem and fix it at once!!!????
#2625 of 3858 Re: Toyota dealer [lime]
Aug 31, 2006 (8:12 am)
Wow, your dealer is terrible. Try a different one.
#2626 of 3858 Re: Toyota dealer [lime]
Aug 31, 2006 (4:27 pm)
Now I see why you want to take your Corolla to a different dealer. Wait till you get the car back and never return there. Do ask them to give you a loaner car. The dealer won't mention it to you unless you do.
I live in Brooklyn. I purchased my Corolla at Plaza Toyota on Nostrand Ave., but due to the distance from my job, I took the car to Bay Ridge Toyota. Huge mistake on my part. No that the original dealer would've been any better or different.
In your case and despite the frustration you're standing your ground. Hold on a little bit longer because may be the dealer will fix the car right this time.
Also please remember that the Corolla is a very good car and a good value.
Keep us posted and good luck!!!!!!
#2627 of 3858 Re: Toyota dealer [danielj6]
Sep 01, 2006 (12:47 pm)
Yes I got a loaner car, like what you said I have to go through some issue to get the same. Will keep you informed.
Have a nice weekend and a great Labor Day !