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#2890 of 3856 where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla
Jun 20, 2007 (6:48 am)
Hi I have a 2002 toyota corolla and i went to an expressway lube place in NY and i was told by the tech who checked my car that my antifreeze is low. He told me that he could put some in for 4.00 dollars, i told him no that i would do it myself...My question now is how do i know if he was fibbing or telling the truth?? can i check my antifreeze myself?? and if i do need some antifreeze which brand do i buy for my 2002 toyota corolla???
#2891 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [starchildb4u]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 20, 2007 (7:10 am)
If this is the original antifreeze that came with the car, you should have it drained and refilled completely.
#2892 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [starchildb4u]
Jun 20, 2007 (7:51 am)
Agree with Shiftright.
You are really complaining about spending $4.00 to add antifreeze. Ever hear the phrase "pennywise, pound foolish."
#2893 of 3856 2003 5-speed Corolla engine noise
Jun 20, 2007 (6:54 pm)
For the past couple of days, my Corolla has begun to sound more like a deisel engine. The car has 114,000 miles on it, and it's been a GREAT car. But I can't figure out what this sound is. Before it started, I both got an oil change (at a local Valvoline) and filled the gas tank. It's sounds quite loud when I'm driving fast, but you can hear it well at 25mph. When I am completely stopped, the engine purrs like a kitten. But the minute I hit the gas, and the minute the wheels are moving again, I hear the deisel sound again. It's definitely coming from under the hood. And when I'm changing gears and only have the clutch in but am not giving it gas, I continue to hear a clicking. I'm supposed to drive to Maine tomorrow (I'm in Boston) to see my mom, and now I'm kind of afraid to go. Does this sound like ANYTHING easy to fix or safe to drive with???
#2894 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 21, 2007 (7:23 am)
yes this is the original antifreeze that came with the car. I also found the reservoir tank and it looks as if there isnt any antifreeze inside but i took the cap off the radiator when the car was cool and upon taking it off red antifreeze spilled on my fingers and on the tube that leads to the reservoir. does this mean that there is enough antifreeze in the radiator but not enough in the reservoir tank..also should i buy toyota's long life coolant. and i will take your advice and flush it..thank you
#2895 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [starchildb4u]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 21, 2007 (7:25 am)
Yes flush it out and fill it to the "cold" mark in the reservoir, then check it after it has warmed up. I think any high quality coolant is fine.
#2896 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [jlawrence01]
Jun 21, 2007 (7:31 am)
No, i dont trust everything mechanics say...and i was told to use only Toyotas Long Life Coolant, which by the way is expensive, it sells for 21.00 dollars...i wanted to purchase my own so that i can use the antifreeze for the future and not always depend on the expressway lube guys..i also wanted to be an educated consumer..mechanics tell female drivers anything and we fall for it thinking its truth..i was told by a mechanic in the heart of winter that i needed to change my battery and i did not need to..it worked fine..i also was told by mavis that i needed brakes and i did not when i took my car to another mechanic because i didnt trust mavis....women get jerk constantly by mechanics.
#2897 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 21, 2007 (7:34 am)
#2898 of 3856 Re: where do i put antifreeze at in my 2002 corolla [starchildb4u]
Jun 21, 2007 (3:21 pm)
Wow! The mechanic is jerking you around for ... $4. Be serious. He sounds like he is a straight up guy.
Just make sure that YOU know what you are doing because if you screw up something is your efforts to save $4, you may be spending THOUSANDS replacing an engine.
Jun 21, 2007 (9:06 pm)
yeah i suppose it is an older corolla 1989, i was looking for the 1986 style but those one's dont come cheap (you'd think otherwise) but the reason i really got it is because it was kindof a project car. just trying to see what i can do with it but every time i get everything moving twords performance upgrades i have to spend my money on something else. just trying to see what i can do to sup. it up. any suggestions?