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#2917 of 3858 Help Me Save my 1991 Toyota Corolla -Mechanical Problem
Jul 08, 2007 (12:02 pm)
I love my 1991 Corolla and I want to save it. It has been fine up until now. It has about 119,000 miles on it. It is an automatic 4 door. A few weeks ago, it lost power on the highway and stalled. I was able to restart it. I took it to my mechanic(who is great). He couldn't find anything wrong with it. He suggested a tune-up which was done. Right after the tune up, I drove about 25 miles and it stalled again. I had stopped at a light and was moving forward on green. I had it towed back to the mechanic. It started and ran fine after they got it off the tow truck! The mechanic said he iddled the car for hours and hours and took it on short trips. It never cut off for him. He suggested replacing the distribitor. This was done. It drive fine the few miles home from the mechanic. I took the car out running errands. It stalled again right after I pulled away from a light. If anybody has any ideas about what could be wrong, please let me know. I would like to save this car. There have been no other major problems.
Thanks very much.
#2918 of 3858 Re: Help Me Save my 1991 Toyota Corolla -Mechanical Problem [steve147]
Jul 09, 2007 (3:50 am)
loose ignition switch, main relay, marginal fuel pump?
#2919 of 3858 Re: Help Me Save my 1991 Toyota Corolla -Mechanical Problem [steve147]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 09, 2007 (6:51 am)
This mechanic might be a nice guy but he's a bad guesser. He needs to drive the car to failure and then diagnose it. I agree, a funky fuel pump sounds likely. I don't know where he came up with the distributor idea, that sounds off the wall. The tune up was an okay suggestion.
The mechanic is "shot-gunning" the car, that is, firing parts at it hoping to hit something. You need to maybe find someone with more skill and patience---not saying these intermediate problems aren't difficult---they are, and very time consuming.
Ideally, he'd be driving the car with a fuel pressure gauge attached or maybe he could read a code even with the rather simple onboard diagnostic system your car has.
Certainly there is no reason to get rid of the car, but you may need to change mechanics if this guy doesn't get scientific instead of playing hunches.
#2920 of 3858 Re: I think my mission.... [bottgers]
Jul 10, 2007 (12:15 pm)
I to have found that replacing the struts on my 99 corolla is very expensive. About 800 dollars for all four to be replaced quoted from Les Schwab tires. I think I will purchase some and try to install myself. Has anybody done this and are any special tools needed?
#2921 of 3858 Re: I think my mission.... [nevone]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 10, 2007 (4:41 pm)
You'll need good jackstands, a floor jack and a spring compressor.
#2922 of 3858 Re: I think my mission.... [nevone]
Jul 10, 2007 (5:28 pm)
And a lot of care to avoid being hurt by the spring if it slips out of the compresser, and a wheel alignment when it's all done.
Yes, I've done it.....and I've also paid others to do it as well. Much easier to write a check if you can.
#2923 of 3858 Re: Help Me Save my 1991 Toyota Corolla -Mechanical Problem [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 11, 2007 (3:49 am)
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I did think it was odd the mechanic did not drive the car more rather than just iddling it. I think I will get a second opinion. If any one has any other ideas, please let me know.
#2924 of 3858 Re: Awful Fake Wood Trim in LE - removal [uwbadger]
Jul 21, 2007 (12:24 am)
This is a post of over 2 years ago, but does anyone know how to remove the awful fake wood trim on the 2003-2007 Corolla LE?
For example, is there anyway to install a carbon fiber dashboard kit trim over the fake wood, or would you need to scrape the fake wood out first. Thanks.
#2925 of 3858 Re: Awful Fake Wood Trim in LE - removal [chesterb]
Jul 23, 2007 (7:05 pm)
There's a chapter on that in the Haynes manual you can get at Pep Boys. One of the marks of the LE is the distinctive trim...since you don't want it, it seems to me that you could buy the trim for the CE, which offers the plainer trim, and simply switch them out.
#2926 of 3858 Re: Awful Fake Wood Trim in LE - removal [irismg]
Jul 23, 2007 (7:20 pm)
Yeah, I had no choice but to buy the LE since I was buying a closeout 2007. I wanted side airbags too, and in Cali I believe only LEs have side airbags. Are you saying that the Haynes manual will tell me how to replace the trim? Thanks