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#2936 of 3858 Re: Help Me Save my 1991 Toyota Corolla -Mechanical Problem [steve147]
Aug 06, 2007 (4:03 pm)
Long shot, but sounds like torque converter lock fault after sufficient warm up... very hard to catch up when interminient... Try to brake in several hard jolts before the light... try to drive around with o/d off... lock occured on a relatively high speed like above 45-50... so if you drive under you might never encounter it... Try to do transmission flash, it might be due on the car of this age...
#2937 of 3858 Re: I think my mission.... [nevone]
Aug 06, 2007 (4:13 pm)
Unfortunately your estimate in about right... check the KYB struts, last time I've got them about $70 delivered, but installation will range from 50 to 100 apiece and, no it is not diy job... not complicated, but there number of very rusty bolts to unscrew, alot of high car lifting, possible axels disconnect, spring decompression/compression, and above all there is aligment after that... If you can find low milage car on salvage yard, and buy the 4 assemblies(with springs and bearings), then I would risc.. , but only if ever personally disconnected ball joints and steering rack... Btw while you there check the lover arms, you might want to replace those too...
#2938 of 3858 1990 toyota corolla problem
Aug 18, 2007 (9:28 pm)
My car wont start...
we put in a new distributor...new spark plugs....and battery..alternator..and yet it still dont work..
anyone know why it wont start then?
#2939 of 3858 Re: 1990 toyota corolla problem [leede1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 20, 2007 (8:01 am)
Well you're gonna have to start some diagnosis and stop throwing parts at it, or that will get expensive for you.
A good first step is to test for fuel delivery (a fuel-pressure gauge is safest) and then test for spark (you can buy a spark tester real cheap at Kragens, Autozone, etc.) and if you have fuel injection (can't recall on a '90 model, sorry) then you can buy a noid light to test for impulse to the fuel injectors.
One of those should reveal your problem.
Are you quite sure the new distributor was timed correctly?
#2940 of 3858 Simple question but Quick Fix?
Aug 20, 2007 (4:57 pm)
I own a 2003 Corolla and the left headlight bulb is out. How complicated and expensive will it be to replace the bulb? Is is something I can do myself?
#2941 of 3858 Re: Simple question but Quick Fix? [corollaownr]
Aug 20, 2007 (8:46 pm)
Directions are in your owner's manual. I have not done it, but I think it would be easy.
Aug 23, 2007 (2:18 am)
I'm using 85 model corolla. some time missing my car engin
on running slow. Also speed will reduce. please help me.
#2943 of 3858 Scheduled Maintenance
Aug 25, 2007 (9:07 am)
I recently purchased an '07 Corolla LE~I am already thinking about the "scheduled maintenance"~Do I HAVE to take it to the dealer or can I have a certified mechanic perform it according to the maintenance guide? I don't want to do anything that would void my factory warranty but I am not interested in paying the dealers inflated costs either.
#2944 of 3858 Re: Scheduled Maintenance [magooo]
Aug 25, 2007 (8:39 pm)
See your owner's manual for details on your question. Basically, it says you do not have to take it to the dealer. Just save all receipts and follow the guide in the owner's manual.
#2945 of 3858 Re: Scheduled Maintenance [magooo]
Aug 25, 2007 (10:50 pm)
Although you don't have to have the car serviced at the dealer, it could become tricky should the auto need repair work under warrantee at some point in the future.
This happened to me when having to drop off my Corolla at a dealership for diagnosis and work under the basic warrantee. First I was informed that they will have to find out whether the problem is due to owner neglect, then the service adviser indicated that the actual diagnosis is not covered by the warrantee. I politely challenged both notions and left the car.
Even though the fix was covered by the manufacturer, my hassle didn't end there. I never took my car to be serviced at a Toyota dealership before, therefore the dealer didn't have any loyalty to me as a customer. They tried to manipulate me and scare me into performing more work than needed and charge me accordingly.
Your first scheduled maintenance svce. will not be costly, although it will be somewhat higher than an independent shop. It will behoove you to keep in mind that if your car ever needs repairs while under the three years/36000 guarantee, you may find yourself in a difficult situation. The owner's manual says one thing but the reality may be different. Once your vehicle is left with the service department, you're at their mercy. Of course the customer is not totally defenseless or without recourse.
My 2 cents only.