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#2982 of 3858 Rain Water leaks in a 2003 Toyota Corolla
Oct 26, 2007 (9:11 am)
Hi- Anyone having a problem with rain leaks in a 2003 Corolla? They started exactly one week after the 3 year warranty expired. The passenger front seat carpet is soaked, and I have 2-3 inches of water in the rear passenger compartment. I have high pressure sprayed the passenger side of the car top and bottom for hours on end. Sprayed under the hood, under the car, into the heater/ac inlet under the windshield...No leaks. We had 8" of rain in 9 hours...no leaks. We get a drizzle and the front carpet is wet from the bottom. Dealer wants to charge me $90 per hour to spray the car to test for leaks! I can spray just as good as a Toyota factory trained tech! Anyone else with this problem. I removed the rubber plugs in the floor to let the water drain out. I also built a baffle in front of the heater/ac intake under the windshield. Still leaks. Gonna drown! Please help. Thanks.
#2983 of 3858 Re: Rain Water leaks in a 2003 Toyota Corolla [czecho1]
Oct 26, 2007 (12:19 pm)
Just a thought, but I had the same problem with a different make and model. The dealer completely removed everything from the interior of the car and could not find the reason the floor flooded with water. Do you use your a/c before this happens? My problem was that the a/c evaporator box water drain tube became disconnected and the condensed water from the a/c would run out of the box and drain between the inside of the firewall at the top of the footrest and the top edge of the carpeting. Also, if that box is cracked on the bottom, it will leak condensed water created by the a/c. The a/c can produce quite a bit of water, especially if it's humid. I'm not sure about the '03 Corolla model, but in previous models the a/c was also activated in defrost mode too. The leak wasn't even visible because it was dripping right in between there. The condensed water from the a/c does not drain from the same place as the ducts for the heater/ac air inlet. It has it's own drain path. That drain outlet or tube could be clogged too. Good luck.
#2984 of 3858 Re: Rain Water leaks in a 2003 Toyota Corolla [steve8596]
Oct 26, 2007 (4:21 pm)
I had the same thought, I bet it's the AC drain.
#2985 of 3858 2003 Toyota Corolla Squeaky noise during rainy weather
Oct 27, 2007 (11:30 am)
Recently, I have been having problems with squeaky noise when I initially start my car during rainy weather. I am clueless when it comes to cars. But, I have been able to find some info on the net that this may be due to car's belt or belt tensioner. Am I on the right path? I have an appointment setup with local toyota dealer for this problem. My car does not have any other problems. And, it has been hardly driven for 37000 mile.
If any one else has gone through this, please advise what should be my financial damage for this.
#2986 of 3858 Re: 2003 Toyota Corolla Squeaky noise during rainy weather [lahen]
Oct 27, 2007 (1:25 pm)
First do not go to a Dealer for repairs, I never as of yet seen a Dealer that was not a rip off, If you have to go to a repair shop, go to a independent repair shop, As for your noise, make sure your air conditioning is off before starting car, then go to a Auto parts store like Auto Zone and buy a can of spray belt dressing and spray your belt, my corolla belt squeaked till I did that, if this does not do the trick, it is possible that one of your belt pulley bearings are dry or est. but its noting to worry about till the noise gets real bad, but may never happen, I say you can live with the noise to see if it ever gets worse and if the spray dresing does not work.
#2987 of 3858 Re: 2003 Toyota Corolla Squeaky noise during rainy weather [alex24]
Oct 27, 2007 (4:47 pm)
Thanks Alex24 for a quick reply. My appointment with the dealer is on Tuesday, October 30th. So, I still have some time to play with your suggestion. I'll get a can for spray belt dressing tomorrow. I don't know the definition of worse. But, today after an over night rain, the car made squeaky noise for about 10 minutes after the initial startup.
I am really clueless as to where on the belt to spray. So, do you have a link to somewhere on the web where it shows picture I can follow.
#2988 of 3858 Corolla Distributor Problem
Oct 29, 2007 (12:13 pm)
Please , Please help me !!
My 1993 Corolla with 125 K miles did not start. It seemed a problem with the ignition from basic checks.
I got it towed to the hackensack toyota dealer and he told it is a problem with the starter it is burnt
and charged me 277 $ part and 187 Labor for that.
Then he called me and told the DISTRIBUTOR is not working and he will have to replace it The cost is 693 Part and 187 labor. poor me. Total 1400 $
I told him look this is an old car and I came to you for your diagonistic expertise. If you diagonsed earlier and found the starter problem and made me change it and now you are finding the distributor problem and later if u find some other problem I dont want to fix it.
You complete your diagnostic and give me an estimate - then i will decide if i want to go ahead with the repair.
Then he assured me that this was all it ..then i told him if it does not work after the distributor is installed
i dont want the distributor. He said no.. that is not possible. Then I asked him to try it out with old one.
Then with the shop forman he agreed to put the part and not charge me for it if it did not work but I would still be responsible for the starter he changed.
This is not the kind of service we should expect from such a reputed authorised service center. He did not do any diagnostic and said we do it as we go. What is the quality of the diagonistic then and why should we pay so much for services for which better diagnostics should be done.
I asked him to keep my old parts .
Folks please advise me ...I am feeling completely fleeced !!
#2989 of 3858 Re: Is it the STARTER or something more [locism1]
Oct 29, 2007 (4:09 pm)
Hi, I just had same problems on my 99 Corolla...starter would not stop eventough the key was turned off and pulled out many times...took the car to a small garage and they told me it was very difficult to pinpoint the problem. I suggested they changed the started but they talked me out of it....I live in Canada where winters are super cold and very hard on the battery... Has anyone heard anything from Toyota regarding this bizarre problem...after reading your comments I think I<ll change the starter anyway...could it be simply a faulty selonoid
#2990 of 3858 Re: Is it the STARTER or something more [frenchie4]
Oct 29, 2007 (4:28 pm)
I did have problems with starting the car in cold winter mornings prior to this. But I did not do anything since after some time this problem went away.
I please request all to chim in.. as to how can I ensure I was not getting fleeced. For all they say the diagnostic service is completely stupid and outright unprofessional.
I was given some scribbned handwritten notes on the estimates !! It is going to take me forever to earn the 1400 $ back I am set back with !!
#2991 of 3858 Re: 2003 Toyota Corolla Squeaky noise during rainy weather [lahen]
Oct 29, 2007 (6:01 pm)
Just follow the directions on the can of belt dressing, I purchased mine at Advance auto parts, it basicly said just to spray on all of the belt.