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#2985 of 3856 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 3856 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 3856 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 3856 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 3856 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 3856 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 3856 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.
#2992 of 3856 Re: CAR RADIO REPAIR HELP [frush93]
Nov 08, 2007 (6:41 am)
were you able to resolve this issue. I have the same problem. I plugged my Sirius car radio into the lighter and the radion and clock went out. The fuses seem to be OK though. I would appreciate your help.
#2993 of 3856 Re: CAR RADIO REPAIR HELP [cremam]
Nov 08, 2007 (8:57 am)
I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla that the same thing happens to it. My fuses were actually blown in the fuse box located in the engine block. I took mine to the dealership and they advised me never to plug in any kind of charger into the lighter. They did say that I could buy a Toyota made charger that I could purchase, but I just avoid plugging in anything all together.
#2994 of 3856 2001 Toyota Corolla 1.8 liter Front end issue.
Nov 09, 2007 (2:18 pm)
Recently (less than a month) I had a problem with my Driveaxles and had to get them replaced. The front end was making a rubbing sound like when you have something that is not round and when it is spun it always hits on that spot. I had the car aligned afterwards. Well the issue is pretty much the same thing (same kind of sound) does this mean that the Driveaxles are already shot and I need to get new ones? I also noticed that after taking off the tire that you could see the gear like part at the end of the Boot. Any advice would be great. Thanks,