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#3287 of 3858 Re: 2008 COROLLA 36K CHECK UP [rose920]
Apr 20, 2009 (4:21 pm)
I'd be surprised if you needed brakes - not impossible, but most people (depending on conditions) get way more miles than that! Tires, I could see, because most OEM tires are not great. I don't like GoodYear Integrity tires - see reviews at tirerack.com.
Interior air filter and engine air filter - yes, replace, but it takes all of 5 minutes to do both of them, and total OEM parts cost of about $40 at most. Your owner's manual even shows you how to change the interior cabin filter, and I've shown people that are not at all mechanically inclined how to change the engine air filter - very easy.
Coolant - no way. See the sticker under the hood of the car? It says 100,000 miles or (I think 6 years) for the first change. I don't know if I would wait that long, but I sure wouldn't do it at 36k or 2 years. The owner's manual tells you this also.
Coolant cleaner and protectant? No way, that's a joke. Just use Toyota coolant, that's it.
Wipers - inserts about $10-$12, 8 minutest to change.
Tranny fluid - see owner's manual, but you don't need it this early. At most, just a drain and fill, but even that is a bit overkill.
Throttle body - not needed this early, I do every 60k and never had any problems.
Clean and adjust rear brakes - not needed, never touched mine, over 100,000 miles.
Let's just say live and learn! Always check the owner's manual and check on the net and/or with people who are knowledgeable.
#3288 of 3858 Re: 2008 COROLLA 36K CHECK UP [rose920]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 20, 2009 (5:25 pm)
Looks like a lot of oversell. You may have gotten what you paid for, but did you need it, is the question.
I'd say, in my opinion, that coolant flush was not necessary, throttle body cleaning not necessary, trans flush not necessary. The rest doesn't look too bad.
The problem is that the "list" at 36K is not all mandatory. Some of it is optional, but they don't really tell you that.
#3289 of 3858 Re: 2008 COROLLA 36K CHECK UP [terceltom]
Apr 20, 2009 (6:47 pm)
"30k, 60k, 90k, 120k Synthetic service $425.95 "? That is the standard charge for service at 30,000, 60,000, etc. I figured that out too late.
#3290 of 3858 Where to put Transmission fluid
May 08, 2009 (3:19 pm)
So here the thing, Went in to change my oil and i belive I might have removed my transmission fluid instead, To make sure I want to know where do I put the transmission fluid. Look in the owners manual, couldnt find anything. I know I didnt change the oil couse its still full.
#3291 of 3858 Re: Where to put Transmission fluid [prtypixie87]
May 08, 2009 (3:46 pm)
Tranmission fluid is always added to the same dipstick tube where you check the same fluid. Use a long pointy funnel to add it.
#3292 of 3858 A/C Not Working on '98 Corolla
May 09, 2009 (5:16 pm)
Hey folks, I have a 1998 Corolla and Air Conditioning just stopped working. Actually I didn't have to use A/C for the past 6 month, and this was the first time I tried to use it this season. I turned it on for about 20 minutes but still no cool air came out. What could be wrong? This Corolla only has 71 k miles. I checked the owner's manual. I didn't find a place where I could refill or recharge anything on the A/C. Does this mean I will have to bring the car to a mechanic? How much would an A/C job normally cost? Thanks.
#3293 of 3858 The 36K Shake up [rose920]
May 19, 2009 (2:42 pm)
I agree with Mr. Shiftright that it's a case of "oversell" and that you likely got what you paid for but your car likely did not need it. The good news is that your car is now in great shape!
To avoid surprises in the future, get friendly with your owner's manual and try a little library reading on the topic of auto maintenance and then start practicing the fine art of saying "No, thank you" when replying to a mechanic offering a service not included in the manual. I usually ask for an explanation of any extra service and unless I feel it's absolutely necessary, I decline it. Keep track of the "advice" and if you feel that it actually may be worthwhile get it done the next time or when you notice your car needs it.
p.s. you may want to find another mechanic, too.
#3294 of 3858 2010 Corolla S auto headlights
May 20, 2009 (6:33 pm)
Okay, I'm a bit confused. Bought my daughter a new 2010 Corolla S today. Dealer said 'it does not have auto headlights'. Forgot to look at the sticker, and the manual is in the car. We went out for ice cream tonight and I was going to show my daughter about Daylight Running lights. Started the car and the headlights AND the tail-lights came on. Turned the headlight switch to on, then off, nothing changed.
So, does it have automatic headlights? My recollection, with most cars, when Daylight Running lights are on, you have no tail-lights on.
I don't get it.
#3295 of 3858 Re: 2010 Corolla S auto headlights [airboss]
May 21, 2009 (2:53 am)
It has auto lights. My wives '04 has auto lights. There should be a sensor on the dash for them.
#3296 of 3858 Re: 2010 Corolla S auto headlights [JDM5LugHatch]
May 21, 2009 (3:26 am)
Thanks, will dig out the manual today. Kind of interesting that there is no way to turn the headlights off. Most vehicles I've owned have an 'auto' position, plus a manual on and a manual off position. This car only has off, parking, on, and no matter where I positioned the switch, the headlights remained on (if the car was running). It was dark outside.