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#647 of 3858 Timing belt broke and now I'm having serious engine trouble...
May 25, 2000 (6:25 pm)
The timing belt broke on my 1990 Toyota Corolla DX sedan last week. After having the belt replaced, my car broke down again several days later. After ruling out a possible faulty belt, my mechanic believes that one or more of the valves may have been damaged. After reading the posts here, I'm under the impression that the Corolla has a non-interference engine. If so, could the valves/cylinder head/or pistons been damaged any way? Visual inspection hasn't revealed anything...the cylinder head is being sent to the machine shop right now for a more precise diagnostic test. If it is one of the valves, then my mechanic quoted the repair job at $800--$180 for the new valve, $200 for the head gasket, and $400 for labor. Is this in the ballpark (the parts seem expensive to me--carparts.com lists the head gasket at around $40)? Could the problem be anything else besides damage to parts w/in the cylinder head? Any advice/help is appreciated,
#648 of 3858 Paint chipping
May 31, 2000 (7:40 pm)
Does anyone have problems w/ 2000 Corolla sandrift paint chipping off after very light impact with road debris on the hood? What about doors bumping lightly on the side of stuff? Thx.
#649 of 3858 dealerships in Long Island
Jun 01, 2000 (2:21 pm)
I was wondering if anyone knew any good dealerships/repair shops in the Long Island Area around Commack that has reasonable prices.
Just got a quote for $170 for 15000 mile service. Want to take care of the car but it's hurting the wallet a little too much.
Jun 01, 2000 (5:16 pm)
The 1990 Corolla with the SOHC 1.6 has a non-interference type engine. The 1990 Corolla with a DOHC 1.6 has an interference type engine. I belive that the DOHC was only available on the 2-door Corolla GT (or was that SR5??). Since you have 4-door Corolla DX, it seems unlikely that you damaged the engine head when the timing belt broke the first time. Here's a link the a page that has some timing belt info: http://theautoshop.com/timing.html#TOYOTA
When you say that your car 'broke down again several days later', what exactly do you mean? Was the engine running, making noises, not running at all...??
I think that your mechanic may be taking you on an expensive ride. With the prices quoted by your mechanic, you are better off getting a used engine for your Corolla.
#651 of 3858 Rough-starting corolla
Jun 07, 2000 (1:50 pm)
Hi, I've got a 1980 Corolla Wagon with about 195K miles that starts real rough (sounds like only a couple cylinders are firing) until it warms up, and then it runs like a charm! Any ideas what the problem may be?
#652 of 3858 93 Corolla ABS light
Jun 08, 2000 (9:23 am)
I have a 93 Corolla LE and the ABS light has started coming on intermittently. When it comes on it stays on for the duration of the trip and usually then doesn't come on the next time I drive, but will show up again later. Has been going on for a week now. Any ideas? Sensor maybe or is there something peculiar service related with the ABS?
Jun 09, 2000 (7:59 pm)
Have you changed the battery recently??? The air bag module has a back-up battery system and sometimes when you change your battery the system see's that as a failure in it's reserved power. This reserved power is in case of an accident that causes power loss in turn the air bag will still be able to deploy.. They don't have a monthly service for air bags...(or at least I haven't heard of any dealers that do monthly checks.) When the light comes on they replace a part or the module.
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#654 of 3858 ABS light problem
Jun 09, 2000 (10:50 pm)
Battery was changed about 8 months ago, but the ABS I was referring to was the anti lock brakes not airbags. Will keep that tip in mind though. Haynes book I have suggested checking fluid, fuses etc. If they aren't bad then have to go to a dealer and they will use the diagnostic tool to see what code they get. Anyone know of a home mechanic way to get the codes from the diagnostic connector? Do non-dealer mechanics have access to the tools for the codes, would rather not pay the hourly dealer rate.
Thanks for any info.
Jun 10, 2000 (6:37 pm)
Sorry must have had air bag problems on my mind when I read your post. There have been a few in the shop recently. Some techs. do buy scanners that can hook up to vehicles but it also depends on your vehicle(how new is it)??? An scanners aren't cheap, so finding someone with scanner potential might not be too easy...
Kristina/co host Our Turn
#656 of 3858 ABS light problemm
Jun 12, 2000 (7:36 am)
It's a '93. Would I be looking for a sequence of pulses coming from the diagnotic plug were I to look at it with an oscilloscope? Or should I just drop that train of thought? I'd prefer to fix the peoblem myself, without spending alot at a dealer just to report the results from the diagnostics. Thanks for the help,