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#183 of 1009 Problem opening the front passenger door
Aug 14, 2008 (9:14 am)
Guys, I was using a 2006 Toyota Corolla till date and got it changed with a 2009 Toyota Corolla. It has central lock system but no remote control. I love the ride in this even more than the Prado that I used between the vehicles got changed. Only problem is - the front passenger door cant be opened from inside or outside door handles after a ride. One has to take the vehicle key and open the the door with the key from outside - my wife is stuck inside till that is done. Anybody has the same problem? I am concerned for safety and convenience. If anybody has the same problem and has fixed it please let me know.
#184 of 1009 Re: HOW DO PICKUP AND MPG COMPARE TO THE ALTIMA? [smallcar1]
Aug 14, 2008 (5:38 pm)
Sorry, SmallCar1 ! I haven't been online recently. (New job, new car, nice weather...) I have now had my 2009 for 4 mos and 5000 miles and I still love it. I am averaging 34-35 mpg which is better than the '93 Altima. As for the pickup, I think it's pretty comparable, unless the AC is on! I've been reading this evening about rattles and other problems that other '09 owners are having. I'm not. My moonroof is solid, no rattles anywhere in the vehicle. I was pleased to learn the '09 has a timing chain instead of a belt, like my '93 Altima. My '09 was built in Fremont, CA, if that matters. I'm happy. I'll probably keep it longer than I had originally planned because it's a great little car.
#185 of 1009 09 Corolla Oil Filter
Aug 17, 2008 (9:30 am)
Well forget some of that stuff I wrote up above this about how to change the filter.
Turns out it's much easier than it looks, especially since I just did it.
Took the car to the base hobby shop and put it up on the drive-on lift. The filter is right on the bottom of the engine next to the drain plug. No special tool is needed to remove the canister....just use your standard metal band type adjustable filter wrench and it will easily come off. There is a small detent type stop that needs to be depressed during removal. This is used to drain the canister before complete removal.
Remove the old paper cartridge, O ring and clean cannister....install new cartridge and O ring and reinstall canister assembly and tighten, then refill with oil.
Start engine and check for leaks.
I found it much easier than my Malibu was, albeit slightly more expensive since the Corolla filters for now are only available from the dealer at about $7.
#186 of 1009 Re: Vibration and Low Oil? [erikhaan]
Aug 21, 2008 (11:01 pm)
I have the exact problem... I bought my 2009 Corolla CE 4 months ago, and has 4500km on it. The engine oil level has already felt below low. I have checked twice after I shut off the engine and the next morning. Since the oil is like dark brown, I am pretty sure it's the correct reading.
Tire pressure light is constantly on - all tires are with 30 psi (as written on the side of the door).
I am bringing my Corolla to dealership tomorrow morning. Will update.
#187 of 1009 Re: Vibration and Low Oil? [slscanada]
Aug 22, 2008 (4:12 am)
I would be worried and concerned about the oil have you seen and leaking or puddles in the garage or maybe burning smells.
#188 of 1009 Re: 09 Corolla Oil Filter [cpu8900]
Aug 22, 2008 (3:40 pm)
There is a small detent type stop that needs to be depressed during removal. This is used to drain the canister before complete removal.
I like to change my own oil...can you explain this part a little more? I'm not sure what you're referring to.
#189 of 1009 Re: Vibration and Low Oil? [slscanada]
Aug 23, 2008 (5:39 am)
I thought the low engine oil was true of my Corolla, too. I checked the oil a few times and hardly even saw any oil on the dipstick. But I took the car in for an oil change at the scheduled time and the mechanics didn't say anything about it. I think the design of the dipstick is poor, and that maybe the oil is getting scraped off before the dipstick is fully pulled out of the engine.
Your tire pressure is too low. I spoke with a Toyota technician, who recommended the tire pressure be at 40 PSI. The 30 PSI you see on the side of the door is for when the car has been sitting overnight in ice-cold temperatures (in other words, this is the lowest the tire pressure should ever get). Try increasing the pressure to 40 PSI. I'm willing to bet the TPMS light will turn off.
#190 of 1009 Re: Vibration and Low Oil? [erikhaan]
Aug 23, 2008 (6:12 am)
#191 of 1009 Re: 09 Corolla Oil Filter [slowlearner1]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:54 am)
Just look at the oil filter cannister and you'll see
what I'm talking about......similar to some bottle
cap tops where you have to depress the catch
to permit the complete unscrewing of the cap.
I've already changed my oil and filter and
it was very easy. Forget about trying to change
oil and filter without raising the car.....there's only
about 8" clearance from bottom of filter to ground.
#192 of 1009 Re: Vibration and Low Oil? [erikhaan]
Aug 23, 2008 (10:06 am)
The first time I checked my tires while cold they were 40 #...... lowered them to 30 like the door jam says....40 while cold is too high and they won't wear properly and might affect proper handling and stability......I'll trust the manual and door jam before what the dealer says.
After lowering the pressure I didn't get the TPMS
light but still followed the procedure in the manual
by resetting the TPMS button under the dash and the system works fine.
As to your oil problem I never have any problem getting an accurate reading from the dipstick.....be sure to wipe it off before reinserting it then allow several seconds before removal.