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#332 of 1009 Re: Won't Start [2009buyer]
Jan 22, 2009 (9:30 pm)
I understand that you are very upset about loosing access and having problems with your new car and as you should be, so I will not take issue with any of your invasiveness. I tried to help you by telling you that waiting four days for a Toyota part is very unusual. I would definitly take Pat's advice and take your car to another dealer.You are aware that all Toyota dealers will honor your warranty, right? You don't have to go back to the same one you bought the car from. Now, what I will tell you is that I am a proud and current owner of four Toyota vehicles. I have a 1986 Toyota Tercel (hence the "Terceltom"), a 2001 Toyota Corolla, a 2002 Toyota Celica and a 2009 Toyota Corolla. I also have a 1994 Plymouth Voyager, but I don't brag about that one. As you might be able to tell I JUST LOVE TOYOTAS. Being a proud Toyota owner has never kept be from being critical of them when I felt I should be, but when I hear total untruths about "Toyota's disregard for safety" or whatever, I will defend them as well. I feel my Toyota purchases have entitled me to express my oppinions however I wish. Now can we put my occupation to rest and get back on topic?
#333 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla fan belt squeak at start [chris]
Jan 23, 2009 (11:46 am)
I was wondering if the sqeaking on startup on your 2009 Corolla issue has been resolved? My mother bought one a little over a month ago and was told the squeak was not normal and was the serpentine belt, which they replaced. Since then the new belt squeaks periodically. She has spoken to both the Toyota service department and a couple of other mechanics. The mechanics have told her it is not normal and that the belt needs to be manually adjusted, but the Toyota service people told her it is normal and that they only replaced the belt because of her concern.
I would appreciate hearing if the sound you were dealing with was resolved and how.
#334 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla fan belt squeak at start [TimAmy20]
Jan 23, 2009 (12:22 pm)
Yes, it has been resolved
1.They replaced the drive belt (not serpentine) and it still squeaked.
2. they tightened the bolts on the alternator
and it has been fine since (even in -25 degree weather)
Have them check bolts on alternator etc etc for tightness.
#335 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla fan belt squeak at start [chris]
Jan 23, 2009 (12:57 pm)
Thank you!!! I'll pass the info on to my mom. Hopefully it's the same problem and it can be fixed. Appreciate the reply!
#336 of 1009 Reply: Won't Start [terceltom]
Jan 23, 2009 (5:07 pm)
Very good reply...
I, for one, appreciate your insights, and it is my opinion that many more do as well. (Almost wish you did work for Toyota.)
Have another 1200 miles to go before seeing the dealer and leaving the vehicle to have the left engine area noise issue resolved. (That is, unless something falls out while I'm driving before I reach the 10,000 mile mark.)
Stay committed, they are good cars..
#337 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla fan belt squeak at start [chris]
Jan 24, 2009 (7:15 am)
Actually the "serpentine belt" is the "drive belt", just different terminology. This belt drives the alternator, A.C. compressor, water pump and the vacuum pump. This belt can slip in colder weather causing the squeaky noise. This is not harmful, just annoying and usually disappears with the onset of warmer weather. Another thing that can cause slipping/noise with this belt is the tensioner. This tensioner is attached to the engine body and keeps pressure on this belt and is supposed to keep it from slipping/squeaking. Toyota has actually had some problems with these tensioners in past years and initiated some recalls and replaced many. It's always a good idea to get any unusual noise or problem checked out by your mechanic, especially with a new car that is still under warranty. They should resolve any new car noise you are having under warranty regardless of a real problem or not.
#338 of 1009 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla fan belt squeak at start [terceltom]
Jan 24, 2009 (5:38 pm)
Thanks so much for the info! I'll pass it on to my mom and I'm sure she'll be going back to the dealer to talk to them again.