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Toyota Corolla, Sedan
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#927 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [debbie70]
Mar 18, 2012 (11:55 am)
What is the tire problem? Is your Corolla going through tires, too? I put on a set of Michelin X radials after the goodyears wore out and after 6k miles the tires are already 1/4 worn. They are supposed to last 80k. The goodyears were replaced at 12k, but I figured they were crappy OEM tires.
I think it's a suspension issue. I hear a loud clunk when the (front, I believe) tires hit a bump or pothole in the road while breaking. It sounds a little wobbly. And the brake pedal itself will shake violently. I've driven many types of cars over the same bumps in my road that 90% of the time cause this sound to happen in the Corolla without a single issue. No clunk or pedal shake. The dealership said it's the Corollas "superior" abs system in new models. Since the car has been in the shop several times I've driven many 2010 and 2011 toyotas (scion xd, prius, etc) and never got that bizarre sound. My moms 06 civic or 10 legacy with abs don't either.
#928 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Mar 18, 2012 (6:59 pm)
I really think you got a lemon, I have not had one issue with my 2009 Corrolla yet.
Mar 25, 2012 (7:43 pm)
I too had some odd trany issues, with the worst being an abrupt shudder of the car (whole car jolted/shook). It wouldn't post a code, so the dealership said not their problem. Trany flush resolved the issue, likely related to a fluid issue and the lock-up torque converter. Happened under slight acceleration, usually coming off a ramp at highway speeds, though it occurred in other situations as well. Like I said, in my case a trany flush and fill resolved the issue, but it cost me $150 to have it done, despite being under warranty and with less than 60,000 miles on it, and that service not being required until about 100,000. Worth a shot, and not a bad thing (except for the price) as preventative maintenance in any regard. Good luck!
#930 of 1000 Brake Noise
Mar 29, 2012 (8:22 am)
For the past few days I've noticed that after starting the car, the first few times I hit the brakes there is a significant "grinding" noise coming from them. Felt like the pads/rotors might come apart.. After the brakes are applied a few times, the noise disappears and the car drives normally. Is this an issue? Has anyone else encountered this problem before?. yesterday for the first few brakes there was a significant "grinding" noise. I parked the car for two hours then took a drive for 3 minutes. It was perfect and normal.
Should I take out and clean all brake parts ?
#931 of 1000 Re: Brake Noise [j06]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 29, 2012 (9:49 am)
I wouldn't take any brake parts out, just clean them off with "Brake-Kleen"--but if you are ambitious and want to sandpaper the brade pads to even them out a bit, that might be okay. I think this is related to both moisture build up on cold morning and the normal wear patterns (grooves, etc) of older brakes.
#932 of 1000 Re: Brake Noise [j06]
Mar 29, 2012 (10:27 am)
Has it been rainy or damp where you are?
Disk rotors can develop a thin layer of rust overnight that gets rubbed off after a few stops.
This is normal.
New cars that sit in front dealership for weeks can develop "lot rot", not so good on a test drive.
#933 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [terceltom]
Apr 01, 2012 (5:19 pm)
Yeah I think so too, but the problems are so numerous and abstract that I don't know if there's really anything I can do other than trade it in....which is a possibility. Hoping to trade it in for a Fit/Civic or Fiesta/Focus.
Does anyone know what could cause that problem? Brake pedal shaking and an audible shudder under the car when either going over bumps or hitting potholes above 10 mph or so?
#934 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Apr 01, 2012 (5:39 pm)
How about the Mazda 3, that's a really nice car also? If I wouldn't buy a Corolla it would be a Mazda 3.
#935 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [windgrace]
Apr 02, 2012 (5:12 am)
Hitting a big bump while braking will cause ABS to come on (brake pedal "shaking"). Normal.
Civic or Fiesta - check Consumer Reports first.
#936 of 1000 Re: 2009 Toyota Corolla Gas Millage [terceltom]
Apr 08, 2012 (7:33 pm)
Yeah, I was looking at maybe a used Mazda 3 (maybe stepping up to a Nissan Altima). But it almost seems worth going for a new Civic LX or Focus SE. I might be able to negotiate a deal with the dealership and I might be able to trade it in for a new Yaris or something. Right now I'm putting up with it and seeing what's happening with colleges before I make any decisions.
It just seems odd that I have driven a handful of other vehicles with ABS and stability/traction control (thank the dealership rentals for all that experience! Scion xD, 2 different Priuses, and a Tacoma) over the same bumps with no pedal shake and no weird sounds coming from the suspension. But, what do I know.