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2004 Toyota Corolla

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2004 Toyota Corolla Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

Engine -- Verified

The mass air flow sensor on higher mileage cars occasionally needs to be cleaned or replaced if sluggish acceleration is experienced or the Check Engine Light is illuminated with a mass air flow meter sensor fault code stored.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The bolts attaching the front door window glass to the window regulator may come loose. This can cause the window regulator to become damaged and possibly causing the window glass to break. Some 2003 & 2004 models have been recalled for the issue.

Engine -- jackieo3021

my car would idle up and down and burn alot of gas and is also hard changing gears as im driving and at a stop light the car will jump after a couple seconds of being stopped

2004 Toyota Corolla Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 11, 2013

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Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator module found.


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Body, Interior & Misc., January 30, 2013

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Certain electrical circuits in the airbag system are susceptible to an internal electrical short circuit. A short circuit can create excessive current flow, damaging the electrical circuit. Damaged electrical circuits could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners. This could increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash. Dealers will install a supplemental wire harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness to protect the control module from this electrical interference.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 16, 2008

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The bolts securing the driver and passenger front door glass may loosen and come off, causing the glass to separate from the window regulator. An abnormal noise may be noted when operating the windows. The window may bind and shatter during operation, causing the driver distraction and/or injury. Dealers will replace the driver and passenger front door glass bolts with newly designed bolts to correct this concern. The Toyota recall number is 80A. The General Motors recall number is 07273.


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Drive Train, October 27, 2003

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Toyota is recalling 2004 Corollas equipped with factory aluminum alloy wheels. The lug nut(s) may not secure the wheel properly to the hub assembly due to over-drilling of one or more of the five lug nut holes on the alloy wheel. If the vehicle is driven for a long time, the lug nut(s) could loosen or even fracture. This may result in the separation of the wheel from the hub assembly and a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will inspect all four factory aluminum alloy wheels and replace them if necessary.

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2004 Toyota Corolla Questions and Answers

Paul1941, 2004 Toyota Corolla, Maple Falls, WA

I have had nothing but poor consumption of gas ranging from 6K to 15K per Liter. So how would I now if this is the problem as the on board computer says everything is ok. I only have 73000 K on the...

shorte, 2004 Toyota Corolla, Steele, MO

Will the system need to be vacuum pumped after the new valve is installed before I recharge with 34-a?

calimesajim, 2004 Toyota Corolla, Calimesa, CA

does my corolla have timing belt or chain? if a belt,
does it need replacement at 60,000 miles as i'm
being told? at what price?

davidcarroll, 2004 Toyota Corolla, Flower Mound, TX

At 106K miles, my air conditioner stopped blowing cold air. Tech said it was a mechanical problem. How serious and how expensive will it be to repair.

alex5, 2004 Toyota Corolla, Buffalo, NY

toyota corolla 2004 is going reverse ,is not going forward. when turn on low it is filling car wants to going,but it is not.I revew ECM it is working.

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2004 Toyota Corolla Reviews

Now have 108K. No major repairs. Excellent and fun car to drive. Mainly driven by wife as a commuter car. Below is every item I have had to do to the car since purchased new in 2004. For the most part it is just common sense wear and tear/preventative maintenance stuff.
Brake pads at 58K pads and rotors coming before 109k. Oil changes every 4-6k using either an OEM, Bosch Filtec or Mann oil filter. Switched to high mileage oil at around 75K. Have used different major oil brands. Radiator fluid and water pump changed at 50k (pump covered under warranty to my surprise) will do fluid again before summer. Tranny fluid changed at 45K, will do pan drop fluid and filter change again soon. Brake fluid changed at 100K. Regular engine air filter changes as required about every 12 to 15K. Same for cabin air filter. Spark plugs changed out at 92K looked good when removed. Car has maintained an average combined 32mpg. Got 60k out of OEM tires and will easily get that out of this set (Michelin's).
Never had an alignment. Rotate tires every other oil change. OEM battery lasted until 2010. Replace both headlights after drivers side went out in 2012.
Have used dealer service to do water pump (which they found leaking when I went in for radiator fluid change) and the first 6 oil changes which they did for free. They also did the brake pads and charged an arm and a leg. Bought second set of pads and new rotors on line and will have local mechanic change them. Cost savings are significant. All other oil changes have been done at different local oil change places. Air filters and head light changes were done by me. Tire rotations and balances are free at Discount tire. Have not decided on where next tranny fluid and filter change will be done at. Plugs changed by local mechanic for $25.00 in labor. I bought the plugs (NGK) on line.

My 2004 computer crapped out just driving along.Upon research this computer needs velcro attached to it so you can replace quickly and often. It all seems to happen around 80K miles.

I have a 2004 Corolla with what I feel is an unusual problem. Only occasionally when I start the engine the exhaust shows burning oil for a few moments, then it clears up. I also notice that there are occasions of acceleration through a curve or turn where it will burn oil for a short space of time, and sometimes on rare occasions when just accelerating it will burst a few seconds of oil burning. Does any one have experience with what this may be... I feel it is not constant enough to be piston rings, maybe it is the valve guide on one or more of the valves? I visualize oil pooling in the heads not draining back to the engine block properly, then slowly seeping through the valve guide into the affected cylinder to smoke till burned. Still, the question is why only occasionally? I would love to remedy the cause, but it has a few mechanics stumped during test drives, because the symptoms are occasional and like most sporadic symptoms, they never seem to occur for the professional examining the car.

has worked perfectly for 102K miles, so far. The only thing that died was the radio/cd player, at about 80K miles.

This is a great car with excellent gas mileage. I have about 71k miles on my corolla and I have not had anything problems with it.

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