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My 98 corolla key wont turn the ignition to start the car.

New battery starts other car easily 99'. Ignition tumbler i think its called is pretty bad original key no longer works but the spare i made does. Used original key this time accidentally and worked once drove it and now this. Not sure if related. No lights only the key illumination, door chime and open door dash light. Think i had a bad alternator just before also replaced with junk yard one, maybe killed 1st battery and what else? Lol

It the batter head is not removed when parked for the day, by the morning, it drains out.

after change the gear in D (driving mode), it does not move...

Pls tell me what is the problem?

It's annoying. Toyota dealer wants $300 just to look. Asked several mechanics if can disconnect seat belt lamp on dash - said it was connected with other items. True?

Any inexpensive ways to resolve? I don't need the flashing lamp since the seat belt otherwise works.

Fan comes on alot during driving but no overheat warnings. I start car for daily warmup 15-20 mins and then I'll here fan and while Waiting for lights or stop sign.

I am trying to access the brake light switch and replace the cushion

Need instruction about how to plug up the hole where the brake light switch goes through when the plastic stopper is broken. At another website it was said that a piece of rubber would do the trick.

Most of the time the car drive fine. However on certain inclines, or after stopping on occasion, we hear/feel the engine struggling. After getting into second gear or runs fine. Have had wire plugs, spark plug wires, and spark plugs replaced. Anything else to check before I take it back in.

it occurs now every second day,i find it happens everytime in 4th gear,give gas but theres no response not even revs and the lights on dash does not come on,if i gear back and drive slower it is fine again. when its been standing for a few minutes i can drive again and goes with no problem but then again 2 days later on the open road in 4th of 5th gear it happened again,car got new plugs,fuel filter and oil

A friend came over to help me pull the motor and before I could say anything he pulled all the hoses so now I have to do this by myself I'm in rx I live in Chicago help plzz

what does that green light mean.

There was no CEL on. Car drives good and smooth.
The smog report was ok except for NO(PPM) @ 15mph. MAX was 477 and MEAS was 861. I checked with a local service guy and he said to replace the catalytic converter. The aftermarket costs $400+ to fix. Do you think he is right? Am I/Is he missing something or is there any simpler solution? Will I guaranteed pass the smog after this replacement? Need urgent opinion.
More details:
15MPH:
RPM: 1668
%CO2: 14.9
%O2: 0.1
HC (max): 64
HC (meas): 46
CO% (max): 0.55
CO% (meas): 0.27
NO(PPM) (max): 477
NO(PPM) (meas): 861 ***

25MPH:
RPM: 1693
%CO2: 15.0
%O2: 0.0
HC (max): 47
HC (meas): 3
CO% (max): 0.54
CO% (meas): 0.01
NO(PPM) (max): 764
NO(PPM) (meas): 368

if i shut down the engine and start it again the cycle will be repeated.