Joewino

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Question Answered: timing belt or chain?
October 27, 2012, 11:52 AM
To clearly answer this for those that may come across it in the future. Corolla has a timing chain. I believe you are asking about the serpentine belt. Just check it for cracking and ware. I have over 100K on mine and it still going. However it is likely good preventative maintenance to replace it at 75K
Question Answered: Is 72,000 miles too soon for starter repair. My battery and alternator are fine.
October 27, 2012, 08:24 AM
Just an opinion here: Invest in a duel rate battery charger and give the battery a good long slow charge every now and again. If you run a lot of short trips with your car it might just be that it is not getting a full charge from all of the short trips you make. I have my original battery in my 2005 Toyota and I do the charge thing every few months and so far so good.
Question Answered: What's cost to install two replacement headlights.
October 27, 2012, 07:16 AM
I bought the lights at Walmart and slipped the guy at the oil change place $10.00 to do it. It is also real easy to do on most cars. Mine needed the battery moved for one and I was just to lazy to do it. I watched the mechanic and the entire process for both headlights took less than 10 minutes from start to finish!
Question Answered: What is the cost for a 60,000 mile service at a lexus dealership?
October 27, 2012, 07:09 AM
You may also check with your local Toyota dealership. Their prices tend to be less than at Lexus for the same work. In addition after you check the owners manual you may find that other than a few fluid changes the 60k service might be a bunch of inspections that can be performed at any reputable service garage for less than at the Lexus dealer. One last point - Lean how to change the air and cabin filters yourself. You will save a lot of money if you do that and it is really simple.
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Car Review: 2004 Toyota Corolla
October 27, 2012, 10:08 AM
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.
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