1990 Toyota Corolla Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1990 Toyota Corolla

1990 Toyota Corolla Problems

Sound When Driving Over Bumps May be Struts/Bearing Plates

If the vehicle develops an annoying, clunking sound when driving over bumps it is usually the struts and strut bearing plates. These may need replacing at 100,000-125,000 miles or sooner. If the noise is a more of a squeak or groan, it can be usually be eliminated by spraying a light lubricant on the suspension bushings 1-2 times per year.

Vehicle Won't Crank Due To Starter

If the engine will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter. These will tend to go out at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.

Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

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1990 Toyota Corolla Questions

I have an automatic that the reverse gear started to slip, now it doesn't even move in reverse; i am thinking it may be the reverse solenoid, how difficult is it to change and where is it located?? any other ideas as to what I can do to remedy this ... (1 answer)

When i go down a hill in neutral,my car almost comes to a complete stop. (2 answers)

I have to accelerate to get down the hill.I have front wheel drive.

What could cause a clunking sound from the front end when going over bumps? (1 answer)

Every small bump in the road or parking lot produces a clunking sound in the front end when going slowly ( less than 25 MPH). I have changed the struts and strut bearing plates, front and mid transmission mounts, and both CV joints. The front and rear engine mounts are in good shape. Two differen...

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1990 Toyota Corolla Reviews

My 1990 toyota corolla , check engine light is on not sure what to check. I checked all fluids there fine. I want repair this problem myself just not sure where to start. Low on cash any solution would help thank you... Sarah phx,az
running when wheather hot engine loses power shut down ,when cool after 30 min. restarts runs fine than repeats replaced fuel pump dist. disp cap , rotor ,plugs , wires ,water pump
I bought my J-Mota with only 173,000 miles in it. And I owned it for about 3 years now in never had any major problem with it... Best car ever built... 1990 Toyota Corolla DX AWESOME CAR!!!!!!!!!!

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