1997 Toyota Corolla Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota Corolla

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1997 Toyota Corolla
$274 to $514
1997 Toyota Corolla
$263 to $414
1997 Toyota Corolla
$343 to $714
1997 Toyota Corolla
$762 to $1,714
1997 Toyota Corolla
$239 to $317

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.

The engine mount on the passenger side of the car can wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts and the faulty mount will need to be replaced.

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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Toyota is recalling certain 1997 Corollas because a mechanical shock (like moving the seat or suddenly releasing the parking brake) to the air bag computer soon after the engine is started can cause the air bag to deploy inadvertently. This can cause injury to an occupant. Dealers will repair the air bag computer.

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I purchased my 1.8L Corolla CE new in 1997. Keep up regular maintenance and have spent a total of about $700 in repairs to minor systems and hoses. Mileage: 280,000. What a dream car this has been. I've only used Chevron Gasoline except for a couple of emergencies. Thank you Toyota and Chevron!!!!! Brakes can be a little noisy. Headlights cloud up/yellow with age. Emissions at this mileage ru...

I have approx 300,000 miles on my 2005 Corolla. I have used Mobile 1 and changed oil at 10,000 intervals with a filter change at 5,000 since the car has been new. Had the transmission flushed at 150,000, changed spark plugs every 100,000 and put new front and back brakes on car-used aftermarket parts for replacement. Changed belt at every 60,000, and all work has been done by me. The only probl...

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