2003 Toyota Corolla Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota Corolla

2003 Toyota Corolla Problems

Check Engine Light Due to EVAP System

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.

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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2003 Toyota Corolla Questions

Car won't start - no crank. Turn key and get a single click. Starter tested ok, battery tested ok. Its a manual, so I bypassed the switch on the clutch, still nothing. Any help would be great! (1 answer)

Car was fine, then wouldn't start one day, after driving fine a couple of minutes before. Did this a few times previously, just tried a few times then it started again. There is no cranking when I turn the key, just a click. Lights work fine, stereo etc, no dip in power when turn key. I assum...

What is the timing change tensioner? (1 answer)

I would like to get an estimate but timing change tensioner is not available in the repair list. Any suggestion would be welcome.

Driving and the car slowly died. No won't restart. Replaced fuel pump. (3 answers)

Once it died I restarted it and it idle rough but I could keep it running with a little gas but the second I tried to take off it died again. Happened 2 times then would not restart

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2003 Toyota Corolla Recalls

Unexpected Airbag Deployment

The airbag control module can fail prematurely due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance it was designed for. As a result the front airbags, side airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners could deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated, increasing the risk of personal injury and/or a crash. Dealers will replace the airbag control module and front and/or side impact sensors as required to correct this concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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2003 Toyota Corolla Reviews

I have a 2003 Toyota corolla my second one. Everything is what i expected from a corolla but my brakes keep giving me trouble. It will be fine for 3 miles then the brakes will heat up and slow the cars down. it almost became deadly when it stopped moving on a six lane highway. I've done everything from replacing rotors, lines, pads, master cylinder and it still persists. Does anyone have sugges...
Bought brand new, now at 140,000 mi. I have had to replace the right rear hub assembly, and I need new struts all around now, and my a/c compressor just went out. The glove box and one of the center console doors wont stay closed anymore. The little coin holder to the left of the steering wheel fell off after a year. I guess I should be thankful. My previous car, a 99 Ford Escort, blew a piston...
Bought a 2003 CE Corolla with 50K on the clock in 2005; it has 222K on it now. Diagnosing why it's using a bit more oil than normal, but 6 sets of tires, 2 front brake jobs, and 1 (yes, changed at 199K) rear brake job (total rebuild), plus 3 rear hubs, radiator, and both control link arms, she still gets me 38-42 MPG on interstate trips at an average of 80 MPH (3K RPM) and 32-36 in the city wh...

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