Hey there! I just bought a used 2005 toyota corolla S. It has 35,285 miles on it, and I've already come across two problems that concern me beyond belief! I appreciate your help with this one, I'm scared I bought a lemon!
A) When driving, the lights dim randomly through-out the day, just a bit. They dont go out, and I checked the battery at the toyota service department, it is in " good status". I even had them take a quick glance at the alternator but they didnt seem to find a problem!
B) When I come to a complete stop, there is a strange shudder, sometimes leading to what feels like stalliing, but it never does. What could be the deal? Do I need to get an automatic transmission flush?
Please help! I thank you so much for taking the time and energy to answer!
All cars are lemons, don't take it personal. I'll bet they find the problems(s), in 800 miles when the warranty is up.
You may need to take it to an indepenent shop that is capable of this type of troubleshooting. Not all shops are.
I would leave the car running with the lights on and have the ewuipment hooked up to check the generator when the problem is happening. The two problems may be related.
Is there any relationship to any particlular accessories running when the problems happen?
June, 3, 2007 AT 8:38 PM
So, I went to the car wash today hoping the problems would subside (yeah. Right). The car almost didnt start. The engine kept turning for about 10 seconds before it began.
As far as the lights dimming, they also turn on mysteriously then turn off. What i'm thinking is that the daylight/nightime light sensor is faulty, and that may need to be replaced.
The radio and a/c are always on, and sometimes I put the windows down but nothing happens while I push buttons, the lights dont dim from me hitting anything, just randomly they lose a bit of brightness VERY SLIGHT! ITS ALWAYS WHILE MOVING at speeds over 35. Never at a stop!
Again today it almost stalled at the light, and now unfortunantly i'm past the buy back 3 day limit. I don't know what I should do. I think i'll take it to jiffy lube tommorow, see if they can diagnose the problem.
I just hate the fact I lost a good car for this one just to cut corners.
I guess I learned my lesson!
June, 3, 2007 AT 8:48 PM
It is still under factory warranty and the problems are solvable. That is a good car. Frankly, Jiffy lube and diagnostic capabilities don't usually fall into the same sentence.
There is a tsb for an extended crank condition after hot soak that is covered under the manufacturer's warranty. The update may take care of all the problems.
It is # EG044-06.
There is a further TSB about a no start condition. Both TSB s are for 80,000 miles or 96 months.