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  1. Hello All, Can any one point me in the direction of the best way to change the coolant in my '99 1.6 liftback gs ?. It was last changed by Mr T just over 4 yrs ago with the Long life 4 yr red coolant. I am guessing this is the pre mixed type and doesn't need any water adding to it when refilling the system. I want to make sure i've got all the stuff together before rushing in. As an aside to this , the other half took her 1.3 v reg ( Bug eye lights , loveley Bright red and all original with 32000 on the clock) bough t from Mr T, into main dealer of another marque for its mot and oil change , and i told her to ask about changing the coolant at the same time . It has the green stuff in and i know it hasn't been changed in the 3 years she's had it. She was told if it's not frozen - why would you want to change it Mind you they gave it a wash ,blacked the tyres and gave her a nice tin of travel sweets - so that's all right then Thank you for taking the time to read Albi
  2. Hello All Afteer disconnecting the battery on my 98 1.6 liftback there is now a constant buzzing noise from the area around the drivers side front of the engine bay.A rapid clicking noise can be heard as well . Is there a fuse that i pull to stop it . Any help appreciated Cheers Albi
  3. iv had that when i first bought my corollla had to replace the boot seal well so toyota said but theres still a slight bit of water getting there :( As pointed out in this thread before... check if your tail lights are screwed down cause water can get in through there When I first got my 99 liftback I noticed water in the space where the tool roll is stored. The water was getting in behind the lights. What I did was to seal the gap between the light lenses and bodywork with clear silicone sealant. Doesn't look too nice but killed the problem dead. Now I just need to find out how water seems to collect in the tailgate, after heavy rain. You can really hear it sloshing around if you lift up tailgate. Seems to run out from under the window seal in the fully open position.
  4. Hello All, Only 3 areas rattle in my 98 gs Liftback, the power window lock button and the parcel shelf , tried putting a piece of cloth under the shelf stubs , but made no difference and the button rattle i put up with.The other rattle is the better half :D . Not bad for a coming up to 10 years old. Regards Albi.
  5. It's shape is like what? I certainly don't see the resemblence to cheese. It is the best looking Corolla version there is, which is more than I can say for those silly bug eyed versions. Looks like i'll be buying a pair of blues bros sunglasses before rollin' down the road in my 98 bug eyed ' rolla B) Bug eyes i love 'em Regards Albi
  6. Thanks very much for the replies ladies and gents. Much appreciated :) Regards Albi
  7. Hello All, Just a quick one ( said the actress to the bishop ) ! :D . Can anyone confirm for me that part no 90915-yzzj1 (toyota oil filter no ) will fit my 98 4afe 1.6 engine . Also will Magnatec 10-40w (already purchased ) be a backward step regarding oil, as was last serviced at Toyota and i think they put Shell Helix semi synth in it and cant find the invoice to confirm.. Should i use an engine flush ?Car on 45000 miles at the moment. One last point is the drivers handbook for this car still available new ? ,as for the life of me i cant seem to find it and turned the house upside down looking for it. Really need to get some order in my life :P Regards Albi
  8. Hello All Thought i 'd give you an update on my tyre wear woes with my Corolla. Had the car into a local garage ( highly recommended and a mem of good garage scheme) to look at theoretical c.v. joint problem. This was the second time ( first mentioned it to the garage that m.o.t.'d her they found no problem, and passed with no problems). 2nd garage found nothing as well, and charged me a nominal £10 for checking :D . Anyways , took it to Charlie Browns in Rotherham. I was concerned not only with the wear ( slight feathering on the outside , but still plenty of tread) but also the cracking that was appearing in the sidewalls on the rears ( michelins ) . looking at the date codes they must have been the originals !. I had a finite amount of money in the pocket and couldn't go beyond it, so got 4 Pirelli 3000's fitted and laser tracked for £200 all in . I did try and push for 4 michelins, but they couldn't quite stretch to it. I had done a bit of homework before hand on the michelins for cost worked out at £196 but this didn't inc tracking. At all times i was allowed to see what was going off with the car , even had a look under her on the 4 poster lift, looks like she might need a an exhaust as well quite soon !. The tracking was quite a way out ,gent said around 8 mm. Upshot is up to now ( limited to 4 mile drive home) metallic knocking noise gone and the stretching noise on turning has gone away . Thanks again to Bos & Kingo . Regards Albi
  9. I've entered 'cause " Well you never know do you !!! " Cheers Albi
  10. From the picture it appears that your tyre is 'scrubbing', is it on the outside edge or the outside edge of the tyre ? Normally it is a sign that the tracking is out. You can get a scretching sound when of full lock if the tracking is out. It would be worth getting that checked first and corrected if necessary. Thanks for the advice gents, The wear is on the outside edge of the tyre as the photo was taken with my mobile with the wheel still on the car. Do you think a fast fit outfit such as National Tyres or similar could sort this if its not simply tracking ( alignment ? ) related.? Would love to take it to Pentagon as thats where it's had all previous work carried out ( and its close to where i work ), but drama with cam belt change last year and earlier servicing niggles, is making me wary of using again- although they did sort it eventually. I am thinking of replacing all 4 tyres at same time as having this remedied ( still has michelins on rear but showing signs of age with lots of tiny cracks in sidewalls- am thinking these may have been oem issue on these cars) It's a pity Lindops don't operate in my area after reading the customer satisfaction pdf Please excuse the layout of the post as cannot get hang of this quoting malarky !!!!!!! Regards Albi
  11. Hello All, Been quite a while since my last post , but am now needing some advice as to the cause of some front tyre wear problems I am having with my 1998 Corolla Lift-back with 45000 miles on the clock. To illustrate the problems I’ve included a picture http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b297/alb...=DSC02285-1.jpg The tyres are Kormarans and were on the car when I bought it 4 yrs ago. Symptoms include what I can best describe as a kind of stretching noise coming from under the front of the car when reverse turning on full lock ( more noticeable on the drivers side of the car when steering wheel hard over to left at slow speeds ) .The same noise can be heard when driving in a straight line in and out of my garage. There is also a kind of slight metallic knocking noise as though something is catching somewhere on the drivers front wheel. Have had the car jacked up at the front and when I spin the wheels by hand the knocking noise cannot be heard at all, also cannot be heard with the wheel removed. There doesn’t appear to be any vibration through steering whilst driving or any other noticeable effects on the steering present. The car has just gone through it’s M.O.T test without any problems being reported by the testers. Almost forgot to mention the car does seem to want to drift to the left a little if I take my hand off the steering wheel. I am thinking the camber may need adjusting . Any body got any other ideas.? All help gratefully appreciated Albi
  12. Hello All, Been quite a while since my last post , but am now needing some advice as to the cause of some front tyre wear problems I am having with my 1998 Corolla Lift-back with 45000 miles on the clock. To illustrate the problems I’ve included a couple of pictures. http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b297/alb...nt=DSC02285.jpg The tyres are Kormarans and were on the car when I bought it 4 yrs ago. Symptoms include what I can best describe as a kind of stretching noise coming from under the front of the car when reverse turning on full lock ( more noticeable on the drivers side of the car when steering wheel hard over to left at slow speeds ) .The same noise can be heard when driving in a straight line in and out of my garage. There is also a kind of slight metallic knocking noise as though something is catching somewhere on the drivers front wheel. Have had the car jacked up at the front and when I spin the wheels by hand the knocking noise cannot be heard at all. There doesn’t appear to be any vibration through steering whilst driving or any other noticeable effects on the steering present. The car has just gone through it’s M.O.T test without any problems being reported by the testers. Almost forgot to mention the car does seem to pull to the left a little. I am thinking the camber may need adjusting . Any body got any other ideas.? All help gratefully appreciated Allan
  13. Hello All, Well yesterday morning go to my 98 Corolla liftback, sit in and foot down on clutch before turning over the engine, and there is a squeaking noise coming from under the car, when i depress clutch pedal. When in motion i can still hear the squeaking when ever i put the clutch pedal down to change. I dont think it is anything to do with the pedal though, any body had any similar experience of this. Thanks in advance for any info offered. Cheers Albi.
  14. ...when the cam box was removed. Finally (and I don't really know how you can enforce this?) I would recomend that it is the SAME mechanic that works on/carries out the diagnosis/checks on your car. Please keep informed, it's something that could affect us all! Hello All, Firstly i feel i must apologise for the delay in replying to the latest suggestions, i 've been away for the last week and just got back today 19th.The corolla has been sat in my garage all last week, and took the other halfs battered but reliable Nexia to the coast. Anyways, i will be taking the car back to Toyota this week and trying to solve the mystery as to my rough running motor, this will be the 3rd time its been in since belt change. On the mechanic point , it would seem that the same mechanic seems to have carried out all work on the car since i've been taking it to them according to invoices etc so theres a plus point. Will keep you all informed as to what happens. Regards Albi [/quote Hello All, Well since my last post the car has been back into Toyota twice trying to solve the mystery of all above symptoms.I think in total this makes five trips to Toyota . On the fourth visit, i was told that they had run fuel cleaner through the car and it was now running a lot better , ( i didn't notice any improvement in fact i thought it was a little worse ) but they did also say that they had to order a vacuum hose ( this would take a week to arrive ),they would fit this and see if any improvement, if not, this would mean more investigation.I was beginning to think a hefty repair bill would be heading my way. In defence of Toyota it has to be pointed out that all the time and investigation work ( except the new spark plugs,which they told me had cured the problems , subsequently proved not to be the case ), was carried out free gratis. The day of the fifth visit ( 31-08-06) was upon me and i duly took the car in.At the end of the day i rang to find out what ( if any ) progrees had been made, and was told that i could collect the car, and it was now fully sorted . I went to collect it . Gentleman told me they had once again had the rocker covers off and checked valve timing, etc,etc and all was spot on. Mention was once again made with ref to the new oxygen sensor they had swapped for the old unit ( their database showing that the old one was not switching correctly). As i mention in earlier post the new one made no difference to the poor running and the old one was put back on . The car was now running rich on emmision test. No mention of the new vacuum hose they had ordered though. Hang on in ther folks we're almost there! Upshot i was informed, was that the new oxy sensor had been faulty and they had replaced with another one. The car is now running as it was pre cam belt change, and has behaved itself for the last two days, no poor idling at rest or sudden rpm drops at junctions etc, car is idling at 500 rpm at rest as before. So we'll see how it goes from here. I have to say all through this episode i was treated as i would like to be treated, and can have no complaints at all with repect to customer care. Cheers Albi
  15. ...when the cam box was removed. Finally (and I don't really know how you can enforce this?) I would recomend that it is the SAME mechanic that works on/carries out the diagnosis/checks on your car. Please keep informed, it's something that could affect us all! Hello All, Firstly i feel i must apologise for the delay in replying to the latest suggestions, i 've been away for the last week and just got back today 19th.The corolla has been sat in my garage all last week, and took the other halfs battered but reliable Nexia to the coast. Anyways, i will be taking the car back to Toyota this week and trying to solve the mystery as to my rough running motor, this will be the 3rd time its been in since belt change. On the mechanic point , it would seem that the same mechanic seems to have carried out all work on the car since i've been taking it to them according to invoices etc so theres a plus point. Will keep you all informed as to what happens. Regards Albi
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