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Assuming that you have no faults with your transmission, it doesn't matter - an automatic transmission will automatically switch down gear as and when it needs to. All the '2' gear does is not let you go over 2nd gear - which if you were heading downhill could make your engine over-rev...generally not recommended. So D should be just fine.


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You stated that "Only pads have been replaced in the brake components." If the rotors were not turned (machined) or replaced at the same time, this could be a problem. The surface of the rotor needs to be fresh, or the brakes will not work up to expectations. Also, consideration must be given to the proper "bedding" of the brakes. If they were not bedded ...


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Can you tell which wheel(s) the noise is coming from? If you can, jack the car up and support it on stands, then remove the wheel(s) in question, and visually inspect the pads and discs, including the back of the disc between it and the stone-shield. It might be as simple as a stone stuck in the brakes, or you might find that one of the calipers has been ...


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I recommend looking for a replacement side panel. Otherwise the standard panel beating approach is to try and hammer out the worst of the dents first. Car bog/filler/bondo is a last step to fill minor imperfections. This is harder than it sounds. Panels that have been creased or stretched seldom pop back to thier original position. Judging by your photo the ...


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Get rid of the extra fans. If you're having to run fans constantly to keep the engine at the right temperature in the city, then all you're doing is masking another issue. You probably have several other issues. The engine temperature and the transmission going being able to shift into overdrive should be independent. It seems like you are conflating two ...


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Yes, the normal route is to add sound deadening material inside the doors and/or on the floor of the car. A corolla won't have much stock insulation so you should be able to make some good progress in reducing it. This is a common project for people who are installing nice audio systems, so you should be able to find some nice walk-throughs on audio sites. ...


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Replace the thermostat for sure, and while you're at it, replace the straight water with 50/50 antifreeze/coolant mix. Use the aftermarket fans ONLY during stop & go traffic in the city; on the open road they serve no purpose at all (ordinary wind from highway speed cools the radiator sufficiently in almost all cases). There's no need to remove the fans, ...


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If oil drips on a pulley or a belt then the rotation of those objects could sling the oil everywhere, even as high as the bottom of the hood. Most likely an oil leak would have to be above these components and a good guess would be through something like a failed valve cover gasket. Another possibility is that it is leaking near the front of the car ...


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I'm looking at the 2009 Corolla: Scheduled Maintenance Guide that you can find on the nicely organized Toyota site. The closest thing to a fuel induction service is an inspection of "Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses" every 30K miles: Visually inspect for corrosion, damage, cracks, and loose or leaking ...


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I was able to see the grounding points by crawling under the dash. The grounds looked visually good, the screws are tight. So, I tried replacing the 12V power outlet with a new aftermarket outlet. The issue is gone. Strange that the one bad outlet actually caused both outlets to blow fuses when power was drawn.


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If you're carrying a high load, L is best. The gears work as follows: D = use whichever gear the computer decides/ Useful for everyday driving. 2 = use first or second, depending on speed. Useful when carrying high loads at low speeds. L = stay in the lowest gear. Best for carrying high loads up steep inclines.


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The manufacturers specifications are the ultimate authority. It does seem like you can go 10,000 miles between changes with synthetic oil. As long as the Castrol oil you've got is up to the same standard as Toyoto Synthetic, you're probably good for 10,000 miles. As to whether you need synthetic, if Toyota says you should or must use synthetic, you need ...


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What you're referring to as a "coolant tank" is your radiator overflow tank. While it does have to have some coolant in it, putting coolant/water in it doesn't do anything to cool your engine really. You need to twist the radiator cap off (make sure you wait for it to cool off) and pour coolant or maybe for the time being while testing, just tap water. ...


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Check to see if your door lock sequence mode got changed. change-door-lock-sequence


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I'm hoping you may have missed a zero in the recommended service interval in your question. Modern cars don't even recommend oil changes more frequently than 5,000 miles, so an induction service every 3,000 miles is just crazy. Some dealers recommend induction service every 30,000 miles, but even then, I feel this is just a money-maker for them, and I ...


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I hate to answer my own question but did eventually figure it out. Here are the more complete steps to swap the belt: Prerequisite: locate a belt diagram or draw your own before starting. Remove the plastic engine cover using 10mm ratchet - this will allow easier access to the tensioner / belt on the left side of the engine. Find the bolt head that is ...


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I've done a quick search and found this image for a 1991 Corolla, manual, sedan, for the canadian market. You have 2 bolts to remove, the one on the top of the pillar and the one that attach both end of the seat belt. They may be hidden Under some plastics panel. It should be an easy task but make sure to tighten the bolt back!!


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"When using cruise control and pulling the lever for acceleration RPM goes all the way up giving a sudden push to reach the desired speed." That's an important characteristic. That means one of two things: Either (a) your accelerator cable is running into an obstruction that prevents it from opening the throttle further or else (b) (if that car happens to ...


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These days you do not bother with replacing the lens cover because it's a sealed unit. Just buy a whole new assembly from your favorite web parts supplier (eg. Amazon, Rockauto, eBay), local auto parts, or a Toyota dealer ($$$). Look for "Parking/Turn Signal Lamp Assembly" or similar for the make and year of your car. The genuine Toyota part will be ...


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The two big categories for cranks but failure to start are 1) no fuel 2) no spark Things to check for no fuel: a) out of gas, b)bad fuel pump, c) clogged fuel filter Things to check for no spark: a) see if you have any spark...lots of websites and videos about this b) bad pickup sensor in ignition system c) bad timing Without personally looking at ...


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This is probably something you should take the car to a shop for. It sounds like a problem with the evaporative emissions system. Your tank is a completely sealed system and when you are pumping gas it needs a way to vent the gas fumes from then tank because the gas flowing in pushes the fumes out. There are vent lines and solenoids that run to a charcoal ...


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It sounds like a lubrication issue between the release bearing sleeve and the input shaft "snout". The sleeve that the release bearing is attached to is a metal to metal slip fit. I'm other words there is a smooth shaft that the release bearing assembly slides on. There is only a small amount of space between the two, just enough to allow for some grease for ...


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Should you be concerned about this happening again? Yes. You haven't diagnosed or fixed the problem, so the chances of it going away with no further effort from you are very slim. Because the car does not overheat while driving, the thermostat is probably working just fine. The two scenarios which indicate a failed thermostat are Overheating very shortly ...


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It sounds like the regulator is worn out and will need to be replaced. I wouldn't try to force it up, or you could shatter the glass. The slides for the glass could also be at fault. Some windows incorporate both the slides and the regulator together ... some do not.


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There are two possibilities I can think of for you. First, depending on the year of your car and how the bag(s) are set up, there might not be a light. My son had an older Jeep Cherokee which had a mechanically activated air bag. Because it was mechanical, it didn't have a light. Second, the bulb in the dash may be burnt out. To fix, you'd have to take ...


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It sounds like segments of the clock numbers are permanently on. Most number displays are a combination seven segments which, if all are lit, would display a figure eight. You turn on any combination of the lights to create the separate numbers. If any of those are permanently on, it is going to give you strange looking numbers. I don't know why this ...


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Your first bet is to give it a tune up. That would involve changing the following items: Spark Plugs O2 Sensors (whether codes are present or not) Cleaning the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor Cleaning the upper intake tract (using a Seafoam treatment or the like) Reset the learning state of the Engine Control Module (ECM - computer). You do this by unplugging ...


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I agree with the suggestion to fix the underlying cooling problem. Your vehicle should be able to handle tropical temperatures, even in slow traffic. I also agree with running antifreeze for the anti-corrosion and anti-boil properties. However, until you get the base problem figured out, you could continue to run plain water, as you may be having to do ...


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Price sounds reasonable to me. Alignment definitely has an issue on that left rear corner. I can't tell across the Internet if it really needs shims, but it doesn't seem unreasonable. Many cars have very limited adjustments on the rear. They're not supposed to move much back there. Any change there is typically due to damage (hitting a curb or even a ...


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I second everything jzd and Allan Osborne recommend. I would also suggest that you clean the excess oil off before re-filling. Once you've refilled the engine with oil let the car sit for a couple hours and do a visual inspection to see if oil is leaking again and if so, from where. That will help immensely with troubleshooting. If there is no leak ...



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