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Is the driver's door supposed to unlock from inside?

Many car doors are designed to open from the inside when locked so that the occupants can escape the car in an emergency, it's totally normal, although not all cars have that feature. In a car fire ...
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Is the driver's door supposed to unlock from inside?

You'll find that most driver's doors can be unlocked/opened from the inside by pulling the handle without first unlocking them. This is due to the driver's assumed competence in deciding when it is a ...
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I drove on a dirt road rougher than my car was designed for

If you have no symptoms and no codes then chances are good there's nothing wrong with your car. If you had bent or damaged your suspension you'd most likely have a vibration, or your handling would ...
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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?

Yes what you presume is correct. Depending on total volume of coolant (different for each vehicle) how much pure AF I put in, anywhere from 1/2 to 1 gallon, then top off with 50/50 mix. It is better ...
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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?

The coolant capacity of the 2004 TOYOTA COROLLA 1.8L 4-cyl Engine Code [R] 1ZZ-FE is 6.9 quarts. To accurately ensure you have a 50/50 mix in your system after a flush (assuming you actually flush it ...
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Access locked trunk of Corolla 2003

On the 2003 Corolla the release for rear seats is in the trunk. There are two knobs close to the hinges of the trunk. Those are the rear seat back releases. If you push them toward the rear of the ...
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why the check engine light on 75 mph speed?

A P2757 DTC is a torque converter clutch solenoid valve issue The valve engages a torque converter at higher speeds to lock your transmission and engine at a 1:1 ratio. This engagement, obviously, ...
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How do you open a locked door when the unlocking mechanism is jammed?

Well, here's what ended up working. From inside the car, roll down the window. There's a piece of rubber weatherstripping along the outside bottom edge of the window, pry it out gently with a flat ...
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Did the mechanic break my camshaft?

I'm struggling to find the question you are asking here but taking the literal question "Would you assume the mechanic broke your camshaft if your car would not start due to broken camshaft around 30 ...
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brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads

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 ...
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Is the 16,000 km oil change interval for the 2016 Corolla correct?

To answer the question about what changed with vehicles requiring longer oil change intervals, the answer is that there are a number of factors. Internal tolerances have improved, oil quality ...
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brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads

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 ...
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Hard to engage 1st gear and reverse gear when parking for manual transmission.

I had a 2011 Toyota Yaris with a manual transmission, and I believe I know what your problem is (see Is it common to fail engaging first gear or a manual transmission car occasionally?). The problem ...
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I drove on a dirt road rougher than my car was designed for

You haven't stated which country you are in, but if it has a statutory vehicle safety test, you could assure yourself by putting in for the test to a garage you trust, and ask them to show you any ...
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I drove on a dirt road rougher than my car was designed for

Unless you're driving a luxury car you would have a bare minimum amount of sensors and most of which relate to combustion or the electrical system. If you happened to knock your O2 sensor loose then ...
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Collision repair with Bondo and used parts

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 ...
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Diagnosing P0171 2007 Toyota Corolla

Using your scan tool watch fuel trims at idle, then while still stopped @ 3000 rpm. Fuel trims going to normal (anything below LTFT 10%) when revving point towards a vacuum leak or faulty MAF. To ...
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50/50 Coolant Dilution after distilled water flush?

You can use a coolant mixture tester to test the coolant to water ratio. Any auto parts store should carry them.
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Corolla - Coolant leaking from timing chain cover

I think you need to reseal the timing cover I found several images uploaded in a ZIP by an enterprising Corolla owner. Here's an image showing the O-ring you replaced next to the water pump/pulley ...
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engine has too much cooling especially when driving hard

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 ...
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2005 Toyota Corolla intermittant battery drain when not running

Checking the Key Off amperage draw is the standard test for this symptom. An ammeter that is very accurate in the Milliamp range is needed. Low quality meters are readily available and can quickly ...
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2003 Toyota Corolla, 185k: erratic OBD codes, fuel smell, other symptoms

If you have rattling on acceleration and the fuel economy is depressed, it is very likely that the catalytic converter core has cracked and it is blocking the exhaust now. You can try to measure its ...
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Reset TPM system on 2005 Toyota Corolla

Make sure all tires are at the specified pressure. Locate the tire pressure monitor reset button Switch the key to the off position, turn the key to the on position and hold the TPMS reset button ...
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Interior Rattling

Rattling has to do with loose parts. The bass frequencies are causing the parts to vibrate against each other. You will need to isolate the rattle, and tighten the part making the noise. Many times ...
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What's causing no power steering until 5-10 seconds after startup?

Replace the battery and those issues will stop. Reason? The bad battery is so discharged after starting the engine the alternator takes a few seconds to bring the system voltage high enough for some ...
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Does a Toyota Corolla need liners for their rear wheel wells?

To liner or not to liner, ahhh. That is the question. It's a bit of a crapshoot. A well-designed liner will keep the debris off the important bits. A not-well-designed liner will accumulate the ...
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Corolla 1999 - My parking brake light randomly turns on and off

As well as being a parking brake warning light, that is also a service brake warning light - i.e. it warns you of problems with the main footbrake. Given what you have described, my first thought ...
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Replacing only one front strut?

This sounds to me more like an alignment problem that you need to get checked. To do more diagnosis, I would jack the front of the car up so that both front wheels are just off the ground then turn ...
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Car engine vibrates vigorously with air conditioning on at idle speed

I'll take a swing at this ... The engine in your car, whether it's the Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) or Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) version, has a vacuum actuated (non-electronic) idle air control valve. ...
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I drove on a dirt road rougher than my car was designed for

Things that could happen if you drive a car off-road Dirt building up on the inside rim surfaces, causing imbalance. Symptom: vibration at 60-100km/h with the frequency of the wheel rotation. Cure: ...
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