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  • #63631

    AmyArt21
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    My poor little ’99 Corolla.

    It was having trouble starting today and yesterday, so this afternoon I called to have it serviced and made the appointment for next Thurs.

    Then I went out to try and do some errands. And it wouldn’t start at all.

    Thinking it was probably the battery, I called AAA and they sent their battery dude.

    It was NOT the battery. It wouldn’t even start with jumper cables! Craaaaaaaaap.

    Would it be the starter, or something more major?

    I have to get it towed to the shop tomorrow. I don’t really know how they would tow a car that’s parallel-parked on the street with cars in front and in back. I can’t even start the damn thing to maneuver it out of the parking space.

    Has this happened to anyone else before? :cry:

    #203413

    lisathewaitress
    Participant

    it sounds like your starter. Especially since you have a toyota, a notoriously reliable car for 100s of 1000s of miles. IF i remember correctly, if it is your starter, you will hear a click but no revs or anything. Just dead nothingness. Is it a stick shift or automatic? IF it is a stick, an easy way to tell would be to pop the clutch, which would be a little hard if it is blocked in with cars. Do the other cars ever leave?

    A starter costs about $400 (well, it was for my ’95 Jetta when it died).

    I hope it’s an easy fix! If you need clutch-popping advice, let me know. I had a VW rabbit in college which I started by popping the clutch for months until my dad visited, and realized that my starter had become unplugged from the battery. That’s pretty much the story of my life…

    #203414

    AmyD
    Participant

    oh amy that stinks! i have nothing to add except that.

    #203415

    My ’95 Honda Civic did that two summers ago (I now drive an ’04 Mazda 3). I vaguely remember it being the starter, but I don’t have the paperwork to confirm it.

    #203416

    AmyArt21
    Participant

    lisathewaitress wrote If you need clutch-popping advice, let me know. I had a VW rabbit in college which I started by popping the clutch for months until my dad visited, and realized that my starter had become unplugged from the battery. That’s pretty much the story of my life…

    That sounds really dirty, Lisa!! :lol: Hahaha.

    The AAA guy looked under my hood for a while, and I assume if something was simply detached, he would have re-attached it.

    I admittedly have no clue what “popping the clutch” is. Can you do that on a car with automatic transmission?

    #203417

    michaelcoyote
    Participant

    AmyArt21 wrote

    lisathewaitress wrote If you need clutch-popping advice, let me know. I had a VW rabbit in college which I started by popping the clutch for months until my dad visited, and realized that my starter had become unplugged from the battery. That’s pretty much the story of my life…

    That sounds really dirty, Lisa!! :lol: Hahaha.

    The AAA guy looked under my hood for a while, and I assume if something was simply detached, he would have re-attached it.

    not always, the starter is often at the back or underneath the engine.. He may not be able to see the cable to it.

    I had a 90′ Civic where the whole starter came lose and was just sitting there.. You couldn’t see it ws unattached, but you could her it just sit there and whirr…

    Just wondering, did it make any sort of clicking sound? If you turn the lights on, are they dim?

    AmyArt21 wrote

    I admittedly have no clue what “popping the clutch” is. Can you do that on a car with automatic transmission?

    Nope, Manual transmission only.

    #203418

    artbomb112
    Participant

    I’m not a car expert… but I know enough to get by.

    I do know the starter in a Corolla is pretty easy to get to. I used to have one that was just a bit older than yours.

    I think it sounds like the starter too. But it may be the alternator.

    A starter isn’t that much. (Jetta’s are notorious for high price fixes… not so much for Corollas)

    An alternator isn’t that bad either.

    I would recommend taking it to a Toyota dealership though. Many shops that run into these problems use junked parts from other vehicles. A dealership will have factory parts.

    I don’t think it will be that hard to fix it. Dead is often better than noise.

    Call me if you want to ask about it. I can tell you what I know.

    :)

    #203419

    CaD
    Member

    Yeah it sounds like its going to be your starter.

    Not bad to fix actually. If you dont have someone to do it for you, hopefully the shop doesnt charge you an arm and a leg.

    #203420

    AmyArt21
    Participant

    artbomb112 wrote I would recommend taking it to a Toyota dealership though. Many shops that run into these problems use junked parts from other vehicles. A dealership will have factory parts.

    Yep, I’m calling Toyota Direct right now…

    I hope it’s not too bad. Although I secretly want a new car even though I *really* can’t afford one.

    #203421
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    Alternator or starter should probably run you around 150 bucks, maybe a little.

    EDIT: that’s for the part, as they’re really not a hard fix at all.

    #203422

    AmyArt21 wrote

    artbomb112 wrote I would recommend taking it to a Toyota dealership though. Many shops that run into these problems use junked parts from other vehicles. A dealership will have factory parts.

    Yep, I’m calling Toyota Direct right now…

    I hope it’s not too bad. Although I secretly want a new car even though I *really* can’t afford one.

    I go to Toyota Direct and have had excellent service from them– hope it doesn’t cost you a fortune!

    #203423

    michaelcoyote
    Participant

    Replacing starters generally are pretty easy and don’t require tools beyond a good socket set.. I’ve done it a bunch of times for myself and friends.

    If you have a friend that’s handy with tools they could probably do this in about an hour, and for much less than a shop.

    #203424

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    What’s the news?

    #203425

    AmyArt21
    Participant

    thefightinglibrarian wrote

    AmyArt21 wrote

    artbomb112 wrote I would recommend taking it to a Toyota dealership though. Many shops that run into these problems use junked parts from other vehicles. A dealership will have factory parts.

    Yep, I’m calling Toyota Direct right now…

    I hope it’s not too bad. Although I secretly want a new car even though I *really* can’t afford one.

    I go to Toyota Direct and have had excellent service from them– hope it doesn’t cost you a fortune!

    Well, they found some more stuff that was wrong…so it will only be a *small* fortune. Labor costs so much!!! I should have gone in to the auto maintenance profession.

    So, everyone come to the North Market on Sunday and buy some of my jewelry! (Not only is it awesome, but it will help me pay for car stuff! Yaaaay!) I know you want a bracelet with charms that look like 8 different varieties of Pop-Tarts. :wink:

    #203426

    KSquared
    Member

    If you need service on a Toyota in the future, Larry at Tong Da is awesome and charges fair prices. I have taken my car in for noises that turned out to be able to be fixed easily by tightening something or other, and he did not charge me.

    The other plus is that Yeah Me Too is right down the street, and Wildflower Cafe is right across the street. :)

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