2003 corolla maintenance - Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums
alt.autos.toyota General Toyota discussion newsgroup.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 Old 03-20-2006, 03:23 PM
slatt333
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
2003 corolla maintenance

1)How often do I need to have my 2003 corolla tuned up? 30,000mi? And
must I go to dealer or can should I go to Midas or sompelace cheaper?

2) And please tell me all parts that should be included/replaced with
this tuneup

3) And which tires perform well on the 2003 Corolla?

4) Is anyone using dry gas (and how often) or oil treatments, like STP,
in their Corolla?

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 03-20-2006, 04:27 PM
Ray O
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance


"slatt333" <slatt333@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1142886225.912181.95540@z34g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...[color=blue]
> 1)How often do I need to have my 2003 corolla tuned up? 30,000mi? And
> must I go to dealer or can should I go to Midas or sompelace cheaper?
>[/color]

You should follow the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual.

You can go to any competent service facility to have the work done, however,
you will probably have better success with a place that uses OEM ignition
and brake parts. Also keep in mind that if you have an automatic
transmission, it uses special automatic transmission fluid that independent
shops probably don't carry.
[color=blue]
> 2) And please tell me all parts that should be included/replaced with
> this tuneup
>[/color]

Again, you should refer to your owner's manual for parts to be replaced and
replacement intervals.

At 30,000 miles, the service consists mostly or fluid replacement, like
coolant, transmission, and differential fluids.
[color=blue]
> 3) And which tires perform well on the 2003 Corolla?[/color]

A good place to research tires is tirerack.com.
[color=blue]
>
> 4) Is anyone using dry gas (and how often) or oil treatments, like STP,
> in their Corolla?
>[/color]

The quality of fuels and oils today is very good. Toyota does not recommend
the routine use of any oil or fuel additives. Dry gas is basically alcohol,
which has a negative effect on rubber, and routine use actually can cause
more problems than it solves. The trick is to stick to name brand oils that
meet the manufacturer's specifications and purchase fuel from a gas station
that sells a large volume of gas.
--

Ray O
(correct punctuation to reply)


#3 Old 03-20-2006, 05:41 PM
Wolfgang
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance

I opt for a bottle of Chevron Techron ever 6 months or so vice dry gas. It
effectively cleans the fuel injectors too. Try Target or Walmart.

Tune-up is an obsolete word now with computerized fuel injection and
ignition systems. I replace the plugs and distributor cap every 60k miles
with OEM parts. At more than 3 years old I'd also think about replacing the
replace the plug wires too if over say 50k miles.

Argh MIDAS - you must be made of money! Cheap pun but they are generally
crappy at doing maintenance. They will say things that don't need doing
needs to be done --- they work on a percentage of the bill.

"slatt333" <slatt333@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1142886225.912181.95540@z34g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...[color=blue]
> 1)How often do I need to have my 2003 corolla tuned up? 30,000mi? And
> must I go to dealer or can should I go to Midas or sompelace cheaper?
>
> 2) And please tell me all parts that should be included/replaced with
> this tuneup
>
> 3) And which tires perform well on the 2003 Corolla?
>
> 4) Is anyone using dry gas (and how often) or oil treatments, like STP,
> in their Corolla?
>[/color]


#4 Old 03-20-2006, 06:20 PM
SAMMM
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance

it doesn't need a tune-up. the plugs last 50,000 miles plus, there are no
points to change, there's very little to do but change the oil and filter.
and no, you don't have to go to the dealer.
in fact, that's the last place i'd take my car.
they will push a lot of unnecessary service on you.
the first service my toyota has needed has been past 100,000
miles. i had a wheel bearing changed.
i did check the plugs at 50,000 miles and i still have my original plugs in
it
now with 100,000 miles plus.
keep a check on the fluids and filters and you won't go wrong.
sammmm


--
[email]zammy@pghmail.com[/email]

"slatt333" <slatt333@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1142886225.912181.95540@z34g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...[color=blue]
> 1)How often do I need to have my 2003 corolla tuned up? 30,000mi? And
> must I go to dealer or can should I go to Midas or sompelace cheaper?
>
> 2) And please tell me all parts that should be included/replaced with
> this tuneup
>
> 3) And which tires perform well on the 2003 Corolla?
>
> 4) Is anyone using dry gas (and how often) or oil treatments, like STP,
> in their Corolla?
>[/color]


#5 Old 03-21-2006, 08:20 AM
FanJet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance

Wolfgang wrote:[color=blue]
> I opt for a bottle of Chevron Techron ever 6 months or so vice dry
> gas. It effectively cleans the fuel injectors too. Try Target or
> Walmart.
> Tune-up is an obsolete word now with computerized fuel injection and
> ignition systems. I replace the plugs and distributor cap every 60k
> miles with OEM parts. At more than 3 years old I'd also think about
> replacing the replace the plug wires too if over say 50k miles.
>
> Argh MIDAS - you must be made of money! Cheap pun but they are
> generally crappy at doing maintenance. They will say things that
> don't need doing needs to be done --- they work on a percentage of
> the bill.[/color]

Midas shops are franchises and just like Toyota dealerships, quality of
service varies from one to another.


#6 Old 03-21-2006, 03:07 PM
slatt333
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance

Thanks for the info.. Wow no tuneups, cool. My 2003 corolla ce has
only 22K ( I found at toy dealership). But should I not change the
tranny fluid at 30K? and take this to dealer to get proper fluid? I
guess I could buy the automatic transmission fluid from toyota and then
have Midas add it?

#7 Old 03-21-2006, 03:27 PM
Ray O
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance


"slatt333" <slatt333@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1142959748.720213.176620@v46g2000cwv.googlegroups.com...[color=blue]
> Thanks for the info.. Wow no tuneups, cool. My 2003 corolla ce has
> only 22K ( I found at toy dealership). But should I not change the
> tranny fluid at 30K? and take this to dealer to get proper fluid? I
> guess I could buy the automatic transmission fluid from toyota and then
> have Midas add it?
>[/color]

go to [url]www.toyota.com[/url] and click on the "Owners" link, then you can get
maintenance info for your specific car. It looks like the 30K mile service
involves an oil change, replacing coolant and inspecting the ATF and
differential fluids. As far as coolant goes, if it were my car, I'd stick
to genuine Toyota coolant, which is red.
--

Ray O
(correct punctuation to reply)


#8 Old 03-24-2006, 12:57 AM
RT
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Re: 2003 corolla maintenance

On 21 Mar 2006 12:07:15 -0800, "slatt333" <slatt333@yahoo.com> wrote:
[color=blue]
>Thanks for the info.. Wow no tuneups, cool. My 2003 corolla ce has
>only 22K ( I found at toy dealership). But should I not change the
>tranny fluid at 30K? and take this to dealer to get proper fluid? I
>guess I could buy the automatic transmission fluid from toyota and then
>have Midas add it?[/color]

According to toyota you probably won't have to change the tranny
fluid. I would do it it anyways. A regular drain and fill is not
expenisve at all. IT won't replace all fluid in the tranny but that
isn't needed anyways. Doing it this way and more frequent will have
the tranny operatewell for many miles.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
 

  Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums > Toyota USENET Discussion Groups > alt.autos.toyota

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome