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Corolla 7th Generation (1993-1997) Specific discussion of the 7th generation

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gen 7 My car runs perfectly now.. So why do I still want to mess with it?

Yes, two-year anniversary of owning my car. And nice cold A/C. Needed a stop leak but.. VERY cold now, I think I got it. Let it sit in for months this time too

So, it runs perfect. Put a little flushing agent in the radiator, about what, 15 ounces or so? And.. No more water out of the tailpipe. Also, noticeably smoother engine running. Not like it was bad before, no no.. But it is perfect now, and does not "sputter water" out of the back, even a small amount, with the AC on (and as far as I can tell.. off.) Head gasket tests all pass so.. weird.

The gas tank is full, too.

So.... Why do I still want to mess with it?

Why do I want to pull off the PCV valve and clean it out like in this video?


Why do I want to do the heater core flush when I still have warm or hot heat, hard to tell until it gets cold ?

I'm done with the massive amount of piston soaking I have done, it seems to have helped things, and I learned a LOT that 1 or 2oz of compressable or semi-compressable liquid in a cylinder with the spark plugs then replaced and tightened will not either blow a hole in the block or do other damage it will simply go out the exhaust valves, after a few key bumps and sitting for some seconds.. So I am not inclined to do that again, I got that rectified and the cylinders pretty clean after 5 or 6 times of that...

I found that I have one squeaky pulley. The frontmost one. I think it is the alternator pulley. Cool. Verified that it gets quiet when lubricated with spray lube, so.

My AC seems good, so I will pull the can off and put the cap on when it goes on its first run...

I changed the oil, also some power steering fluid, which is auto trans fluid...

Why do I still want to go out there and look at it? Tinker with it? Think of things to do? Friday, I get to try popping the door again when the tools come. Then we have to get to the outside handle so that's another task.. Should I buy a cheap tool from Walmart? https://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-5...RoCAWwQAvD_BwE

Is this a Corolla thing? Am I mad?
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This is what the beginning of the disease is like. lol
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An affliction. Check yourself into closest asylum before it gets out of control.
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Just start buying tools and reading everything you can on the car...
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I feel you, I think I've created more problems doing the same thing you are describing when my car worked perfectly fine in the first place
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