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9th Gen Toyota Corolla and 1st Gen Matrix and Vibe Maintenance Guide

9th Gen Toyota Corolla and 1st Gen Matrix and Vibe Maintenance Guide

This is my elaborated Maintenance Service guide combining both the Toyota/Pontiac Owners Manual and the (2005) Owner’s Manual Supplement, with a few minor modifications to the writing. I hope that it will solve any question that may arise if you are wondering about servicing your 9th Gen Toyota Corolla, or plan to service it yourself! Special Operating Conditions are at the very bottom.

Note: This is only from the Toyota/Pontiac Owner’s Manual and Owner’s Manual Supplement. Stuff like when to change your brake pads, rotors, power steering fluid change ext… is not covered or mentioned in either of these booklets and therefore is mentioned outside of the guide.

Note: DIY links must be done on the 9th Gen Toyota Corolla, 1st Gen Toyota Matrix, and 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe with a 1ZZ-FE or 2ZZ-GE engine and on the Toyota Nation forums; neither generic DIY guides nor other Toyota/Pontiac model DIY guides will be posted to this thread nor will guides from other websites. The reason for this is so that you can be assured that we have actually performed the stated service to our 9th Gen Toyota Corolla, 1st Gen Matrix, and 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe safely. DIY guides will incorporate pictures, information, and tips to help you along with your own service to your vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about a DIY please post it in the respected guide. Work Safe!

I hope you will learn something from reading this, and use it to your advantage as well as help other 9th Gen Corolla, 1st Gen Matrix, 1st Gen Vibe owners.

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe Engine Applications

1ZZ-FE engine applications: 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla: CE, LE, S, and SE models
1ZZ-FE engine applications: 2003-2008 Toyota Matrix: Base, XR, and AWD models
1ZZ-FE engine applications: 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe: Base and AWD models

2ZZ-GE engine applications: 2005-2006 Toyota Corolla XRS
2ZZ-GE engine applications: 2003-2006 Toyota Matrix XRS
2ZZ-GE engine applications: 2003-2006 Pontiac Vibe GT


2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Vibe Transmission Applications

Automatic Transmissions

A245E Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Corolla (4-speed automatic), 1ZZ-FE

A246E Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Matrix FWD (4-speed automatic), 1ZZ-FE
A246E Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Vibe FWD (4-speed automatic), 1ZZ-FE

U240E Transmission applications: 2003 Matrix XRS (4-speed automatic), 2ZZ-GE

U341F Transmission applications: 2003-2006 Matrix AWD (4-speed automatic), 1ZZ-FE
U341F Transmission applications: 2003-2006 Vibe AWD (4-speed automatic), 1ZZ-FE


Manual Transmissions

C59 Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Corolla (5-speed manual) 1ZZ-FE
C59 Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Matrix (5-speed manual) 1ZZ-FE (FWD)
C59 Transmission applications: 2003-2008 Vibe (5-speed manual) 1ZZ-FE (FWD)

C60 Transmission applications: 2005-2006 Corolla XRS (6-speed manual), 2ZZ-GE
C60 Transmission applications: 2003-2006 Matrix XRS (6-speed manual), 2ZZ-GE
C60 Transmission applications: 2003-2006 Vibe GT (6-speed manual), 2ZZ-GE

*Model Notes:
The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are extremely similar. Apart from different aesthetic pieces and wheels the only major mechanical difference is the Vibe uses a Delphi HVAC system.

2004-2006 2ZZ-GE models received Secondary Air Injection system. 2003 Matrix XRS and 2003 Vibe GT do not have this system. ECU slightly vary between the lift engagement between 2003, 2004 and 2005-2006. 2003 ECU have a lift point of 6200rpm, 2005-2006 have a lift point of 6700rpm. It is possible to re-pin the 2003 Matrix XRS ECU to lower lift for a 2005-2006 Corolla XRS, please use the search, there are various threads on the topic and who to contact.

All three vehicles received a minor refresh in 2005. 1ZZ-FE models switched from cable throttle (03 & 04) actuation to Drive by Wire (05-08). 2ZZ-GE engines are all cable throttle for the XRS and GT (03-06)

2ZZ-GE models are not sold after the 2006 Model Year: Corolla XRS, Matrix XRS, Vibe GT
AWD models are not sold after the 2006 Model Year: Matrix AWD, Matrix XR AWD, Vibe AWD

The 2003-2006 Matrix and Vibe AWD models were only available with the automatic transmission and 1ZZ-FE engine. The Corolla didn't receive a AWD trim.

Only the 2003 Matrix XRS were available with the automatic transmission. 2004-2006 Matrix XRS, 2005 & 2006 Corolla XRS, and 2003-2006 Vibe GT were only available with the manual transmission.
The 2003 Matrix XRS Automatic has a 7800rpm redline, 2003-2006 XRS and Vibe GT with the manual transmission have a 8200rpm redline.

2ZZ-GE and AWD models come with ABS and 4 channel EBD standard (traction control and stability control is not available).

1ZZ-FE FWD models have optional ABS and 4 channel EBD. For the 2005 model year VSC and TRAC became an option on the Corolla S and LE and for the 2006 model year became available for Matrix, Matrix XR and Vibe Base models. VSC and TRAC is only an option with vehicles with the automatic transmission and equipped with ABS.

The 2ZZ-GE engine in the Pontiac Vibe GT is regarded as "HO (or High Output) 1.8L" in the Owners Manual.

2005-2006 Corolla XRS came standard with a factory strut tower brace designed by Yamaha. Also the rear has a cross brace that blocks the through tunnel and the rear seats do not fold down.

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EVERY 6 MONTHS/8,000 KM (5,000 MI): LUBRICATION

Replace engine oil & filter:

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for a engine oil change (2ZZ-GE): http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2928884


Engine oil selection

Oil grade: API grade SL “Energy-Conserving” or ILSAC multigrade engine oil.
Recommended viscosity: SAE 5W-30

SAE 5W-30 is the best choice for good fuel economy and good starting in cold weather. If SAE 5W-30 oil is not available, SAE 10W-30 oil may be used. However, it should be replaced with SAE 5W-30 at the next oil change.

SAE 5W-20 is recommended for 1ZZ-FE engines in later models, it can be run in earlier 1ZZ-FE engines and will probably not harm the 2ZZ-GE either.

Checking the engine oil level

Oil quantity between high and low marks on the oil dipstick.
Oil quantity, L (qt., Imp. qt.):
1ZZ-FE engine: 1.3 (1.4, 1.1)
2ZZ-GE engine: 1.5 (1.6, 1.3)

Engine Lubrication

Oil capacity (drain and refill),
L (qt., Imp. qt.):

2003-2005 1ZZ-FE engine
With filter 3.7 (3.9, 3.3)
Without filter 3.5 (3.7, 3.1)
THIS HAS BEEN REVISED BY A TSB ISSUED FROM TOYOTA TO THE SAME CAPACITY AS THE 2006-2008. DIPSTICK MARKINGS NEED TO BE CHANGED OR FROM A NEW DIPSTICK FROM TOYOTA

2006-2008 1ZZ-FE engine
With filter 4.2 (4.4, 3.7)
Without filter 4.0 (4.2, 3.5)

2005-2006 2ZZ-GE engine
With filter 4.4 (4.8, 4.0)
Without filter 4.2 (4.6, 3.8)

OIL FILTER

Toyota Part #
1ZZ-FE engine: 90915-YZZF2
2ZZ-GE engine: 90915-YZZF1

OIL DRAIN PLUG GASKET

Toyota Part # 90430-12028

Remove & inspect air filter element (replace when required).

Inspect the air filter element as scheduled and replace at least every 48,000km (30,000mi), visually check for accumulated dirt or damage. Clean with compressed air.

Lubricate locks, latches & hinges.

Inspect lights, horn & wipers for proper function

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for Replacing the Headlight Low Beam Bulb: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=321188

If the headlights or other electrical components do not work, check the fuses. If any of the fuses are blown they must be replaced.

Turn the ignition switch and inoperative component off. Pull the suspected fuse straight out and check it.

If the fuse has blown, push a new fuse into the clip.

If the fuse blows again, your car has an electrical problem.

Replacing light bulbs Corolla (2003 & 2004)
Same as +2005 except:

Light bulb | bulb# | W | Type
Front fog lights | H3 | 55 | G
Rear turn signal lights | 3157 | 27/8 | D

Replacing light bulbs Corolla (+2005)

Light bulb | bulb# | W | Type
Headlights (High beam) | 9005 | 65 | A
Headlights (Low beam) | 9006 | 55 | B
Front turn signal lights | 3157A | 27/8 | C
Front fog lights | 9006 | 55 | B
Side marker/Tail lights | 3157 | 27/8 | D
Rear turn signal lights | 3157A | 27/8 | C
Back up lights | 921 | 18 | D
High mount stoplight | 921 | 18 | D
Dome light | 3022 | 5 | E
Map light | 194 | 4 | F
Trunk light | 194 | 4 | F
Rear license Plate Light | 194 | 4 | F

A: HB3 halogen bulbs
B: HB4 halogen bulbs
C: Wedge base bulbs (amber)
D: Wedge base bulbs (clear)
E: T8 Festoon base (31mm)
F: T3 1/4 Wedge base miniature
G: H3 halogen bulbs

Replacing light bulbs 2003-2008 Matrix

Light bulb | bulb# | W | Type
Headlights (High beam) | 9005 | 65 | A
Headlights (Low beam) | 9006 | 55 | B
Front turn signal lights | 1157NA | 27/8 | C
Front fog lights | 9006 | 55 | B
Side marker/Tail lights | 7443 | 21/5 | I
Rear turn signal lights | 7440 | 21 | H
Back up lights | 921 | 16 | D
High mount stoplight | 921 | 16 | D
Dome light | 3022 | 5 | E
Map light | 194 | 4 | F
Rear Compartment light | 194 | 4 | F
Rear license Plate Light | 194 | 5 | F

A: HB3 halogen bulbs
B: HB4 halogen bulbs
C: Single end bulbs
D: Wedge base bulbs (clear)
E: T8 Festoon base (31mm)
F: T3 1/4 Wedge base miniature
H: Wedge base bulbs (amber)
I: Wedge base bulbs (clear)

Replacing light bulbs 2003-2008 Vibe

Headlamp High and Low Beam | 9003
Fog Lamps | 9006
Front Turn Signal | 1157NA
Stoplamps/Taillamps | 7443
Back-Up Lamps | 7440
Rear Turn Signal | 7440
High Mount Stoplight | 921
Dome Lamp | 3022
Map Lamp | 921
Rear Compartment Lamp | 194
Rear Licence Plate Lamp | 194

Inspect coolant, brake & washer fluid levels:

Checking the engine coolant

Look at the see-through coolant reservoir when the engine is cold. The coolant level is satisfactory if it is between the “FULL” and “LOW” lines on the reservoir. If the level is low, add the coolant. For coolant type, see below.

Use of improper coolants may damage your engine cooling system.

Only use "Toyota Super Long Life Coolant" or similar high quality ethylene glycol based non-silicate, non-amine, non-nitrite, and non-borate coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology. (Coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology is a combination of low phosphates and organic acids.)

For the U.S.A.- “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 50% coolant and 50% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -35C (-31F).

For Canada- “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 55% coolant and 45% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -42C (-44F).

Checking the brake fluid

To check the fluid level, simply look at the see-through reservoir. The level should be between the “MAX” and “MIN” lines on the reservoir.

If the level is low, add SAE J1703 or FMVSS No.116 DOT 3 brake fluid to the brake reservoir.

Inspect tires and adjust pressure as required

The following instructions for checking tire inflation pressure should be observed:

The pressure should be checked only when the tires are cold
Always use a tire pressure gauge
Take special care when adding air to the compact spare tire
Do not bleed or reduce tire inflation after driving
Never exceed the vehicle capacity weight

Tire size and cold tire inflation pressure

kPa (kgf/cm2 or bar, psi): Front and Rear pressures are the same for all 9th Gen Corolla models.
(Corolla CE) P185/65R15 86S: 210 (2.1, 30)
(Corolla LE, S) P195/65R15 89S: 210 (2.1, 30)
(Corolla XRS) P195/55R16 87V: 220 (2.2, 32)
Compact spare tire T125/70R16 96M: 420 (4.2, 60)

kPa (kgf/cm2 or bar, psi): 1st Gen Matrix/Vibe Models
(Matrix/Vibe 16in) P205/55R16 89H: 220 (2.2, 32) Front and Rear
(Matrix/Vibe 16in AWD) P205/55R16 89H: Front 240 (2.4, 35) Rear 220 (2.2, 32)
(Matrix XR 17in) P215/50R17: 220 (2.2, 32) Front and Rear
(Matrix XRS/Vibe GT) P215/50R17 90H: 220 (2.2, 32) Front and Rear
Compact spare tire T135/70R16: 420 (4.2, 60)
Compact spare tire T135/80R16: 420 (4.2, 60)

Wheel nut torque, all vehicles:
N-m (kgf-m, ft-lbf)
103 (10.5, 76)
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EVERY 12 MONTHS/16,000 KM (10,000 MI): SERVICE

ALL OF THE ABOVE WITH THE FOLLOWING ADDED

Inspect coolant, brake, washer fluid & automatic transmission fluid levels:

To inspect the automatic transmission fluid level, start the engine and keep the transmission in Park. Pull the transmission dipstick out, wipe, insert, and pull back out.

Inspect the transmission fluid level when it is either cold or hot. There are dedicated zones on the transmission dipstick for those temperatures. If the transmission fluid is low add only Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV, ATF (JWS3309 or NWS6500).

Notice: Using automatic transmission fluid other that “Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV” may cause deterioration in shift quality, locking up of your transmission accompanied by vibration, and ultimately damage the automatic transmission of your vehicle

Replace air conditioner interior dust & pollen filter (cabin air filter).

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for replacing the air conditioner filter: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2793383

Inspect drive belts for damage. Adjust belt tension if required.

Inspect for cracks, excessive wear or looseness. Replace any damaged belt. Check belt tension and adjust as necessary.

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-generation-2003-2008/313673-05-corolla-serpentine-belt-question.html#post3112625

Inspect steering gear box, linkage and suspension parts for looseness, damage or leakage.

Inspect the steering gear box for signs of leakage.

Inspect the steering linkage with the vehicle stopped and check for excessive freeplay in the steering wheel. Check the linkage for bending or damage. Replace any damaged parts.

Checking power steering fluid

Check the fluid through the reservoir. If necessary, add automatic transmission fluid DEXRON II or III.

Steering Wheel Free Play:

Less than 30mm (1.2 in.)

Inspect ball joints & dust covers, steering rack boots, chassis nuts & bolts for looseness or damage.

Check the suspension, steering and steering linkage ball joints for looseness or damage. Check all dust covers for deterioration or damage.

Retighten the seat mounting bolts and front and rear suspension member retaining bolts to specified torque.

Inspect brake linings, drums, pads, discs, lines and hoses.

Front Brakes Replacement (also use to check):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-generation-2003-2008/399511-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-front-brake-job-pics.html

Check brake linings and drums, pads and discs for scoring, burning, leaking fluid, broken parts, excessive wear or run-out.

Rear Brakes Replacement (also use to check):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-generation-2003-2008/413806-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-vibe-rear-brakes-clean-adjust-pics.html

Visually check brake lines and hoses for proper installation. Check for chafing, cracks, deterioration or any leakage. Replace any deteriorated or damaged parts immediately.

Stainless Line Install (shows components):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/741466-diy-brake-line-install.html

Brakes

Minimum pedal clearance when depressed with the force of 294 N (30 kgf, 66 lbf) with the engine running, mm (in.):
With anti-lock brake system 76 (2.99)
Without anti-lock brake system 78 (3.07)

Pedal free play, mm (in.):
1-6 (0.04-0.24)

Pad wear limit, mm (in.):
1.0 (0.04)

Lining wear limit, mm (in.):
1.0 (0.04)

Parking Brake adjustment when pulled with the force of 196 N (20kgf, 44lbf)
1ZZ-FE engine 6-9 clicks
2ZZ-GE engine 5-8 clicks

Clutch

Pedal free play, mm (in.):
5-15 (0.2-0.6)

Fluid type: SAE J1703 or FMVSS No.116 DOT 3 brake fluid.

Inspect exhaust system for leaks or damage.

Visually inspect the exhaust pipes, muffler and hangers for cracks, deterioration or damage. Start the engine and listen carefully for any exhaust leakage. Tighten connections or replace parts as necessary.

Rotate tires

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for a tire rotation: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=317452

To equalize the wear and help extend tire life, Toyota recommends that you rotate the tires every 16,000km (10,000mi) or sooner for your Toyota Corolla.

Rotation placement
D (Drivers side), P (Passengers side)
F (Front), R (Rear)

DF to DR
DR to DF

PF to PR
PR to PF

Examine tires for damage or wear. Check & adjust pressure, including spare.

See Inspect tires and adjust pressure as required above plus:

Checking your Tires

Check the tire’s tread for tread wear indicators. If the indicators show, replace the tires. The location of the tread wear indicators is shown by the “TWI” marks, molded on the sidewall of the tire. When the tread depth wears to 1.6mm the indicators will appear.

The effectiveness of snow tires is lost if the tread wears down below 4mm (0.16in.).

If you have tire damage such as cuts, splits, cracks deep enough to expose the fabric, or bulges indicating internal damage, the tire should be replaced.

Any tires which are over 6 years old must be checked by a qualified technician even if damage is not obvious

*Matrix AWD and Vibe AWD* Inspect Transfer Case Oil and Rear Differential Oil
Change if vehicle was used for towing (See 24 Month Service)

Road Test
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EVERY 24 MONTHS/32,000KM (20,000MI): FUEL SYSTEM CHECK

Inspect fuel lines & connections.

Inspect fuel lines & connections, fuel tank vapor vent system hoses, fuel tank bands and fuel tank cap gasket.

You may use this thread as a guide to some of the components:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/495105-diy-2005-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-charcoal-canister-replacement-pics.html

Fuel tank capacity, L (gal., Imp. gal.):
All FWD Models | 50 (13.2, 11.0)
Matrix AWD and Vibe AWD | 45 (11.9, 9.9)

*Matrix AWD and Vibe AWD* Change Transfer Case Oil

Oil capacity L (qt., Imp. qt):
0.8 (0.8, 0.7)

Oil type:
Hypoid gear oil API GL-5

Recommended oil viscosity:
Above -18C (0F) SAE 90
Below -18C (0F) SAE 85W or 85W-90

*Matrix AWD and Vibe AWD* Change Rear Differential Oil

Oil capacity L (qt., Imp. qt):
0.5 (0.5, 0.4)

Oil type:
Hypoid gear oil API GL-5

Recommended oil viscosity:
Above -18C (0F) SAE 90
Below -18C (0F) SAE 85W or 85W-90


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EVERY 48 MONTHS/64,000KM (40,000MI)

*Engine Coolant: Second and Later Coolant Changes

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-generation-2003-2008/535298-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-coolant-flush-w-pics.html

Replace Super Long Life Coolant initially at 96 months/128,000km (80,000mi), thereafter every 48 months/64,000km (40,000mi)

*Change every 48 months after initial first coolant change.

Cooling system

Total capacity, L (qt., Imp. qt.):
1ZZ-FE engine: 6.5 (6.9, 5.7)
2ZZ-GE engine: 6.7 (7.0, 5.9)

Use of improper coolants may damage your engine cooling system.

Only use "Toyota Super Long Life Coolant" or similar high quality ethylene glycol based non-silicate, non-amine, non-nitrite, and non-borate coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology. (Coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology is a combination of low phosphates and organic acids.)

For the U.S.A.- “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 50% coolant and 50% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -35C (-31F).

For Canada- “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 55% coolant and 45% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -42C (-44F).

Do not use plain water alone.

Manual Transmission

Replace Fluid every 48 months/64,000km (40,000mi)

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for the C59 5-Speed Manual Transmission (1ZZ-FE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=270667


Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for the C60 6-Speed Manual Transmission (2ZZ-GE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=300776


Manual Transaxle

Oil capacity, L (qt., Imp qt.):
5-speed 1.9 (2.0, 1.7)
6-speed 2.3 (2.4, 2.0)

Oil Type:
Gear oil API GL-4 or GL-5

Recommended oil viscosity:
SAE 75W-90

Inspect valve clearance

Inspect valve clearance every 48 months/64,000km (40,000mi) (audible inspection adjustment not included).

Inspect for excessive tappet noise and/or engine vibration.

Valve clearance (engine cold), mm (in.):

1ZZ-FE engine
Intake 0.15-0.25 (0.006-0.010)
Exhaust 0.25-0.35 (0.010-0.014)

2ZZ-GE engine (on a roller side)
Intake 0.08-0.18 (0.003-0.007)
Exhaust 0.22-0.32 (0.009-0.013)
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72 MONTHS/96,000KM (60,000MI): AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE

Toyota Nations Do it Yourself Guide for a Automatic Transmission Fluid change: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325325

Automatic Transmission

Replace fluid every 72 months/96,000km (60,000mi)

Fluid capacity (drain and refill), L (qt., Imp qt.):
Up to 3.0 (3.2, 2.6)

Inspect for signs of leakage

Change using only Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV, ATF (JWS3309 or NWS6500).

Notice: Using automatic transmission fluid other that “Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV” may cause deterioration in shift quality, locking up of your transmission accompanied by vibration, and ultimately damage the automatic transmission of your vehicle
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96 MONTHS/128,000KM (80,000MI): FIRST COOLANT CHANGE

*Engine Coolant: First Coolant Change

Replace Super Long Life Coolant initially at 96 months/128,000km (80,000mi), thereafter every 48 months/64,000km (40,000mi)

*Change every 48 months after initial first coolant change.

See *Engine Coolant: Second and Later Coolant Changes above for specifications
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144 MONTHS/192,000KM (120,000MI): REPLACE SPARK PLUGS

Toyota Nations DIY for Replacing Spark Plugs (2ZZ-GE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/802930-diy-2005-2006-corolla-xrs-2003-2006-matrix-xrs-vibe-gt-spark-plug-replacement.html

Replace iridium spark plugs every 192,000km (120,000mi)

Spark plug type:

1ZZ-FE engine: DENSO SK16R11 (Denso Iridium Long Life Stock #3324) or NGK IFR5T11 (NGK Laser Iridium Stock #4996)
2ZZ-GE engine: DENSO SK20R11 (Denso Iridium Long Life Stock #3297) or NGK IFR6T11 (NGK Laser Iridium Stock #4589)

Spark plug gap, mm (in.):
1.1 (0.043)

Note that using spark plugs other than the two listed for either your 1ZZ-FE or 2ZZ-GE may decrease the performance and fuel efficiency of the engine as well as a reduce the milage between spark plug change intervals. It is highly unadvisable to change from the OE Iridium Spark plugs to a Regular or even Platinum spark plug. It is also unadvisable to use spark plugs from another manufacture. Denso and NGK are designed to work optimally with your Corollas' ignition system.

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SPECIAL OPERATING CONDITIONS:

If you operate your vehicle under any of the following condition, please refer to the “Additional Maintenance Requirements Guidelines” below:

1. Short trips of less than 5 km (3mi) (or less than 8km (5mi) in temperatures below 0C (32F)).

2. Trailer towing or frequent mountainous driving.

3. Driving on dusty or muddy roads

ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS

Inspect brakes, steering and suspension components every 6 months/8,000km (5,000mi).

Inspect CV boots and body/chassis bolts every 6 months/8,000km (5,000mi).

Change manual transmission fluid every 24 months/32,000km (20,000mi).

END OF GUIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM TOYOTA
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*Additional Maintenance based on owner input. This is not from Toyota so you may choose to follow, modify, or discard these recommendations.

EVERY 24 MONTHS/32,000KM (20,000MI)

Add a quality fuel system cleaner as per cleaner direction to the fuel tank.

EVERY 48 MONTHS/64,000KM (40,000MI)

Brake system flush and fluid replacement. Use only SAE J1703 or FMVSS No.116 DOT 3 brake fluid.

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/534522-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-brake-fluid-flush.html

Test battery: determine if replacement is needed. Battery Size is BCI Group 35.

EVERY 60 MONTHS/80,000KM (50,000MI)

Check if the steering wheel off center and vehicle straight level road tracking. Determine if a wheel alignment is necessary.

Replace power-steering fluid. Use automatic transmission fluid DEXRON II or III. Equivalent and synthetics are okay as is T-IV or JWS3309 spec.

Toyota Nations DIY Power Steering Fluid Replacement (1ZZ-FE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/411459-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-power-steering-fluid-exchange-w-pics.html

EVERY 72 MONTHS/96,000KM (60,000MI)

Recommended Cleaning of the throttle body, idle air control valve, mass air flow sensor, positive crankcase ventilation valve (pcv maybe replaced).

Toyota Nations DIY for the following!

DBW Throttle Body Clean (1ZZ-FE 2005-2008):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/421382-diy-2005-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-dbw-throttle-body-cleaning-pics.html

MAF Sensor Cleaning (1ZZ-FE and 2ZZ-GE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/642130-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-maf-sensor-removal-cleaning.html

PCV Replacement (1ZZ-FE):
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/430566-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-pcv-valve-replacement-pics.html

Check fuel pressure.
Toyota Nations DIY Injector Flush with OEM equipment:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-gen-corolla-1st-gen-matrix-2003-2008/430708-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-toyota-injector-flush-pics.html

EVERY 144 MONTHS/192,000KM (120,000MI)

In addition to replacing the spark plugs; recommend getting a engine compression check.
 

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@NMGeorge it's been stickied on TN 9th Gen Corolla DIY guide list at the very top of the list.

@Slaander this is for those that are lazy/didn't want to join Club Toyota... I hope it will serve as a quick check guide for us at TN and anyone wondering about basic maintenance intervals and maintenance +specifications on there 9th Gen Toyota Corolla.

As I stated before "I hope you will learn something from reading this, and use it to your advantage as well as help other 9th Gen Corolla owners". I believe that we should familiarize ourselves with our Corollas. Knowledge such as this will keep any car running for a long time; a Corolla a very long time.
 

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Here's a quick reference chart that the service manager uses at my local Toyota dealership. Sorry for the poor quality. It is a scan of a photocopy.

 

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9th Gen Toyota Corolla Maintenance Guide

This is my elaborated Maintenance Service guide combining both the (2005) Toyota Corolla Owner’s Manual and the (2005) Owner’s Manual Supplement, with a few minor modifications to the writing.
Note: This is only from the Toyota Corolla Owner’s Manual and Owner’s Manual Supplement.

Engine Lubrication

Oil capacity (drain and refill),
L (qt., Imp. qt.):

1ZZ-FE engine
With filter 3.7 (3.9, 3.3)
Without filter 3.5 (3.7, 3.1)

2ZZ-GE engine
With filter 4.4 (4.8, 4.0)
Without filter 4.2 (4.6, 3.8)
In my 2006 Corolla 1.8L 1ZZ-FE (Canadian Model) Owner's Manual, I have the following:

Oil capacity (drain and refill),
L (qt., Imp. qt.):

1ZZ-FE engine
With filter 4.2 (4.4, 3.7)
Without filter 4.0 (4.2, 3.5)

2ZZ-GE engine
With filter 4.4 (4.7, 3.9)
Without filter 4.2 (4.4, 3.7)

Can you please confirm? I have my first oil change coming up since I bought it on Aug. of this year, so I just want to be sure.

Thanks.
 

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In my 2006 Corolla 1.8L 1ZZ-FE (Canadian Model) Owner's Manual, I have the following:

Oil capacity (drain and refill),
L (qt., Imp. qt.):

1ZZ-FE engine
With filter 4.2 (4.4, 3.7)
Without filter 4.0 (4.2, 3.5)

2ZZ-GE engine
With filter 4.4 (4.7, 3.9)
Without filter 4.2 (4.4, 3.7)

Can you please confirm? I have my first oil change coming up since I bought it on Aug. of this year, so I just want to be sure.

Thanks.
In the 2006 models, made after February 2006 - they increased the oil capacity on the engines, as well as recommend the switch to 5W-20 motor oil. No worries, same engine, same sump capacity - different dipstick markings. Stick with the fluid capacities and oil weights as recommended by your owner's manual - unless you plan on running an extended oil change, etc. In that case - you are monitoring (or should be monitoring) oil quality carefully, so you can deviate from the manufacturer's recommendation.
 

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Awesome post!!

So I guess none of the maintenance schedules have a check for alignment?? That means, you have to explicitly ask them to check and correct the alignment?
 

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EXAGE, Very many thanks for your comprehensive maintenance guida. It's already been very useful. Good on you !
 

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5 Speed Transmission oil quality

Called my Toyota dealership and ask to buy in bulk their manual transmission oïl.


They replied it needs 2 liter and it is the 75W90 type.


Is he correct? Or should I go with a different oïl.


Comes to 14$ plus taxes.
 

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Called my Toyota dealership and ask to buy in bulk their manual transmission oïl.


They replied it needs 2 liter and it is the 75W90 type.


Is he correct? Or should I go with a different oïl.


Comes to 14$ plus taxes.
Might be a tad bit low with just 2 litres. I would get 3. hardtop uses 3 quarts for his C59 DIY and I do as well for the C60 DIY. You will have some left over. 75W90 is correct, GL-4. We recommend a premium synthetic like Redline MT-90, Amsoil MTGL 75W90. Something that is "yellow metal safe" for the synchros. Everyone who runs the synthetic is more than happy with the results.
 

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In the 2006 models, made after February 2006 - they increased the oil capacity on the engines, as well as recommend the switch to 5W-20 motor oil. No worries, same engine, same sump capacity - different dipstick markings. Stick with the fluid capacities and oil weights as recommended by your owner's manual - unless you plan on running an extended oil change, etc. In that case - you are monitoring (or should be monitoring) oil quality carefully, so you can deviate from the manufacturer's recommendation.
The change was actually made in July 2005... My brother's 2005 Corolla CE already had revised dipstick # 15301-22050. I was shocked at first to see it needed an extra 1/2 quart, and Toyota dealers were clueless.

http://www.toyomotorparts.com/components/toyota-2005-corolla_cylinder-block-11-05-10393.html
 

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Guide Information Updated!

Matrix information added.
Specifics and capacities updated to incorporate the 1st Gen Matrix.
Inclusion of more DIYs to link directly from the guide.

"Keep 'em rolling" (or trixing...)

:smile:
 

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Matrix information added.
Specifics and capacities updated to incorporate the 1st Gen Matrix.
Inclusion of more DIYs to link directly from the guide.

"Keep 'em rolling" (or trixing...)

:smile:
Great job! The only things I would change are that the 2003 2ZZGE Auto Matrix uses the U240E not the A240E, I would add 2ZZGE/XRS Compatibility to the MAF Sensor Link, and I would add that all the maintenance criteria for the Matrix also applies to the Pontiac Vibe (since they are the same car except for the A/C system).

This thread is a great example of the hardwork that makes this forum better and more informative than nearly every other comparable forum, regardless of make or model.
 

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Great job! The only things I would change are that the 2003 2ZZGE Auto Matrix uses the U240E not the A240E, I would add 2ZZGE/XRS Compatibility to the MAF Sensor Link, and I would add that all the maintenance criteria for the Matrix also applies to the Pontiac Vibe (since they are the same car except for the A/C system).

This thread is a great example of the hardwork that makes this forum better and more informative than nearly every other comparable forum, regardless of make or model.
Updated the transmission to the U240E (copy and type fail on my part..).

MAF cleaning link now shows 2ZZ as well (basically the same).

I will work on adding The Pontiac Vibe and Vibe GT.

Also Admin and Mods (such as yourself), no worries if you want to edit my post (some time ago I think a copy and paste deal made it really messy haha).

Appreciate the kind words!
 

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Forgive my ignorance. What do the numbers in post represent?

Fluid capacity (drain and refill), L (qt., Imp qt.):
Up to 3.0 (3.2, 2.6)


3.0 is Liters
3.2 is quarts
2.6 is ???

Don't worry, I know I'm going to feel stupid by the answer.
 

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Forgive my ignorance. What do the numbers in post represent?

Fluid capacity (drain and refill), L (qt., Imp qt.):
Up to 3.0 (3.2, 2.6)


3.0 is Liters
3.2 is quarts
2.6 is ???

Don't worry, I know I'm going to feel stupid by the answer.

2.6 is Imperial quart British measurement I assume.
 
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