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Well thanks to all, I got my coolant flushed at the dealership today while they did that module recall thing, and they also caught my throttle body a bit dirty, got them to do that do... quite excited to go get my "new" car ... new tires new pink juice, clean butterfly :) :) :)
 

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Well thanks to all, I got my coolant flushed at the dealership today while they did that module recall thing, and they also caught my throttle body a bit dirty, got them to do that do... quite excited to go get my "new" car ... new tires new pink juice, clean butterfly :) :) :)
That's good but I hate to see people pay good money to a dealer when cleaning the throttle body is crazy simple. At least you are good to go for many more miles.
 

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Im curious why they suggested that, would a code show on the computer (they said it used more fuel under acceleration) if it has a dirty throttle body? Or did they go poking around opening things to find issues... LOL


Doing it DIY, is it a 2 man job? I read the electronic throttle shouldnt be moved, and a second person should depress the gaz with the key in so the plate moves electronically
 

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Im curious why they suggested that, would a code show on the computer (they said it used more fuel under acceleration) if it has a dirty throttle body? Or did they go poking around opening things to find issues... LOL


Doing it DIY, is it a 2 man job? I read the electronic throttle shouldnt be moved, and a second person should depress the gaz with the key in so the plate moves electronically
I've never heard that. I've had mine off before. Normally I just spray in throttle body cleaner and wipe with a clean cloth. I had the throttle body off on my wife's 2010 Priusa few months ago and gave it a really good cleaning for her 120k mile service. The last time I cleaned mine on my 2009 Corolla S it took me about 10 minutes total.

I don't believe the dealer at all. They tell everyone that they need a throttle body cleaning. All of those extra services are commission based so service writers make a lot of money on them. I cleaned the throttle body on my 2009 Corolla S and it was at the dealer a few weeks later for the airbag recall. They called me and said it needed to be cleaned. I said really? I just cleaned it 3 weeks ago. He was trying to back track and make excuses. When I picked up my car he said they got the cars mixed up. I knew that wasn't the truth but that's how they get paid. We as customers have to know how they do things.
 
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Just to add to what super charged said I have an 05 corolla. It has 150,000 miles on it. It does not lose or burn any oil at all. I never have to add oil. The first time I went to dealer for air bag recall they did multi point inspection. Every single time your car goes to Toyota dealer they do this inspection to try and make money. The guy comes out and says my timing chain tensioner is staring to leak. He also said at the mileage on my car 105k that is when they start to leak. I declined and did not get it done. If it really was leaking my oil level would be going down between oil changes. I never lost a drop of oil and I now have 150,000 on car.
I recently went again for airbag recall. Yes they did multi point inspection. With this inspection nothing was wrong with car. If timing chain tensioner wAs truly leaking like they said it would still be leaking. Leaks don’t go away.
 

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My friend works at a car dealership and he told me himself that dealers don’t make money on cars. They make money on service.
I was agreeing with super charged. That you do have to be careful because the dealer does tell you things are broken or leaking and they are not to make money
 

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My friend works at a car dealership and he told me himself that dealers don’t make money on cars. They make money on service.
I was agreeing with super charged. That you do have to be careful because the dealer does tell you things are broken or leaking and they are not to make money
So very true. I used to sell cars and 70-90% of the profit comes from the service department. Used cars make more money than new cars sales.
 

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Well I was actually expecting to have to clean it soon as it wasnt cleaned when another mech did battery/alternator last winter. Im glad they its the only service they proposed... they always make it seem like its ultra urgent and important to do that service ! Hate those places lol, but at least they changed my coolant for less than I thought. Ended up paying less than planned for both throttle body and coolant change... Id actually go back if theres anything I dont find I have time, and thats comparing the dealership to other independant places !
 

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Supercharged. You have done a coolant drain and refill before. All you do is drain the radiator and refill it. When you do it do you change the coolant in the reservoir or you really don’t need to do that. I just wanted to know what you do. Thanks.
 

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I think the overflow tank will empty along with the radiator? From what I heard its pretty straight forward. The dealership that done it seems really legit they charged me less than the indy places . I hope they used their flushing machines
 

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Supercharged. You have done a coolant drain and refill before. All you do is drain the radiator and refill it. When you do it do you change the coolant in the reservoir or you really don’t need to do that. I just wanted to know what you do. Thanks.
When I just did a drain and fill on my wife's 2010 Prius the reservoir drained when I drained the radiator. If I was doing a drain and fill on a car and the reservoir didn't drain I would drain it separately since it would be easy.
 

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I have an 05 corolla. I just did a drain and refill. I opened up the petcock on the radiator and drained all the fluid from the radiator. That did not drain the plastic reservoir.
Yes you have to drain it separate. The only thing I can think of but don’t know if I am right is take the hose of.
The hose that is connected to the radiator fill neck.
I don’t know if this is right. How would you empty it. Thanks.
 

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its also not that bad the reservoir holds much less than it seems, just as much as a big beer mug, maybe 20 ounces :p your not flushing the system anyways to a couple ounces in the overflow tanks is nothing compared to all the fluids hiding in the galleys etc.
 

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I have an 05 corolla. I just did a drain and refill. I opened up the petcock on the radiator and drained all the fluid from the radiator. That did not drain the plastic reservoir.
Yes you have to drain it separate. The only thing I can think of but don’t know if I am right is take the hose of.
The hose that is connected to the radiator fill neck.
I don’t know if this is right. How would you empty it. Thanks.
I would just loosen the hose that leads to the bottom of it. The other option is to use a battery-powered transfer pump. They are only $10 at Harbor Freight and come in handy for so many things. I use mine for so many things.
 

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First: when doing a drain and refill do you really have to change coolant in reservoir. Is their that much in it.
Also I don’t know why on my 05 corolla when you drain the radiator why the reservoir does not drain.
 

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Question: on your wife’s Prius you opened radiator petcock and drained coolant from radiator then refilled radiator.
Also by opening petcock and draining radiator that drained the reservoir.
Well on my 05 corolla draining radiator by petcock does not drain reservoir. I wish it did.
 

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First: when doing a drain and refill do you really have to change coolant in reservoir. Is their that much in it.
Also I don’t know why on my 05 corolla when you drain the radiator why the reservoir does not drain.
You don't have to do anything if you don't want to. If you want to then you have a couple of options that I already explained to you. Drain it from a hose that leads to the bottom of the reservoir or just buy one of the battery-operated fluid transfer pumps. They come in very handy, I use mine all the time.
 

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Question: on your wife’s Prius you opened radiator petcock and drained coolant from radiator then refilled radiator.
Also by opening petcock and draining radiator that drained the reservoir.
Well on my 05 corolla draining radiator by petcock does not drain reservoir. I wish it did.
Some cars do, some don't. If it didn't it would take 5 seconds for my battery-operated fluid transfer pump to empty it. :):):)
 

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Supercharged. Ok. So I don’t have to change the coolant in my plastic reservoir when I do a drain and refill
All I have to do is open petcock on radiator and drain fluid out then refill radiator.
Supercharged is it really hurting car if I do a drain and refill and don’t change coolant in reservoir. Thanks.
 
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