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Here is a sticky with links to the various DIY projects we have going here. They’re specified as being to the respective area they are a part of. Best of luck with your DIYs! Thank you to all the creators of these DIYs...it is because of you that these are a possibility! And remember, we assume no responsibility for your mistakes. Enjoy!

It would be a good idea for any person doing DIY work to purchase a Haynes or Chilton manual that will answer most any repair question. If you have something you think should be added to this sticky, or if you see something that is in error, please send a PM with the link/information to any of the Corolla section Moderators. Thank you, and please check back occasionally for updates. -- TrailDust

Remember nearly all of this stuff applies universally to 2003-2008 Matrix and Pontiac Vibe and to some extent the 2000-2005 Celica and MR-2/MR-S -- HardtopTE72

The following is a list of all the DIYs available for 9th gen Corollas. If you come up with a new one, please PM a Corolla section Moderator or Admin and they will add it to the list. Thanks!


If you have any questions regarding maintenance, please READ THE FOLLOWING THREAD FIRST!:



Brakes, Steering, and Suspension:

Brake System Flush with Pics!
(2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Front Brake Job with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

How To Replace Brake Lines(2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Painting Front Brake Calipers (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Vibe)

Power Steering Fluid Exchange with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Rear Drum Brakes - Cleaning and Adjustment with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Vibe)

Rear Drum Brakes - Disc Brake Conversion with Pics! (2003-2008 FWD Corolla, Matrix, Vibe)

Rear Drum Brakes - Hub and Bearing Assembly Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 FWD Corolla, Matrix, Vibe)


Engine:

CAI: How To Make Your Own


Charcoal Canister Replacement with pics! (2005-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Cooling Fan Always On: A Fix (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Coolant Flush with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Downstream Oxygen Sensor Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)

Drive Belt Tensioner and Drive Belt Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Drive By Wire Throttle Body Cleaning with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2005-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Engine Cover Plastic Retainers Replacement (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Engine Swap Tips - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

EVAP System Diagnosis (2003-2004 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Injector Flush using OEM kit with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Intake Gasket Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

MAF Sensor Cleaning with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Oil Change (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Oil Pan Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

P0171 Clogged Injector Diagnosis (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Passenger Side Engine Mount Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

PCV Valve Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Port and Polish - 1ZZ-FE

Replacement: Throttle Body and Intake Manifold Gaskets and Removal and Cleaning: Throttle Body and IACV with Pics! (2003-2004 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Spark Plug Replacement with Pics! (2005-2006 Corolla XRS, 2003-2006 Matrix XRS, 2003-2006 Pontiac Vibe GT)

Serpentine Belt Routing Diagram:

Starter Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe)

Thermostat Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe)

Timing Chain Tensioner or Timing Chain Tensioner O-Ring Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe)

Turn Signal Mod with Ram Air Intake DIY included

Upstream Air Fuel Ratio or Oxygen Sensor Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Vacuum Switching Valve at the Charcoal Canister: How to test/diagnose this VSV for P0446 trouble code (photo & video)

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement with Pics! - 1ZZFE (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Passenger side Engine Mount DIY w/ Pics


Exhaust:

Donut Gasket Between Exhaust Manifold and Exhaust Pipe (with video)


Resonator Replacement and Exhaust Flange at Muffler Fix (with video).


Transmission:

4 Speed A245E/A246E Automatic Transmission, Front Pump Seal, Rear Main Seal, and Axle Seal Replacement with Pics!
(2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe)

4 Speed A245E/A246E Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange & Strainer Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

5 Speed C59 Clutch and Rear Main Seal Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe)

5 Speed C59 Manual Transmission Service with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

5 Speed C59 Manual Transmission Rear Bearing Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

6 Speed C60 Manual Transmission Service with Pics! (2005-2006 Corolla XRS, 2003-2006 Matrix XRS, 2003-2006 Pontiac Vibe GT)

Broken Auto Transmission Shifter/Shift Select Cable Repair with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)
Fix 1 Gear Shift Doesn't Actually Change Gears. Linkage Problem? Automatic.
Fix 2

Clutch Fork/Slave Cylinder Noise Fix with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Short Shifter Install with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)

Transmission mount DIY


Interior:

A/C Filter Change with Pics!
(2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)

Auto Dimming Mirror Install (2003-2008 Matrix and Pontiac Vibe - Others may be similar)
Auto-dimming mirror upgrade (w/ compass!) – ElectroLund

Blanking Clock Repair (2003-2008 Corolla)
Finally! A fix for those damn blanking clocks! - Fix 1
How to fix your clock on your 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla - Fix 2

Center Storage Console Repair with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)

Console Light Replacement (2003-2008 Corolla)

Cruise Control Install (2005-2008 Corolla, Matrix, Pontiac Vibe)
DIY: Aftermarket cruise control install - Auto
Added Cruise Control - Manual

Front Door Panel, Window Glass, and Window Regulator Removal with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)

Front Window Run and Door Glass Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)



Gauge Cluster/Odomoter Maxed out at 299,999 Miles/KM Discussion (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe)

Gauge Cluster Replacement with Pics! (2003-2008 Corolla)



Rear Speaker: How To Remove Them
How To Remove Rear Speakers from a 2007 Toyota Corolla S

Steering Wheel, Airbag, AirBag Cover, and Airbag Cover Badge Replacement (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe)

Matrix power window retrofit

Transmission Shifter Light Bulb Replacement

DIY Heated seat


Exterior:

Alloy Wheels: How to Patch Up Scratched Wheels

BMWTips wheel-scuff repair

Fog Light Install of eBay-style OEM lights

Front Bumper Cover and Headlights: Removal and Replacement

Front Door Check Replacement (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe)

Headlight (Low Beam) Bulb Change

Hella Horns Install (2003-2008 Corolla, Matrix and Pontiac Vibe)

Morimoto Mini H1 HID Projector Retrofit Guide

Rust Repair and Paintwork - Basic Tips

Sunroof Seal Replacement (2003-2008 Matrix and Pontiac Vibe - Others may be similar


General:

Auto-Light and DRL: The Ultimate Thread


Tire Rotation


Miscellaneous:

Cold Engine Noise


Common Problems and What to Look For During Purchase

General Matrix Info

Wheel Fitment Thread
 

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Just want to let the Corolla members know that this sticky thread has been completely reworked so that all items have been arranged according to vehicle sub-sections, and the entries have been alphabetized too so that they can be found more easily. I'm still doing some reworking, but if now or any time in the future you find a bad link then please report it to one of the Corolla Moderators so that they can fix it.

As always, suggestions for inclusion in this DIY sticky thread are always welcome, and if there's something you'd like to submit then please send it to one of the Corolla Moderators via PM. Thanks!
 

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This is an update notice to all 9th Gen Corolla owners.

This sticky has been updated and some main forum stickys moved here for ease of access.

If you find errors with any of the links or information, or if you have suggestions to add more information, please send me a PM me or one of the other Corolla section moderators with the details and relevant link.

Thanks!
 
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