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I'm the new owner of a used 2001 Corolla S. It's burgundy, auto (would have preferred a manual) in mint shape and only has 58,000 miles on it. It was a families 2nd car, they outgrew it but never sold it so it has been their 3rd car for the past few years. I paid $6,000 which I think is very good considering I'm stepping down from a 99 tahoe that averaged 13mpg. The buyer of the Tahoe is picking it up today for 6,500 with 173K on the body and 50 on a rebuilt 350. It was a 2 door and very impractical to get my 120lb shepherd and my 16 month old son in the back seat.

 

 

So. I just replaced the battery on the Corolla last night. I imagine since it has low miles it did quite a bit of sitting which isn't too good for a battery. My other issues are electrical and involve the following:

 

Right side amber marker light/turn signal/parking light. It is a 2 filament bulb and one filament serves as the parking light while the other operates as the blinker. The blinker part works fine. The parking light which should stay on all the time when the headlights are on does not work. I replaced the bulb with 2 other new bulbs and that was not a solution.

 

Right side fog light. I replaced the bulb and nothing.

 

It seems power through the harness is not getting to these bulbs. I don't know if there is a fuse or other way to check to see if they are working correctly or should I take it to Toyota and have them check it out?

 

 

Also, non electrical related. I went to wash the car the other day and it seems the passenger side door has a tiny gap at the top which lets a few drops of water in. The door weather stripping looked good. The previous owner said no accidents and I checked the car inside and out and it looked clean. The top left corner of the passenger door does stick out just a little bit more compared to the drivers side. Is there any adjustment that could be made to prevent the water issue (only happening when I had the pressure washer directly aimed at that spot). A cheap fix would probably be to get another piece of weatherstripping and lay it over the original to seal the tiny gap, but would like it fixed the right way if possible.

 

Looking forward of many years behind the wheel. It's a fun little car that I don't feel too cramped in (5'9" 235) and 4 doors is really what I needed. Also to mention, the trunk is HUGE. Larger than the wife's trailblazer's.

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Glockaboom,

 

I would first check with a meter to see if you have 12 volts at the sockets in question. Next would be to check that the bulb is getting a good ground.

 

Jay in MA

 

I'm the new owner of a used 2001 Corolla S. It's burgundy, auto (would have preferred a manual) in mint shape and only has 58,000 miles on it. It was a families 2nd car, they outgrew it but never sold it so it has been their 3rd car for the past few years. I paid $6,000 which I think is very good considering I'm stepping down from a 99 tahoe that averaged 13mpg. The buyer of the Tahoe is picking it up today for 6,500 with 173K on the body and 50 on a rebuilt 350. It was a 2 door and very impractical to get my 120lb shepherd and my 16 month old son in the back seat.

 

 

So. I just replaced the battery on the Corolla last night. I imagine since it has low miles it did quite a bit of sitting which isn't too good for a battery. My other issues are electrical and involve the following:

 

Right side amber marker light/turn signal/parking light. It is a 2 filament bulb and one filament serves as the parking light while the other operates as the blinker. The blinker part works fine. The parking light which should stay on all the time when the headlights are on does not work. I replaced the bulb with 2 other new bulbs and that was not a solution.

 

Right side fog light. I replaced the bulb and nothing.

 

It seems power through the harness is not getting to these bulbs. I don't know if there is a fuse or other way to check to see if they are working correctly or should I take it to Toyota and have them check it out?

 

 

Also, non electrical related. I went to wash the car the other day and it seems the passenger side door has a tiny gap at the top which lets a few drops of water in. The door weather stripping looked good. The previous owner said no accidents and I checked the car inside and out and it looked clean. The top left corner of the passenger door does stick out just a little bit more compared to the drivers side. Is there any adjustment that could be made to prevent the water issue (only happening when I had the pressure washer directly aimed at that spot). A cheap fix would probably be to get another piece of weatherstripping and lay it over the original to seal the tiny gap, but would like it fixed the right way if possible.

 

Looking forward of many years behind the wheel. It's a fun little car that I don't feel too cramped in (5'9" 235) and 4 doors is really what I needed. Also to mention, the trunk is HUGE. Larger than the wife's trailblazer's.

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Electrical problems can be tricky to isolate.

As Jay says - meter the sockets and check for power and ground.

If you do not have the proper current (or voltage) when necessary, chances are there is a bad connection or a broken wire.

You have to trace the circuit and attempt to locate where the connectivity is lost.

 

Weatherstripping is supposed to keep the rain outside your car.

Maybe the door can be adjusted?

I have added some additional double-sided tape to an area around my window that didn't seem to seal tight.

You might be able to reposition the weatherstripping, or add some additional seal.

If you don't mind the appearance so much, you could add some clear RTV silicon to help seal the door.

Hope this helps.

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