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In Topic: 98 Battery Is Grounded Where?

13 November 2012 - 11:32 PM

It's a marine/auto 10 and 2 amp, apparently. We're going to take it out of the car anyway, since it's now colder than a witch's you-know-what lately, but that did help. I just couldn't figure out which one was the ground, since the instructions were specific regarding whether the positive was grounded, or the negative, if we charged it in the car.

Though on that note, if you're jumping a car, do you connect both ends? When I looked up instructions to make sure I did it right, they were telling me to connect the cables to the positive and negatives on the good battery, and only the positive in the bad, grounding the negative to metal. I always thought you connected all four?

In Topic: Replacing Power Side Mirrors On A 9Th Gen

05 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

Posting to say that I did replace the mirror this weekend (and the aftermarket I bought I actually like a bit more than the original; little wider; I might just replace the passenger's side too), and trying to do it without basically taking the entire door off is almost impossible. Even with my skinny hand, just pulling back the corner won't do it.

However, I now have a working mirror again, huzzah. Even if it's not painted to match yet.

In Topic: Replacing Power Side Mirrors On A 9Th Gen

26 October 2012 - 03:00 PM

Hmm, ok. Thanks. Now I just need to figure out how to replace my dome light...I wonder if a 8th gen fixture would fit.

In Topic: Replacing Power Side Mirrors On A 9Th Gen

23 October 2012 - 08:37 PM

If the glass is loose, might mean that it has pulled itself away from the actuator. On the 9th gen - the procedure is the same as the 8th gen. Pry that triangular piece on the inside of the door, that covers up the three bolts that hold the mirror assembly to the door. If you have an OEM spec'd replacment part - just plug and play.

I know I had to pull the door panel off a bit at the corner, and I could slide my hand in. Is the 9th gen about the same depth, or do I need to pull the whole panel off?

In Topic: First-Time Maintenance On Used Car?

15 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

Ah, thanks. And yeah, I thought it was a great deal too; all the cars in WI I've been finding of similar years and mileage were around $9,000 starting price. I was thrilled to find this one.

From that area - not too much to worry about. Just need a good detailing to clean up the car and you should be good to go. A 2006 S with under 100K miles for less than $7K is a pretty good deal - only thing I'd check on is if it got the ECM replaced under a recall. There was an issue where the car would just die without warning - it was traced down to faulty solder joints and/or defective components for the power conditioning on the board. Here is the link: http://www.toyota.co...lla-matrix.html

Other than that - just check the routine maintenance items. If they haven't already been done - I'd look into the following (for me personally, most things you can address as they come up):
- coolant replacement (Toyota Pink)
- ATF replacement if automatic (Toyota Type T-IV or compatible), GL-4 spec'd gear oil if standard transaxle
- engine oil and filter
- cabin air filter (lot of people miss this, can get quite nasty if older than a year)
- intake air filter
- check battery (if more than 5 years old, you are on borrowed time)
- replace brake fluid/master clutch fluid (probably never changed before)
- replace power steering fluid (probably never changed before)
- general visual inspection of suspension, steering and brakes - replace as needed.
- replace batteries in key remotes, betting that they are the original batteries.
- inspect and clean OCV filter (part of VVTi system)
- check valve clearances if valves are noticeably noisy
- clean MAF
- clean throttle body (careful, this is the 2nd year of the DBW system in the Corolla)