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  1. I've had a 2001 Corolla LE for about four years now, and I've just bent one of its steel wheels beyond repair for the third time. Once hitting a block of wood that fell out of a truck, once hitting a piece of tire tread on the freeway, and this time I'm not even sure how I bent it. I do not think that it is normal for wheels to bend so easily, and the Toyota Dealership here wants something ridiculous for them. I do not remember exactly, but I think it was in the $90 range. I've looked around a little and have been completely unsuccessful at finding them at wheel and tire shops. Because I do not want to have to buy any more of them, I have decided to buy aftermarket wheels. I am aware that changing the diameter, width, or offset of the wheels can have effects on the steering and suspension, but I don't know how different they have to be for the effects to be noticeable or what the effects would be. Somewhat more importantly, I don't know exactly what size my wheels are. I'm pretty sure that they are 15" x 6" with a 4-100 bolt pattern, but I haven't been able to find this information anywhere. I think that a lot of people put aftermarket wheels on a car because they think it looks better, without regard to effects on performance. It's not uncommon to see Civics and things with camber issues or tires that have been rubbing on things because of aftermarket wheels that don't fit properly, and I want to avoid that. In fact I would rather pay $90 every year or two than sacrifice any handling or ride quality. So, if anyone knows the offset of the stock wheels for a 2001 LE, how much they weigh, whether or not 15" x 6" 4-100 is correct, or how changing these things will affect the car, that information would be very helpful. I am currently considering the MSW Type 15 on tirerack.com. I've never heard of MSW, but they are cheap, reasonable looking, and pretty close to the dimensions of the stock wheels (I think).
  2. You're right that the newer ones probably require more current - I hadn't thought about that. If the only thing keeping it from working was the connector then I think I could probably find a way to work around that. I am more worried about the mounting points and the gears. Looking at pictures on the Internet, I can tell that they are roughly the same size and shape, but it's hard to tell much more than that. I'll see if a local parts department has them in stock so I can look at them side by side. I did think about the fact that it might not have been the motor's fault, and that a problem somewhere else might have caused it, but I'm not really sure how to go about figuring out whether or not that's the case. This motor started getting weak around when the car had about 90,000 miles, and finally died right around 100,000 miles. I've owned the car since 45,000 miles and I roll the windows down a lot, as did the previous (second) owner. The front passenger side is also getting weak (it takes about a second longer to roll up than the others, and makes a slightly different noise), but it has been like that since long before the dead one started getting weak. The dead one died while I was in the middle of rolling that window up. About half way up it slowed to a stop and then wouldn't do anything. It sounded like it was trying, but the window wouldn't move. It had stopped like that a few times in the days before that, and each time started working again an hour or two later. This time it didn't. Not wanting the window to be stuck half open, I pulled the door panel off and connected the motor straight to the battery for a few seconds. It rolled the rest of the way up quite quickly. I tested the wires leading to it and they had 12 volts across them when the switch was pulled. When reconnected to the car, though, it didn't work at all and hasn't since. I don't know what those symptoms mean, but if anyone else does then that would be helpful. I wouldn't want to install a new one if it was just going to die again.
  3. The rear passenger window motor in my 2001 Corolla is dead. I've noticed that the window motors in my mom's 9th gen. ('05) Corolla are significantly faster/more powerful. I was wondering whether or not these motors are interchangeable with the motors from the earlier Corollas. Has anyone tried this? Any information is appreciated.
  4. Cruise control @ 100MPH = 3,600 RPMs (with three people and air conditioning on). Top speed seems to be around 107-108. I drive through Dallas at 105 regularly. Handles like it's at 75. I drive a 2001 Corolla LE with a 4 speed automatic transmission and 60,000 miles. Has any one else gotten air?
  5. why don't you listen to your engine or watch the tach, you can usually hear the shifts , to figure out whtether it is a 3 speed or 4. If you drop the pan, you see a screen or a tranny filter, usually very easy to change. How fast would I typically have to be going before it stops shifting? It has been my experience that car shifts around 90MPH, which has always struck me as odd, because if that is fourth gear then I have only used it a very few times. Perhaps this is why he thinks it's a three speed. He has driven it, but I wouldn't think he's ever taken it past 90. I am almost positive it's a four speed. I'm going to use its VIN number to hopefully get its specifications, and if that doesn't work, I'll just take it to a freeway tomorrow and count how many times it shifts... it should shift into 4th if you go say 50 mph downhill and the accelerator pedal is not working too hard. It is a four speed, as I thought. From being parked along side an access ramp to a freeway and accelerating onto the freeway, it shifts for a fourth time at roughly 55MPH. A friend told me that I should replace the transmission fluid, but that I probably didn't need to bother with the filter for now. This will be the first time I have attempted to change the transmission fluid in a car. Is there anything I need to know about transmission fluid before I go buy it?
  6. I've been putting fuel injector cleaner into it every now and then for quite a while, not really bothering to keep track of exactly how long it has been since the last bottle, but at roughly those intervals. I figure too much of it or not enough of it isn't going to hurt anything... Not knowing much about any of the brands, I've tried a different kind almost every time. I havn't had much luck finding one that seemed to make any kind of noticable difference in the car's behavior. I'll try Techron next time I buy some...
  7. I changed the engine coolant today. I should have thought about buying Toyota brand coolant, but unfortunately I didn't, and I put some coolant that I bought at Autozone in it. The coolant that drained out of it was what I think is the Toyota red you're talking about and was probably the same coolant that was put in it at the factory. After draining it, I discovered that it contained some disturbingly large pieces of metal and one piece of what I think was rubber. I am worried about this. Could the reason for the poor gas mileage be that there are pieces of the engine in the engine coolant?
  8. why don't you listen to your engine or watch the tach, you can usually hear the shifts , to figure out whtether it is a 3 speed or 4. If you drop the pan, you see a screen or a tranny filter, usually very easy to change. How fast would I typically have to be going before it stops shifting? It has been my experience that car shifts around 90MPH, which has always struck me as odd, because if that is fourth gear then I have only used it a very few times. Perhaps this is why he thinks it's a three speed. He has driven it, but I wouldn't think he's ever taken it past 90. I am almost positive it's a four speed. I'm going to use its VIN number to hopefully get its specifications, and if that doesn't work, I'll just take it to a freeway tomorrow and count how many times it shifts...
  9. Thanks. Saved me buying new spark plugs, anyway. I went and bought a bunch of stuff at Autozone yesterday. Five quarts of Castrol Syntec oil, a Botch oil filter, some engine coolant, and an STP air filter. I don't know that much about the difference between the various brands, if there is one, and any information on that would probably be useful in the future. I also checked the transmission fluid, and it was a brownish color. Before I can buy the fluid and filter, however, I need to know what kind of transmission I have. It is an automatic and I am sure that it is a four speed, but my my step-dad seems to think it's a three speed. The guy at Autozone told me to look at the transmission and count the nuts around the outside. He said a three speed would have 15 nuts and a four speed would have 18. Mine seems to have 17. I counted them three times. If any one knows why that is, that would be great. I also need to know what kind of transmission fluid and filter to buy. Is it the fluid, the filter, or both that varies with the type of transmission? How do you change a transmission fluid filter? Thanks for all of your replies. This has all been very helpful.
  10. My automatic 2001 Corolla LE just hit 60,000 miles. I've been getting poor gas mileage, an average of about 23 MPG for the last few tanks. The engine has been sounding a little rough and it's been shifting pretty hard. I do not think this car should be having these problems this early in its life. There are no check engine lights on or anything and I have no idea what's wrong with it. I'm going to rotate the tires and change the oil and oil filter, the air filter, the spark plugs, engine coolant, and possibly try to change the transmission fluid in the hope that this will solve some of my problems. I've only had the car since about 47,000 miles and have no idea if the spark plugs or the transmission fluid have ever been changed. Some of that is stuff that the scheduled maintenance guide that came with the car says to do at 60,000 miles, and some of it's not. I need to know whether or not I should attempt to change the transmission fluid myself, and if so how to go about doing that. I also need to know how often most people change the spark plugs in their Corollas, what kind of spark plugs to buy and what to gap them to. Also, if any one else has any other suggestions as to what to do about these problems, that'd be great.
  11. Alright, thanks. It's good to know that the wires for the fog lights are already there. How difficult is it to remove the front bumper? It also would probably never have occurred to me to replace the hinges after adding the spoiler. I'm getting the car repainted soon, and I wanted to get those added before that happened. The car had significant body work recently, after having been hit by a tree, and the body shop did a poor job painting some of the sheet metal they replaced. (Passenger door, left quarter panel, right fender) I appreciate the help.
  12. I have a 2001 Corolla LE with brand new Michelin tires that I've gotten up to 107mph twice, both times with two people in the car, and the air conditioner running, which I've noticed raises the RPMs by about 200. Not sure how much difference an extra 200 RPMs would make at 107... I've never had any problems with bumpiness, or felt like I was going to lose control. The tires help A LOT, because with the Goodyears I had before, I'd usually chicken out around 90.
  13. I have a Sand-drift Metallic Automatic 2001 Toyota Corolla LE. I've seen the same model Corolla with a rear spoiler, an addition I think greatly improves the appearance of the back end of the car. I've always thought that the back of the car looked like it was missing something, and the spoiler helps a lot. The spoiler I'm talking about came stock on some of the 2001 and 2002 Corollas, but not on mine, and I was wondering what would be involved in adding it to my car. I found a site on the Internet that sells it for $94, but doesn't include any information, like what would be involved in installing it, or exactly what it is. The spoiler has a break-light on it, so I know there would be some wiring involved, but how much and to what? Also, does the spoiler just bolt on, or would I have to replace the entire trunk door? Any information would be appreciated.
  14. I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla LE Automatic with black fog light covers beneath the headlights. I have seen The same model (98-02 LE) With actual fog lights instead of these covers. I was told that the fog lights came stock in some cars, but was wondering if it would be possible to add fog lights to my car, as I think that they greatly improve the appearance of the front end of the vehicle. I would like to know if any one knows whether or not this is possible and if so what would be involved (for example would I have to hook it up the the alternator, the cars computer, ect, and would I also have to replace the switch for the headlights)