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Replace Engine Mount (Toyota Corolla 2000-2007)

If you look under your hood and notice your Toyota Corolla has a wearing or cracked engine mount, don’t just shrug it off. It’s important, that if you see a damaged mount or that the engine moves around a lot, you should replace it as soon as possible. Does this mean you have to bring your Toyota Corolla into the shop and have a mechanic charge you for the parts and labor that goes into replacing an engine mount? No! This job is something that any brave DIYer can tackle with flying colors. So grab your DIY gear and let’s get started.

  • To begin, you need to buy the replacement engine mount for your Corolla. You can normally order this online or get it from a dealer. Once you have the replacement mount, make sure you have the necessary tools to remove the old one and install the new one. The tools you will need are: a metric socket set, a powerful breaker bar, a jack, jack stands, gloves, and some elbow grease.
  • To get started, pop open the hood and find the front engine mount. You probably have already found and seen it, especially because you had already known it was damaged. Either way, the mount is located on the left side of your vehicle, and has four bolts that will be needing removed before you can take the mount assembly out.
  • The first bolt you will need to remove, is the large 17 mm bolt that is directly on top of the mount. This bolt is especially tight, so you will need to use the breaker bar to snap it free. Once putting in the effort to break it free, remove the bolt and check the engine. If you can stick a rebar in the metal frame that is attached to the engine and wiggle the engine while putting the pressure on the front portion of your vehicle, then you know the engine is free from the mount.
  • The next step is to remove the smaller bolt located on the farthest left portion of the mount frame. It is a smaller bolt of 12 mm and should be relatively easy to break free.
  • The last two bolts to remove are the larger 14 mm. Once you remove them the mount should be free of all bolts. The mount will still be tight, for two reasons. One: you may need to loosen the power steering tube that is draped across the mount. Two: the engine must be jacked up to remove the pressure on the mount.
  • To remove the pressure from the power steering tube, simply remove the small bolt located towards the front of the vehicle, that is holding the assembly down.
  • To remove the engine’s weight from the mount, put your jack under the left side of the engine, and carefully jack up. You do not want to jack it up too much, but just enough for the engine to lift off the mount. Use a block of wood to protect the oil pan from damage and jack stands as needed.
  • Once all the pressure is off the mount, you simply need to wiggle the part out of the metal maze.
  • Now that the old mount is removed, install the new mount, reversing the removal process carefully and safely.

Working on parts that literally hold up your Toyota Corolla’s engine can seem daunting at first. If you follow these steps carefully, however, your engine will be back to its former snug and secure self, in no time.

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DIY Quick Struts for your Toyota Camry

Struts, especially your front struts, are regular part of keeping your car maintained. When your front struts are in good condition, they keep you and your car from feeling the pressure and bumps of the roads and highways you drive upon as well as keeps your car alignment. When your front struts go bad, and your alignment is off, then the constant driving and travelling in your car can become uncomfortable for you and cause problems for the rest of the car. Therefore, keeping your struts well-maintained, replacing them at the proper time, is an important aspect of car maintenance to keep in mind.

DIY Spring Compression or An Accident Waiting to Happen
DIY Spring Compression or An Accident Waiting to Happen

How do you replace your front struts, though? Fortunately, for all you Toyota Camry drivers, there are quick struts, that can easily be installed and uninstalled, if you have the right tools, without the element of danger that comes with attempting to DIY spring compression. Take a look at our quick front struts replacement guide, to help do-it-yourself, like a pro.

  • To start, you will want to gather the necessary tools and parts for this job. This will include: a socket wrench, with sockets, penetrating oil, and a torque wrench. The quick strut should have all the pieces necessary for the replacement process.
  • Once you have all your tools and parts ready, go ahead and jack up your car. Use proper jacking techniques, as safety is your number one priority. After the side that you are working on is off the ground, remove the wheel.
  • After the wheel has been removed, look towards the top of your wheel well. You should notice a stabilizer link, basically a tab connected on the side of your strut, with a 5mm bolt holding it in place. Use your large wrench to grip the bolt while unscrewing the bolt from the stabilizer link. It would also be a good idea to spray some penetrating oil on the bolt, before unscrewing it.
  • Next, find your way down the front strut. You will see just behind the wheel assembly; your Camry’s ABS wire clip. Unclip this and then look to the side and find the 12 mm bolt holding the brake line on. Remove this as well. Pull that out of the way and move on to the next step.
  • You should now see two 22 mm nuts, one above the other, that must be removed. Spray some penetrating oil on them first, then unbolt them. You will then have to knock the bolts they were attached to out of their sockets. Then open the hood of your car.
  • Above where you were working, you will need to remove three 14 mm nuts from the top of the strut tower.
  • Next, use a jack stand or scissor jack to support the bottom of the steering knuckle. You should now be able to pull the front strut assembly out of the top socket and completely out of the wheel well.
  • During the installation process, it is a good idea to recall the steps you took to get to this point. Working your way backwards can really help you make sure you don’t forget a step or part, that’s necessary for your car.
  • First, make sure the quick strut is aligned correctly, with the strut tower sockets. Go ahead and stick it up in the correct holes.
  • Second, reinstall the strut bottom with the steering knuckle. You may have to wiggle it around for it to fit in correctly. Be careful not to damage the brake line during this process.
  • Third, reinstall the 22 mm steering knuckle bolts, the three 14mm strut tower nuts, and then the 22 mm steering knuckle nuts last. These need to be torqued to 152 lb•ft, or else they may loosen up on the road.
  • Fourth, reattach the bolt holding the brake line and reattach the ABS clip, back to its original position.
  • Fifth, inspect the stabilizer linkages and then reinstall the stabilizer link bolt.
  • You can now reinstall the wheel, and lower the car to the ground.

Once you have followed these steps to replacing your front struts, be sure to take your car out for a test drive, noticing any problems or noises. An extremely important last step to add for your front struts replacement process is getting an alignment. This step is vital for keeping your car healthy and your tires in shape. Installing new front struts on your Camry is a great way to test your DIY ability. So whenever your Camry needs new front struts, you are prepared to replace them quickly and skillfully.

Toyota Corolla power window problems? Here’s what you need to know.

Power windows are one of life’s greater conveniences. Not everyone has them, but if they do, opening and closing power windows is push-button convenient. What if you have power windows in your car but they stop working? Today, we’re looking at the Toyota Corolla, possible power window failures and solutions.

  • The first reason your Toyota Corolla’s power window could be broken is the one you want to check before looking into the others, because of a bad fuse. Checking and changing a bad fuse is the easiest solution for a power window problem on your Toyota Corolla. To check if the fuse is your problem, simply test your electric door locks. If these don’t work, either, then open your fuse box, whether in the cabin or under the hood, and replace the Door/Window Fuse. If your electric locks work but your power window doesn’t then you know there is a different explanation for why it is not working.
  • If the fuse is good, and the power locks work, you may have a problem with the power window switch or wiring. You’ll need a wiring diagram and DVOM (digital volt-ohm meter) to test inputs and outputs from the power window master switch or the individual power window switch on another door. Double check that the power window lockout switch is properly working. On the non-driver doors, you can swap switches from other doors to check.
  • The next troubleshooting you want to try for checking your Toyota Corolla’s power window is checking the window regulator. This motor commonly fails or dies, and when it does, you will likely see your window fall halfway down the frame. If you believe this is the cause of your power window problems then you will need to remove the door panel on your Toyota Corolla. To accomplish this, follow the next portion for repair.
    • First, pop the hood of your car to disconnect the negative power cable from your battery. This will ensure a safe work environment for working on the electrical and motorized parts in your door.
    • Second, search your door panel for all screws holding it in and remove them.
    • Third, remove the door panel with door panel removal tool or a flat-head screwdriver, carefully popping it from the plastic clips holding it on.
    • Fourth, you will probably see an electrical connection attached to the door panel that must be removed before proceeding.
    • Fifth, you may see a plastic covering protecting the inner workings of your door. Remove this as well.
  • If it is the regulator then you will see it clasped onto the window. To remove it, carefully slide the window regulator off the window. You may want to raise the window yourself, and tape or clamp it, during the regulator replacement process. Once you have replaced the power window regulator, reattach the window and the electric parts to test it.
  • If you know the problem with your power window isn’t the fuse or the window regulator, it very well may be that your window has come off track. Over time, the window rails on your Toyota Corolla may begin to fail. This will cause them to become loose, or worse, to completely fail altogether. If this is the problem, you will notice your power window is loose as well. To repair this, follow the five steps in the preceding power window regulator segment to remove your Toyota Corolla’s door panel. Once the panel is removed, you should be able to see the window tracks. If you do notice that one is broken or loose, you can try to fix them by shoring in the gaps. However, in this case you may need to seek professional assistance for the best repair.

Power windows in your Toyota Corolla make driving in a life quite literally a breeze. If they fail or begin to fail, it can bring upon an unnecessary headache. These troubleshooting steps and solutions should help bring you back to the glory days of cruising with windows down in your Toyota Corolla.

How to Perform a Toyota Corolla Coolant Flush (1993–2002 Models)

 

The purpose of a coolant system in any car is to circulate a cooling liquid throughout the engines channels, and then flow to a radiator to manage the temperature. The operation of this system is very important to engine health, and a poorly maintained system can cause catastrophic damage and a failure of the engine.

In this article we cover the basic steps on performing a Toyota Corolla Coolant Flush. Continue reading How to Perform a Toyota Corolla Coolant Flush (1993–2002 Models)

How to Replace a Toyota Camry Engine Air Filter

Replacing a Toyota Camry engine air filter is an extremely simple process. And even though it’s simple, this task has an incredible effect on the health of your Camry’s engine health—a periodic filter change can yield up to 20% improvement in fuel economy! Learn how easy it really is with the following 5-step guide. Continue reading How to Replace a Toyota Camry Engine Air Filter