Toyota Corolla Engine Problems

Is the 2021 Toyota Corolla air conditioning system reliable?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Aug 2021

The CVT you’re referring to is actually the car’s transmission rather than its engine. And since the engine is what drives the air-conditioning compressor, it’s the engine’s power and torque that determines whether the car still drives nicely with the air-conditioning switched on, not whether the transmission is a CVT or any other type.

But I think I know what you are referring to. And that is how well the car’s engine and its CVT transmission are matched. Sometimes, a transmission can gobble up a fair bit of horsepower and torque and that can take the edge off performance. Throw the switch on the air-conditioning and there’s even more load on the engine, making it feel even less perky. In that sense, I think the Corolla as the newer design would have a more efficient transmission and that could mean that it feels the load less than the older Honda might and, therefore, holds on to more of its original performance.

But the second thing you mentioned, that your car’s air-con doesn’t really keep up at temperatures over 30 degrees is more likely to be a problem with the air-con itself. You might find that a five-year-old car (such as your Honda is) is ready for the air-conditioning system to be serviced and perhaps even re-gassed, which might just return it to better health. For the record, Toyota’s have always had some of the best-performing air-conditioning systems in the business over the years, and I very much doubt that a 30-degree day would tax the air-con in a new Corolla one iota.

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Does the 2012 Toyota Corolla have a timing chain or timing belt?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Sep 2020

Good news, Amy; your Corolla has an engine with a timing chain rather than a timing belt. While a timing belt needs periodic replacement, the timing chain should be good for the life of the engine.

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Toyota Corolla 2004: Is my car a lemon?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Apr 2019

No, it’s not normal, but it doesn’t mean it’s a lemon. It might only be a minor problem, so have a mechanic check it for you.

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Toyota Corolla 2019: Which engine should we choose?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2019

The 2.0-litre engine would be the better choice for your longer trips where the petrol engine would play a greater role than it will in local driving. If you go for the 1.8-litre you would lose a little performance on those trips, but it would be the better choice for use around town.

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Is Toyota Corolla fuel efficient?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Aug 2018

Toyota rates their latest Corolla's fuel efficiency at 6L per-100km, which is impressive given the 126lW 2.0-litre motor in the new model.

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What battery for Toyota Corolla?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Aug 2018

Batteries for 2007-2018 11th-generation Corollas have basic dimensions of 234mm (long), 129mm (wide) and 201mm (tall, without terminals). They need approximately 430CCA (cold cranking amps). A Century NS60LS is reported to be a direct replacement for the original Toyota battery.

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How much horsepower does a Toyota Corolla have?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Aug 2018

The latest (MY18) Corolla has 169hp from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, or 126kW in the new money.

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Toyota Corolla 2002: What fuel to use?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 May 2018

Regular 91-octane unleaded petrol.

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How to change the oil on a Toyota Corolla?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 May 2018

The process is the same as any other car. Look up what grade of oil your car needs and how much oil capacity it has, all of which is listed in your owner's manual, and purchase a brand new oil filter. Drive the car for approximately 10 minutes to ensure the oil is warm as this makes it easier to drain. Park the car on a level surface, open the bonnet and loosen the oil filler cap so it is just resting on top of the filler tube, then slide a drain tray underneath your engine. There will be a small flap in the undertray to be undone so you can access the 14mm oil drain plug with a ring spanner. Undo the sump plug being careful not to burn yourself as the hot oil rushes out. Let it drain for 10minutes, then do up the sump plug with a new washer and being careful not to over-tighten the plug - do it snug, then turn it another quarter-turn. Slide the drain pan under the oil filter and remove this again being cautious to not splash hot oil on yourself. Before installing the new oil filter check the rubber seal came off with the old filter, then smear a little fresh oil on the new filter's rubber seal before winding it on and doing it up a quarter-turn past snug. Fill the engine with fresh oil as per the owner's manual. Once you have confirmed there is no oil leaking out, start the engine, let it warm up and then check the oil level. If you cannot reach under your car to undo the oil filter or sump drain plug, use the factory jacking points recommended in the owner's manual to lift the car off the ground at the front and rear, lifting the front first, and use four weight-rated chassis stands to support the car at the factory recommended support points.

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Hot hatch or sports sedan?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2016

Years ago when you owned your Torana it was considered something of a performance car, as the Clubsport, SSV and Calais are today, but there are many other ways of getting your driving thrills today without having to go for a V8. Some of the hot hatches now available would give you all the thrills, and more, than the big-bangers of old. Take a test drive in a VW Golf GTi or one of the fast Ford Focuses and I'm sure you'd rethink your choice. All the cars you mention, the Clubsport, SSV and Calais are good cars with plenty of grunt, the V8 sound, and the comfort of a big car. For mine though I'd be going for a hot hatch.

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