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  1. Greetings all, My 2005 Corolla has been going great for the past 14 years with only a few things needing work every now and then. It currently has 216,152 km on the clock. Yesterday, while driving back out of town, it suddenly started making a rattling noise while accelerating (mainly when it goes over 3,000 R.P.M.) Nothing leading up to this - it just started up out of the blue without warning. I'm wondering if anyone here has already come across this problem and knows what it is. I haven't had any experience with the VVT-i engines, so it's new territory for me. I would think if it were something loose or out of adjustment in the valve train, it would be coughing and farting and misfiring (or simply not running at all). As I drove it back after the sound started up, it was still running well, still had power, and could sit comfortably on 100km. No overheating, no warning lights on, nothing. There looks like there's a small oil leak around the rear of the R/H side of the engine, but it hasn't been using up oil. All the posts I found on the internet suggested anything from loose heat shields, to something broken in either the inlet or exhaust manifolds. The only other thing I could think of was the timing chain - whether they might have some sort of tensioner arm on them or something that might be coming loose, or could the chain itself be stretched ? If that was the case though, I would have thought that would also affect the timing and make it run badly ?) As far as trouble shooting goes, I've only tried locating the sound with a stethoscope, but the noise can't be pinned down to any specific area. So at the moment, I'm leaning towards: a.) Taking the serpentine belt off and running the engine for less than a minute just to see if it might be a bearing in something that runs off the serpentine belt rather than something inside the engine (doubtful). b.) Taking the valve cover off, to see if there's anything obvious with the OHC or the valves. Not sure if the timing chain would also be visible, or if that's another cover somewhere else. Before I start doing any of these things though, I thought I'd first post a video link here, and see if any of you might recognize the sound as something that you've dealt with first-hand. And what suggestions you might have. Apologies for the shaky video. Regards, R.
  2. I'm also curious. The subscription rates are shocking, but I wouldn't mind paying for just 7 days, as long as I could print off any info that I need. Does anyone know if this site is owned or licensed out under Toyota, and if the info is genuine Toyota service info?
  3. Hi all, I've just started installing Fog/ Driving lights on my 03/2005 Conquest 4 door sedan. It came pre-wired with the lights harness already in place behind the bumper bar. I've installed the lights, surrounds and the new lights/ blinker stalk. Now for the relay & fuse. Can anybody confirm if the correct location for these items is the junction box that's up behind the glove box ( on the left hand side in Australian Corollas ) ? And if so - how the hell does one access them ? I've removed the glove box to get at it, but even then you have to lie on the floor and look up with a torch. There look to be fuses visible on the bottom side, but no slots for any relays, unless they go in on the top side ( which I can't even get my fingers up around, let alone see anything ). Unless the whole thing just swings down, or can be unbolted and pulled down a bit to work on ? Also, what type of relay is required, and what's the best source to get it from ? I think it's supposed to be a 4 pin 40 Amp relay, but I'm not sure if it's a normal relay or a micro one. I asked at the local Toyota dealer, and they couldn't/ wouldn't give any info as to the type or specifications. They just said it would cost $96.00 ( surely they jest ). I've already looked on this forum, and most other sources on the net, but most deal with clean installs on unwired vehicles, using ebay kits with remote relays and switch. Some other sources also say the location is behind the little drawer next to the coin holder on the right hand side of the car ? Really confusing. Any advice would be appreciated. Regards,
  4. Greetings all, I Have a 2005 Corolla which has no headlights at the moment. On First setting of light switch - parking lights and instrumentation lights work. On Second setting - no low beam. Push light switch stalk toward dashboard - no high beam. Pull light switch stalk toward steering wheel to flash high beam - high beam works. I removed the low beam bulbs and connected them individually to battery power just to make sure they weren't both blown - they work. I then located the 2 15 A fuses in the fuse box in front L/H side of engine bay (L/H & R/H Headlight) - they're both O.K. Then I took out the fuses and checked across the fuse fixtures with a multi-meter while headlight switch was turned off or turned to parking - no power there. Then turned the switch to low beam - power is there. So the light switch appears to be working correctly. Then I put the fuses back & tested the plugs that go onto the light fixtures with the meter while low beam was switched on - no power there. So..... Either there is a problem with the headlight relay, or maybe wiring has been damaged or a junction connector is faulty I would think if wiring has been damaged, a short would occur, in which case the fuses would have blown. As for a headlight relay, I can't seem to locate it. According to the illustration on the inside of the lid of the fuse box, right next to the two 15 A Headlight fuses there is a space allocated for a 50 A (EMPS) & 40 A (Head Main) fuse or relay but in my fuse box there's Just a big blank space where they should be. Any thoughts on locating it, or any other leads would be appreciated, Regards, R.
  5. Hi all, I've just become a member after coming across this site while browsing the web seeking some info on my 2005 Corolla. Hoping to tap into the wisdom of other owner's who might be able to guide me. Regards, R.
  6. Welcome to the Toyota forums Romulus :)