They said they could do just the clutch but there would be no warranty. Mechanic is in the process of replacing the transmission, there are many reports of transmission failures for 2003 5 speed manual transmissions on the internet, especially in Canada. No more unusual sound when I shift. The repair was very expensive, about ~1600 I also decided to replace the clutch while we were in there. With the car in the air and safely supported, pop and raise the hood. I recently took the car to 2 other mechanics from other shops for profesional opinions and both have said that the noise is from the transmission and that I need a new transmission. Got to transmission shop and car would not back off of tow truck.
My advice is to have a used junkyard transmission installed by a trusted mechanic, and to consider this to be a lesson learned the hard way. Reposition the catch pan under the filler hole. Meehan correctly stated, there is no national chain with a good reputation for car maintenance. What I have since read seems to indicate not. Picture of the C60 Transmission drain plug. Engine and transimission gone within 115 miles of each other. We have photos and more information.
By the time I arrived home, the car would not go into reverse. I did not have the noise before the fluid was changed. Remove the catch pan from under the car. A closer pic of the filler plug. I hope this was not a quick lube, or a Walmart type store.
I would like to have your feedback re: could using the wrong fluid have ruined the transmission, and also is changing the gear oil at 80,000 miles considered regular maintenace for a Toyota Corolla with manual transmission? After a little online research, I read that more than a few people had replaced with rebuilt transmissions only to have the rebuilt one fail. He immediately identified it as a transmission bearing problem. Also remove the old metal crush gasket from the filler plug and put the new crush gasket on. However, fighting the massive legal staff of a national chain can be more expensive than paying for a new transmission yourself. Time for the fun part! He recommend I take it to a transmission place for a listen. The transmission shop came to the same conclusion as the local mechanic.
Toyota needs to issue a recall on these transmissions since they now seem to be more and more a common problem amongst this particular model year Corolla. The dealer had to dismantle the door panel and install a new lock device. I had never had a problem with the car and have maintained it well since I purchased it. This car currently has 126,000 miles on it. If he had taken the Corolla, the transmission could have come apart at high speed on freeway in the dead of winter.
If you need any assistance please feel free to give us a call at. He is a student, age 19. Bottom line: bad, unsafe transmissions are being sold and unscrupulous mechanics or car owners are installing them. I trusted the reputation of Toyota and thought I got a good deal on a dependable car that would last me until at least 200,000 miles with regular maintenance. Pop out from under the car and wait till all the oil drains out of the transmission. You will notice alot more oil will come out.
The road conditions do not matter, flat, hill, bumpy, smooth, wet dry, 30 mph, 31 mph, 32, mph etc. Most failures are occurring after the warranty period expires but under 100,000 miles. Turns out they filled the tranny with gear oil instead of the Honda recommended 10W-40. I stupidly took it to Aamco for the clutch. I am not sure of an approximate date, it has happened numerous times since I purchased the vehicle in August of 2009. I allow my grandson to drive this car.
The driver and passenger headlights continued to go out, until finally, the consumer had to pay to have the entire electrical portion of the headlights replaced. Dealer said they found no problem. Car would not go into reverse. Use your personal discression when taking on this task. Wipe down the drips on the transmission case and plastic. I added words and arrows to help. Other fluids would be watery thin, and would cook this transmission.
User Warning: This job has the potential to seriously injure you, and cause extensive damage to your property. I know there are similar complaints concerning this transmission. I hope something gets done about it. Tow truck driver had trouble pushing car out of parking space. Although I did most of the work on this car myself oil, points, plugs, bondo, etc. I put in 2 quarts until I saw fluid start to come out of the filler hole. Let me relate to something I did when I was young and stupid.