How to Inspect the Drivetrain in a Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla 5-year/ 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty may or may not be in force to cover your 2004 Corolla, which was recalled for loose lug nuts on the wheels of some vehicles. The wheels should always be included in your annual drivetrain inspection that also includes the engine and the transmission. This is a simple inspection that doesn't require too much time to complete.
- Moderately Easy
- Old rags
Look at all the components of the car's drivetrain. Lift the Toyota Corolla on a hoist and look for any signs of breakage or wear on the axles that connect the driveshaft to the wheels. Look for seepage of fluids from the joints. At the outer end of the driveshaft, check the support brackets for the drivetrain, making sure they're tight.
Take your Toyota Corolla for a drive and listen closely for any odd noises, such as a clicking or clunking when you're cruising at a low speed, a clicking noise when you turn or clunks when you round a corner. Any of these noises could indicate trouble with the drivetrain.
Open the hood to check the oil and transmission fluid levels. The dipsticks on a Corolla are on the passenger side of the engine block. Wipe the dipsticks with an old rag and reinsert them into their respective holes. Gauge the level of fluid in the container and add more if it falls below the full mark.
Inspect the oil when you change your oil every 6,000 miles as recommended by Toyota. The four and six-cylinder Corollas have a tendency to create sludge in the oil. Replace your standard oil with synthtic oil to alleviate any sludge problems.
Check all the hoses and clamps attached to the engine and coming from the oil and air filters, because it could create bigger problems if they're allowed to break.