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    MR2 91Turbo, 94, 05 Corollas
  1. Holy crap, I think they are trying to take you for ride. Toyotas, especially Corollas are meant to go forever with no maintenance. At your mileage, that is all suspect! These are very high costs for brake materials. Check for yourself on checker auto parts online. Rotors would be maybe $100 for a pair for the front, and pads, $40 or $50 for a pair, with lifetime warranty, free replacement for the life of your car on the pads. Unless you drive the heck outta your car!? Try to find a toyota only, or japanese specialist mechanic shop, NOT a DEALER, and tell them you need to be taken care of for reasonable value. Show them that ridiculous list the last place gave you. Good luck. -Dru
  2. hmmm. Is it manual? It sounds like an axle shaft seal. There are only 3 shaft seals on the transmission, the input shaft, which is where the flywheel and clutch are where power comes in; and around the two axles, left and right. For the input shaft seal, you have to drop the tranny. It's probably one of the axle shaft seals. It's hard to tell which side is bad since the wind blows it around. The steps are: 1. drain gear oil. 2. take off wheel on each side you want to replace... one or both. Loosen wheel assembly, brakes, hub so axle can slide out from transmission. 3. with a pry bar against stub, where axle goes into transmission, pop axle out. 4. using a seal remover tool (buy at NAPA), its its like a hammer but flat (thin) and has a hook. Pry out the seal, its like a ring. 5. carefully insert new seal EVENLY, so it goes in straight. something round about the same width helps. tap in with a rubber mallet. 6. put everything back together. Grease around the axle where it will hit the seals--anytime you remove the axle. Same where shaft goes thru wheel hub and bearing. Fill up with gear oil. Note, there is always confusion about LEFT and RIGHT axle shaft seals. The dealer usually has them mixed up. Maybe get both and bring your unused back. Make sure the round pins on the axle ends that go into the transmission are in good shape; they shouldn't stick out too far, or not enough. You can get new ones at dealer. The actual part is a few bucks, the real cost is labor. Gear oil smells nasty! Is it leaking a lot, on the ground? if its a minor leak you can get by a long time. You can check the level of the gear oil (on a manual) there is a large 21 or 22 mm bolt facing forward on the transmission near top. unscrew that and if you stick a finger in you should touch oil (do this went its not hot!). you can always put more gear oil in and check it. Get some extra long tubing.
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    If its your only car, don't touch it. Check the oil often. When these cars get old they can start to burn oil, then it accelerates. My 94 corolla 7afe has over 203,000 miles, everything original. I get a good 33 to 39 mpg+! If and when you are able to pull the engine and modify, many people put pistons and head from 4age engines, particularly from the 87-89 MR2 red top 4age. Also you can swap a 4agze (supercharged) engine from 88-89 MR2 supercharged. "A" engines are cross compatible for mounts and transmissions. When I go up the mountains, I put the RPMs at 4500 to 5000; that's where peak power is. I got a manual. If you have an automatic, from a low speed, try to lock it in a lower gear. Prolonged peak output is hard on the engine, and especially an AUTO transmission, which can overheat when climbing. This is an amazing engine for longevity and great MPG. Because its longer stroke compared to the 1.6 4A, it has strong torque and low end response. Take care of it and it will go forever. Weak power in mountains is a problem with all cars due to altitude. Any mods would destroy your fuel economy. Dru