1999 Toyota Corolla CE maintenance - hoses and AC

toyota
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corolla

#1

My Corolla has been great to me. I haven’t had any major problems. But as it is getting older machanics have been making recomendations that I get some work done. The “major” repair I have been considering lately is to get the hoses replaced. It’s still got the originals and the mechanics claim they are getting a little soft. I don’t want them to bust, but I also don’t want to get it done if it’s not necessary. Any thoughts?



Also, my A/C is pretty much dead. It doesn’t get cool anymore. I can tell it wants to get the car cool, but it just doesn’t quite get the job dinr. I am assuming I need to replace to coolant, hopefully that’s it. How much does work usually go for?



Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Alice


#2

All cars need regular maintenance and wear-out repairs. You are long overdue on the hoses, so I would replace all the “mushy” ones and check the rest. Replacing hoses is not a “major” repair, unless you believe that cars only need oil changes to keep going.

You A/C may just be down on refrigerant; take it to a good independent A/C specialist shop and they can tell ypu in 15 minutes what it needs.

If it needs a compressor, budget about $600 or so for a rebuilt one.

It would be useful to take out the OWNER’S MANUAL to see what other items the car needs at this mileage and age.


#3

Timing belt should be changed around 90,000mi and if it is due you can save a lot on labor doing it all at same time,belt,hoses,alt belt and new anti-freeze.
I would also think about all new brake fluid also.
Your model will go 250,000 easy but must keep repairs done.
As others said look at book, and never do a trans flush just drop pan and clean then add new fluid.