My wife car is 2002 Corolla. About 3 months ago, the car starts up fine, run find. It’s ok to put on Reverse or Drive on the first time, but if I change gear again, the car sometime shut off. Sometime shut off after 3rd or 4th time that I change the gear. When it shut off, I just put back on Park, and start the car again. When it shut off, I can tell it caused by ahort electrical, not by mechanical.
About a month ago, I looked up on google, and it said could be brake. Ajust it by pulling emergency brake will adjust the brake level. I found that the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. I just had both front and back brake change less than 2 year ago. Front was disk, back was drum brake. The front brake was OK, but the rear drum brake was completed gone. I change the rear drum brake myself. I was suprised to see all the brake shoes turned to dust inside the drum, and the brake was metal to metal. I changed both shoes and rotor. The problem was better for awhile (only shut off once awhile), but now the problem comes back.
Yesterday, I took the car to the shop. The mechanic claims that it Neutral Safety switch went bad and did that. He asked for $500+, and I agree do it, so he is ordering the new switch now. I just not totally convince that it was the switch. I still think there is 50% chance that it is still the brake. Could it be the brake cylinder goes bad, since the brake last only 2 years? Also, my wife told me that she got only 23-25mpg. She should get between 30-35mpg for this car. But I don’t believe her words either. I been asking her reset the trip everytime she filled up, but she never done it. This is my first time to change the brake drum, so I am not cofidence that I fixed the brake problem. Also, did the shop rip me off? I look up the part and it cost about $210, so he gets more than $300 for that job. This looks like half hour job, not like changing the timing belt.