June 30, 2010 1:46 AM Subscribe
'97 Corolla rumble: I think the transmission or clutch is suspect. What should this cost to fix, and are there more durable components that could be installed for future driving?
posted by roygbv to technology (9 answers total)
There isn't much more to it. I just noticed a strange rumble that shakes the whole little car gently. It is especially present when in neutral and approaching a stop, or when in reverse. The car has 125,000 miles on it, but is in fine shape and was driving smooth as silk last week.
It's a 5 speed manual. I have also noticed difficulty getting into reverse, and have caught the transmission grinding in reverse with the clutch pedal to the floor. This seems wrong.
The most basic way to describe the feel is 'rougher' than it was, like something came loose. I know that a full mechanic check-up is next. What should I expect to pay if things are due for replacement? Are there better-than-other replacement parts? And has anyone experienced similar strangeness? I love this little car and have a big stomach knot on these problems.
Thanks hive mind!