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Transmission Noise Problems of Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla owners have reported 22 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Corolla based on all problems reported for the Corolla.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 1
Failure Date: 07/13/2016

Car was running perfectly. Very suddenly it started making this horrible grinding noise. I went to pull into a parking lot and the car just stopped. I did not hit the brakes yet and was glad I was going slow. Transmission is blown with no warning, no leaks, and no noise except at the last few minutes. Had to have it towed.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2011 Toyota Corolla 2
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard noises from the transmission without warning. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not offer assistance. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 3
Failure Date: 11/11/2014

I was driving down freeway at 55mph and without any warning transmission made loud noise and then locked up, since car is front wheel drive I had no steering as front wheels locked up. Car then started to go into a spin, but I was able to fight the wheel and steer car to side of road. It was only by luck that there were no other cars or tractor trailers along side or in back of me, after all said and done with towing cost and having to rent a car for work, I am out $645. 00 and still no car! I had two transmission repair shops look at car, both said the same thing that some part came loose in transmission and destroyed it, it would need to be completely replace at a cost of $2700 -$3300 in the meantime I started doing research on that transmission and what I was told by the repair shops and from my own research it is very clear that the #Toyota Corolla and other models that used that manual transmission have had the very same problems. Please demand a recall !!!.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2014 Toyota Corolla 4
Failure Date: 08/29/2014

A whistling noise coming from the transmission I took the car in and the dealer told me the it was the trans. So they change the trans. With a new and the same thing the dealer told me the Toyota knows about the problem my car has been in the shop five times for this problem and still to this day no fix for it. The whistling sound starts in any gear and is very loud and this is a (new car). This is a 2014 Toyota Corolla sounding like this. I'm afraid that the trans. May stop pulling while I'm driving in traffic which could cause and accident.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2014 Toyota Corolla 5
Failure Date: 01/21/2014

After being driven for less than 200 miles of being received from dealership for a defective cvt transmission replacement, difficulties to keep the car going straight suddenly appeared, trying to do so caused it to pull the opposite during a suburban trip in a high speed way, so had to be driven to a safer place, (getting worse rapidly), and making clunking metallic noises on the front end when turning at corners and braking, and a loud humming noise when braking from highway speed (appeared at the same time and as sudden as the steering situation) to a full stop or from highway speed to a sudden lower one due to congestion. All this happened to appear on this last trip. Had to be towed back to the dealership. Condition showed up during a continuous rainy condition, perceived like a total loss of front end alignment, plus the noises. As of the writing of this message, just a few hours have passed after the incident happened, but because of the potentially dangerous "collision situation " experienced, due the speed of the highway in which this condition suddenly appeared (nothing warned about something wrong going before) is this report being sent. Maybe caused by or related to the procedure executed during the previous cvt transmission replacement, (my opinion) has not yet been diagnosed by the dealership.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2010 Toyota Corolla 6
Failure Date: 10/10/2013

Vehicle is impacted by takata pass bag faulty, no resolution informed by Toyota advised Toyota to refund money in regards to paying $21k, also vehicle has clatter under passenger side cv axle, have been in several times for solution or resolution to this issue more than 3 times to date there stating no problem is there, if car I jacked up I hear clear noise between cv axle and transmission, this was brought to Toyotas attn. Once at Toyota of irving twice at Toyota of dallas and was shown to me at ntb tire to have axle or transmission irregular noise clatter when put in drive while on lift up 5 ft with one tech in car and another under vehicle with me pointing out clearly there is noise on passenger side. Yet Toyota denies this or any noise to be a problem or hazard nor to acknowledge any noise exsist, also brought car in for brake growl when I step on brakes, the rear brakes have not been changed by me and are not aftermarket brakes unless Toyota installed them, the car was purchased from dealer, I took car back 4 times in regards to brake issues back to dealer no problem found.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 7
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

At just over 91000 miles my very well maintained 2003 Corolla with a manual transmission had a complete transmission failure at highway speeds. While accelerating the transmission suddenly made a loud grinding noise followed by a "thud" and completely locked up on me. I ended up stuck on a busy highway with my two young boys in the back seat. In researching this problem I have found that it is a well documented occurance with this specific year and model of Toyota Corolla. Untimately I will be putting in a new transmission in from a different model of Toyota and trading the car in with the hope that this will not happen to the next owner.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1999 Toyota Corolla 8
Failure Date: 07/19/2013

I was driving home and exiting the highway when there was a sudden loud crackling noise coming from the transmission. I continued home approximately 1/2 mile, I then parked the car checked all fluids, everything was fine. Next day I was driving and upon acceleration the car hesitated to move but at a slow speed it went on. Anyhow, as I drove I noticed that upon acceleration it would quiet, but once I released the peddle there was a loud cracking sound, and it finally stopped moving.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 9
Failure Date: 07/15/2013

The c-59 five speed manual transmissions in the 2003 Corolla model year, both Corolla and matrix, are known to be prone to early bearing failure, due apparently to a faulty batch of bearings. I was driving on a freeway when I first heard bearing noise from my transmission. I took it to a transmission shop that confirmed the noise was from one or more bearings in the transmission and offered me a choice of replacing just the bearings, a full transmission rebuild, or a new transmission. Should the bearing have failed on the highway and blown up my transmission, I could easily have lost control of the vehicle resulting in a nasty accident. Toyota refuses to do a recall, but there are dozens if not hundreds of anecdotal reports of this exact scenario scattered online. The earliest symptoms are a grinding or whirring noise coming from the transmission (or more generally, from the engine compartment). If the faulty bearings are not replaced, they will eventually grenade (shatter and act as shrapnel, destroying your transmission) and you'll need a new transmission. My vehicle has been maintained by Toyota dealers for its entire life, save a single oil change while on a road trip. There is no reason a manual transmission should fail this early in its life. I've never raced it or abused it it any way.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2012

Vehicle began making a grinding or chatter type noise when in any gear. Took the vehicle to private mechanic and found the issue to be the transmission. While looking for replacement transmission found a site where many other 2003 Toyota Corolla owners with manual transmission were having the same issues. All have had to have the transmissions replaced. This does not eliminate the issue as the replacement transmissions seem to be having the same problems.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 11
Failure Date: 04/02/2012

At 94,000 miles the transmission started to make a grinding noise. I took it in to the dealer and they told me that the transmission was shot and had to be replaced.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 12
Failure Date: 03/12/2012

I was driving home from work when the transmission locked up. I pulled over turned the car off and back on. I managed to put the car in first gear and make it back home even though the transmission was making this loud grinding noise. I brought the car for repair and they tell me I need a new transmission. Just 6 weeks ago I had the clutch replaced. After investigating this issue I have learned this is a very common problem. Something must be done about this.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 13
Failure Date: 01/15/2012

2003 Corolla s & manual transmission with under 90k miles. Driving at approximately 25 mph in third gear. Car began making a grinding noise and the car stopped completely in the middle of a busy 3 lane street nearly causing an accident. It was still running, but couldn't get it to drive. Almost felt as if something was holding it back or stuck under the car. Had to manually move car to the side of the road. Car has not been officially diagnosed yet, but all indications point to the transmission. This seems to be a common theme with this year, make & model.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2011

After making some noise on the highway I pulled off the road to realize that I had no reverse gear in my Corolla. It was difficult to get the car in first gear also. I limped my way to the mechanic who told me the next day that the transmission was completely broken. He said that a component came loose and destroyed the transmission further by interfering with other parts. He said that it would cost $3,800 to fix. This was completely unexpected and dangerous.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

One year ago my 2003 Toyota Corolla began to make a high-pitched whirring noise when the transmission was engaged. The sound continued to become louder until while driving down the street my car began to make a crunching noise. After I pulled to the side of the road I was unable to put the car back into gear. I had the transmission rebuilt in Nov. 2010. I began hearing the same high-pitched whirring noise again recently (Nov. 2011).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 16
Failure Date: 08/05/2010

While driving my car made a weird noise as I got on the freeway. Car was screaming until I got off of freeway. Parked the car and called aaa. Car would not go into reverse. Tow truck driver had trouble pushing car out of parking space. Got to transmission shop and car would not back off of tow truck. Transmission shop took apart transmission and states the pinion bearing went bad and that the vehicle had locked in 5th gear. They stated that the bearings have been known to go bad in Toyota's manual transmissions and rebuilt my transmission with a new aftermarket bearing kit. Repairs cost approximately $1800.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 17
Failure Date: 04/10/2010

On and off, the car make a noise when I stop my vehicle followed by a crank noise, and feels like car doesn?t want to stop at times, matter of seconds. And being a vehicle that has 4,451 miles I took it for the 5000 miles service, because of the brakes noise concerned, I send an email to the service manager describing the problems, and the service advisor told me they have check the brakes and that my car was ready, I drove my car and it keep doing the same thing on an off, so abnormal, I wrote a second email to the service manager, I was told in few words that they have to reprogram the computer on my car since it was the transmission or power train problem I can read on my invoice performed a TSB 0082-9 reprogrammed ecu??? I drop my car at penske Toyota twice; have my car like a week, since it suffer a lot damage. When I drop my car off I was told by the technician he was going to call the factory to solve the problem?? am I secure in my vehicle? I don?t feel secure on it. Can they replace my car? I am afraid because of the computer issue, and the pedal issue.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 18
Failure Date: 03/17/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the check engine warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 19
Failure Date: 04/29/2009

I was driving and heard loud noise. Pull into a gas station and called husband. When he got to me he tried to put car in reverse and it just made a grinding noise. It wouldn't do anything. I had the transmission rebuilt. Now just 3 years later June 4, 2012 I was driving and heard same noise. I got home turned off car and when tried to put car in reverse it just made a grinding noise and wouldn't move.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 20
Failure Date: 01/13/2008

Stop the car while driving. Big crash noise just like conflicting metals. 1/14/08 dealer changed the ecm at 13,699 miles. After then when stopped and idling in drive with brakes on the rpms drop and there is tapping noise from the passenger front side of car. But the service always told me your car is fine. I had to do maintenance service for transmission oil change and 30,000 miles service at 26,68miles.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 21
Failure Date: 11/23/2007

The od light comes on intermittently. It stays on. There is a strange whirring noise coming from the engine. A clunking noise is heard in the rear of the vehicle. All these occur intermittently. A Toyota dealer in yuma said of the od light, there is definitely something wrong with the transmission.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Toyota Corolla 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2001

Consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and front left tire blewout. She heard a noise, and was able to pull over to the shoulders. Goodyear, integrity, p175/65r14, dot m68jc9032200. Dealership mechanic told consumer that all four tires needed to be replaced. Also, to replace rims. Transmission failed and replaced.

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