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Dash light and gear light doesnt work, broken handles and raingua

So after reading about 15 pages of post I noticed many problems that I have with my 98 Toyota Corolla that others have w/their Corolla. I am by no means car savy and definitely probably could not do any of the repairing/replacement myself. However if someone could advise me on cost or if it is something simple than I could have my friends husband possibly fix it, as he was a mechanic for many years at muffler and brake mechanic shop. I have taken it to him in the past, to Firestone, and was advised to go to someone who specializes in electric components of car work, and of course Toyota said it would be a fortune to fix. After reading many posts I feel like it is something much simpler and maybe the mechanics at muffler shop and Firestone just did not know the car in detail to know some of the stuff you all have posted on here.

My problem, for years now, dash light is out and so is my parking gear shift light, however headlights on outside do work and so do radio lights. I have lost 2 and half door handles. Just had friend opening the door to get in and it just popped off. Is this a manufacturer defect? saw other had problem. my friend said he would have done it but w/my car difficulty getting door, have to take door apart, so he couldnt do it for as cheap as he wanted to at his work. where can i go to get this cheaply done? what should the price be? passenger front door, handle on outside broken off,and i have to open that door on inside for them. my handle was broken on inside and used to be able to open by rolling my window down and opening from outside, eventually outside broke on outside so spent close to 400 bucks to get that one handle(inside and out fixed). also my rain guards in the doors were falling off so bad, many times would have to fix in a position to close doors. my door and back door behind me and other back door, got to point that it was falling off, hanging on by a tread so i just ripped them off. i got one replaced, and was 160 bucks. maybe they had to take door off? it was a few years back so dont remember for sure but i think the way it is on door is you have to buy whole new guard. where can i get this done for cheaper? i have not had problem w/rain getting in my car but feel sometimes i get a bug or spider or two every once in awhile in my car(more often than before the guards were removed) so want to get them replaced especially since it is very buggy and humid where i live.

SORRY so long wanted to be detailed so i could get correct, helpful solutions. poor teacher trying to get my car to last me as long as i can especially on my budget.

Thanks I greatly appreciate it!!

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  • smiles72b Jun 17, 2009

    should i have someone assist me w/this? or can you guide me w/step by step process for checking lights? yea it is not the dimmer. from time to time i have accidentaly hit it or turned it but it does work, and does dim radio lights if i have accidently touched it. i have taken it to various car places over the years as mentioned, Monroe Muffler & Brakes, Firestone, called Toyota, but afraid they would charge me an arm and a leg. so would they have not checke dashboard light? i know they all have checked fuse and it is not a fuse problem. i will look into see if schools have some programs that you mentioned when school gets back in. like i said i ve been driving for years like this but would like to get if fix if i can do so for reasonably.

    any suggestions with the rain guards and door handles??

    thanks for the advice from those who posted solutions!!



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Ok one thing at a time. sometimes people observe that the dash light no longer operates and on investigation they figure out that they have turned the dimmer switch all the way down, effectively turning the light off. you have probably already checked that, but if you hadn't thought of it you wouldn't be the first. power to the dash has to flow through that switch so it's a good place to start, if you have power there but no dash light then you check the bulb itself, they do burn out but more often they develop resistance in connection to power or ground. without both you don't get a complete circuit and so bulb won't light. your other and probably more important question, where can you have your car repaired and save a little money and hopefully still get some decent quality work i suggest that you check around at local high schools in your area. most schools that have an auto repair program do some work on customer cars, it's a good way for the people enrolled in the program to get some real experience and there is also an instructor on hand to make certain that some misguided soul doesn't ruin your automobile. the service rates are usually quite reasonable though of course they do charge you something and you will have to pay for any necessary parts. only thing wrong with this idea is that school is out for summer most places right now. that's the best idea i can think of all the same. hope that helps

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For the dash gear light please change the bulb in the dashboard! its a common problem!

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    JOSEPH ADDISON Jun 17, 2009

    for the dash gear light please change the bulb in the dashboard! its a common problem!



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