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I've noticed that my window washer fluid reservoir is slowly leaking. I felt around it today, and there is a tiny drip near some tube at the bottom. Is there a quick fix for this, or do I need to replace the entire reservoir? Also, are there typical problems I should expect of a 1999 Toyota Corolla CE? Since I purchased it in June, I've had to replace the engine, the breaks, fix the bumper, and the serpentine belt, to name a few. Is this normal of a Corolla with 115,000 miles?

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Regarding the washer pump, I would remove the entire bottle, and inspect the washer pump motor for a crack alongside of the unit.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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The washer pump fits in the tank at the bottom. Likely just the rubber washer has a piece of dirt in iy, or the hose may be loose or damaged. To answer your second question... no. They are probably the most dependable, best built car on the road. Especially 10 years ago. Any chance somebody played with the speedometer?

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Try taking the reservoir out to see if there are visible breaks in it. Once it is emptied, you can use Krazy glue or some other sort of adhesive to mend the breaches. As for the engine replacement, that is not typical for a Toyota with so few miles. My mother had a '98 CE with a host of cheap interior breakdown problems and a couple of electronic problems, but nothing quite so major. The brakes? Well that varies car to car and driver to driver. There are multiple influences on brake degradation including how you drive, typical load, etc, that will change how quickly brakes wear out. The same can be said for belts. Rubber quality varies batch to batch and it could be that it was just a bad belt. Without knowing why the bumper needed replacement, i can not make any comments on that.

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