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2005 Corolla S 73K - First owner, all services done including recall ECM. Last week my car broke down, the mechanics first told me it was a broken internal mechanism in the transmission. It turned out to be just a broken axle. I'm concerned about keeping this car, should I expect future transimssion (automatic) problems because of the ECM? Please advise, I'm a single woman & need reliable transportation. Kim

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  • kimberly_577 Apr 05, 2011

    Okay thank you, that is what I want to do. But could the ECM have done any transmission damage prior to the recall?

    I trust my mechanics at Greggs Japanese Auto - but wonder why they called out a transmission replacement prior to finding the broken axle?

    They test drove the car w me after replacement to show the transmission was in good working order.

    Thank you in advance,


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Although the axle was found to be the cause, it is not an internal part of the transmission. By what you have described, it sounds as though the rubber boot had torn on the CV joint, causing axle failure. This is not uncommon on most vehicles, and are replaced at one time or another on a vehicle due to wear or damage. If one side had a boot failure, the other side will most likely fail as well at some point. With 73k on this vehicle and of course taking in consideration with maintenance and repair, I say keep the car and maintain the vehicle as best as you could with oil changes and other fluid change maintenance. The cost of a new car would cost far more money than keeping the 2005 you have right now. I do not see any reason why this vehicle would not provide you with at least 200,000 miles if maintained. Repairs will be needed in the future of course, but it is the same with any vehicle you purchase. It is a reliable vehicle.

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  • GetMeOttaHere Apr 05, 2011

    The recall was for an ECM (elecronic control module) and is a part that is outside of the trans, not internal. It is an electrical component that governs and controls transmission inputs and outputs and also communicates with your engines ECM. This part is not a cause for causing damage to the transmission or future damage to the transmission.

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