To maintain a Toyota Corolla in good working condition, you must perform routine maintenance. A good example is the radiator flush. If this task is neglected, the waste can accumulate in the cooling system causing the car to overheat. To clean the radiator does not have to be a certified mechanic, just follow a series of instructions.
You will need
- Distilled water
- Airtight container
- Work Shirt Long Sleeve
- Move the Toyota Corolla to a flat surface and set the parking brake.
- Pop the hood and check the outside temperature of the radiator. If the radiator is cool to the touch, then continue to the next step. If not, wait until cool before continuing.
- Give a complete answer to the radiator cap to release any back pressure inside the radiator. Wait a few seconds and then remove the radiator. Place a bucket under the radiator, just below the drain plug or drain valve.
- Open the drain plug and let the coolant in the radiator is the Toyota Corolla in the bucket to drain completely. Pour the old coolant in an airtight container because it is very toxic to people and pets. Discard the coolant in a recycling liquid waste or a local machine shop.
- Again placed the bucket under the radiator, close the drain plug and fill the radiator with distilled water. After a few minutes, the drain open to allow water to flow into the bucket. Repeat this process until the rinse water runs out waste. About 3 gallons (11.36 l) of distilled water is needed to clean the radiator properly.
- Close the drain plug and fill the radiator with new coolant. Then turn on the Toyota Corolla and turn the heater fan on high. Let the car is turned on until the cooling fan turn on and off twice.
- Turn off the engine and check the coolant level. If dropped, add more refrigerant. If not, put the radiator cap again and close the hood.
Tips and Warnings
- Because of the pressure that builds up inside the radiator, be careful when removing the cap, as the coolant inside can explode and injure others nearby.
According to the manufacturer Freestyle, i.e. with the Ford Motor Company, you should replace the fuel filter every 15,000 miles (24.1401 km) made to keep the system free of debris. The fuel filter has a specific function is to remove dirt from the fuel before the engine reaches. Once the filter becomes clogged or filled with dirt, no longer allows fuel to pass through it successfully. Then the engine will not start your Freestyle and also excessively contaminated filter can damage the fuel injectors.
You will need
- Tweezers to remove the relay
- Set of wrenches
- Support for elevator
- Metal collecting tray
- Raise the hood of your Freestyle and locate the power distribution box in the engine compartment. The rectangular box is in front of the battery. Lift the tab at the top of the cover up and remove the cover. Inside the cover, you’ll see a numbered diagram showing the position of each of the relays in the center.
- Search on the relay diagram number 53. This will be the fuel pump your Freestyle. Find that number (53) next to the relays connected to the power distribution center. Remove the relay of the fuel pump with a pair of pliers to relay extractor. Place the clamp around the body of the relay and pull it upright; not pervert relay.
- Start the engine as you normally would and leave it on. Once the engine stops, is on again. The engine should turn off quickly. Try restarting the Freestyle, again, but should not be started because you’ve exhausted the fuel pressure. Turn the ignition to the lock, remove the key and apply the emergency brake.
- Remove the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Lift the Freestyle with a hydraulic lift on the rear driver’s side wheel. Place a bracket to the right of the hydraulic lift to help keep the vehicle up.
- Slide your Freestyle under the rear bumper. You should immediately see the general fuel tank, exhaust pipe and muffler. At 12 o’clock in front of the fuel tank, facing the engine, you should see the fuel filter. It has a metal tube connected to both sides of it and it looks like a can, but smaller.
- Keep the body to the right instead of mounting the fuel filter. Place a metal drip pan under the fuel filter. Note the small black arrow and the direction you point the fuel filter housing. You must reinstall the new filter in the same direction.
- First remove the fuel line filter from the driver’s side. Push in on the top of the quick-connect fitting on the fuel line and pull out. Remove the fuel line on the passenger side the same way. Both tubes can have residual fuel therein. Let drain in the tray.
- Loosen the clamp bolt holding the old fuel filter in place with a socket wrench. Extracts the old filter and install the new one in its place. Tighten the screw on the filter using a clamp with a socket wrench.
- Connect the fuel lines to the new filter. Install the fuel line driver side first. Place the quick-connect fitting on the nozzle of the filter and push it forward until it snaps into place. Connect the fuel line on the passenger side the same way.
- Remove the metal tray and place it in a safe place if you have fuel. Remove the bracket and then down the elevator to the ground Freestyle. Plug the relay number 53, ie fuel pump, again in the power distribution center by hand. Push down on the relay instead. You can do it with two fingers.
- Connect and secure the negative back to the battery with a socket wrench cable. Close the lid on the power distribution center and close the hood of the Freestyle.
Tips and Warnings
- It can take four to six attempts to start the engine because the fuel pressure has to be built again.
- Do not do this repair in a closed garage, near flames or near electronic connections such as cell phones and other devices. The gas fumes are dangerous if inhaled and are also highly flammable.
The procedure for changing the fuel filter is the same for all models of Ford Focus. The filter prevents sediment from reaching the engine fuel. Once the fuel exits the tank, enters the filter. This sediment traps within itself. Fuel filter, fuel returns to the fuel line and then to the motor.
You will need
- A cat
- Supports auto
- A fluid collection container
- A quick disconnect tool
- Focus parked on a level surface and stop the engine. Remove the fuel tank cap is on the passenger side to prevent the fuel pressure going to the filter.
- Lift the rear of the car with the jack and place the jack stands under the frame rail in front of both rear wheels. Support the car on the stands. Make sure the car is supported on a firm and level.
- Position yourself under the back of the car and locate the fuel filter. In the Ford Focus, it is in the frame rail at the rear of the vehicle and directly below the tank. This filter requires a quick disconnect tool that can be purchased at most auto parts stores.
- Slide the fluid container under the fuel filter. Then slides the end of the quick disconnect tool within the opening of the fuel feed hose. Tap the tool in and pull at the same time the fuel feed hose. The unlock tool to help you separate the filter. Do this with the two hoses that are located on both sides of the fuel filter.
- Remove the old filter from the round bracket. Then slide the new filter into the holder with the flow arrow pointing in the opposite direction to the fuel tank. This arrow shows the direction in which fuel flows through the filter.
- Press the feeder hose to fuel that fit properly. Then pull them slightly to make sure they are locked. Remove the bowl from under the Ford Focus.
- Replace the fuel tank cap. Turn the ignition key to the off position to start three times to make sure the filter is full of fuel. Start the engine.
- Inspect the filter and the fuel supply hoses while the engine is running. Then turn it off.
- Raise the vehicle and remove the jack stands. Lower the car to the ground.
Tips and Warnings
- The number of parts for fuel filters Ford Focus 2000-2008 is Interfill-5417-01005737.
- The number of spare filters for Ford Focus 2009 is AC-Delco-ACGF704.
- Always wear safety glasses when working with fuel.