How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Tom Your Own Question

Tom
Tom, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 25277
Experience:  ASE Certified Master Technician
Type Your Car Question Here...
Tom is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

2007 Toyota Corolla S: cyl..Ive gotten the check engine light

Customer Question

I have recently began experiencing problems with my 2007 Toyota Corolla S, 4 cyl. The past 3 times I've filled up (from different stations) I've gotten the check engine light. This has usually only lasted a short time before turning off though. Yesterday, I filled up at a place I never had before and initially the car was running fine. After sitting for a short time, I went to drive it again to have it lose power in gear while driving after about 3 miles. When the engine lost power (no response from throttle) the battery light also came on and I lost power steering (only on first occurrence). After sitting on the edge of the road for about 5 minutes, the car started up and was able to make it home fine. Since then, it has done this multiple more times and the amount of times it has taken to re-start has significantly increased along with the amount of time that I've had to wait. The car still has electrical power at these times.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Tom replied 4 years ago.
Ok alot of times when you fill up at gas stations they leave the gas cap loose witch in turn will tell the evap system that there is a leak untill the car goes 3 drive cylces and determines theres not a leak then the light will go off so make sure they tighten the cap 3 clicks the other problem can be caused by overfillingtrol the gas tank which in turn causes fuel to get into the purge control solenoide whic will cause the problem you are having and it possibly damged it causing the long restart need to bring it in to the dealer have them scan the car most likely its an evap code and they will replace whatever went bad still under warranty so make sure you dont pay a dime
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Will check this out. Will driving it in (about 10 miles) cause any further damage?


Thanks for the help!
Expert:  Tom replied 4 years ago.
No should be fine
Tom, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 25277
Experience: ASE Certified Master Technician
Tom and 24 other Car Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for the help
Expert:  Tom replied 4 years ago.
No problem glad to be here to help

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
< Last | Next >
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • The nearest Volvo dealer is 160 miles away. Best $15 bucks I have spent in a long time! Paul M Corpus Christi, TX
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Chris (aka-Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka-Moose)

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    846
    16 years of experience
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/muddyford/2012-6-13_1204_1.64x64.png Chris (aka-Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka-Moose)

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    846
    16 years of experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TE/TedG/2012-6-15_14759_avaLarge.64x64.jpg Ted G.'s Avatar

    Ted G.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1596
    20 years auto repair experience, ASE Master Tech, Mechanical Failure consultant, Expert Witness
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/joecamel90/2008-11-13_03615_head_shot.jpg George H.'s Avatar

    George H.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1311
    ASE Master Tech 15+ yrs, AAS Automotive Technology, Factory trained Asian specialist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AM/amedee/2013-10-24_23656_Amedee1.64x64.jpg Amedee's Avatar

    Amedee

    ASE Master Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    2367
    ASE Master Tech advanced level specialist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/SU/supermechanic/2013-8-23_03546_500.64x64.jpg Jerry's Avatar

    Jerry

    Master Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    1906
    ASE master, 30+ years. All makes and models. Trouble shooter, shop forman, service manager
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CR/crzydrvr00/2013-11-3_12123_246347.64x64.jpg Richard's Avatar

    Richard

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    942
    12 years Ford Lincoln/Mercury Jaguar dealership as a technician and shop foreman reparing all makes
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ST/Steve7654/2012-6-5_215929_japic800x660.64x64.jpg Steve's Avatar

    Steve

    Auto Service Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1980
    25+ yrs experience as a professional working technician; ASE L1 master technician