How to Remove a Toyota Corolla Engine Cover

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Since 2003, all Toyota Corollas have come from the factory with an engine cover (sometimes called an engine dampener). The plastic engine cover serves two purposes: to make the engine bay look cleaner and to reduce interior noise from the engine bay. The back side of the cover contains a sound deadener. Removing the engine cover in 2003 to 2008 models requires basic tools; in 2009 and 2010 models, no tools are required.

Turn your engine off and let it cool down for a few minutes. Open your hood and support it using the prop.

Remove the four nuts from the plastic engine cover using a pair of pliers or a small socket wrench.

Remove the rivets behind the nuts. Gently pry them up using a flathead screwdriver. Keep the nuts and rivets in a cup or bag to avoid losing them.

Grasp the sides of the engine cover; lift it straight up to remove it, and then set it down.

Reinstall the engine cover by setting it in place, and then reattach the rivets and nuts.


  • check The 2009 to 2010 Toyota Corolla uses a slightly different setup. To remove the cover, simply grasp it and lift it up (it attaches with clips, not rivets or nuts).

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About the Author

Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.

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