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  1. Exactly, I remember when Chris Evans totally slagged off the Aygo: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2695945/Chris-Evans-reviews-Toyota-Aygo-If-appalling-Aygo-car-I-owned-Id-say-Ill-never-drive-again.html For a stuck up a**ehole that has cash flowing out of his hairy ginger ****, of course it's not appealing when you've just jumped out of a Ferrari. But for the regular joe who needs a reliable car on a budget, which I personally think drives very nicely, it ticks all the right boxes.
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  2. Not Smart cars, we all hate Smart cars around here. The Toyota iQ was marketed in the states as the Scion iQ so you may have seen some around without really noticing them. In the UK we have two versions, both with petrol driven engines. There is a 1.0 litre 3 cylinder version and the type I have which is the 1.33 litre 4 cylinder engine. We also have the option of manual stick shift, 5 or 6 speed and then there is a CVT automatic option. The 1.33 version is around 100bhp which feels quite lively in a small car. As for me though I just drive the iQ as a fun, cheap and different means of transport to get to and from work. They are quite rare in the UK so you can drive weeks without seeing another one. Things like VW Golfs, Mini's, Audi's just don't appeal to me as you can see hundreds of them, all the same, in the space of 30 minutes in this country. For fun though I drive a car I built myself that has a big American V8 in it. Fuel injected now so not quite so old fashioned but it's certainly a different drive than the iQ. Craig.
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  3. I personally wouldn't do it I'd rather have my back end seen and not push into the back seats
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  4. My issue is that during the day, unless it is very dull, you can hardly see the tail lights. I normally try and keep a good distance anyway. Also installing brighter bulbs to compensate may or may not work because the fittings and cables need to take the extra heat and current. There are times when looks are less important than practical use and safety. Also isn't tinting class as a modification in insurance companies eyes?
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  5. Ok so it was the pipe that sits under the radiator, it had corroded.i guess it takes a bit of a beating down there with the salt and crud etc. Cut and new pipe fitted Good to know its not always the master or slave that goes, it can just be some part of the piping too. Worth checking as all youtube videos blame these common parts too.
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  6. Bit personal but whats wrong with your Knob ?
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  7. Have a look at the Auto Express report (August 2016) - http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/36172/best-wiper-blades-2016-group-test The Bosch Aerotwin swept away the opposition ..
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  8. Looking around the Aygo, getting it prepped for MOT, I noticed a little red push button on the high level brake light. Everything is working, so I'm not going to push it just for the sake of it, but does anyone know what it's for?
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  9. Suppose it is more difficult for someone to steal the electricity. If they did, what would they be charged with, and would it come as a shock to them?
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  10. Just over the 1000 miles with my Gen 4 and I still really love to drive it. I have added a bit of chrome trim around the fog lights and number plates and of course fitted the Dash cams but I have found very little bits that I don't like. The white is still not to my taste but for me its got to be all white or all any other colour. Reflections have been an issue with all Toyota's I have ever owned, back to my first Corolla, for me seats apart inside should all be Matt Black,dull wood,or leather. I love chrome but it should be outside. Dash cams have problems with reflections even when CPF are fitted. The Gen 4 is so good to drive I can forgive all its little oddities. Like my old Gen 2 Prius, SAAB 96, Lexus IS, Escort Mk1 it makes me smile every time I drive it. Yes I feel smug, as if I have discovered a secret, and I still have not seen another outside of demonstrators. So I feel exclusive. I still feel the 15" wheels were the right decision. They have quietened down and I am getting about 10 mpg winter mileage better than the Auris TS Hybrid. The Auris TS is undoubtedly more practical, its longer, but its not as much fun. I never liked the Gen 3, did not like the Auris Hybrid Hatch that was on loan, could have lived with Auris Ts but this Gen 4 is so much better. Odd things The rear camera gets far dirtier quicker than on the Auris TS ( I noticed this on the Auris Hatch). Parking in a garage is not easy as a big Brake warning comes on when you get near the wall, and lights dings and warnings bombard your senses. I have a pillar in my garage that causes problems opening the door when parked. On the Auris TS I had to park in front of it to close the garage door, on the Gen 4 ( and IS 200 Gen 2& 3) I can park behind it and the door clears. Parking in front on all only leaves about 2" to the end wall. The side sills are wider which makes getting in a bit harder for my wife, and me in the garage. I use tennis balls to get the distance from the N/s wall and distance in position but often leave it out now just to look at it ..
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  11. Yes the ECU has reset since the battery was disconnected for a long time. What you need to do is drive the car for a few miles at different speeds and loads. The ECU will relearn all the parameters and the idle will be back to normal. The ECU reset is also a way of clearing EML codes. Toyota have had learning ECUs as far as I can remember, unlike the old British Leyland/Rover for example, where some of the cars had to have a memory battery or go back to dealers, if the battery was disconnected!
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  12. In the March 2017 edition of Money Which?, there is an article on how insurers work out what to charge customers. When one searches on-line for an insurance quote, the data one inputs is used to figure your level of risk - a pre-programmed algorithm will be used to calculate your score, which is then translated into your premium. Insurers base their decisions on the records of customers who came before you. For example if you're a 55 year old builder, and the 55 year old builders an insurer has dealt with previously, had all crashed their cars, your premium would be based on that risk no matter how careful a driver you are, and will be sky high. If one has an unusual occupation or live in an area an insurer hasn't had many customers in, they may not have dealt with people like you before. So may decline to quote, or offer an expensive quote. This is because the insurer needs to have a decent capital buffer in place to cover the uncertainty of insuring you. Conversely, if an insurer has had a lot of customers like you, they may not be keen to have any more in that category, may not be keen to have your business, and will offer a high quote. Insurers monitor their prices regularly. If they find they are offering a lot of quotes to a certain type of customer, but these aren't being translated into the same customers buying policies, they may adjust their prices to be more competitive. However, if they think they are offering too many policies to a certain type of customer, they may increase their prices, so they are not so exposed to that type of customer. As well as using the data you provide, insurers will also compare the details against your credit file, check your claims history against records held by the Claims and Underwriting Exchange, and verify your details with DVLA in the case of car insurance (especially as regards to points on your licence and driving convictions). Some insurers may charge more if you don't provide your driving licence number (which makes it easier for them to check with DVLA). Insurers also monitor the sales process, even down to the time of day - and some may charge a higher premium if one is searching in the early hours. How far in advance one buys can also make a difference. Two thirds of the insurers tested by Which? charged more for a policy starting the next day, rather than in three weeks time. Making changes to a policy can also affect the risk you are to an insurer. For example removing and then adding a conviction or a dramatically different career change, can make a difference. Car insurance repair costs are also increasing due to the increasing amount of technology in cars - built-in sat navs, parking sensors, touch screens, etc. Repair costs have risen 25% in the past three years, and this will impact on insurance premiums.
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  13. going by the .ir I think that you will find that he is in Iran despite his profile. ;)
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  14. Got a article put on my local Toyota Dealerships blog today 👍
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  15. Random increases seem pretty normal in my experiences; I change insurers pretty much every couple of years in order to keep the cost down as whenever I'm with an insurer for any length of time it inevitably goes up rather than down! And I am still mad about that 'equality' ruling that made women's insurance go up instead of bring ours down!!
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  16. We've renewed my wife's car insurance last week with LV for our Hyundai i20 1.4 SE. There has been another increase in the Insurance Premium Tax in the past year, so that accounts for part of the increase. My wife's premium had increased by £53 and I obtained a reduction of £20. Last year's £354, renewed at £387. 79.5% guaranteed NCD, courtesy car, additional personal injury cover, £50 excess. Cover includes Class 1 business use for each of us. Birmingham postcode. Also get free legal cover. As regards Frank's father, all insurers have certain groups they provide cover for. For example Saga and RIAS specialise in the over 50's. People may move out of the customer groupings that an insurer may wish to cover - which may be due to age, change in occupation, change of car, change of postcode, etc - so the insurance renewal may be priced to 'persuade' the customer to move on.
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  17. Hi, If its a 16 pin socket under the dashboard, typically below the steering column area, then you can get a read out on the dashboard lights. With the ignition off, place a wire link between pin 4 and pin 13, then turn the ign only on ( do not start). The stored code / s will flash out on the Engine Warning Light, and once all flashed , will repeat until you remove the wire link/ switch off. Looking at the socket straight on its pins are top row L to R 1 to 8 bottom row 9 to 16 Disconnecting the battery neg lead for a few minutes should clear any stored codes.
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  18. A modern diesel is so much worse for such a commute - they take ages to warm up so will run inefficiently for a lot of it, and with a lot of short journeys the particulate filter and EGR valve will clog up in no time. With a Prius/Auris hybrid it will only take 1-2 minutes at most to get up to normal operating temperature. As others have said you won't get great fuel economy in winter (it uses the ICE cooling system for cabin heating like any normal ICE car, so more cabin heat = more ICE idling), but should do much better in warmer weather.
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  19. The L and H denote Low & High versions of the software: 6.8.1#L is the latest Low version available and can only be installed in cars with Touch 2 & Go nav 6.8.2#H is the latest High version which can only be installed in cars with Touch 2 & Go + / Pro nav ( the High grade adds voice control & 3D mapping ) you will also see W or E in the software versions e.g 6.8.1WL this denotes a Western Europe map set, E not surprisingly is a Eastern Europe map set.
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  20. ...and you wondered why your passenger side air vent was illuminated
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  21. The Osram Cool Blue Intense are 20% brighter, and look like Powerbulbs will be stocking those (though not yet) - https://www.powerbulbs.com/product/osram-cool-blue-intense-hir2-single The Philips bulbs don't seem to quote additional brightness - https://www.amazon.com/Philips-9012CVB2-CrystalVision-Upgrade-Headlight/dp/B01I3OTXH HIR2 bubs are already approx 75-80% brighter than standard halogen. So a 20% brighter HIR2 bulb will be an approx equivalent to a Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited +110% in non-HIR2 fitting (eg H4, H7, H11, HB4).
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  22. I watch fully charged regularly it's a great channel
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  23. Keyless is so convenient, you sometimes forget all about the fob, as I did the other day. I took my phone and my wallet out of my jeans pockets, and then chucked the jeans in the wash with a load of other stuff. When it came to emptying the machine, I was absolutely horrified to find the IQ's keyless remote in the bottom of the machine. For the next 2 days, the wet remote was in my airing cupboard, more in hope than anything else. But 2 days later, and much to my amazement, it's dried out nicely and works absolutely fine. I am much relieved, a replacement would have been an awful expense I really don't need. Lucky or what?
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  24. lucky. If I was you though, I'd get some electrical contact cleaning spray, remove the fob covers and give the circuit a good spraying. That should stop any corrosion, otherwise you might find it stops working due copper oxidation.
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  25. The second generation Auris (December 2012 onwards) has moved to HIR2 bulbs, which are supposedly around 75% brighter than standard halogen bulbs. The bulbs are single filament, and an actuator redirects the beam for when main beam (high beam) is needed. Some owners have had problems with the headlights, some haven't. If you do have an issue with the headlights, there is a Toyota Service Bulletin, which has been highlighted in another thread on this forum, where the headlights can be replaced with updated versions. Osram Nightbreakers, the latest versions of which are 110% brighter than standard halogen, and as with other upgrade bulbs aren't available in the HIR2 fitment (9012), but some have fitted HB4's (9006) which require one of the plastic lugs to be trimmed.
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  26. So i replaced the rear brake discs at the weekend.... was very straight forward thanks to the the workshop submission thread. On inspection they looked to be in a very poor state see the images below.... brake pads were not wearing even on the rear passenger side.... and the inside of the disc appears to be badly worn..... once i fitted the new discs and pads i took if for a test drive to find no noise coming from the rear wheels... i had suspected it was a rear bearing but seems it was due to the poor state of the discs. Thanks for all the help lads.
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  27. Bear in mind that you won't be able to sell copies via Toyota Owners Club unless you register as a trader.
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  28. Update. I took it in to a different garage, and they inspected it immediately. They found the caliper okay, but the pad had worn into a wedge shape which locked up against the disk. When the caliper released, the pad couldn't shift. They changed the pads on both rear wheels and charged me sixty quid. Drives like a dream now that the wheel is free to move.
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  29. My money is on the clutch master cylinder seals. Fluid has bypassed the o-rings and has created a slight vacuum which the return spring cannot overcome thus preventing the piston from resetting. Failure of the slave would not prevent the pedal from returning as additional fluid would just be drawn in from the reservoir. This was relatively common on the MR2 mk2. The clutch fluid shares the same reservoir as the brakes. There's not likely to be a significant loss of liquid but you may see some dampness on the seal/shaft which is attached to the clutch pedal. Also check the slave for any leaks at the same time as mentioned above.
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  30. Hi I had a renault traffic which did the same came of the motorway pressed the clutch and it just Stayed on the floor ,I pulled up the pedal and it worked fine for a week then did the same . It turned out to be the clutch slave unit inside the gear box which pushed the clutch release bearing when you press the clutch . If I was you I would Check the clutch master cylinder normally up near the pedal or on the bulk head inside the engine bay also all pipe work for a small weep and the slave unit on the gearbox pop back the rubber boot and check for leaks yours should be visible as you look down when you open the bonnet . Good luck
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  32. There's a massive divide between expectations and requirements for someone like Toyota selling a car globally, vs. some lads in a shed in California selling some battery kit. When producing a car there are varying type approval standards around the world, safety standards, etc. - Toyota need to be sure these batteries will be safe in numerous conditions, and want to get respectable ratings in things like the Euro NCAP and NHTSA crash tests. Unfortunately all this has a penalty on battery density, and cost. People selling aftermarket modifications for cars have much less to worry about in order to sell their products, and they may not be so safe in the event of an accident.
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  33. That sounds like pre-ignition/knocking. I can only assume that the knock sensor is not working properly or something has changed the timing. Check the connections to the engine sensors and pull the EFI fuse in the engine bay fuse box to see if it cures the car. I would also put an additive in the fuel to help clear any carbon in the engine. Hopefully the additive will clean the injector. Check the condition of the spark plugs to make sure they are not oily. The noise only occurs increasing the engine revs, not at constant speeds. Hopefully any of the above may be enough. PS - I did an isolated download as it can be risky with virus and trojans. This is why there has been no response.
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  34. We took our car to the garage and he couldn't find anything out of order. To save us money, he suggested that we check the light switch on both the bonnet and the hatch. As soon as we lifted the bonnet we could see that the light switch had been pushed at an angle into the bodywork. Once this was straightened and put back correctly the alarm issue stopped and all was quiet. Our neighbors were very grateful.
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  35. I recall discussion about this in another thread, and it's because the rev of the injector is too late for the rev of the ecu, solutions are earlier injector or flash the ecu.
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  36. If you decide you are selling it, and can give an indicative price, then the post can be moved to the For Sale section. More detail would also be needed - eg what are the engine issues.
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  37. At the end of the day, this is rather a pointless discussion, as you're asking members of a UK based owners club to comment on a car which isn't available in the UK at present. Furthermore we don't know the exact specification of the Prius Prime/PHEV or whatever it will be called when it comes into the UK, or whether the European version will differ from the US version. Thread locked.
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  39. As far as I'm aware, only diesels had oil maintenance lights. You won't find a workshop manual that is of a reasonable cost. Toyota's preferred oil is 0W-20. As regards service and repair information, one can register with and access www.toyota-tech.eu - note that some information is free to download, some chargeable.
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  40. Thanks for the replies, I now feel very happy about the situation. I am an 81 year old engineer (mechanical and electronic) and have run my 1952 Vincent Motorcycle since 1956 and have always carried out my own servicing and engine rebuilds on it. Up until about 5 years ago I did all the work on my cars as well, including many engine and gearbox rebuilds. This was OK on classic machines but now needs too many special tools and acrobatics for me to cope , so I am pleased not to probably have to do a big repair to the Toyota. Thanks for the advice Matty
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  41. Thanks for the input guys I just sorted it. There's 4 bulbs running behind the dials and the second bulb from the left illuminates the ac switch. I changed with a spare I had and all sorted. Handy enough job if not a little finicky.
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  42. Hi there,if you find the temperature is barely rising above cold,on the gauge aswell as your heater blowing cool air despite being set to the hot position then 99 times out of 100 it's a blown thermostat. They have been designed to fail open (safe) for a long time now meaning your coolant will be flowing through to the radiator all the time Normally it is closed when the engine is cold so the coolant is pumped around the engine internals and possibly the heater matrix allowing it to heat up more quickly. The thermostat platebis held shut by basically a metal spring that expands as the hot coolant heats it up,the hotter the more it expands until at the required water temp it opens up fully to allow the hot coolant to flow to the radiator as so ot doesn't overhead. When they fail they fail open as it's far better the coolant is cool rather than unable to cool down when it's boiling. It's a very simple but ultimately very effective system much like the bi-metallic spring used to operate the automatic choke on the the Weber twin choke carbs...... maybe that kind of tech is too old for most folks to remember these days lol. Anyway, I'd check your thermostat first. You can drop it, once removed, into a glass of boiling water and see if it closes or just fit a new one and see if that sorts the problem. From your description I'd fit a new one expecting that to sort it because it sounds like a classic blown thermostat...... it's probably arounf £15-25, last time I bought one anyway :)
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  43. As Nick says, coolant concentration is the important thing here. The tap water content won't be an issue. Get one of those antifreeze/coolant testers, they're pretty cheap, and check the strength of the solution. If it is too weak, remove some coolant from the expansion tank using a turkey baster, then add some concentrated coolant to replace what you took out. It'll be fine, don't worry
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  44. The 2T-CE diesel is an interference engine. I think as a general rule, diesels tend to be interference due to the way they run - high compression and valves closing early and no overlap.
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  45. In November I bought a Business Edition 2.0 with the BMW engine, to date nothing but problems, front sensor/camera system fault, touch 2 with go fault, bad noise and vibration through the car at and around idle. I took the car to the dealer last week to have the front camera system modification and the touch 2 system updated 40 mins to 1 1/2 hours they said, as the dealer is around a 100 miles round trip they said I could wait, six hours later, "your car is ready Mr C", great at last I thought, the camera system is now working, the Touch 2 system, no better, Ah sorry we forgot to do that we need to order a card from Toyota to do that it will be next week now, OK can you also check out this vibration noise?, it is the front wheel arch liner vibrating against the bodywork, the air filter box vibrating on the inlet extension and the gear linkages vibrating though the lever, yes no problem, took the car again this morning, about an hour they said are you waiting?, two hours later went out for a walk and to get lunch, went back Sorry we have a problem your touch 2 will not accept the update, can we loan you a car to go home and perhaps come back next week when it is done, O DEAR said I (or something similar), have you got to the bottom of the vibration and noise?, well we have checked it all and the wheel arch liner it as it should be also the air filter box is fine and we can't find any fault with the gear linkage. I have now sent a detailed list of my problems to Toyota and can only hope they are more help than the dealer, I know this is one of the first of this face lift model but after more than a year in the wild Toyota must have addressed this vibration problem by now, I have the car registered on "My Toyota" I can see that the previous owner was also having these problems. I have had nothing but Toyota cars since 1975 and lost count of how many but this is my fifth Avensis and without doubt the fist Toyota I wish I had never bought, I just hope that Toyota can find a solution. Sorry for the rant, but it helps.
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  46. I got one too - in my case the "RAVPower 500A/12000mAh Jump Starter" fro £59.99, about 14 months ago. Also useful for charging phones, iPads etc. I keep it in the seat pocket on the back of the driver's seat, since the boot will not open if the battery is flat!
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  47. Good Afternoon All, quick update, Toyota topped up my oil, took half a litre they stated, and then zeroed my trip B and asked me to monitor the oil weekly, and to go back if it drops again. Otherwise, overall they said everything looked normal, think they spent a good 45mins looking over it. Interesting how my vehicle always drives or feels so much better once its been into Toyota...or is it just me. On the journey home, stopped to buy some Millers diesel power ecomax...and Millers injector cleaner...And yes one more...Millers dpf cleaner...all top products that i'll use over the coming months...individually by the way!!!
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  48. I also got a passenger airbag recall letter in the summer stating that i would get a call from the local dealer when they had new stock of airbags. Well no call ever came so i called my local dealer Steven Eagle Toyota in Peterborough and to my surprise they said no problem, when can you bring it in? It was replaced yesterday and took about an hour. Apparently dealers can only stock a limited number of airbags as they are classed as explosives which may explain the delays. i would certainly recommend contacting your local main dealer rather than waiting for them to contact you as stated in the Toyota recall letter.
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  49. I checked a couple of videos: - In both case only spanners are needed. You need brake piston rewind tool. I bought a universal kit which fits different types plus reverse side for left hand threads from eBay. Mk3 T27 Avensis need this, but not sure for Mk2 T25. Any decent brand brakes should be fine. Some have preferred brands. Avoid cheap brands.
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  50. IF the engine is seized then you'll need at least a new short motor, and if you're putting in a new motor then it's wise to get the clutch and flywheel checked at the same time, and of course the ancillaries like water pump, serpentine idler etc. You may be able to reuse the head bit it would have to be properly flushed to remove all traced of swarf.
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