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HI. New to this club, but hello everyone and thanks for being here. We bought a RAV4 XTR with 2.2 D4D engine 18 months ago with 50,000 miles on the clock, from our local Toyota dealer. It had apparently suffered some injector problems and was "all sorted out" when we took it away. The car has been serviced by Toyota up until its 70,000 miles service, which was done by my own mechanic at 68,000 miles, a few months after the dealers warranty expired. In the first few weeks of owning the car I noticed a little puddle of water under the engine occasionally, but our dealer said its not unusual. Very little coolant loss and never overheated. When my own mechanic serviced the car it was about 500ml short of water and he noticed coolant stains on the expansion bottle overflow and engine bay.Guess you know whats coming.... took it to dealer and within 10 seconds of opening the bonnet their mechanic said head gasket failure. Speaking to a few other owners and reading forums here I guess he had seen it before. My question.. at 68,000 miles and Toyota servicing should Toyota not be prepared to help out? Our dealer has given us a courtesy car and is asking Toyota for a contribution, but are hinting that we will have to pay a substantial part of the cost, or buy another car from them at their forecourt price. We haven't finished paying for this one yet! It seems to me if it needs a new short engine its virtually a write off! Toyota quality??? Any advice?
Bit of a strange one here, I took my car to an authorized Toyota dealer and said that Id been losing some coolant and they said it was the dreaded HG, I asked what they did to check it and they were not that forward with explaining how they came to this conclusion .
Im using about 200ml of coolant every two weeks and have small dots that look like coolant on the drive where I park when I check. It has been like this for around 6000 miles. It doesn't overheat - temp needle is always at the same point on the temp gauge, there is NO pressurization on the tank where I fill it up when I take the cap off when its cold or when its warm, NO bubbling when the car is running with the coolant cap off, there is NO white specks on the engine cover , NO leak from the overflow pipe .
Im no mechanic but am a little concerned at the way the dealer came to this conclusion with out really getting to the bottom of it despite me asking what checks they had done.
If anyone has any ideas as Im sure we have all read the various posts on the HG but this one is making me scratch my head.
I have a coolant leak at the short hose connecting the water inlet pipe to the back of the water pump. Is there an easy way to replace this? I am familiar with cooling system repairs, but it sounds like this would be complicated if I have to remove the water pump. Can I replace the hose by detaching the water inlet pipe from the back of the engine? Can it be replaced without removing the inlet pipe? (It looks like there is not enough room to slip the short piece of hose in place without moving at least the inlet pipe.) Any suggestions are welcome. Note this is a picture from internet. I have not taken anything apart yet.
By Vitor Pereira
At this stage it is not news to anyone that the early Yaris units leak water into the boot. Some through the taillights, some through the stop light and some through both.
I believe this happens with some other models as well and the forums have a few posts from people asking about it and some others saying how they've fixed it, usually with silicone.
I just had to deal with this on my other half's 1999 Yaris (made in Japan fortunately), instead of going the silicone route I ordered new gaskets to see if they had changed their initial crap design and they had.
Attached are some photos of the original gasket and the new re-design ones. It's no surprise the old ones leak.
They're not cheap but here are the part numbers in case you're interested:
I can't remember which is right and which is left but google is your friend.
I hope the idiot that approved the design of the original ones has been sacked and made to work in a Fiat service garage.
I have a 2007 Auris petrol. I first noticed pink super long life coolant was low when I bought it from Toyota n Huddersfield after it had been supposedly 'fully serviced'. It was below the low mark, so I took it back to Toyota who looked at it and told me it was NOT low. A few months later I saw the sticker on the top of the bonnet which confirmed that it was actually low, why the Toyota dealership that service this car day-in-day-out did not KNOW this, I have no idea. But that meant that I it was too late to get Toyota to top it up for free as they must not have done it at the service. Because of this I will NEVER have my car serviced at Toyota Hudds!
Anyway, I bought a litre of SLL coolant from Toyota and filled it to the 'B' line (above full mark), probably putting in around 400 mls. I have noticed that after 12,000 miles it is below the low mark again, but I've only put in around 300mls to get it in between the low and full marks. So that's around 700mls of coolant in 12000 miles over 3 years.
Is it normal to loose coolant or this much coolant over 12,000miles/3yrs?