I want to share a few more things I learnt about my Avensis Tourer.
Toyota seems to have a adopted a few ideas, some I like, others which could make fixing expensive!
We all know about the hated EPB, but I was reading about Volkswagen and the clutch slave cylinder and I did a check on my car. The slave cylinder is inside the bell housing as part of the clutch unit! That means if the slave unit needs to be changed, then the gearbox has to come off. That means if the any part of the clutch has to be changed, you might as well change the whole lot. Hopefully like my old Mk1 which never had any problems with the hydraulic master or slave cylinders, it will last a very long time.
Next the drive belt is single and only drive the alternator, water pump and air-con unit. Toyota have reverted to manual adjustment, instead of the auto tension of previous cars. Not a problem as this is similar to the 7A-FE. One bolt to adjust and one to lock on the alternator.
Talking of the alternator, the pulley has a freewheel clutch pulley. This is meant to take the stress off the drive belt, aiding longevity.
My biggest moan is brake dust. The design of the early alloys on the TR.
The first is the front wheel and second is a close-up. The Third picture is a close-up of the rear wheel. It is nearly two weeks since I washed the car. The Apec brakes are good so I will have to do more cleaning. I don't want to try shields yet. The wheels are in need of care overall.
Ignore the rust on the discs. It has been raining heavily this morning, and the moment I drive the car, they clean up.
Another thing I noticed is the scuff marks on some of the trim
The door trim seems to be made of carbon fibre.
The Passenger panel is similar.
Passenger kick panel.
Compared to my previous car, this fibre material is not hard wearing. I need something that can help remove the marks.
The seats cleaned up well so not all bad. I will probably find something else.