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  1. 1 point
    Having use USB memory sticks on my Mk1 Avensis with Sony, CD changer and Connects2 for many years, I wanted the same on my T27. My original post: http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/169513-added-usbbluetooth-adaptor-to-w53828-in-avensis-mk3/ I choose the LaPower Adapter as it had the additional Bluetooth A2DP, at a cheaper cost than the usual Connects2 and Xcarlink, plus the supplier is UK based. The USB/Bluetooth kit . The trim removal kit The first is to look at the many guides for the radio removal on the internet. http://www.handsfree.lt/index.php?route=product/download/download&download_id=13 Remove the glovebox. With the trim removal tool I obtain from eBay I carefully worked on the top vent. then the passenger side trim near the heater controls. Then remove the surround to access the lower screws securing the stereo . . Remove the four screws to access the rear of the stereo. Pull the stereo forward and slightly to the left to pass the right trim, which is only loosened and not removed. Looking at the rear the Cd changer socket 12 pin (6+6) should be empty . Route the cable for the adapter from the glove box area, as close to the firewall as possible, behind the vertical reinforce bar and insert into the CD changer socket. At this point, reposition the stereo and connect the adapter to the cable. Get a memory stick with music and test the system. I used mine from my other system and they all worked fine. Better to find out now than later after putting the car back together. I decided to leave the adapter in the glovebox for now but may make changes. Next was to install the microphone and carefully rand the cable along the front of the roof lining, tucking along the front of the A pillar close to the windscreen - this avoids interfering with the curtain airbag! Everything was put back and the sound quality is very good and clear. Most of the functions can be operated by the steering wheel controls. I have two mobiles and the second is connected to the adapters Bluetooth. Calls can be taken or rejected by the steering wheel Next or Previous buttons. The other phone is connected to the cars Bluetooth. I may get an USB/Aux extension cable and mount in a blank hole in the dashboard measure the blanking plate and compared to measurements of the two I found. They both measure the same 33mm x 21/22mm The first costs £11.80 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121504852123?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The second £5.88 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/391206888063?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT The first looks better built and seems to match the hole, whilst the second looks cheaply made and may need more work to keep in place. If I go ahead, there will be an update. I bought the more expensive USB/AUX dashboard extension cable because it looked a better fit, and I was correct. The socket without the cable attached. The blank socket I chose was close to the steering wheel A notch had to be cut out on upper right side of the hole, using a craft knife. A slight adjustment was done on another notch and the socket now fits perfectly. The dashboard material is soft and easy to work on. After routing the cable, repositioning the adapter to the space behind the heater on the passenger side freed up the glove box. If the adapter needs resetting, removing the glove box gives quick access. The USB/AUX socket in position. It looks a lot better now, but I may move it to the storage compartment between the seat replacing the original socket . This will need a lot more work and I could not remove the reverse collar on the gear stick. I don't want to break that! The system works well and I will not be using the microSD socket on the adapter, only USB memory sticks. The adapter can only use one or the other, so it is not an issue. The total integration is very good and the only minor gripe which is for every USB adapter, is the lack of artist/title display. I don't really look at what artist is playing, since I put the music on the USB stick! Unfortunately iPhone and iPod are not supported through the USB cable, but I don't own or use Apple products. A cheap upgrade. I have changed the position of the USB/AUX dashboard extension, to the centre storage box. This replaces the AUX only socket which is not needed. As you can see, both sockets look identical and the fitting notches are in the same location. The later Avensis has the USB/AUX in the same position in the centre storage box . Removing the centre console covers is fair simple. First the covers between the dashboard and the console and the console surround trim . Remove the lower console trim in the footwell on both sides. Then the gear lever console trim. Press on the gear lever cover surround to separate it from the trim and using a suitable lever lift the trim. . Also remove the ashtray and lighter panel to re-route the adapter cable. Now with the access you can unplug the AUX socket and remove it Install the AUX/USB socket and route the wire from the adapter carefully to the socket. Refit all panels in reverse order. Job done.
  2. 1 point
    This is a simple job that does not seem to be covered in the owner's manual, and there is no obvious way of access in the bulb. I used my plastic trim removal tools, so reduce the risk of damage. I carefully probed around until I was sure where the release catch is located - Now you know. The clue is seeing which way the bulb is fitted. Drivers vanity light. Inserting tool to feel the catch. Lever to tool to release the catch, popping the light fitting out. Better view of the light fitting. Standard 501 5w bulb. The courtesy lights access is similar. Near the centre away from the switch side use a suitable tool to lever at the hinge side of the lens. The lens comes away easily. Working the other hinge. Close-up of the hinge. The lens removed showing the hinges and the tag on the switch side. Another view of the lens. The switch side of the lens and fitting. Good access to the bulb after removing the lens. A photo from 1½ year ago when removing a dead insect, that was there when I bought the car. The T27 uses 501 bulbs for all the courtesy and vanity lights. May work with LED versions. I had to remember to slide the mirror cover open, to switch the vanity light on.
  3. 1 point
    Devon Aygo has recently supplied the following information on oil requirements: "The issues over which oils are used is caused by a European law called "Block exemption" the same law that states that manufacturers can't insist on main dealer servicing, also stops Toyota from insisting what oils are used by anyone wishing to service a car including their own dealer network. All Toyota are allowed to do is list a set of specifications that the oil used must meet they can also list a "preferred" oil. For example I have listed below the requirements Toyota have for the mkiii Prius, a car that has caused a lot of posts over the oils that have been used during servicing. This info is taken from Toyota's Service data sheet for European Prius mkiii only! Preferred option: 0w20 Other listed options: 5w20 5w30 10w30 15w40 20w50 These grades above are listed by Toyota as they meet the following required specifications: API grade SL or SM multigrade engine oil API grade SL “Energy-Conserving”. SM “Energy-Conserving” or ILSAC* multigrade engine oil. Toyota can only require the oils used meet the minimum specifications above. So long a the oil used meets the above the oil grade is not enforceable. At present Toyota have "asked" but cannot enforce the dealer network to use the following, New Models introduced in 2019 such as Corolla Hybrid, Rav4 & Facelift Prius use 0w16 2019 Corolla 1.2T 0w20 2019 Supra 0w20 ( there is a Supra Specific grade for this ) Mk3 Prius, Prius plug-in, Prius +, Mk1 Auris HSD, Mk2 Auris HSD & Yaris HSD 0w20 Mk1 & Mk2 Prius 5w30 Optimal drive petrol models 0w20 Other petrol engines 5w30 Diesel engines incl Optimal drive 5w30 Diesel engines with DPF/DPNR including optimal drive 0w30 or 5w30 meeting C2 low ash New additions 1.6 1WW & 2.0 2WW ( BMW ) 5w30 meeting C3 low Ash 1.6 DV6 & 2.0 DW10 ( PSA ) 5w30 meeting C2 low ash
  4. 1 point
    Information provided by Auris 1.6 vvt-i - http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/user/71851-auris-16-vvt-i/ The new Auris (2015) accepts 2 sets of TPMS, so the main set does not get overwritten. It doesn't matter in what order they will be written to the ECU - just need to be written and the car manages them, so no re-learning necessary when rotating tyres. The only thing one needs to do after switching summer and winter sets is to press the TPMS initialization button in the glove box 3 times and that's it!
  5. 1 point
    There are many guides available for RAV4s. They are all contained at the top of the RAV4 forum page but you can find a short cut by following this link; http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=71649 If you can't find what you are looking for then just post a question on the RAV4 forum.


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