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  1. In the scheme of things - after 10 years motoring this was a fairly minor failure. Unfortunately, for most manufacturers, the cost of some spares is totally disproportionate to the manufacturing cost. In this instance, a repair might well have been possible, and since the EDU isn't a common failure item - a second hand unit may well have been worth risking. For electronic components, failure is more often related to age, cycles and special causes rather than mileage.
  2. There have been reports of moisture getting into the large white connector (it's the connector at the bottom) behind the door pillar kick panel - drivers side. The solution is to disconnect the connector, clean the pins and sockets with switch cleaner and refit. With this fault - the engine light will often illuminate after a while since the ECU might not get a speed signal. If the car has been driven through deep water - the connector to the speed sensor on top of the gearbox can be affected by moisture. Again, remove the connector and clean the pins and sockets with switch cleaner.
  3. Try the likes of Breakeryard, 247parts or Partsgateway. These companies will circulate your want details around dozens of breakers nationally. You might need to do some homework first on exactly which models and month / year your particular tailgate fitted. You may also find a rear bumper section at the same time and I suspect you'll also need a replacement stiffener bar.
  4. See also http://www.japan-parts.eu/toyota Currently this website covers Toyotas up to 2014
  5. The car is well outside the time period of problematic Rav4 diesels. Nevertheless - head gaskets do fail infrequently on all cars often as a result of other issues (faulty thermostat, faulty electric fan, hose becoming detached etc etc). It may well be the reason for the previous owner selling the car. Although it's more than likely to be a head gasket failure - it would be necessary to conduct a "sniff test" to be conclusive. I suspect that Toyota will view the car as being too far outside the warranty period to offer any sort of goodwill contribution. This would be a head gasket job rather than a part engine replacement and I'd guess the cost would be of the same order as what you'd loose selling or part exchanging the car. In view of the uncertainties and unknowns - many owners would prefer to sell the car.
  6. I'm guessing - but the testing would usually involve working through the failure list of the causes of P1271. It sounds like they reached a point where they found no signal from the ECD when the correct input was applied. Bulletin may refer to a technical services bulletin from Toyota detailing the investigation and remedy of a fault.
  7. P1271 is a fault in the fuel pressure discharge circuit. One of the potential issues is no signal from the EDU to the ECU and from your description - it sounds like your Toyota dealer has traced the fault to the EDU. A dealer will simply quote you a replacement from the Toyota parts list so it's not a case of being ripped off. However before contemplating this - speak to ECU Repairs. The unit may well be repairable at a fraction of new cost. It would be a case of posting the EDU and it would be returned in a couple of days - so a job for your mechanic to remove and install - there's no programming involved. If it can't be fixed there's just a modest handling charge
  8. £2500 is a very good price if you don't use it. Unless it's mint and cared for properly in storage - it's not going to appreciate by much.
  9. Simply not acceptable and the DVSA should be informed via their complaints procedure. It might seem that complaining that a vehicle passes unjustifiably is not in your best interests. The reality is that it's your safety at stake and an unjustified pass is certainly not in anyones best interests. As in all walks of life there are those who are diligent and honest and there are those who are not. We all have a duty to report testers who we know could be putting lives at risk. The DVSA have systems and procedures for monitoring the quality of testing and have upped their game in recent years. The number of examiners and testers being banned or warned increased dramatically last year. Your experience also supports regular checks by owners on tyre pressures, tyre condition, brake fluid level etc etc. Clearly tyre deficiencies need to be spotted well before parts of a tyre are down to the canvas!
  10. RAV4.2 Starter Motor Relay By RAV4-D4D, May 17 in Rav 4 Club Have a look at the above thread. Dismantling the motor, cleaning and lubricating will do more good than harm. Might be worth obtaining a new set of carbon brushes beforehand - the old ones may be well worn.
  11. Similar problem solved on this forum a few weeks ago. The starter motor was wrapped in heat insulation to minimise heat soak. There are purpose made heat jackets available which are fitted to the motor - neater I guess than using exhaust heat strip.
  12. I really don't know why owners are concerned - the peculiarities of different vehicles is built into the MOT software which dictates what needs to be done - it isn't the case that a plethora of vehicles with ABS, TC, SC etc are being damaged during testing.
  13. Tens of thousands of permanent 4 x 4 vehicles are MOT tested every year. The system flags up to the tester what precautions need to be taken on a particular vehicle. Many stations have 4 wheel testing systems. In some cases the station will refer you elsewhere. The regulations also allow a Tapeley meter to be used - this involves a short drive in the vehicle.
  14. It's worth checking belt tension and condition as well as the PAS reservoir level. Noises from these components would emanate from the right side front of the car.
  15. The TDS on WD40 shows compatibility with various types of rubber. If you have experience of damage to brake rubber components - it would be worth detailing this to the manufacturers of WD40.