Roystond

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  • First Name
    Alfred
  • Toyota Model
    Avensis 1.8 auto
  • Toyota Year
    1999
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    Merseyside

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  1. Toyota Avensis S240WCA First Registration 29-1-99 Owned since 26-6 2001 i.e. Approx 18 (great) years Grunting noise This is an automatic car I have owned for 18 years and it has been absolutely superb all that time and any problems easily fixed. It is very quiet to drive and auto change of gears almost undetectable. BUT I had new disks and pads in January and since then I have had a grunting noise (hard to describe) which occurs when waiting in drive and then starting off, only occurring at that time or when coming to a stop and as you approach stop and remaining in drive (D) as you stop (using foot brake or sitting in drive but stationary held by footbrake then moving off. It only occurs round these two points It is non metallic. It sounds to me like rubber on metal but maybe that is misleading. In all the years i have had the car IT HAS ONLY OCCURRED SINCE THE CHANGED OF PADS AND DISKS. I have had the garage who fitted the pads etc check it over and dust it and they found no fault. In desperation I went back to a previous garage I have used successfully for 7 or 8 years and asked them to check everything including lubrication and they found no fault but it still occurred. This previous garage is owned and run by a Toyota trained owner who specialises Toyota but does deal with all makes. It is one in which I have absolute confidence. I am aware that if the car is stationary but with the engine running and is in drive there is creep and if you keep it stationary the pads are in contact with disks which are trying to spin and it sounds to me as if it is the pads coming free of the disks but not instantly which is one reason I asked for the lubrication to be checked. I can create the noise by sitting in the car, engine running, and putting it in drive (some noise occurs) then still stationary putting it in reverse (noise occurs). It does not occur in normal driving only when you come to a standstill or move off and of course it is a bit intermittent. It has occurred to me that as the pads and disks were after-market parts I could replace with genuine Toyota pads. But this is just speculation. (I have found in the past that an after-market exhaust was very noisy but when replaced by a genuine Toyota exhaust it was completely quiet again.) I have recorded it and this has almost captured the sound. An mp3 sound file is attached which almost captures the sound. Any metallic sound on the recording are just the sound of me moving the gear selector to drive from reverse or reverse to drive.I am not sure whether the forum accepts sound files but i have tried it. Any ideas suggestions would be welcome.car 1 accoustica.mp3car 1 accoustica.mp3car 1 accoustica.mp3car 1 accoustica.mp3 Roystond
  2. I nave a Toyota Avensis GLS AUTO 1762cc registered January 99. I has done 109,000 miles approximately and the registration is S240 WCA. It is dark green and it has been absolutely great and I don't ever want to part with it ! However lately I have seen small signs of rust on the "black" trim round the windows which looks like either black satin or black matte or some kind of black (but not black gloss). Has anyone any information on this as I will rub it down and touch it up or preferably spray it but I want the correct colour match. The name of a supplier would be a bonus. Thanks Alfred Davies
  3. Konrad Thank you for extra information. On reflection overnight I think that of the three photos from 2009 you posted earlier the top one which shows the screwdriver pointed to the screw on the ignition barrel was spot on - that was the one I missed. I thought wrongly looking at the photo it was right at the top end of the barrel and as I did not find it there I thought there wasn't one but in fact it is further down the barrel. I should have spotted it. Thanks again
  4. This is now fixed but I have to confess I still could not get the top shroud off so I asked my garage to do it. They did and then reassembled everything. What was holding it in place was ONE final screw i had not seen. I cannot send a photo because he had reassembled but it is an upward pointing screw about an inch down from the ignition barrel. On the switch coming out but not the one going in there was a black box attached - see photo - does anyone know what this is please. Everything is working OK without it. He reassembled everything and he charged me nothing as opposed to the £240 that was originally quoted!! I must also compliment Breakeryard who supplied the switch quickly and efficiently. Thanks again for help.
  5. This is now fixed but I have to confess I still could not get the top shroud off so I asked my garage to do it. They did and then reassembled everything. What was holding it in place was ONE final screw i had not seen. I cannot send a photo because he had reassembled but it is an upward pointing screw about an inch down from the ignition barrel. On the switch coming out but not the one going in there was a black box attached - see photo - does anyone know what this is please. Everything is working OK without it. Photo in later post. He reassembled everything and he charged me nothing as opposed to the £240 that was originally quoted!! I must also compliment Breakeryard who supplied the switch quickly and efficiently. Thanks again for help.
  6. Thanks very much to all. I have progressed further in that I have now removed the lower steering column facia but unfortunately I cannot remove the top one. There is something holding it in but very difficult to see from underneath. It is not clips to the lower shroud as the lower shroud is now well and truly out. Gazza 1286 Sorry, I cannot see the screws you refer to as !Removed! the top and bottom together one of which is a machine screw and fixing to steering column. I will look at it again. I think I will remove the front seat so I can lie on my back and get a better view than contorting in from the side. (also hampered by bi-focals).
  7. I have an Avensis first generation Saloon, S registration (1999), 110,000 miles automatic and a wonderful car entirely suitable for me. The indicator turn light on the drivers side (i.e. right turn) only works intermittently which is quite dangerous. My regular garage could find no fault elsewhere and indicated it is likely to be the switch on the steering column. They quoted me roughly £146 for the switch and £80 for labour which seemed quite steep seeing you don't have to remove the steering wheel. (They have pretty good to me in the past and reliable). But I decided that at these prices I would have a go myself. I have the Haynes Workshop Manual (excellent) and have done some jobs before so moderate experience. I obtained a second hand part. Photos attached including a car almost identical to mine According to the Manual you remove the lower facia on the right hand side and then remove three screws form the lower steering column shroud. You then lift of the bottom shroud and the top one should lift off. Two of the screws on the lower shroud are on the face of the lower shroud and hidden by the spokes etc of the steering wheel. You have to turn the steering wheel to access and remove them which I did. The third screw is right on the bottom of the shroud and is easy to see (if you are a contortionist) and remove.After some head scratching I did all this and the combined top and bottom shrouds were loose i..e. they could be nudged about but I could not separate them !! You can see where they join but I cannot find any other fixings. This is very frustrating and it looks as if I will have to take it in to the garage to proceed further. Any thoughts please. Roystond
  8. Tay Thank you for this information. I see the Wiperbaldes website has a few options for blades for my car which are:- Wiper Blades (own brand) Flat retrofit WB5-21 WB5-18 Valeo Specific retrofit UM661 UM621 Valeo R53 R45 I have a different car to yours but are you able to be a bit more specific. Was Wiperblades own brand you bought. If you don't know do not worry I will try various ones starting with their own brand. Thanks Roystond
  9. Thanks to all who replied. Having just been on a short holiday to a wet Wales I suffered a great deal with this problem and in the end I was turning the wipers on and off manually. I have tried a few different blades since my last posting including ones which had a mix of soft and hard rubber but no change. The blades for this holiday were new. It is a single thump at the point of flip over that I hear. It is not the sound of the blades going across the screen which are generally silent (although with the occasional judder or screech but this is not a problem). I cannot detect any wear at the junction of the wiper arm and the blade so what I thought of doing is replacing the spring in the wiper arm with one with less tension. I would have to have this made of course. My reasoning on this is that at present the spring is pretty fierce and if I reduce that pressure and simulate the flipover it is much quieter. I appreciate that the danger is that the blades will not hold onto the windscreen properly if the spring is reduced in tension. Any thoughts please ?
  10. I have a Toyota Avensis 1.8 registered 21.1.99 petrol automatic and I have been absolutely delighted with it for about 7 years now as it is smooth and quiet in every way except as below.. BUT the windscreen wipers have always been noisey on flip over i.e. when they have reached the top of thier stroke and are about to return to the park position. It may be when the blade flips over but it is too fast to see. I have tried various makes of blade over the years and have had the arms bent slightly back to lessen the pressure of the blade on the screen (a bit dangerous I know) but all to no avail. It is not anything to do with the state of the screen itself. Renewing the blases sometimes makes it quieter but only for a matter of a month at most. Any ideas? Incidentally the car has done 94,000 miles and I discovered recently that the back tyres (Michelin) are the original that came with the car (DoT code on tyre) so they have done 94,000 miles.(I know front wheel drive helps).