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  1. wass

    Tyre compressor

    Whatever I chose to drive, I buy a space saver or full sized spare for. The compressor and goo kit is therefore surplus to requirements. This approach does however mean that luggage carrying capacity is a little more limited but I take this into account prior to purchasing the car. The packaing of the compressor therefore doesnt matter to me quite so much. One thing which does impress me is when I find the the compressor can be used as a conventional compressor rather than a combined compressor/ goo dispenser. There are of course some cars which have wheels on the front axle which are not
  2. typically, look at the oil filler cap... the appearance of something which looks a bit like salad cream is what you are looking to avoid.
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    By the way, do you really love catalytic converters?
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    Cars that are a buggar to get a jack under
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    I suppose that once the thieves have stolen a cat from outside someones home, they are bound to return on repeated occasions since they will know that the cat fitted to the car is almost new. Maybe the best option once a cat has been stolen is to buy another type of car entirely. I would imagine that cars parked outside homes at night are the easiest targets. Its rather a pity that the police dont appear to have the time to publish crime prevention statistics which might highlight the most susceptible areas, times of day, times of year etc. As regards actually catching thieves, we shoul
  6. Toyota are a major employer in Derbyshire. A few well placed words from Toyota to their local politician might be listened to. Yes there are things which Toyota could do to change the design, but it would be cheaper for them and their end users if they could persuade the law makers to tighten up on existing rules relating to the origins of scrap.
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    I have been reading about disappearing catalytic converters for some time. What I dont really understand is why I have only seen reports of catalytic converters being stolen from Toyotas. Are Toyota catalytic converters easier to steal? Are Toyotas easier to jack up? Do toyota use thinner metal on their exhaust systems? Most cars with internal combustion engines use catalytic converters. My non Toyota car is routinely locked up in an alarmed garage at night but it is always parked in the same spot in a multi-storey car park with no cameras in the day time.The incidence of catalytic converter r
  8. What you describe happened to me because the 12v battery was flat and didnt even have sufficient power to operate the door locks or alarm. In my case, I popped open the bonnet and attached a spare battery to the jumper terminals especially provided on my 07 t spirit and started the beast up in the normal way.On start up , the alarm sounded and I reset it from the key fob and we went home. Check your 12 volt battery and check the connections are sound.Other than that I havent got any idea whats wrong with your car.
  9. Partially related to this topic, I believe that Japanese imports are not taxed in the same way as UK vehicles either. Ie A 16 plate uk prius gives you a road tax of zero whilst a 16 plate japanese prius gives you the same road tax as a 18 plate uk prius.
  10. I am convinced that a certain amount of psychology goes into service requirements. Motorcyclists , for example are willing to spend lots and lots of money in servicing the machines they only cover a thousand miles a year on. The funniest thing is how motorcyclists are willing to pay up to double for oil which doesnt contain anti friction enhancers.... yep they buy engine oil which is deliberately less sophisticated because the latest slippery oil makes the typical motorcycle wet clutch slip! Motorcycle spark plugs very rarely see 10,000 miles.The Americans perhaps dont worry so much about t
  11. Frankly, I dont find these findings surprising. There are proportion of businesses who arent quite doing the work which we like to imagine them completing. My personal opinion of the phrase "full service history" is that it should be seen with x ray specs whereupon you will see the small words written very faintly "as far as we had time and patience for". The phrase "full service history" actually only means something when you know and trust the people doing the servicing. I have carried out serving myself on the week end immediately following a service and found unserviced items. I have
  12. I doubt very much that the police are incapable of catching theives. The police persons are very capable but just not allocated to that type of issue. They are probably too busy filling out governance paperwork centred on the latest political correctness drive. The chances are they have a very good idea exactly who is collecting cats since they only need to check the scrap dealers who deal with that type of metal. However, resources dictate reductions of policing time. I believe that the propaganda refers to this as "efficiency savings"
  13. As far as i can tell, in these days of type approval ( europe effectively banning everything non standard fitted to vehicles) and shall we say politically correct, cost effective law enforcement, maybe the only really effective device is actually prayer. So maybe you could invent a bible app to put onto your telephone because it seems that the auto trade and law enforcement agencies have closed off all other alternatives.The only legal and compliant way I can see for anything to happen in order to stop or discourage a thief which cant be challenged by do gooders is quite literally "act of Go
  14. The subject of sound deadening amuses me. The more quiet the manufacturers design their cars, the more quiet somebody wants them to be. I imagine a world where vehicles make no noise at all . This isnt so far away as you may imagine. Most cars these days make no noise at all when parked. The next issue then pesumably presents itself , how to silence the almost deafening breathing of the human passengers and the terrible sounds their digestive systems make. What happens to the owners when they open the door to leave their sanctuary of silence only to encounter the deafening din of bird song?
  15. Aerodynamic drag minimisation. The Yaris is lighter and smaller but not as slippery as a Prius.
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