Mikeonfreeserve

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  • First Name
    Mike
  • Toyota Model
    Avensis 2.2 T180 D-CAT Estate
  • Toyota Year
    2007
  • Location
    Durham
  1. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis 2008 Sat Nav Unit Problem

    OpI was having problems with the sat nav dvd not being read. I managed to take my stay nav radio not out after following a You Tube video. My unit was not showing sat nav info. So......I took it apart. Not too difficult once you figure out the little Philips head screws. The cd player and dvd (sat nav) sit one atop the other. The cd player lifts off slowly because there's a blue ribbon connector which pulls out when the cd unit is lifted about an inch or so. There are a couple of screws at the front of the cd unit and you can lift the top metal panel to about 45 degrees to get inside. The cd spring loaded clamp lifts gently about 10 degrees to free a trapped Cd. The laser assembly is at about the 2 o'clock position . If you were not prepared to remove the unit and take it apart, you might be able to luckily clean the laser with an extra long cotton bud dipped in alcohol. Aim for the centre to 2 o'clock area to be in the area the laser tracks. I remembered to take a few photos along the way and I'm happy to try and help anyone out who lives in the Teesside area. Hope this helps. Pic 1 is the unit taken out f it's cradle which also holds the heater controls. I have shown the 4 screws to take the top off. Pics 2 and 3 show the screws to remove from the sides to release the upper cradle. Do this slowly because a ribbon cable from the dvd player to the electronics in the bottom of the unit The cd player sits on top of the dvd player and prises off. There is a blue tipped ribbon cable from the cd player which goes around the dvd player to the electronics under the dvd player. Pic 4 shows the long blue tipped ribbon cable after the cd and dvd units have been lifted out. At the bottom of pic 4 you can see the wider ribbon connector socket for the shorter ribbon cable from the dvd unit. Pic 5 shows the dvd ribbon connector to the left of the pic it is the brown slot appearing vertically. Also seen near the top of pic 5 is the gearing which opens and closes the panel. If your panel sticks in the horizontal open position, it can be gently pushed back to vertical if you lift the top of the panel near the top, nearest the unit when it is open and both sides simultaneously. Pic 6 shows the dvd unit. To get in, there are 2 tiny Phillips screws at the top of the front. With these removed, you can gently hinge it open from the front edge to about 45 degrees allowing access inside. Careful for the booby traps,Indy! Pic 7 shows the dvd unit with the top held open at about 45 degrees. If you have a disc in it, you can gently prise the plastic and metal 'tongue' which clamps the centre of the dvd. You can only move it up by about 5 or 6 degrees against it's spring but it is enough to allow the dvd to be gentle pulled out. Careful not to scratch the underside of the dvd. If yours was not reading the dvd with the 'go to dealer's error message in English and Japanese, it is most likely that the dvd laser needs cleaning with isopropyl alcohol or method with a cotton bud, gently! Also, if you peer into the diagonal space where the laser is, you will see the 2 metal rods the laser assembly travels on. If you are very careful, can a bit of wd40 on the tracks. DO NOT spray wd40 because you risk coating the laser which will probably be fatal. You will need, Nerves of steel Your reading glasses. A trim pry tool, I used a credit card, to release the cupholder piece of trim. See You Tube videos to remove Avensis Sat Nav. Mine is 2007 reg. This guide is possibly no use for the newer model. A small bright lamp and/or head torch A magnetic 10 mm socket on a longish screwdriver to get the sat nav and heater assembly out of the car. Put masking tape on the trim either side of the sat nav and heater because the metal cradle can scratch the trim on the way out.I also put a microfibre cloth in the hole in front of the gear lever in case a bolt did fall down there. An 8 mm socket for the cradle bolts. Small Phillips head and small 'jewellers' size Phillips head for the tiny screws to release the dvd unit top panel. Top tip, if you get in and are relocating the wide dvd ribbon cable, put it into the base unit socket (which I've pictured) first. Then thread it through the slot and locate it in the dvd unit because access is nigh on impossible (unless you're Ant Man) the other way around by trying to locate the cable internet the bottom of the unit last. Other spring cleaning you can do is to dab some wd40 on the gears that open and close the panel and check the long thin mangle type roller that feeds the disc in, for fluff and stuff. I did not put anything on this roller because I think it is meant to be 'soft rubber' tacky and anything on the roller would transfer to the disc. If yours is dirty, a soapy finger as you turn it and then blow dry, not tissue or anything that may leave residue. I realised I had not mentioned 2 screws which are recessed in 2 holes on the back of the unit and I've arrowed these which hold the cd/dvd trade in place. There are also black plastic lugs at either side of the front screen assembly which need to be gently prised off the metal chassis. I have added a revised pic 1 showing where the recessed screws are.
  2. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis 2008 Sat Nav Unit Problem

    OpI was having problems with the sat nav dvd not being read. I managed to take my stay nav radio not out after following a You Tube video. My unit was not showing sat nav info. So......I took it apart. Not too difficult once you figure out the little Philips head screws. The cd player and dvd (sat nav) sit one atop the other. The cd player lifts off slowly because there's a blue ribbon connector which pulls out when the cd unit is lifted about an inch or so. There are a couple of screws at the front of the cd unit and you can lift the top metal panel to about 45 degrees to get inside. The cd spring loaded clamp lifts gently about 10 degrees to free a trapped Cd. The laser assembly is at about the 2 o'clock position . If you were not prepared to remove the unit and take it apart, you might be able to luckily clean the laser with an extra long cotton bud dipped in alcohol. Aim for the centre to 2 o'clock area to be in the area the laser tracks. I remembered to take a few photos along the way and I'm happy to try and help anyone out who lives in the Teesside area. Hope this helps. Pic 1 is the unit taken out f it's cradle which also holds the heater controls. I have shown the 4 screws to take the top off. Pics 2 and 3 show the screws to remove from the sides to release the upper cradle. Do this slowly because a ribbon cable from the dvd player to the electronics in the bottom of the unit The cd player sits on top of the dvd player and prises off. There is a blue tipped ribbon cable from the cd player which goes around the dvd player to the electronics under the dvd player. Pic 4 shows the long blue tipped ribbon cable after the cd and dvd units have been lifted out. At the bottom of pic 4 you can see the wider ribbon connector socket for the shorter ribbon cable from the dvd unit. Pic 5 shows the dvd ribbon connector to the left of the pic it is the brown slot appearing vertically. Also seen near the top of pic 5 is the gearing which opens and closes the panel. If your panel sticks in the horizontal open position, it can be gently pushed back to vertical if you lift the top of the panel near the top, nearest the unit when it is open and both sides simultaneously. Pic 6 shows the dvd unit. To get in, there are 2 tiny Phillips screws at the top of the front. With these removed, you can gently hinge it open from the front edge to about 45 degrees allowing access inside. Careful for the booby traps,Indy! Pic 7 shows the dvd unit with the top held open at about 45 degrees. If you have a disc in it, you can gently prise the plastic and metal 'tongue' which clamps the centre of the dvd. You can only move it up by about 5 or 6 degrees against it's spring but it is enough to allow the dvd to be gentle pulled out. Careful not to scratch the underside of the dvd. If yours was not reading the dvd with the 'go to dealer's error message in English and Japanese, it is most likely that the dvd laser needs cleaning with isopropyl alcohol or method with a cotton bud, gently! Also, if you peer into the diagonal space where the laser is, you will see the 2 metal rods the laser assembly travels on. If you are very careful, can a bit of wd40 on the tracks. DO NOT spray wd40 because you risk coating the laser which will probably be fatal. You will need, Nerves of steel Your reading glasses. A trim pry tool, I used a credit card, to release the cupholder piece of trim. See You Tube videos to remove Avensis Sat Nav. Mine is 2007 reg. This guide is possibly no use for the newer model. A small bright lamp and/or head torch A magnetic 10 mm socket on a longish screwdriver to get the sat nav and heater assembly out of the car. Put masking tape on the trim either side of the sat nav and heater because the metal cradle can scratch the trim on the way out.I also put a microfibre cloth in the hole in front of the gear lever in case a bolt did fall down there. An 8 mm socket for the cradle bolts. Small Phillips head and small 'jewellers' size Phillips head for the tiny screws to release the dvd unit top panel. Top tip, if you get in and are relocating the wide dvd ribbon cable, put it into the base unit socket (which I've pictured) first. Then thread it through the slot and locate it in the dvd unit because access is nigh on impossible (unless you're Ant Man) the other way around by trying to locate the cable internet the bottom of the unit last. Other spring cleaning you can do is to dab some wd40 on the gears that open and close the panel and check the long thin mangle type roller that feeds the disc in, for fluff and stuff. I did not put anything on this roller because I think it is meant to be 'soft rubber' tacky and anything on the roller would transfer to the disc. If yours is dirty, a soapy finger as you turn it and then blow dry, not tissue or anything that may leave residue.
  3. Mikeonfreeserve

    Winter Motoring – Is your Car ready for the Freeze?

    Good advice, especially turning off auto wipers!
  4. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis 2008 Sat Nav Unit Problem

    I was having problems with the sat nav dvd not being read. I managed to take my stay nav radio not out after following a You Tube video. My unit was not showing sat nav info. So......I took it apart. Not too difficult once you figure out the little Philips head screws. The cd player and dvd (sat nav) sit one atop the other. The cd player lifts off slowly because there's a blue ribbon connector which pulls out when the cd unit is lifted about an inch or so. There are a couple of screws at the front of the cd unit and you can lift the top metal panel to about 45 degrees to get inside. The cd spring loaded clamp lifts gently about 10 degrees to free a trapped Cd. The laser assembly is at about the 2 o'clock position and the laser tracks in at about a 10 o'clock direction. If you were not prepared to remove the unit and take it apart, you might be able to luckily clean the laser with an extra long cotton bud dipped in alcohol. Aim for the centre to 2 o'clock area and the laser assembly looks hoover, of course. I remembered to take a few photos along the way and I'm happy to try and help anyone out who lives in the Teesside area. Hope this helps.
  5. Mikeonfreeserve

    Fitting an aftermarket stereo to Avensis T25

    Hi guys and gals. I need to take my sat nav radio cd unit out to clean the dvd lens for the sat nav. This guide and a YouTube guide will help a lot. Ther3 is a workaround for playing mp3s which buy one of these. It sends your phone or any usb stick MP3 files to an FM radio channel. You can pick calls too and it automatically links by Bluetooth to your phone. As you turn the ignition on, it also reads your battery voltage in the display. They are about £12 on eBay. Mine works a treat. HTH. over image to zoom in Otium Car Bluetooth MP3 Player FM Transmitter Hands-Free Calling Wireless Radio Adapter USB Car Charger with 3.5mm Audio Device TF Card Slot
  6. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis Headlight Bulb Replacement

    I've just changed the H1 and H7 bulbs both sides on my 2007 Avensis 2.2 DCAt. A bit fiddly and took about 30 mins but I was going slowly because it was cold. My tips are, get a bright head torch because where your fiddling it's dark. I wore latex gloves, partly not to get grease on the bulbs, partly to keep my fingers a bit warmer and help prevent skinning my knuckles. The nearside access is not great but I didn't need to move the battery and I certainly wasn't going to take the bumper off. Mind you, I have slim fingers. For the offside bulb H1 my tip is to get a piece of wood to prise the windscreen washer reservoir back to give another inch or so room. I then used the end of a mallet handle to gently knock the grey tab of the round rear panel down, just a quarter inch at a time until it has moved from the 3 o'clock position to between 4 and 5 o'clock and it then pulls away. There's no need to take the rubber collar right off at the back of the H7s. Just prise it away at the top and leave the bottom third in place and it will guide straight back on. If you give the rubber lugs top and bottom a bit of a tug after you fit the bulb it will ensure the middle of the rubber collar pulls back snug against the bulb holder and keeps it water and dust tight. Check the orientation of the end of the bulbs as you slowly ease them out because the bulbs will only go back in at a certain position. Twiddle don't force it. If your eyesight isn't brilliant make sure you have plenty of light and pop your reading specs on. If you peer into the back of the lights for a minute or so after you have removed the grey plastic rear covers for the H1s and the rubber collar on the H7s you can see where the metal clip hooks over to secure the bulb. Have a good look because you can't see f*** all when your fingers are in there! I replaced the bulbs with Osram Night Breakers because my lights, even after a clean were not good on dipped beam. So, there you go and no innuendos about snug fitting rubbers or fingering about with a headtorch 😉 Happy to help anyone out in or near Redcar.
  7. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis Headlight Bulb Replacement

    I've just changed the H1 and H7 bulbs both sides on my 2007 Avensis 2.2 DCAt. A bit fiddly and took about 30 mins but I was going slowly because it was cold. My tips are, get a bright head torch because where your fiddling it's dark. I wore latex gloves, partly not to get grease on the bulbs, partly to keep my fingers a bit warmer and help prevent skinning my knuckles. The nearside access is not great but I didn't need to move the battery and I certainly wasn't going to take the bumper off. Mind you, I have slim fingers. For the offside bulb H1 my tip is to get a piece of wood to prise the windscreen washer reservoir back to give another inch or so room. I then used the end of a mallet handle to gently knock the grey tab of the round rear panel down, just a quarter inch at a time until it has moved from the 3 o'clock position to between 4 and 5 o'clock and it then pulls away. There's no need to take the rubber collar right off at the back of the H7s. Just prise it away at the top and leave the bottom third in place and it will guide straight back on. If you give the rubber lugs top and bottom a bit of a tug after you fit the bulb it will ensure the middle of the rubber collar pulls back snug against the bulb holder and keeps it water and dust tight. Check the orientation of the end of the bulbs as you slowly ease them out because the bulbs will only go back in at a certain position. Twiddle don't force it. If your eyesight isn't brilliant make sure you have plenty of light and pop your reading specs on. If you peer into the back of the lights for a minute or so after you have removed the grey plastic dear covers for the H1s and the rubber collar on the H7s you can see where the metal clip hooks over to secure the bulb. Have a good look because you can't see f*** all when your fingers are in there! I replaced the bulbs with Osram Night dealers because my lights, even after a clean were not good on dipped beam. So, there you go and no innuendos about snug fitting rubbers or fingering about with a headtorch 😉 Happy to help anyone out in or near Redcar.
  8. Mikeonfreeserve

    Egr Valve Cleaning?

    Hi boys and girls. I have kept the egr valve clean on my 2007 2.2 diesel estate and am now upgrading to a new shape 2010 avensis estate, a 2 litre diesel. Is egr valve cleaning as straightforward on the newer model? Has anyone any engine bay pics? I can walk anyone through the old model before I let it go or even lend a hand to anyone Teesside based who has the older model. Cheers, Mike
  9. Mikeonfreeserve

    Avensis D4-D T180 Egr Valve Clean

    Can I add a tip for cleaning the egr valve on your avensis? After you have scraped the worst of the carbon out with a screwdriver blade or similar, try Mr Muscle spray oven cleaner. This is wicked stuff and will burn your hands so use rubber gloves. But it works like a charm in about 10 minutes . Of course, your wife will kill you when she finds out!