Planemo

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    Planemo
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    Aygo
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    2006
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  1. Planemo

    15" Wheels coming soon

    195/45 is the better size. Using 50’s will start putting your speedo out, in the worst direction as well. 70mph indicated will be 72.4, 30mph indicated will be 31. Not horrendous but something you need to be aware of. Anyway, the 45’s will look a lot better.... Using a 38mm offset will stand the best chance of you not rubbing on anything.
  2. Planemo

    Exhaust modification

    I agree with Chopstick. It's a bit like the old skool method of chucking an egg in the radiator to cure seals. A temporary repair which ruins everything it touches. Modern engines also have carefully designed water ways (unlike the old days) which vary in cross-section from the fairly large to the incredibly small, in order to keep water temp uniform throughout the block and head. Adding anything to the system which is designed to 'block' is incredibly risky at best. A 'get you home' method I grant you, but the reality is that I would consider the engine to be scrap in the long term. As an aside, don't forget that you don't need to be losing water to have a blown head gasket. I had a Kawasaki 500cc twin a few years back which presented some head scratching - it would run 100% with no smoke nor loss of power but whenever it was in the 7000-9000rpm bracket under full load it would start to overheat, quickly as well. If it was kept in this rpm range you could actaully see the temp needle climbing. Come back out of this rpm and it would return to normal. It ran like this for about a year before I had enough. I pulled the head and confirmed that the head gasket was blown, but barely noticeable. It had failed between a bore and a very small waterway. This was not enough to allow the low pressure water to pass into the bore, but was enough for the high pressure combustion at high rpm to pass into the water system, pressurizing it and thereby reducing the efficiency. Luckily it never blew the header tank but it was a pain in the neck to diagnose because I couldn't use a sniff test as I couldn't recreate the symptoms whilst stationary. A new head gasket sorted it. Due to the above, in conjunction with a sniff test and the fact that the Aygo doesn't have a temp gauge, it might be worth hooking up the Torque App via the OBD and running a data log of the coolant temps for a day, under all driving conditions (including long static idles and fast motorway work). Mine runs pretty much bang on 84 to 88 degrees no matter what the conditions. If it's outside of this it would be a good indication...
  3. Planemo

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    Shocking. I would say that the window that hasnt yet decided to part company is far more dangerous than the one that was gaffa taped in which I would wager is far more secure than the plasticine blobs which are holding the other in. If the remaining glass does break free, at the very least it will incur a lot of scratches in the door. At the worst it could end up flying down the motorway into the path of the nearest unlucky vehicle. Dont risk it. Fully gaffa tape the remaining window as well. One of these windows with only one hinge holding it in is a live grenade. Dont forget that my window with only one hinge attached fell out completely on simply closing a door. Even stationary, the dropping of it made some nasty gouges in the door paint. I was fuming given how well I look after my car.
  4. Planemo

    Exhaust modification

    Oddly enough a sniff test IS old school. Been used for many years. A sample of vapour is taken from the coolant header tank and passed through a detecting liquid which changes colour if exhaust gas is present. There shouldnt be any, and if the colour changes then exhaust gas is getting into the coolant system somewhere and thats usually the head gasket but could be a cracked cylinder head, block or any number of locations where the coolant could meet cylinder gases. As for you comment re 'liking the old fashioned way of doing things', thats a very valiant statement but the problem is that we are not talking about diagnosing old fashioned cars. Carburettors have been replaced with injectors, fuel pumps and regulators. Points and condensors have been replaced with coil packs and ECU's. Plain old exhausts have been replaced with numerous O2 sensors, EGR systems and fuelling being continually controlled by them on the fly. The list goes on. Even the injectors on the Aygo are sequential, unheard of until relatively recently as it needs a fair bit of ECU processing power. Not forgetting crank angle and cam phase sensors, 3D ECU maps for all load conditions and knock sensors. Just one problem on any of these will cause issues. Give all this to an 'old fashioned' mechanic and they will either generally have a meltdown or bluff their way through it (at your cost).
  5. Guys, I just wanted to post this up for future reference. About 3 weeks ago, on starting the car my airbag light started flashing. It has never done so before and I can think of no reason as to why it should come on out of the blue. I checked the usual suspects (around the underseat airbag connectors) which were fine, and the resistor fuses had not moved since I removed the factory airbag seats years ago. I also checked the connections on the airbag ECU (removed and refitted) as well as the side impact sensor plug. Also removed and refitted the passenger and drivers airbag plugs. Obviously the battery had also been disconnected during all this for a total of at least an hour. The battery itself was new this year as well. Powered it all back up - no change. I hadn't considered the ECU itself could be at fault - after all there are no moving parts and its well bolted down so I suspected either the driver or passenger dash airbags had become faulty. With nothing else left for me to try at home, I contacted my local garage who confirmed they had all the correct kit to read, diagnose and clear airbag codes at £54 inc vat. Just before booking it in I thought I would have another scour of the web and found a few people who had had the same problem with Aygos/107's and that it had been diagnosed to faulty airbag ECU's, a couple being replaced under warranty and another one costing £240 outside of warranty. I took a very large gamble and thought I would give it a go. I found a secondhand ECU on the bay with the seller confirming that no codes were stored. £40 delivered. Just fitted it all up and bingo - airbag light comes on as usual with ignition on then goes off after a few seconds as it should. Very happy. Just something to bear in mind if you get a flashing airbag light and have checked all the connections. It appears that the ECU's can and do go pop for no apparant reason whatsoever.
  6. Planemo

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    Frosty I do not think you have said anything in your post that we did not know already or you haven't said before. My point (and I am sure everyone elses) is that it should not be unreasonable for an owner to turn up at a dealer with gaffa taped windows and get some sort of positive action for a matter which Toyota have already issued a safety critical recall for. It is nonsensical to be turned away on the basis that DVLA have not yet provided the owner details. The owner is there in the flesh. Why you support and subscribe to the 'Toyota cannot do anything until DVLA provide owner details' idea is beyond me.
  7. Planemo

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    Frosty I do not know why you are so defensive of anything and everything to do with Toyota when it comes to problems. DVLA are there to deal with legitimate requests for registered owners details or, in the case of DVSA, to investigate potential, reported issues around safety. In this case, Toyota themselves have acknowledged a safety issue and have issued a recall notice, before DVSA even became involved (which should tell you something). Should an owner turn up on the doorstep of a dealer the recall issue should be dealt with. If not immediately, then at least an assurance that the matter is known about and will be prioritised, with a date to return asap for rectification to occur. Not some wishy washy 'dont know whats going on guv' scenario akin to an Arthur Daley sketch. I accept that some sort of proof of ownership would be required by anyone banging on Toyotas fancy bi-fold double glazed doors, but a V5 should suffice, as it would contain all the details that DVLA would have anyway. As you may have guessed, this particular issue strikes me hard. As a 2 wheeled veteran, the prospect of an Aygo rear door glass hitting a motorcyclist at 70mph (which is a perfectly reasonable assumption) suggests that certain individuals should consume a little more coffee and deal with it asap, not turn away owners at their doorstep with gaffa tape holding their windows in.
  8. Planemo

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    An utter shambles Chloe. Toyota have issued the recall, some time ago, and every dealer, franchised or not, should know about it. Your case has nothing to to with DVLA as you were there on their doorstep. Identifying an owner does not apply in your situation. They should either have at least one pair of windows in stock for the purpose, or have a very swift logistical solution to get them there asap. Very embarassing I feel, and heads will roll should a serious incident occur between the date of the official recall and the dealers getting their act together.
  9. Planemo

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    I thought the 3 door had non opening rear windows. The problem relates to the 2 small blobs of mastic on each of the 2 hinges of the 5 door models. It basically disintegrates, causing the glass to detach from the hinges (which are bolted to the chassis). The problem is you cant really 'check' to see if the mastic is OK. Not seeing any obvious problem does not mean that everything is ok. The mastic can and will detach without any warning whatsoever. I thought I was lucky...I found that one of my hinges had detached totally from the glass...the other hinge looked ok- I was going to fix it the next day but on shutting one of the doors the remaining hinge failed and the whole glass fell out. The best test would be to try pulling the front edge of the glass (in the area of each hinge) away from the car. I wager theres a lot of Aygos out there where the glass will detach under this unscientific method.
  10. Planemo

    Exhaust modification

    Sam I suggested a sniff test to check the head gasket back in April, along with a rolling road diagnostics. Both would have likely cost less than the £135 you have spent already.
  11. Planemo

    Exhaust modification

    I still dont think its your back box causing the mpg issue (unless someone has stuck a potato up it) but if you need to replace it.... Easiest and cheapest way is to get a standard back box and take it to one of the custom exhaust places. They will do whatever is needed to attach the TTE tailpipe to the stock box, and they will line it up to fit the bumper. Different pipe sizes between both boxes wont be a problem as they will sort that. Maybe £50 to £100 labour at a guess.
  12. Planemo

    Rear light swap

    I have never had issues with either my original clusters or the replacements and didnt do any extra sealing at all. The high level brake light, aerial mount, vents behind the rear bumper etc I have not been so lucky with...
  13. Planemo

    Rear light swap

    And you are right, it matches the front a lot better...
  14. Planemo

    Rear light swap

    I think the facelifted clusters look a lot more modern with the chrome peeking out behind a nice tint than the original, infected red blisters of previous.
  15. Planemo

    Rear light swap

    I fitted them to mine some time back. Direct swop.