tarantula_123

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About tarantula_123

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    Dale
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  • Toyota Model
    Corola T - Sport
  • Toyota Year
    2003
  • Location
    Leicestershire

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  1. I believe mine is rather a reserve tank than actual expansion tank. Some of the Corolla models do come with one pressurised cap for both the rad and expansion in one. Mine is just for the rad, and a push on black cap for the reserve.
  2. Yours is different to mine, which I think is below: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Toyota-Yaris-T-Sport-Expansion-Tank-Cap-16471-23030-/362383106163 How did it stop the coolant leak when the expansion tank isn't really pressurised like the radiator cap itself?
  3. Meaning, I have topped my oil up probably twice now and it has gone down from full to in the middle of the full and empty markers. I drive between 100 - 120 miles a week standard. I am not too sure on the intervals of it going low, but probably a month or two. It has never gone below the low marker. Just weird that it sits in the middle. I have not topped it up from the middle to full yet since the garage cleaned the oil up. It still drives and accelerates perfectly fine, and I do hit lift every time I drive it. I have never seen any clouds of smoke in my mirrors. I sort of got the water pump and hoses as it kind of eliminates the possibility of anything else being the cause of a leak, because most other cooling system parts have been replaced over the years (thermostat/matrix/radiator). My coolant in the expansion tank hasn't gone down this week since they topped it up, so possibly it was just an air lock, but, it seems an awfully long time for an airlock to stay in the cooling system since I replaced my radiator.
  4. Just a quick update on my CTS. Had my car pressure tested for both oil and coolant recently at a garage I use. No leaks were found on the coolant and the head gasket came out fine. They suggested the coolant loss could have been due to an air lock, probably from when I replaced the radiator not long ago. Had my expansion tank topped up and it hasn't gone down since. Either way, I am having them do my water pump and fit a Samco silicone hose kit I managed to pick up, and will use the standard Toyota anti - freeze this time. Before I took it in the garage I did notice an oil leak around the sump which looked like a damp wet patch. I have had my oil going down between the full and empty marker lately, and the garage said it looks like it is coming from the timing chain gasket area, dripping down. They cleaned up the area last week and checked it again today, but no oil was visible on the sump. Anyone experienced similar problems? I have organised with the garage to replace the timing chain gaskets and o ring for the timing chain tensioner. Including the coolant work I'm having done, does £200 labour for everything seem reasonable? I did ask if there was anything worth having done whilst working on these areas and they said not really, only the timing chain. Any advice for this?
  5. Will have a look at the water pump properly when I get chance to jack it up. I haven't taken the radiator cap off since posting last time to check fluids. The spare reservoir hasn't really dropped since I topped it up. Hard to tell without marking a line, so I may do that later. My oil has always looked/been spot on, never burnt oil, very rarely needed topping up. If it does turn out to be the water pump, any advice on which brand to get if not getting direct from Toyota? https://www.onlinecarparts.co.uk/car-brands/spare-parts-toyota/corolla-zze12-nde12-zde12/16375/10191/water-pump.html#10116
  6. I did top up earlier, but it didn't actually need a lot in the radiator directly. I probably assumed because it wasn't full to the top of the spout where the radiator cap goes it was low. The spare coolant reservoir did have a good 3/4 of a litre that went in though. Maybe its just me being paranoid? Since replacing the radiator with a new one not long ago, I haven't seen any wet patches yet which I usually got on the drip tray underneath.
  7. Will have a check around the water pump when I get chance to jack it up. Started the car up earlier, pressed the air con button, and heard/seen the clutch engage and start spinning. However, it stops, starts spinning again, stops, starts spinning again. During this, when I turned the button off, then on again, the clutch didn't always engage immediately.
  8. My 03 CTS still has an issue with coolant disappearing somewhere, and the air con not working. Checked the fluids this morning and discovered the radiator doesn't have any coolant visible at the top, and the spare reservoir is quite a bit below the low line. Any ideas what this could be, as I have had coolant problems before with my car. The car has had a new radiator and thermostat (genuine Toyota/Nissens), and a quality second hand genuine Toyota heater matrix over the past 2 or 3 years whilst trying to correct issues. My heater works fine now, with no visible leaks on the car, but it has to be burning or dumping coolant somewhere. Any suggestions? Also, my air con stopped working a while ago, had it re-gassed, worked fine but stopped working. The technician in ATS said it still has pressure, so I got a genuine second hand Toyota compressor, replaced it, re-gassed it at ATS and it was working fine. This past week it has stopped working though, where it would cut in and out, but now completely dead. It also developed an odour from the vents before packing up. Any suggestions?
  9. Looking for the following items that will fit an 03 CTS: N/S Wing Mirror Cover (any colour) O/S/F Wheel Arch Liner Have received a quote elsewhere for used items at £20 for the wheel arch liner and £15 for the wing mirror cover. Anybody got any cheaper? Thanks.
  10. Anybody have a link or know of the correct set of replacement clips for both the wheel arches and under tray of the Corolla T - Sport, as well as the tray under the bonnet? Also, any diagrams out there for which specific clips go where? Thanks.
  11. Hi, Anybody know a quick way of removing the tail lights on a t sport, or have an existing link to a thread covering this? Thanks.
  12. Rang Toyota today to get the oem part number for the condenser for matching purposes online, which was apparently 8845002140. I have scoured the internet and cannot find any matching this oem part number. Has anybody had any experience with this? There are plenty with the oem code ending in 150, but the Toyota parts department said there would be multiple codes come up for my vehicle if available. The part itself is just under £300, which is far too expensive for a condenser. Thanks.
  13. Do you have a link for the fitting clips? Also, do you know if there is any need to purchase and add any PAG oil before getting somebody to come and recharge the system ? Of course I plan to fit both compressor/condenser myself, then take it to a garage to vacuum extract any air in the system and perform a recharge. I may even consider a mobile air conditioning technician to come and do it at my house if prices are reasonable. Thanks.
  14. Hi all, I am replacing my air con condenser in conjunction with a second hand working compressor I have got, but was wondering which brand the actual condenser is on the OEM Toyota part? I rang Toyota and they said they don't know, as they are all just stamped as Toyota. The three main brands I am looking at are Nissens, NRF or Denso. Any suggestions, info, links for sale on which condenser is best for the T - Sport? Thanks.