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  1. Thanks for the replies all. At this stage I was just enquiring as to whether the EFB battery was necessary,or just some marketing BS, but it appears to be necessary (so thanks everyone for confirming). At the moment I'm not 100% sure if the battery does need replacing. The car had been unused for just over a week and wouldn't start without jump starting. It's been fine since, despite only doing a few relatively short journeys. I guess we'll just need to monitor it for now.... When the time comes, I'll be sure to try Toyota too.
  2. We have a 2009 plate 1.33 Auris TR Start/Stop, that I suspect the battery is failing on (we've had the car for 5+ years and never replaced it - it may be the original!). Just looking at the Helfrauds site in anticipation, and the only battery they list is a Start/Stop EFB battery @ £126. The AA site (who we're members with) list a number of Bosch batteries (starting from £120 fitted), but the only one that mentions EFB is £165 😲 My question: does the Auris Start/Stop need a special EFB battery or not?
  3. Sorted! Thanks for the inspiration! After parking 2 wheels on the kerb, I just managed to squeeze myself under. Fortunately, it has only rotted away at one point (I think), and I managed to fix it with a washer. I've no idea if the washer is carbon steel, or stainless steel, if it'll react with the aluminium, or just keep it held up, but for now at least the car is once again rattle free 😄 Before: After:
  4. Thanks for all the info, it's been really helpful. Do you have any idea what M-size/diameter the bolts were?
  5. I'm now tempted to have a go at this myself... Is this the type of repair I could do with two wheels on the kerb? (I don't have axle stands, and know that just using a jack is incredibly dangerous) Also, where did you get the aluminium? Would cut up beer cans work, or large washers - assuming they are galvanised?
  6. I noticed a rattling (when stationary/going slow), and when I looked under the car it looks like (what I think is called) the heat shield has dropped onto the exhaust, and is causing the racket. Has anyone else with an Avensis had this? I went to a local independent who recommended just removing it, but reading online the general consensus seems to be the manufacturer will have put it there for a reason, so it should be replaced. I don't have the facilities to get under it myself and bodge do a quick fix Before I call Toyota spares, is the part just known as an exhaust heat shield? Any ideas on what a repair should cost? And if it's necessary (I suspect it is)...
  7. Thanks for link. I'll try with that, and report back. I've just looked up the receipts given to me when we bought the car, and it looks like the tyre was put on 5.5 years ago, and is only an Evergreen - so I guess not the end of the world if we need to replace it.
  8. Is this normal, or is she going to need to take it back to the garage?
  9. My wife's Auris had a puncture repair a few weeks ago. I went to double check the tyre pressure again today, and noticed this strange (rubber) thing sticking out of the tyre. I gave it a gentle tug, and it seems stuck pretty fast, but I don't want to yank it in case it leaves a hole in the tyre!!! Is it something to do with the puncture repair (e.g. from where the nail/screw was removed)? Is it the tyre failing? Is it something to worry about, or is it normal?
  10. We have a 5 door Auris T3 hatchback (and an Avensis Tourer). I could really do with a bike rack for one of them (for anyone who reads the Avensis forums, apologies for the semi-duplicate post) - for days out with the kids bikes. It's only about once every 4-6 weeks that it'll be used (so I suspect I can't justify purchasing roof bars, the bits to go across, and the bike mounts - and I don't have a tow bar either so that option's out too). Has anyone here had any luck with the generic, mount on the tailgate bike racks on an Auris hatch?
  11. I could really do with a bike rack for my T27 Tourer, for the kids 2 bikes (to save the game of Tetris I have to play each time I try to fit them in the boot!). It's only about once every 4-6 week that it'll be used (so I suspect I can't justify purchasing roof bars, and the bits to go across, and the bike mounts - and I don't have a tow bar either so that option's out too). Has anyone here had any luck with the generic, mount on the tailgate bike racks for an Avensis T27 tourer? We have an Auris hatchback too, if that makes things any easier?
  12. After having new front brakes and disks fitted today, I just got home and parked up to find a wet patch under the car, and have a mini panic after seeing what looked like an exposed pipe dripping. I took lots of photos, powered my laptop up ready to create a post in here, and then found this thread. That I started. Apologies for the thread resurrection, but I felt I had to share my relief!
  13. The pads were supposed to be Toyota ones (they say Toyota on them) so 'should' be quality. In that case, is 6mm of wear over 12 months/16,000 miles a lot? Secondly, should I be able to view the pads without taking the wheels off, to confirm they are in fact down to 6mm? As for the EPB, it's an automatic, so has no auto-release.
  14. What thickness are (Toyota) brake pads when fitted? Some people are telling me it should be 12mm, others 8mm. I had new brake disks and pads fitted to the rear of my Avensis tourer 12 months ago - Toyota parts at an independent garage . The car was in the Toyota garage yesterday, and they reported the rear pads were now at 6mm. Is this type of wear normal for new pads/disks that have done 16,000 miles mainly on the motorway - I don't consider myself a heavy braker, drive at 60, and try to leave a fair gap. The strange thing is, I've had the car for the last 55,000 miles and I've never even had to change the fronts (though they are down to 3mm now and soon to be changed) I'm not claiming any foul play, but is it strange the rears seem to be wearing quicker than the fronts? Is wear down to 6mm usual over 16,000 miles of driving?
  15. Well cheers for that, the job is done (and only one piece leftover too ) I managed to borrow the exact same trim removal kit from a colleague at work For anyone else attempting this, the following video might help as an additional reference too: