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    2009 Auris 1.6 TR & 2012 Avensis 2.0 D-4D Tourer
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  1. Ah yes, could be. I personally wouldn't consider that worth the effort, but each to their own 🙂
  2. Is it really worth the effort? What advantage do LED indicators have over incandescent bulbs?
  3. Hi, You shouldn't need to remove the engine cover itself, but there is a plastic trim panel attached the slam panel with plastic studs similar to these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/sourcingmap-Plastic-Push-type-Retainer-Fastener/dp/B0794WHBJV/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?keywords=50Pcs+Lexus+Toyota+Clips+and+One+Plastic+Fastener+Remover&qid=1571304973&sr=8-1-fkmr2 You pop the circle in the centre up and that allows the stud to be pulled out. You may well find that some ham fisted people have been there before and broken most of them anyway (was certainly the case on my 2009 Auris!).
  4. Annoying to have to spend £159 on a pedal, particularly when its been replaced before, but this is not a common fault. No consolation in that perhaps.. As for recalls, I can never see why people slate Toyota for this. All credit to them, they have discovered faults with cars which are in some cases way over ten years old and are voluntarily fixing them at no cost to the owner. I'll quite happily sit and drink their coffee for free whilst they replace random parts of my car at their expense! When I previously owned Peugeots and VWs I can think of numerous faults which their cars should have been recalled for, but their attitude was generally that once the car was out of warranty they couldn't give a toss.
  5. There's plenty for sale on ebay at around £1-1.50 for a pack of ten.
  6. I would fix this asap one way or the other, hopefully lube will work. Sod's law dictates that if the barrel eventually fails and jams completely it will do so at the worst possible time.. I had a similar issue with the ignition barrel on a Citroen some years ago and thought I would live with it. Until one morning it decided to jam solid in the 'Motor' position. No way of stopping the engine or taking the key out. In the end I had to take one of the battery leads off to stop the starter motor spinning, then stall the engine, and then drill the lock out to remove the barrel and key. Not what you want before work on a Monday morning!
  7. I had Crossclimates on my Auris 1.6 and after 45k of relatively hard driving they still had 3mm of tread on them. I only changed them at that mileage as the two fronts had unrepairable punctures. Best wearing tyres I've used, even compared to other Michelins.
  8. Do you have breakdown cover with homestart? I think breakdown organisations will come out for an issue like this. If not they then what they would do is probably slip a thin pump up airbag between the rear top of one of the front doors, just enough to temporarily bend the top of the door out enough to slide a rod through and press the unlock button, or put a stiff piece of wire through the gap and try to hook the key on it. Doors locking spontaneously like this is fairly common when replacing a battery or jumping it which is why garages always make sure to either do it with the door open, or at least not leave the keys in.
  9. It is always fine to go higher than standard for speed rating and/or load index. It is only when going lower than standard that insurance issues might arise. Having covered a lot of miles on Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons and Michelin Crossclimate tyres in various cars I would personally favour the Goodyears, but both are good tyres.
  10. Yes, if you watch a few Youtube videos of people deliberately destroying engines by running them with no oil in whatsoever its quite surprising how long it often takes!
  11. An aircon engineer I use always swears by the soapy water spray bottle method. He says its often more precise than using fancy dyes and lights
  12. Unless you regularly drive into the London ULEZ or are intending using the car as a minicab in the future I wouldn't worry. All of the Uber drivers in Manchester in their Euro 5 Avensis diesels don't seem too concerned yet in my experience! Some regional UK cities are currently considering introducing low emission zones but most are a few years away and many will only apply to commercial vehicles and taxis initially. Also the majority of them have not even set the minimum emissions standard which will apply yet. It might be Euro 6, or Euro 5, or Euro 4..Other than that there are no planned changes to legislation on diesel engines. Car salesman tell you whatever they think it will take to get you to buy a car from them.
  13. It's just a salesman trying it on! The government haven't told them to contact anyone. 'Why not spend money buying a new car.. to save money' Hmmm..
  14. IMHO the real problem with these is the price Toyota charge for the replacement part. They look like something the component manufacturer has knocked out for about £100. If you could buy replacements for that sort of price no one would complain too much about having to replace one now and again! I just hope that as time goes on another component manufacturer might start producing aftermarket replacements for these at a lower cost.
  15. Yep, I once made a previously quiet high mileage Peugeot petrol engine really tappety by using oil flush. It still ran OK in terms of performance but never sounded right again after that.