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  1. OBD2 was compulsory in the US from 1996, but unfortunately in Europe manufacturers were allowed to each go their own way until 2001 when EOBD became mandatory for petrol engined cars. Some earlier European spec cars are compliant with OBD2 but many are not and it can be very hit and miss. I had a similar issue with a 2000 Citroën that was built before EOBD and I ended up going for a £200 handheld scanner designed specifically for the make. For example this one is the equivalent, but for Toyotas : https://www.gendan.co.uk/product_FXNT520T.html
  2. These 'water in fuel' sensors often work by measuring the resistance between two probes immersed in the liquid in the fuel filter housing, the logic being that water has a lower resistance than diesel.I think fluctuations in voltage in the electrical system can fool the system into thinking that the resistance has dropped when it hasn't, and flash up a 'water in fuel warning' when the real reason is an electrical issue somewhere else, eg alternator or battery terminals.
  3. Whilst I'm sure different manufacturers have different pressure specs, there are general ac pressure charts published and according to this 18 bar (or about 261 psi) would be within spec for an ambient temperature of 32C/90F: http://rechargeac.com/how-to/ac-system-pressure-chart
  4. Hi John, If you want a sticker you'd need to ask Toyota GB: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/high-mile-club
  5. Yes I noticed that too when I bought some 0w20 recently! I just went for the cheapest and it was delivered within about 2 days.
  6. My mother used to own a Corsa 1.7 diesel which had a leaking head gasket and would push coolant out of the cap. The car was quite old by that time and due to underbody corrosion wasn't really spending the money on getting it fixed properly. We tried K-Seal and it did definitely slow down the rate of leakage, but not totally stop it, and after a year or so it was as bad as ever again. However, if you just want to get a bit more life out of an engine which is otherwise unfixable, and not have to top the coolant up so often, it is probably worth a try.
  7. I think that is less of an issue with hybrids as rather than being pulley driven the compressor is sealed with an electric motor inside, similar to a domestic fridge. Still plenty of connectors in the system to slowly leak over time though.
  8. My wife tends to let the EPB auto release on her Avensis and gets through a set of rear pads approximately every 15-16k! The dealer did warn me that the Avensis is heavy on rear pads, particularly if the auto release is used.
  9. Presumably that was Toyota's thinking when they first started using the Auris name in Europe. Unfortunately instead of the name Corolla signifying 'a boring car that old people drive', it was quickly replaced by the name Auris signifying 'a boring car that old people drive'... Also I have a cockney friend who finds it highly amusing to pronounce it as 'aris', so on balance I think I prefer Corolla!
  10. Cheaper still to re-attach the original cover with a few dabs of 'No more nails' or similar. The clips broke on the drivers side mirror cover of my Auris some time in 2014 and it has been held on with adhesive ever since!
  11. Sadly that attitude seems to be prevalent in a lot of industries now, including the one I work in. I must admit that whilst I was a fan of many of the cars PSA were producing 20+ years ago I don't think I would touch any of their current or recent offerings with a bargepole.
  12. The missing parts of the coil springs will certainly be an MOT failure, but not an uncommon problem on many cars and not particularly expensive to replace. Best to get them replaced as soon as possible though as it may give the car an odd ride or handling. As to the brakes the rust is on the outside of the brake drums so strictly speaking not an issue as long as the drum is not seriously weakened. Does the handbrake work OK?
  13. I owned a selection of PSA cars built from the 80s through to the early 2000s and one aspect of their build quality which they got very right was rustproofing. Noticeably better than any of the German or Japanese cars I've owned since.
  14. Hi, Yes I have previously had a faulty ignition coil on cylinder 1 and did exactly as Gerg suggested above. Swapping coil number one with number two changed the fault code from P0351 to P0352, proving that the coil originally from cylinder 1 was faulty.
  15. I have often thought it was a shame we didn't get any sporting petrol versions of the Auris for the UK market. The nearest we came was the T180 diesel. Even a 1.8 or 2 litre Valvematic petrol would have been interesting.