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  1. The only recent-ish car I've had with a low washer fluid level warning was a Skoda Octavia, and that particular spec only had it because it was also fitted with headlamp washers. The headlamp washers were great in winter but they used up washer fluid like it was going out of fashion.
  2. How do you know it's low boost? On your other thread you started off suspecting the 5th injector?
  3. Its unlikely to be the turbo if its white/grey smoke. Turbo failure seems very rare on this engine in any case. I'd guess (but its only a guess..) at the injectors, either the 5th injector or one or more of the 4 main engine injectors but really you need more diagnostic work to pin it down.
  4. Sorry to hear that. Injector cleaner is worth a try certainly. What can sometimes happen is that the oxygen sensor, or the cat itself, can be slightly borderline and just trigger a fault code occasionally. My son in law's Aygo used to do it about every 6 months or so but run completely normally the rest of the time.
  5. I wouldn't count your chickens just yet, it may be an intermittent fault which will come back. Although some do recommend using 'branded' fuel over supermarket sourced fuel, if it makes any difference at all (which is debatable) it will be over many thousands of miles, not a couple of days. I fear the mechanic may have fobbed you off.
  6. Generally speaking its only the hybrids which thieves target because the cats on those are worth more.
  7. That does seem to be a peculiarity of German cars (and Vauxhalls due to their Opel origins, plus Skoda and Seat as they are part of VW). I've not known this feature to be fitted on cars from any other part of the world. It is usual for the instrument panel lights to be on with the parking/postion lights on most cars.
  8. That is true if the primary tyres are not directional. I tend to fit all season tyres though which are often directional, so it's not really practical to rotate the spare in with them. Obviously you don't want to end up with a directional tyre as the spare as it would only work properly on one side of the car.
  9. I would always choose a spacesaver over a tyre repair kit. I've had a few bad punctures over the years which no amount of the silly gunk in a tyre repair kit would have fixed!
  10. Both batteries had been charged up to capacity with a CTEK charger a day or so beforehand, so both should have been in a very good state of charge before the test. I appreciate that voltage when charging isn't the same as charging current. However the way I'm looking at it as a very rough and ready method of say, switching the headlights and heated rear window on in the hybrid makes the voltage drop from 14.1V to 14.0V, whereas doing the same on the diesel makes the voltage drop from 13.9V to 13.4V, both with fully charged batteries, then that is a reasonable indication that the hybrid has more spare charging capacity than the diesel?
  11. There doesn't seem to be any lack of capacity to charge the battery. I connected a voltmeter across the battery on ours, put the car into Ready mode and increasingly switched various accessories on. It seemed to delivery a steady 14 volts or so regardless of how much electrical load there was, so I don't think charging is the issue as such. It was actually better at holding a healthy charging voltage under load than the traditional alternator on our diesel Avensis! The problem appears to be a combination of current drain when the car is switched off, coupled with a battery that's not really big enough in the first place.
  12. You will probably find that it's turning off the keyless entry & start that has made the difference on its own. The brightness of the screens wont matter as they only operate when the car is in 'Ready' mode (and therefore charging the 12V battery) and the power consumed by illuminating the screens is absolutely tiny, even at maximum brightness. It's only items which draw power when the car is turned off that you need to worry about.
  13. In the C-HR hybrid it's not quite as small as that, ours was 45 Ah 012 from the factory. Still went flat though and I replaced it with a better quality 54 Ah Yuasa of the same physical size. The ECP website suggests an 027 size battery for the 2017 1.2T non-hybrid C-HR, although interestingly it also suggests an 096 size as an alternative which is significantly larger.
  14. On a 2014 model I'd personally leave well alone. Perhaps in warm dry weather give the EPB unit a spray with some silicone grease to repel water, but I suspect moving it would cause more problems with calibration and the operation and free-movement of the cables. Ours has been pressure washed underneath a few times, driven through flood water etc, it's now 9 years old with 91k on the clock and not one single problem with the EPB ever.
  15. On ebay they're £565 new and about £300 used, so still not cheap but at least not the £1000+ dealer-only part that they were when I first bought our Avensis in late 2015! I shouldn't tempt fate perhaps, but the EPB on our 2012 car is still the original and has never given a single issue in the 6 years we've owned it. The design was reckoned to have been improved in later T27s so they seem to rarely give trouble. I agree that anything containing sensitive electronics really should not be underneath a car though.
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