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cobh18 last won the day on April 11 2018

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  1. Hi. I came across this video of a strip down of a high mileage 1.5 hybrid engine. Didn’t seem to be many issues except possibly out of spec oil causing sludging in sump, and stuck oil control ring on pistons. Again, might be because of excess intervals. Could be of interest. It was to me. https://www.motor1.com/news/539563/toyota-prius-high-mileage-engine/
  2. Mine might be affected, depending on exact build date. Contact number for recall information is 0800 044 3720. Telcon 5 minutes ago. They know nothing as yet. Awaiting details they say. Toyota will write to affected registered keepers. Or, try dealer. Seem to have heard this before. Has anyone been approached I wonder?
  3. Noticed an ad today pointing out that I really am the 1,000,000th visitor to your site. Again. Something called "prizesworld" . Not clicked for obvious reasons, but thought you should be aware. John
  4. I ran Windows 10 on iMac OK. Used Bootcamp. It worked, but now probably have to buy Windows 10, so I'd try to use someones PC instead if I had to do it again. Alternatively, there seems to be a possible purchase of update via https://www.toyota-tech.eu/Navigation/Base/ModelEvaluation selling a USB stick, but this I have not tried. We use TomTom for satnav and ignore the clunker built in!
  5. Timing belt? Thought the 1.33 was chain drive camshaft. What did the garage replace, and what did they itemise?
  6. Think I would prefer this sort of work to be done or supervised, by the dealer. Recalibration seems quite involved from what I was told by the technician locally. Might be useful to know, in the event of a screen being damaged, and requiring replacement, what steps are needed to maintain a fully functioning TSS. Do Autoglass or other windscreen repair firms, know about the TSS function and its integration with the windscreen? Training? Does a replacement windscreen include the sensor binnacle, or is that part "pried off" the defective screen and refitted, or separately sourced? As to the heater element Maria, it is possible to check whether a heating element is present by using an non-contact infra-red thermometer. I already had one for checking all sorts of things. Then when the modification was done, I wanted to see whether there actually was a heater fitted within the binnacle. There was. Difference between the screen ambient temperature and the area heated was noticeable. Mine cost £12.49 btw.
  7. Good points. Auto headlights OK, and one panic warning (for nothing much as usual) on the pre collision system, so that works in theory. I try not to rely on AI:)
  8. Just to update since the Auris went to RRG Macclesfield for the modifications to the TSS on 7 February. Since then there have been no recurrences of the error messages. Even when travelling on the Cat and Fiddle road and the A34, where it has happened before, in damp, foggy and cold conditions, on several occasions, the latest yesterday in minimum of 3C, and fog over the cat, and heavy traffic in and out of Manchester. Fingers crossed! But seems OK now.
  9. As others have shown, it doesn't need ice to knacker the TSS on Avensis and Auris. Pound to a penny that it's a Toyota PR who added the patronising addenda.
  10. My vehicle apparently did not keep any record of any fault, despite a virtual blizzard of error messages when there were no obvious triggers. The technician did say that at the first attempt to fault find, that there was a message about misalignment. This was corrected, but the error messages continued. Until the recent heater install and software tweak. I think it must be some sort of internal software fault, in the absence of an overt trigger such as a blockage of line of sight. BTW, the technician said there were over 20 "computers" in the system. No wonder they see ghosts!
  11. FOC, but they wanted to check first for the issues experienced and the conditions they occurred in, and look for error codes.
  12. I'll have to look out for turbines, which reminds me that the flight path for Manchester airport crosses the path of the A34. However, flights of fancy apart, the technician who fitted the mod thought that a trigger for the error might have been the retro-reflective surfaces of the serried ranks of cones at the road works. Daylight for me usually, but not impossible. Nothing like field testing is there!
  13. Update following dealer visit (RRG Macclesfield) on 7 February for modifications. They have installed a heater to the TSS module and reflashed the ECU. Since then there have been two trips to Manchester and return via A34 as well as minor shopping. No recurrence of issues in conditions that seemed to trigger the error messages before: i.e. slow moving traffic, and below zero C with fog on the first trip over the Cat. Today checked the area of windscreen above the module (infra red thermometer) and noticed peak of 22C in an ambient of 9C. So, there is a heater in there! Will send feedback to Head of Quality for Toyota GB following another trip this week, which is likely to be in rain or snow.
  14. OP could get the reference from http://www.toyota-tech.eu/TLLogin.aspx?redirecturl=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50b3lvdGEtdGVjaC5ldS9OYXZpZ2F0aW9uL0Jhc2U= Input your VIN, or model details, and search under "repair" heading to see the TSB titles and issue date, relevant to your vehicle.
  15. Not so far as is known, but it would be prudent to take preventive measures beforehand. The longer this farce continues the greater the risk.
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