sparrow2

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About sparrow2

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  • First Name
    Gerald
  • Toyota Model
    IQ
  • Toyota Year
    2009
  • Location
    Berkshire

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  1. sparrow2

    paint coming off on bonnet

    It is very mysterious. It only affects my bonnet. I have never had a car with a bonnet with so much paint coming off before. The rest of the paint work is fine. Because it is pearl white I am worried I have the well know pearl white pealing problem. On the other hand it appears not to be as bad as that. I will see what Toyota say in a few weeks. A report by the garage has been submitted.
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    paint coming off on bonnet

    Yes I was aware of them. That is why I was so worried!
  3. sparrow2

    paint coming off on bonnet

    Yes mine is a 2009 model. The problem has only just started and only affects the bonnet at the moment but I am obviously concerned it will spread. I will see what Toyota say - it may take a fortnight.
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    paint coming off on bonnet

    It is almost 8 years old and it has not been repainted. The problem only affects the bonnet at the moment but I am concerned it may spread. The damage looks nothing like usual stone chip damage.
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    paint coming off on bonnet

    I have a pearl white iQ3. Recently I noticed paint coming off on the bonnet. I was alarmed. I had previously heard that pearl white iQs can have this problem and much worse than for me! I took it to the main dealer and they checked it. They are submitting a report to Toyota. I may end up with most of the car being repainted! Apparently it is just some mysterious problem that affects pearl white iQs. My problems are minor though at the moment - possibly because it was protected with Supaguard when new and I top up the protection with their polish from time to time. The person at the garage said whole swathes of the paint can come off - particularly so on the roof.
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    75k Service

    I have a service contract for £18.63 a month which pays for an annual service and MOT. They may suggest additional cost items at the service though - for example brake pads when necessary. A few years ago though I decided they did not change my air conditioning filter often enough so for the past few years halfway between services I fit an new air conditioning filter myself and also clean out the air conditioning system with Comma air conditioning cleaner.
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    broken dipstick

    My iQ3 did not use very much oil for its first 60,000 miles. Now it is needing a top-up between services to keep the oil over the low mark. It is at 70,000 now. It is about three quarters the way to its next service and in total I have put 1.25 litres of oil in since its last service to get the level back to max. It always used a little between services before but not enough to necessitate topping up to keep the level above low - it would drop from about full to half way between full and low between services at the worst. When it was brand new the coolant level went down by a cm in the reservoir which I topped up with Toyota pre-mixed coolant but since then it has never been off the max mark at all even at 70,000 miles! I like to keep my eye on the coolant level because a drop could be a sign of something like the water pump needing replacing - something well worth catching early to avoid a catastrophe. I have a car allowance from work and have to fill in an assessment each year. As well as having to answer yes/no to what I do at the moment you have to answer yes/no to checking all the lights before every trip! I answer no to that one with an explanation as to why it is a bit OTT. My manager counter signs the form and never complains about what I write. After all he has to fill in the same form himself! One question I remember was "Do you carry anything dangerous". I answered "yes" with an explanation it was petrol in the fuel tank! Everyone in the department had a good laugh about that!
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    broken dipstick

    Yes it is not a very good photograph. I should have shown just the ends of the two dipsticks. Then what happened would have been clearer.
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    broken dipstick

    I checked the oil level properly today with the new dipstick in. It was half way between low and full as I suspected it might be. I topped it up to full. I am now thinking about the best way of making sure the same thing does not happen in another seven years. It may be possible to just measure the length of it and check from time to time. However it is such a long wobbly thing this may not be as easy as you might think.
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    broken dipstick

    I got my new dipstick today. I laid it out in the utility room with its broken counterpart beside it. I could see the problem. The broken one was about halfway between full and low longer than the new one. 377 wipes downwards with a paper towel had made it longer and then the end, no longer with a wire inside it, broke off! I attach a photo. I shall be a lot more careful wiping the new one! Fortunately I had topped up the oil relatively recently from halfway between full and low (actually low) to full (actually halfway between full and low) and so I do not think it had ever been below the real low mark. I will top it up properly again soon (engine warm, on a flat surface and having waited five minutes with the engine off).
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    broken dipstick

    Yes that is correct. I have an iQ3 and that has the dipstick with the bit on the end. I will post a picture later of the new one and the two bits of the old one side by side.
  12. sparrow2

    broken dipstick

    I think it is the cast metal that broke. There is no sign of cable in the broken bit. The cable only protruded about 1mm from the other cast metal bit. When I get my new one I will post a side by side photo of the new one and two bits of the old one.
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    broken dipstick

    That happened to my previous car! I had it for 10 years in total. It probably broke at the same sort of age as this one. The garage found the broken end in the oil filter at its next service. It makes me think modern dipsticks are no longer designed to be taken out once a week!
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    broken dipstick

    I check my oil level, coolant level, brake fluid level, battery condition hole, washer level and tyre pressure once a week. For the oil I pull out the dipstick, wipe it with a paper towel, put it back in and pull it out again before checking. Well after seven and three quarter years of doing this I had a shock last Saturday - the end of the dipstick broke off when I wiped it! I have ordered a new dipstick and it will be £16.98. I can only imagine it is metal fatigue. 377 wipes with a paper towel is just too much for it! I then checked my owner's manual. Nowhere does it actually say you should do these things once a week. I just always have with cars that I have owned. For example if I only did this once a month then presumably the dipstick would have lasted 31 years which would have been quite sufficient! I attach a picture of the broken end.
  15. sparrow2

    Car mat clips!

    These clips do seem a weak spot. I have had my car for seven years now and I know straight away when either the driver or passenger one breaks. You hear a crack! You have just got to stand on one when getting in or out of the car. It is so bad I always keep at least one spare in the car. I have had no trouble getting them from the dealer though. I tell them my registration number and they get me the correct clips. When I used up my last spare in April after the familiar crack sound I noticed that the front mat almost had a hole in too and so I ordered a new front mat which came with two clips. So now I have two spares which will keep me going a bit longer.