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  1. Did mine a couple of years ago, 80k miles.Rear is a easy to replace as it's a complete unit, bolt off, bolt on, replacing the fronts would require a press plus longer to do. Source mine from a bearing specialist in Sheffield, think it was about £100. As far as Toyota build quality, unfortunatly it can't be responsable for every outide sourced part, when generally they don't fail as yours has, luck of the draw.
  2. I have two 1.3 yaris, had them for a number of years. Both have had replacement batteries. One battery is now three years old the other two. Both sourced from Halfords and have 4 year warranty. Paid around £70 if my memory is correct. One of them is used only once a week for a short journey ATM but shows no sign of trouble starting so far, even though its freezing. You may lose the idle speed at first with a new battery but after a while the ECU finds where it needs to be. Don't forget to lubricate the terminals, I've always used Vasileen petrolium jelly (old school).
  3. Thanks guys, glad to know it's normal.
  4. Because of lockdown i'm not using my 2010 1.3 Yaris much, maybe once a week. It's parked outside. Every time I use it the inside of the windscreen is damp/wet although the rest of the car is dry, any ideas guys?
  5. I did the cleaning to prevent future possible problems rather than having to fix one. I also disconnected the battery for a period to reset the ECU but this didn't solve the problem. The plugs was the issue with the jerky throttle response, could have left the original ones in as they are supposed to last 100k miles.
  6. I had this problem shortly after servicing the car (100K). I had changed the spark plugs, although the existing plugs weren't showing any signs of wear. The replacement plugs were sourced on Ebay, big mistake, as after only a short time the tips were burning off (fake Iridium plugs). So off to a reliable Motor Factors, for a set of Bosch plugs, which wasn't as expensive as I had imagined, £40, and all is now well. Part of my maintenance last summer was to check and clean the throttle body. I had found a lot of carbon deposit around the butterfly valve and intake throat, with toothbrush an
  7. As an aside, if the dealers don't stock this oil, what are they using to service these cars at the moment. Modern engines are designed to use a small amount of oil and are not 'oil tight' as years ago, so keeping some oil to top up if and when needed makes sense, whether carrying it around in the boot is required, I doubt. Unnecessary weight just reduces fuel economy.
  8. Be careful when you do find your replacement. An AC pump is not something you can bolt off then bolt on. The whole system needs to be flushed and cleaned before reassembly as old pumps often leave debris in the system when they destroy themselves. This debris will quickly destroy your new pump when used again, leaving you where you started. Have you checked that it's not just the electronic clutch on the front of the pump that has failed, I know these can be changed leaving the pump in place, not sure on yours but could save a lot of money if possible.
  9. The stopstart is a good guide to a dying battery. When stopstart stops working as regularly as normal, I know the battery is on its way out, not dead yet but on its way, so if you've got some frosty weather coming, be prepared. I buy Halfords Batteries, reasonable price and hassle free 4yr guarantee, and have no problems in the two cars I generally keep, obviously if you're selling the car soon, a cheaper option may be better.
  10. As it's a chain and not a belt, it requires regular oil changes, as the chain is expensive to change and not for most weekend DIY spanners. If used for mostly short journeys think about reducing the time between changes, don't let the oil get too dirty or 'sludgy'.
  11. On some cars with belt driven AC pumps, you may notice that when the AC pump clutch engages to drive the pump, the idle speed will be increased. This in itself will make very little difference to fuel economy but the effort to drive the pump will be a slight drain on engine power, so to maintain previous performance to when the AC pump was disengaged, you will need to push the gas pedal a bit further, hence less economy. Whether this is significant I leave others to decide but you don't need a degree in engineering to work it out.
  12. If the car has been neglected in regards to Oil changes, oil ways inside the engine can become blocked or restricted by old 'sludgy' oil, if this is the case a good engine flush and new oil and filter may resolve the problem. If it has regular oil changes this is unlikely to be the problem.
  13. Hate to throw a spanner in the works but from my knowledge (been messing with cars for 50 years) a noisy release bearing makes the noise when engaged as thats when it's internal is spinning grinding its damaged bearings. When released, it 'idles', so if you are experiencing noise when the clutch is released, I would suspect something else. When you press the clutch, disengaging the drive forces from the gearbox, it is effectively driven from the final drive i.e. the other end, when you then engage the clutch, drive enters the box from the input shaft, as the noise occurs when the drive is enga
  14. I have had my Yaris for many years now and I teach driving in it. The only time stop start doesn't work is when the battery charge is lowish ie headlights on plus wipers and AC on, all at the same time, but in general its operating when stopped and in neutral with clutch pedal up. funnily it's great at telling me when my Battery is at the end of its life as the S/S stops working completelyl, I used to ignore this at first only to be let down soon after and have to change the battery but now I don't wait.
  15. There are many cars that you could choose, Yaris will do the job without trouble. I have even used a Yaris 1.0 around the M25 with no problems. The first thing I would be considering when travelling many miles on Motorways is reliability, breaking down on a motorway is not a pleasant experience and dangerous, plus you are going to stack up the miles so fuel economy and service costs will be important, all of these factors are good in the Yaris and Toyota range so, maybe a larger model if you want a bit more space.
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