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  1. Notoyboy

    Toyota Starlet won't start - battery issue?

    I was thinking that battery would be a bit down if you're not using car very much, but if the engine's spinning/turning over as fast usual, then doesn't sound like the battery's the culprit.
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    Toyota Starlet won't start - battery issue?

    As Paul says, we need more information. Based on the little you've given us, it could be either the battery, bad battery connections, or starter motor playing up before finally giving up. I'll throw in another less likely possibility of a suspect ignition switch, but more info please 🙂
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    White residue near battery

    @Saints: For a relatively new good make battery, that's quite a mess around the top of the battery, as if it's leaking. Never seen anything like that before, although the white deposits are common. I wouldn't expect a newish battery to be gassing and causing this. First thought was overcharging, as someone else has suggested, which would cause more gassing, but the voltages you quote don't confirm this. Maybe check the voltage is stable when the engine's revved? A good suggestion's been made about fixing a breather tube to the vent, although this doesn't sort the cause of the problem. I expect the battery's got a vent each end, though one may have a plastic plug insert, which can be switched around dependent on the battery orientation in the vehicle. Despite being a Bosch, it's very unlikely, but perhaps it's been overfilled, so the electrolyte level is too high? Bit of a long shot really. This would leave less space above the electrolyte for the gasses to "recondense", and so more gases are veningt out to atmosphere than normal. Difficult to check this, as batteries are sealed nowdays. In the past, with some batteries, you used to be able to see the electrolyte level through the plastic sides, and there'd be Max & Min levels marked, but this probably goes back to when batteries were top-up-able. Another long shot: I assume the battery earth cable is good, with good connection at the battery terminal, and to the body?
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    Wheel alignment, how often?

    It's decades since I had any alignment check. I'd only consider it necessary if I'd hit a bad pothole, or there was some odd tyre wear pattern
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    Glow Plug Service Replacement Schedule

    As a past diesel owner, I'd say in general terms that failure of 1 out of 4 glowplugs might not be noticeable, especially in the summer months, though there might be a touch more smoke on start-up, and perhaps a little more uneven tick-over for a few seconds. A second glowplug failure would probably be noticeable, but might not give real starting problems until winter time. Driving an older generation diesel with indirect injection, I found my 2 diesel cars a pig to start in cold weather with 2 failed glowplugs, but I suspect modern diesels, which tend to be direct injection, are less reliant on glowplugs for starting. As Byzii says above, you can open a can of worms trying to remove a glowplug, and my suggestion would be to leave well alone. Just keep an eye on things, so it doesn't come as a shock and let you down at an inconvenient moment. By keeping an eye on things, I mean such as noting if it's more awkward to start, smoke etc. You can't beat passing a current through a glowplug on the workbench, and seeing the tip glow red, but I found second best was to measure the current (12-20 amps) drawn by each glowplug in-situ, but how accessible this is on your car I don't know, and I modified the wiring to the glowplugs of my second diesel car to make this test easier for me to carry out. I'm sure I read a while ago, probably on another Forum, of a small/medium diesel hatchback running with either 1 or no glowplugs working. It might not have been in this country of course! So I think I'm saying "Panic Not!" ☺️ PS. In answer to your PS, I'm not sure you'd get any waring of glowplug failure on the dashboard
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    Problem with air in fuel system

    Well at least you know to keep the fuel tank well filled. Somewhere there might be a non-return valve (maybe part of the primer bulb?), and I'm not sure if some injection pumps had such a valve at the inlet from the fuel tank - my memory is casting back a few years now 🙁 Maybe you'll have to resort to the grease method. At least should be quick to apply. Thick grease best, with the idea being that smeared all around a joint, it doesn't allow the air into the fuel line and permit the fuel to run back to the tank. Tempted to suggest the higher joints may be more suspect, in that there's a higher relative pressure encouraging the air into the fuel line.
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    Problem with air in fuel system

    As your thread title suggests, & the various facts as you've detailed, I think it's definitely air in the fuel line. This used to be the curse of the older generations of diesels, which relied on the injection pump sucking the fuel all the way from the tank. I no longer run a diesel, but I thought that modern diesels, with having injection pumps developing higher pressures, also had a low lift pump close to/inside the fuel tank. The introduction of the pump close to/in the tank ensured that if a little air did get into the system, it would get purged out as soon as the low lift pump was energised. You're unlikely to see any fuel leak, or smell, as it's air getting into the fuel line, and allowing the fuel to run back towards the tank. Unfortunately air is a lot more searching in finding a leak point, than is diesel fuel (or many other liquids for that matter). In addition to closely examining the joints, check any rubber hoses for signs of deterioration, and also scrutinise the priming bulb itself. I've read in the past of a priming bulb being the culprit. The fact that the problem's resolved by squeezing the primer bulb, and also your observation that it seems worse when the tank fuel level is low, all point to what I think is a correct diagnosis on your part. Alas I don't think it's always easy to track down. Have you disturbed any fuel hoses in changing such as the fuel filter. Old fuel hoses harden slowly with age, and object to being disturbed. I've had a split develop on the inside of a sharp preformed bend in a hose line - it did not like me disturbing it! In the past, the standard reply to your problem was to smear over every joint with grease, to ensure a good seal. I never had to resort to this. I'm making my comments with unfortunately having no knowledge of the diesel engined Avensis. Good luck - not the sort of job you really want to have to sort out in the winter, especially so far north in Aberdeenshire.
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    Heater control illumination

    As OC says, Haynes details it quite well. May seem fiddly as you do it. I had to replace the bulbs 3 years ago. Main problem I experienced was removing the heater panel from the fascia, because of the 3 heater control cables. I managed to twist the panel slightly to gain access to two fixing lugs, one of which then broke, but I did manage to remove the requisite holder to get to the bulbs. Sorry it's a bit vague, but it's 3 years ago!
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    Battery Replacement D4D

    As a first check, I'd redo the test across the battery with the digital tester, and immediately then do the same across the battery with your digital cigarette lighter meter. This should show any variation between the two digital readings. I have a similar ciggie digital meter and IIRC it reads 0.1-0.2 volts less than my multi-meter. Well done in not having to rush out to buy a new battery, although they do of course have a finite life
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    A recall on the recent Air-Bag recalls - READ

    I also have received my "recall on a recall" letter today. At least the recall system is working
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    Engine Cuts Out - Electrics at Fault Maybe?

    I've found in the past that needing to top up the battery with distilled water, whilst maybe eeking out a few months of battery life, is really a signal that all is not well, and that the battery is on the way out, and I've had to replace within a year. Of course, a battery can also lose water if being overcharged by a faulty voltage regulator, but one doesn't hear so much about that sort of fault nowadays. Battery technology has changed over recent years, and voltage regulators are probably now better at what they do, both of which may have had the benefit of reducing battery water loss.
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    Engine Cuts Out - Electrics at Fault Maybe?

    I second "fordulike"'s suggestion. Also, in view of age of car, check the main battery cables, including the earth strap, in case there's hidden corrosion. Does the car have electric powered steering? I'm thinking if you have low voltage from battery/alternator, then could be that turning the steering wheel is putting extra load on the electrics and causes voltage drop, which maybe the ecu senses & cuts out engine as a safety measure.
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    Air Con ice cold and no heat!

    Bit late in the day to say it, but I wouldn't expect to hear any gurgling from the cooling system. To me, gurgling suggests air where it shouldn't be, but seems your perseverence with the top-ups is paying off ☺️
  14. Notoyboy

    Help with knocking noise

    That's good news, and lucky you persevered in tracking down the noise!
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    Pulls to the right

    Picking up on Alan's suggestion, you could switch the front wheels round, and see what happens.