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  1. Countrylad

    Gear linkage

    What kind of bad changes are you experiencing? Loud crunchy ones, or difficulty snicking into particular gears, or trouble changing up, or down? Or even a complete refusal to enter 2,4,6 (or 1,3,5), or just the upper gears? You've got two linkage cables, one of which does left/right and the other one does up/down. It's possible for those cables to get out of line, in which case they need adjusting either at the top or the bottom of the linkages (it can be either). I haven't had trouble with my Auris's linkages, but on my old VW Passat I had some stiffness/refusals when engaging certain gears with the engine hot. It turned out to be caused by water getting onto a ball joint and creating muck, down where the linkage meets the gearbox. My independent garage stripped and cleaned it, and it fixed everything. Cost me about £80, which was great because I was half-expecting a new gearbox. If your change is crunchy, it could be a clutch issue. But it never hurts to replace the gearbox oil - it worked wonders for my noisy old Focus.
  2. Countrylad

    56 plate auris how much is it worth

    Wot eygo said. Now, if it had been a Corsa, you could have added almost literally hundreds to it by kitting it out with a baked bean can exhaust and painting the brake calipers red and the headlamps purple. But on an Auris? It's not quite the thing for ripping up the Tesco car park in your hoodie. But for all that, there's a buyer for every car. If it looks a bit racy and it's tidy and the interior's good, there'll be somebody who fancies something a bit different. I wouldn't expect to get anything extra from a trade-in, though - people at an auction tend to assume that body-kitted cars have been hammered, so it might even count against you. Maybe even a local paper ad would be better? Make sure you've got some killer photos!
  3. Countrylad

    measuring tire pressure

    Most of these pumps are badly flawed for anything more than the occasional top-ups, not least because the screw-on fitting that goes onto the valve is such an iffy arrangement. (From the moment it goes fffffffffffft to the moment it seals, you could have lost 3 psi!) Bring back the old snap-on fittings, at least they were quick and decisive. What annoys me more, though, is that when the tyre pressure warning on the dashboard lights up, it doesn't tell you which tyre is soft. (And it might be by only 1 psi, so a visual inspection isn't necessarily going to make the difference either.) And then, when you get the pump out, have you ever noticed that the soft tyre is always the last one you try? Which means that the other three are now probably over-pressure. Oh joy.
  4. Countrylad

    Sticking accelerator

    Mine does that, especially when the engine's cold. It's just the engine management making sure that I've got enough revs for the shift, and in my case it stops when I've warmed up.
  5. Countrylad

    Front Mud Flaps screws don’t go completely tight

    Sounds like you've overtightened them. The screws are only going into soft plastic, and it's very easily done. I had the same thing with one of my screws when I fitted my OEM Toyota flaps, but it's never come loose, so no problems. If you're worried, maybe try jamming in a very thin bit of plastic into the hole alongside the screw, so as to pack it out a bit. (We're talking half a matchstick thickness here.) Enjoy the car!
  6. Countrylad

    Windows not operating

    LOL, I fell for that one as well. Was just about to take the car back to the dealer when I twigged it. Whoops, would have been embarrassing.....
  7. Countrylad

    What's this bit of trim?

    LOL, I've got one of those kicking around the back of the car as well. Muchas grazias, Tony.
  8. Countrylad

    New Toyota dash cam

    You can buy a longer cable from Ebay for about £1.50. But I just put a cheapo USB extender cable onto mine and ran it under the floor mats so that it now runs off the rear seat 12v socket instead of the dashboard socket. Mine's a Nextbase 412GW, BTW - about £95. Running the cable around the top of the windscreen is no bother at all - it slips invisibly under the headlining, and then across the door pillar and downward under the rubber seal. The cable can sag a bit in the place where it crosses the A pillar, but a microscopic little bit of white blu-tack will hold it nicely.
  9. Countrylad

    Help with kerbing wheel!

    Agree that the rim damage looks fixable. Love my Primacy 4s! I've had mine since May, and the car feels so much sharper round the corners. If that's the new standard, I'm all for it. MPG is about the same as with my previous tyres, which were a premium German make (can't remember the name). I think you'll like them.
  10. Countrylad

    Gearbox dead

    Yes, a non-Toyota service would perhaps count against a goodwill payment. But it surely shouldn't count against the main point, which is that the Toyota dealer really should have identified the problem when it was first reported during the warranty period? (Or else it should be carrying the can for not having identified it at the time?) There's a pretty important point of principle here. If I take my car in to the dealer during its warranty period with a whining noise (for example) and if he says he can't hear it (or just "it's normal, sir") - and if it then turns out to be the beginnings of an early bearing failure (or whatever) - then the manufacturer has saved itself the cost of fixing my car within the warranty period. And that would just make a joke of the five year warranty, wouldn't it? As for the gearbox fault, I'd very much doubt whether the independent garage service would have gone anywhere near the box at all - they don't usually, and certainly not on a manual. The only fly in the ointment would have presumably been if the independent had failed to spot a low gearbox oil level or a leaky driveshaft seal? Either way, I agree with Gerg that the best approach for the OP would be to go straight to Toyota and blather a bit about what a loyal customer he is. The nuclear option would be to engage the local trading standards officer, who does have some teeth - but the ombudsman should also be able to help. It does, however, say that it won't get involved unless you've given the dealer/manufacturer eight weeks to respond satisfactorily. With a lease period currently expiring, that might be getting a bit tight. As before, good luck
  11. Countrylad

    Gearbox dead

    Surely, the fact you've already reported it to a Toyota dealer (presumably within the 5 year warranty period) ought to count for something? Especially since, as it turned out, your suspicions were 100% right and their diagnosis ("there's no problem, sir") was 100% wrong? Where would we be if any dealer could "fail to spot" a developing problem on a car because it was nearly out of warranty? The RAC is generally quite good on this sort of issue. And so is Honest John. Or try the Motor Ombudsman ( for an opinion. They ought to know this kind of stuff, and it would be good to have them on your side. Don't take no for an answer. Good luck.
  12. Countrylad

    Auris wind noise

    Hadn't noticed it on my 2014 model (1.6 petrol), and half of my motoring is at 80 mph. The sharply raked windscreen has one of the lowest drag ratios out there, I think? I've head of some Aurii with wind noise from around the door seals though. Mine is fine. And it used to pick up road noise on loose or gravelly surfaces until I fitted mudflaps. That'll have been because of the low ground clearance.
  13. Countrylad

    Tomtom Charger Plug Jammed In Power Outlet Socket

    YAY! I finally extracted my stuck adapter! But not before my Toyota dealer told me that he'd have to charge me for the stripdown and disassembly. Given that this is a known occurrence with Toyotas, and that the car is only four years old and in warranty, I wasn't too happy about that. Decided to give it another go before I paid up. As others have suggested, the problem was that the adapter hadn't been inserted quite straight (it was at 2 o'clock instead of at 12 o'clock), and the two spring lugs had engaged with some cut-out holes which Toyota had thoughtlfully left in the internal sleeve of the socket. So the whole thing was jammed so tightly that it was rotating the sleeve itself. Simply pulling at the adapter wouldn't ever have worked, because the springs were too well engaged in the holes. I fixed it by grabbing the adapter around the edge with a mole wrench (sheesh) and forcibly twisting it anti-clockwise, while also trying to hold the sleeve steady. It released itself immediately. (Some say that a dash of WD40 into the socket helps.) The adapter itself seems to have survived, although I won't be using it again in this car. Next time I'll be a bit more careful about how I insert a USB adapter. Pass it on.
  14. Countrylad

    Auto Express Driver power - Auris is #10

    Agree, it's all subjective. Compare with Top Gear Magazine's review: "Probably the worst driven car in Britain". But you know what? Who cares? Car reviewers often hang onto outdated stereotype impressions from 10 years ago, and they tend to miss everything that's changed and improved. Why, I can remember Clarkson opining that all Volvos ought to carry a sign saying "Pass quietly, driver asleep". My 2014 Auris 1.6 petrol Touring has the improved multipoint rear suspension, and I'd say it's pretty damn good. Not quite as good around the bends as the wife's Golf, to be truthful, but still good. I put Michelin Primacy 4s on the front wheels this year, and oh my goodness, the roadholding is sooooo much more lively. As for me, I like the huge boot (on the estate) and the fact that things don't seem to go wrong. I could wish that the nearside A pillar wasn't quite so obtrusive, but I think that's because of the safety design. I've driven it all over Europe, and it's a good'un. Deserves to be better appreciated.
  15. Countrylad

    Tomtom Charger Plug Jammed In Power Outlet Socket

    I thought of that as well, but it would just be too easy to blow the fuses and bring everything to a halt. Any little bit of metal that gets across the terminals inside the socket (or even inside the plug!) would do that. I had that happen a couple of years ago, when a cheapo 12v plug disintegrated in situ and the spring came loose and shorted everything out. It was lucky that I knew where the fuse was (not always easy on a Volkswagen!) and that I had the right fuse handy. I think I'll leave this one to the experts..... I'm off on my holidays soon, and the last thing I want when I'm abroad is dead leccies. If it's a known issue, then the dealer will be know how to sort it out in the best way. And if he gets it wrong, then it becomes his problem rather than mine.