Countrylad

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    Mike
  • Toyota Model
    Auris Touring Icon Plus
  • Toyota Year
    2014
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    Wiltshire

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  1. I have this feeling that your insurance company may want to be told about the mod? Shouldn't be a complete blocker, but if it affects handling then that could be an issue if they found out after they'd dug you out of the hedge? Suspension and tracking is a many-splendoured thing. Just saying.
  2. Quick way. Find out (by experimentation) how far away from the car you can be standing and still get the doors to work. Then hold the key so that it touches your head, and try the test again. (I kid you not. Your cranium acts as an additional aerial.) It should make a difference of a few yards. If it's much more, consider a new battery.
  3. Oh yeah, don't touch the turbo unless it's good and cold. Those things spin at 150,000 rpm, and they can glow orange-hot even when they're working normally. Nuff said.
  4. Agreed, sadly, it's very likely that the bearings and/or the oil seals on your turbo have gone. If you wind down the driver's door window while passing a brick wall, the chances are that you'll hear the "police siren" wail. If so, don't ignore the sound for too long. The wailing you hear is the sound of the titanium turbo blades colliding with the edge of the turbo casing, because the bearings are no longer keeping them in line..And if the blades do break up you're looking at a top-end rebuild to get all the metal junk out of your cylinders. But OK, it's a ten year old car. The Toyota replacement will cost you upwards of £1600 by the time it's fitted; but a remanufactured turbo from a reputable source will be about half that. Your oil feed pipe will probably need to be replaced because it's full of deposits - indeed, that'll be the reason why the turbo has failed in the first place - and your intercooler may be full of oily junk which will have to be flushed out. (No big deal, but not to be forgotten.) These guys (https://www.essexturbos.com/) were good to me when my Ford's turbo went. Turbo was £300-odd, and indy garage charged £250 to fit. Good luck!
  5. Countrylad

    Low mpg

    Give it a proper high-speed run so as to burn off all the carbon and other crud that's clogging up your engine. A diet of low-speed urban traffic will do that sort of thing to any car. 70 miles up the motorway at 75mph, and 70 miles back at the same speed ought to be enough. (Keep it down to fifth or even fourth gear if you can't go that fast.) An Italian tune-up like this will also do wonders for your emissions in the MOT test. But obviously, do make sure that water, oil and tyre pressures are all OK before you set out on your carbon-busting run. Returning to your point, I have a 64 reg Touring Sport 1.6, about 60K on the clock, and my normal mpg varies between 38 and 44. (More in summer, less in winter.) If it's doing city stop-starts, it might only manage 33 mpg. But the Italian tune-up will always add 3-4 mpg, sometimes more. On long journeys in France, the car might average 46 mpg. That isn't very good in comparison with more modern engines, which is why Toyota have stopped making it now - but the 1.6 is a simple old charmer - no turbo, no gimmicky electronic tricks, just an honest to goodness lump that will still be running when all the 1.2 turbos have whizzed their little bearings off and left their owners at the mercy of their dealers. You also have better rear suspension than most other models in the range, and it'll have improved the ride more than somewhat. Nice reliable car, enjoy it.
  6. I generally try googling something like "Auris (or Corolla) rear light wiring images", and as often as not I get the info I need. Some of the results will be circuit diagrams, and others will be photo shots. Good luck!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.....
  13. LOL, I've got one of those kicking around the back of the car as well. Muchas grazias, Tony.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.