mickburkesnr

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    Michael
  • Toyota Model
    Toyota Corolla E11 1.3
  • Toyota Year
    1998
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    West Midlands

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  1. Well it's just volumes isn't it. There are far more Prius' on the road than there are Ferrari Testerossas. There are far more Ferrari F40 on the road than Lada's. So, in that respect, more F40's are in accidents every year on UK roads than Lada's.
  2. I got mine from Mr.T and I think it only cost something like £20. Wasn't big money really.
  3. Having several near misses with Taxi driving Prius', I can confirm that.
  4. Maybe they're more worried about you driving in to mooses than your windows flying out?
  5. Could not agree more. I go to a Toyota dealer that's about 15 miles away from my house because the parts guys there are out of this world friendly, knowledgable and helpful. I've a Toyota dealer 2 miles from my house and they're utterly awful. The awful dealership will have you sit down on a seat, go in to an office away from you looking for the part, then come back saying they can't find it. The helpful dealership have a counter and they'll either turn the screen to you so you can make sure it's the right part (or help them out when you don't know the name of it) or go behind the counter to do so. Also missed this. As I said I've got a 107 from 2010, and I have another Peugeot (a 3008) from the same year. The build quality between the two is night and day difference, the 107 - although a bit utalitarian compared to the Aygo - is really not bad, even after 8 years. Sure, I'm experiencing water ingress now but that's by the by. Compare it to the same age Peugeot and the bigger Peugeot is just shoddy. Falling to bits, not reliable, expensive to fix etc. I would guess though that while the Aygo might not be on a par with other Toyota's - as PSA might have brought the quality down a bit - they're still far better than whatever PSA or other manufacturers are bringing out. Maybe with the exception of Kia and Hyundai.
  6. You know, if it's just the plastic part you might be alright with the sealant? If it won't melt from the fuel and it's water proof, and given it's location, I think it could be OK? I thought you meant there was a pin hole in the actual fuel tank not the plastic part. Braising that wouldn't really work 😂
  7. I don't know what E11 Corolla spares availability are like in Scotland but in Birmingham they're non-existant. The only place breaking them in droves properly is in Ireland. Plus, you've the issue of whether or not the tank you're getting is up to snuff as well. However, I remember there was an episode of Wheeler Dealers where they got the tank of a Triumph Stag repaired, so that can be done. They braise/braize a piece on to the patch and it's good as gold. This might be an option for you, and with the labour combined with the purchase of a second hand tank I don't think it'll cost you more and would maybe be a better option?
  8. The cutch cable on the Aygo/C1/107 are cable operated, and from my experience of my clutch going on my 107, if you've adjusted the cable and it's slipping then it's time for a new clutch. The adjustment will only give you so much leeway aswell, so if you've exhausted that and it's slipping then it's time to get one. Depending on where you go, make sure that they fit the thicker 190mm clutch on to it. Our little bubbles had terrible times with weak clutches and they fitted them with a thicker one from a Yaris if I remember rightly. I paid about £250 to have mine done about 5 years ago.
  9. I think the gaskets are just a rubber type of job that doesn't require any sort of selant, as the gasket tends to be round and not flat so fits in to the groves on the rocker cover and engine block. But I'm basing this off of my E11 Corolla, but I wouldn't imagine it'd be wildly different.
  10. Toyo Tyres I've had on my 107 have been good. I've tried the Yokohama BluEarth ones, they're not particularly good in the wet which surprised me. If I could justify the cost, then I'd go with the Continentals. But Toyo to me are good for these cars.
  11. The Haynes manual called for 5mm strip, but I MAY have applied more to the crankends as thats where the leaks were occuring. And totally right, forgot to mention that. The bead went around the nuts so that the bolts would be sealed from the oil, instead of the bolts being in the seal or in contact with the oil. Bare in mind though if it goes on too thick, it'll ooze out both outside and inside the engine. By the time my engine sees any oil it'll be well dry, but the Toyota sealant takes about 5 minutes to go off but doesn't fully harden for a while after. So you run the risk of the sealant going around the innards of the engine blocking up oil channels.
  12. Yeah I remember that, although I didn't remember it when I went about it with the scaffolding pole 😂 I do need to invest in a hoist at the very least though, especially for the other car when I start work on it as the engine needs a rebuild. Rained off yesterday, and most likely tonight, so I'll get back on this next week.
  13. Ok so I've made some good movement on the Corolla over the weekend, and well since my last update. I hit the ground running on Saturday morning, and I replaced the mail oil seal. Probably the easiest and most fulfilling job I've done on the car really. The old seal put up a bit of a fight to being removed, but the new one went in no bother. The Red 'n' Tacky grease certainly helps! This then meant that I could start to throw everything back on to the car again. Before refitting, I gave the shield a lick of paint just to tidy it up looks wise. Here's the before: And here's the after: And here it is on the car, fitted in place: The paint I used is an extreme heat spray paint by Hycote. They sell it in the Range. I bought it originally to tidy up the dust sheilds on the brakes. This is as black as it gets I'm afraid! So at this point I'm ready to put the gearbox back on. We've been here before, but I never documented it really. Plus the ratchet straps I was using broke making it hard to get it back on the car with just the floor jack. This time I used a heavy duty ratchet strap (in yellow) and a smaller one, and the floor jack. The plan was to ratchet it up as much as I could, then use the floor jack to support it, undo the strap and repeat the process. This bit didn't take too long, but mating it was certainly a problem. It just wouldn't go in. Eventually I stuck a wrench on the crank on the left of the engine, and with the other arm I levered the gearbox in to it. As soon as it was close enough I grabbed a bolt and tightened the gearbox to the engine, and then shoved a bolt in to the gearbox mount. The gearbox was now back on the car! This then meant I could drop the oil pan. I took the oil out, and managed to get the pan off without too much of a battle. The bottom of the engine doesn't look too bad, it's done over 110,00 miles. It's been well looked after. I don't really know whether this has been off before, but there was no gasket just sealant which marries up with what I've seen and what's been said here. Took an old/cheap sharp chisel to it, along with a green scouer with some paint thinner. And the old rock hard crusty sealant came off. This is about as good as I was going to get it: At this point the weather turned and it started raining, but I didn't want to leave the car sumpless outside. So I rushed the next few steps, as in I didn't take photos of them! I checked for deformaties with a spirit level (as wood can be warped) and used a torch the other side of it to check for gaps. There was a gap, but it was uniform, so I assumed this is what it's meant to be like. So I gave it a quick clean with petrol, then brake cleaner, and then applied the RTV red sealant. Offered it up to the car, it took hold, screwed it in, and Roberts your mothers brother. Oil pan leak resolved, gearbox won't have to come off again (I hope!) Since then the weather's been crap so I haven't been able to finish attaching the gearbox to the engine, but it's still being supported by the ratchet straps and the bolts that I fitted. If the weather is good when I get home tonight or tomorrow I'll finish attaching the gearbox to the engine. But from Thursday I'm away until the Sunday so it'd be Monday at the earliest before I touch it again. Still, quite pleased with how it happened. Onwards and upwards.
  14. You could purchase a set of alloys or steel wheels that fit your Corolla, and use them while you get your current ones refurbished? After they're done you could put the ones you just bought back on eBay or Gumtree. Other than this, have you tried finding any mobile wheel refurbishers? There's one in Birmingham that a friend of mine used, he comes out and he'll do it on the spot but I suppose it depends how much damage is on the alloys. I wouldn't, personally, go with a 3rd party wheel for a car. I'm sure they're alright, but the insurance part of it puts me off.
  15. I know, I was being obtuse 😂