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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I know, I was being obtuse 😂
  4. Think I might be the only one that thinks the new Corolla looks like something you'd get if a Yaris had an affair with a Seat Ibiza!
  5. The parcel shelves must be much heavier in these new Aygos compared to the first generation.
  6. I've had something similar with my 107 since I bought it really in 2010. It can be very hard to get it in to 1st gear sometimes when it's cold, and it's something that has gotten worse really. But I find that, if this happens, I put the car in neutral, come off the clutch, shake the stick, push the clutch all the way down, and 100% of the time it'll slip right in. It's worth remembering that the gearboxes in these cars are sealed for life units, which meant that the oil would never need changing. Total rubbish, so when the car's done about 80,000 miles it's worth changing the oil anyway. Mine's due for this in May.
  7. Bit of a clown moment this evening, as I have the RTV stuff here delivered from Amazon and I went under the car to take off the bottom of the bell housing that's on the engine. I'm under there inspecting it, as the removal of the bell housing frees up the oil pan. It then occurs to me that, as I've got the gearbox out, I've got the engine suspended by a ratchet strap. Where does the strap go? Right over the oil sump! So now I'm waiting for the main oil seal, that should be here in the next day or two. I'll be able to change that, then refit the gearbox which will then mean the engine's secure again, so I can drop the pan.
  8. Update on this. I asked the question on the Irish Corolla group on Facebook and they all said it's a sealant. The proper Toyota stuff is £15, but apparently (on other forums from what I can gather, not Toyota related) RTV is a go to sealant in these applications. So a tube has been ordered and will turn up tomorrow!
  9. I had thought that was the main culprit, so I bought one. But the one I have (as far as I know) is the wrong one or at least meant for the other side of the engine. But one of those have been ordered and I'll change that as well.
  10. Thanks for that, my Haynes manual has gone walkabout so I couldn't refer to mine earlier. I've been on a few sites to see if an actual gasket exists, and so far I can only see the sealant stuff. I'll give Toyota a call tomorrow and see if one exists or not, if not I'll just throw some RTV on it. I think mine's age related, as the car was jacked higher on the passenger side for a few weeks while I worked on it, that's when I noticed the oil build up. But the metal plate between the flywheel and the engine block is sodden with oil, so I think one was present before it was parked up, judging by the crud on the plate.
  11. Well here's one for you all to ponder. I've just come in from working on the car - been off ill for a bit so this is the first day I've felt well enough to do anything - and I've FINALLY managed to get the !Removed! flywheel off. Which was a short lived joy because now I find out what's been leaking oil. Firstly, the rear crankshaft oil seal should be replaced just because it's been a hassle to drop the gearbox for the second time. So that's a given. But the oil leak itself is coming from the oil sump pan, so I'll have to remove the bottom of the bell housing to get the pan off. The question though is do these oil sump pans have a proper gasket or do they use a silicone type of sealant to seal it? I haven't taken the pan off until I find that out, but basically the question is: is it a proper repair to use a silicone sealant on the sump pan or do I go to Mr.Toyota and buy a proper oil sump pan seal?
  12. Yeah I had the same issue when I got to it. The Haynes manual was useless, as you were expecting it to be on the front of the engine when it was behind, and like you I had no idea. Glad you got it sorted, in my efforts I had to buy a new pivot bolt because from all the hammering I blunted the threaded end. Good luck with the rest of it
  13. Small update. Since receiving the flywheel tool I also received the master brake cylinder repair kit yesterday. God willing on Saturday I'll be able to kick on, get the flywheel off, change the oil seal, refit the clutch and box back on the car this weekend. As an aside, I've removed rust from more bolts. This time the bolts responsible for the subframe and suspension. Yet again the vinegar and salt has worked wonders. So well in fact it's revealed this on some of the bolts: Lovely lovely pitting! Which was hidden by rust. There's two of these big bolts that have this in the same place, I'm inclined to replace them so I'll be going to Mr.T either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. I'm also waiting on some Zinc anodes and copper wire, so I'll be electroplating these bolts with zinc to prevent further corrosion. Fairly easy to do as well, so I'll keep you up to date on that too.
  14. You're lucky, my 107 had the same recall and I took it to Peugeot and they didn't even bother cleaning the windows that they rebonded. Instead they told me my tyres needed replacing (they don't) and that my air con and coolant should be changed/recharged for £160. The air con needs regassing yes, but the coolant doesn't.
  15. The colour is annoying me, but it's given me an idea to add to this. Wouldn't it be awesome, and totally over the top. to change the light behind there to represent the temperature the car is set to? Red for hot, blue for cold, yellow/orange for Juuuuuust right?
  16. I can highly recommend putting the bolts in a vinegar & salt concoction to remove rust. I've done this on bolts for my Corolla and it gets rid of the rust really well. Then paint them maybe? Or electrolitically zinc coat them?
  17. The video doesn't load for me but the audio does. Sounds more like a trim rattle than anything else?
  18. Will check it out! Just an update on this. For once the cold didn't stop me, it was the clutch! Couldn't release two bolts of the clutch to the flywheel as the flywheel kept moving. Remembered I had to use a pry bar (which I found!) and push the flywheel when I turned the bolts. Managed to do all of that, only to be scuppered by not being able to remove the bolts of the flywheel. Tried everything, but nothing seems to work. I ended up gambling on as universal a flywheel locking tool I could get hold of. It's made by Sealey, product code VSE2394, and it arrived yesterday. Didn't really have much time to use it but I placed it on the flywheel and it lines up with the holes for the gearbox bolts to attach to. So I think this will help me loosen and tighten the flywheel! I wanted to get a universal one as after the Corolla is on the road I've another car to restore. So I didn't want to buy two flywheel locking tools specifically for different engines! This week I should be cleaning up more bolts, some of the suspension bolts are currently sitting in the vinegar/salt bath. Hopefully I'll be able to do the driveshafts this week too ready for the weekend.
  19. Yeah it is, it's just annoying me that the oil seal on the engine failed after changing all the seals on the gearbox and the clutch. But this is about as big a job as is needed really at this point, everything else is sound.
  20. I've been away from the computer since the last time, but not away from the car. Which makes a change! So on the Thursday, it was quite cold. -1 degrees outside. I don't think the car ever defrosted itself: I tackled the other driveshaft, and that came out with no bother at all. I tried to attack the other part of the driveshaft that was stuck in the gearbox but it wasn't budging. But here they both are anyway, sat on the bench ready for work: On the Saturday I attacked the gearbox. Took about 5 hours and I got to the point where I was going to take the gearbox out. It got dark, and even with 2 torches I couldn't find out why it wouldn't move. The lack of my long pry bar didn't help. But on Sunday morning I found my crowbar (close enough to my pry bar) and it came off within 10 minutes. Once it was on the bench I attacked the other part of the driveshaft with a block of wood and my lump hammer. And it FINALLY came off. Didn't have much time on Sunday so I turned my attention to a spot of rust on the gearbox. I remember seeing it last time I saw it, but I think it's gotten worse since. Either way I attacked it with a wire brush to remove the rust and loose paint. So it went from this: To this: Sprayed it with brake cleaner, but then I had to go. I checked it again this evening and it's still damn for something. Well it is cold, and I've no kitchen roll to dry it off, so that's going to wait until tomorrow. I've got some high temperature paint so I'll paint that on it when it's dry enough. One thing I've done since last Tuesday was taking the bolts from the brakes I took off and put them in a vinegar and salt solution and left them to soak until tonight. They started off like this: To this: For some context, here's one bolt that was rusted that I took out: Through to this after I brushed it: All I was ever interested in is removing the rust from the threads, as they were a bit difficult to get off. So I'm quite happy with the end result. For those playing at home, the tin to the right of my hand is water mixed with bicarbonate of soda, which is going to neutralise the acidity of the Vinegar and salt solution. The salt, by the way, is meant to increase the acidity of the vinegar. I've started another group of bolts, this time from when I dropped the gearbox off the car. Here they are to start with: Not too bad, but here they are in the other tin - same vinegar and salt solution although I think I've used more salt this time. The smell, with all of this, isn't pleasant. Imagine vinegar, strong vinegar, with a metallic smell to it. It's odd really. But it's quite cheap to remove the rust using this method, and not completely toxic either. Plus it's a good use for the bicarbonate of soda I buy and then forget about!
  21. I'm going to be delving in to that world of carbs soon enough. Won't be a Toyota this time but that's for another time 🙂 You know what it wasn't too bad on Tuesday, but it's turned today so I expect it to be a bit colder. But once I start working I just sweat and get too hot anyway even in sub-zero weather so I won't be too fussed! Everything's good man I hope you're good and had a good christmas etc too!
  22. You make a valid point about the weather, although I've been checking it and it's just going to be cold around me. That's always subject to change, but it'll be fine! The driveshafts are fine, it's just the boots that were cracking up. So it's just a case of taking the boots off, cleaning it up, re-greasing and using proper clips with the proper tools to secure them. All of it I've got, so it's just a matter of doing it. I think I'll attempt the wood, I've got plenty of that. Would love to know where my big pry bar has gone though.
  23. Happy new year everyone! So the deal is I bought another car, and the wife won't allow me to have it on the drive until I get rid of one. The Corolla's going nowhere, but it needs to be on the road. So here I am! Under torchlight - as candle light isn't recommended - I started to remove the driveshafts. Everything came off easily enough. Until it got to taking the driveshaft off. I gave it a pull and it just came off, like this: Because I was an idiot and didn't have the proper tools or clips, the boot has separated and now it's left behind in the gearbox. Think it's worth noting that the gearbox was drained of oil at this point. I think last time I used a pry bar to get it loose, but for the life of me I can't find it now. It's one of them where I've seen it but God knows where it's gone. So for all my effort and trouble, here's what I'm left with tonight: I'm busy tomorrow night but Thursday I'll have found the pry bar - or at least found an alternative - to get the other part off. Then the other shaft will be off and I can sort of the mess I made when I last worked on it. But it's good to be back under the car getting gravel rash! As an aside, my friend had his Corolla smashed up by his idiot next door neighbour. It's a long story, but it ended up that the insurance didn't want to know because the neighbour damaged the car on foot before he drove his own car in to my friend's car at 30mph - twice. The upshot though is that I helped him get the exact same Toyota Corolla, and he let me nab the clear indicator lenses from his scrapped car. So they'll be going on as well at some point!
  24. I had this with my Corolla, if you look for the "Paddy the Corolla" thread you'll see my battle! It's a hateful fiddly job, but basically the pivot bolt is corroded in place. So it's difficult to extract. Spend a week or spraying it with PlusGas and working it forward and back. I then had to take a centre punch and a hammer to get the pivot bolt out. It can be done though, it's just very tight for space.