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  1. When the fob batteries are new they measure just over 3.3 volts. By the time they have discharged to 3.05 volts then I would expect them to start becoming unpredictable in use. If your batteries are below 3.3 volts already, then they weren't new ones when they were fitted - even rubbish no-name batteries should last longer than a few weeks.
  2. I removed what I think is the same clip as you describe on an Auris. Perhaps it is the same in an Avensis?
  3. A Catloc for the Auris will look something very similar to this:- There are much cheaper plates available - £30 plus £12 delivery - that look like this:- I don't think there is anything to be gained by covering more of the exhaust, it is just the one part that gets stolen. Although having said that, the thieves usually remove the silencer/resonator that is further along the exhaust as well as the catalyst unit itself for convenience and speed of removal.
  4. Hi, Just to paint a clearer picture for someone else - how many miles has the car done? Do you know if it has been used for towing a lot (e.g. previous owner was using it for horse riding hobby transport etc.)? What is the colour of the oil on the transmission dipstick (assuming it has one)? And what is the oil level?
  5. The prices for new Toyota parts are cheaper in Japan and the Middle East, I understand, perhaps 40% cheaper?. There are some businesses there that will despatch to the UK, but VAT, shipping and customs duties have to be factored in, of course. The price for a new part will still be eye-watering. Second hand car parts prices seem a little cheaper in Poland, I notice, so you could think about widening the net to look there as well. But if you need to return the part, then this is an added complication. Your fault codes are different to the ones mentioned by this poster below, which is a thread that you have probably already seen, but inevitably, this chap bought a new the part in the end:- This is also something you have already come across from an Avensis post with this valvematic problem:- For less than £20 you can buy the equipment to read (and erase) these error codes. (An OBD2 ELM327 dongle and any Android phone, or an eBay Techstream package for use on a windows laptop.) Depending on the specific nature of the error code, the engine warning light will come on when the fault occurs, but will not necessarily turn off immediately when the fault condition stops. It often takes a certain number of ignition key cycles and/or an engine run-time without a fault, before the engine warning light goes off. I don't know if this is the case with the valvematic controller. This can be confusing when you are trying to establish if something you have changed has altered a failure pattern. HTH
  6. It is difficult to say with any certainty but, quickly doing an internet search for the exhaust details of this car, (there isn't much to see because it is so new), suggests that the exhaust follows the same design theme as the Toyota Yaris hybrid, which so far seems to have avoided attention from the scumbags. Specifically, it looks like there is a catalyst built-in to the exhaust manifold, which is a good place for it to be from a security point of view, on any car, not just a hybrid. Without a proper diagram/pictures it is not possible to really judge if this is the only catalyst in the system etc. And I'm just an ordinary Toyota owner, but the exhaust design looks less vulnerable than the one on a Prius. If you could find a proper parts catalogue/diagram to look over, then that might throw some light on this. I couldn't easily find one 'out there', just a solitary line drawing which was not necessarily for your exact car. A question for a parts person at your Toyota dealer might be: Does the Camry have the catalyst integral to the exhaust manifold? ('yes' is good). Does the car have a single catalyst? ('Yes' is good again!). If the answer to both questions is yes, then the car would probably need to have the bonnet opened to steal the catalyst, taking this type of theft on to a new level of effort that should make it have much less scumbag interest. But obviously this is an educated guess. I wouldn't necessarily expect the parts bods to know this off the top of their head - it would be good of them if they could talk you through this on a spares diagram to verify these points. HTH
  7. My neighbour has a CTEK battery charger (an MXS 5.0, actually). When a 3 year old Yuasa AGM motorcycle battery I had, died, I put his charger on it to see what it could do, I knew it would be an amazing feat if it put some life into it, the battery was shot, and was sitting at about 7 volts. This was a few months back, I think I selected 'recondition' , but I can't be sure. After a good long time (definitely more than 2 hours, but I don't exactly know how long), the charger just put on a red error light. I think this was the charger giving up on the battery and indicating the battery needed replacing, but it did come to an end point of sorts, rather than leaving you guessing.
  8. I went through a similar loop when our Auris was 4 years old (and fairly new to us), back in 2017. Our battery passed the Toyota dealer test at the time. It is still hanging on. It has never gone flat as yours has.....yet. Hence this post:-
  9. Hi, Does it not explain how to access the indicator bulb in the owner's manual, in the bulb replacement section? This is an (adjusted) picture of an actual RAV mirror cover from this eBay shop:
  10. Yes, you are entirely correct. The Prius 2 had the 'thermos flask' arrangement, but not for the UK market, I believe. It increased the coolant capacity considerably. The louvered radiator grille thingy is on all Prius gen4, although plenty of BMWs have had this type of device fitted with their 'Efficient Dynamics' package for many years, maybe others too?.
  11. Is there not some heat recovery on some Prius gen3 and gen 4s that the Corolla does not have? This picture is of a Prius gen4 exhaust, the arrows point to the water delivery and return attachment pipes for heat reclamation and faster warm-up, don't they? I have seen the same feature on a Prius gen3 plug-in (strictly a gen1 plug-in!).
  12. Gerg

    EGR valve

    I bought a secondhand EGR cooler (from a scrapyard) to have to hand for when I need to do this job, as it's such a difficult part to clean without plenty of time. It was off quite a low mileage car I was told (45000m), so was reasonably clean, and you could see light through the matrix when you shone a torch through it, no problem. A wine bottle cork (I has several sizes to choose from) was used to plug up one end of the cooler and I put a dishwasher powder/water mix into the other opening, after I had found somewhere safe to stand it upright for a few hours. Obviously, the hotter the dishwasher powder gets, the quicker the cooler gets cleaned, but caution is required if you use heat to speed things along - the dishwasher powder is quite strong, so gloves and eye protection are needed! I put hot air from a hot air gun up the coolant pipes to warm it up from the inside, initially. I was quite pleased with the results after a couple of hours. It's mostly shiny inside now.
  13. Here's a Yaris HSD catalyst (manicat) off eBay. The cylinder head connects to the left hand side (so this part of the assembly sits highest when fitted), the rest of the exhaust attaches to the right hand side (the side that is the lowest side), via the two spring-loaded bolts in the picture. On an Auris and Prius, the actual catalyst (with the white handwritten label on it in this picture) is an integral part of the next exhaust section. That section is on the other side of the spring-loaded joint, so it can be unbolted from the manifold via the two bolts shown, which makes removal too easy by far. So on the Yaris, to steal the catalyst you are going to have to unbolt this whole component, unless you go crazy with a cordless saw or angle grinder, and then you would need good access from above through the bonnet.
  14. I did sent a message to the original poster some months back to see what happened next, but unfortunately I didn't get an answer. Out of interest, I contacted the Toyota dealer that (I guessed) was involved in this. They told me that the headlamps were replaced free-of-charge to the customer last year. They didn't explain who had picked up the cost for that. Some weeks later, I contacted my local Toyota servicing garage (same dealer chain as the original poster) and explained the situation and also what had happened to the OP, to see if there was any chance of getting the headlamps changed on our car. (Background: I am not the original owner of our car - but it was supplied from new by that same dealer chain as the OP, and had a full service history - all from that chain (but this was not the same specific garage that the OP was dealing with)). The garage said that they understood the situation, and they would contact Toyota on my behalf. Despite my further calls, I heard nothing back in the following weeks. So, I went on to contact and explain the situation to customer services at Toyota GB, who logged a case with the above information, and said someone would be in touch. Two weeks later I contacted them again and said no one had contacted me. They said they would look into this. Two weeks later, no one had contacted me so I rang Toyota GB again, they said someone would contact me - nothing happened. Two weeks later, I contacted Toyota GB again, they said that they would try to progress this case, and someone would contact me. A week or so later,I received an email from my Toyota service dealer, saying, yes, they could replace the headlamps, and that that would cost me £800-odd pounds. Which is where I am now. HTH
  15. I think the battery charger in the link would be fine. My (mild) reservations about it would be: The Amazon reviews have a quite a number of one star ratings. Some reviewers who had to return this item under the 2 year warranty struggled to return it. The quick-connect lead that you leave attached to the car is very useful indeed, but the charger cable will still have to exit the car somewhere if the short piece of loom is connected to the battery terminals in the boot. The boot rubber door seal would probably allow a cable to pass under it when the door is closed, but it might eventually lightly damage the seal, especially as the cables will become stiff when the weather is very cold. I didn't spot any reference to its waterproof/dustproof rating (IPxx rating). But I didn't look too hard. I'm not the biggest fan of Lidl and Aldi stuff, but some of it is good value. I was pointing out those two chargers as they are very keenly priced for what they are, I've not come across cheaper ones (in the context of you not using it that much?), and the warranty is good. On a different note, it is worth keeping some sort of records (names/dates) of you reporting this to the dealer and/or Toyota GB, in case the problem worsens after the warranty has expired. Being able to show to Toyota that this was a pre-existing problem could save you £££s!