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  1. I don't think that there is even a threaded hole for that 'missing' screw on the hub of some cars, even when it has been drilled in the disk. And if this eBay hubs are the same as yours, then you don't have the holes. The disk is loose because it has been removed to do work on the spring and the 'rust seal' has been broken. The one on the other side will be still rusted on to the hub, so no movement on that one. There are lots of good pictures on these two eBay listings:-|Cars+Year%3A2013&hash=item421090eea4:g:yuQAAOSw8o1eIC7e|Cars+Year%3A2013&hash=item5d9b5eb02b:g:5w0AAOSwZL5eIC~V As you can see on this pair of Yaris hubs on eBay, the area behind the disk can get quite rusty - if the mounting face of the disk and hub it sits on aren't reasonably free of rust then the disk might not spin true when bolted up, perhaps. I'm not sure that this is your noise though.
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    Well, that description above should help you find out for sure!! :-)
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    As a simple test of the alarm via its ultrasonic function, you could wind the driver's window down and lock the car. Leave the key about 10 yards away from the car, (as the car may detect the radio transmissions/proximity of the key and inhibit the alarm operation). Wait for about 1 minute, or until the red dashboard alarm/immobiliser telltale light starts to slowly give brief flashes. Stick your head through the open window. (An arm, or even a leg, should work just as well here.) At this point the alarm should sound etc., so get the key and unlock the car on the remote fob to stop the alarm. HTH
  4. I don't have any answers to your questions, but I'm happy to chuck in some suggestions off the top of my head:- Were you the original owner of the Leon? Could it have been re-mapped by the previous owner, making it more rapid than standard? Some owners judge the VAG horsepower rating to be quite conservative, could the Leon EA888 make more than the claimed power, it certainly has a good reputation for smooth, energetic power delivery. (Just don't mention the oil control rings or the camchain tensioners...) Although the Toyota eCVT has an infinite number of 'ratios', has Toyota limited in software the lower gear limit for some technical limitation in the planetary gears, so the Hyundai can pull a lower bottom gear? The Ioniq electric motor is probably easier to cool as it is a much larger diameter, is there an potential cooling problem with the Toyota's electric motor as it is small and compact, rather than wide and thin? Perhaps on account of this Hyundai can use an 'overboost' operation on the electric motor without fear of damage? The Hyundai electric motor runs at engine speed, so keeping it at a safe rotational speed is easy, but the eCVT has defined maximum MG speeds that could easily be exceeded without software control. To achieve a safe MG rpm, but still deliver a fast road speed under electric power, perhaps the eCVT has some internal gear ratios which are optimised to a faster (road speed) EV operation, rather than acceleration. The Ioniq is not bound by such criteria with its dual clutch gearbox. Perhaps Toyota are running with larger engineering 'safety margins' to maximise engine and transmission life, the Hyundai is a bit of an unknown in that area... Although their reputation is good, of course.
  5. These are front and back pictures of an Auris bonnet lock. I would expect a Corolla one to look quite similar. The area of the switch that you refer to is highlighted with the red arrow. If you could spray in that general area with you moisture repellent of choice (WD40 etc.), then that might do what you were wishing to do. The first red arrow is pointing at the connector of the switch, next to the switch. The wires to this switch seem to have been cut by the vehicle breaker. Close up the switch will look a little bit like this one, but without the three electrical connectors sticking out. You are probably aware that the ultrasonic portion of the alarm can be temporarily disabled via a button that is (likely) on the 'B' pillar? This is used for if you have to leave a dog or suchlike in the car. The function resets to operating normally on the next unlock/lock cycle. Toyota don't supply a complete paper owner's manual for some years now, but a full manual can be downloaded for free from the Toyota GB website. More alarm details might be in included in that. Did the dealer explain what the diagnostic was that they were going to do? HTH
  6. I can't remember when I last saw one that looked like that! In the unlikely chance that it was original then it would've been a Japanese NGK, as a 2001 Yaris was a Japanese Yaris, wasn't it?
  7. Thanks for updating this. The new exhaust looks like it might be an ECP supplied one, although your mechanic might have gone somewhere else, or not mentioned his supplier to you. I have an idea that the bit you have left over might be a silencer box rather than a catalyst, but then I could be wrong - I'm still learning about all this!
  8. It is difficult to be sure without standing next to it, but there seem to be some age cracks in part of the rubber boot (arrows). If the boot has aged where shown, then maybe there are cracks that have penetrated the boot (which the highlighted ones don't seem to have) where you cant see, and that has allowed it to leak. Your dry and dusty environment has made it very visible. In the UK, the brake dust shield in your picture would look a right state after 10 years of our weather. The grease that is inside the boot will be some sort of lithium-based grease, which will have oil in it. With time the oil can separate out of the grease. In some ways the lithium part of the grease could be likened to a sponge, holding the oil part in the place where it's needed. The castellated locknut seems to have been in place for a long time, I don't think this has been disturbed for a while.
  9. Yes, I understand, by policing I was meaning anyone who administers the regulations, as well as the police. I remember this being reported at the time and thinking how badly-judged the decision was. I was working alongside some VOSA emissions people when the VW diesel situation was being brought up in parliament (2016?). The VOSA manager explained that as it was being discussed by MPs 'in the house', that for a month or two their emissions testing equipment budget was almost limitless. After the dust had settled and no-one was interested any more then their budgets would go back to normal, he said, but as long as an MP could stand up and quote what the government (VOSA) was doing about the situation, as a way of getting one over the opposition, then their spending powers went through the roof. It's disappointing that the wheels of government work like that. But, with luck and good judgement, you might be able to make it work to your advantage. I can't see any reason why catalyst theft will not get more widespread. And I think other car makes and models will become targets. I was just looking to prompt suggestions as to alternative things that might be done, beyond fitting extra hardware to your car!
  10. For cars over 5 years old, Toyota offer their "5 Star Club". This is free to join and entitles you to 20% off servicing. I'm not sure what this would do to those prices, but there would be no harm in asking about that scheme. I haven't used it.
  11. How can this be given a higher profile? Any change to the way this crime is prioritised would have to be a driven from the top downwards. Unless there is some embarrassment caused to the people who can change how this is policed, then nothing will happen. That's not going to be easy of course, judging from recent events. A law that is not enforced is of almost no point, and if it was enforceable in 2013 (it was effective then, wasn't it??), why not now? When one law is left unenforced, then all sorts of other laws are weakened. Anyone fancy starting a petition to get this type of theft policed properly??
  12. There is a long thread on the Auris part of the forum about fitting a cruise control. On page 28 (!), I post the some simple tests you could do on your stalk if it is off the car, but there is more information in the thread that might be relevant, if you have the time to find it. I appreciate you have a Prius, but I don't remember an equivalent thread about that car on this forum.
  13. This is not the first time a drive shaft has snapped on one of these. I doubt that there is a clutch problem. The drive shaft rusts (out of sight) under a rubber vibration damper that is fitted the shaft. Eventually the driveshaft becomes thin enough to break. A new driveshaft is the fix. Not a particularly difficult part to fit. A secondhand one might do, but you'd have to check carefully it wasn't going the same way as yours! This problem is not unique to Toyota, by any means. Unless the corrosion is stopped (it's difficult to know it's happening at all) then it is just a case of 'when', more than 'if'.
  14. I'm really not familiar with the transmission in this. How about because it hasn't got 'Park' properly selected on the transmission?
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    Clown Horn

    The horn on our Auris is embarrassing, but a puny horn never gets mentioned by motoring journalists, and is rarely tried on your own test drive. So feeble horns sneak into production! Although fairly impractical as an installation on a new Corolla, I think this video highlights just what can be done if you are serious about upgrading the FS1E - style beeper.