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  1. Thanks for the info. I completed the job and only needed to replace discs and pads. The parking brake shoes were showing no wear. Fortunately, the discs came off easily. The overall braking of the vehicle now seems slightly better than before. The parking brake seems fine (about 6 clicks) and I'll check it again with the wheels off the ground in a few weeks.
  2. I have purchased new discs and pads (Toyota brand) and just realised that the rear brake assembly includes brake shoes for the parking brake. At the moment, the parking brake works OK but there is quite a lot of travel on the handbrake lever. Has anyone got experience with the parking brake? I can't imagine there is much wear if the shoes are used for parking only? Just wondering if it simply needs adjustment. On the other hand, I don't want to start the job and strip the brakes to find it needs new shoes.
  3. Plan to replace during the summer. Just wondering if anyone has experience of this, any difficulties with piston rewind (is any special tool needed), state of seals, piston wear, etc? Not sure what was replaced before but mileage is now 74K. I plan to flush the brake fluid too.
  4. Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble. If you need clarity on your rights citizens advice bureau might be worth talking to? I can't help with a recommendation for a hybrid specialist but if you have any recourse (as above) you might be able to get an expert (e.g. Toyota engineer) to assess it?
  5. Thanks. I'll check the numbers. Would you know if it is necessary to change the filter at the time I'm changing the fluid?
  6. Would anyone have a part number for the filter, gaskets, etc. required to swap the transmission filter in a 2.4 Previa please?
  7. Has anyone installed an external antenna on the rear roofline? Need to install a DAB antenna and the internal type is likely not to work so well with my dash cams (as has been reported by several users). Thinking to mount the DAB antenna at the read just before the spoiler and route the cabling down the headlining on the opposite side from the rear camera cable.
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    Good to see that Toyota engineering and reliability is making for happy ownership. Went through the MOT a couple of weeks back. Passed with an advisory about rear brake pads wear. No mention of the front suspension arm rubber bushes at all. I'll do the rear brakes in the summer. Thinking to flush the coolant too, it's supposed to be very long life but not sure when it was last changed. Maybe the brake fluid too. I have a couple of minor niggles with the wipers. Front wiper blade rubbers (Bosch fitted) so-so. Has anyone found anything better and a source? Rear washer arm spring seems not strong enough to ensure the top of the screen is properly wiped. I fitted a new arm/blade a couple of years back though it's a third-party part. Any suggestions?
  9. Just wondering what has been owners experience with 2.4 tappet noise and scheduled check/adjustment. Have you found that any work was needed?
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    I would have changed them if there was a noticeable effect but there isn't. I'm putting it in early for an MOT at the weekend. If it fails it seems that new suspension arms (with bushes) will be the easy option. It's a second vehicle so we can manage with it being off the road for a few days.
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    Apologies for jumping on this thread, albeit with a related question. My 2005 Previa received advisories last year at the MOT as follows: 001 Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement. Nearside front. 002 Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement. Offside front. I cannot detect any issues when driving but with the MOT coming up again in a few weeks I'm wondering if this might cause a fail. The vehicle mileage is approx 75,000. Is it probably time to replace the bushes? In terms of the work (if necessary) is it best to replace the bushes only? Or is it easier to replace the assembly? Would anything else likely need replacing during the work? Are any special tools needed? Thank you.
  12. OK. One other question. Not sure if you transport bicycles but if you do which carriers are best for the Previa? Thanks again.
  13. Thanks for the info. I'll check it over the Easter holiday. Was a Haynes or similar manual ever made for the second generation previa or equivalent models (Estima, Tarago)?
  14. I have just picked up a 2005 Previa (UK model), 2.4 VVTi with an automatic transmission. Whilst there is some service history I'd like to check (due to age and mileage, which is 55,000) if it is necessary to change fluids, filters, etc. and will appreciate if anyone can point me to relevant information or advise. I have looked but cannot find a service manual for this year/model. Some tyres will need replacing soon. Currently using Michelin but they are worn so I cannot evaluate them in terms of performance, mileage, quietness, etc. Any suggestions and/or recommendations for tyres, brands of fluids, filters, spark plugs, etc. also appreciated.