Mick F

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    Mick
  • Toyota Model
    Yaris Hybrid
  • Toyota Year
    2014
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    Cornwall

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  1. Mick F

    Light failure indicator

    We had a Fiat500 from October 2014 to September up until August 2017 when we bought our Yaris. I changed the DRL bulbs six times ............. three times on each side. The bulbs were dual filament - side lights/DRLs - the side light parts were fine. It's a common problem and many folk turn them off via the controls on the dash. I like them, so left them on ............... but at the price of hassle, though the bulbs were cheap enough if you knew where to buy them. Mick.
  2. Mick F

    Light failure indicator

    Fiats have a warning light. Maybe Italian bulbs are inferior to Japanese ones. 😃 Mick.
  3. Mick F

    Light failure indicator

    It never occurred to me that our 2014 Yaris didn't have it! I thought all modern cars had light failure warning indications. How odd? Mick
  4. Mick F

    Battery charge when car not in use

    If you charge your battery fully with a battery charger .................or go for a drive - in good weather not using electrics much - and make the drive a couple of hours or more - your battery will be fully charged. Test the voltage after switching off and letting the battery relax. Give it maybe an hour before testing the voltage. It's difficult in real everyday use to have a fully charged car battery and generally it doesn't matter. Eventually they fail through constant use or neglect. Just coz a car is brand new, it doesn't mean that the battery is as good as new. There is no substitute for a good strong battery. Mick.
  5. Mick F

    Battery charge when car not in use

    Voltage is only half of it. You need to do a Drop Test to get a better idea. How does the voltage hold up when under load? Just coz it sits at what you think is a good voltage, doesn't mean it's got good regulation. High internal resistance will kill voltage. Aim for 13v on a battery at rest, and you'd be more than likely fine. 12.56v is ok as you've not replenished the battery after a couple of 30min drives. Mick.
  6. Mick F

    Battery charge when car not in use

    Fully charged batteries should sit at 13v or nearly 13v. I reckon you've got a duff battery and need a new one. We had a Fiat500 up until a year or so ago and it had a Stop/Start system. We bought the car out of warranty and I noticed after a while, that the SS system wasn't stopping the engine for the designed full three minutes. I carried out many experiments to prove it. I took the car to three separate independent garages and they all said that the battery was fine ........... even though it would sit at 12.5v. They all, to a man, said that that was a good battery. I knew different, and hoped they would back me up. I paid £100 for a new battery - Stop Start batteries are expensive!! - and the fault was immediately cleared. Trouble is, unless you give the car a good run, the SS system stops being perfect, so I bought a battery charger with a plug connection (not croc clips) to the battery. Each and every time I came home, I would pop the bonnet and connect up the charger on a long lead from the front porch, then lower the bonnet. The job took less than a minute to do, and even quicker to disconnect before driving. The SS system worked perfectly for years, and probably better than when the car was new. The issue really, is that when they build cars, they are parked for months sometimes in a big carpark waiting to be sent out to be sold. They then go to a main dealer by lorry and may sit on the forecourt for weeks before a punter wants to buy the car. It then goes for a pre-delivery inspection, cleaned, battery charged, and then test driven. The battery at that time could well have been flat .......... and that's the worst thing you can do to a battery. If so, from then on, it's on its last legs. Mick.
  7. Mick F

    Yaris hybrid occasionally fails to move

    Yes, you must wait for the beep. I'm too quick to move the stick, and the car remains still despite the indications being correct. I have to press the button off and then back on again. I'm very slowly getting into the hang of waiting, so it's becoming less and less of an issue. Mick.
  8. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    I started this thread in an effort illustrate the inaccuracies in speedo. I feel I've done that fine. The issue of the reasons for the inaccuracies are in contention. You all know my opinion on this. Speedos are no more accurate than they have ever been in my nearly 50years of car ownership despite the massive advances in technology. Mick.
  9. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    No reason? That is an absolute statement. You and I know that there is a reason (or even more than one reason) why they could or even should fit better speedos. The fact that they don't make their speedos accurate as well as read up to a ridiculous 140mph, is a conscious decision that they make. Also, the data from the OBD is there but they deliberately choose not to use it. Mick.
  10. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    I don't agree. The car knows its distance as the odometer is spot on. It has been said up-thread that the OBD port can read the speed correctly. The speedo is a modern digitally operated one and not the old fashioned rotating magnet and spring unit driven by a Bowden cable. They do not need to have the speedo 7% high, they could have it spot on just like the odometer. All they need is the will to do it, but they don't have the will at all. Why not? It's because it looks better and the manufacturers sell speed. Why have a speedo that reads up to 140mph, when the car would struggle to reach 90mph? Mick.
  11. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    I think it's because car manufacturers sell speed and design. If you have a speedo that reads up to 140mph it looks much better than one that reads (only) up to 90mph. They like you to want to see that you are going fast, and the car you own is capable of doing 140mph. So long as they comply with the law, they will make them read fast, rather than accurately despite the info being available. The technology and the information is there. It's just the will to do it ................ but upset the drivers that think they are doing the legal motorway speed of 70mph when in actual fact they are doing only 64mph. Mick.
  12. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    Just got back yesterday from holiday in Spain. Couch transfer back to the airport, I was sitting near the front and could see the dials on the dash. Analogue dial speedo plus a digital readout too. 100Kmh speed limit and the coach was doing spot on 100Kmh on the dial and the digital readout read 99Kmh. The driver may have been using Cruise Control as it was a steady reading. I had my trusty Garmin Montana with me and switched it on and it hovered around 62.2mph. If they can do it with a coach, they can do it with a car. Mick.
  13. Mick F

    VIN number

    Thanks for the info. Yes, the car is a September 2014 baby. This VIN stuff is complicated eh? 😉 Mick.
  14. Mick F

    VIN number

    Still searching. https://parts.olathetoyota.com/blog/4585/how-to-decode-toyota-vin Is this still a US site? How does it equate to UK? Our 10th digit is a zero. Mick.
  15. Mick F

    VIN number

    Ah. That makes a difference then! Thanks. What is zero as the year identifier? https://support.alldata.com/alldata-repair-online-article/vin-to-year-chart Mick.