Mick F

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  1. Mick F

    Electric Windows

    Just tried this. Not driving today, so I had a test of the switch and felt it. There is a very gentle first click. Hardly noticeable but knowing that there should be one, I can feel it ok but it will take some practice to do it perhaps. Thinking about it, we had a Fiat500 with this "two-stage" button, but it was a definite audible click with that car. The Yaris is very feint in comparison and with no audible click. That's why I didn't notice anything. It'll be tomorrow maybe, before we will be driving, and I'll be giving it a good test. As an aside, we rarely open the windows, using the automatic climate control to provide ventilation instead. It's just that we have a new puppy (Border Collie) in the household and can't leave him unattended so take him in the car when we go shopping etc. One of us has to stay with him in the car of course when parked up, and now the weather is warmer, it's good to have the windows open a tad .................. hence my question. Mick.
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    Electric Windows

    Tried that endlessly. If I flick it in the opposite direction, the window changes direction. This seems like it could be correct. I'll have a go next time I'm in the car. Thanks. I've tried that too, but it carries on all the way. I reckon that Jonmartin has the best bet. Thanks guys, Mick.
  3. We have a Yaris Hybrid 2014 Excel. All four windows are electrically driven and can be opened fully or partially if you release the switch thingy before they are fully open or closed ................. except the driver's window. It opens fully and closes fully but not partially. The switch thingy says "Auto" on it. Is there a way to open the driver's window partially? All the other cars we've owned with electric windows, the driver's window operates in the same way as all the other windows. Am I missing something here? Is there another way of operating the driver's window? Mick.
  4. Ours has no liner, and there are voids and the rain dirt etc collects all over it. Mainly the "ledge" at the forward ends. Bad design I reckon. Pity. Mick.
  5. Utterly agree. Mick.
  6. I wonder ........ just a guess ........ that due to the low numbers, they don't list the car in their lists, but the exhaust system is basically the same as on other models. What we need, is an expert to join this conversation, coz I'm just guessing. Mick.
  7. I can't help at all, and I do sympathise. Is there something special/different with a 2007 1.8SR exhaust system? Would an exhaust from a different spec actually fit? I'd be sorely tempted to do some research across the range. Could the front section not be removed and repaired properly? Mick.
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    Radio code??

    We had a Fiat500 before this Yaris, and that had a separate radio. It had a code, but it was stored in the body ECU, so if you disconnected the battery, the code was still available for when you reconnected. The only time you needed to input a manual code, was if you fitted a new radio. Mick.
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    Radio code??

    Does it have a "radio"? I'm unfamiliar with the 2007 Yaris. Our radio is part of the whole technology suite - Touch or whatever it's called. I would expect with ours, that the code is automatically part of the car's internal computer thingy. Mick.
  10. I understand all that of course. What I don't understand is why the VIN says one thing, but it's possible to register it as another thing. Seems to me that DVLA needs a kick up the bum. It's their fault, not the owner's fault. Mick
  11. Sorry, but I don't understand. The VIN decodes as a petrol car, not a diesel. Mick.
  12. https://en.vindecoder.pl/VNKKL12360A034040 Seems to work ok. Mick.
  13. Try these. I bought some of them for our last car. Excellent ............... and cheap too. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/28-Wiper-Blade-Refill-X3-Universal-Cut-To-Size-Replacement-Rubber/352384984249?hash=item520bc824b9:g:2OMAAOSwcZFbKm73 Mick.
  14. We'd love one, but the cost to buy is too expensive compared to a ICE car. Renault do a Zoe reasonably priced, but you have to rent the battery to buy one reasonably priced , but the minimum rental cost is more than the cost of petrol for a "normal" car let alone an economical one like our Yaris Hybrid. Unless the price of buying and running an EV comes right down, there's no incentive. Mick.
  15. If our keyfob is not in the car, we get nothing on the dash and the car is dead. Yellow light means that the car has been started, and the key is then removed from the car.. Like if the key is in your pocket and you get out to shut the gate. Mick.
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    Auxiliary Lights

    The way I see it - or not during darkness! 😢 - is that providing the lamps don't extend forwards and be a hazard to any pedestrians or collisions, they should be fine so long as they comply with rules and regs for use on the road. No doubt you can fit anything anywhere for off-road use, but all I would like is an addition to what we have now. So long as they comply with power output and aren't "sicky-out" they would be fine. Hence my thoughts regarding recessing them into the front grille. Mick.
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    Auxiliary Lights

    This is our car. I was wondering if a pair of lamps could be fitted either side of the number plate and set in cutouts into the grille. I have no idea what the metalwork inside is like and if lamps could be secured there. I don't think they would look right mounted proud on the front. Mick.
  18. You're in London. It's flat there. Take your time and relax and use the hybrid gently but firmly. Here, it's hilly. We can get as low as 30mpg locally sometimes. If I were to state our overall average MPG, it would be the mid 40s but going further it would be the low 50s. Motorways we can get 60mpg but we have to keep the speed down. Mick.
  19. We have a 2014 Yaris Hybrid, and in common with most of us(?) the headlights leave a lot to be desired despite fitting Optiwhite bulbs. In the old days, many folk fitted auxiliary driving lights, and I've had a few cars over the years with them. These lights cannot come on until the full beam is on, and many times these are connected directly to the full beam supply so they come on "automatically" with the full beam. We're quite happy with the dipped beams, just the full beams are poor, so a pair of auxiliary driving lights would boost the full beam to something very useful. Can this be done on a 2014 Yaris? Any comments regarding this subject? Mick.
  20. Anyone care to answer? Has anyone done it? Where would you mount them? Can they be controlled by the normal dip/full beam switch so they come on automatically on full beam? Mick.
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    Power loss

    I don't know if you all know, but I spent a career in the RN. Retired in1996 after nearly 30years. We owned a Talbot Horizon for some years in the 1980s and after coming home from sea, the car had only been used locally for short journeys for months on end. I drove it after getting home and noticed how sluggish and poor the engine was. I considered taking it to Talbot to sort it out even though it was out of warranty. We had a journey to do up the A38, and we were short of time, so I went as fast as I could. On the way back, the engine began to feel so much better. The total journey was about 100miles and almost flat out both ways. it was only a 1.3, so "flat out" was a little above 80mph. From then on, the engine was fine. All it needed was to be used for longer distances and given some work to do, and not just for ferrying children to school. I got the impression that the engine had "coked up" and a good blast had cleared it all out. Mick.
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    Wind Noise

    What was wrong with the original one? Why replace it? Which ones make the noise? Our's is fine, and it is the original one from brand new. Mick.
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    Wind Noise

    No answer? Our aerial is exactly like YarisHybrid2016's one in his photograph above. Mick
  24. The key fob includes a "real" key too. If you only have one fob, you need both the electronic package unit and the mechanical key as a combined unit. Mick.
  25. Eco de-sensitises the accelerator pedal and cuts back on the heater ventilation. It also makes the steering lighter I think. Great for in towns, but no point out in the country especially with steep hills like we have round here. Round here, our battery frequently has all eight bars green. We don't need any more regeneration. Mick.