angryengineer

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    Angry
  • Toyota Model
    E12 Corolla 1.4 D4D
  • Toyota Year
    2005
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    Other/Non-UK

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  1. Dear oldcodger 🙂, Thank you for responding to my queries. I try to avoid on-street retail car parts-accessories stores as some can add an unpleasantly large markup to the cost of what they actually paid for it e.g. a clutch kit. Paying for this often ridiculous markup winds me up!!! I am an engineer & it is important for me to perform preventative maintenance to ensure my car is available for me to use when I need it. I'm also interested in understanding the "Toyota way" of engineering quality such that many of their vehicle's reliability is outstanding relative to their competitors e.g. Alfa Romeo, Ford, Volkswagen etc. So, as such, I'm actively performing an engineering study of the car!!! I tend to do my research online - prior to a part failing - to source the part from an online retailer that I'm happy enough to be sure that they would not supply conterfeit parts, & are basically honest. This usually means the selection of UK- or Germany-based online retailers (I live in Ireland). In the case of a clutch kit I'd probably be looking for a LUK professional-grade kit coming with a relatively large milage warranty. A Toyota main dealer quoted €34 for a fuel filter so I'm guessing that their price for a clutch kit would not be particularly enticing... One component of measuring "quality" is its cost. In this sense Toyota Main Dealer parts - even if they are well made - are, in my opinion, ultimately of low quality relative to other aftermarket component suppliers e.g. LUK 🙂.
  2. The drain plug was clear of any debris when he examined it. I've read that API GL-5 gear oils can damage "yellow" metals in the gearbox.
  3. Hi oldcodger 🙂, Thank you for kindly responding to my queries. I'm not replacing the clutch now but I want to know how I would be able to specify the correct clutch kit. I tend to try to buy directly from manufacturer so as to eliminate the markup associated with retail sellers.
  4. Dear Forum Readers, I own a 2005 1.4 D4D Corolla E120-series saloon (facelift version). 1. How may I discover the gearbox model code if, for example, I wished to replace it's clutch? 2. If the gearbox was completely drained of all it's oil, what would be the volume of this oil? 4. When I purchased the car a few months ago my mechanic opened the gearbox drain plug and approximately 2 litres of black red-tinged mildly viscous oil flowed out. Does the colour indicate anything in particular? 5. My mechanic refilled the gearbox with 2 litres of Castrol Syntrans 75W90 API GL-4 Gear Oil (fully synthetic). Is the oil required the API GL-4 or API GL-5 standard? Thank you for sharing any wisdom 🙂.
  5. I believe they went over the course of 14 years but were not replaced with new ones! It may seem like a spurious repair but I find that without them lit up at nighttime driving they cannot be located easily without putting driving safety at risk. Don't like taking risks with safety
  6. Dear Form Readers, I have a 2005 1.4 D4D Corolla. I am seeking to obtain the specification of dashboard light bulbs that have blown. I've decided to replace them myself as I have realised it is a safety issue when driving at night. I contacted my local Toyota dealer, and their Parts Department quoted £20 for the bulbs I require. I'd like to check Amazon.co.uk etc for LED versions. The blown light bulbs are: {1} Centre console heater controls (all), (2) Passenger airbag button, (3) Rear window de-mist button, (4) Air recirculation button, (5) Hazard lights button, Can anyone help?
  7. Dear Forum, I would like to know the specifics of my Toyota's OEM brake bleed screws so as I could source stainless steel versions of them elsewhere. Useful information would be the Toyota part number, the thread size, the length, the with, etc My car is a 2005 Corolla 1.4 D4D saloon having run 150,000 miles. It has been serviced regularly. I've decided to flush the existing brake fluid with A.T.E. branded DOT 5.1 brake fluid, so I have purchased 1.5L of it for my mechanic to do this job. I have read that brake bleed screws can and do fail due to the long term corrosive effects of the caustic brake fluid they are in constant contact with. My Toyota dealer quoted £21.52 inc. VAT for a set of four new OEM brake bleed screws. Now, if these were made from a stainless steel I might have purchased them. However, I believe they are made from a plain carbon steel galvanized with a covering of zinc. Given the exorbitant price quoted, in my opinion this is a poor quality solution offered by Toyota. If you could provide this information requested it would be most helpful 🙂.
  8. Dear oldcodger, Thank you for taking the time to reply 🙂. I managed to locate the information I was looking for in a spreadsheet format. Being an engineer myself, I tend to get into details & specifications! Out of curiousity, I contacted my local Toyota dealership to obtain prices for standard service parts e.g. filters. The prices are...steep! I've dug around the internet and it appears that the German brands Mann and Mahle come close to approaching OEM filter (oil, fuel, air, pollen) specifications and their build quality is high, so I have selected these for my use. For engine oil, I have opted for the 5L container Comma Xtreme 5W30. It's "fully synthetic" and I feel confident that it's viscosity properties will remain within a satisfactory range up to 5,000 miles of usage, after which it will be changed, together with the Mann W712/83 oil filter. I've decided to flush the existing very dark brake fluid with A.T.E. branded DOT 5.1 brake fluid, so I have purchased 1.5L of it for my mechanic to this job. I have read that brake bleed screws can and do fail due to the long term corrosive beffects of the very caustic brake fluid they are in contact with. My Toyota dealer quoted £21.52 inc. VAT for a set of four OEM brake bleed screws. Now, if these were made from stainless steel I might have purchased them. However, I believe they are made from plain carbon steel galvanized with a covering of zinc. I'd like to know the specifics of the car's blade bleed screws so as I could source stainless steel versions of them elsewhere. If you or anyone else could provide this information it would be most helpful 🙂.
  9. Dear Forum Readers: Thank you for reading this post. I am seeking the Toyota service schedule for my just purchased 2005 Corolla 1.4 D4D. Would anyone out there be kind enough to advice on how I may source this information? I appreciate any comments 🙂. FYI the car is a saloon with 155,000 miles driven on it. It had been serviced regularly, but not by a Toyota dealer.
  10. Hi All, Thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my query. Is it true that the 89 bhp 1.4 D4D engine in 2004-2006 Corolla's is mated to a dual mass flywheel (DMF) and that the exhaust has a diesel particulate filter (DPF)? If so, are these trouble free?
  11. Dear Forum Users, I want to buy a 2004-2006 model year Toyota Corolla hatchback in the UK having the 1.4 D4D Engine. Do the 1.4 D4D engines in this model within this time period exhibit particular problems e.g. the excessive burning of oil? Thank you really very much for knowledgeable comments in response to this query, as I have never previously owned or driven a Toyota vehicle. Yours faithfully