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  1. Goodyear efficient grip performance 2 or Vector 4 season 2 as alternative to Michelin. But both makes one of the best tyres available these days. 👍
  2. I do clean the house every day and the car once a week even in lockdown, 🤭 perhaps I may have an issues but I have nothing else to do. 😂
  3. If your car is T-spirit with 17” wheels you have the larger disc same as RAV4 and Prius plus, if you have 15” wheels you have smaller ones from Prius . There are some exceptions where T4 models comes with smaller discs and larger 17” wheels, when you look for parts can use vin number. This pads are exclusive to the larger brake disc: Advics front system https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301778142944 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291597929694 Akebono rear and larger wheels on T- spirit trim.
  4. I get parts from main dealers through eBay, same as you buy from your local Toyota dealer but delivered to you door. That’s the main reason, also sometimes they do offer better prices. Once I bought 5 oil filters from a private guy who had them from Toyota, genuine 100% , I can tell the difference immediately. Oil as long as is within the specs and not fake will be alright. Petronas is good enough IMO, I would never use it if I wasn’t sure is ok , many years and miles without problems says it all. 👍 Change on time is the most.
  5. Same or very similar to gen 3 Prius , pretty much all jobs on Prius will apply to Auris. You will need to undo bolts on rear seat brackets, unclip plastic clips on top on the battery, it’s not difficult it watch Prius videos, get yourself plastic trim remover tools. 👍
  6. Interesting, will wait to see what dealers says. 👍
  7. Hi, I think no special tool, just connect and extend, from one side to another, you can run the wire through rear hatch closing behind any plastic trims if there are any to hide it away, will be like original, use insulation tape to insulate the connections and you are all set.
  8. Hi, when you had changed the battery have you measure the alternator charging voltage, battery voltage and any possible battery drain ? How often do you drive you car and for how long? If you battery under warranty you can claim back for replacement. It is possible battery to be dead again if something is wrong with charging system. The car needs to be checked., from distance not sure how can be diagnose the problem. Regards
  9. Hi, if there is no video in YouTube to help, best is to find out your bulb type, check how looks on pictures online and you will find out easily how to take it out. Usually is , disconnect the wire and turn slightly to one side then pull away. 👍 All you need is some space behind the headlights., oh and you can use clean mechanics gloves they do help a lot with grip and comfort while changing bulbs. Try not to touch glass of the bulbs.
  10. TonyHSD

    Dim headlights

    Lights may need to be adjusted on Headlight beam setter if anything else looks good but the lights does not provide enough light ahead, usually garages that does MOT have one of these things so they can do it , or you can do it yourself if you google it, at least to check if all looks correct. 👍
  11. Hi, this needs to be cleaned properly and battery checked why is leaking. If any cracks on the battery case you will need to replace it. If you learning about cars best to take the car to someone with experience to deal with and you can watching him and help, if you do it yourself be careful and use gloves, protective glasses and make sure all acid is cleaned away from the car. Google how to clean dry acid, liquid acid and follow up procedures. Make sure all surfaces and parts are clean and acid free. Good luck and remember safety first. 👍
  12. Very important whoever buys EBC brake pads for hybrid cars only to pick Ultimax series as these are only suitable for hybrids , the other coloured series are specifically made for sport type of driving and does not perform well when cold, Toyota hybrids brakes are mostly cold in normal use even going downhill. Auris hybrid also uses two different type brakes systems, you need to know which one is your car before order. 👍
  13. All Toyota hybrids make those whining noise when slowing down, in some models can be more prominent due to the difference in car size, insulation, interior materials etc, the reason I pointed towards the windows is because all noises are coming from the engine bay and can be heard easier outside the car, if one of the side windows is left partially open you can hear whining a lot more. We have 2 exact same cars, one you can hear a lot more whining because the windscreen was replaced and obviously wasn’t done the great job, and the car with oem windscreen is much quieter. Best to compare with
  14. Yes, you can check, turn off or on the seat belt alarm if you have suitable obd 2 adapter, I have done mine with Carista and iPhone. Really handy device. 👍
  15. Whining noises to some extent are typical for hybrid vehicles, if you had a side window just a tiny bit left open and you will start hearing those whinings., make sure all windows are properly closed and test again. Display shows power going from engine to battery, this means regenerative braking it’s engaging and you can hear the whining from motor generator. If in doubt, best to visit dealer and compare with another Yaris just to make sure nothing is wrong. 👍
  16. I actually never park any car over kerbs or too close to the kerb especially when kerbs are on the higher side, all sorts of damage including doors paintwork, sills , under engine, spoilers , just not worth the risk. If anyone buying a Lexus CT200h make sure check the doors, I read somewhere been lower than any other Auris or Prius and damage doors while opening near kerbs, then I went to car giant all 11 Lexus had damage on their front doors. , not a big deal now but after few years rust will eat them.
  17. Eco mode ultra slow response, Normal is ok for all occasions and power when needed, I don’t use it much as after switching back to Normal feels like I am in Eco, that’s why not playing with modes. 🚙👍
  18. Good to hear another happy hybrid owner. Is the car 1.8 or 2.0?
  19. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173521013506 This is what I use and change every 10k miles or 1 year, high quality filter and does the job very well, easy to change. , probably the most important filter in any car as it’s directly impact your health especially if you drive a lot and in dense populated places or busy motorways. Pictures below shows difference between new and 10k miles old, significant and the does smells like petrol fumes. Feel sorry for bike riders that does not use any sort of masks or anything.
  20. If looks like this one on the picture is charcoal canister for fuel vapour, part of the fuel supply system. Maintenance free usually, but there is information that if you regularly overfill your tank that part gets damaged and it’s not cheap to replace if you buying new one. 👍
  21. Best when you have the car before your first attempt to go into the drive let the car to someone to drive slowly and you stay outside and watch, that’s the best so you know how much space left and how safe is to get in and out without damage. My dads car only goes in reverse inside his garage, estate car with low ground clearance and long overhang. 👍
  22. That’s usually the last thing done at the factory and probably most precisely and by hand therefore I don’t think anyone needs wheel alignment on a new car unless you hit a massive pothole or kerb. I checked mine when bought 5 years old and was ok, slight adjustment where made then after 3 years and 30k miles checked again and was perfect. If you steering wheel is straight and the car doesn’t pull massively to one side and your tyres are wearing evenly there is nothing to worry for the first few years of ownership. Very often poor workmanship from garages will mess your car alignment instead o
  23. Hi, better don’t replace anything if it’s not broken. Only regular inspection and if any signs of wear and tear then replace but you going to feel the car changes behaviour., noise, grinding rattling. Old doesn’t necessarily mean broken 😊
  24. Don’t need to to do that, I never like an idea to shorten the pins. 👍
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