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  1. Thanks for that. I will try it again when it gets really cold. I might turn the fan and heater off then switch it to see if it does anything. then I will turn the fan on and try it again. Sounds like I might have to just keep playing with it a few times until I can figure it out.
  2. Hi Everyone, Hope you are all having a good start to the weekend? I have a button, which is located below my steering wheel and I have absolutely no clue what it's for. It's a rocker type switch and at the side of the switch it says 'POWER HEAT'. Has anyone seen this switch on their car and if so, what does it do? I have tried switching it on a couple of times, but as far as I can tell, nothing happens. I wondered whether I had heated seats without knowing it, or perhaps it's something to do with the heated windscreen, maybe it just boosts the fan heater hotter than normal. Any ideas anyone?? Many thanks
  3. Good evening all, My drivers door has stopped working on the central locking. I'm pretty sure that it is the actuator that has stopped working because I had the same problem on my passenger front dor last year. I managed to get a second hand one from a breaker and fitted it myself, which obviously saved me a fortune on buying at main dealer prices. Unfortunately, it took a huge amount of time and effort finding the part and after having two sent to me that were completely the wrong type, I nearly gave up trying to get one. I had to send the wrong ones back and had quite a bit of hassle sorting out refunds for the parts that were wrong (pretty sure they were from a previa). Does anyone know where I can get a second hand Drivers door actuator for a 2003 ACR40? any help would be very much appreciated. By the way, for anyone that was following my post about my very scratched and smeary windscreen. Just to give you an update. I tried everything that was suggested to clear the smearing but nothing worked. Obviously, I could not do anything about the scratches. I eventually contacted National Windscreens to ask for their advice and basically they told me I was wasting my time trying to sort it out and suggested a new windscreen (which of course they would do). Anyway, I did go ahead and ask them to give me a quote. They said that it would cost me £90 if I went through my insurance. I agreed to do this and 'Hey Presto', a lovely new windscreen, with no scratches and smear free. It was worth paying the £90 just to be able to see where I was going when it rains. Thanks anyway for all those who offered advice on that subject.
  4. Hi Everyone, I haven't worked out how to reply to individual messages yet. So thank you to you all for your very informative advice. The issue only seems to be with my windscreen, I'm not generally parked under any trees and the smears only appear when it rains. I tried sugar soap and made sure that none of it went on any paintwork. Not sure if it has worked or not as I need to wait until it rains to be sure. having said that, I did use the windscreen washer and I don't think the sugar soap has worked, although I do think it has removed some of the residue. In the past, I did use a clay bar, which came with some specific fluid to use with the clay bar. Again, this did seem to work a bit but didn't completely remove the stuff. I will look at the other options posted on here and see if I can find the things that have been mentioned. I do have some T-Cut original but wasn't sure if this could be used on windscreens. Maybe that will be my net attempt before I start buying more chemicals. Thanks everyone
  5. Thanks for that advice Mike and Paul. I am just about to try a solution of sugar soap to see if this works. Apparently, it's really good at removing grease residue. I have checked the windscreen carefully and there is no pitting. I think it is probably just the junk that comes from the roads etc. If the sugar soap doesn't work, I will try the white vinegar and water, then I will also try the soda crystals. By the way Paul, did you used to be a member on TEOC? I was a member on that site but only just found out that it has been shut down. Such a shame, but great to see that it's still possible to get fantastic advice from kind people like yourselves on here.
  6. Hi everyone, I have only just joined this forum and have a question, which hopefully someone will be able to help with. I have an imported Toyota Estima 2003. Absolutely love the car but I'm getting really frustrated that when it rains, I struggle to be able to see through the windscreen. It seems to go really smeary and it doesn't seem to matter what I do, I can't seem to get it clear. It's almost like it's contaminated with something. I have tried lots of things including the obvious, new wiper blades etc. Just wondered if anyone had any magic tips of how to clean it up completely. Failing that, would it be worth me getting a quote for a new windscreen. any help would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  7. Hi everyone, I have only just joined and wanted to say hello. Are there any toyota Estima owners on this forum?