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  1. Mind you not every independent can work on Hybrids due to the safety measures needed for working with high voltage.
  2. And this was the winning answer. Sprayed the white grease into the shock absorbers bearings and vualla! No more creaks. The sway bar bushings actually looks ok as I do give all the rubbers a bit of Waine stop leak spraying from time to time. Many thanks
  3. The Yaris is a simple vehicle, you can safely get it serviced by the usual big chains like National or F1, something like £160 for a full service at my local village garage. I do 12k annually and now on 120k without any issues, never serviced it by Mr T.
  4. Exactly like on my car, coming and going creaks especially on cold weather when turning the steering full pelt at slow moving speed from standing. Thanks, will have a look at the sway bars bushings. Probably will leave this like you to the tester and live with the creaks. These bushings are the original and started to creak at around 110k, car now has 120k and is ultra reliable otherwise.
  5. When I turn the steering wheel while the car moves very slowly, say coming out of parking there is a creaking noise. The noise sounds like a door hinge that needs a bit of oiling. Checked the rubber bushings on the CV joints and there is no tears or grease leaks. Checked the CV joints but can't hear any clunks when fully turning the steering wheel while driving in circles. What else should I look at? The car is a 2010 Mk2 1.33
  6. It is trying to tell you to clean up your MAF.
  7. Is there any way of further protecting the EPB box from contamination/water ingress? I only heard of very few VM failures on the petrol model, is this more common than we are made to believe?
  9. Question (maybe a stupid one but can't see the answer in the manual). Which wheels are secured by the EPB? Is it just the rear like in a manual hand brake or all wheels?
  10. What is it that you try to change in the gearing mechanism?
  11. If the SS switch is on, first thing I would check is your Battery output, SS runs as it had a mind of it's own when I realized I am getting about 10v of the original Exide branded battery, this was at around 100k. Once fitted a new battery the SS is smooth.
  12. We had a 2003 Polo with a rusty filler neck, about £350 to sort out.
  13. At 185 60 15 and proper tracking we had Michlens but can't see what's all the fuss is about, lasted nicely at 25k on the front but very noisy. Swapped to Falkens ZE310, which where far quieter and lasted 24k. Currently on another set of Falkens, they behave a bit better than the Michlens in the wet and again far quieter.
  14. Absolutely right, French built Yaris has the electrically controlled steering.
  15. Most batteries are sealed for life so I wouldn't bother if yours is one of these. Checking that you have the right output is the key. I would however clean the terminals, battery tray and apply some dielectric grease all over the terminals. I would also add to your list lubricating the windows rollers with silicone spray. Wash with a watering hose your ac condenser and radiator can keep things clean from salt and consequently corrosion. Not a DIY job but if you have Aircon then a proper servicing by an AC technician every three years or so is well worth it in the UK where we don't bother switch it on during the cold months.