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  1. Hope all you guys have so far survived the pestilence, locust swarms and death of the first born. Now my current issue is trying to locate 6 digit version code of Corolla as being on a 3 year contract hire i dont have the V5 document. I have looked in the engine bay the side doors etc and its no there. I am simply trying to verify the recent service history etc. You would think its a simple task but there you go.
  2. Clunking now gone as weather has got slightly warmer with no intervention from me.
  3. Iphone 8 plus works brilliantly with most apps particularly WAZE satnav which is free and a huge improvement over the Toyota offering.
  4. Hi Folks Now in my last thread I wrongly assumed that i had established that it was my dashcam that was making spurious beeping noises. NO ITS NOT ! Unfortunately its my Corolla and I still have no idea why ??? today it beeped twice while approaching a roundabout on the A17 and again about 30 minutes later when executing a similar manoeuvre. On both occasions I was in the correct lane so no lining up required. It appears my approach to roundabouts is subject to criticism by Toyota. I use WAZE as my satnav and its brilliant with voice commands and visual and verbal warnings but its n
  5. Hi Guys Having read through a more comprehensive set of specs for my vehicle (Corolla Hybrid 2l GR Sport) i cannot see a way to activate the automatically dipping high beam etc. The rear view mirror is supposed to dip aswell i think but thats not working either. Perhaps it is only available on the EXEL model who knows.
  6. Hi Guys I have identified one of the beepings sounds( two short beeps) as my dashcam but sound alerts are turned off so that's a mystery to be solved. The short single beep I think is related to lane changing i think as it only happens over 30 mph and seems to occur invariably when lining up for entry into a roundabouts and shortly after exit or when i am changing lanes on an approach to traffic lights. This is when using the A16 which is a long straight 18 mile 60 mph max route terminating outside Peterborough. According to the the car specs the short beep should give you visual
  7. Greetings from "sunny Lincolnshire" i hope you are not snowed in. My Corolla has been making intermittent beeping noises well after i have set off on a journey. The noise is either one or two short beeps and its totally random. Its not my Backvue dashcam or Wase and i cannot tie it to lane change although it does tend to happen on long straight roads with just minor movement of the steering wheel (not dual carriageway). I have had the vehicle since January last year and nothing has changed. I have ignored it until now but i am getting tired with constantly saying to "her indoors" "why t
  8. Hi Guys Sadly i am having to raise the issue of cat thefts again. A couple of weeks ago we saw locally Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge (South Holland Lincs)a spate of cat thefts targeting here is the text " A Sutton resident has warned all car owners of a thieves wearing hi viz jackets that are operating in the borough stealing catalytic converters. “I had my catalytic converter stolen off my car a couple of days ago while it was parked outside my house,” said the resident. “They jacked up the car, crawled underneath, cut it off the exhaust system and were gone in minutes! I didn’
  9. Hi Guys Thank you for your comments. The purpose of my journey was to charge the car battery as it had been left standing for over a week. Unfortunately the A16 is a very long straight boring single carriageway and is the only main connecting route between Spalding and Peterborough which involves a 25 minute journey. It has a 60mph speed limit and is festooned with ASC's so on the day in question road conditions were good with no traffic and the snow suddenly descended thick and fast so i turned down my ACC to 40 mph and that was when it cut out so i never got a chance to drive "withou
  10. Hi Guys Extra loud clunking noise from underneath front of vehicle when reversing from drive prior to moving off first thing in the morning after an overnight stand. . It sounds like brake calipers (guessing here) also i cannot replicate this after i have driven off. I am certain this is not suspension as car rides smoothly over unavoidable potholes and road imperfections etc.
  11. Hi Guys I have driven ACC vehicles for a while now in all manner of weathers and never encountered a situation where a vehicle cruising steadily at 45 ish in snowy ice covered road conditions suddenly lurches noticeably as if someone has applied the brakes followed by a silly message. It might as well have said "sorry I am about to kill your ACC and you might loose control of your vehicle in current icy road conditions do you want me to call emergency services". Sorry Toyota you could have done better and you should stay behind class in detention and write out one hundred times on a
  12. Hi Guys Just cruising along today on a long straight road A16 with light snow falling when the car suddenly lurched and an announcement came on the speedo screen namely "Your radar adaptive cruise control has failed temporarily please consult your manual" my immediate reaction was "i dont think so" plus other expletives etc. Anyway after i had calmed down i put on my thinking hat and discovered that after i had pulled up on my drive i noticed the front of the car i.e. headlight, grille and bumpers were smothered completely in this weird white stuff but not the bonnet or windscreen. I
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    cat thieving

    I am truly amazed that we are discussing this its simply theft and its a crime so the guys responsible should be locked up end of. On another note if Toyota fitted tilt sensors. it might put of the scallywags crawling underneath your pride and joy after they have jacked it up. After all who wants to steal from a "shrieking" vehicle i.e. providing Toyota change the alarm tone from a strangled duck to something decent.
  14. Hi Guys Some good news for a change courtesy of Lincs Police “5 men arrested & 2 cars have been seized in the early hours of this morning in Holbeach. This is in relation to our on-going inquiries into the thefts of catalytic convertors in the Holbeach and Spalding areas. Any info, please give us a call on 101. “ ow.ly/ekd650D57J6
  15. Hi Joe So these catlocs (detergents ? ) come in a plastic bottle filled with green liquid and i fit them using water and a sponge LOL. Okay so you forgot to use Grammarly so you are excused. Stay safe my good man.
  16. Last year when cat cat converter thefts were on the rise I purchased a tilt sensor on Amazon or Ebay for about £20 but cannot remember which. I have not had time to get it fitted and am still mulling as to if it might screw up the operation of the existing alarm. It comes with a decent set of instructions and the fitting seems simple enough.
  17. Hi all hope you had a reasonable Xmas and here is wishing you a Covid free new year. Recently having read some crime news in the national and local press there appears to be a rise in "cat" theft incidents. My local town recently had experience of two vehicles being targeted. I rang my local dealer Stephen Eagle in Peterborough and was told that Priuses seem to be a particular target because of ease of access. They managed to reassure me that the Corolla Hybrid was not on the villains target list because of the location of the " cat "under the bodywork. There are "anti-cat" theft kits a
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    Mud Flaps

    I decided to have mud flaps fitted to all tyres arches and they sort of work in that there is less muck on the car than before. However the rear hatchback door gets a liberal coating of mud/dirt but its less of an effort wiping it off using a sponge and small painters bucket. I suppose that also indicates that there is less muck on the rear of the car. I live in Lincolnshire where tractors and HGV's leave a lot of mud and farm muck on the road so its a good test of how dirty your car can really get.
  19. Hi Guys yes thank you for all your comments but I have had the same make of low profile tyres on VW's, Honda's and Toyota's in the past without this palava of loosing tyre pressures and having them all go down when its cold etc. The vehicles have always been parked outside so what has changed methinks the arrival of complex technology, change in tyre compound composition, climate change, take your pick. I now have my own personal tyre gauge in the form of "her indoors" who can always tell if there has been any loss in tyre pressure because she claims the car handles differently especiall
  20. Now i dont want to be paranoid but a couple of weeks ago i noticed the tyre pressure warning sign came up on the dash i ignored it attributing the loss to accidentally mounting a curb with my rear offside wheel at low speed. Imagine my surprise when i called on one of these automatic tyre filling stations where you put in a pound set the pressure you want and it beeps when the required pressure is reached so fronts were down to 28 (33) and rear to 26 (30). After filling tyres the on screen warning symbol vanished. I normally keep a close eye on my tyres but have never experienced loss of tyre
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    Staying warm

    HI guys Yes there is no doubt my Corolla demists my windshield and side windows in what i would call a jiffy in cold weather. My Golf took forever and eventually had to resort to using a non oily rag so top marks to Toyota design crew.
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    Staying warm

    Hi Guys many thanks for your input. I think my problem is patience basically have very little. I do remember sitting in the car getting colder by the minute then I switched off the ignition and turned it back on with temps set to 20c and sure enough the engine started got a little warmer then it cut out. I remember thinking hey just a minute I need more heat but then I should have turned the temp controls up but by that time "her indoors" had turned up so we drove off. I do not normally sit around waiting for passengers etc so i will have to see what happens next time. A big question for
  23. Greetings to all I am seriously miffed why ? this week we have been downgraded to Tier 3 despite South Holland having one of the lowest Covid infections in the UK. Anyway i digress and the question is how do i stay warm in my vehicle while waiting for "her indoors" to finish her shopping. I can turn the ignition on start the car and get a fair flow of heat then the engine cuts out and goes into power saving mode (Corolla Hybrid GR sport 2l ). I have noticed that fuel consumption has rocketed in the cold weather possibly because i like to stay warm as do most people. Any tips
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    Road Noise

    A little tip for club members. I you are thinking of swapping your vehicle tyres and the car is fairly new you can flog them on Ebay for a good price providing they do not show appreciable wear. You can then offset your new tyres costs with that. I have always done this with my new vehicle acquisition when invariably they come with crappy make tyres. The purchaser always come to collect and parts with cash so this is a no hassle deal and i have always got the price i wanted. The trick here is to swap out your tyres close to your vehicle acquisition date to get the best price simply because you
  25. Louie

    Road Noise

    I had a Golf Mk7 GTD latest version and switched to the Hybrid 2l GR sports and the car is definitely noisier both road exhaust and gearbox operation but not to the extent it s irritating. However road noise can be mitigated by changing the terrible stock tyres(Falken) the car comes with or go for the Exel model which has improved soundproofing. The car has major plus points which outweigh the other irritations 1. Handling superior to VW (in my opinion e.g. negligible roll in corners)) 2. Cheaper to run 3 Car is far more responsive than the Golf to throttle etc ( probably because of CVT
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