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  1. But if the car thinks your wheels are spining when they are not and brakes hard when your going around a corner your going to loose control.
  2. No we havent noticed any corrolation, this problem first started about 6 months ago now. What does the VSC actually control on the car?
  3. Thanks Black Knight, the VSC doesnt usually beep, it lights up sometimes when it kicks in but have never beeped before. Toyota have had it in again today and have cleared some fault codes with the VSC apparently and re installed the software on the system, they didnt say what the fault codes were. I am guessing the beeping was to let you know the fault had been recorded. I really dont think this is driver error, the corner my wife was going around at 20 mph, I go around at 40 in my mondeo and thats a perfectly respecable speed for the corner, at 50 you would expect a problem but not 40 let alone 20 !! I think this is an electrial issue with the VSC kicking in when it shouldnt, what does the VSC control, can it make the stearing go light? or does it just affect braking and power? Toyota today found a split bush on the near side front, this will cause some handling issues but not this much of an issue. Any more ideas? Thanks for your help It was definitely the VSC kicking in. Under wheel-spin conditions in a straight line the VSC light flashes only, not beep. However, in a sideways skid the VSC light does flash and DOES beep as my experiences of skating around in snow have shown me. The fact that it was beeping and she was going around a corner would suggest that the car was heading for a sideways skid. Do you think its worth just turning the VSC off? I think its kicking in excessivelly early, sometimes just on a very very slight bend. Like i said before, toyota have cleared some fault codes out the computer regarding the VSC and reloaded the software.
  4. Soon after I bought my 51 reg 2.0 vvti in 2004 the engine malfunction light kept coming on and, after a couple of attempts at unsucccessfully erasing the fault codes, the dealer took it in for an engine management software upgrade and decoke. To my knowledge none of the oxygen sensors was replaced. The problem has not recurred. Hope they solve your problem! Any idea how much a Decoke costs? My wife gets a fair bit of black smoke on starting and dealer said its not a problem its just carbon build up. Its quite off putting really, id like to get it sorted and the car does have an extended warrenty but they havent suggested and sort of decoke. Its also a 2001 2.0 vvti with 34k on clock, so again small journeys, didnt know if a change of plugs and leads might help out.
  5. Thanks Black Knight, the VSC doesnt usually beep, it lights up sometimes when it kicks in but have never beeped before. Toyota have had it in again today and have cleared some fault codes with the VSC apparently and re installed the software on the system, they didnt say what the fault codes were. I am guessing the beeping was to let you know the fault had been recorded. I really dont think this is driver error, the corner my wife was going around at 20 mph, I go around at 40 in my mondeo and thats a perfectly respecable speed for the corner, at 50 you would expect a problem but not 40 let alone 20 !! I think this is an electrial issue with the VSC kicking in when it shouldnt, what does the VSC control, can it make the stearing go light? or does it just affect braking and power? Toyota today found a split bush on the near side front, this will cause some handling issues but not this much of an issue. Any more ideas? Thanks for your help
  6. Hello, I have written on this forum before asking for help on my wifes Avensis 2.0 SR VVTI, X-Reg 2001. We are still having problems but Toyota still cant find the fault. The car handles really really badly, but only occasionally. The car most of the time handles ok, it feels slightly funny but not to bad. When it goes bad its like your driving on ice. No control at all, very light stearing, brakeing is also affected funny noise on brakeing, and a clicking/clonking sound on pulling off (intermittent). Again Toyota cant fault the car at all and blame driving style, its my wife thats driving the car and isnt a boy racer, the last occasion was today at about 20 mph and she almost crashed the car. Apparently there was a warning light on the dash and a beeping noise but due to trying to stay on the road she was unable to see which light lit up. If anyone at all can help please could you post and let us know what to ask toyota to check next. Many Thanks Rob
  7. Changed my mind, changed my order to Dunlop SP Sports Maxx, got a good review in the link above. I would just like to add that these tyres are excelent, the old tyres we had were Dunlop 2000e's and had 3-4mm of tread left and were terrible in comparison. I know any tyre with 9mm grip was going to be better but these are really really great. Its my wifes car and she is Very happy with the choise so I would just like to thank all you guys with the help on this one. Thanks again Rob
  8. Sounds like a problem with the AFM but could be a blockage in the exhaust thats causing a problem. Anyone else have any views. Do these cars have AFM's?
  9. Sorry I am not sure on the Avensis, had to do this on my Alfa. Its a week point on the Alfa 156's. On the Alfa you had to drain the coolant. I am sure someone will be along this evening to tell you exactly how its done.
  10. It means your thermostat has failed in the open position, no great worry. Your car will just be less fuel economic and slightly less powerful. If your fairly handy they are not too difficult to replace yourself for about £20, if you take it to toyota they will probably want £200 of you.
  11. Thanks for this guys, I am going for the F1's after all. Just one more question, speed rating. Does it hurt going for a much higher speed rating. I am only asking as I have seen a deal on some F1's but they are speed rated Z. Thanks again Doesn't matter at all. From what i understand the higher speed rated tyres have thicker tyre walls, so certainly not detrimental to your car. z rated are therefore usually dearer than lower rated equivalent tyres, but you can get some cracking deals on F1's. Bear in mind however that 205's will cause slightly more road noise and less fuel consumption that 195's, albeit a small amount. Sometimes the slightly thinner tyre can give better handling. Thanks for that info, I know about the width issues but for my car the 205's are the standard tyre. I dont want to go thinner then the recomended tyre. Thanks again, F1's ordered :-) Changed my mind, changed my order to Dunlop SP Sports Maxx, got a good review in the link above.
  12. Thanks for this guys, I am going for the F1's after all. Just one more question, speed rating. Does it hurt going for a much higher speed rating. I am only asking as I have seen a deal on some F1's but they are speed rated Z. Thanks again Doesn't matter at all. From what i understand the higher speed rated tyres have thicker tyre walls, so certainly not detrimental to your car. z rated are therefore usually dearer than lower rated equivalent tyres, but you can get some cracking deals on F1's. Bear in mind however that 205's will cause slightly more road noise and less fuel consumption that 195's, albeit a small amount. Sometimes the slightly thinner tyre can give better handling. Thanks for that info, I know about the width issues but for my car the 205's are the standard tyre. I dont want to go thinner then the recomended tyre. Thanks again, F1's ordered :-)
  13. Thanks for this guys, I am going for the F1's after all. Just one more question, speed rating. Does it hurt going for a much higher speed rating. I am only asking as I have seen a deal on some F1's but they are speed rated Z. Thanks again
  14. I had a problem with O2 sensor and they had to replace my cat as well due to siesed screws so they did and covered it under warrenty when it would not usually be covered, they have to honour this with you
  15. I have been warned off the Goodyear Eagle, apparently great in the summer months but if the temps fall anywhere near zero they have NO grip !! I will get the RE-050A I think. Look like a good tyre. Do you know anyone who stocks these tyres? LOL What do you think of Dunlop Sports SP01 Or Michelin Pilot Primacy G1
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