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    Graham
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    Yaris 1.3 SR Nav (was 2000 1.0 CDX)
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    2008
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  1. As I understand it, air expands and contracts as it gets warmer and cooler, so your tyre pressures will vary very slightly depending upon the outside temperature and also - as you drive your car - the pressures will rise as you drive faster and the friction of the air inside the tyre causes it to heat up slightly. So that's why racing teams use nitroigen - because pure nitrogen doesn't expand and contract as much, so the tyre pressures stay the same both at the start of a race and all the way through it. So the garages sell nitrogen because F1 teams use it and people will pay extra for it. In
  2. alfiejts

    Hello.

    Hi and welcome. We had a Mk1 1.0 for eight years and we've had two 1.3 Mk2s for the past four years..... The early 1.0 was a four cylinder engine, but it has the same power output as the later 3 cylinder engines - so the differences we found between the two probably equally apply to the later 1.0s... We did 64000 miles in the 1.0 and it was perfectly fine. We used it mainly round town and locally, but it did several 200 mile round trips to Sheffield over snake pass without any complaint.... Over the whole 64000 miles, it averaged 44mpg. Many times of course we saw up to 65mpg on the computer b
  3. I know that UK cars had this facility because I had one myself - but that doesn't necessarily mean that an Italian version would have the same feature. It may well do, in which case fine, but worth checking because if it doesn't, then it could be a big job to retrofit...
  4. what about MPH speedometer? Not sure if yours is digital or analogue, but I assume you need to be able to display your speed in MPH....
  5. Certainly not worn tyres on mine. I've just fitted my winter wheels & tyres and they've got about 5.5mm of tread all the way around, because I checked them before fitting.... I'm confident its something due to the overall front suspension alignment which is always a compromise in terms of caster, camber and toe-in, let alone the ackerman angle! :-) Unless there are any suspension designers on here, we're all just making educated guesses. But my 2008 SR has never been clouted, banged or tracking adjusted (because my wife daren't get within 18" of a kerb when parking for fear of damaging her
  6. Mine also does this occasionally (2008 SR) - usually when pulling out of the drive on full lock and when the surface is damp so not as grippy as usual. Its just down to the steering geometry. We've had ours from new and the front wheels have never been kerbed or banged to knock the geometry out. Its just down to the design of the Yaris front suspension & steering geometry. Don't forget - this is at full luck (or nearly) whilst manouvering at slow speed, so isn't dangerous and you'll never be anywhere near this amount of steering lock when moving at speed (well if you are, you're really in
  7. Brake material and clutch material smell the same when overheated. So I suspect its the brakes that are the cause of the deceleration rather than the clutch - after all, as others say, just depressing the clutch wouldn't result in sudden deceleration. So my favoured suggestion is that your sister accidentally left the handbrake on (maybe just slightly). That would cause the rear brakes to cook and if she simply lifted off the accelerator as you would do many times under normal driving, the car would slow down quickly due to the effect of the handbrake. (And I'm no expert in thermodynamics and
  8. Have you double checked that you haven't left your mother-in-law in there? I used to get an irritating noise from the passenger seat in my 2008 Yaris.......
  9. Does anyone have any definitive info on the grade of oil to use in a 2008 1.3 Yaris manual gearbox? Given the early life gearbox crunch issues which are now sorted with the selector mod, I want to change the gearbox oil to remove any metal filings that have been deposited. I'm aware that most gearbox bearing failures are as a result of metal swarf because the oil normally never gets changed so for the sake of 2l of oil, I'm going to change it.... The manual specifies a straight 75W grade but websites are quoting a 75w-90 multigrade being the right oil for the 1.3 Yaris. I'm also aware that som
  10. Ebay was my saviour..... If you're not in a desperate rush keep checking regularly.... I got a full set of brand new 15" Corolla wheels that are the same size and fitment as the Yaris for just £120 off eBay a while ago when looking for some spare wheels to put winter tyres on......
  11. That's an awful lot of money. For all we've been extollign PIAA, that seems too much to spend.... The standard Audi aero wipers on my A3 use an ordinary blade within them, so I've been buying PIAA refills and fitting them into the aero housings. For all I've been preaching about PIAA blades for the visibility they give, I've seen that many people are really happy with some of the new treatments such as Aquapel. They had Aquapel in Costco recently so I got some for my daughter's new TTS because she didn't want to bin the Audi blades - and the results are just as good as PIAA. They reckon one co
  12. Where did everyone go? I used to come onto this forum almost every evening, but then it all went quiet...... Now I only pop on once a month or so to see if anything's going on and nothing much ever seems to be..... Perhaps its because the Yaris is so reliable tat there's nothing much to discuss.... Good to see some of the old timers are still active though.
  13. Don't forget that you also need to check the "bore" which is the size of the hole in the middle, as this sits on the hub sharing the load. Looking on the internet, it suggests the Yaris fitment is: 4x100 PCD. ET (offset) 35-45 Bore 54.1mm If the bore is too big, you can get "rings" to make it smaller from aftermarket alloy shops, but I've never gone down that route myself....
  14. lol.... Just came onto the forum to see what was going on and found this thread still going strong.... I am the man who brought PIAA wipers to the TOC forum all those years ago..... Glad to see this thread still going and a few converts still backing them. I too use the refills more than buying the full wipers - especially as I can get PIAA refills into my "Aero" blades on my A3 yet PIAA themselves don't do an Aero blade (at least they didn't last time I looked...). The PIAA wipers I fitted to our Yaris when new in 2008 are still going strong.....
  15. Here's the guide... http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=116755&hl=eclipse&fromsearch=1
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