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  1. Hi you guys, It might be worth having you're brake fluid changed. It is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture over a period of time. This MIGHT be a cause of freezing. The effect of this moisture is certainly enough to rust the brake pipes from the inside out. Maybe it can freeze too. Just a thought. Regards Stewybear
  2. Hi Rajiv, I have replied to your email but it looks like you didn't get it for some reason ;) My fittings were for the new shape landcruiser so are not directly applicable to you apart from the general fitting guide lines and the equipment that I used. I eventually went for the Quanan sensors (ask for the round ones, not the tapered ones unless you need them) which I bought from parking-sensors.co.uk for £84.99. Here is the direct link if you are interested: http://www.parking-sensor.co.uk/order/1840s.htm If you buy it and eventually decide that you can't use all four sensors, you can just disconnect one or more of the sensors and the system still works the same, just with less coverage. I think you said that you had a towbar. Well.........these sensors have a 90 degree sensing angle. Thats 45 degrees all round. My towbar stuck out just under 30cm from the rear bumper. All I did was mark the vertical centerline of the bumper and measure 30cm each side of the centerline and marked the first holes, one each side. I then measured another 30cm from these markes and marked the second holes. If you use these marks, it will give you a full 1.9m coverage of the rear of your car at the 30cm continuous tone distance from the sensors. The added benefit is that the sensors make a continuous tone just a couple of cm before the towbar HITS (I mean touches :D ) any central obsticles. If you are unsure, about the placements, you can always do what I did to double check, and that was to mount the sensors in some spare skirting board at the original markings and offered it up to the bumper to see if any false readings are given and to see exactly what coverage is obtained. Other tips........ 1) It took me ages to fit cos I was seriously worried about drilling holes in the wrong place but I eventually bit the bullet and it worked out just fine. 2) Be very carefull when opening the holes out to fit the sensors. The fitting guide said to use a hole saw then finish of with a grinding wheel. DON'T. There is good potential to slip and mess up your lovely pait job if you are not carefull or even put too much heat into the plastic and make the paint bubble. Take my advise and use a 10mm drill to make the first holes then use a tapered hand reamer to open them out. It makes an infinately better job and the fit is perfect if you take your time. I didn't even use the glue that the guide suggested and these thing are never going to come out involuntarily. 3) The beeper is seriously loud. I mounted mine inside the boot between the outside metal body and the inside liner. There is a little pocket there in the LC. Don't know if there is one in the RAV4. Even inside this pocket, the bleeper is loud and you will not mistake it for anything else. 4) I took the power directly from the back of the light pod nearest the beeper installation. Just poped of the light cluster, fitted the power wire to the reversing lamp and pop the light pod back on. Thats it. Don't forget to use an in-line fuse between that and the control unit. 5) If you are unsure how to remove you're rear bumper. Try what I did. I emailed my towbar manufacturer and told them that I was interested in buying one of their towbars and could they please email me a copy of the fitting instructions for my car so that I could have a look before I bought one. They were very helpfull and the fitting instructions detailed the removal and re-inatsllation of the bumper to every last nut and bolt. Hope this was helpful Rajiv..........anymore questions just ask. Regards Stewart
  3. Hi, Well, I have worked out why toyota don't want to fit four sensors. Its cos the lazy gits dont want to remove the bumper........thats the only reason. :arrgg-matey: The two sensor system that they want to fit is easy cos there is no reason to remove the bumper. If you do remove it.....and it is really easy to remove....... you will find that there is more than enough room to fit the sensors without drilling the rear cross member. I took several hours to fit mine cos I was worried about drilling holes in the wrong place and making the holes too big with the obvious poor results. I have managed to get excellent (complete) coverage of my rear bumper and the news only gets better...... :D I have a towbar fitted also. So I have managed to get complete coverage and miss the towbar (which can be a problem if your not carefull). Also the zone which gets the alert warning for minimum distance is about 30cm/12". With the towbar fitted, this means that you get a warning at about 6-7cm or 3" from the hazard cos the towbar sticks out 9". This enables you to park really easily and removes the last bit of guesswork out of parking. Hope this was helpfull. If you want to see the finished results, email me and I'll send a picture. combustionrus@hotmail.com Regard Stewart
  4. Hi, I have had a look for mine and found it under the drivers seat. I don't know if it will play dvd movis though. I have made investigations about this but have come up blank. My idea was to find someone who knew about the screen to find out what the signal type is and what the connections are. When I found these out, make a small switching unit and cable in the new dvd player that I would have to buy. They are quite cheap now. Please reply if you have any further information cos I am still interested. I'll reply if I find out more. Regards Bear
  5. When ordering my LC5 I enquired about having a towbar fitted. Straight away the dealer said that he could have one fitted without any problems. When I pressed him further, it turned out that the one that he wanted to fit was a Witter towbar. I asked why he didn't want to fit the Toyota part and he said that it was more difficult to fit and he would have to cut the rear bumper to fit it which was not a good idea when it comes to resale value. Anyway, I contacted Witter and they have sent me a picture and fitting instructions for their towbar cos they didn't have it on their website. Surely enough, you don't have to cut the bumper about but its not exactly pretty. It does have the same towing capacity as the Toyota part though. I'm not sure but it looks like it might interfere with the departure angle also. This might become a problem when you are trying to navigate over the rough terrain in Sainsury's carpark I did eventually order the Witter unit though. If you want a picture or fitting instructions then send me an email and I'll send them back by return. my email is: combustionrus@hotmail.com Any other thought on this?
  6. Thanks for the info guys, thats great. I have had a further thought though. I am having a towbar fitted (Witter towbar not Toyota) and think that maybe the best way to go is to make a little bracket that can be mounted between the towball and the towbar. This way, it can be positioned in such a way that the towbar will not interefe with the operation of the sensor and you can increase to a three sensor system. Stew: I know that the dealers have agreed to fit the sensors (to their credit) but have you thought how this might give you problems with you corrosion warranty which stands at twelve years as standard. Thats along time to be annoyed with your dearler cos he won't honour the warranty?
  7. I would like to patch into the feed to the SAT NAV screen on the LC5 so that I can watch TV or other stuff if I want. Does anybody know if this can be done, or what signal etc the screen takes and how to get to the rear of the screen. Many thanks Stewybear
  8. I have placed an order for my new LC5 which should be here in 1st week of September....Yipee :D I didn't order the parking sensors from Toyota because the salesman suggested that the system was not very good, due to it only having two sensors. This meant that there was not very good coverage of the bumper. He also said that a three or four sensor system could not be used because of the bumper construction, but he couldn't elaborate any more than this. Does anybody know of the bumper construction issues that he is talking about ? I am determined to install a system and get it to work I have found several three and four sensor systems but like the Quanan system the best. This comes with a display unit which you normally mount somewhere on/in the dash. My main question is.........Is there a ducting from the back of the car to the front to enable me to route the thin cable from the control box in the back to the display unit in the front? or have I got to start stripping out the trim to hide the cable. Regards Stewybear
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