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  1. If I was doing it myself I would do as you have and cut out the corroded bit rather than the whole length of pipe however \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\I do not know exact5ly what section is being replaced. Garages (mostly) are not interested in saving you money by doing an economic repair.
  2. Car MOT failed on rear brake pipes corroded. Dangerous failure. I was aware they were a bit corroded and due to be replaced sometime so I would not have been surprised at an advisory. I was a bit shocked at the garage quote to replace these, £300 the pair plus £36 to replace both front wipers. I normally do my own repairs and would expect to do that in about 4 hours at a total cost of about £60 brake fluid, pipes and wipers. However just having moved to a house with a dangerously steep drive so not a place to be jacking cars up this will need to be a garage job. Am I completely out of touch with costs or have i Just been over the barrel.
  3. Hi Bob I am wanting to make a steering mechanism for an outboard motor on a sailing catamaran. The normal outboard steering is via steering cable on the pivot axis but this is not possible due to the position of the outboard in a well in the transom on this particular boat and size of engine. The other problem is when the outboard tilts that the back end tilts up about 10" and a bowdon cable cannot cope with that. Many cats use lines from the rudder or rudder bar to connect the engine to the steering. This works well but you usually have to manually connect/disconnect the lines when the engine is lifted and the bigger the engine the greater the travel up and down when dropped or lifted. I am going for a system like the Prout catamarans where they have a vertical lever below the wheel that has central, midway and full over, each way positions. So the flexible joint is for the base of the lever and if I use a steering joint about £15 and with its rubber cap and full of grease it should not be adversly weather affected. When I first got the boat it had steering lines which helped it park very well but since getting a much bigger engine the lines were unworkable and had to come off. I am doing mostly single handed sailing now so this facility will be a big improvement in tight or windy harbours and marinas.
  4. Not strictly a car query as I am wanting to use a ball joint to act as a base for a joystick type control lever on a boat. Has anyone an idea of the angle that the ball joint is designed to pivot from the vertical. It is years since I did one of these. From memory I imagine about 30 degrees each way but if someone has a more precise idea I would be grateful.
  5. I fortunately stopped at motorway services and checking round the car. tyres etc found one of my wheel nuts missing. When I checked the tyre pressures a couple of weeks ago before a long motorway journey I checked all nuts for tightness. The remaining 4 nuts were quite slack. I managed to improvise and complete the journey by borrowing one of the towbar towball nuts which fortunately was the same size and thread. So I wonder if someone was tryng to steal a set of nuts or a wheel but could not complete the theft? Anyway when I look at OE wheelnuts for sale I find it impossible to source single nuts so it looks like I need to buy a set. These are the longer nuts about 47mm long but the claimed OE (2 different suppliers) nuts offered are 43mm long. Is it likely that the weight difference could cause an imbalance and hence wheel vibration? When I used to use locking wheel nuts they looked vusually more bulky than the standard alloy wheel nut so I suspect that close to the centre of the wheel it is less critical. Being weekend I have not had the opprtunity to check with the Toyota Dealer locally the availability and price of single nuts but I am always appalled at the price of some Toyota spares so buying a set of 4 nuts for what Toyota will probably charge for a single nut appeals if the balance thing is not an issue. If I bought from Toyota I might well find that the nuts are longer anyway. Any views whether this is a problem or not.
  6. I am amazed to see the following dire warning regarding the low beam headlight. "Do not attempt to take apart or repair the low beam headlight bulbs. ... Doing so could result in electric shock ansd serious injury or death". Any ideas what that is about or is that warning really relating to models with HID bulbs rather than Halogen bulbs, which my TR has?
  7. I had the disc out to confirm what software issue it was-now the disc will not go back in. Any ideas?
  8. The satnav info on my 08 Avensis is very outdated now and I wish to update it. I see 2017 discs available that appear to fit the bill but is there anything I should be aware of either the compatibility of these discs or the actual upgrading procedure i.e. just bung in the disc or more than that? Advice on this is welcomed.
  9. I assumed that the two rubber caps were for towbar fitting but not so, they are in different positions altogether and towbar bolting is in a standard position for all bars. Still the third hole is pre-drilled in the bottom of the box section and just need to drill through this hole and up through the top of the box section. There is a tube spacer supplioed to avoid squashing the box section by the third bolt.
  10. I made a start and fitted the nearside bracket. I was pleased to see that two of the 3 bolt fixings use the two threaded holes left after removing the tow loop bracket. The other bolt hole was just a 12mm drill up through an existing hole in the box section and through the top of the box section. I was also pleased I went for a curved towbar which tucks up neatly behind the return curve of the bumper and does not need the bumper off or a bumper cut, the swan neck towball curving up nicely. The driver side needs the rear silencer box off to access the right hand side box section so I have dosed the flange bolts with plusgas and saved that side for another day. Now to find a trailer!
  11. Thanks Heid... The fitting guide is a bit incomprehensible and mostly in multi languages but not english. I have ordered a towbar and am wondering how long it will take me to fit it as there is a good trailer for sale near to me. There are rubber grommets in the boot floori I assume these are for towbar fitting so no need to drill holes?
  12. I could really do with some advice here. Some bars seem to have just 2 holes each side for mounting bolts through to the bar brackets, others seem to have extra brackets and then there is the silencer issue.
  13. I need to fit a towbar to use a trailer for a couple of month so not a long term thing. I was looking at a number of towbars on ebay and the fitting details seemed very varied. Some demanded a bumper cut, some bumper removal and some no cut or removal. Some towbars seemed to require the silencer removal and others seemed to have several brackets. Any wise words about a minimum effort installation.
  14. I contacted a dealer selling June 2016 Avensis 1.8 Business Edition Plus saloon. There are not many of these saloons about and I was going to have to travel a fair way to view it so I asked the dealer to confirm that it had a Reversing camera, LED headlights, cornering foglights and Autonomous Emergency Braking. I was surprised when he came back to me to say No AEB and he had checked with Toyota main agents who told him that was only on later models. Is that correct?
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