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  1. "I was aware that a small percentage of their bearings carspares-direct where bad but most people seemed happy with their bearings. So the hug nuts are low torque and come out from the back. The bearing they gave does not seem to have been returned, looks excellent and sparkly. Haynes book has no info on bearings but a lot on breaks" You cannot trust e bay about feedback - I left negative feedback for my faulty bearing from carspares-direct and the way they tried to hide behind the terms of the e bay listing to avoid a refund. Eventually I got e bay to force the refund but without the return postage. This showed as negative feedback on carspares-direct feedback and my feedback left for others for a couple of months and then just dissappeared! Note they do not accept refunds after 14 days apart from the qualified mechanic nonsense. See below their Terms at the bottom of their e bay site:- Warranty IMPORTANT WARRANTY INFO: Warranty is ONLY valid if the item is fitted by a fully qualified mechanic. We will ask for a letter from the mechanic with the business letterhead for proof. We will need a full report detailing how the part has been diagnosed as faulty and without this letter we are unable to make any warranty claims. The length of warranty varies on the items we sell, but all start from date of purchase(please keep proof and date of purchase recorded and safe). There is NO WARRANTY on items that have been fitted incorrectly and we don't acceptclaims for labour on faulty goods that are returned. NOWARRANTY CLAIM ON PARTS THAT HAVE BEEN FITTED BY NON QUALIFIED MECHANICS Please use a trackable return service and keep the receipt. Our warranty will only cover a replacement for any faulty item, and not a refund. No refunds can be issued after 14 days from the purchase date and may ask for the item to be return for inspection too. Our warranty is limited liability for product only and doesnt cover labour /fitting / inconvenience / car hire/ breakdown charges or any other damage.
  2. The only way to get experience is to do stuff but if you take your time and dont rush and break things it will be fine. Just be sure to safely block up the car as well as jacking it up. Also you need a tiny flat screwdriver to prise a little plastic tag down in order to pull out the ABS sensor plug. If you look at the socket on your new hub you can see where the plastic clip on the plugs fits, which helps to get the right spot. Good luck.
  3. Sorry to say that the faulty bearing I had was from Car Spares Direct, your seller. Even though their address is shown as Great Portland Street, London their returns address is in Essex and is the same as several other e bay motor spares sellers including Bahuha who I also bought a faulty bearing from. Yours may be fine just be sure when you fit it and you have the wheel on that you try it for play-you cannot feel the play with the bearing in your your hands, you need the wheel radius leverage for it to be felt. Getting the bearing out is as follows. Loosen the bolts but do not remove them. Use a lump hammer to bang loose the bearing, one side then the other and then the opposing two bolts. The bolts have special large flanges that the socket bears on. This will only work if your bolts are at the back. If they are inside the brake drum (as the original poster) then I am not sure, but he descibes how to do this on an 09 Yaris. The torque for the hub nuts is 38ft lbs or 51NM so not incredibly tight. Good luck with it-my experience of these things is that it is better just to do it at a convenient time, without the pressure of a pending MOT and when the weather is kind, also if the bearing is bad you can send it back as you could just put the old one back on for a while.
  4. I am really surprised that at a routine service the refrigerent pressure is checked in the air con. It looks to me like a garage looking for some work. If you have had the car 9 years, have you just had the aircon serviced, otherwise why not picked up before. Fishy!
  5. On the 1.3 engine 04 they are shouldered bolts and the 2 springs give the correct tension to the manifold ring gasket. You can get at the top of the threads of the bolts to apply penetrating oil. A few doses of proper penetrating oil (not WD40) should help avoid shearing off the bolts. If you did shear off the bolts I think you can probably get at the top to drill out the broken stud. Good luck with it.
  6. Thanks for that I was puzzled- different to mine as the suspension mount on mine has clearance size holes for the bolts and the bolts go through from the back to bolt up into the tapped holes in the hub. Mine is a French Made Yaris but I am surprised if that made the difference. Live and learn!
  7. I am pleased that you got it done ok but I am totally confused about your holding bolts direction. The bearing hub bolt holes are threaded and the hub fits against the back plate that carries the brake shoes so how can bolt heads from the brake shoe side tighten up unless someone has fitted ordinary bolts with nuts on the back (other side) of the brake plate. The proper studs have a smaller head for a 10mm socket but then have a bigger forged flange and would not be longer enough to take a nut ont he back. Just puzzled. keith
  8. I used to think these were just that having an array of small lights gave some redundancy compared to a single filament giving up. I have now realised that they are a safety feature since the LED will light up faster than a filament bulb and give the following driver more warning that you are stopping. If say there is 0.3 seconds difference in the lighting up time that is about 30ft at 60mph, the diference between a shunt and a scare!
  9. Result - I fitted a new step bolt to replace the plain bolt that the exhaust shop had fitted. The strange rattle on acceleration has now gone. Ther plain bolt must have had too much or too little tension on the manifold clamp!
  10. I quite fancy a Rav 4 but the newer ones are much bigger than older ones. Around what date did they get much larger?
  11. My 08 AVensis needed new rear discs and pads at 52K miles when 6 years old. My previous Avensis needed new front discs at 50k. Clearly not as long lived as some other cars.
  12. It is best to remove the nut at the bottom of the shock absorber and then just push the shocker sideways out of the way. You can then get at all the bolts easily. With a 8" socket extension you can tap the socket onto the flange bolts to getit well seated. One of mine I used a not so good ring spanner at first and rounded off the nut head on one of them. I got out of that by hammering on a size smaller socket. I bought a set of 4 new bolts from Toyota for £8-9 as a couple of them were a bit rounded . If a bolt head became rounded you could alway use a blunt chisel or screwdriver and hammer it bearing on the flange which is afair bit bigger than the nuts. Only 4 nuts and good access with the shocker loose. Good luck with it, dont forget the penetrating oil it does make a difference.
  13. It would be interesting to hear the outcome of this-half the interest of the Forum is hearing about problems...but the other half about results is more revealing!
  14. My first Avensis 03 model had dreadful leaks into the boot. After lots of time spent tracing the leaks and looking at light seals, vents, boot seal(hatchback) and everything it turned out to be the welded joints low down each side of the hatch. The welds had not cracked but were leaking. I fixed it with a "creeping crack sealant" Captain Tolleys Seam Sealant. You apply it and it seeps into the seams by capilliar action and then sets hard. Worked totally. It may not be your problem but it is worth thinking about it from this angle.
  15. The genuine Toyota hub/bearing and ABS sensor unit was quoted as £356 by my local Toyota dealer for our 04 1.3 Yaris a little while ago when I did one of mine. Therer are lots of pattern spares on e bay for around £28-£40. However I bought one which fixed the ABS problem I had but then had an MOT advisory for play in the (new) bearing. After much hassle I got a refund and ordered another from a different supplier. I fitted that one and there was play in it, again more resistance to giving me a refund. Different makes but both faulty. I eventually bought from these https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/carpartsgermany2016?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 It is a very easy job although the 4 shoulder securing bolts need a long socket extension to get at and soaking in penetrating oil helps to free off these very tight bolts. By the time I had done it 3 times I could get one off and a new one fitted in about 1/2 an hour. You need a tiny flat screwdriver to push down a plastic tab that holds in the sensor to the hub. Good luck with it