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donald packham

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  1. Thanks for your response Krait. It does seem very odd that switching the headlights on in difficult visibility as a safety measure means that you loose sight of another safety feature - the ability to see your speedometer. With all the cars I have owned over the years I have never come across this problem before. Donpack.
  2. I also have a problem regarding the dimming of the dash lights although mine is the reverse to that experienced in this topic. When I have to switch the lights on in daylight when experiencing difficult visibility (fog, heavy rain, mist) the dashboard lights dim to such an extent that it becomes impossible to view the speedometer. When the headlights are on during the hours of darkness the illumination is fine. Any ideas anyone? Donpack
  3. I haven't had any problems since the initial one and as you say 'it is still guaranteed' Best Wishes, Donpack
  4. Thanks for the information. My previous avensis was a 2003/4 model and was not so fitted so it is obviously a more recent inovation. My driving instructor back in the 1960's (car - Triumph Herald) always told me to push the clutch fully home when starting the car as this saved wear and tear on the clutch and saved draining the battery. He insisted that one must always check that the car is in neutral before attempting to start it. pushing in the clutch when starting,more so when cold is to reduce drag from the gearbox.it will not as you say save wear and tear on a clutch. I stand corrected - I was only repeating what the instructor told me.
  5. Thanks for the information. My previous avensis was a 2003/4 model and was not so fitted so it is obviously a more recent inovation. My driving instructor back in the 1960's (car - Triumph Herald) always told me to push the clutch fully home when starting the car as this saved wear and tear on the clutch and saved draining the battery. He insisted that one must always check that the car is in neutral before attempting to start it.
  6. Thanks but I have checked and there is no restriction to the clutch pedal movement. Can only really confirm what others have suggested. We have had my wife's Auris since March 2007 and early on had to have the switch under the clutch pedal raised to help it make contact - carried out by dealers and this solved the problem. The only other time it failed to start was after I had moved it off the drive into the road, stopped it washed another car and then restarted it and put it back on the drive. The next time my wife went to start her car it wouldn't. This was due to flooding - long time ago but I think the engine turned over reluctantly but didn't start. All the best, David Thanks for that information. I will certainly keep in mind what you have told me regarding the raising of the clutch switch if this problem occurs again. That, along with a possible electrical fault, are obvious candidates for my starting problem. Do you know why one has to depress the clutch pedal to start this car? Certainly none of my previous cars, including the Avensis, had to be started in this way. Donald
  7. Thanks but I have checked and there is no restriction to the clutch pedal movement.
  8. Thanks for your help in clearing up my battery confusion - the starting problem hasn't happened since but if it does I will refer it to the dealere. As you say it has a full years warranty still.
  9. I have had a look at the battery in the key and the only thing I can see is a sticker on the module which has a bar code on it. There is nothing on the battery itself.
  10. Thanks for that recomendation. I am not sure how to check the battery in the key but it has performed faultlessly each time since that one occasion. If it does happen again I will have the battery changed.
  11. From what you say your conclusions would seem to be sensible however your symptoms were not the same as mine as my engine would not even turn over. Turning the key produced no results at all.
  12. My initial reaction was to think that I had not pushed the clutch pedal far enough in but if I hadn't the first time I certainly did several times afterwards but with no luck. You could well be right that it could be electrical. However, whatever the cause, it hasn't happened since and I trust it will not in future. All of my nine previous Toyotas (Carinas and Avensis models) proved to be 100% reliable. I would not like to think the Auris proves to be the exception.
  13. Sounds very similar - I dont know whether there was a message like yours but I didn't notice one.
  14. The engine did not turn over - there was absolutely no sound at all.
  15. No but thanks for the reply. The fuel was over half full and it was parked almost level and it started first go this morning parked in the same place overnight and without additional fuel.
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