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  1. I am looking at buying a used Hilux ('06 or newer model). I've seen lots on autotrader described as 'Hilux Vigo', but there's no mention of the Vigo model/trim designation on toyota's web site. Is the Vigo model name just given to imports, or was the Vigo model ever sold directly in the UK?
  2. Thanks for that, although I'm not sure it is quite what I need. Do you mean this one: http://www.toolsbypost.com/product.php?cat...840&id=2927? I think that only works on OHV engines, and not OHC. The tool I have seen is this one: http://www.zdmak.com/wbstore/main.asp?acti...P=1&LowCt=0, $17 plus shipping.
  3. I am looking for the service tool required for adjusting the valve clearances on a 3s-ge engine. It's used for depressing the bucket so the shim can be removed/replaced without undoing the camshafts. I've seen the tool advertised on an american website, but does anyone know where I might buy one in the UK? (I think it's a fairly standard tool that is used on many toyota OHC engines).
  4. Thanks Tony. Your photos were very useful - I managed to get the bonnet open earlier on. I decided (from the pictures) that going up round the back would be vey difficult. Instead I undid the three bolts holding the latch mechanism in place (visible in the 5th picture) and raised the bonnet with the latch still attached. It's was quite fiddly though - especially removing the plastic shroud and front trim (you need the bonnet open to get at the screws ). Not sure what caused the problem, but I suspect that the cable was seized. It might be stretched too - but I won't find out until I put it all back together.
  5. Thanks. :) That should make it a bit easier!
  6. The bonnet release on my gen 5 appears to have seized - the release cable is fully extended and won't retract but the bonnet catch is still firmly latched. :( Not sure if the cable has stretched or something else has bent at the catch end. I've tried pushing and lifting the bonnet whilst pulling on the release lever, but no joy. So now I can't get the bonnet open (I can't even move the thing cause the battery is flat too). I need to find a way of releasing the bonnet catch manually - preferably through the front grille or cooling ducts, but (I assume for security reasons) you can't see any of the catch mechanism through the grille. I know the cable comes across from the RHS, but I can't even see or feel it. I'd rather not have to take off the front undertray if it's avoidable - the car is parked on a public road and it's not the nicest place to try and work on it. Could someone take some photo's of the bonnet catch mechanism on a gen 5 and post them up/message them to me please? And has anyone got any tips for popping the release? TIA :)
  7. What was causing it in the end?
  8. I know it's last minute, but I am thinking of coming for the Saturday. Are there any club stand spaces left (anyone drop out?)? And do I still have to pay £20 at the gate, just for one day? If so, I'll go in the public car parking and pay a tenner instead.
  9. all jap cars are limited to 112mph. That's how fast you were going. It is fairly straightforward to derestrict it though.
  10. Ah, that explains it. The SKF front 'kit' includes the seals - toyota charge around £40 for the seals alone! :o
  11. Mine was £46 inc vat and carriage. The SKF part number on mine is VKBA3308.
  12. SKF do a wheel bearing kit (bearing and seals) for the gen5. I expect they do one for the gen6 (it might even be the same). It should cost under £50 for a front bearing. Try Goldline bearings in Telford.
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    Resonator Box

    Is that white thing hollow? If so, you've still got a resonator chamber (of some description) there. You really need to blank it off flush, or get a new pipe without the hole their. Is it really worth all the messing about?
  14. It doesn't look bad at all mate, I think he's winding you up. Best bet would be to actually take the car for an MOT test - they will tell you exactly what the problem is, if it's a failure issue. MOT testers do seem to be anal about rust on brake and fuel lines, that again is usually just surface rust. A quick wire brush and a coating of waxoyl/tar paint BEFORE the MOT tester see's it usually does the job.
  15. Why does it get hotter than a 3s-ge timing belt?
  16. Losing that quantity of oil would show somewhere, I'd have thought - like leaving puddles or clouds of smoke out the back. All you can do really is keep an eye on it and see if it carries on at that rate.
  17. I don't think they are the same block? And it's the pistons that are important in the 7a-fe engines oil consumption. I'm pretty sure they don't have those in common with the 3s-fe.
  18. The z3 is a girly hairdressers car. Stay well clear. And the Elise isn't half as bad reliability wise as everyone is making out.
  19. I'm fairly sure all the 2 litre gen 5 variants (excluding maybe the GT-4??) have the same rear brakes - drums for the handbrake with an outer disc/caliper arrangement for the footbrake. I think the fronts are the only brake related part that was changed in the facelift - early models have 255m discs, later models 277m discs. The shoes should never wear out (assuming the handbrake is only used when stationary) - but the disc/drum is all one assembly so you have to replace it when the rear discs are shot.
  20. That sounds about right for transmission loss. Generally, losses are estimated as about: 15% for FWD 17% for RWD +5% for 4WD The WI should help significantly when you get it sorted.
  21. Nice work. Is that HP at the wheels? If so it's a top result.
  22. Hey dak, have you got this yet? Is it any good?
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    That mesh looks very fine - I hope it doesn't affect your cooling system. For the spraying, just find a small local bodyshop who will do it for cash. It should be cheaper than buying all the spray kit yourself, and will be a better result
  24. mikeb

    Oh My God!

    Nice. Are those HKS Mushrooms on that Supra?? ;)
  25. For the bottom pulley bolt - either slacken it with the car on the ground and in gear, otherwise you will need to use an impact gun.
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