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  1. The following advice is intended as a guide as to how to replace the fuel filter in a Toyota Rav 4, 4.3. Tools Required: Non-latex gloves (do not underestimate the mess diesel will make of your hands.. nasty stuff!) 10mm spanner or socket Old rags or kitchen roll Pipe grips Jam jar Removal With the bonnet open, locate the fuel filter at the back right of the engine bay, behind the air filter: Remove the air filter by unclipping the three clips round the side and prising open from the front. Unscrew the clamp with either a large cross head screw driver or a 10mm socket (red circle). Disconnect the plug (blue circle): And remove the air filter itself: You can remove the lower section of the air filter housing but I did not feel this was necessary. You'll notice there are four hoses connected to the fuel filter housing. Its very important you reconnect these later in the correct order.. Mine had been colour marked as you can see in the picture. the reality is you cannot connect them wrong as they are shaped and as such will sit in the right place when the new filter is fitted. To disconnect the hoses squeeze the clips with your fingers and slide them a few cm further up the hose away from the filter. This way they stay attached and you have no risk of losing them into the engine bay: Now slide the hose off the metal pipe. Have some kitchen roll or a rag ready as you will get some spillage out of some of the hoses. With the hoses disconnected unscrew the bolt holding the fuel filter to the bracket using a 10mm socket or spanner: Unhook the cable from the bracket by sliding it horizontally then dropping it down. If you can disconnect the cable now then go ahead. Otherwise disconnect once you have the filter partially out and the connector is above the support bar in the picture. Be careful with this as this is a water sensor that sits within the filter. You need to re-use this bit and is probably not cheap to replace: The filter unit is now free to be removed from the car. Remove the cut out in the plastic trim directly above the filter by gently (but firmly) pulling it upwards. Then slide the filter unit up off the bracket and out: This is where i run out of photos as my hands were covered in diesel whilst changing the filter so taking pictures became impossible! Sorry! First thing to do is to drain the filter. On the bottom you will see a drain plug. unscrew this until the diesel starts to flow. Pour this into a jam jar or similar. Before it empties, close the valve again and shake the whole filter. this should free up some of the dirt so when you poor the rest of the diesel into the jar you should see a lot of the crud that was stuck in there... (Only if you're interested!): This was my jam jar: Once the diesel is drained you need to unscrew the plastic sensor. If you cannot do this by hand use pipe grips or similar but be careful not to squeeze too hard. You do not want to damage the sensor. Once off you need to unscrew the filter itself. Again if necessary use pipe grips to slacken the filter and unscrew. Installation: Now do everything in reverse order with the new filter but considering the following points: Never reuse the o-rings you've taken off the filter. there will be a new one in the box. Use it. Install the filter first. wet the o-rings with a touch of diesel or engine oil before tightening. Once tightened, do not slacken as you may not get the same good seal due to the o-ring reshaping. Tighten the filter by hand until it makes contact then tighten another 3/4 turn (still by hand). I used pipe grips just to ensure the seal was there as i struggled to get the 3/4 turn by hand. Fit the sensor again tightening by hand until firm. I gave it a tweak with the pipe grips because my hands were covered in diesel so could't ensure it was tight. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN. You are screwing plastic into metal. Over-tightening risk stripping the plastic threads. If you do this you will need a new sensor. Once reassembled, fit back into the car in the opposite order to removal. i.e.: Connect sensor cabling (Note when re-seating the connector to the bracket it pushes up from below opposed to sliding in as per removal) Place filter onto bracket and screw into place using 10mm bold Connect all hoses except the one with the arrow pointing away from the filter: You are now ready to prime the system... With the hose still off and a rag over the end of the metal pipe, pump the black plunger: Pumping could take a couple of minutes so keep at it. The plunger will begin to go hard and the fuel will begin to flow out the open pipe. Stop pumping and reconnect the hose. Pump a little more to continue to push the diesel through. The plunger will become quite firm. Remember to refit your air filter and the plastic trim directly above the filter before attempting to start the car! Start the car. It may turn over a few times before taking. Once it starts it may sound rough as the air gets pushed out the system. Once it's idling happily rev it a bit and make sure all is running well. Step back and admire your handiwork!! ------ Any inaccuracies or recommendations let me know and i'll fix it. Webblers
  2. Thanks folks. Yep, really chuffed.
  3. The bad news on that front is she is daughter number 2!!
  4. So this is you secret: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HLuFq9fPn0
  5. I'd like to tell my friends on here that Mrs Wibbler just had a wee girl. Me a happy guy. And i took her home in my Rav (There's the Toyota link)
  6. She'd earn a star for that?
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    Spot on. He said "it should be about 15 minutes or so at about £15... maybe £12... it won't be much"
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    Probably not, but possible. We have a "floater" techie who does not have much work booked to him, he is able to help others on over running jobs and to handle any drop in's. They might have had a few slots they wanted to fill, and were selecting some customers who were on their contact list. When a jobcard is invoiced, there will be a facility to make a future contact, if somebody suggested the pads needed inspecting in 6 months, then a flag is raised on your customer record and the call should happen in 6 months, its the way it should work! You were being called back for a visual inspection I would think, without removing the wheels Dealers prices do vary, except for the fixed price service and repairs, they are fixed nationally Kingo Called the dealer back as i made an ar$e of my dates. On speaking to the service manager he advised it will be a visual with wheels on however for £12-£15 he'd change the wheels. Besides, saves me bugger the shocks like i did last time I changed them....
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    This was at Western Toyota in Edinburgh. I have to be honest they went through a really bad patch where their customer service was nothing short of God-awful, but they have recently stepped up their game and I'm genuinely becoming impressed with them. They're not cheap but I believe their prices are standard Toyota prices so they are what they are. I have found them to be good at checking for things. This is obviously in their favour as it generates work so fair play to them, but it also give me a relative amount of confidence that the job is being done properly; so everyone's a winner, right? I assume they're being so proactive due to low workload. Being able to book me in for the next morning is pretty unusual I would have thought!
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    Call from Mr T this morning.. Mrs T: “Hello. At your last service we had some recommendations for work to be done. Would you like to bring you car in for a FREE inspection to see how the parts are wearing and if the work is required now” Me: “What was the work?” Mrs T: “Disks and pads are wearing” Me: “Yes, lets book that in tomorrow morning.” Mrs T: “That’s fine.” Me: “Great, I’ll put my winter alloys and tyres in the car, can you put those back on instead and chuck the summer ones in the boot” Mrs T: “No problem but that will be chargeable for labour” Me: But you’ve already got the wheels off so what’s the difference?” Mrs T: “..... erm...... good point. Me: “So you can do it?” Mrs T: “There can be some come and go so if the wheels are already off so I’ll book that in too.” Me: “Nice one!” RESULT! Scores on the doors! Save me getting my hands dirty!
  11. Oh and they are proper waterproof.
  12. We use these and they are braw! http://www.petsathome.com/shop/boot-and-rear-seat-cover-by-pets-at-home-24407 It fastens to the headrests so when you drop the seats they cover the seat backs. We have a second one as when dropped it doesn't quite reach the end of the boot. In londonshire but will take photos when home t'marra.
  13. Thanks guys. All joking aside we're talking about a serious quantity of fireworks. It's not just a couple of boxes, It's about 4 tonnes of professional fireworks including some at 1.1G. You don't get a higher grade explosive.
  14. Hey all. My brother's fireworks company in Edinburgh called '21cc Fireworks' was raided last night. Trying to get the word out there as this is huge so please spread the word... Here's what STV News have said about it: Fireworks worth £65,000 have been stolen from near an industrial estate in Linlithgow, police said. Around 4800 professional-quality fireworks were taken from 21cc Fireworks at Saw Mill near Hopetoun Estate sometime between Saturday and Monday. Police said the fireworks could cause serious injury or even death if misused and warned members of the public only to buy from reputable dealers. Detective Sergeant Paul Carroll, from Police Scotland, said: "The theft of such a large quantity of fireworks is concerning, not least because of their explosive content, and the potential for serious injury if mishandled. "The stolen fireworks are potentially lethal if used by members of the public, and we are warning people to be on the guard and only buy fireworks from reputable dealers. The fireworks stolen are Category 4 under the Fireworks Act 2003, which restricts their sale to fireworks professionals." DS Carroll continued: "Those responsible for the theft would have had to use a heavy goods vehicle to transport the fireworks, which were contained in five steel containers. "We are appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area on Saturday, in particular involving the movement of heavy goods vehicles, to contact police. "Similarly, anyone who has heard of the movement of this large quantity of stolen fireworks, or who has been offered fireworks for sale which they think may have been stolen, should also get in touch." Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  15. I have Yokohama W-Drives which are superb. I travelled a few pretty hairy journeys up the A9 in heavy snow and I was the only car to sit comfortably in the outside lane. An excellent tyre which not only gives good snow grip but outstanding water displacement too. If you wangle you can get them for about £135 each. And as they are not directional treads you can swap them back to front and left to right which is handy.
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