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Hiro last won the day on November 30 2017

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  2. Brake warning light staying on.

    If the brake fluid looked like pond water then that would definitely go a long way to explaining the issues.....although it also usually means that the master cylinder isn't far behind, as the seals probably aren't in the best of shape
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    Rear muffler looks stock-ish but the mid-pipe definitely doesn't
  4. Brake warning light staying on.

    The brake fluid level warning switch is integral to the master cylinder reservoir and thus not replaceable on its own - you'd either need a new reservoir, or failing that a whole new master cylinder. Might be worthwhile trying to drain as much fluid out of the reservoir as you can and see if the sender is gunked up or something, bear in mind that you'll most likely need to bleed the brakes after doing this. It is a known thing for level sensors to get flaky over time.
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  8. Hiro's AE102

    Yep, it was a wheel bearing...
  9. Hiro's AE102

    New axles = new CV boots, and the noise returned within a minute or so (basically the end of the street). I find it highly unlikely that the exact same noise would re-appear after changing the CVs if the issue is with the boots rubbing on themselves (and there is nothing else close enough that the boots could rub on). There is also no noise at all whilst it is on stands (at least nothing loud enough to be heard over my exhaust at idle) - it definitely needs load before it appears (even jacking up the control arm to get the angles right doesn't do it). I tried the vibrating spring trick a few weeks ago when I was first trying to diagnose it and couldn't feel any difference. Don't have a stethoscope to listen to the diff though.
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    Have you owned Toyotas before? They are renowned for giving a good 100k+ of additional range after the fuel light comes on or the trip computer says 0k to empty (and I'm not just talking about one particular model). Much better to err on the side of caution than to have customers always running out of fuel (and you never want to run a tank down to the last few litres anyway, as it can cause fuel starvation which is bad for the pump AND the engine if it drastically leans out)
  11. Hiro's AE102

    Starting to get quite annoyed chasing ghosts now. So a few months ago I started hearing a bit of a scrape/rumble from the front end when coming to a stop, only happened very occasionally so didn't pay too much attention to it initially. Then a few weeks ago it started to get much worse, much faster. Symptoms were a sorta grind/scrape/rub/"whomp" with each rotation, going up or down with wheel speed but only at low speed (<30k). Would happen going straight, turning corners, coasting in neutral, whatever. I couldn't replicate any of the noises on stands, although an initial suspect of a front-right wheel bearing (could feel the clunk when rocking the wheel back and forth) turned out to be a shot tie-rod end. 'Shop didn't see or hear anything wrong with bearings or CVs up on the hoist, and since the only way to truly prove a shot wheel bearing is to actually remove the hub which in turn ruins the bearing and means a new one needs to be fitted regardless meant that I decided to try eliminating other options first. So, in order; 1) Swapped front wheels to rule out cupping. No difference 2) Saw that one rotor had a rusty/pitted ring around the outer edge (really squeally when I rubbed an old pad against it with the wheel spinning). Swapped pads around, no change. Swapped rotors L-R, some of the sound did appear to move with the rotor. Got new rotors, still no difference (some of the squeal did go though). No sign of rocks or anything caught up in the dust shields 3) Dropped the gearbox oil to see if there was any evidence of a blown diff bearing. Oil still semi-translucent and dark honey-coloured. Nothing suspended in the oil either apart from some gold/bronze sparklies that you'd expect from synchro wear. 4) Replaced both front axles. Torqued both axle-nuts up to buggery with a rattle-gun (mine is rated to 310Nm so it isn't heaps higher than the recommended amount). Noise seemed to disappear for about 5 minutes then returned, but not as bad as before. Considering new axles shouldn't have affected the diff at all but could help hide a wheel bearing (by re-tightening the nut) I still can't rule one or the other out. So now I'm stuck in an annoying place - do I replace wheel bearings or gearbox first? Both will probably run to about $400 (got a few options for a cheap second-hand 'box to get me by, labour is essentially the same as a clutch change), and I can _really_ only afford to do one before Christmas. Knowing my luck I'll choose the wrong one though, and I'll end up throwing close to a grand at the thing in total before things are finally fixed.
  12. Petrol

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