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  1. Hi Gents, I spent the whole day yesterday carrying out the following: Oil Service (ODO Reading 120241) Brake Service Front and Back. PCV Check (Nathan) Doesn't sound like much but there was plenty involved. I was planning on doing the oil service and the fuel filter but when I inspected the front brakes I couldn't ignore them any longer so my plans had changed. So While I drained the oil via the sump and oil filter housing, I removed the PCV for inspection and then soaked it in a container of degreaser. Left it in there the whole day as I wasn't in a hurry to put
    5 points
  2. G'day Gents, I finally stopped procrastinating and did the auto transmission service today. This service consisted of 3 parts. Current Odometer reading 123,050 Klm. Original factory fill for transmission. 1. Pan drain and replacement of filter. 2. Full System Fluid flush. 3. Fluid Level Adjustment. Ok, so here we go: 1. PAN DRAIN AND REPLACEMENT OF FILTER Had to jack the car up on all fours to get the level required. This took some time but was able to get it nice and level. Being level gives more accuracy when doing the fluid level adjustment as you kn
    4 points
  3. I am one who doesn't really like tacky add ons, but sometimes there are those little things we put in or on our cars to make them that little bit more nicer or comforting. I have always felt something was missing inside and it has to do with how low the centre console lid is. I like to rest my arm when I'm cruising and i feel the Aurion Centre console lid should've been a little more accomodating in this department. So I purchased this centre armrest cushion. Got one for Dad too as he has the same car. I'll surprise him with it soon. I purchased one a while back for my Isuzu dual ca
    4 points
  4. Good info Ash, I have always run my Aurions tyres at either 36 - 38 PSi..when on a long haul trip it is possibly 38-39 PSI..if i had a thermal thermometer i would certainly be checking them better.. as tyres are the lifesaver it was great advice to buy the best you possibly can afford as they are the only defence against idiot driver and wild wet weather like we have right now across the central coast NSW..today i really felt the benefit of the Michelin Primacy Brand of tyres..as when we left for the shops it was only spitting rain when we came out it was dumping from a great height on us and
    3 points
  5. Just read this on a post in Quora.com which I think has merit. "The tires control the vehicle. Get the best tires you can afford. Your life may depend on it one day. After driving 10 miles or so. Use a infrared thermometer to measure temperatures across the face of the tread. If the center is hotter than the edges, the tire is over inflated. If the edges are hotter, it’s under inflated. Adjust accordingly until the temperature is consistent across the tire. This is a properly inflated tire. It will also be higher than that sticker, and in most cases be about 10% under max psi from the sid
    3 points
  6. I meet a man about 12 years ago now, (as i did free shows for aged care homes singing with Karaoke on the TV screen for the residents to sing along or follow) he drove alongside a young Brock and all the big names of that era..he recalled to me running his cortina across the mountain when they had few walls on the left..now that was the seat of the pants brave days of the mountain..I can't recall his name now have tried but I loved sitting hearing his stories, it has been and always will be the greatest test of drivers and machines..I loved getting up early with my dad to watch the build up an
    3 points
  7. Some years ago I thought about shoving a K+N filter in the engine of my notoriously dusty by design 86 engine bay to save $$ until I came across a technical paper which proved that the higher airflow & slight increase in HP was at the cost of less filtration, ie: more silicone (abrasive dust/dirt) which is exactly was I was trying to avoid. Thanks to Subaru the 86 engine bay gets real dusty quick compared to my previous celicas. The issue became apparent during then routine & regular UOA testing as it was flagged excessive & I knew for a fact that it had nothing to do with the
    3 points
  8. @campbeam @Tony Prodigy @ZZT86 On another positive note i've decided on the new speakers i'm having fitted once everything goes back to normal, i don't care so much for noise but it's the quality i want. So in accordance to the factory setup Front run components, rear coaxial & parcel shelf sub X2 Front: Focal 165 AS (6.5" components) 60w RMS X2 Rear: Focal 165 AC (6.5" coaxial) 60w RMS X1 Parcel Shelf: Focal P20F 8" Subwoofer 250w RMS Having used Focal previously i can not reccomend them enough, they're a brilliant speaker.
    3 points
  9. It was annoying me but it genuinely cracked so i had more reason to replace it 😂😂😂 I haven't even cleaned the engine bay fully, it's just an honest/clean engine bay. I plan on cleaning it up a bit though, but them factory markings on strut towers, supports, etc i wana try keep haha ! It's worth putting up also, anyone with that style part, do yourself a favour and just buy it from Toyota, the Avalon bottle should mount up for a Camry too with that style recovery system. So i take that would be the XV20 & XV30. Part No: 16470/03062 Although the original part numb
    3 points
  10. Greetings Gents... I've just had my 3rd oil change this year..started with Penrite 5w40 for first oil change after buying the car in march this year..and now have had 2 oil changes with Penrite 5w30..all full synthetic. Maybe its my imagination, but the car seems to drive quieter and even smother on the 5w30.. Just an observation.. Fuel economy on long trips is unchanged.. Cheers...
    3 points
  11. Ok I agree to disagree..fuel like a lot of things relating to driving comes down to the driving style of the person pushing the pedal and holding the wheel..yes better fuels do help the performance of the car to some degree, i never use ethanol based fuel and use either 91 or 95 but then it comes down to prices and what you can afford..the main thing is how you use your car..if your a lead foot and throw the thing around naturally your economy will be rubbish..if you just cruise (as many on here are of the same mind as me) you are a careful driver and barely use the horses under the bonnet you
    3 points
  12. Hi guys, I wasn't actually sure how alive the forums are given FB groups, Discord, Whatsapp, Bloods vs Crips, COVID19 and so forth but nice to see there is still some action around here. I've recently got back into another Corolla, just can't seem to shake them off man - 10th Corolla since 2006. 96' AE102 sedan 91' AE101 20v 91' AE101 4AGZE 90' AE90 sedan 92' AE92 GTi hatch 92' AE92 hatch 93' AE92 hatch 96' AE102rv hatch 05 Corolla Levin ZRE 96' AE102rv hatch 02' Corolla Levin So potentially not in the rig
    3 points
  13. Not a great video as I didn't want to drive like an idiot past my neighbour's, but u get the idea. Will need to hear it thru something better than phone speakers to pick up the sound
    3 points
  14. Finally had a chance to do the job. Used WD40 white lithium spray. Magic stuff. Did all the rubber joints on the rear. Super quiet now. Thank you for the suggestion.
    3 points
  15. The high beam also turns on the led bar, its stedi too. Very good for driving out of town and seeing foxes and kangaroos on the roadside or far up the road so I dont have to hit them.
    3 points
  16. I hate oil threads, but if I have to offer advice, I'd say stick with the 5w-30. Modern engines have pretty tight tolerances when cold and need a thinner viscosity for this "cold start up". I think 15w is too thick, especially if you live in a cold region. I've been using the same 5w-30 oil since day one of my ownership and everything is running like clockwork. No funny ticking noises, smoke, rattles or unusual behaviour. It's up to you, but for me personally, I wouldn't use a 15w oil on a 2GR-FE
    3 points
  17. So finally a sunny enough day to get the pressure washer, the foam cannon, the new Nextzett Colourtec Iron Wheel Cleaner and wheel brushes out of the garage and give the beast a well deserved going over, Damn Tony that stuff is awesome..I will have to remove wheels next time around to get fully at the inside of the alloys. But a good spray and after about 20 minutes and some brush work WOW what a huge difference, I did all i can get to from the outside and they looked brand new..so Thanks Tony for the info on this product it is well worth the price and I highly recommended it Keep Safe
    3 points
  18. @TommyM - mate all this talk about your Avalon & no pics - cough up, we want to see this glorious car of yours 😉 Did see the brochure, very nice interior/dash layout that reminds me of olden day Supras. The old Toyota’s had nicer softer leather that’s for sure. Nowadays you gotta fork out big $$ for Toyota/Lexus leather that soft. The new Avalon in the US is a very smart & beautiful looking car, the chick standing next to it is pretty hot also. The Avalon has cleaner/less complicated sheetmetal & a sharp clean front end design whereas they’ve overdone it with the current Camr
    3 points
  19. You got me curious about that moisture content meter. Thought I was going to fall down a rabbit hole, but thankfully it's more of a pothole, quite interesting to learn! https://media.supercheapauto.com.au/sca/images/articles/Repl_Brake_Fluid.pdf and http://www.mechanexpert.com/a-full-best-practise-guide-to-brake-fluid-testing/ Though a little part of me feels like I've robbed myself from buying another tool to add to the collection 😛
    3 points
  20. Currently running Michelin Primacy 4...225/50R17 98V on my Presara..have done only close to 5,000 KLM on them but wearing very well and are excellent in wet weather also found them very quiet on highway conditions..we don't travel great distances but looking forward now to doing a country trip to escape the 4 walls we have been in for months now so I can recommend them, not the cheapest around but worth the extra peace of mind KAA
    3 points
  21. Being an ex auto parts interpreter (API) I have sold many Polyurathane bushes of varying brands. Nolathane is one of the first and better brands. Positive feed back had been similar for many makes of cars. Polyurethane bushes do help in suspension control, cornering, braking ect but they also firm up the ride of the vehicle a little. Need to be installed correctly using the lubricant supplied with them. Many customers started with bushes on front or rear sway bars as they are usually easy to access then, after having good results went on to install more involved suspension bushes. Most Polyure
    3 points
  22. Well, strap yourself in. I took my Presara to my local Gold Coast Toyota dealer for unrelated service. I have a rattle sound on start-up when the engine kicks over. Only for a short period and asked if it could become a serious problem. I was assured it would not. The advice was that it is from a VVTI controller. Not to worry, it is normal with age. It used to be repaired under warranty, but not applicable now. I commented on how I just missed out on the warranty for the sticky dash. Enough of the prelim. Now for the good bit. The service agent said "lets have another look at that".
    3 points
  23. Just saw this - detailing porn. Rupes & Flex are two of the greatest brand names in the detailing world, imo. Beautiful, and bloody expensive.
    2 points
  24. Hahaha, so true. The Aurion has nothing sporty about it so it doesn't really inspire you to drive it like you stole it. I can understand the 86 though. That car would have more of a roadster feel. If I had spare cash I'd really love a BMW Z4. Superb car !! Roadsters are fun to drive like the Mazda MX5 too. My M3 is on a whole different level again. It feels solid, planted and very neutral in the corners thanks to the 50/50 weight distribution and the ///M suspension. Handling is sublime, with linear power delivery from the engineering masterpiece S50B32 engine. I love that car.
    2 points
  25. Hi gents. Been waiting for an opportunity to be able to ceramic coat the steering wheel on my new Colorado, a replacement Leather steering wheel for my Prodigy and a re-manufactured steering wheel for my E36 M3. So today was the perfect day for it. The present steering wheel in my Aurion is ok but I prefer the leather and grain they used in the Presara. I found one online from a wrecked 2017 Presara and the price was irresistible. I will wait until the existing one degrades to a point, then I'll swap it out and then have it re upholstered in a nicer more quality leather. For now this is t
    2 points
  26. It is worth the effort to keep good records. Can I suggest that you consider taking some vehicle ride height measurements before and after replacing the struts and springs.
    2 points
  27. Haha Nice ! Exactly what I was hoping for Price wise, I've noticed they are only a couple bucks more than the Primacy 4 at my local Bob Jane. https://www.bobjane.com.au/a/215-55r17-tyres/michelin/pilot-sport-4-215-55zr17-98w/9709?variant_id=9709 https://www.bobjane.com.au/a/215-55r17-tyres/michelin/primacy-4-215-55r17-94v/13188?variant_id=13188 This is the thing with tyres. Too many variables to make a definitive call. Different cars, makes and models will react differently and it's weird how some will provide a glowing report and others not so. Are they just being pedantic
    2 points
  28. Damned rodents. They can cause a real mess under the bonnet while keeping warm and cozy. You need to check all possible sections where the rats have been and I wouldn't just "tape" up the wiring. Electrical tape is ok short term but it will come apart leaving exposed conductors. What I would suggest is to get yourself some heat shrink tubing, cut the affected wire where the copper is exposed, clean and strip it back, and before you join them, slip a piece of heat shrink over one side, splice and solder the joint then move the heat shrink over the repaired section and shrink with a
    2 points
  29. To each their own when it comes to cars, some just use whatever is available to do the job others choose to pay a bit extra to use genuine or close as possible to genuine..it always is a personal thing or driven by money..as my wife and I are retired now days..money is always tight..however "She Who Must Be Obeyed" set up a car account many years ago..we place some dollars in it fortnightly to cover expenses like services, tyres, green slips, emergencies etc..I choose to use genuine parts and good quality oils & filters, as this car is to last us till the pine box lid is nailed down..if yo
    2 points
  30. The glass may be loose in the holding channel because the holding rubber needs to be reseated. Nothing like a bit of silicone spray to help the reassembly process. If you end up needing some thin rubber, I would consider using a bicycle tube as a quick fix.
    2 points
  31. Want better km's per dollar? Put 91 in, and use the savings per tank (compared to using 95) to put more 91 in and you'll see more km's. Using expensive fuel to save money, is roughly the same logic my dad used when he paid a 20k premium on his diesel Mercedes over the petrol versions to "save money on fuel"
    2 points
  32. I recommend 5W-30 Full Synthetic just to add on, your KMs are fairly average for a Sportivo and 5W-30 is perfect for these engines. I'm almost touching 249000 kms and can still run 5W-30 with minimal oil loss between changes. If you find it burns a fair bit between changes and you need to top it up regularly, it's likely there's something a lot more serious going on.
    2 points
  33. Well I read in another thread "exhaust ripped off" here someone replaced the rears with straight through supercat mufflers and it basically sounded stock & they were very unhappy. So I had to assume those mufflers were the typical wide body versions which even though straight thru, do a very good job of cancelling sound..... The bigger the better as the old saying goes..... But as these aurions already have 3 cats & a middle resonator, there's alot of noise cancelation done before the rears. Another thread mentioned the use of hotdogs, and complained that it was still very loud.
    2 points
  34. In a gearbox pdf article, I noticed a section about the Toyota WS specification in that it was a low viscosity ATF for fuel economy. I then did some Google searches about ATF WS and the ATF WS viscosity. https://www.google.com/search?q=ATF+WS&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 https://www.google.com/search?q=atf+ws+viscosity&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 Eventually, I looked at the ATF viscosity specifications on various oil manufacturer's websites for their products complying with the Toyota WS specification. End result is that I am happy to keep using the Penrite ATF Multivehicle
    2 points
  35. Hey mate, I definitely agree that anyone who see's 98 octane as liquid Schwartz and that it add's X amount of power is mistaken. But I'm sure that I am not alone, but I can feel the power curve (?) difference using the different fuels... I guess you can call me Niki Lauda...
    2 points
  36. My appreciation for this device just shot up a notch. After having seen a few videos on the detrimental effects on non catch can fitted engines, especially diesels, I reckon anyone who hasn't fitted one yet should do so. Especially if you own a diesel. We are being conned by the manufacturers and if you want your engine to stay clean and healthy you'd get one fitted. I know petrol engines don't suffer the same affliction the diesels do, but it's still beneficial to have one rather than not. This video is an eye opener
    2 points
  37. Ok because you asked I do actually have enough for an update. The Mighty corolla is still running fine. I did have a few nervous moments where I was convinced the head gasket was still playing up. Turns out it was a combination of the old radiator not able to keep up with hot weather and Melbourne traffic. I was getting temperatures over 110deg and climbing with the radiator fans running and once it cooled down at home the top tank would be empty. Well eventually I remembered I had this problem 10 years ago and the empty radiator was actually a split hose inside the overflow bottle
    2 points
  38. 🤣🤣🤣 100 % in agreement, although it's me doing the swearing and having the high blood pressure sometimes. I have to whisper the choice words to myself so my young fella doesn't hear me lol.. That's the ticket mate. I don't mind having to do the mechanical repairs and maintenance, but this is by far my favourite part. It's like the cherry on the cake.
    2 points
  39. Aurion Series 50 – Understeer FIXED - Upgraded adjustable rear sway bar FIXED - Harsh rear suspension FIXED. I guess anyone who owns an Aurion Series 50 (2011 to 2017), knows about the understeer, nothing fixes it. Until now. Just had installed 1. Control Arm Lower-Inner Rear Bush Kit - Double Offset (too create more caster) A Double Offset kit is used for enhanced handling performance and will deliver positive caster to both sides of the vehicle. The vehicle will have improved directional stability, crisper, more responsive steering and improved 'return to centre' fee
    2 points
  40. Same here Tony..saw that post and thought hmm i have a litre of my wife's singer oil I wonder Hmmmm.. I also feel that my wife and I are losing our mind's and I blame the girl at Kmart who takes our temp every time we go in..I am sure they are erasing my brain with the scanner..I was with the wife who was looking for Tracksuit Pants and we came out with new sheets..another Hmmm moment LOL 😱😱😱 KAA
    2 points
  41. Nice write up! I've got a 2012 GSV50 Aurion Touring and wanted to share some mods. I bought an Ultra Racing 19mm rear sway (UR-AR19-159) bar last year or year before, it was about $314 delivered (Sydney to Melbourne). The same bar fits on the 50 series camry, https://ultraracingaustralia.com.au/product-category/toyota/camry-aurion-xv50-asv50r-gsv50r-avv50r-11-17/ comes with the stronger polyurethane bushes. Took about 3-4 weeks delivery, not sure how it will work with COVID atm. Other mods: Upgraded brakes to 2 piston kluger, pretty much straight swap of caliper + n
    2 points
  42. LOL Tony, many years ago we lived in Lane Cove and after 8 months i one day said to the lady I have had enough of this place way too busy way too loud beautiful but time to leave and get away from the rat race world. Moved up here to The Central Coast and have never looked back..so much beauty here and quiet..there are Morons but I tend to have a sixth sense or maybe it is a unknown feature built into Aurions they know when the idiots are coming LOL Keep Well Mate KAA
    2 points
  43. Later in the day I had to do the laundry. Gotta look after those microfibre towels. A good tip for drying your towels too. DON'T hang them outside to dry. They will collect dust and dirt and you will scratch your paint unwittingly. I place them on a cloths hanger inside my house and let them air dry near a widow. I then fold them neatly and put them back in my plastic storage bin for next time.
    2 points
  44. I noticed that the GE Megalight Ultra 130 headlight bulb on the driver side died tonight, Wednesday 06.05.2020. So it outlasted the passenger side by just less than 3 months. Same as before, I have temporarily replaced it with a used Osram bulb from a spare foglight. End result is that the bulbs have lasted to their expected lifetime of 250 hours over a 2 year period. After doing a price comparison, I previously decided to buy direct replacement plug n play LED headlight bulbs instead of more halogen bulbs.
    2 points
  45. My front brake pads arrived today. I ordered two sets for the front and as you all know a single set for the rear. I don't have to worry about brakes or oil for a while now... I can concentrate more on detailing work
    2 points
  46. It's the OCD in me Ashley. I got the clean freak bug from my Mum. Couple this with my love for anything with a motor and whammo ! I also use Rain - X on my Glass.I also clean the wiper blades really well then apply rain x to them also. I first use the 2 in 1 to clean, then I apply Rain - x water repellent. You can literally drive on rainy days and Never use the wipers. That's how slick this stuff is. It's the closest you're going to get unless you go the next step and that's to ceramic coat the glass. That's truly spectacular !!
    2 points
  47. As intended, I have given 2 "backyard queens" an engine flush and oil and filter change. Flushed the auto transmission. Cleaned the oil filter cartridge on my Aurion ATX and will leave the oil and filter change until later/due. That was enough for today and ended up having a nap. Tony's photos have reminded me that I should really properly check the brake pads by removing the calipers.
    2 points
  48. If I could do it, anyone can 🙂 Here's the link to my post on this topic, it's on the previous page on this topic: There are heaps of other, much better documented articles on how to service the U660E POS, my favourite one is by far the TN topic here: https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/diy-2007-2011-v6-and-2010-2011-i4-camry-6-speed-auto-transmission-flush-with-pics.576361/
    2 points
  49. just a small update on some cosmetic changes 😁
    2 points




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