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  1. Actually, I reused the coolant which was Nulon Pre-mix with a 8 year life. I drained the radiator and that was approximately 5.5 litres. There was still some coolant in the thermostat housing and the water pump so there was some loss of coolant which I thought [at the time] looked to be fairly minor. When I refilled the radiator, I had the air bleed valve on the top of the thermostat housing fully removed. I then topped off the coolant with some distilled water. Ended up being approx. 1 litre [maximum] which was more than I was expecting. Radiator cap and air bleed valve were re
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  2. Hey Gents, Supercheap Auto is having a 50% off Nulon 6LT 5w-30 finally ! The 6Lt is cheaper to buy than the 5LT lol. I dropped in and grabbed four more on the way home this afternoon. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/nulon-nulon-full-synthetic-long-life-engine-oil-5w-30-6-litre/343508.html It's a 7 day deal and there are other discounts to be had also. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/7-day-deals?j=4711815&sfmc_sub=822401467&sub=206595815_SCA01_CRP&l=333_HTML&u=99105915&mid=6010680&jb=19012&utm_source=email-subscriber&utm_medium=ema
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  3. I just posted a reply to Motorserves response, which will take a day or two to be shown. In it I posted this video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thszl7visBU I also asked them to send me a cheque too.
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  4. Looks like you are going to have some interesting times ahead swapping out units then probably again if the new unit fails. Best to start looking around for a decent name brand unit and hope it comes on special at EOFY or next Xmas sale. Easy to give advice when it is other person's money, time and effort. 😁
    2 points
  5. Once I had done 2000km I went on the M4 at 110k per hour for 30mins up and back but I've only done this twice, should do it more.
    2 points
  6. Attached are pictures of the replaced Aisin Toyota water pump showing the weep hole after I had cleaned it. There was movement in the bearing. Maybe if the weep hole was not clogged, then I would have been losing coolant and known earlier that the water pump needed to be checked/replaced. I looked at the initial post about the water pump failing with a massive leak overnight. My theory is that the bearing finally failed on the drive home and more of the coolant has then leaked out overnight.
    2 points
  7. Water pump replacement is all finished. Took me another 6 hours this morning. Spent a lot of time triple checking that all 16 bolts on the water pump were properly torqued. i could have saved some time by raising the engine more so that the water pump pulley could be removed. This would have made accessing the 2 bolts a lot easier. There is a stud for the thermostat housing which I did not bother to remove using an E6 socket. This would have saved a few minutes but easy to work around. Serpentine belt was in very good condition. I had previously given it the Aerospace 303 treatment so gav
    2 points
  8. Bit annoyed that this has happened. Currently on leave for the rest of this week. Water pump was hopefully supposed to arrive by Friday so pleasantly surprised it arrived today after only being ordered on eBay on Saturday. I did the preparation work and got my various tools organised on Monday/Tuesday. I knew that it will take me more than 2-3 hours especially since I will do a few extras like checking/lubricating the various pulleys. Plan is to continue early tomorrow morning until it gets too hot then finish off in the afternoon.
    2 points
  9. Water pump arrived today. Already spent about 2 hours dismantling. Able to access and loosen all bolts so far and no need for cursing, yet. Tight working space and had to jack up the engine just to get out the engine mount support bracket because of 1 bolt. Making notes of the sequence of steps so will do a detailed workshop post with links to relevant YouTube videos etc.
    2 points
  10. I have had the rear Ultra racing 19mm sway bar on for 2 weeks & highly recommend it. I too want to stick to stock struts as well, a great improvement in body roll with the sway bar.
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  11. I doubt it G. I believe the thicker sway bar would help keep it more level during cornering, less roll. Suspension is a difficult area to master, and it can get quite expensive if you get it wrong. There is a fine line between strut and sway bar management and if you have the time and money, I'm sure one can find the sweet spot. For me, I'm happy with the stock set up. The car drives and rides nicely, especially with new tyres and that's really good enough for me. If anything, I'd probably consider upgrading the sway bars and keep the stock struts.
    2 points
  12. I'm really only refitting the new unit as the old one has those expensive to upgrade maps, I'm not too worried about much as long as the backing camera works and the maps are the type Google have as that is what I am used to. My older Aurion is just my retirement car (get me to retirement I mean) so it only has to do 19 more months of service for me. I fell in love with my last Aurion that got lost in a flood, this one is slightly newer but not as pretty, has less K's but has had a harder life. In the first week I had it I had to fit new front rotors and pads, swapped the mags and all the nice
    1 point
  13. Have read somewhere in threads on here of some fitting a frontal camera, which would at least allow you to see anything that would impact the centre area of the bumper, so maybe that is worth exploring. I found like any car you do get used to distance and allowing for the bumper, but yes 4 sensors would have been a great help, but like anything what if's come into any design and living with a car always throws up things that could be improved. KAA
    1 point
  14. Hi Rick that unit looks nearly identical to mine, as in my post the unit arrived with three wiring harnesses, that is from the unit to my cars wiring, I chose the one that had most of the correct connections, steering wheel controls work from this wiring, just need programming from when the unit has powered up and inside a setting menu. You can do this yourself following online guides, beware of scratching the plastics and use a softer plastic knife or utensil to prise out certain fittings, 10mm socket and your there. Rick what spec is your unit Gb of ram and rom? I also used
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  15. Welcome to the Forum. Reckon that you have found out that the offered advice is spot on. Never owned a VW and after DieselGate exposed their Corporate eitics deficiency, that is unlikely to change. Mecedes Benz are taxis in Germany and they are sold here as a luxury brand. Have to agree that the current shape has the looks and style. Certainly explains why it is in high demand with a backlog of orders for the Camry Hybrid model. Toyotas are reliable but they do need to be serviced regularly to maintain that reliability. If you look at previous posts on this Forum, recommend
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  16. Hi Alex and welcome to the forum. You made a wise choice to buy a Camry. It will be far superior to any VW you've owned for sure. I've had no experience with Hybrids but have owned many Toyotas over the years and have found them to be fine vehicles. The build quality is outstanding and the levels of refinement given to the Camry over recent years, Aurion included, has put them closer to the Lexus. Mods are good too, and wheels upgrade would a great place to start. If I purchased my Aurion new, that's what I would've done. Nice to preserve the original wheels as new for the later yea
    1 point
  17. Hi Alex, The main purpose of those "parking sensors" are primarily for a parking situation. The proximity of the sensor is such that it is designed to monitor your distance from any object to the left or right sides of the vehicle. Frontal situations are not included unfortunately. If you look at where the sensors are located they are basically trained at the corners only and will only detect objects in the specific region. If it had 4 parking sensors, two corner, two front, then this would of course do what you're asking about. Not sure why Toyota do this either. Perhaps ask them on t
    1 point
  18. @Tony Prodigy Do you find the leather don't breathe like it used to ? Would make sense after coating yeah? During our recent 5 day lockdown I thoroughly cleaned & ceramic coated my leather interior with CQuartz Leather like I said I'd do. Days after drying/curing I drove it down the coast a couple times on very warm humid days & noticed my tanktop sweat a little & stick to the back of the seat & thought hmmmmm ceramic ? CarPro Inside works real good, smells great. I also took the wheels off & did a good correction/polish & CQuartz them also with 2 coats. They
    1 point
  19. Just fixed my problem. The power steering ECU is under the dash just above the accelerator pedal. Remove the black cover by undoing one Philip head screw. Looking from the floor up, you can see the ECU. Tap on it with a metal rod. I did it with both engine off and on. Finally when I restarted the engine, the power steering becomes good again. No more PS warning light. I shall test the car within my neighbourhood over the next few days. If problem returns, I will replace the ECU.
    1 point
  20. Checked the ride heights today which is about 7 weeks after installation. Driver Front: 706mm Passenger Front: 718mm Driver and Passenger Rear: 706mm After wondering about the rear measurement, I realised that I still had tools in the boot. Measurement was unchanged after emptying the boot of tools [trolley jack, socket set, screwdriver set etc.] I have camber adjustment bolts so plan is to fit them before booking the car in for a wheel alignment.
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  21. I should mention, I'm not a SUV guy but I did look at the RAV4, GL,GLX...small Boot that you have to drop the seats down if you want to put anything bigger than a suitcase in and a 2L Engine. Start price is nearly $40k for the GL how Toyota can justify that is beyond me. The other thing is Camry mats, Toyota want nearly $400 I got mine in Super Cheap Auto for $60.
    1 point
  22. Another great band. Chrissy Amphlett. We lost her too young too. Such a shame. "Sleeping Beauty" was my favourite song. She was a tough woman. A survivor. Yes he was. I remember him vividly from his stint on "Our House" too. Such a great talent on and off the stage. I was very sad on hearing of his death. We all knew he loved to fly and his helicopter just didn't make it one day. R.I.P. Shirley Strachan.
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  23. Love to be proved wrong and you actually get a genuine refund. Michael, you are on the right track with regular 6 monthly oil changes for long term ownership. If I was to buy a 3-5 year vehicle that has only had the minimal annual servicing done, then I would be doing a number of short interval oil changes using a high detergent oil to desludge the engine and avoid the oil consumption issues.
    1 point
  24. Recent post inspired me to go listen to some Electric Light Orchestra then move onto Skyhooks.
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  25. That's what I will miss the most, apart from the effortless acceleration, smoothness at idle and at speed and the excellent fuel economy. Shame the tight ringers couldn't see this otherwise more would have sold. It seems the general consensus is "get the 4", "it's cheaper on fuel".. If only more people did their research and figured it would be better to own a V6 with ALL the extra benefits it provides makes a better argument over the 4 cyl anyday.
    1 point
  26. G'Day TOCA, Recently installed the BRD engine mounts (front and rear only) in my Corolla Sportivo and thought I'd make a separate thread with what's required, my opinions etc. Before I begin, for further information on BRD or their products, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Brooks.BRD or https://www.brooks-brd.co.uk/index.html. Before I begin, if you are unsure of how to complete this work on your own (like myself 😝) please consult a mechanic. Installation/Modification Unlike the Speed Source engine mount inserts commonly used (my previous setup before BRD), these inserts
    1 point
  27. Chinese New Year has begun. It is the Year of the Metal Ox starting from 12th February. Not such a great start for Melbourne with a lockdown. For those who want to be optomistic about this year, consider this quote from https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/lunar-new-year-2021-ox/index.html "The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021. "The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less sta
    1 point
  28. Looks great - I have the 2/32GB version with a painfully slow CPU, so hopefully that's a bit faster! If you have an Android phone that supports Android Auto, I'd definitely recommend using Headunit Reloaded: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=gb.xxy.hr . Don't need any fancy adapters - just a USB cable to your phone for full Android Auto. I used it for a few months before switching to iOS. As for Google Play login issues - try and keep the unit booted up and connected to WiFi for a good 1/2 hour. It may be running an old version of Google Play/Google Play Services, a
    1 point
  29. One problem is that the google play is not allowing me to log in as it throws an error, will try to fix tomorrow, if not will email the supplier for fix. The radio is clear and the bluetooth connected to my phone though have not made a call yet. It looks better but will see if it lasts. Dan..
    1 point
  30. The new unit was then physically mated to the climate control and then wired up, it was fairly easy apart from the reversing camera, pulling out plastic running the wire from rear to front. The new unit had three harnesses to choose from to use. One to ISO , and two others, one I used as it fitted most of the plugs to the wiring in the vehicle. the steering wheel controls work, after setting and so does the new reverse camera
    1 point
  31. Good idea to be taking before photos at each stage so you can check installation and recover if necessary. I do not always do this and plenty of times that I go over to my standby project vehicle to check. Hope all goes well with the installation. Ooooh. Better get do it right so both of you will be impressed with the end result. If applicable, a fall back plan option can be to say "Yes Dear, you were right"
    1 point
  32. I'm still waiting for Turtle wax's Flex wax to arrive here and the 303 graphene nano spray. Both these are graphene based. But for the meantime we have these following ceramic sprays that are decent enough. The Mothers CMX probably edging the other two out. There are more fancy boutique brands but they're all much of a muchness really. The ones below are readily available at your local SCA and at decent prices at the moment. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/meguiars-meguiars-hybrid-ceramic-wax---786ml/579411.html?cgid=SCA01010406#start=1 https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/mothers
    1 point
  33. Finally some long awaited updates. Heading into the last few days of my fortnight off work. Have had plenty of relaxation time with my partner last week and this week getting right into the thick of it with work on the car. Sadly I won't have the chance to do the full interior detail since it hasn't been hot enough for my seats to dry so that will have to wait unfortunately. Starting off nice and easy, gave the car a wash about a week ago before heading down the coast for a day out at the beach. The following day, Alec installed my Speed Source shifter cable bushings I've
    1 point
  34. Very similar background growing up with a garage full of tools and being encouraged to use them. Certainly encouraged to have a useful set of hands and to appreciate having tools. Helps with the problem solving to turn thoughts into action. Learn to look for the root cause and not just to deal with the symptoms. As this post demonstrates, if you are not fully knowledgable about a particular service then you could be easy prey for the unscrupulous. Lesson learnt is to know what is exactly in the log book service. Certainly pays to read your owners manual and service schedule. I
    1 point
  35. Excellent advise Ash to mark the belt, bet it also adds some nice fresh smell to the belt and a shine supreme LOL Thanks for the Diagram as well mate KAA
    1 point
  36. I'm slowly putting together an inventory of spare parts as most of you would be aware of so I'm not faced with the possibility of an inconvenient breakdown and not having parts on hand. I purchased a serpentine belt just the other day and I must say that I'm very happy with the quality of manufacture of the Dayco product. It was a toss up between Gates and Dayco. I decided to go with the latter. Another interesting thing is the debate about whether to use a belt dressing or not. I think there is an argument as to what not to use on rubber and that would be anything solvent based, o
    1 point
  37. Welcome to the forum Dan, As you see this is still a very active forum especially with Aurion's, I am sure if you play it right you can win the wife over for not telling her about head unit coming LOL but in case keep the car fob handy for a fast escape LOL Many here have already have thread's up about head units they have including me, however I left it to the experts as playing with electrical these days and computers is well out of my league and not wanting to stuff anything up. Let us know how it goes and good to have another Aurion lover in our forum mate Keep Safe KAA
    1 point
  38. Workaround is to loosen the engine mounts so the engine can be jacked up high enough to get out some bolts, the water pump pulley and the water pump itself. Bit of a fun job especially as I did not jack the engine that high. I had previously replaced the rear VVTi oil line and the alternator so not too mentally traumatized. Checked out a few YouTube videos on replacing a water pump on the 1MZ-FE. Little wonder that the water pump is replaced when the timing belt is replaced. I will have to look into the premix 8 year life coolant that I am now using. Sure it is Nulon instead of Penri
    1 point
  39. More than likely a bulk purchase of the cheapest oil they can get their hands on. I would put money down that it wouldn't be fully synthetic. It's fine. Does the job like Ryco and the rest of the aftermarket generics. If you can find Genuine Toyota oil filters at a good price, then get these, but the aftermarket ones are fine, especially if you're doing 6 monthly changes. If we come across any good Genuine Toyota oil filter deal we'll let you know. Good coolant for the Corolla but I suspect your modern Camry will use the Toyota PInk SSL (Super Long life) coolant. Check your own
    1 point
  40. Yep that's correct Ashley. Owners of 40 and 50 series need to check part fitments very carefully even though they share the same 2GR-FE base. There are plenty of subtle differences.
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  41. Mine looks original. 149,000km. Slight cracking in the ribs, she'll be right 😂
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  42. I had a very bad feeling this was a ripoff, it's a wonder they didn't tell me I deeded a fuel injection clean too. You guys are right, I should stick with Toyota for the warranty period and I will do just that. This is why I joined this Forum, to get good advice from people who are not trying to sell me something. So thanks guys for your excellent advice.
    1 point
  43. Complete and utter B.S. That manager is a scammer. Your engine is still new and won't have any sludge at this point so it's a totally unnecessary spend. These independents will always try to upsell things you don't need. It happened to my Dad and learning this had infuriated me to the point that I now preside over the servicing for his car as well as mine. Shameless mongrels. Let Toyota do it for you while you still have the warranty period then go find yourself an honest mechanic to take it from there unless you prefer to stick with Toyota. Just please do not follow the stupid log b
    1 point
  44. Hi guys, I've just joined and I'm glad I found this forum. I have a 2019 Camry Ascent Petrol that I purchased new (January 2020) and is now one year old. This is my first Camry and what an excellent car it is, as I've had Corollas for many years...Toyota certainly make great cars.
    1 point
  45. Thanks Metal_Head - ended up getting a secondhand one which arrived today and managed to put it on myself. Easier than what I thought.
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  46. No problem. Maybe google some steering shops in your area. I'm sure there should be a few around that can help. Sorry I couldn't be of much help.
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  47. Yeah, good luck with that. If there was a recall then different story. Dash cracks can be caused by too much sun and Toyota has no control over how people maintain their vehicles, so i'd say it would be very difficult to get them to even raise a brow over this. If you're really fussy, locate a good second hand one and swap it out.
    1 point
  48. Long term owners like myself will all have to face this someday. I'll wait till Ashley has done his and read the follow up post. I'm sure there will lots of cursing involved. Somehow this helps during the process I've found 😄
    1 point
  49. Absolutely pay attention to what The Care Care Nut says in his YouTube videos. Easy for me to agree with what he said about buying oil in the last minute of the video because that is exactly what I have been doing. Progressed to only buying the full synthetic engine oils when they are on special. My preference has been upon oils with high detergent additive levels.
    1 point
  50. I agree to a point. I think it's getting out of hand with these 8 speed, 10 speed things. Why do we need 8 freakin gears to propel a vehicle ?? We got by with 3 speeds, then 4 speeds, then 5 speeds and finally 6 speeds and all was good in the world. Now they have to keep pushing the envelope such that these fancy new transmissions are so complicated and have way to many gears it doesn't know what it wants to do. 8 speed will always be shifting back and fourth. I can only imagine what PIA the 10 speed would be like. I have to say, The U660E in the Aurion is fine enough for me. It is absolu
    1 point




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