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  1. 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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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
  5. 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
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  6. @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.
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  7. 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
  8. 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...
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  9. 18s on an aurion still leaves it a smooth ride due to the 45 series sidewall. I personally wouldn't go bigger. Don't forget, chr wheels fit as well....
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  10. Nice one Robert. Good bit of Macgyvering mate. You'll have to sleep with one eye open after that shameless raid of "who she must be obeyed's" secret stash 🤣
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  11. My Hachi has the loud boxer rumble coupled with a short throw manual gearbox, rwd & go cart handling - it stirs the emotions, I love it
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  12. You'll start a war with OPEC with that free radical thinking 😂😜
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  13. 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.
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  14. 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
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  15. Thanks Robert. Glad you liked the pics. Threads like this are worthless without pics aren't they ? Rupes make some high quality gear and when I first saw this kit, I was in total awe !. I had always imagined if there was a polisher that could tackle those tight spots I'd love to have one, but unfortunately, nothing of its type had existed back in the day until Rupes came out with this little beauty. It was pretty much a manual labour affair with cloth over finger to get in there and polish, (very unsophisticated with average results). The iBrid has been out for several years and I had de
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  16. 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.
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  17. Glad you like the new look forum chaps....sorry about the errors and we are fixing them as I type. Thanks for the feedback
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  18. Hey All, Going through some old photo's on my hard drive and found quite a few of the old Group C and Group A Toyota's I've seen over the years at Muscle Car Masters. My Dad and I have attended most years since 2008 and a much younger me took some half decent photo's of Toyota's. From 2013 to start off. The Chickadee Toyota Celica of Graeme Bailey and Steve Land, 1982. It was the former Peter Williamson Celica that held the first Racecam. The Corolla Sprinters of Ray Cutchie and John Faulkner and Drew Price and John Faulkner An
    2 points
  19. Those were the days with the rise of the touring car on the track and muscle cars on the public roads. Potentially anyone could take a stock car and with enough money for modifications turn it into a race ready car. Remember that garage mechanic named ***** Johnson leading the Big Race, the rock, the public support then back next year to win. If you want to take a trip down memory lane and see how much things have changed have a look at this video. Certainly a bygone era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOQd1vT794s
    2 points
  20. 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
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  21. I have one of these on the way, hopefully receive it next week some time. I also didn't realise that the 40 and 50 series air filters are different too. Lucky I checked before purchase. K&N for 2006 to 2011 P/N 33-2355 K&N for 2012 to 2017 P/N 33-2443
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  22. Well Tony if you wait a while I will let you know cos as of this morning I slapped a full set of PS4's on my car - ouch ! The Primacy 4 was also on the radar but I have read too many people whinging with skittish/slippy in wet comments & vague steering which is odd for a Michelin as they usually make a brilliant tyre, reason why they cost so much. First impressions of the PS4 is smooth, quiet, responsive & effortless. I expect them to last at least 30-40K kms considering my mostly non aggressive / fwy driving. I also came across another dude (in the dark web) with the exact s
    2 points
  23. Such a good guide that I had to make it into a PDF for posterity, provided you're fine with that 🙂 Aurion Transmission Flush.pdf
    2 points
  24. Your a Legend Tony..what a brilliant, concise, and detailed service document mate..that is what I call dedicated to the forum..Glad all went so well for you and now you can rest comfortably knowing that it is done..it does show however the quality that Toyota put into their transmission that it stood the test of time when the fluid was still having that red tinge to it after never being touched..Thanks again Tony..brilliant detailed work Appreciated Keep safe KAA
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  25. Based upon my limited experience, I would be confident in saying that the fluid level is not low. If the fluid level was low, I would expect having shifting issues when the ATF is cold. Toyota service Centre will need to scan the ATM computer control unit to check for any codes relating to the change solenoids and sensors. There could be an issue with the electrical connections for the shift solenoids that only occurs when the ATF is at operating temperature.
    2 points
  26. I would say no. The Touring was essentially an ATX with a few more options. The wheel size combo for the ATX and Touring are identical (216/60R16) which doesn't suggest anything special in the suspension dept. Kerb weight is also identical at 1590kg only for these two variants. I'm thinking your brothers car may just have better condition suspension, hence the better stability. Tyre degradation also plays a huge part with cabin noise, because as the tyres age they harden and they tend to amplify the road noise and if your suspension bushes and struts are bad this doesn't help much eith
    2 points
  27. The Aurion might be newer, but older Toyota's with the simple, old school tech, old school plastics will never age, they last a lifetime because back then Toyota were still very much about the best materials around. Which is unfortunate because i believe the XV40 Aurion/Camry's had alot of issues, warping dashboards being one big one lol. Obviously the XV50's were superior but you get my point 😄 Trying to find an Azura is near impossible nowerdays. Old school Toyota's, there's just something about that old school Japanese styling, solidity, etc
    2 points
  28. I prefer to over-maintain or overservice my Aurion to avoid having to pay for any major work. Sold my Honda Prelude rather than replace the timing belt which would have involved removing the engine. Actually replacing the rear spark plugs is not so bad after you have done it the first time. More time consuming to remove the wiper motor etc [allow a few hours] so you can gain access and working room to replace both the spark plugs and coils. Replacing the alternator is also a joyous occasion. Also allow a few extra hours to remove the radiator fans etc for access and working room. Excellen
    2 points
  29. Car Care Products or waxit.com.au both in Melbourne Prices may vary slightly but these two have what you need. Just choose what size you want Tommy. You won't be sorry mate. One of the best rubber/plastic protectants ever made. I like to spray it on and leave to soak in overnight and then the next day you can lightly go over the harder surfaces with a clean microfibre cloth. Don't worry too much if you get some on the painted areas. It's non greasy and doesn't leave that typical residue you find with those other cheap and nasty brands. Just use a damp microfibre towel on the painted
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  30. Following YouTube video from the 10:20 mark shows the wear on the valve body and why you should change the ATF every 80,000 kms. Presumably the presenter means a full flush/replacement of the ATF. Buying a new valve body would have been more $$$. So much easier to regularly service the transmission to avoid this sort of repair.
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  31. Following link contains a video and a list of Toyota vehicles [USA based] with either a timing belt or timing chain. Generally expect Toyota engines from 2007 on to have timing chains. Still pays to specifically research that particular engine model.to confirm timing and whether non-interference. http://yourcarangel.com/2012/06/toyota-timing-belt-and-chain-list/ http://yourcarangel.com/2014/07/interference-engines-complete-list/
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  32. On a positive note, i've put almost 2300km since my last service, haven't had to drop a single ounce of oil in it, still a bees ***** over the full mark, with having 200ml over the "oil capacity" which is 4.8L. 200ml ain't gonna hurt anything so i get 5L jugs, or empty a 20L into a 5L container. So i gather you were right 😉 The PCV is working properly i've determined after some quick tests.
    2 points
  33. I also use my fingertips on the steering wheel and the shaft of the gear shifter to check for vibrations and to confirm the perceived smoothness of the engine. Also more hearing tyre noise rather than engine noise when I have the window down slightly when driving. The other kind of sensitivity comes more into play when throwing the car around some tight hairpin bends. My Aurion is also driving and quieter after a recent road trip. Currently using 5W40 full synthetic engine oil but next oil change will most likely be 5W30 full synthetic. A hot wet summer is forecast so maybe a 10
    2 points
  34. Purchased it early this year when on special, yet to use it. Will do so soonish. As you state, I expect very good performance from it especially the UV block which is what I'm after the most, given the car gets pretty hot during the summer months & the leather is going to get some punishment, although I do use an interior windscreen cover & the there's the electric rear sunshade which helps.
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  35. Sparesbox have typically been good to deal with and price wise can be a little cheaper than most, but not always. I've found parts from other sellers who were cheaper than them but not much. I don't mind paying a bit more for peace of mind. Sparesbox are trustworthy. Do some more research and see what you find. When I plan to buy certain parts for anything of mine, I usually spends days and some cases weeks of searching and reading reviews etc to be armed with not only the right knowledge, but also get the best possible deal. I hate nothing more than whem you jump into something really qu
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  36. 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
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  37. Rodents have chewed some of your wiring. In my case, they chewed wiring for the knock sensors so ended up having to replace that section of the wiring harness. Check Engine Light [CEL] came on so I then knew to check the knock sensors and the wiring. With that in mind, is a CEL on to help track. Suggest that you check the wiring near that rest nest looking for any chewing resulting in possible shorts in the electrical circuits. Something else to check is the air intake system leading to the air box and filter for possibly another nest or blockage.
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  38. Economy difference: Petrol 6L/100kms vs Hybrid 4.9L/100kms exclusively driven on the HWY only . . . . so not much in it. If you have a very laid back style of driving & not in a hurry then the Hybrid powertrain may suit. You must test drive it for at least 30minutes so you can get a true sense of what it's like, it's unlike any other car you've driven before especially sitting at traffic lights where the powertrain just shutsdown. I would ask the dealer to loan you the vehicle overnight so you can test it over your usually driven roads. The economy in the latest generation Camry is a
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  39. Sounds good to me J. Try not to let it go beyond the 10K mark as you may know these engines are prone to sludging up and it will have you chasing your tail trying to de-sludge it. Oil is pretty cheap, especially when it goes on sale at the various outlets we announce here, so even doing it twice a year wouldn't be a bad idea. For someone who only clocks 10K per year, can I ask if your doing short trips ?? If you are I would definitely do it twice a year to be honest. It's not uncommon to do the oil every 5K.
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  40. Haha nice Did it do 2 MPG too ?? Sounds like a serious machine. Can I ask what it was ?
    1 point
  41. Hello and welcome to the forum. Sounds like you're in the U.K. when you refer to mileage and the fact your Hiace has the 2.5 lt. We have the 3.0 lt D-4D here in Australia. You say the fuel pump got tested and was found to be ok ?? Did they check anything else ? The only thing that will prevent fuel from reaching the fuel injectors would be a bad fuel pump, a blocked fuel filter, leaky injectors or some kind of blockage in the fuel lines. I think the 2.5 also has a fuel solenoid. If so, i'd be checking this too. The fuel pump could seem to be functioning but with a loss in pressure. S
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  42. I also just remembered something else the Mods can take a look at. When we have several notifications, sometimes I get 6,8 or more, up there in the bell icon, They're highlighted in bold print until you click on one to read it. When I click on the first one, the whole lot lose the bold print and you lose track which one you've actually read. If the unread ones can stay in bold print this would be pretty helpful. Saves having to double click on the same one which have already been read. Is it possible to fix this please ??
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  43. Alrighty, booked in for Tuesday! Paying a bit over $200 each for the shocks, but only 2 hours labour (and the peace of mind of genuine shocks vs the cheap eBay ones).
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  44. Yes, final step is to add the 200 ml after the fluid level check then refit the fill plug. I think that the top up can be an allowance/preventative measure if too much fluid has been drained while performing the fluid level check. Certainly avoids customers returning complaining about transmission / gear shift issues when ATF is cold caused by fluid level being a bit low.
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  45. The K+N product is good, just not in filtration compared to stock. If you want outright HP for the track then it's OK but obviously at the cost of accelerated engine wear unless you're constantly cleaning the filter, then there's the oil that will eventually coat the intake & MAF. The AC Delco in that test could be taken as OEM. Maybe there are others here who track their cars or people with some experience re these filters who could chime in ?
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  46. To be honest, any power gain claims is negligible and I really could care less about that. The 2GR-FE has plenty enough anyway. It was more for the filtration and the longevity that was what influenced my decision. So you think it's doesn't filter all that well ? I haven't read anywhere that this would or could be the case. Have you come across any info about this ?
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  47. Yeah, full service for both, documented here somewhere. Pan drop and cleaned properly, filter, o-ring and gasket change, then flushed through the cooler return line, 1 liter out, 1 in, rinse and repeat 'til it came out the hose brand new. From memory needed 10-11l all up for each car. On the 2008 I followed up 2 years and 42k later with a drain & fill.
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  48. I can confirm that Sparesbox is very good to deal with and they were able to supply the rear struts. Initially my order for rear struts was placed with Automotive Superstore in late June 2020. After 2 weeks, my order had not arrived. Subsequent check of recent online reviews indicated orders were being accepted, goods not available and refunds issued after much delay. Due to being unable to contact them by phone or receive reply to my follow up emails etc, I ended up cancelling the order via PayPal and eventually got a refund. I suspect that at that time, they were having staffing and sup
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  49. Hi Gents, I just came across this video from our friend Pan The Organizer who has revealed a new product from 303. The last people I expected that would make such a product to be honest. The next generation of paint sealants is known as "Graphene" which pushes the bar even further than ceramics. Not discounting ceramic coatings, the new Graphene coating system will be very interesting to see how it fares among detailers alike. At the moment it's only available in the U.S. (Of course, shock horror), and no international sales at this point, but I'm hoping to get my hands o
    1 point




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