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  1. Happy New Year everybody. I sincerely hope everybody here has a fantastic year. May it be filled with joy, peace, happiness, good health and prosperity. May the Auto God's keep your cars running well too Best Regards Tony
    6 points
  2. 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
    6 points
  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
    5 points
  4. 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
    3 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
    3 points
  9. 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
  10. @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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. This YouTube video makes the replacement of the rear struts look very straight forward when complete replacement struts are available. Unfortunately, we will have to disassemble the strut assembly and then reassemble.
    3 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Suggest you have a detailed read of the posts in that Y Pipe thread. Reported costs are a mild ravaging of the wallet, otherwise it would not be on my reference list. More than likely I am not going to do it because I prefer the torque to be maximum at lower revs. It is just me but I prefer to have a super quiet exhaust and maintain the sleeper car effect
    3 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. @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
  23. 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
    3 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 100 %. But you'll have to try not to get too bored. It's a depressing place
    2 points
  27. yes I have some Picts, some are old but i can take new ones though not much has changed on it since my last addition pretty much gave her a new exhaust, rims, head unit, front speakers and put sound deadener in. I’ve had to change the clutch, lock actuator on passenger side door and starter motor but otherwise the rest of her is stock. i had her outside shell completely repainted in 2018 kept her white though. The two photos below are of her before she had her new paint job in 2018, ill get a more recent pict when i take her out today
    2 points
  28. 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
    2 points
  29. $25 on sale at autobarn https://www.autobarn.com.au/nulon-full-synthetic-5w-30-long-life-engine-oil-5l-syn5w30-5
    2 points
  30. TY Tony, And may 2021 be a year we can all realise a great year and breathe safe and hugg those we have missed badly KAA
    2 points
  31. Hi all here, I wanted to wish all a very SAFE Christmas, as this year has been hell world wide and most of us here can't be with our loved ones this year lets all hope that 2021 will bring us some relief some joy and an opportunity to hug and breathe safely again. KAA
    2 points
  32. Where did this Black Friday Malarkey come from anyway ?? Just like this Halloween rubbish we have here now. Never used to be until we decided we needed to copy everything the Americans do. How original Black Friday Sales are all fake. I have carefully watched a few vendors prices in the lead up to the so called "sales" and have found they actually jack the prices up then splash out the big marketing discount hype to make you think you're getting a bargain. What a load of hogwash.
    2 points
  33. WOW a bright and shiny product love it..also liked the apply smile enjoy logo..I am sure you will let us all know if that miracle does arrive before the man in the red suit time arrives Thanks for the pic's as well shows great pride in their products when packaged so well... i can see Tony's face now drooling 🤣🤣🤣 KAA
    2 points
  34. Thanks for that Ash but I am sure it was our DETAIL KING Tony who gave us the idea of the coating on his steering wheel..I also use the Oakwood products as i bought 2 boxes when they were on special last year at Supercheap.. I have found them pretty good at keeping the wheel's leather in great shape..our Presara is now 11 years old but the leather interior is excellent and the leather on the steering wheel still feels great on the hands. I follow my Dad's wise words of look after it and it will last well, and that is what I do..I allow lots of time when doing the interior, as doing most
    2 points
  35. I'd use Mobil 1 too if they put it on special occasionally. Mongrels never do so Nulon or Penrite it is.
    2 points
  36. Here's something funny.. Engine Shampoo.. For the fussy detailer who wants his engine clean on the inside as well as the outside
    2 points
  37. 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
  38. 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/
    2 points
  39. 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
  40. You're on the right track but that Boss Gloss has no protection. It's really just something you use to remove fine dust, kinda like a waterless wash if you like. It's designed to encapsulate fine particles, remove them and put a slight bit of coating on which doesn't last. I keep a bottle of detail spray in my car to remove bird poop or other unsightly contamination. You can also make your own detail spray if you're interested. Get yourself some ONR ( it goes a long way too) mix 30 ml in a 500 ml bottle and away you go. Much cheaper in the long run than Bowdens. This is the stuff they'll neve
    2 points
  41. 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
  42. I'm pretty sure this one is a copy of the Provent. I love how they write in the title... "for Provent" etc etc... Another example of how the Chinese Steal Intellectual property and go off to make and sell their own and undercut the companies who put millions of dollars into R&D and marketing only to have the rug pulled from under them. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Oil-Catch-Can-Filter-Separator-For-ProVent-200-Fit-Toyota-Ford-Nissan-Turbo-4WDs/273165494510?_trkparms=aid%3D1110012%26algo%3DSPLICE.SOIPOST%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200420083544%26meid%3D7c67432131c74564880ccd638104e590%26pid%3D1
    2 points
  43. Latest update is that all is good; No more oil usage and no exhaust smoking on startup and even under foot to the floor acceleration. I did give the PCV valve a thorough clean. It was possibly sticking open. Interim workaround was isolating the PCV valve from the valve cover.
    2 points
  44. Yes, lots of time-wasting but I have lots of me time especially on the weekends. I have been flushing this engine since October 2015. I do keep a car maintenance spreadsheet. As for cost, estimate 20 oil changes. Diesel is used 2 or 3 times for flushing then replaced. In October 2015, I made a deliberate decision to use an short oil change interval approach rather than pull apart the engine to de-sludge it particularly the baffle area in the front valve cover. It has certainly taken a lot longer than the 12 months that I was expecting. A good road trip will do wonders to help get ri
    2 points
  45. I have to totally agree. I know that I feel a lot better just going for a drive to a further bus stop instead of walking to a closer bus stop. Anyway good sleuthing to get the part number and pictures for Tony. While you are waiting to get back on the road, have a look at this YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=catZDDtJLKY
    2 points
  46. The valve Saver fluid is not of any use in a modern car or motorcycle. The origin of valve Saver fluid comes from when leaded fuel was removed from the market (which is why it is called a lead replacement product). Which wasn't a problem for the modern cars at the time, but there were still some older cars and motorcycles that needed this product, And the reason is that the older cars didn't have hardened valve seats (and from memory some didn't have hardened valves), and so the valve head/ valve seat would be damaged from the constant "impacts" when the valve closed, becau
    2 points
  47. Nice one Big Mike. There's nothing better than a refreshed brake system. Regarding the dust, I have the same problem at present with the bendix pads, which is why I have the Remsa pads ready to go when my Bendix are ready for replacement. The beauty of the Remsa pads is that they don't produce much dust at all and perform as good if not better than the Bendix.
    2 points
  48. I have a 2017 Camry RZ, tyre size is 225/45 R18 and I run my tyres at 36-38 PSI The car came stock with Bridgestones Turanza ER300's (made in Poland) which had good grip but while legal after 1.5 years (circa 25,000km even with rotation) I could feel that the grip had deteriorated (I'm sure it had nothing to do with my driving style... cough cough....). Since I had previously used the Bridgestone RE 003's on my last car (05 Corolla sedan) they were one of the top contenders as was the Michelin PS4 I considered the Primacy 4 but a few reviewers had noted a strange feeling while d
    2 points
  49. This previous thread is relevant for your question. https://au.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/54146-new-tyres-for-sportivo/?tab=comments#comment-571714
    2 points




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