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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. 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
  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. 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
  9. @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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. @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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Hello Tony Thank you for the welcome. My ride has very low kms and I always felt that left and right hand turns that happen at traffic lights always needed a lot more steering wheel action just to go around the corner. Initially I thought it may have been the type of steering system. I experimented with tyre pressures – no real advantage there. I put four Michelin’s on and that made a difference but not as good as I had liked. The tyres are now at 32,000 kms and half worn, running 36F/32R and wearing flat. A little outside edge and inside edge wear on the F/L. As the tyres are now half do
    3 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Just bought DBA Rotors And Bendix pads for the rear of my 40 series Aurion Presara.. Paid $197 for both through the online Sparesbox company.. Just got quoted $120 to remove old rotors and pads and replace with these new ones, I thought that price was quite low..from Ultratune.. Just thought I'd pass these costs onto this forum, someone might find it useful..
    2 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. I agree Ash, I thought the exact same. I think most Black Friday Sales in Australia are bit lack luster to say the least.
    2 points
  30. Since owning my 2005 Corolla Sportivo, I've done 95% of my oil changes and the rest have been done by my local mechanic if my car has gone in for another fix of sort and I usually provide my own oil of my choice which they thankfully don't mind. I've owned my car over 5 years and have clocked over 100000kms since I've owned it and have used 3 main oils in my car. - Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 10W-40 - Penrite Full Synthetic 10W-40 - Nulon Full Synthetic 5W-30 For the first 2 years or so I mostly used the Penrite variants would use the 10 Tenths if I could get my hands on it if
    2 points
  31. Haha yeah mate. The silly buggers must love losing market share to Nulon and Penrite. I'd rather give my money to Australian companies anyway. These two mentioned products are superior.
    2 points
  32. I was certainly thinking about your coating of the leather steering wheel when my hands started to get a bit sweaty. Driving most of the day in Summer would certainly be putting your ceramic coating product to the test. I was fortunate to get some cool driving conditions 21-24C. It was much warmer on the return trip and I was using the A/C.
    2 points
  33. 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
    2 points
  34. All done, oil pressure and the oil temp is on the transmission. The pressure gauge was a bit sensitive to having a good earth on both the sender and gauge but otherwise it was pretty straight forward, possibly the hardest bit was getting wires through the firewall.
    2 points
  35. I think you both make valid points here but Ashley hit the nail on the head in terms of long term ownership. I know Toyota make a quality product but batteries are batteries and they will all go bad eventually and if a battery pack costs 7-8k now, how much would this be in 10 years from now ?? I think the hybrid will be ready for the wreckers at that point. Who'd spend 10K or more replacing the battery packs when the car is practically worthless ? I much prefer petrol power and the refinements Toyota have made, especially to V6, make it a better choice for me.
    2 points
  36. 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
  37. Well done Tony..I got 2 yesterday from SCA..wanted more but as I had 2 of the 5 litres already 2 will do for a while, need to put up the Nulon sign just deciding where in the garage or may just safely store it for a man shed one day..well done on looking after your Dad so well, shows love and respect for our seniors which these days is badly needed, we all are trying to do the right thing for others when so many younger are just blowing it off as something that wont affect them Huggs Mate Keep safe KAA
    2 points
  38. 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
  39. For those that don't know, yes they fit even though they sink in 10mm over stock factory alloys, and use the factory alloy wheel nuts. After seeing the updated versions, I decided to black out some of the polished bits to get rid of the "petal" effect. It's not the best job, as I should've rounded off the tips a little, but I think it's an improvement Before & after
    2 points
  40. This is the picture of the oil still in the catch can after 1800+kms without the PCV valve screwed into the valve cover. Now given the oil catch can a thorough clean plus the PCV valve, the inline filter and oil separator [again]. You may be able to see the plastic tube directing the airflow to the bottom of the can. Looks like I will be just adding lots of stainless steel wool before refitting the oil catch can. Oil looks quite dirty after 3800+kms but the Nulon additive presumably gives it a darker appearance. I do know that the synthetic oil has given the engine a good internal
    2 points
  41. I do know that a few drops of oil were previously caught in the in-line filter and the oil separator. The oil can had some moisture which I wiped out with a tissue. Visually checked the in-line filter and oil separator today and there was nothing obvious. Planning upon opening the oil catch can when back in about 10 days. It will be interesting to see how much oil vapour gets past the in-line filter and oil separator then into the oil catch can.
    2 points
  42. Your very welcome Nathan. Much appreciated. It's original if it has paint on it. It's possible it may have been cleaned at some point and the tube wasn't. It's funny though, I didn't notice any green marking on mine and I mine is 100% original. I'll have to take another look when possible. I'm also thinking that they may have used a semi synthetic oil in yours which perhaps led to the extra gunk in the tubing. Not sure. Overall, I think it's ok. Just clean everything and start using a high quality synthetic oil and if your inclined, install a catch can. I'm going to co
    2 points
  43. 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
  44. Fully support what Tony is saying. Brisbane is supposedly in a better situation but I am busy social distancing. At least, I have a choice to stay at home as much as possible. I reckon that those who get Covid-19 and survive will have their life expectancy shortened by about 10 years. Also expect the effects of Covid-19 to linger on for about 2 years before we have a "new normal". Better to be safe then sorry and prepare for the worst case scenario. Keep safe. Getting back on topic, looks like the Wesfil part should fit the fuel pump etc. I have also been having parts supply iss
    2 points
  45. That's pretty much my oil service schedule Big Mike. It usually takes around 6 months for my car to do roughly 8 -10 kays so it is in fact two oil services per year. Nulon 5w-30 has always been my oil of choice. Fully synthetic too of course, and will transition over to the Penrite because of the higher Zinc content. Like you said, Oil isn't that expensive, especially when you have several opportunities during the year to take advantage of the specials that pop up. Ashley and myself chime in when possible to alert you all when said specials are upon us and to take advantage. I'v
    2 points
  46. Finally got around to convincing the wife to let me fit the springs, actually ended up getting a new rear pair as the other ones were a bit pitted and rusty. Blue springs for a blue car, of course. Ended up with 40mm drop on the front and 30mm on the rear (but the rears should settle a little more seeing as how they are new). Passed the shoe test (cheated and used a boot :p), does make getting in and out of the driveway a little trickier since we have rolled gutters (so there is no dip on the driveway portion). Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
    2 points
  47. It takes a fair bit of time and effort to replace the ignition coils and spark plugs on the rear bank of the V6 in a FWD vehicle i.e. Aurion. Front bank is readily accessible and is done in a number of minutes. Rear bank takes an hour or 2 due to disassembly to get access. Imagine having to do that every 2 years instead of 5-7 years and paying a mechanic. This is why you select the best quality at the most affordable price for both ignition coils and spark plugs. You then have some degree of control over whether to replace earlier for peak performance or recommended replacement interval i
    2 points
  48. Yep. I guess people have to take a minute and read the disclaimers or any policy for a given company. It is also reasonable to assume that a bulky item will be more to ship than a small item and for this there's some due diligence involved. Never assume otherwise. It also depends what arrangements the company may have with a given logistics company. Some may have better discounts than others hence they all can't offer the same shipping deals. I'm hoping that my next tax refund is decent enough to hit the credit card and be able to purchase more tools
    2 points
  49. 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




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