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  1. Currently on a road trip using Premium 95 Unleaded. I really noticed the difference in performance when accelerating on the open highway. It was very smooth and no hesitation and no noticeable downshifting of the transmission. This morning when I refueled [approx. 30+litres], I ended up using 91 unleaded at the available pumps instead of E10 with 94 octance. Only noticed the 95 unleaded pumps after a vehicle and caravan combination pulled away from the pumps. Anyway, there was a significant difference with acceleration being not as responsive and the transmission was downshifting. Next refuel was definitely back to Premium 95 Unleaded. Recent experience has now convinced me that for my 2006 Aurion ATX now with 217000 kms to continue to use 95 octane for highway driving.
  2. I am getting some widely varying fuel economy figures which reflects the level of lead foot being applied. WiIl post actual figures later and try to remember any influencing factors at that time.
  3. Started the car last night and no smoke. Sure that there was no smoke this morning upon initial startup. Because it was a foggy morning, there was some exhaust vapor. No more exhaust smoke during today's acceleration tests. Getting daily pictures of the oil on the dipstick and will post some after the trip.
  4. I was doing some WOT yesterday. I must say that the car is performing well and very responsive. I reckon that the piston rings are now well seated. Have to see whether today brings some more WOT on the Bruce Highway. .
  5. Suspension is getting a workout at times and no need to slow down like smaller sized vehicles. Power mojo is back. Accelerated quickly at end of roadworks from 60kph to 100kph and engine was only doing 2000rpm. Bit of a failed test this morning. I did a hard acceleration from a rest area and left a minor smoke screen behind. I was expecting that the oil catch can would have prevented that from happening. I did check and the oil separator appears to have caught some oil. Fortunately when I was doing some hard acceleration in the overtaking lanes there was no more smoking. Next test is when I start the car this evening to see whether there is any smoke.
  6. Car was packed last night. Just as well we are not taking the Yaris. All ready to rock and roll very soon. Got a foggy morning so has worked out that we will be leaving later than planned. I will soon know in a few hours how well this catch can is working.
  7. 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.
  8. Cooler air should be a plus. Air coming back should ideally not have any oil vapour. In a few YouTube videos, some people have added stainless steel wool presumably as an aid to condense the oil vapour into droplets which then collect at the bottom of the can. I also had the same thought. With a smaller size catch can i.e.300ml there was more potential for the caught oil to be sucked up into the engine. Main reason why I selected a bigger capacity. Common recommendation is to drain the catch can at an oil change. Different matter if the PCV valve is stuck open or baffles in the valve cover are sludged up. Guess is that with a turbocharged engine you would need a larger catch can or to be checking/emptying it more often.
  9. Definitely need those skills if you want to hack the ECU and re-tune the engine to your specific requirements. In the good old days, I would be loosening a bolt on the distributor to advance the timing or tuning the engine by ear. Still remember being driven crazy by a slight engine miss at idle. Ended up looking at a tuning guide and re-gapping the spark plugs was the fix. Now it is all done electronically. The oil catch can is a good, legal, environmentally friendly workaround for PCV. So much easier when these oil vapours etc were vented externally but maybe there is less oil on the roads.
  10. Interesting to see the head internal dimensions exposed. Looks like the head is already close to the limits so not much potential. Was he suggesting that larger exhaust valve seals could be fitted? What have I missed or not understood?
  11. This has to be one of the better YouTube videos on oil catch cans currently available. Definitely worth watching. It confirmed my thinking that a bigger, taller catch can should be more effective. I did speculate that the catch can could be a heat collector and potentially cool the airflow so the air finally going to the intake could be slightly cooler. It makes sense that oil droplets are going to form when the airflow becomes cooler. Something that I had overlooked. I was more focused upon the baffling and separation between the inlet and outlet. It also explains that the airflow must be cooling with a longer PCV hose length and why I am noticing that the previous existing in-line filter and oil separator combination to be more effective. There is another YouTube video that compared the effectiveness of 2 brands of catch cans by connecting them in sequence then swapping the order.
  12. You will have to be a bit more precise in your wording and grammar to get a correct response to that statement. I would agree with a general statement that ABS systems are best left alone. However some easy repairs e.g. replacement of a sensor can be safely performed by DIY. Brake fluid has a service life so should be changed every 2 to 3 years. When it comes to changing the brake fluid on vehicles fitted with ABS systems, this can still be performed by DIY using procedures for that vehicle make and model. However, some specific/specialised vehicle makes and models require specialised procedures and tools to perform a brake fluid change. I am thinking something like a Honda NSX.
  13. 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 rid of the oil sludge that is still in the baffle area of the valve cover. If not, this may be the final hurrah before taking off the valve cover and looking at trying to modify the baffles. Hence my reasons for doing this extreme oil change. Actually, I would much rather be at work but was told to reduce my leave balance. So now doing an impromptu road trip Brisbane to Cairns [with the girlfriend] which is a better option than alone at home. What I really want is a road trip to NSW for family reasons so like everyone else, I will be waiting for all these interstate restrictions to get fully lifted.
  14. I remembered this earlier post. My 2006 ATX with 216,500 kms is all serviced and ready. In the next few days, I will be going on a long trip using 95 unleaded instead of the usual 91 unleaded. Have to see how close I can get an average of 8.2L/100kms on the highway.
  15. Absolutely love a challenge. Always looking for improvements. With all the short distance driving that I do, the car really needs a road trip. Certainly overdue because I missed out in 2019. Recent highway run resulted in the car blowing smoke on startup, so very frustrating and also motivating. It is just an ongoing challenge so getting there finally. Girlfriend is coming along for company and to make sure that I stay out of trouble. LOL We must have similar thinking because I have already checked that 3/8" oil hose will fit into the PCV threaded hole. I will have to remember it for next oil change and pour in the diesel/ATF via there. Forgot all about it this time. I had forgotten that a few cans of Liqui Moly Friction Reducer were on the back seat, so yesterday I topped up the new oil with a can. Another addition to this overkill oil change.
  16. I bought 2 lots of the cheapest ones on eBay mainly because there was little to none differentiation in the descriptions for the various non-branded beam wipers. Bit of a gamble which I am prepared to write off to experience. I have now got a few new toys to pull apart to see how they should work. With the difference of our experiences, it confirms that you can be better off paying a bit more initially.
  17. If with a few days notice, you decided to go on a 7 day road trip, would you be able to have your vehicle ready to go. Maybe a better question is what vehicle preparation would you need or prefer to do before leaving? I do keep my vehicle well serviced and maintained for regular use so hypothetically it should be ready to go. In reality, I have done a few tasks which were outstanding on the To Do list. Car was refuelled today and will be topped up before departure. An oil change was done but could easily have been deferred. Car has been washed and the glass given the Rain-X treatment. Surplus items in the boot have been removed. Tyre pressure of the spare tyre was checked [34psi] and adjusted to 40psi. Wiper blades have been changed. Surplus items especially those on the back seat have yet to be removed. Upon return from this road trip, I know that there will more tasks [currently deferred] to prepare for the next road trip.
  18. I have been persevering with my new beam wiper blades for some weeks now. On the 40 series, wiper blades are a 24" and 20" combination. My bargain priced eBay ones were smearing slightly from the beginning. I then thoroughly cleaned the windscreen hoping that there would be an improvement. Unfortunately, the smearing has got worse. To find the cause, I was thinking of changing the rubber wiper blades on the beam type wiper and also transferring the beam wiper rubber blades onto the original hybrid type wiper. For the upcoming unplanned impromptu road trip, I have reverted back to the original hybrid wipers. Something that I will be keen to get sorted out before the next road trip or lots of rainy days.
  19. It is overkill but I wanted the engine to be as clean as possible before finally adding the new oil. I know that there is still some sludge in the PCV baffle area and I want it gone. Initially I was annoyed that the Shell Ultra oil had got dirty so quickly until internet posts changed my thinking. A quality oil will clean and de-sludge the engine and get dirty quicker. In contrast, a lower quality oil would stay cleaner longer. I have recently fitted an oil catch can and I have been visually monitoring the amount of exhaust vapours. Apart from the hot exhaust gases meeting the colder morning air, I was thinking that some of these vapours could possibly include diesel left from the engine flush. I use the diesel as an engine flush a few times before discarding it. Recent thinking was to do the 1st flush with the used diesel then do a 2nd flush with new diesel. I was also thinking that new cheaper [higher viscosity] oil could then be used to flush any diesel out of the engine before adding the full synthetic engine oil. Because I did not have new diesel on hand, I used new 20W-50 engine oil which I had previously bought on special. Since buying my 2006 Aurion ATX about 5 years ago, it has been an ongoing battle to desludge the engine using frequent oil changes instead of pulling off the front valve cover and the engine pan. So looking forward to progressive checks of the oil and a final comparison of new oil vs previous oil [1000KM] vs this oil after 3000+KM.
  20. Last oil change was done at approx. 215,200km using Shell Ultra 5W-40. It was very effective in cleaning the engine internals such that after about 800kms, the oil colour had darkened from being clear on the dipstick to a light golden colour. When looking in the oil filler cap opening, the oil colour was much darker. I posted a picture in Tony's thread My 120.000KM Service. Last weekend, I swapped over the oil filter cartridge with a previous clean used one. Due to a number of recent developments over the last few days, I am now going on a 3200KM road trip in the next few days so doing those last minute checks. I had previously thought about changing the oil then finally decided to do it upon return. This morning the girlfriend/cook/she who must be obeyed had a "Must Do" suggestion: Change the oil. I quickly revised my previous decision so started doing the oil change with a few tweaks. Usually, I drop the oil from both the oil filter housing and the engine pan, refill with diesel, idle engine for approx. 10 minutes. Then I start the oil change and fitting the oil filter cartridge. This means that any remaining diesel will mix with the new oil. For this change, I removed the oil filter cartridge when doing the engine flush with the diesel. I also added some used ATF to the diesel to improve the engine flush. Next step was to drop the diesel ATF mixture out of the oil filter housing and engine pan then refilled with some cheap new 20W-50 oil. Engine was then idled a few minutes while I emptied the drain pan again. This new oil was ever so slightly discoloured when it was drained. It has been kept to use again as a final flushing oil. Oil change now done at 216,340KM using Shell Ultra 5W-40. Previous oil has been kept for use as a topping up oil. Plan now is to monitor the oil colour to see how many KMs it takes before it changes from being relatively clear on the dipstick and on a flange in the valve cover. Also expecting to be doing the next oil change at 220,000KM.
  21. Very handy post because I have been thinking [for a long time] about adding some extra earth feeds, more so in the engine bay area. No electrical issues at the moment but I will have to go looking under the dash for any similar earth junctions.
  22. I went looking and found this link.
  23. That is the usual standard operating procedure. Let us know how you go with that wheel cleaner. Lots of servicing Plan Bs being considered and planned at the moment. Weather permitting and the "Looking after the Cook" priorities, it will be a busy few days or deferred for a few weeks.
  24. Actually my suggestion would be to look at the Y pipe modification. I did find this URL. Please note that I have big doubts about whether this product will produce the claimed results. If it worked as claimed then there would be a lot of word of mouth buyers. it I had a quick look at the ToyotaNation website and the posts are not encouraging; sellers will take your money.
  25. Last night when gently braking to a stop at the traffic lights, I noticed a bit of a pulse through the brake pedal which I am putting down to a high spot on the rotor. I recall that this pulse was a lot more noticeable a few years ago. After an interstate highway trip, braking was a lot smoother in that there was no noticeable pulse. Looks like I am going on a highway trip next week so will be able to see whether there is any brake pulse difference when back home.