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  1. I would say definitely YES. Press down in the foot brake pad to release and it will come up. Probably a good idea to also to have your right foot on the brakes when you do this.
  2. campbeam

    Towing capacity

    Best to check your owner's manual. Just looking at RedBook, there appears to be a significant difference in towing capacity [braked and unbraked] between automatic transmission and manual transmission models. My towing experience is very limited to a box trailer around town. Last interstate trip on the Newell Highway, I saw a caravan that had flipped upside down and the towing 4WD/SUV was amazingly still upright and spun around beside this caravan. Guess someone's around Australia trip has come to an abrupt halt. Also thought at the time that the caravan chassis appeared to be quite longer the towing vehicle.
  3. Definitely plenty of room to move your foot. I have mostly size 8 and some size 9 shoes. I do an annual interstate trip Brisbane to Wagga Wagga. Last trip included a detour to Hamilton VIC so 4 days of highway driving then another 2 days for the return trip. While driving on these trips, I occasionally move my left foot under the front of the driver's seat and also the occasional leg stretch using the foot rest.
  4. Agree; plenty of foot room. Aurion has been my 1st car with a foot brake and also 1st V6. Previous cars have been 4 cylinder with handbrakes. Staying with my Aurion. Footbrake operates cables back to the rear brake shoes inside the hat of the rear rotors. Only switch would be to light up the dashboard warning light. As an experiment, I once deliberately touched the footbrake while the car was in motion e.g. 40kph and got a very audible warning message
  5. Suggest you wait for your regular mechanic or go to an automatic transmission shop.
  6. Inspect the ATF then decide whether it needs to be changed. Lifetime from the vehicle manufacturer's perspective is 10 years and/or 160,000 kms and this is based upon "normal driving conditions". After reading lots of internet posts about automatic transmissions failing because the ATF has not been changed, I made certain to immediately change both the filter and ATF on my Aurion which I bought a few years ago with approx. 165,000kms on the odometer.
  7. From past experience, I know that the difference between the full mark on the dipstick and just about nothing on the dipstick is 1.5 litres. Engine oil capacity is 6.1 litres. Loose enough oil and the oil warning light will come on; also past experience with the rear V V T i oil line. I would be interested in knowing exactly what oil you used. A lower viscosity oil will be more easily drawn past worn piston rings and/or drawn into the intake manifold if the oil channels in the valve cover are sludged up and the PCV valve is not working properly.
  8. Check and clean the Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. Something else you can do is to disconnect the hose from the PCV valve and block the end of the hose with a bolt or similar solid object. This eliminates the possibility of oil being vacuumed up from the valve cover into the intake. If after doing this hose disconnect, the engine is still smoking badly, then looks like you will need to have a leak down test to identify what engine repairs are most likely required. If there is no more white smoke when driving/accelerating hard, then have a good read of the attached document and do a Search of "white smoke" on this Forum. White smoke on start up.doc Did you buy your Aurion from a Dealer with warranty? If so, take it back and get them to desludge the front valve cover and replace the PCV valve.
  9. After post by OldMech, I located the relevant part on eBay. Handy to know what you are looking for. On a 1995 Nissan Pulsar, the equivalent part is located behind the glovebox.
  10. Internet search located the following Toyota Aurion brochure pdf with a print date of May 2014. Aurion Sportivo ZR6 has the electric rear sunshade as standard equipment not the Aurion Sportivo SX6. Details should be in the owner's manual, if you have one. Maybe following quote from a BMW Forum is applicable: "" Look at the controls on the driver's door. It should be right under the window controls.""
  11. Not an automatic transmission specialist but knowledgable enough to guess that the shifting issue is most likely related to the valve body rather than a shifting solenoid. In my opinion, YES. New ATF will help to clean the channels in the valve body and smoother gear changes. The Yaris has a capacity of only 2.5 litres for the ATF so I would be inclined to check/change the fluid on a regular basis. I would expect after 130,000kms that there would be a fair amount of accumulated sludge on the transmission pan. Usual outcome when warning signs are ignored. Regular servicing/maintenance is going to maximise the life of the automatic transmission. I change the ATF in the transmission pan every 12-18 months. Filter has been replaced and next scheduled in 40/50,000kms.
  12. Maybe this following YouTube video is relevant:
  13. Don't know enough about rebuilding engines to offer real world advice. Just noticed internet posts about forged pistons and connecting rods for the 2GR-FE so maybe an opportunity to also upgrade the head bolts and possibly the valve springs. I am more thinking about reliability/prevention than increased HP. Best to analyse the cause for the low compression. Maybe too much before the engine is at optimal operating temperature. Learnt the hard way [too many years ago] not to over rev a cold engine then having to replace the piston rings a week later for a brief ego moment.
  14. Gates is a well known brand. This is the belt that I would seriously consider buying for my vehicle. Just bought on eBay, a Gates Micro-V Ribbed belt for the girlfriend's Yaris then later found the following YouTube video. The alternator brand is an unknown so therefore consider the seller and the worth of their warranty. Genuine Bosch or Denso is going to cost more.
  15. Absolutely no auto electrical experience but it sounds to me like a faulty relay or a loose electrical connection. If in your position, I would start by removing and inspecting any of the the fuses associated with the lighting system. No specific reason but a case of eliminating the unexpected or unusual. Next step would be to check that the connectors on the battery terminals are tightly fastened. Check the earth cable and ensure that it is making a good ground with the body. Check the alternator connection. Just did a quick Internet search. Following article may be of some assistance. Another article suggested checking the headlight bulbs. Best to give those high beam bulbs and the connectors a really good inspection even use a magnifying glass. After all that you should have eliminated the obvious faults, then it is time to go to the auto electrician.
  16. The following eBay listings are for information purposes only. You will need to confirm whether it will suit your vehicle or do an eBay search. I found the following article about serpentine belts to be informative particularly the quality of materials. I have added the Gates Micro-V Ribbed Belt into my eBay watchlist.
  17. A few months ago, I picked up on special the Penrite Copper Eze. When I replaced my spark plugs last weekend, I was careful about only applying a small amount to the threads only.
  18. eBay seller in their listing was recommending replacing all ignition coils after 10 years or 100,000 miles [160,000 kms]. Recent internet searches for best quality ignition coils are indicating that badly worn spark plugs can shorten the lifespan of the ignition coil. It makes sense to also replace the spark plugs at the same time. After plenty of searching on various Denso webpages, I finally able to determine that the lifespan/recommended replacement interval of the Iridium TT plug is 100,000-120,000kms. This contrasts with the Iridium Power IK16 plugs with a lifespan of 15-20,000 kms. So now considering buying the IKH20TT plugs for my other Aurion which has done 109,000kms unless I can find the 12 FK20HR11 plugs that have been stored and misplaced. Best price for NGK ignition coils to fit the Aurion that I could locate yesterday was $100 plus postage; not tempting to me.
  19. My 2006 Aurion has now clocked 204,750kms after a recent 5,000km interstate road trip. Previously decided to replace the spark plugs with Denso long life plugs FK20HR11 and later to also change the ignition coils, engine performance/acceleration a bit hesitant and not as good as previous year. Denso ignition coils from 2 eBay sellers in China on my watchlist were out of stock so ended up with the following ignition coils from a USA seller for approx AUD$135 less Flybuys eBay voucher. Lifetime warranty and claimed 15% performance increase over OEM got the sale in preference to this other eBay listing from another USA seller I have only done a few drives for approx. 50kms but I am noticing a difference in engine performance. Certainly hoping for and expecting an increase in fuel economy. Interested to hear from other owners who have recently replaced the ignition coils and their recommendations.
  20. I used the above approach rather than remove the intake and replace gaskets. Started at 4:30pm and paused at 7:30pm after replacing the spark plugs and ignition coils for the rear bank then reassembling. Probably could have saved 30 minutes by being better organized and having to find better quality 6 point socket and breaker bar to undo 2 of the nuts on the passenger side strut mount. Surprisingly, driver's side strut mount nuts came undone quite readily. Only took 20-30 minutes to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils for the front bank.
  21. Just noticed an eBay seller saying that the recpmmended replacement of ignition coil for a Toyota was 10 years or 100,000 miles [160,000 kms]. In October, I replaced an original coil on a 2007 Yaris with about 190,000 kms on the odometer after it threw up a check engine light. Spark plugs also ended up being very worn and well overdue for replacement which was done. I am thinking that if the spark plugs had been replaced earlier then there would have been less demand/stress on the ignition coils. This weekend, I have replaced the spark plugs and all of the ignition coils on my Toyota Aurion which has done 204,750kms. Previous owner would have had the spark plugs replaced probably at 100,000kms and it is most likely that the DENSO ignition coils were originals.
  22. Not a Hilux owner but as a general guide/initial starting point I do an eBay search to see what is currently available for parts, upgrades and modifications. I also do searches on Gumtree which can be handy for identifying nearby wreckers.
  23. I can certainly see the benefits for this modification to the merge pipe but I also prefer to keep my Aurion stock standard. Still very tempted mainly for efficiency reasons. Very much into low profile with a very quiet exhaust rather than loud and show off to attract the attention of the law. If you do a search on the Forum, you will find others have done muffler deletes and another fitted short sports mufflers. After lots of reading, I have come to the conclusion that the best value upgrade is quality known brand tyres.
  24. Quick solution is to disconnect battery for at least 5 minutes. Recommended solution is to get a OBD scanner to read and reset the error codes. When you know what the error code is, you can then do a Google search and start to diagnose the root cause. Following is a basis OBD II scanner on eBay and another affordable one.
  25. Good news that you had no dramas removing the existing spark plugs. Hope you remembered to put a small amount of anti-seize lubricant on the spark plug threads. More important when using long life plugs which are not going to be replaced for many years. Nothing like a good bit of maintenance to keep your vehicle reliable and running smoothly plus the personal satisfaction when DIY goes well.