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S Samuel, Greater London

Toyota Auris

I am planning on buying as used Auris 1.6 multimode model. Is worth buying it? This would be my first car now I am in a dilemma should I go ahead and buy. Kindly suggest.

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No do not buy a multi mode transmission for your first car. If you need an automatic then go for an older car with a conventional automatic transmission or a newer one with the CVT gearbox. The multi modes are all troublesome, not just Toyota, they're expensive to repair and not suitable for a first car. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 25/04/2017 17:26:22 | ID: 140897

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kenford Stubbs, Bahamas, The

Toyota Dyna

I have a 2004 Toyota dyna, KDY230, Model KR-KDY230. Fuel is not getting to the injectors. I purchased a new fuel supply pump. Pump has been initialized by using the Intelligent Tester. I checked the SCV and very little fuel is coming out. I released all the injector nuts to release any air that could have been in the fuel line but still nothing. Also the truck was operating in limp mode. Since I got the new pump and changed it out the truck is not starting because the fuel is not getting to the common rail. Also the truck was throwing the code P0193 but since I initialized the pump that code is not showing any more. Thanks Monika

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Firstly, do you have high enough starter cranking speed? You need min 200 rpm to allow fuel delivery. I don’t know about your engine but on the 1AD and 2AD series engines Toyota brought out a modified SCV and updated the ECU software to address poor cold starting, the fix allowed an increase in fuel pressure from 50 bar to 100 bar. (A related TSB also addressed the issue of the MIL light coming on with P0088 and P0093 DTC’s and had the same SCV and software fix.) Did the replacement pump come with a new SCV or did you use the old one? If it’s the modified SCV you will need the ECU updated to match. If the SCV is sticking you can usually get it to work again temporarily by heating it and lubricating with WD 40. You do not normally need to bleed CRD engines by loosening off the rail injector pipes but sometimes you do need to bleed the injector leak off fuel return line. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 25/04/2017 01:44:00 | ID: 140876

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Mohamed, Middlesex

Toyota Corolla Verso

Hi everyone. I have verso 2006 MMT and the transmission light showed on the dashboard as I was driving and wouldn't move for few seconds. It has done few times in the space of 20 minutes then it completely stopped and stuck on gear 1 with the transmission light on. The next day, it is all fine and it drives with no problem until 1hr later... the same problem. Please advice and recommendations.. Thank you, Mohamed.

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Your MMT has a manual gearbox with separate, electronically controlled clutch and gear selector actuators which can fail separately or together. Faults can develop in pressure sensors or hydraulic modulator failure, wheel speed sensors, loss of communication or ABS related fault codes with warning lights displayed. You will find the gears not moving out of neutral or slipping out of gear or no response from the unit. You can do an internet search for a Blue Point MMT technical bulletin to give you more information but you may find that Toyota dealers are best equipped to deal with your MMT. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Thank you Hugh. Much appreciated, Mohamed. Mohamed from Middlesex

Submitted: 20/04/2017 10:54:17 | ID: 140767

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Red Preece, Ceredigion

Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon 2005

My Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon`s audio system power button is off and the aerial`s not working. Does anyone know the location of fuses and rating, please?

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toyota with d4d engine has aproblem of re starting when engine is switch off what could be the cause ben ouma from Kenya

If you mean the D4D is difficult to restart once the engine is hot there's a couple of things it might be. Suction Control Valve or Valves (SCVs) in the injection pump or else it could be the starter motor itself being down on power once it is hot. Next time, open the bonnet first and prime the fuel system with the rubber bulb on the fuel filter, keep pumping it until it goes hard. then see if it starts. If it is easier to start then it's probably the SCVs - some engines have one and some have two. The other thing is the starter, Toyota brought out a TSB to change the Denso starter from a 1.4 Kw to a 2.4Kw unit which makes a big difference. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 14/11/2013 14:38:55 | ID: 57814

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ross, Tyne and Wear

Toyota Corolla

Oil light came on last night, followed by engine light, topped up oil with 3 litres of oil, engine light still on and oil light is flickering on and off depending if im accelerating or braking, and just now on way home from work, has developed a whining sound from under the bonnet! any ideas? 1.4 petrol, 102000miles 55reg

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That's a significant amount of oil you had to put in. Find your Oil Control Valve probably in the cylinder head, remove it and clean the filter. Change the engine oil and filter using the grade recommended by Toyota probably 5W30 then run it for a while and change it again and you might save your engine. Hugh from City of Glasgow

I meant pints of oil not letres ross from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 15/04/2017 01:06:26 | ID: 140633

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kenworth mutindi, Zimbabwe

Toyota Hiace

Write your question here...I have a Toyota Hiace 5l commuter van. When I start the engine and depress the accelerator, the engine lacks power. I have changed the lift pump, cleaned the fuel tank but the problem is persistent. What could be the problem

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Have you changed the fuel filter? Videos on Youtube show you how. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 15/04/2017 07:28:01 | ID: 140634

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robin, Papua New Guinea

Toyota Hiace

hi i have a 1998 toyota mini van 2L petrol engine which the fuel is not traveling through to the engine,need help here any idea what happen please?

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Bus , start good then cute off just like that and nit start back like 30 min later polo from Guyana

Submitted: 08/12/2016 05:12:45 | ID: 137246

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alfred, South Africa

Toyota Hilux

My hilux 2009 vvti start, idles but wont rav

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U must check your return pipe which is taking back your petrol to the tank if is having petrol if there is petrol definitely sure you must replace your petrol pump is not pump enough pressure to engine.Your injectors need certain pressure is not your car wont rev Sheriff from South Africa

My mistake.If there is no petrol on your return pipe definitely sure your petrol pump is not pumping enough pressure to your injectors Sheriff from South Africa

Submitted: 21/01/2017 19:24:22 | ID: 138295

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wiles, Essex

Toyota Yaris

my yaris loosing water no oil in water doesn't overheat new wpump thermostat radiator no water from exhaust coolant light takes about 3 mile to go out can it be evaporating from brass oblong box bolted to manifold near egr valve diesel1.4 don't no name of this part

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The exhaust gases going to the EGR valve pass through a water cooled heat exchanger. From your description it may be the exhaust gas heat exchanger / cooler, the brass colour is probably where brackets are brazed on to it or brazing otherwise used in its construction. Water leaking internally from the heat exchanger would normally show in the exhaust. Exhaust gases more likely to pressurise the coolant system leading to blowing water out the expansion tank, developing air locks etc. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 26/03/2017 14:51:35 | ID: 140164

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Danz, New Zealand

Toyota Hiace

Hi I have a Toyota Hiace 2.4 zr 1994 and the engine cranks but doesnt fire. I checked the fuel pump, filter, relays and no spark at the distibutor or spark plugs. Is there anything that is caused not to spark and fire over?

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Hello Danz , go back to the Distributor cap and examine the rotor brush and the carbon pencil in the center of the cap also trace the coil wire that is in the center of the cap it goes to the ignition coil this coil or electrical unit could be faulty. Theron Smith from Jamaica

Hello Danz , go back to the Distributor cap and examine the rotor brush and the carbon pencil in the center of the cap also trace the coil wire that is in the center of the cap it goes to the ignition coil this coil or electrical unit could be faulty. Theron Smith from Jamaica

Hello Danz , go back to the Distributor cap and examine the rotor brush and the carbon pencil in the center of the cap also trace the coil wire that is in the center of the cap it goes to the ignition coil this coil or electrical unit could be faulty. Theron Smith from Jamaica

Possible, ignitor malfunction. Teinakore Manapori from New Zealand

Submitted: 18/10/2016 12:19:04 | ID: 136046

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Masawi, West Midlands

Toyota Hiace

Hi, I have a Toyota Hiace Super Custom 2.4 diesel automatic. Recently my driver hit a rock and damaged the gearbox sump tray but he stopped immediately as the ATF started leaking out. It was towed to a garage where the sump tray was replaced and new ATF filled. However after everything was put back up, the gears could not shift. We started the car and let it idle for a while to pump up the fluid but still the gears could not shift. I called my friend who has a bit of mechanical mind and he managed to shift it into drive by some mechanical tricks but it does not shift to any other gear at the moment. It is stuck in the drive. What can cause this? Is it a kind of some safety lock mode or what? It was never driven without the fluid after the incident so the issue of damaging the gearbox is out.

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I had the same problem with mine after I had the auto trans replaced and it was quite silmple, the trans fluid needed topping up, so just check the trans fluid level. Jeremy from New Zealand

Check and see if the linkages on the gear selector of the transmission are bent, sometimes just shifting it by hand in that area will free it up as an impact could have bent linkage. Teinakore Manapori from New Zealand

Submitted: 10/11/2016 12:38:16 | ID: 136597

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Erick Wachira Ngare, Aberdeenshire

Toyota Hiace

I replaced new two car batteries of my toyota regiusace van diesel turbo 4x4 wheeler van. After doing about 300km. the battery red light went on and is still on after a day. The car starting is fine car headlamps are ok. What is the cause.

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Your alternator is faulty it may have worn brushes, it will still start if it has charge but battery light will still stay on. If you charge battery up it will start but you will need alternator fixed or check alternator belt maybe loose or snapped off. Teinakore Manapori from New Zealand

Submitted: 13/11/2016 03:58:20 | ID: 136655

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michael woolley, Flintshire

Toyota Avensis

car battery is flat - left it to long with alarm set but the door will not unlock with the black key . how can I enter the car to open bonnet to jump start the engine

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Using the black key it is a hard turn as the lock has not been used. I had a same problem and the man from AA breakdown had to turn it hard to open the door . moez from Surrey

Submitted: 07/04/2016 20:17:57 | ID: 130081

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Eric, Cambridgeshire

Toyota Avensis

How many reversing ,should my 15 plate car have ?

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Only 1 at the rear nearside. The one on the offside is the FOG LIGHT moez from Surrey

Submitted: 08/10/2016 09:30:50 | ID: 135795

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Eric, Cambridgeshire

Toyota Avensis

Can you tell me does a my car have one revering light or 2 ' just bought the car .thanks

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quite possible it has only one, even though the light clusters may suggest that it will have two... quite common to have one only R Evans from Caerphilly

I have a toyota avensis. The left hand side rear (nearside) light is the reversing light and on the right hand side (offside) is the FOG LIGHT. so there is only 1 reversing light. moez from Surrey

Submitted: 08/10/2016 09:29:34 | ID: 135794

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ali, West Midlands

Toyota Corolla Verso

since yesterday my engine management light came on and tsv and vsc lights and car goes in to limp mode and doesn't pick up speed or rev over 2000rpm ive changed air filter but still the same

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You don't state the year of your car, the size of the engine or even whether it is petrol or diesel. How can you possibly expect anyone to answer you? Hugh from City of Glasgow

2006/ 2.2 t180 diesel ali from West Midlands

OK so your car does not have a DPF however the T180 engine did have trouble with cylinder head gasket failure some years ago but if yours was affected Toyota should have fixed it under extended warranty. You may have several issues going on and you should get your vehicle scanned for fault codes. Your EGR valve may be sticking and/or choked up with carbon, this will give you the EML issue. Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control warning lights appearing together suggests failure of an ABS sensor, again you need to get the fault codes scanned to see which one (there is one at each wheel). But the same fault can be generated by brake stop light bulb failures or by a faulty brake light switch which is mounted on the brake pedal bracket. Check your brake lights and rectify any faults, remove your EGR valve and clean it then disconnect one of the battery terminals for 20 minutes to reset the ECU and see if the warning lights have gone out. Make sure you have your radio code, you may need it when you reconnect the battery.. Hugh from Cavan

Submitted: 17/03/2017 14:03:53 | ID: 139933

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Sandy, Swansea

Toyota Auris

Hi All, I'm hoping someone can help me please. I have a Toyota Auris (petrol). What does it mean if the battery icon is lit up prior to starting the engine? Many thanks in advance.

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It means the battery is not charging, which is 100% correct if the engine is not running. Not a fault, more a feature. Neil Caldwell from Lancashire

Submitted: 08/02/2017 21:29:35 | ID: 138810

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gordon saunders, Dumfries and Galloway

Toyota Auris

hi there when turning radio on then turn fan on heat tempreture comes up for 5 sec thens goes bk to radio channels never done this before till yesterday why

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This is a std. feature. The radio does display the fan speed and temp. when adjusted for a few seconds at the very top of the display when you adjust it. It may be you've just never ever noticed it before. We had our car 6 months before I spotted it! Neil Caldwell from Lancashire

Submitted: 21/01/2017 13:17:36 | ID: 138281

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Frank House, England

Toyota Yaris 2011

Does anyone know why my Toyota Yaris beeps twice when going around certain corners?

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Is this when you have no passenger? If so its likely to be the seat belt warning, it thinks you have someone in the seat - maybe you have placed something above 10 kilo on there? A test is to connect the seatbelt even though the seat is empty and see if it re-occurs Dave Walker from Hampshire

Recent Q & A info on another on-line site relating to double beeps on Toyota Prius cars has concluded that this is an audible warning of actual or former speed camera sites. My 2017 Yaris double beeps on odd occasions too, and one favourite location near home is the site of a former speed camera. Mike Flowerday from Norfolk

Submitted: 20/12/2011 10:32:01 | ID: 80772

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okon edem, Essex

Toyota Picnic

my car is vibrating when on speed

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Get the wheels balanced and the steering alignment checked. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 08/03/2017 02:36:33 | ID: 139606

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k walton, Northamptonshire

Toyota Yaris Verso

workshop manual one needed thanks

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You're having a laugh, do you really expect someone to spend weeks of their time typing out a complete workshop manual for you? Go to the Amazon website and buy a Haynes manual, alternatively search the interweb for a PDF manual that can be downloaded. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 13:25:57 | ID: 139497

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Arjan Braanker, Netherlands

Toyota Picnic

Could someone inform me with workshopmanual/information how to replace clutch disk and bearing?

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There are videos on the interweb that will guide you. Mick from Portugal

Hello Mick, Thank you for your reply Seen lots of them, but not handling specific for the Picnic petrol version. Do you have web-links for me? Or can you indicate which toyota type has same engine/gearboxmounting so I can look at these? Need also soem information regarding torque settings of bolts afterwards during mounting Kindest regards Arjan Arjan Braanker from Netherlands

It's called the Avensis Verso in some markets which would tend to indicate that the running gear is the same as an Avensis. I can't help with torque settings but a quick search reveals that manuals are available on the interweb, I can't put a link (tried it once before and the site wouldn't even upload the rest of my reply). I used the search term Toyota Picnic workshop manual. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 28/02/2017 17:40:17 | ID: 139300

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Mohammed Alyas, West Midlands

Toyota Yaris

My toyota yaris puffs out clouds of white smoke from the exhaust when you really rev it when it's fully warmed up and is in a stopped position. There is no smoke when I drive It and It's not losing power, water or oil and It's not mixing oil and water. Please can someone tell me what the problem might be as It's only got 57000 miles on the clock with full service history.

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The simplest solution is the most obvious, if it's running fine and not using any oil or water stop revving the guts out of it when stationary, it serves no useful purpose. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 16:22:33 | ID: 139259

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Akmal Shah, Pakistan

Toyota Hilux 2004

I have a Toyota Hilux 2004 with a d4d engine. The vehicle loses power when climbing. It almost stops and has to be taken uphill in first gear, otherwise on level roads it runs very smoothly in excess of 80 mph. I have had the diesel fuel injectors calibrated but it has made very little difference. I would welcome suggestions. Does anyone have any ideas please?

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I once had the problem and I managed clear it . It is simple remove the fuel tank open the lid take out the unit , disconnect the locks on the plastic housing then take out the strainer clean it using CFB and choke cleaner then fit back your problem will be sorted Erick Otieno Ongul from Kenya

I once had the problem and I managed clear it . It is simple remove the fuel tank open the lid take out the unit , disconnect the locks on the plastic housing then take out the strainer clean it using CFB and choke cleaner then fit back your problem will be sorted Erick Otieno Ongul from Kenya

I had this same problem on 2 different Hi-lux's. on both of them it was a split in the flexible pipe between the air box on the inner wing and the solid pipe bolted to the rocker cover. I couldn't see the split until the pipe was off. Dred78 from Devon

Submitted: 08/07/2013 10:43:50 | ID: 65140

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Paul Mashaba, South Africa

Toyota Dyna

Hi I have problem with my Toyota dyna is not charging when I check the brushes the are fine but when is running is no power coming from the two wears from the alternator pls I need help what can be the problem

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Your alternator needs replacing. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 23/02/2017 06:49:07 | ID: 139131

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paul, Australia

Toyota Hiace

hi i have a 1998 Toyota hiace, that will run fine, then as you get to top gear it will shudder bunny hop, like running out of fuel then stall, wait 20 min and will start, prior to that if you try to start it, it sounds like no fuel and smell petrol. after 20 mins the car will run and then do the same, leave for a day and you can go 30 klms no prob, pull up go shopping you just don't get home ? I put new fuel filter on replaced fuel, new spark plugs, applied fuel additive any ideas will help.

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Hi, I had a similar problem with an '83 Subie a long time ago. Problem was solved by removing a fine mesh filter which is the last point of petrol entry on the carby body and was continually blocking at highway speeds causing the car to "run out of fuel". It would idle OK and allow the carby bowl to refill only to go through the cycle again...and again and so on. Quite a while before this, I had picked up a tankful of tainted fuel from a flooded underground tank and over time this had formed a slurry which caused the problem. Drove from Melbourne to Perth like this. Ugh! Hope this helps you. Brian Williams from Australia

Submitted: 03/12/2016 22:32:57 | ID: 137142

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Keith, Kent

Toyota Corolla

I have a Corolla 1.4d4d , i noticed my car lose power when driving the other day, low oil pressure came up on the dash. I checked the oil level everything ok. Power has since come back any ideas what this might be ?

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i asked to the car service, and than they told me "there is a metal in the oil filtre! maybe it can be lean. it is a big problem! you have to come to the car service!" and i went to the car service. problem solved. Ahmet Gökçek from Turkey

Submitted: 12/04/2014 10:59:33 | ID: 94122

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Alan, Norfolk

Toyota Aygo

Why no CD layer in the new Aygo's ?

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Because it's got USB, Bluetooth and Aux In connectivity instead. Transfer your CD collection to a USB stick. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 07/02/2017 14:25:24 | ID: 138775

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Sarath, Greater London

Toyota Yaris

I need to by o2 sensar. In my car witch sensar do I have to by

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The O2 sensor. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 03/02/2017 11:37:37 | ID: 138637

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John Gonzalez , Hertfordshire

Toyota Hiace

Ran out of diesel,refilled but now won't start, rac came and still couldn't get it started ,primed it loosened off injectors to let air out ,got diesel at injectors turns over great but won't start !,, any ideas ? Would be greatly appreciated.

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engine timing Odie from Iceland

Submitted: 11/01/2017 15:57:38 | ID: 138024

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Mark, Czech Republic

Toyota Hiace 2005

I have 2005 D4D Hi-Ace 4x4 (EU version, PowerVan). I noticed water collecting on the floor behind the passenger seats, probably after rain. I have tried to trace the problem and found out that the whole silencing mat under the floor cover in the front is soaked with water. I followed the wet mat and it seems like the water is coming from above the passenger side footwell (right side, my vehicle is LHD). Even the silencing mat on the wall dividing the passenger footwell and the engine is wet. The questions: - Where is the water coming from? Have anybody had a similar problem? - When water gets underneath the grill next to the wipers (normal situation, eg. in rain), how does is get out? Is there a drain somewhere? My wild guess is that it might be clogged and then water gets inside through the air ducts (?). - Where is the cabin air filter located? I expected to find it under the grill, but there is just a large hollow space with wiper arm and a large raised opening on the passenger side, which might an air intake (?). (D4D 4x4)

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I've got the same problem & hav jus brought a 2003 Toyota hiace I've noticed it comes back after drying & it hasn't rained for days where I am & there's almost puddles of water almost like its condesation but my knolidge of vehicles is terrible & am desperate to find out. Damon Vinyard from Suffolk

I've got the same problem & hav jus brought a 2003 Toyota hiace I've noticed it comes back after drying & it hasn't rained for days where I am & there's almost puddles of water almost like its condesation but my knolidge of vehicles is terrible & am desperate to find out. Damon Vinyard from Suffolk

Hi Mark, Did you figure this out in the end? Got the exact same problem. Thanks charlie mosse from Bath and North East Somerset

Submitted: 28/05/2013 15:16:40 | ID: 55573

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ian plane, Kent

Toyota Picnic

Car won't start just cut out replaced fuel pump as RAC. thought this was the problem car still will not start is there a fuel cut off anyware checked fuse and relay this is fuel injected can this have air in the system any ideas would be appreciated I'm unable to find a workshop Manuel for the picnic is there another vehicle that shares the same engine and auxiliary items

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Toyota manufactured this vehicle from 1995 to 2009. It would certainly help if you stated the year of the car, whether petrol or diesel and which engine size. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Hi it's a Toyota picnic P reg which I think is 96/97 2.0 L Petrol fuel injected it's a GLS 6 seater ian plane from Kent

Submitted: 28/01/2017 08:50:10 | ID: 138459

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Lazarus, Zimbabwe

Toyota Hilux

I have a 2010 Hilux 2.5D4D... the engine went off whilist i was driving...I then tried to start it and it couldnt.My friend jump started me and it ran for a few kilometers and went off again.We replaced the voltage controller on the alternator..we checked if the alternator was charging and realised it was charging at 13,8v ....it ran for 2days..then on the third day i tried to start it again but it couldnt start.I checked whether the alternator is charging and i realised it wasn't.What could be affecting it?

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Dead alternator R Evans from Caerphilly

Hi did you find the problem with the engine, does it have a twin battery? Mike Mike C from Monmouthshire

Submitted: 14/01/2016 11:18:05 | ID: 126116

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Amjid, West Yorkshire

Toyota Picnic

Hi My tail light, dash board light and number plate light is out. I have tried replacing the 10a fuse under the steering well, and it blows straight away when I flick the dim lights on. I've tried 4 or 5 fuses now and even tried a 15amp fuse and still the same problem. My tail light bulbs are all fine as just checked them. Last night when I added the fuse it remained fine when I turned the dim on and everything worked, however half hour later and after trying again, it blew. Can you tell me if there is a relay fuse under the bonnet also which could be blown and if so where and which one is it ? How can I eliminate each problem to find the cause ? Someone tells me there is a black relay fuse near the passenger side under the bonnet and to replace that but not too sure if I should or not. Please help. Thanks

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Hi I've sussed it. It seems it was the rear brake might bulb which had its springs misaligned and causing a short. Found out by removing all rear bulbs and then inserted the fuse and switched on. It didn't blow, which meant front lights were ok, so then I inserted each rear bulb one at a time and kept testing the switch until I got to the last bulb which was the brake light bulb and upon closer inspection, the metal clips that are on the outside of the bulb were not in their grooves, so pushed them back in place and then tested everything and all good. Hope this helps someone having similar problems. Thanks Amjid from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 05/01/2017 14:50:32 | ID: 137839

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Janine Mainprize, Kent

Toyota Aygo

Hi, bought An Aygo, and have had intermittent problems starting the car. The car has been checked three times at Motorline, and a full diagnostic investigation has been carried out, but I was told they could not find any faults. Just wondered whether anyone else has had similar problems. We have purchased seven brand new Toyota cars in the past, and had a similar problem with an Aygo before, but they managed to rectify the problem.

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Remove starter unit and spay WD40 inside the bendix drive mechanism. Works on mine. Henry from Greater London

Submitted: 10/03/2016 20:07:04 | ID: 128828

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Patrick, Australia

Toyota Hiace 2001

Hi, I have a 3ltr diesel van. I drive quite a bit on the freeway and the van is at 3,000 rpm when I’m doing about 100 kph. The van makes quite a bit of noise and I’m thinking this can’t be great on the engine. I have been told if I change the diff sequence this will lessen the rpms and also be a little better on diesel. Can someone please tell me if this is true and is it worth doing. If so, in someone’s opinion, is it worth doing? ie price? Thanks.

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Lowering the RPM is unlikely to make the economy better. These engines are very noisy at all speeds, you just have to put up with it (My work one is auto, and VERY loud). Increasing the gear ratios will probably make fuel consumption WORSE, as it’s always trying harder to maintain the same speed at less engine RPM (It has to put out MORE power per RPM, so more fuel is required each power stroke). People often gear taller for better economy, and it very rarely works. Each individual engine has a range of engine speed which it is most efficient at, and a big square van has FAR more resistance to overcome than a small sleek car. There’s nothing wrong with 3000 rpm. It’s considered a low to mid engine speed. I’ve had small cars that do over 4000 at 100km/h and they lasted for years and hundreds of thousands of kms Allan from New Zealand

I have the 2002 Hiace with 5L 3 litre Diesel which I thought the same when I got it, so took the diff ratio from std 4.1:1 ratio to 3.7:1 which cost me nearly $2.5k not to mention the speedo sender conversion box, another $500 bucks fitted. Yes, it did drop the RPM and made it all sound a lot smoother and quieter on the freeway to Sydney. Yippee! But fuel consumption went up, and my powerband went out the window! Now when it spots a hill or even a slight incline, it quivers and I have to hit fourth to make sure its wound up or else it falters down to about 70k or lower (especially on those hills between Gosford and Sydney) Hmmmm big mistake, my only option now is to return it to maybe 3.9:1 or original 4.1:1 or maybe look at Turbocharging it. I am looking into the cost and effectiveness of the latter or may get into the newer shape but have heard some nasties about them too. I’ll see after assessing cost. So my advice, leave it alone and sing songs to yourself! Hope this helps. Cheers Zaid Rogan from Australia

"Lowering the RPM is unlikely to make the economy better". This is statement is inaccurate, author might want to learn a bit more the basic principles of a diesel engine! I have a Hiace 2.4 TD, same problem with the low gearing and the 5 spd gearbox. I’m not sure if alternative differential ratios were offered in the UK, but I would change the diff if an alternative was available. Or swap for another van with 6 gears Derv from England

Ha Patrick u can change the diff head in your hiace van . Did mine in a 2004 model. it was 4.1open diff put 3.7 lsd in dropped the revs from 3 thousand to 2.7 thousand revs At 100kms Cost me $750 for the diff head .fitted it my self Sold the old one for $450 . I get about seven more litrers per tank of diesel Speedos out buy 10kms .just brought a navman GPS has Speedo on it .....its worth doing should have done my years ago ..not reving it's guts out and cheaper on gas Hope it helps Geoff from new Zealand Geoff from New Zealand

Submitted: 03/02/2012 15:47:12 | ID: 73133

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Lowmion, Australia

Toyota Hiace

Hi We own a 2001 lwb hi-ace van, and on a reasonably hot day (39 degs Celsius) after a full days work, the radiator warning light came on and the oil can over water light flickers on and off as it wishes, and the temp gauge went up to high, this all started whilst the vehicle was operating, but after letting it cool down and checking the oil and water leveks were full , the warning lights still persist. Questions are ; why would it overheat in 38 degs Celsius. why are the warning lights still on after its cooled down and why did they come on at all ?

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all my lights on a 06 model for a week it was it alltenator letting me know it was failing rory from Ireland

Submitted: 03/01/2017 10:56:12 | ID: 137745

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David Lloyd, Shropshire

Toyota Previa 2001

My Toyota Previa`s fifth gear is not working. It seems like a broken shaft or cogs, all other gears work fine. Does anyone know where I can get it fixed or replaced with a second hand gearbox? Cheers.

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Depending on the model but this is a common problem which just needs the fifth cog and selector replacing. You can find the parts on ebay for about 200 pounds. However there are a number of different variations (how many teeth ) so go to one that will check against your VIN. Finding someone who will do it is your next problem. Ian from West Sussex

Submitted: 28/11/2013 09:58:02 | ID: 58682

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Mughal, West Yorkshire

Toyota Corolla Verso

Hi I have got Toyota Corolla Verso 2.2 D4D 55 plate. I help my neighbour jump start his car while doing so my car stopped twice, after that it was ok then few days later it started doing poor idling and revs go up and down when car is warm. Got it checked by the 2 mechanics they saying different things one says injectors and other says injector fuel pump. A friend of mine checked with OBD 2 and comes as P1238 which is fuel pump secondary circuit (Relay/fuse). Toyota calls it EFI relay/fuse. Can someone help locate that resay/fuse for me? I want to do this myself or with my friend and mechanics. Your help is much appreciated. Regards Mughal

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P1238 means different things to different manufacturers Ford, PSA etc. P1238 alone for Toyota means Injectior Malfunction" but if reported along with other codes can mean Fuel Pump Secondary Circuit. I believe your EFI relay is located in the fuse box in the engine bay, it will be identified in the fuse box legend. You may try to switch the horn relay just to see if it fixes the problem. The EFI relay is fed by a 15 amp fuse in the same box which will be identified on the fuse box label. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Thanks HUGH. I try that and get back to you. Regards Mughal from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 05/01/2017 15:54:59 | ID: 137841

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DERMOT, Ireland

Toyota Avensis

When I start my car in morning or when it is lying for a while it will splutter or( knock) for a few seconds followed by plume of grey smoke and less than ten seconds it's all over, car runs ok and no smoke

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There is a red light on the dash of my Toyota venisis 2012 2lt Adrian from Armagh

Submitted: 12/11/2016 10:57:45 | ID: 136633

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