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  2. Alexis1jz

    1992 Soarer 1JZ (Sitting 11 years)

    The above pics are when I first saw it. Below pics is more of it as time goes on, To say the car was filthy is an understatement, and it still is. But all in good time 😉
  3. Thank you Herbie, appreciated. I see what you mean about the fusebox cover not fitting with piggybacks in place. I’ll have to tuck the lid away under there for safekeeping......
  4. First_Lexus

    Paint issues?

    Just looking at the new RAV4 online and the design seems to be similar to my old CRV with fewer painted areas lower down at the front and large(ish) areas of plastic moulding on the lower doors. Mind you, the wheel arch design looks very odd to my eyes, so it isn't all good. The current NX is a far better looking vehicle imho.
  5. The-Acre

    VSC

    Yes it did!
  6. Tulpen

    VSC

    And, even though there was a nut and a couple of washers left over...…….the car still ran perfectly.😁
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  8. The-Acre

    VSC

    It was a lot easier in the days when you could whip off the cylinder head and grind the valves on the kitchen table to pass a couple of hours on a Saturday!
  9. Spend a few hours underneath yesterday and will share observations and progress: When the height level sensor is unplugged, the afs light flashes. Though I forgot to plug in my laptop at the same time to see if it reported any DTCs. Was really surprised that the dash display did not show the levelling fault. Initial observations of the rusty linkage bolts made me think that it would be impossible to remove thrm without shearing them off. In the end I managed to successfully remove the two which held the sensor bracket. However, unfortunately the bolt on the bottom ball joint sheared when the nut was half way off. Luckily, there was just enough remaining to get 3/4 of a nut on it! Phew. Having got the sensor off, I discovered that one of the coil spring connectors was badly rusted. And one of the fragile sliding contacts turned to dust when I looked at it. I tried to clean the rusty spring and rebend the other copper contact to make a connection, but the resistance values were all over the place when l had finished. New sensor is required. Having put it all back together, the headlights are still too low (predictably), the afs light does not flash and the lights don't dance on start-up. I'm hopeful that replacing the sensor will fix the height of the beams, but we'll have to see what that does to the startup dance. There seems to be plenty of choice on eBay around £25 for replacement sensors in the UK ( Chinese and Hong Kong stock is half the price, but takes a while to arrive). Does anybody have any experience of these after market sensors - are any worse quality than any of the others?
  10. BigChange

    100k Service

    Complex mechanics beyond me but thanks for the informative and well presented post and utube video. Must remember to extend my warranty ! 😵
  11. The expansion tank on the RX is not pressurised. When the coolant heats up and expands, it pushes past a spring-loaded valve in the radiator cap and fills the expansion tank. When the coolant cools and contracts, a vacuum is creates and the coolant in the expansion tank is sucked past a second valve in the radiator cap to maintain the coolant level. If the return valve is stuck, or the small bore pipe from the expansion tank to the radiator neck is blogged, the coolant can't return to the radiator. The vacuum caused by the contracting coolant causes the hoses to collapse. The good news is you have no leaks in the coolant system, but it does need seeing to as it will affect coolant flow at colder engine temperatures. An aftermarket radiator cap shouldn't break the bank and neither should checking the expansion tank hose for a blockage.
  12. MLW

    VSC

    Funny enough I had a front bank 2 oxygen senor fail on of the 4 lamda sensors), and the VSC light came on about 300 miles later. Car was running very well with no symptoms. When it was replaced the engine management light went off and the VSC light went off. Nervously I waited about 150 miles and switched it on and off, and on and off via the dash button and all worked normally. The mysteries of a modern car computer!!!
  13. First_Lexus

    Paint issues?

    My 2015 Honda CR-V had unpainted plastic half way up the front bumper, and large plastic mouldings on the bottoms of the doors. That worked pretty well, much better than lots of brittle paint in vulnerable areas as the NX has.
  14. Habu

    Paint issues?

    My previous Toyotas have chipped terribly. Hopefully, the RAVs shape may keep some chips away from painted areas.
  15. Ceramicolive

    possible purchase

    Just a follow up on this, I didn't go to see it as when I rang the dealer he said they didn't know anything about it's history they had just bought it from an auction, I know it is cheap but I'd rather spend a bit more and avoid a pup. So I'm still looking for a nice example, the only colour I wouldn't want is black or white. If anyone is thinking of selling let me know.
  16. JeffL

    Paint issues?

    Do they use the same paint on Toyotas? Just thinking about the new RAV4 as a possibility.
  17. First_Lexus

    Paint issues?

    I have to say, I do find my NX - and my previous NX was the same - particularly prone to stone chipping. I've only done 5k miles in 8 months but have more stone chips already than on nearly any other car I've owned, even after years and thousands of miles. It's disappointing for a premium brand, and used Lexus vehicles I've looked at also seem to suffer badly.
  18. As it was feeling a bit like Spring today, I decided to tackle my filthy NX which has a GTechniq ceramic coat applied. She hadn't been cleaned for a month, and was caked in mud from the rural lanes where I live. I knew I was in for a session rather than a quick maintenance wash. 1. Bilt-Hamber snow foam (using Nilfisk pressure washer) 2. Decontamination using CarPro TriX 3. Body wash using Bilt-Hamber auto wash (wheels with Bilt-Hamber Auto-Wheel) Once dry... 4. Water spots removed using FSE 5. Layer of Bilt-Hamber Double Speed wax applied 6. c2v3 applied to finish 7. Wheels finished with Bouncers Looking Sweet 8. Glass finished with Bouncers Look Sharp 9. Tyres finished with Bouncers Dress to Impress 10. All door shuts and under bonnet washed and finished with c2v3 11. Exterior plastics maintained using Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel 12. Finally, a few small stone chips were touched in. My neighbours think I'm insane, but admit the car is looking pretty good, even though the sun has gone in...☹️
  19. You need to buy a multimeter for testing. You can get cheap ones for under a tenner but even a very decent on can be had for under £30. Lots available for next day delivery on Amazon, eBay or even CPC Once you know which is permanent and which is switched, you can then happily use 'add-a-fuse' piggybacks, although you'll probably find that the fusebox cover will no longer fit unless you doctor it with a Dremel or suchlike.
  20. SH20

    Negotiating for a new ES

    Placed the order yesterday for the ES with Premium Pack. No difference to the final 3 PCP deals as all included the 5 years free servicing. However I pushed all 3 dealers further and got one to agree to a Protection Pack, a £400 accessory, winter rubber mats, boot liner and a stainless steel lip trim for the rear bumper. One dealer just said no and another asked if they could include it would I sign up. As the second dealer said yes immediately the choice was made. Wasn't surprised by the dealer who agreed to the P/Pack as he supplied my last car a pre owned LS460 I bought in 2015. Now that was a great car. I'm told July 1st is when the car should come into the UK. Anyone considering a PCP should be aware that you have no equity in the deal even when you have part exchanged a car. The options are very clear, 1. trade the car in for another car after the PCP term is up, 2. buy the car at the end of the PCP or 3. give it back. HP finance is different, you only own it at the end the agreement but you have equity if you have paid money into the deal either with cash or a trade in. My risk with a PCP is croaking before I get chance to buy the car which I intend to do. My deal was a max deposit of £11,000 and £5,000 cash back so my £11,000 contribution is lost if I default or die during the term. Once you get past 50% of the payments including the 30% deposit you can hand it back without penalty. At worst maybe an exit fee. You can also overpay during the term but only after a qualifying period so Toyota finance get a chance to make some money out of you first. I believe it's 6 months before you can start overpaying to reduce your monthly payments. Lots to consider but I'm up for it. Never owned a new car ever. Just had Company cars during my working life. Took my front and rear dash cams out of my GS450h as I'm letting the dealer have it now to secure the trade in figure rather than trading it in June/July. I have a brand GS450h (Gen 4, 2012) boot liner going cheap if anyone knows someone with a GS. I Live in Leeds, can't post it. PM me if interested.
  21. Wow, $45 is cheap. I’ll check with my local centre what the price is - assuming said part is available in the UK. Thanks. Habu
  22. Agreed, it looks like the normal footrest has been 'repaired'.
  23. Twellsie

    Post your Pics

    thanks, ys its on BC Racing coilovers
  24. If anyone’s interested.... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173798343585
  25. Alexis1jz

    1992 Soarer 1JZ (Sitting 11 years)

    Hi Texas, Yes a very good chance belt has jumped, will take cam covers off today and see what’s happening under the cams. There is a HKS t/belt and Toyota tensioners on route, might even just pull the engine altogether and start the quest for power straight away. I know if I just get it up and running normally I’ll enjoy driving it too much and never do the engine build. So maybe best to just start now. End goal is 800hp!
  26. Yes, the job is similar, in how to and level of difficulty....
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