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Everything posted by ams

  1. Spacer Fitment Advice

    So the advice has always been to finger tighten them and apply loctite. I found on more than one occasion when customers brought cars in with them fitted that when I removed the wheel nut the stud would come out with it. Whenever I have fitted them I have applied loctite and used the 2 nut 2 spanner method to tighten them and Ive never seen one come back out.
  2. I'm locked out of my car... HELP

    Yes because people dont use the locks because they always use the fob - the cars are now 12-18 years old I usually find the drivers lock is ok but the other 2 can be seized. The other thing is that if your key will have worn to your barrel over time - but your lock wont have had the same wear. If you keep a lot of keys on the bunch (or keyrings) it slowly wears the key and barrel away - as it constantly swings with weight on it as you drive.
  3. I'm locked out of my car... HELP

    The way the inside lock is on the Celica it's very hard to push with something from the outside. You have to open the lock before pulling the handle id be careful about using the airbag to push the window out as I think it would bend the regulator - but the gen7 window regulators are dirt cheap as well anyway. use normal oil and dip the key in it and then run it in and out of the lock, dip again and repeat, each time try the lock both ways. I would try this for about an hour. the bonnet release runs under the drivers side wheel arch.you will need to remove the plastic arch liner. But to open it you will need to cut the outer cover so that you can pull on the cable inside. You will then need to replace the cable. It's the same setup as bicycle brake cables. Keep trying the lock the way I said above - just gentle though - be patient it will work.
  4. Accident damage.

    if the insurance company have taken it away just bear in mind that you many have to pay to have it recovered back to you
  5. Accident damage.

    they shouldnt really be offering it you if its going to be a cat B Keep it, remove the engine and my an mr2 with a blown engine to swap in
  6. I'm locked out of my car... HELP

    if you get really stuck - smash one of the door glasses - I have them for £10 , dont break the small quarter glass but would put oil on the key and then push it in and out lots of times - adding oil each time - that usually frees them off
  7. Accident damage.

    I sold a mint red premium one with a rebuilt engine for £950 about 5 years ago. That only had 92,000 on it. It took a fair while to sell as well. The prices have only fallen since then.
  8. Lambda sensor Q

    Wont do any harm changing it but if you have a sports cat with a low cell count then the code is just telling you that its not good enough
  9. Tips to fit rubber pedal covers

    just give the rest a tug, use a screwdriver under it and pull
  10. 2001 vvtli

    That sounds like the Alarm ECU is faulty- I have a few cheap - drop me a message if you need one
  11. 2001 vvtli

    are you using the fob to unlock the car or the physical key?
  12. Lambda sensor Q

    420 is cat not sensor
  13. 2001 vvtli

    Sunroof sounds like the chains in the mechanism are gone - I have some mechanisms going fairly cheap if you need one When you changed the calipers did you change the carriers too? How much is the imbalance?
  14. Accident damage.

    I personally think 1285 for a 140 is quite a good price. Although you insured it with a value of £2000 - thats not the same as an agreed value policy (usually applied to classic cars) - that usually requires a valuation to be performed or pictures etc to be sent in before they agree it on policy. You can pick up facelift 190s with similar mileage in good condition for that sort of money now. facelift 140s with 100k on the clock rarely fetch over a £1000 these days
  15. Wright Off Valuation

    Unfortunately the engine counts for nothing - unless you have specialist insurance with agreed value Whats the mileage on the car?
  16. i was doing 650 miles a week on a 280,000 miles car until recently When the car was newer I was regularly doing 1500-2000 miles a week. I have converted my car to LPG which costs about 10p a mile on average
  17. Lambda sensor Q

    Cable on the 140 one is too short to fit the 190 - that is for pre-cat Post cat is the same
  18. 1. Check there are no leaks, particularly between idle control valve and throttle body 2. Check the idle control valve is not stuck 3. Check the cable stop hasnt been adjusted so its staying partially open 4. Play with the adjuster screw if its there
  19. The problem is with using the AC is that once you start using it, you constantly have to use it to demist the windows. If you stop and let it dry out over a few weeks it clears up. Also cleaning the windows from the inside dramatically reduces how much they mist up
  20. check for water under the spare wheel and also remove the rear seat base and check there is no water under ther
  21. Red or Orange Gen1 Celica

    my ta22 when I stripped all the paint off - had about 20 layers of paint - from memory - it was black - primer - matt black - primer - blue - red - yellow - and a few more primers in between - I used a fair few gallons of starchem to get it all of. I painted it thunder grey - but when it gets painted again I think I will go to the original yellow. Wont take as long to strip it back this time... anyway I would go with the original colour, although it does look nice in red
  22. Selling a car... Test drives?

    i hate selling cars - used to sell a lot years ago - lots of day dreamers and time wasters who will spend half an hour going over the car and test driving it before offering you half the money. last car I sold i was a lot more resistant to test drives and would point out all the faults and be clear that the price was firm - this flushed out a lot of people from turning up and a fair few on test drives - did end up practically giving the car away in the end because my attitude put off a lot of people. Any one who wanted a test drive I took there driving licence from them first - probably wouldn't do much but at least stops them doing a runner if something bad does happen.
  23. No MoT for 40 Year Old Cars

    The argument is usually that they are owned by enthusiasts who keep up with maintenance but in my experience - this can often mean bodged jobs A few years back we had a mk1 mini come in for an mot- the bodywork and interior had been restored but underneath it was completely rotten so much so the tester ticked the dangerous to be on the road box on the bottom of the failure sheet
  24. Celica return?

    Id imagine they will wait until the celica name has a significant cult following so that when it is released it has some impact. I reckon the supra name is at that point now so reckon they will release the talked about BMW/Toyota as a supra, celica is probably another 5-10 years away
  25. Which Gearbox Should I Choose?

    if you have paid for a repair id fit that one