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  1. Another one from the Swiss trip in 2009 (there were as many in front too).
  2. Having come from years of owning escorts and talbots as my toys, I noticed a massive difference in the quality of steel used by Toyota, both for body metalwork and fixings. On a ford, a body panel would go from a stone chip to a hole in a year or 2, and leaving any surface rust when repairing would mean doing it again within a couple of years. Very different story on the Celica. Likewise bolts which have been there for 20 years just take half a turn with a breaker bar and out they come with fingers, very different from bolts which are rusted solid within a year. This is why I alway
  3. It will be a vibration damper for the same reason as dual mass crank pulleys. Any spring plus mass combination (and metal is springy) will resonate at a particular frequency. In the case of driveshafts, this will be a certain speed. If kept at that speed constantly and without the damping, the flexing of the metal will lead to fatigue and snapped driveshaft. The big question is what speed is the resonance, and how long do you spend driving at that speed. A very informative thread on the subject. http://www.gt4dc.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6120&hilit=resona
  4. If you passed the test in 2013 then I'm guessing you're fairly young so worth investing the time and money for the extra entitlement you'll find useful for the rest of your life. I certainly have, it makes so many things so much easier. Trailers don't need tax, MOT or insurance unlike an extra vehicle which would otherwise be needed for occasional larger loads.
  5. The question is one better determined by looking at the government guidance. You licence should state what you are allowed to drive. My memory is that from 1997, you were only allowed to tow tiny trailers (200Kg or 400Kg from memory) without taking a separate trailer test, however: https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car NOTE - MAM includes what the vehicle / trailer is rated to carry, not the actual weight. i.e. an empty transit is stil 3500Kg. This is the spanner in the works. A trailer rated to carry a 1.5 tonne car (Celica) is likely to
  6. There are also rubber fuel lines in the tank and under the bonnet, plus injector seals. That doesn't necessarily mean they're natural rubber or even a type of rubber affected by Ethanol. From memory, copper is one of the worst affected materials, although that may be for methanol.
  7. The engine was running, you wouldn't have heard him
  8. Was the non-runner a celica ? Bearing in mind we've been running E5 for years which contains ethanol, I would expect to have had problems by now. Also bear in mind that rubber perishes with age anyway, and being still is often worse than being flexed. Tyres are a classic example.
  9. I can try to get photos tomorrow, not got a Celica at home at the moment. My memory tells me that methanol is the really nasty one, Ethanol not so bad. If the system copes with 5% ethanol, then I doubt it would have a problem with 10%.
  10. E10 will run a little lean which should be compensated by the closed loop control from the lambda sensor. Ethanol has a higher RON than petrol so detonation shouldn't be a problem. The biggest potential danger is the GT4 version which goes open loop on boost and will therefore run weaker at a time when running weak can melt things. Standard ECU's have a goos safety margin so should be ok. Aftermarket ECU's are another story.
  11. I wasn't suggesting a full remap - just determining how it's set up and either replacing a faulty O2 sensor or tweaking the idle cells as appropriate. If you would prefer to spend money swapping components without diagnosing, then I would start with the O2 sensor. There's a good change a plug & play link would connect to the standard narrowband sensor and run closed loop on it.
  12. High CO is usually a sign of rich mixture - shortage of oxygen produces CO instead of CO2.. That would have been confirmed by lambda reading being low. It all depends on how the ECU has been wired and configured as to what the problem might be. It will need someone who understands these things to look at it and diagnose. From memory, the Link importer was Thor near Birmingham. Looking at your location that may be a good place to start. One of my locals had his car mapped there and they seemed reasonable to deal with. Looking at the map afterwards it seemed reasonably sa
  13. It says boost map analyser, so I suspect it's probably a boost controller or add on for one. I very much doubt it would affect a link ECU. The big question is whether the link is running closed loop, and whether that is from wideband or standard O2 sensor. If it is closed loop then the sensor is probably duff. If not, then it may need a tweak. If you can post up all the figures it will give more clue as to what is wrong. It may not be mixture out at all but a duff cat, exhaust air leak or some other problem. Is it a G3 or G4 link ? The G3 is very difficult t
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