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Crazy Cat Lady

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Crazy Cat Lady last won the day on September 26 2018

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    Good Food & wine, music, home audio, gardening, DIY, cycling, cats!
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    G7 Red Edition

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  1. Plenty of potholes around here, and often can't be avoided due to on-coming traffic ( i suppose coilovers & lowering springs don't help matters too ) Meanwhile, job done this morning, took an hour and a half. With the car up on the ramp at a convenient height we took the opportunity to replace a few popper-studs that hold the inner wheel arch trim, seems trivial but when they go missing the flimsy plastics flap with a loud BANG! every time the car bumps over a pothole... which is more often than i'd like Anyway, alls well that ends well, Celica purring along nice a quiet again now
  2. Blueprint (?) i've read both good and bad reports about Blueprint on this forum, but let's be hopeful. And besides. going by my annual milage it will take me the next 24 years to clock up 60k
  3. Within 30 seconds of my car going up on the garage ramp, my mechanic diagnosed; front - left wheel bearing I had a go myself, all wheels spin smoothy except the front-left which spins with rumbly feel He said there is no play in the wheel at present, and the problem isn't at a bad stage yet, but it needs doing. A replacement [ Blueprint ] is ordered for replacement to go ahead on Thursday. He also said he gets 'em in his garage a heck of a lot worse and without people even knowing something is wrong! Blimey, remarkable how some drivers can ignore a noise that like! In all my hundred and forty years of motoring i've never had a wheel bearing fail before, so this is a new experience for me. and i've stopped panicking now, not a serious problem, and nought wrong with the CV Phew! Makes me wonder why it failed at 63k miles tho', i know tyres are usually the culprit for noisy noises and they say Celica wheel bearings are super-duper reliable. It enforces my theory about the past years rainy weather, floods, surface water on roads, puddles... added to the fact my Celica is parked up 5 days a week, and often goes a whole week between drives, maybe wheel bearings need to be used more frequently or they start to rust up if left stationary for too many days (?)
  4. Thanks for replies, guys. I'm wondering if one of the wheels bearings has some water ingress. So much rain this year, and the roads around here get horrible puddled up in places. The gearbox changes fine, the oil replaced with Redline MT-90 in 2015. The tyres are Michelin Cross-climate and all in fabulous condition. We will get it up on the garage ramp tomorrow for a proper inspection. Debs
  5. Problem seems to have developed over past few days, it's not very loud, have to turn the radio off to hear it. Car passed the MOT a couple of weeks ago with very good health ...so problem maybe not an MOT issue (?) A transmission type whining / humming that gets higher in pitch as car speed increases. Gets more noticeable at higher speed, and unaffected by gear changes which work fine. And rather like a washing machine pulsating sound when it spins a bit out of balance, and more intense at higher speed. Brakes are fine. Steering fine. Suspension fine No notable vibrations though steering wheel. <> Will have to wait until Monday when friends garage is open before we can get underneath for inspection Whatever it is, i hope it's not going to be a big expense job
  6. Arrived with this mornings post. Haven't fitted them yet, put on the window sill to be admired for a while first
  7. The advise on this thread is very good, most winter checks/service nicely covered already. But just to reiterate a good one from earlier, a good time to check brake pad wear, pull out the calliper slider pins and clean and re-lube with fresh silicone brake grease. The annual oil/filter change service & MOT is due on my G7 in early November, so half way though October we do a pre MOT check combined with winter preparation. The oily rag gives the suspension parts [and other parts] a wipe over and this followed by a waxy preservative spray, okay not guaranteed to last out the entire winter but far better than doing nuffin'. Another often forgotten about but very easy and inexpensive check/replace is the cabin interior air filter, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Borg-Beck-Cabin-Pollen-Interior-Air-Filter-BFC1023/192213009589 a nice clean cabin filter will help keep the windscreen from fogging up
  8. If the problem yours has is anything like my A/C problem, then it could be an old bashed up and leaking condenser that seen better days. They sit right in-front of the cooling system radiator where they can get knocked about by stones and debris from under the spoiler. I'm not positively sure this is the [only] problem on mine, but last year i had mine re-gassed [ and all done properly ] but only to find the A/C lasted a nice couple of months but then didn't. The compressor seems to work fine but the coolant is leaking out somewhere. I'm willing to gamble it's the condenser on mine and will soon be changing it for a new one.
  9. For the past couple of years i've had an Avensis Ferodo front disc eBay listing below in my watch list. Please don't take my word that it's the correct fit for our Avensis upgrade to Celica hub, it needs confirmation from the mechanical experts here! It's also the eBay dealer 'Autosessive' [ based in Chester ] that is mentioned in above post by maizey ^ https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ferodo-DDF1315-Front-Right-Left-Brake-Discs-Pair-Vented-295mm-x-26mm-5-Hole/401440863377 I believe the criteria in question is the stud hole patten. Please can someone confirm...?
  10. The only coating we could tell is the oily film that gets wiped off with the brake cleaner I dunno if the gold and black colour coatings are any different [ i suspect not ] It's probably the case all discs rust cos they be made of steel, so we may as well paint some protection on, only aesthetically pleasing but nice to keep things smart and tidy. Which make of discs did you buy ? Next time i need discs i'll probably buy Ferodo, i rather like their pads. They will probably rust just the same but the price is good value for money.
  11. I had M-Tecs fitted four years ago, no squeals but the special rust prevention silver colour coating is a debatable joke; 48 hours from fitting they started rusting with the first drop of rain. Painting the hub parts before fitting is a very good idea, painting them after-fitting is a lot more faff. IMO Rose gold is the best colour - well chosen! Photo from July 2015
  12. It's a shame we need to cart around a spare wheel - that really does weigh heavy. A lightweight get-me-home spare wheel maybe all we need (?) The last time i punctured and had to put the spare on was 1988
  13. IMO it looks an improvement over the old swishy whip aerial, but when i [ briefly ] tried it the reception became a lot worse I suppose it could depend upon where you live, and if your tuner and aerial are digital (?) Is that the gas mens van across the road - by any chance?
  14. Went to see my mechanic mate who kindly let me use his ramp for a little while. Under the car i found the cause of a sharp clattery bang type noise every time i drove over a bump; Relieved to find nothing serious - just a couple of popper studs missing from front-nearside wheel arch inner trim - so replaced. Also noticed the rear fixings of the silencer exhaust shield had worn though so that was clanging too, so secured it firmly on with zip ties from the [worn too enlarged] heat shield holes to wrap a hold around rear sub-frame, bit of a bodge but a nicely done bodge and all noises gone now A shampoo and polish later back at home, and some tyre dressing. It got a bit too dark by then to take a photo but believe me it looks cute
  15. Somehow have full confidence your paint job will be fine, Master Flex!
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