Fixing a Toyota Avensis

Toyota Avensis 'fix em up' project. It's needed some work but it's finally coming together. Here's what I've done so far.

There are many amazing and creative car projects occuring all over the world at any given moment, however this particular project is not one of them!

The MOT certificate for this 165,000 mile Toyota Avensis 1.8 VVT-i T2 expired back in November and it needs a number of repairs before the retest. With a fresh MOT, this Toyota Avensis should make a solid family runabout as the car enters it's twilight years. It drives nicely indeed, so I hope to have it spruced up and ready for spring time, where it'll hopefully find a new home.


What I've fixed so far...


Screenwash pump

When pulling the screen wash stalk, there was nothing. No sound, nothing sprayed on the screen, nothing. The rear screen wash worked fine so it wasn't a blown fuse. Guess the front washer pump was broken, so I fitted a brand new one and hey presto, the windscreen washers are now working! Bit of a fiddle removing some of the wheel arch and the bumper, but very easy to swap over the pump. Just remember to empty the screen wash bottle BEFORE pulling the pump out, unless you want to be soaked with 4 litres of screen wash, like I was!!laughing


Cleaned the MAF sensor and throttle body

The check-engine light was permanently illuminated when I first began working on the car, so took out the MAF sensor and had a look at the state of the wires inside the unit. One side of the sensor end was caked in dirt, which was likely throwing off an incorrect air flow reading to the ECU, so I used some CRC Air Sensor cleaner to clear the crud. A few short blasts and the dirt was removed. 

The engine idle speed would also drop rather low once the engine was up to temperature, typically when dipping the clutch at a junction. This can often be attributed to a build up of gunk around the bottom edge of the throttle body plate, restricting the correct amount of air from entering the combustion chamber at idle speeds. I cleaned out the throttle body and following an ECU reset, the check engine light has now disappeared.


Changed both front wheel hubs

Both front wheel bearings were on their way out, so I ordered some replacement hubs from ebay and fitted those instead. Removing the ABS sensors from the hub end on cars of this mileage almost always results in the sensor bolts shearing off, which is exactly what happened when I tried to remove the passenger side ABS sensor!. Replacement hubs and ABS sensors now fitted and all is well.


From a mechanical perspective, I think the car is pretty much ready for the MOT. It drives quite nicely and (compared to my Volvo S60) soaks up the bumps very well. It's a refined car all things considered, especially when compared to my partners Toytoa Yaris!

Final things to do:

  • Fix the Airbag warning light
  • Clean up inside.
  • New Wiper blades
  • Check all exterior bulbs are working (I think a headlamp has blown)
  • Final oil change

Once I've finished everything on the list, she will be up for Sale smile


Tags: FentonsCarWorld, Car Projects, Toyota, Avensis, 1.8 16v, Car Sales, MAF Sensor, ABS Sensor, Wheel Hub, CRC Mass Air Flow Sensor Cleaner, Ebay, MOT, Screenwash Pump, VVT-i

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