BailOut's Yaris

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by BailOut, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    It's not like any car is easy to work on but the Yaris has got to be up there. Every maintenance component is "right there" in plain sight and easily reachable unless you've got thick arms.

    All fluid fill points are visible and accessible in the top area of the engine bay.

    To change the spark plugs you remove the 4 10mm nuts on the cowling and set it aside. Just underneath it you'll see the 4 coil-over-plug boots. Pull them upward and out of the way. Use an extension with your deep well socket to remove the plugs from the wells. It's worth noting that the car isn't due for its first tune up until 100k miles.

    To change the oil filter come from the front of the engine bay and look down. It's about half way down the front assembly and easily reachable. If you use an oil filter with a wrench-able end it's even easier.

    To drain the oil undo 2 12mm bolts underneath in order to flex the rear plastic underbelly cover out of the way. The oil filter is just as accessible from here as it is from the top.

    To drain the radiator remove the forward belly cover (5 12mm bolts in front, 2 in the rear) and use the petcock at the right bottom corner.

    To change the air filter pop the 2 finger clips off of its housing and pull the upper housing away. Replace the filter, align the top housing's 2 tabs and seat them into the rear catches, then clamp it down with the finger clips.

    The battery is in plain sight in the engine bay and must be tilted about 20 degrees to the front in order to remove it. If you need more space to work on the battery terminals while it is in place you can remove the lower plastic fitting piece above it by undoing 2 pop clips

    Serpentine belt replacement is done like it is on most vehicles; by first loosening the alternator on its bracket to provide slack.

    The wiper motors and washer fluid pumps are accessible by loosening 4 pop clips on the lowest plastics below the windshield and removing those individual fitting pieces.

    All suspension and steering joints are "maintenance free" and have no grease gun nipples so there's no need to worry about them.

    The entire front bumper and grill assembly can be removed in about 2 minutes as it is held on by just 10 pop clips and 5 bolts.

    To change a headlight undo the 6 pop clips along the front top edge of the frontal assembly (this takes less than a minute) and pull it forward to gain access to the "hidden" 3rd screw at the lower-inside of the light's housing.

    The interior door panels can be removed in less than a minute. The hardest part is using a rag to catch, flex and remove the clip that holds the window crank on. Once you get the hang of it this becomes easy.

    The vertical dash pieces pull apart and reassemble by hand.

    The center console has 2 screws and then comes apart by hand.

    The cabin air filter is accessible by flexing the rear of the open glove box to free it, and then removing a cover plate with finger tabs.

    The fuse boxes are just like every other modern Toyota I've seen... one under the hood next to the battery, and one in the main cabin on the lower left side of the dash next to the OBDII port.

    The shift linkage terminator is in plain sight in the front between the bottom of the engine block and the air intake assembly. The clutch linkage terminator is set back a little and is more easily visible by looking/reaching over the air intake tube. There is no secondary clutch cylinder.

    That's all the maintenance stuff I can think of.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  2. yi5hedr3

    yi5hedr3 Well-Known Member

    Yep, the only thing I've noticed that might be difficult is adding, or removing brake fluid from the brake-fluid reservoir. Not sure what they were thinking with that placement??
  3. TDIforPrez

    TDIforPrez Member

    Looks like a gas saver indeed!

    Is the increased PSI in the tires because of your elevation?
  4. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    It is for decreasing rolling resistance, which increases MPG. It also had the side effects of making those crappy OEM tires much more stable, and increased their tread life by 40%.
  5. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Hi Bailout, Thanks for the pictures. Great looking car. What does the PCV catch can do for you?
  6. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    You're welcome, and thank you for the compliment. :)

    The PCV catch can keeps noncombustible compounds from the crankcase from making it back into the throttle body where they will either become gunk that sticks to the metals (that stuff is sooo fun to clean off) or solid exhaust materials that pollute my local environment.
  7. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Bailout, thanks again. I saw your snowy pics. What a beautiful, yet dangerous place to drive everyday. If the Condensator didn't catch anything in the CleanMPG test, is is possible your 15ml collection was from break-in of a new engine? In other words, It would interest me if you emptied it and began a new collection cycle. If you collect nothing, then we might assume a Condensator would be useful at beginning and perhaps end of life mechanicals. The fact that you constructed it yourself for $30 is a testament to your innate ability. Good job. Thanks for passing your information on.
  8. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    You're making me blush. :eek:

    Yes, I empty it about once per quarter. It has been steadily capturing 3-5ML every 1,000 miles.
  9. R E P U B L I C

    R E P U B L I C Well-Known Member

    wow!!!!!!!! what great pictures any houses for sale near your place???

    I was ready to buy the Yaris,,,, untill I saw the speedometer in the MIDDLE
    OF THE DASH !!!!!!! Did it take you long to adjust to this or have you been
    able to?
    I am now leaning to buying a Corrolia wagon IE: Matrix/Vibe.

    Those Pictures are the best!!!!
  10. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    Thank you. :)

    The middle dash took about 2 or 3 days to get used to but now I prefer it because I can see the gauges regardless of where my steering wheel's spokes are.

    I also feel that it gives me a better view of the road when I use it, via peripheral vision, than I ever got via the upper part of my vision with a driver's mounted dash.

    It also has the side effect (benefit, IMHO) of letting everyone in the car see the gauges, too.
  11. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!


    The large one hooks directly to the 12V battery and can be found here (Amazon).

    The smaller ones are not what they're cracked up to be. They are designed to charge portable electronics but only operate at 3.6V. This means they only work on about half the stuff out there, and none of my own. :rolleyes: For example they work for my wife's iPod and my buddy's Nokia phone but not my RAZR or Palm TX.

    It took me a while to figure that out as it will make just about any device appear as if its charging... the right lights flash, the right screen appears, the right icon flashes, etc. but none of my stuff actually gets charged.

    If you have lower charging voltage devices you can find the little flip-out panels here (eBay).

    If you search eBay for "solar mp3 charger" you can find lots of stuff now. When I started into this a year ago the ones I linked were the only ones I could find. Beware the stuff from eBay, though... most of it is made in Taiwan but is being marketed by people in China that know nothing of the units or their operation. I was once sold a much more expensive, larger, fold-able 6-panel set that was supposed to produce 65W of power "and comes with adapters to hook to ANY laptop". Neither was true. I had to scavenge the tip of an existing power supply and solder it on in order to hook it to my ThinkPad, and in direct sunlight on the brightest day it would only produce about 29W which wasn't enough to put my laptop into a charging state (minimum 35W required). It had also been hyped as waterproof but every connection inside the open leather outer was bare wire. The jerk that sold it to me gave me the run around for a week until I finally filed a complaint with PayPal. He refunded my money that day.

    While you must beware the eBay stuff it's also one of the only places you can find a large collection of these things. You won't find them at any retail outlet in the U.S. except for the high-end adventure-type stuff starting around $100 and ending in 5 digits sold on-line by places like REI and The North Face.

    Anyway, I finally ended up just putting in powered USB ports to charge my own stuff, figuring it is well offset by the larger 12V panel. I created a DIY for it on YarisWorld:

    I still keep one or two of the little flip-outs in the car for the rare occasion I have a passenger with equipment that can utilize them. You can turn an adult back into a child when they see their device charging from the sun. I once had a contractor hold the flip-out by hand for more than an hour on a drive to Sacramento, constantly tracking the sun with it. It was like he was playing Twister in my car. :p
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2008
  12. Shrek

    Shrek Kaizen Driver

    Toyota engines are never hard to service. The plugs are buried deep inside the engine. Just get that plastic cover off and loosen 4 screws to pull out the coils (one for each plug)

    Download the document from toyota describing the engine series: (Very interesting article!)

    Together with a scangauge to pull codes you are done.
  13. nateford1

    nateford1 New Member

    BailOut one quick question. How did you hook up your solar trickle? Did you hook up directly to your battery?
  14. MateriaPanama

    MateriaPanama Well-Known Member

    that car looks so cool i cant decide whether i want to hug it or be scared that it will bite me like an evil little terrier
    toyota got it perfect with the styling on this car it is so cool
    props on having what i think is one of the best looking cars ever made, not to mention sensible and fuel efficient

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