the blue dolphin - 95 GTS Toyota MR2 turbo
not a lot happening -
so nothing to really report. New tyres Toyo Proxy T-1R's seem ok but again its just not warm enough or dry enough to even try hard cornering. They do feel ok though whereas the 1S's I had before were just outright rubbish. Got a drive planned in april so we'll see soon enough.
o2 sensor fitted and working -
indeed I had a fellow mr2oc'er who is a qualified electrican fit a new o2 sensor for me on thursday just gone.
I headed off to this site Lamda Sensors
and got the universal 4 wire sensor plus the flange kit which actually came with the gasket too.
Fitted in 30 minutes and the jobs a good un. Error code cleared and car runs a lot smoother now. See post below for why I haven't done much boost testing on this lol.
snow everywhere -
indeed woke up to 6 inches of snow everywhere today!! Thats the most snow I've seen fall in Glasgow in a good few years now.
Of course my car was parked halfway down a dead end road on a fairly steep slope. The only good news about that was the new tyres I had had fitted yesterday, otherwise the car would have been left where it was. Had to get it out today so loads of digging and pushing to get the car up the hill. Now I've complained bitterly recently about the damage to the car that has been caused by muppets well today I saw the other side of the coin off human nature.
While I was digging the snow away from the car then getting my passenger to drive the car while I pushed from behind I noticed several people watching me. I expected to see a video of my efforts of the net quite soon but no to my amazement those people came over to help.
With four of us digging / pushing like mad for just under an hour we got the car up the hill to the junction and off we went.
Guys and girl, I salute your kindness and wish you all the best.
In light of the above, on my journey back I helped another 2 motorists out of the snow grip that was all around. A very physically demanding day but was really a good laugh.
Take it very easy out there
loads of miles -
yup, being doing a lot of miles recently and I'd noticed the car was in need of the old fuse reset. This time however I decided to check the diagnostic's first. Oh boy, error code 21, the oxygen sensor. This kinda explains the smoke I could sometimes see in my mirrors when pulling away from lights and stuff. Not heavy smoke more like the car was running on a fast idle which gives that trail in the cold dry weather.
Haven't done the full sensor test, happening this week but it does look increasingly unlikely the sensor is actually working. Now Mr T (Toyota dealerships) will want in the region of 140GBP for this but there are other options for sure. Several places sell the sensors without wiring but I've found one that actually does the complete kit including the end plug. So no wiring adjustments and no soldering to be done either.
Update - looks like the part info is
Part Nuumber: 89465-29805
Part Name : Sensor, oxygen (oxygen sensor)
Now this should be the part number for the oxygen sensor for the rev3+ motors no matter turbo or non turbo but do check first rather than just order it.
Will update later on this, likely edit this post too.
Other news, due to the number of miles run I have actually washed the car an amazing 4 times in the last 7 days!! John mentioned a refurbished jetwash that has been set up in a garage not far from here(1 mile tops). Now this one allows you just to put coins straight into the machine and then follow whatever program you like. I like very much. You can spent as much or as little as you like, plus at the mo its not used very often so no queuing ;-))