Hiya! I am pleased to report that my Little Red Rocket was able to use up the entire tank of that pesky E10 fuel without so much as a burp! I have since refuelled with the regular Unleaded Fuel, inc. Valve Saver additive, and she is zipping down the road, lickety-split! :)
Infact, even after a very long open road drive in the heat, she actually DIDN'T stall at the lights when we hit town again. As has been her usual habit in the past! She's idling at a lovely purr between 1,200-1,500 rpms - her preferred setting - and I am quite relieved she has found her 'motoring mojo' again! She's approaching 38 years of age, and I've had her for almost 27 years. My patience and TLC has been vindicated. Phew!
I do still have her Universal Joint grumble to deal with. Eventually. Which only occurs between a speed of 60-80km/hr, after 80km/hr she settles and hums along nicely. Now that I have been reassured by TWO experts (yourselves, and my own veteran Toyota mechanic), that this grumble won't be a safety issue but more a comfort factor which may in fact soften in time. I can await addressing this until her next proper service. Due in a month or so.
It's Summer over hear, and she's very much on active duty during these warmer months. :)
Thanks again, and happy/safe motoring.
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 AT 5:08 PM