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As above.

MoT failure for sill corrosion both sides and NSR brake pipe. Advisories for front chassis rails.

Good bits:
Xenons with washers, 4 winter tyres with decent tread on reasonable CD wheels, recent new wishbones with front poly bushes and arb bushes, drop links, track Rods, new Sachs shocks all round with new fittings and top mounts and bearings, new springs all round, Pedders rear subframe donuts. Fully serviced when I bought it, including breather clean and camcover gasket, thermostat, hbv and coolant change.

Suspension has done about 2,500 miles.

Drives really well.

Bad bits:
Scrubs up OK, but lots of car park drinks. Rear arches starting to go, along with lower doors. Could benefit from a cam and crank sensor, but still perfectly usable, (neither stops the manual 2.2s from being driven). Sills can either be patched or replaced... Couple of small holes towards the front and both rear ends.

If repaired and not abused, then realistically it should have another couple of years in it.

Obviously being sold as spares or repairs, and open to sensible offers, but be mindful of the value of the suspension parts...

Ideally looking for 350 ono.

Just sworn himself in as President for the fourth term...

If he was any good, surely he would be Supreme Emperor by now ::)

General Car Chat / Mercedes A Class clutch change...
« on: 06 May 2018, 09:55:37 »
What is the book time, and can it realistically be done on a driveway :-\

I appreciate that doing it on the drive will be at least double book time, but it does give an idea of labour costs.

Car is a '52 A160. Clutch itself is fine, but the slave cylinder has failed... Pedal on the floor and fluid pissing out from bottom of the bell housing being a pretty unambiguous verdict.

Also, any mileage in changing the clutch master cylinder at  the same time? Obviously changing the clutch is a no brainer given as it's officially an engine out job...

As above, Lemforder.

80.00 posted.

As above, brand new.

75.00 posted.

General Car Chat / Couple of VX engine questions...
« on: 21 April 2018, 22:07:40 »
'07 Corsa 1.4: Belt or chain? Any good? Head/gasket reliability?

' 06 Astra H 1.3cdti: Any good? Anything to watch out for?

General Car Chat / MoT failure
« on: 20 April 2018, 09:34:33 »
Well, that was inevitable...

It failed.

Rear of both sills missing, front of the os sill now has a 5" hole in it and one of the brake pipes front to rear is donald.

Oh and leaving the test, the EML came on ::)

On a positive note, he made no comment on the headlights :D

So, do I 1. Buy another Omega estate, keep the recently replaced suspension and scrap the rest;
2. Get it repaired; or 3, sell it as is and buy something else?

Choices, choices...

General Discussion Area / Gatwick incident.
« on: 28 March 2018, 20:28:32 »
Given the state of the hysterical bullshit that is already filling the news...:

In the course of pushing back a flight to St Petersburg, the push back banksmans legs were crushed. He was flown to hospital.

The aircraft is still where it stopped, it never taxied, let alone reached the runway.

The passengers have been disembarked. And the aircraft and scene are being scrutinised as to how the incident happened.

Off the record, it has been suggested that the aircrew failed to secure the aircraft whilst the tow bar was removed.

Thoughts are obviously with those directly involved.

General Discussion Area / Nice one Vince...
« on: 11 March 2018, 15:20:33 »
Apparently the majority of people who voted for Brexit are over 60 and only did so due to some misguided nostalgia that harked back to when "passports were blue and people were white..."

Given that they usually do quite well in areas with older populations, this was quite bold. Unless of course he is chasing the leftist youth vote...

General Car Chat / Mini Cooper Exhaust Q...
« on: 13 February 2018, 17:20:41 »
As above, 2006 non S 1.6 petrol.

Lass at work has one with a detached back box ::)

Looking at it, it's a single pipe to the cat flange.

Question is this: are the studs on the cat pipe or the main exhaust?

Looks like a straightforward enough job once the car is off the ground, and the exhaust itself is cheap enough... :y

Help is finally at hand...

General Car Chat / '62 BMW F30 330d EML on...
« on: 05 February 2018, 17:30:34 »
As above, no smoke, no loss of performance and economy pretty consistent at 44-46 mpg over last 65k. Now on 106k, full BMWSH.

Has following two codes:

290900 Air system: air to EGR air mass flow, plausibility measured air mass compared with calculated air mass too high.

24CE00 Hot film air mass meter: ratio of calculated to measured air mass too high.

Apart from EML, car runs fine, plenty of power on demand, no obvious air leaks, idle is rock steady and no hesitation under load.

No live data as code reader cannot access it. No other codes present.

Any thoughts?

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Headlight washer Q...
« on: 19 January 2018, 20:47:26 »
Wiring diagram shows the headlight washer relay using the number plate light feed as its trigger.

Any reason why the nsf sidelight can't be tapped into as an alternative :-\

General Discussion Area / Speeding Q...
« on: 19 January 2018, 13:30:55 »
What's the standard response to NSL +30 on a motorway?

Not me and my Desmond :D

General Discussion Area / Work dilemma...
« on: 14 January 2018, 00:33:00 »
We have several HGVs at work. In order to take them out for fuel or maintenance, anyone driving them out of the gate has to have an HGV license.

We have a supervisor who is merely standing in, and is a really decent bloke that everyone will do anything for. Two of my colleagues offered to take two trucks out of the gate to help him out.

Neither have an HGV license and one doesn't even have a C1...

If they get reported, then all three will face severe disciplinary action.

The dilemma is whether to report them or not :-\

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