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Took it for its MOT, which it passed, much to my surprise. :o

Its one-way trip to Mr. Beanz has been postponed, it seems. :)

Given your other post about the floorpan .. do you have to drive it like this?



 ;D

It's tricky because the foot hole had to be 30cm from a prescribed area.  ::)

Still need to get the welder out at some point.

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General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: Today at 11:52:19 »
Stop/Start only really helps in congested cities

That's all of them, then, these days!  :) :(
Places I avoid except when using public transport where I can use the numerous pubs to ease the pain. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: Today at 11:09:32 »
....
I mean, he's also killing his throwout bearing, but plenty of people drive that way.

These are the same people you see rocking back & forward in the clutch on a hill rather than just applying the brakes
Back to my days of driving "classic British cars" when it was the only way to stop the engine stalling. Seems we've come full circle. :D

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Took it for its MOT, which it passed, much to my surprise. :o

Its one-way trip to Mr. Beanz has been postponed, it seems. :)

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If you think the fan should be running and it's not, unplug the fan motor and check for 12V at the plug. If there's 12V there, then it's an indication that the motor might be failed. If not, then either the ECU doesn't think it's hot enough or there's a relay / fuse upstream that's failed.

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap Service
« on: Yesterday at 14:01:42 »
My V70 is due a service and I CBA to do it myself, so I've been looking around for prices.  :)

I know my local garage will charge somewhere between £200-£250 for a full service, but being a tight arse I kept looking.

Best so far is ATS at £58.99 for a basic oil and filter change and if I book and pay online via Topcashback I get 5.25% off, so £56.04 and they use Mobile oil.  :y

That's the messy bit sorted and I can get the air, pollen and fuel filters from ECP for £31.24 (inc cashback) so a total of £87.28 for a full service with minimal effort from me.  :y

With the 3+service scheme Jaguar provide I pay between £199 and £249.

Having said that it is basically an oil and filter change by a retarded neanderthal.
You forgot the "road test". ;)

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Yep, it's not going to be nearly as reliant on the fan as a V6 Omega. If it hasn't actually overheated I would concentrate on the main issue which is oil pressure.

Does the oil pressure light come on now, and under what conditions?

High revs / Low revs / Idle revs?
Hot engine / cold engine?
After a long motorway run?
After a long period of idling?
etc.
Not come on since collection in London.

OK. In that case, I would probably hook up a manual oil pressure gauge and check the oil pressure with that, when fully warmed up, at idle and fast idle.  If it meets Vauxhall's spec. then replace the oil pressure switch and call it done. If not, then next actions depend on under what circumstances the pressure's low.

If it happens when sitting in traffic, then maybe, just maybe, overheating is a factor although I'd expect it to have boiled over by now if that's the case.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: Yesterday at 00:39:50 »
Cannot see May delivering anything that fits ď leave the EUĒ

Problem is, that means different things to different people.

May seems to have interpreted it as "stop free movement and let us make our own trade deals".

Others would probably be happy for free movement and trade to carry on as before but to bail us out of the "ever closer integration" conveyor belt towards a federal Europe.

... or somewhere in-between.

A full-on shitstorm no-deal is probably the only thing that would satisfy all leavers. Anything else and we may as well remain.  The number of people it won't satisfy is probably about the same in each case! ;D


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General Car Chat / Re: VED rate
« on: Yesterday at 00:28:59 »
Look at LPG prices in your area, itís no way near as good as it used to be.

Petrol around here is now around 1.15/L.

LPG is still 78p  :(

Also remember you need to do at least 10k a month, before itís even worth considering.  :y

 :o

It's 69.9 at Fleet services currently.
The other station in Fleet is being refurbed. I think they may be taking out the LPG pump. That was always low 50's. :'(

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Yep, it's not going to be nearly as reliant on the fan as a V6 Omega. If it hasn't actually overheated I would concentrate on the main issue which is oil pressure.

Does the oil pressure light come on now, and under what conditions?

High revs / Low revs / Idle revs?
Hot engine / cold engine?
After a long motorway run?
After a long period of idling?
etc.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 20 January 2019, 16:01:47 »
Finished fitting all the consumables required for MOT.

THEN noticed the hole in the floorpan. :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Unfortunate choice of words...
« on: 20 January 2019, 09:52:38 »
Yeah, there's an advert on Amazon that has the giant hashtag above their heads and them looking at it with a look of "That doesn't look right" ..

I imagine it's a play on this from Iceland:


Which was itself probably a parody of this:


"So that's why mums go to Iceland!" :o

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 22:43:43 »
Replaced one of the post-cat lamdbas. PITA to get it out, but a mixture of ATF, acetone, heat and impact wrench did it in the end. :y
Blimey Kevin... You're clearly taking the whole MoT thing quite seriously  :D

EML is a fail now, IIRC, and given that the heater in the sensor was open circuit, it didn't take that long for the ECU to realise that it was shot following a reset. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 19:54:28 »
Replaced one of the post-cat lamdbas. PITA to get it out, but a mixture of ATF, acetone, heat and impact wrench did it in the end. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 16:01:16 »
Stupid German automotive "engineers" cars...

FTFY.. Jesus! Batteries fail. People jump start cars or shove a new battery in when that happens. Normal cars just work when you do that. A car that can't deal with it is not fit for purpose.  ::)

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