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Everything going wrong part 2
« on: 12 February 2018, 11:53:38 »

 Went to Brackley yesterday to have dinner with the son and family. Anyhow, it is 5.00am and we have just arrived home from Brackley, which we left at 10.15pm. We got as far as the Esso garage roundabout on the A43 and the car just died. Steam pouring out under the bonnet. I managed to get it started and turned left into the A4100 towards Bicester. Got about a mile, temp gauge started climbing so stopped. This was in the 2.5 Elite Estate
Phoned RAC who arrived at 2.15am !!!! Luckily a passing ambulance crew turned up, and offered to push us into the big layby so we were not in a dangerous place. They also gave us blankets. Bugger me....they turned up again, bringing us hot tea.  About an hour later the police screeched up, big 4x4 thing, and parked across the front as though in a car chase and asked what was wrong. told them we had broken down. Asked when the RAC were expected....did we need any water to drink, etc.
When the RAC bloke got there, he found the top hose had blown off. Then the police turned up again to check that the RAC had turned up.
After filling with water and checking all round, the engine, now cold, sounded sweet as a nut when started. But he got a bottle thing with blue liquid in it. He put it on the top of the expansion tank filler hole, and it turned green/yellow. Head gasket he said. So I said, I thought the V6 gasket very very rarely blows. He said exhaust gasses were getting in the water which turns the liquid yellow.
So I did not argue, so we had a tail lift on the back of a transit back here, at 40mph, that transit struggled!!!!!!
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #1 on: 12 February 2018, 11:56:27 »

Top marks to the blue light brigade for making sure you were OK! Shame the RAC took three hours (or more) to turn up, though..
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #2 on: 12 February 2018, 12:02:29 »

Further to this, I have just checked the saloon.....and the battery is deteriorating on that. Barely turns but instantly starts. I am going to check the charge rate, and I do have a spare fully charged battery. The saloon battery is only holding 11.46 volts.
If it does happen to be the alternator, my experiences with the 2.6 estate have given me confidence to replace the regulator if push comes to shove.
So here we are, one estate refusing to start, one estate knackered engine, and one saloon with suspect battery/alternator. :(

And we still haven't sold the house !!!!!!!!! ;D
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« Reply #3 on: 12 February 2018, 12:07:18 »

Phoned the RAC at 10.20pm ish, and he got to Brackley (from Reading) at 2.15am.
Whilst he was getting my car off the lift, he had a call (now 4.30am), to go to Cowley for a Quasqai non starter, who had been waiting since 1.30am !!!!. His 12 hour shift finished at 6am :o
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #4 on: 12 February 2018, 12:11:20 »

Be aware that the potions used to check for exhaust gases often give false positives.

I think I've be popping the hose back on, filling it up with water and going for a little drive to see how it fares.

V6 HGFs are not that common. :y
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #5 on: 12 February 2018, 12:32:03 »

I don't want to turn this thread into a General Help, so I will open a thread there, for repair.
But, yes, Kevin, that's what I told the RAC chap. :y
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« Reply #6 on: 12 February 2018, 12:48:09 »

The RAC once left me for 3 or 4 hours on a blind bend in near Henley one dark winters night, despite me clearly telling them that I had broken down in a dangerous place!  >:(

I had to stand up the road in the cold and wet, waving a torch and a high viz vest to warn the oncoming traffic, so I wouldn't use them if you stuck red hot needles into my testicles!  :P
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #7 on: 12 February 2018, 13:25:03 »

The RAC once left me for 3 or 4 hours on a blind bend in near Henley one dark winters night, despite me clearly telling them that I had broken down in a dangerous place!  >:(

I had to stand up the road in the cold and wet, waving a torch and a high viz vest to warn the oncoming traffic, so I wouldn't use them if you stuck red hot needles into my testicles!  :P

Some people will pay good money for such a service. :)
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« Reply #8 on: 12 February 2018, 13:29:27 »

The RAC once left me for 3 or 4 hours on a blind bend in near Henley one dark winters night, despite me clearly telling them that I had broken down in a dangerous place!  >:(

I had to stand up the road in the cold and wet, waving a torch and a high viz vest to warn the oncoming traffic, so I wouldn't use them if you stuck red hot needles into my testicles!  :P

Yup, I dumped them after they left me stranded for over 7hrs one evening (dead battery due to a cold snap). Fortunately I mentioned my plight on FaceAche and was put in touch with a friend of a friend who lived 5mins walk away. They kindly lent me a sofa and hot tea while i waited. When the driver phoned to say he'd arrived, he had the nerve to moan that I wasn't with the car  >:(.

Presumably I should have sat in it, well below zero, and tried to see if I could survive long enough for them to turn up. BÄllends.
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #9 on: 12 February 2018, 13:47:24 »

The RAC once left me for 3 or 4 hours on a blind bend in near Henley one dark winters night, despite me clearly telling them that I had broken down in a dangerous place!  >:(

I had to stand up the road in the cold and wet, waving a torch and a high viz vest to warn the oncoming traffic, so I wouldn't use them if you stuck red hot needles into my testicles!  :P

and that is why it should be law in the Uk to carry two red warning triangles. Compulsary breakdown cover included in your insurance wouldn't be a bad idea too.
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« Reply #10 on: 12 February 2018, 14:03:50 »

This why I stick with the AA.  Once had the RAC and it was 3 hours the after breaking down. Never again. With the AA it has been twice with a wait of less than 1 hour :y
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« Reply #11 on: 12 February 2018, 14:38:40 »

ALL the breakdown companies have areas where the service is shockingly poor. AA and RAC will always try to use their own staff before a subcontractor, even if that means a wait. Green Flag used to be the best of the bunch but now they donít use local garages theyíre not always so hot.

I would be looking at something underwritten by Britannia Rescue or AXA. The ones handled by a company called Call Assist are pretty good too :y Basically, anything handled by local garages and preferably a company that doesnít have any of its own breakdown staff/vehicles ;)
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #12 on: 12 February 2018, 17:38:31 »

I think a lot of it depends where you are. When my missus blew a tyre in Sheffield, RAC were there in 15 mins. If you must live in the arse end of nowhere, expect rescue to take longer.
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« Reply #13 on: 12 February 2018, 17:54:40 »

I think a lot of it depends where you are. When my missus blew a tyre in Sheffield, RAC were there in 15 mins. If you must live in the arse end of nowhere, expect rescue to take longer.

If you had the blow out, I think you would have waited longer.....women are usually given priority  ;)
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« Reply #14 on: 12 February 2018, 17:58:33 »

I think a lot of it depends where you are. When my missus blew a tyre in Sheffield, RAC were there in 15 mins. If you must live in the arse end of nowhere, expect rescue to take longer.

If you had the blow out, I think you would have waited longer.....women are usually given priority  ;)
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« Reply #15 on: 12 February 2018, 17:59:50 »

I once used a right pikey breakdown service. It took him 30mins to arrive, and he insisted on a pub meal before the tow.

I think the company name was Tunnie Towing Services ;D
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« Reply #16 on: 12 February 2018, 19:56:16 »

Been with the AA since 1984 and only called them out 4 times in that time,no complaints about their response times/service.
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« Reply #17 on: 12 February 2018, 20:13:23 »

We get ours through our bank, so no choice who to use.
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« Reply #18 on: 12 February 2018, 23:19:16 »

I once used a right pikey breakdown service. It took him 30mins to arrive, and he insisted on a pub meal before the tow.

I think the company name was Tunnie Towing Services ;D

Tunnie's towing service used with pride my mighty 2.2, however it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

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« Reply #19 on: 13 February 2018, 13:28:06 »

I once used a right pikey breakdown service. It took him 30mins to arrive, and he insisted on a pub meal before the tow.

I think the company name was Tunnie Towing Services ;D

Tunnie's towing service used with pride my mighty 2.2, however it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for rusty steed.  8)
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« Reply #20 on: 13 February 2018, 13:42:37 »

I once used a right pikey breakdown service. It took him 30mins to arrive, and he insisted on a pub meal before the tow.

I think the company name was Tunnie Towing Services ;D

Tunnie's towing service used with pride my mighty 2.2, however it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for the rusty weed.  8)
Freudian slip? ::)

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« Reply #21 on: 13 February 2018, 13:49:23 »

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« Reply #22 on: 13 February 2018, 19:07:17 »

it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for trusty steed.  8)
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« Reply #23 on: 18 February 2018, 16:57:34 »

ALL the breakdown companies have areas where the service is shockingly poor. AA and RAC will always try to use their own staff before a subcontractor, even if that means a wait. Green Flag used to be the best of the bunch but now they donít use local garages theyíre not always so hot.

I would be looking at something underwritten by Britannia Rescue or AXA. The ones handled by a company called Call Assist are pretty good too :y Basically, anything handled by local garages and preferably a company that doesnít have any of its own breakdown staff/vehicles ;)


Britannia would be top of my list: they send the job, and expect the contractor to just deal with it.
Green Flag's service got a lot worse when they went to just one contractor covering a large area a few years ago.


we regularly used to get a dozen RAC jobs sent at 18:00 when they realised that their own people were due to finish and couldn't get to them without another 3 hours wait.


And 2 1/2 years after quitting the job, I'd still like to stick red hot needles in Call Assist's controllers - I don't think I ever did one of their jobs that wasn't grief from start to finish.
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« Reply #24 on: 18 February 2018, 17:31:42 »

it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for trusty steed.  8)
You've seen the light, at last :y

I donít think I could have a 4pot now, far to used to effortless powwwwer.  8)
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« Reply #25 on: 18 February 2018, 18:39:12 »

it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for trusty steed.  8)
You've seen the light, at last :y

I donít think I could have a 4pot now, far to used to effortless powwwwer.  8)

It's taken a few years  . ..  but seems Mr. Tunnie is at last fully converted to the much more smooth & powerful V6 omegas  . . .  congrats  Mark  ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #26 on: 18 February 2018, 19:03:17 »

it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for trusty steed.  8)
You've seen the light, at last :y

I donít think I could have a 4pot now, far to used to effortless powwwwer.  8)

I find two of these joined in a 'V' formation works well. :)
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« Reply #27 on: 18 February 2018, 19:31:33 »

ALL the breakdown companies have areas where the service is shockingly poor. AA and RAC will always try to use their own staff before a subcontractor, even if that means a wait. Green Flag used to be the best of the bunch but now they donít use local garages theyíre not always so hot.

I would be looking at something underwritten by Britannia Rescue or AXA. The ones handled by a company called Call Assist are pretty good too :y Basically, anything handled by local garages and preferably a company that doesnít have any of its own breakdown staff/vehicles ;)


Britannia would be top of my list: they send the job, and expect the contractor to just deal with it.
Green Flag's service got a lot worse when they went to just one contractor covering a large area a few years ago.


we regularly used to get a dozen RAC jobs sent at 18:00 when they realised that their own people were due to finish and couldn't get to them without another 3 hours wait.


And 2 1/2 years after quitting the job, I'd still like to stick red hot needles in Call Assist's controllers - I don't think I ever did one of their jobs that wasn't grief from start to finish.

Yep. I believe Green Flag are looking at returning to smaller operators.

RAC are just a law unto themselves.

Call Assist arenít too bad now, but we only deal with misfuel issues.
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« Reply #28 on: 18 February 2018, 20:57:46 »

it's now been upgraded to full fat V6.

The 3.2 is starting to become a true replacement for trusty steed.  8)
You've seen the light, at last :y

I donít think I could have a 4pot now, far to used to effortless powwwwer.  8)

I find two of these joined in a 'V' formation works well. :)


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« Reply #29 on: 18 February 2018, 21:09:40 »

ALL the breakdown companies have areas where the service is shockingly poor. AA and RAC will always try to use their own staff before a subcontractor, even if that means a wait. Green Flag used to be the best of the bunch but now they donít use local garages theyíre not always so hot.

I would be looking at something underwritten by Britannia Rescue or AXA. The ones handled by a company called Call Assist are pretty good too :y Basically, anything handled by local garages and preferably a company that doesnít have any of its own breakdown staff/vehicles ;)


Britannia would be top of my list: they send the job, and expect the contractor to just deal with it.
Green Flag's service got a lot worse when they went to just one contractor covering a large area a few years ago.


we regularly used to get a dozen RAC jobs sent at 18:00 when they realised that their own people were due to finish and couldn't get to them without another 3 hours wait.


And 2 1/2 years after quitting the job, I'd still like to stick red hot needles in Call Assist's controllers - I don't think I ever did one of their jobs that wasn't grief from start to finish.

Yep. I believe Green Flag are looking at returning to smaller operators.

RAC are just a law unto themselves.

Call Assist arenít too bad now, but we only deal with misfuel issues.
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« Reply #30 on: Yesterday at 15:23:59 »

ALL the breakdown companies have areas where the service is shockingly poor. AA and RAC will always try to use their own staff before a subcontractor, even if that means a wait. Green Flag used to be the best of the bunch but now they donít use local garages theyíre not always so hot.

I would be looking at something underwritten by Britannia Rescue or AXA. The ones handled by a company called Call Assist are pretty good too :y Basically, anything handled by local garages and preferably a company that doesnít have any of its own breakdown staff/vehicles ;)


Britannia would be top of my list: they send the job, and expect the contractor to just deal with it.
Green Flag's service got a lot worse when they went to just one contractor covering a large area a few years ago.


we regularly used to get a dozen RAC jobs sent at 18:00 when they realised that their own people were due to finish and couldn't get to them without another 3 hours wait.


And 2 1/2 years after quitting the job, I'd still like to stick red hot needles in Call Assist's controllers - I don't think I ever did one of their jobs that wasn't grief from start to finish.

Yep. I believe Green Flag are looking at returning to smaller operators.

RAC are just a law unto themselves.

Call Assist arenít too bad now, but we only deal with misfuel issues.
Hi all,how the fick do you miss fuel.It's diesel or petrol. ;D

Well it happens about once every 3 minutes so....
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #31 on: Yesterday at 17:59:32 »

Well it happens about once every 3 minutes so....
Rather than repeat what I said on another thread, can't your misfuel technicians just carry a rifle?


And what cars are the most popular for misfuelling?
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« Reply #32 on: Yesterday at 18:18:43 »

Well it happens about once every 3 minutes so....
Rather than repeat what I said on another thread, can't your misfuel technicians just carry a rifle?


And what cars are the most popular for misfuelling?


Police cars......
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« Reply #33 on: Yesterday at 20:58:23 »

Well it happens about once every 3 minutes so....
Rather than repeat what I said on another thread, can't your misfuel technicians just carry a rifle?


And what cars are the most popular for misfuelling?


Police cars......

JLR products, Merc, BMW, just about all of them to be dair ;)
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« Reply #34 on: Yesterday at 21:07:26 »

I put 5 litres of petrol in my old Merc C250TD once before I realised what I was doing....  :-[

So I brimmed it with diesel and I'm sure it went better!  :y  ;D
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Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« Reply #35 on: Yesterday at 22:10:41 »

The handbook of my 190 states its ok to use 30% petrol in cold weather. I tend to use less then 10% mixed in with the wvo.
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