Omega Owners Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Please play nicely.  No one wants to listen/read a keyboard warriors rants....

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - TheBoy

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 132
1
General Car Chat / Breaking down in France
« on: 16 April 2018, 18:21:16 »
Andy H's breakdown on the M25 has reminded me of when I broke down in France in 2005.

We'd (Me, Mrs TB, our holiday buddies and 11yr old daughter, his bro and wife and little one, and a random child we'd borrowed) had enjoyed a fabulous, if somewhat bizarre/hectic/surreal/weird holiday in the south of France, and were now driving home in convoy.

Unusually, I was lead car (having the quickest car usually made me tail gunner, as easier to play catch up) with my beloved Silver Bullet.  I'd had a oil level warning around Montelimar, and had stopped and topped it up. As we approached Dijon, on the autoroutes, all of a sudden every warning light came on, including an Automatic Gearbox fault on the MID, and all power was lost. Being desperately near a services, and having been doing xxx KPH, I shoved it in N, and coasted all the way to the slip road, and nearly up the hill. Naughtily, we towed it to the services carpark, and unsurprisingly, it didn't start.  I wasn't entirely sure what the fault was.  It was getting towards 6ish by this time, and the kids were hungry, so we had a bite (spaghetti - strange I remember that). We walked back to the car, and it started.

Deciding I should be lead car still, in case it happens again, off we set, but after about 5 mins, it all cut out again, but managed to restart almost immediately, so off we went again, only for it to die again. Managed to coast into a small emergency area....   ....though 3 cars in it were a bit of a squeeze ;D

Called the breakdown insurance, but due to being on a motorway, they said I had to call the local Gendarmerie to be towed off, which I did fro the roadside phone.  Now whilst I can order a loaf of bread and 2 coffee's, my CSE French lessons did nt extend beyond the intricacies of mon Voiture kaput Monsieur, but we muddled through, and a transit turned up. It wouldn't start for him either, so he called a tow truck, told the rest of our party they were not allowed to wait, and buggered off.  I sent the rest of our party off towards our prebooked hotel in Troyes, saying I would keep in touch.

Proper dark by the time the tow truck turns up. He spoke less English than I can speak Mongolian, but I think he was trying to tell me the cats were shot.  Anyway, get car up on truck, and we jump in the cab with the driver, and he starts driving us into the middle of nowhere. And its now proper, proper dark o'clock. After way seems like hours, we end up at a garage in a village called Sacquenay.  So I call the breakdown people, as the guy wants his 144 tow fee. Breakdown people speak to driver, and arrange all the payments, and the lady speaks to me again, saying to go with driver as he knows of a git to rent in the village, and that she'd called ahead (as it was getting proper late now).

The git owners spoke as much English as the truck driver, but did their best to take us to our git, and explain how stuff worked.

Mrs TB was getting read for bed when the breakdown people texted me with some questions, so I called the lady back up, but I had to go outside to get a cellular signal usable enough.  I remember it was absolutely pitch black except when a security light popped on if I moved...  ...which I didn't as I was trying to maintain a poor signal. I was also mostly undressed as well ;D. I thought I felt something on my (bare) foot, and flinched, which caused the security light to come on, allowing me to glimpse what must have been a snake.

I also called the rest of our convoy, only to find they'd had to pay a taxi driver to help them find the Formula 1 hotel (a particularly cheap chain in Europe, think along the lines of 15 per room, and they are receptionless - credit card in the door to get in, only if you've booked), and then because I'd booked 2 of the 3 rooms, and I had my credit card with me, all 7 were in a room together ;D. And my lovely git must be far more luxurious ;D

Walked back in git, wedged a towel at the bottom of the door, went to sleep, not mentioning the snake to Mrs TB in the morning, as she would have freaked.

The next morning, after a continental breakkie at the owners house, we were told to get any necessities from the car, as we were getting a taxi to Dijon to pick up a hire car. The taxi was due at 2pm, but turned up after 3pm. Took an hour to get to the hire car place, and a bit of faff sorting out hire car - and even longer for them to come back out and accept there was a massive dent/scrape down one side. They then marked on the paperwork that every panel was damaged...  ...something that would work into our favour later.

So get out of Dijon, on the motorway, and thrashing the nads of this 1.7cdti Opel Astra-H. Mrs TB called our holiday buddies, now back home, to see what the last crossing time was for the Seacat.  At this point we were well over 200kph, basically flat out, as fast as this thing would go, when all of a sudden we hit a crow/raven.  Fortunately the windscreen, whilst cracked everywhere, held together, and our buddy on the other end of the phone asked WTF was that ;D.  Mrs TB wasn't in a great frame of mind at this point.  We kept going like that for another hour or so, but decided it was unlikely we'd get the ferry, and we hadn't eaten or drunk since breakfast, so stopped at a services for a meal, and inspected the damage to the carr - entrails everywhere, grill smashed, bonnet badly creased, screen damaged, roof dented where it meets screen.  After the break, we then carried on at a far more sensible pace to Calais...   ...only to see on arrival the Seacat just leaving  >:(

Managed to find a hotel after several attempts, and boarded as a foot passenger in the morning, and picked up another hire car in Dover.


The Silver Bullet arrived back about 10 days later, with a very flat battery that would never recover, and MDTM (on an earlier forum) suggested crank sensor, which cured it :y

I cannot fault EuroAssist and my handler there.

2
General Discussion Area / Well, do I win a prize?
« on: 10 April 2018, 21:01:41 »
A prize for being prize prat ;D


As many know, I'm into radio controlled models, and for the last couple of years, that's been quadcopters (drones, for the uninformed).

Well, I built up a new little racer 2 or 3 weeks ago, despite having the bits, bar the FPV camera, since last spring/summer time, but have been really fighting to get the telemetry to work.  I check, double checked, and triple checked all the wiring, the flight controller settings and the transmitter settings.  And then checked them again, and again, as the damn thing wasn't giving any telemetry data back from the flight controller, just from the receiver itself (which is pretty much naff all).


So, imagine the lightbulb moment, when it dawned on my that because I mounted the receiver upside down, I'd done the schoolboy error of connecting the wrong pin.

Quick bit of resoldering to the right pin, and issue resolved. What a first class pillock  :-[

3
General Car Chat / Car Parts 4 Less
« on: 09 April 2018, 17:58:37 »
Well, what a bunch of wasters.

They made 2 separate deliveries today.

First one, supposed to be 4 springs, only 1 in the box. So on the phone to them, on hold for nearly 2hrs before it was answered, and because they are so busy, they can't look into it at the moment, but might call me at some indeterminate point in the future.

Then some pad wear sensors are delivered by Mr Postie, and clearly not for my car.  I CBA'd to ring them and wait another 2hrs for a non response, so I guess they have won there.


On the upside, their parent delivered what looks like a new pollen filter, and collected the clearly used one they tried fobbing me off with.  Though should it be in polythene, as its just loose in box (Mann).


I never learn  :-[

4
General Car Chat / Zaffy rear wiper
« on: 06 April 2018, 17:55:47 »
Is shit.  It lifts off the rear window at the edges as soon as it starts to move upwards, and gets worse. At the far end of its travel, only the middle 4-6" are touching the glass.

Has to be the arm, surely?  Its hard against its endstop on the arm hinge, so not just gone stiff.

Arm is approx. 2 years old.

6
General Discussion Area / Oh conkers...
« on: 30 March 2018, 14:09:19 »
One of the lights in the garage wasn't working intermittently, and has been that way for several weeks.  Its been on my to-do list for a while, but as I've had the week off, finally got around to looking yesterday.

Swapped the tube over with another light in garage, and the fault stayed with the fitting - an HF type with no starter.

So, off to shitfix this morning, bought new fitting, and fitted that. Exactly the same problem. Bugger.

So out with the meter, and pinpoint it to one of the 2 way switches had failed - hence the intermittencies.  Lesson being I should have got the meter out first, and save time, money and effort ;D

8
General Car Chat / New F1 rules...
« on: 25 March 2018, 17:09:37 »
...have managed to make it even more dull  :'(

10
General Car Chat / I always know when she's broken the car
« on: 14 March 2018, 18:05:39 »
By the fact I can hear her bongo tunes from 2 streets away.  Her fix to strange noises, turn the radio up  >:(


I jump in it, turn radio off, move about 2 foot, park it back up, order some rear pads.

*sigh*. Women.

12
General Car Chat / Well, I wasn't expecting that
« on: 04 March 2018, 18:44:32 »
Opened the garage today, as most of the snow against the door had thawed, only to be treated to an 18" snow drift about 2 feet inside the garage :o

 >:(

13
General Car Chat / I guess thats bust..
« on: 03 March 2018, 20:09:06 »
Just nipped down to Tiffins to pick up a takeaway, and its a bloody blizzard out there again and settling again, so much for rain!  TBE was impeccably behaved, as expected :)

Anyway, the outside temp started at 7C and rose to 10C, so I guess I need to get another.


I seem to recall they are cheap, so not worth bothering 2nd hand?

14
General Car Chat / Mrs TheBoy bought me a little pressie
« on: 03 March 2018, 10:28:58 »
Whenever the Old Bag nicks my car to go anywhere, she always grumbles there isn't a bag in it to carry some of her purchases. So she rectified that by going to the shop she has onsite.


So the Old Bag bought me a Bag for the Jag




Now, I'd never admit this to her face, but its actually quite a good idea, so I might get her to pick up a couple more  :-X

15
General Discussion Area / Whilst walking to collect the car, part 2
« on: 28 February 2018, 18:09:57 »
Walking past the secondary school (chuckling at an E Class not able to get moving), I notice the entire playground is now a carpark, instead of netball markings, just parking spaces.

I know there was a 2nd playground at the front of the school, but as I walked past that, I notice that had been converted to a carpark. And the old staff carpark still a carpark.


Where do the kids play now at break time?


Not a dig at teachers or TAs (a new invention since I last went to school), just a period of reflection on modern society...

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 132

Page created in 0.111 seconds with 13 queries.