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General Car Chat / Re: Corrosion
« on: 15 August 2018, 21:01:04 »
Your not meant to remove the vauxhall factory fit rust hole covers  ;D
or the sill covers that hide all the holes in the outer sills  :D
now your going to have to get the sparky gun out  :P

General Car Chat / Re: MOT prices
« on: 15 August 2018, 20:56:04 »
Headlamp aim fail is just to keep VOSA happy.

The test is to check that the beam doesn't fall into prescribed areas and dazzle oncoming traffic. It is NOT a check that you can see where you're going.
So? What I am saying is that the headlamp aim is fine, but it goes down as a fail just so VOSA  can see a fail. There is no charge for 'fixing' it and a pass is issued immediately after.
there is no fail quota an mot station has to meet
but if a car is presented for MOT with a headlamp aim out of tolerance, it should be a fail on the system ,so vosa know about it ,
many cars aim is adjusted with a simple turn of a screw (which some MOT garages charge 25 + vat per side to adjust)

say every 2015 ford fester is presented for MOT and the brake light bulbs are blown on most , VOSA would recognize a pastern  and investigate .
if the NT just replaces the bulbs while testing ,no one would know that ford festers are crap  ;D
just an example  :y not saying all 2015 festers have blown brake bulbs  ;)

headlamp aim and emissions are easy pickings for rip off garages to charge for because not many of us has calibrated headlamp beam alignment testers or emission machines

I've seen people in main dealer service center receptions parting with 500+ for mot repairs on 3 year old cars

I do not remember the outlook of the part but guess we are talking about this?
Thanks again. It arrived all right, is now fitted and functioning normally. It's a great relief not to have the annoying message popping up.
The xenon beam is only the dipped beam, it hardly seems worth all that fuss. My other CDX 2.5 petrol estate, same year but earlier model, does not have the xenon dipped beam, just the old twin filament bulbs. Same main beams.

That was cheap.
the 3 cable ties I put on mine was cheaper  ;D

General Car Chat / Re: MOT prices
« on: 15 August 2018, 19:34:02 »

I also know dodgy outfits like Halfords and quickfit fail and charge for headlight aiming etc.
If the headlight aim is out of tolerance, it is a fail , even if  just one bulb needs replacing ,it's a fail ,must be entered on the VTS device as a fail, then repaired, then part retest 
not that i'm sticking up for Halfrauds or quicksh!t
you can't do repairs ,however minor, during a test

but i suspect your implying that such outfits fail on such items ,even though they are fine ,just to meet sales targets etc bump up the bill
you could be right  ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: VX Corsa as a first car ?
« on: 11 August 2018, 10:09:10 »
Speaking of the corsa's..ive done a few timing chains now on the corsa c 1ltr & 1.2...there is a few bits to strip off,but  they are a ok job to do,..I was wondering what the corsa d 1.4 was like to do ?
Z14xep corsa 1.4 engine has all the same parts (head, block, pistons chain,ecu kit, etc etc) the only difference is the crankshaft
(it's effectively a stroked 1.2)
you could fit a 1.4 short engine to a 1.2  :P

General Discussion Area / Re: Rescued
« on: 11 August 2018, 09:53:23 »
Squirrels eat nuts
and it sounds like the unnamed man was mentally unstable  ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Frustrating morning
« on: 10 August 2018, 17:08:37 »
Just get a JCB; some kind soul must be able to lay their hands on one - before it is shipped abroad in a container :D :D ;)
It wouldn't fit through my back gate  ::) They're having to chop the root system right back, even that won't fit through the gate.
If driven fast enough, a JCB will "fit through" most gates  ;D
hope they clean up nice everywhere for you  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 09 August 2018, 20:18:10 »
Ok  Dean ,   so your landlord is your mate  & you don't want to see him ripped off  :y  fair play to you

But quality boilers are expensive  . . .just Google  Bosch/Worcester boiler price  . . .

and you'll see  . . . a new 500 boiler will work  of course  . . .but for how long ?
Just checked ours online and was surprised that a new one would only cost 1100. The reason I am surprised is because these fickers from BOXT quote nearly three grand to supply and fit.
But the "gas safe" training course you'd need to go on, to fit it would cost time and money
owning a corgi is no longer acceptable, even the queen has to get the professionals in now  ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 09 August 2018, 19:40:29 »
]Dave found one on plumb base 505 +45 flue kit,is fitting etc etc really 500 :o.How much do plumbers charge per hour.Dean.
how long is a piece of string x 100 + sundries +vat  :P

I prefer my beer cold DG   :D

General Car Chat / Re: Car had a mock MoT today...
« on: 09 August 2018, 19:28:58 »
A replacement new spring could last anything from five minutes to a year. or 10 years   :D who knows
do new springs come with any warranty  :-\ would the garage fit under warranty  :-\
but you replaced the clutch and serviced it and did the air con, so it sounds like it's worth spending a bit of dollar on
better the devil you know for 500 in repairs

Omega General Help / Re: 2.5 petrol manual estate misfiring
« on: 09 August 2018, 18:12:59 »
Cant see pics, but then I can't get internet access for more than 10s every 2 minutes ;D

But water in plug wells does lead to misfires.

Added to that, a 19 is a 19, and the crank sensor is shagged. End of.
Terry had the crank sensor plugged in wrong , and swapped to another ,so that would throw a code ,without the sensor being faulty

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 09 August 2018, 18:09:23 »
I can't say what parts are needed, fault codes are just an indication, the actual failed part could be many things, possibly flue fan.
some plumbers are lazy and are not prepared to diagnose a fault, some don't have a clue how to diagnose.a fault and just replace parts willy-nilly, or the whole boiler
combi boilers have many electrical safety systems, making them very safe. but complex. more of a job for an electrical engineer or fully trained technician.

A good plumber/technician  would probably have diagnosed the fault ordered the part, a second visit to fit and test, probably 300
a new boiler is like buying a new car, some can be had with flue kit for around 500 .others would be treble that.

fitting (including commissioning, testing, certification, flushing, etc etc )maybe 500 quid
but in areas like London, with parking, congestion charge etc, prices vastly increase

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 09 August 2018, 16:02:19 »
From what I've been told in the past, BIASI boilers are cheap to buy, but the parts are very expensive which may be why your landlord has decided to replace rather than fix.  ;)

B&Q own brand I think maybe?  ???  :-\
sold in many places, crap compared to Bosch, Worcester bosch, Vaillant of the era
I'm not impressed with any of the new offerings

parts wise , I have used a company for many years called the heat exchange which are great ,should you ever need boiler parts  :y

they list all the parts for that boiler at reasonable prices

but it sounds like the PMC and plumber needed their holiday funds topped up  ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 09 August 2018, 15:48:24 »
B rated condensing combi ,pretty much all parts (including casing panels ,which is rare) available
the air switch would cause a lock out anyway for safety
sounds like the landlord is doing his best to resolve the problem as fast as he can
(based on advice given by the PMC and plumber)

so pot noddle it is then  :P

General Car Chat / Re: Car had a mock MoT today...
« on: 09 August 2018, 12:39:20 »
The verdict:

Front top mounts are shot, rear springs heavily corroded.

Remainder of suspension generally tired.

Exhaust back box on last legs.

Some general underbody corrosion, otherwise the rest is perfectly serviceable.

A quick tot up suggests about 530 in bits to sort the shit list.

Actual MoT not due until November so plenty of time to get done (and for other things to crop up...).

Garage have suggested that I book it in on the day it's due rather than early, ie next week, on the basis that if it fails it will become immediately unusable, no 'pretend it hasn't been tested and using the car until previous test expires' as before.

I am thinking do the immediate bits then get it tested so that I know I have another year or more from it rather than chance it. Equally I could just drive it until November and save and plan to replace it then...

Decisions, decisions...

Not sure they can fail them for being rusty,incomplete yes but rusty would fail the springs on most cars on the road ::)
If corroded to the extent that the CSA is reduced,  weakening the spring (unlikely, never seen it on a modern car) but in fail criteria in the manual.

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