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Messages - Nick W

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General Car Chat / Re: locking nuts
« on: Yesterday at 19:01:00 »
The crappy GM wheelbolts are fine as long as a "professional" doesn't go near them. I mean, FFS, Blackcircles managed to opps up Jag locking wheelbolts, and they are miles more robust than GM ones.

The GM ones don't cope at all with any impact guns, air or battery.  That includes undoing them.


None of them are any good. As soon as they're overtightened, or damaged in any way and that applies to the keys as well, you're going to have problems.
Best fitted in the bin, and replaced with the proper bolts that were removed to fit them. You often find them in the box with the key.

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Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Re: Windscreen wipers
« on: 14 October 2018, 20:21:17 »
I've had a closer look now the deluge has ended. It appears the locking tab (clip?) is either missing or broken on the passenger side and maybe loose on the driver's. Do these tabs come with the blades?
Thanks for answers so far.
They do indeed. The plastic the clips are made from eventually goes brittle with sunlight, so re using them is ill-advised, not to mention pointless.

21" passenger and 24" driver. They're practically an annual service item :y


Yes, bin them as soon as they start smearing the screen. Even expensive blades like Bosch don't cost enough to waste time on.

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We could cable tie some flowers to your fence instead?  :-*

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Omega General Help / Re: High revs at cold start
« on: 12 October 2018, 17:07:49 »
Did you Oil or over Oil the K%N Filter when when fitted? if so could be oily MAF.

I use K%N but always use them dry, unless your going on a Dakar Rally or live somewhere very Sandy or Dusty.


It's the oil that makes a K&N an effective filter. No oil and it's just a large piece of cotton.

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General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 11 October 2018, 07:27:19 »
That's no good, Andy. On our free flowing, uncluttered, roadwork free highways you need at least 300bhp to make good progress.  ::)
Never a truer word in jest...

You need the oomph to be able to safely pass in the smaller opportunities now available  :-\


What you actually need for that is a small car.

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General Car Chat / Re: Octane booster.
« on: 11 October 2018, 07:08:33 »
See, if you had a car that runs on DERV you wouldn't have worry about such stuff!  ::) ;D


On it's knees before 4000 RPM. No thanks. I'd rather eat coal. :)


When was the last time you revved anything other than a tiny hatchback to 4000rpm, let alone past it?
Last time I drove a petrol.  I think the question should be, when was the last time you didn't rev a petrol beyond 4000rpm ;)


Hardly ever. The Omega, being an auto needed to be driven hard to change up at more than about 3500 and that required open, empty roads. The Metro is manual, and if I give it 3500rpm in each gear off a second gear dual carriage way roundabout, it's accelerating through 95 in fifth as it passes the 200 yard marker for the next roundabout 2/3 of a mile away. This means I rarely have anything close behind, so I can still stop easily if traffic on the roundabout demands it. If you pay proper  attention to the traffic and conditions, there is no need to constantly brake and accelerate to flow with(or even through) traffic.


As for overtaking, power helps but a small, narrow car is a much better solution. Although most motorists today have been trained to think that even a well executed overtake is unacceptably dangerous.

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Meetings, gatherings, parties etc / Re: Next Hoofland curry
« on: 11 October 2018, 06:55:47 »
that works for me.

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General Car Chat / Re: Octane booster.
« on: 10 October 2018, 20:05:15 »
See, if you had a car that runs on DERV you wouldn't have worry about such stuff!  ::) ;D


On it's knees before 4000 RPM. No thanks. I'd rather eat coal. :)


When was the last time you revved anything other than a tiny hatchback to 4000rpm, let alone past it?

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General Car Chat / Re: Octane booster.
« on: 10 October 2018, 17:46:51 »
Of course it will work.
But why would you bother?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Waste disposal when we were young
« on: 09 October 2018, 17:22:33 »
Most of the internals off a straight six diesel went in my wheelie bin, though not the block or head, as they wouldn't fit with a fortnights worth of rubbish, and the block in particular weighed more than RMS Titanic.


I've a mate who disposed of a whole crossflow in the wheelie bin, apparently there was a bit of a bang as it emptied into the dustcart ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Temp gauge/fans
« on: 08 October 2018, 22:28:14 »
None of those symptoms are a problem.
Quit worrying.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Limousine crash in USA
« on: 08 October 2018, 22:26:54 »
Heck of a death toll for what was basically a single vehicle accident.


Anyone who has seen underneath a British stretch limo won't be surprised, and American ones are much worse.

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General Car Chat / Re: Jaguar Solihull to close for two weeks.
« on: 08 October 2018, 22:24:55 »
It's a delayed result of stopping production of the much maligned/loved Defender.  :)

Land Rover's current lineup is abysmal IMO as all the models are basically clones of each other and all you get to choose is the size of vehicle.  :-\


Yes, the Defender was such a big seller...


And every manufacturer is doing the clone thing; can you distinguish a Polo from a Golf, or a Focus from a Fiesta?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 07 October 2018, 19:51:11 »
Omega

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Omega General Help / Re: No heating/ tepid
« on: 07 October 2018, 12:32:14 »
If you have hot water going to the matrix but no heat from it, then it's blocked. Flushing it can help, but won't solve the problem.
I had to do mine each winter, yet it took over 30minutes to get warm. When I fitted a new matrix, the heater got hot in about 1.5miles.
Curiosity made me remove the end cap off the old matrix, and 3/4 of the tubes were so tightly packed with silt that I couldn't poke lock wire down them.
A new matrix costs less than 20, and even though it's horrible job to change following the OOF guide I would do that rather than waste time flushing another.


The two heater pipes than run through the bulkhead after the HBV go directly to and from the matrix; there is nothing else in the circuit.

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