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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 12 September 2019, 18:26:28 »

Nothing is faster than a pool car the boss's car with a full tank of petrol...............

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Omega General Help / Re: Thermostat Housing
« on: 12 September 2019, 16:45:25 »
Buy a new O-ring and add a smear of clear silicone.

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General Car Chat / Re: I've started to thrash my car....a bit
« on: 12 September 2019, 16:43:29 »
I've seen an 05 Range Rover L322 4.4V8 petrol with an lpg kit on it at a very good price and I'm tempted to go and have a look.  ::)

Trouble is... I know that there is no such thing as a cheap Range Rover!  ;D
Especially not with the BMW lump in it... Neglect causes timing chain issues, which will render the lump scrap... The price will tell you how imminent this is. Assuming of course the the wiring allows the engine to run long enough to break...


Or the oil in the plug wells catches fire......

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Omega General Help / Re: Hand=brake shoe turnbuckle adjuster
« on: 11 September 2019, 22:19:13 »
It depends which way the adjuster was last installed, so we can't tell you without trying your car.
It's much easier if you use a narrow screwdriver, and shine a torch through the hole so you can see if you're on the adjuster wheel. It might take a full turn(several flicks of the wheel) before there is any noticeable effect.


They might be different side to side too.


I use a sharp scriber to mark on the hub which way each one goes.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Prorogation Of Parliament.....
« on: 11 September 2019, 18:07:09 »
But other than a few minor setbacks Brexit seems to be progressing quite nicely....... ::)


yes after 3 and a bit years we have successfully pissed off everyone who might be affected by whatever Brexit ends up being.


What a result, what could we have acheived with a little effort?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 11 September 2019, 14:30:06 »
...and your point is? :-X


Reasons.


I've got them, so do you and the rest of us. Yet we'll draw different conclusions from the same incident.


I can justify most of mine, and the rest I'll blame on genes: the whole family has them, we're all stubborn opinionated arseholes and will revert to type at the drop of a hat. Mine's a hemp Tilley because it works in most weather we get here.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 11 September 2019, 13:08:35 »
But not as moronic as buying a new one and keeping it as a spare.
Well, I may be a moron, but since learning my lesson in France, the subsequent times its happened, I've not looked such a tit, have I ;)


I have no idea how you manage to break/wear out  as much stuff as you do.....


The only small, fixable at the roadside breakdowns I've had in over 30 years were when a condenser failed, and when the fan belt made the cam belt jump a few teeth. Both were my fault: the condenser broke my no Intermotor parts rule; the fan belt was on my list, and wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't left off the belt cover because it looked cooler. Both problems were sorted when the AA man turned up with tools and I fixed the cars. I also refitted the cambelt cover because I now had conclusive proof that leaving it off was a moronic thing to do.


I've had big failures too, but carrying a spare axle, gearbox, radiator, brake caliper or engine and the tools to replace them isn't really feasible.


So I don't carry spares, and only have a socket set and a few other small tools because I have several sets of them.


I have refused to fit spare wheels on several occasions, and couldn't on another because they'd taken the 'good' spare out of their previous car(3 years earlier) and it was my fault I couldn't fit a Metro spare to a Corolla ::)


I've been handed:

a spare fan belt, that was actually a cam belt for a different engine.
H4 bulb for a blown HID
an entire exhaust system that had rusted through at the front joint
the drive belt and cam belt pulleys still attached to the crank snout, which is still my favourite :y
an air filter that looks OK to me when it was so black and hairy it would have made a decent rasta wig
complete gearlever, mounting plate an  part of the internal actuating rod
brake pads to put back into the caliper they had fallen out of :o


etc.


I have also:
whittled an oil filler car from a fence post
reattached a Metro gearlever with half a bag of cable ties to get them home to Exeter
removed countless flapping undertrays and rusty back boxes
cut some of my loading timber down to prop up the back of a TVR with a snapped coilover just so we could the car
reassembled and strapped in place bottom balljoints - 50/50 lowered cars or the wrong pinch bolt
fitted a replacement inner TCA bolt to a 2.8i Capri - I had one in my toolbox for some reason ;)


Some stupid things the driver said:
why has it broken down when it's only just been MOTd? - the slight oil leak advisory 8 months earlier turned out to be a weeping main seal that had got worse and contaminated the cam belt.
there can't be anything wrong with that, it's new - I hear this a lot from my mother who considers anything she's paid for over the last 79years to still be new
I don't know how to open the bonnet
why has the tyre worn through like that, they're supposed to be runflats - 600 miles on a flat tyre with the warning light on!!
and probably the best candidate for use of a Lawgiver: It can't be a flat battery this is a BMW - which a 10 year old 316 most certainly is

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General Car Chat / Re: New Defender
« on: 11 September 2019, 12:26:29 »
85 ecus doesn't seem particularly military friendly :-\

Don't think many farmers will want them either !!! :-X


Not when they can buy a Ranger, L200 etc for 20k. Which are the reasons why they stopped buying Defenders and Discoveries in the first place.


I like it though; it looks like a mk3/4 Defender would have done if L/R had developed them continuously, and is without all the pointless design of the other cars. It looks thoroughly useful and practical too. If they can make it as durable as a Ranger, then it should have a long life.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 11 September 2019, 10:28:34 »
I have a good quality AAA LED torch clipped to whatever key ring is relevant.
I always have a knife and a watch.


I don't carry a first aid kit, but there's one in my car along with a fire extinguisher, emergency triangle, small tool kit, AA card and a bigger torch.


Having a basic plan to deal with likely problems is not a new thing, nor is it panicking.

..and some of us carry crank sensors for the same reason. ::) ::) ::)


I did. It was the old one that I replaced before doing proper diagnosis that actually fixed the problem. It worked so I kept it. Keeping it anywhere other than the car would have been moronic. But not as moronic as buying a new one and keeping it as a spare.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 11 September 2019, 08:55:19 »
I doubt many people have a bug out bag ready
or enough emergency supplies for when the BREXIT bomb goes off  ;D


Of course they do: the car is parked facing out, the pilot is camping in the back of the fuelled Citation, they won't need to file a flight plan because they won't be returning from their own private island in the Caribbean.


What do you mean you don't have an island? Or a plane? You don't own your own plane??You must be some sort communist scum who doesn't deserve to live!

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General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: 10 September 2019, 22:52:29 »
Offset, wheel width and tyre size ;)

Manual lists suitable wheel and tyre sizes ;)
The manual lists a broad range of tyre sizes, from 195/65 R 15 to 225/45 R 18, together with tyres pressures for many load options. The only mention of wheels is the tightening torque of 110Nm. Winter tyres size 235/35 R 19 are also possible.


It doesn't mention how to measure the bearing clearances either, because it's utterly unnecessary information for most users. Ever met someone who doesn't know if their car is FWD or RWD or what it means? They're most of the drivers out there.


Tightening torque is a function of the M12x1.5 bolts, not the wheels.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 10 September 2019, 22:28:10 »
One more thing:
that sort of bag is not to be kept at home in case you have to go out. It's kept at work or other places you might frequently be to help get you home in an emergency. If you think that sort of thing is necessary.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Emergency Grab Bags
« on: 10 September 2019, 22:10:06 »
I have a good quality AAA LED torch clipped to whatever key ring is relevant.
I always have a knife and a watch.


I don't carry a first aid kit, but there's one in my car along with a fire extinguisher, emergency triangle, small tool kit, AA card and a bigger torch.


Having a basic plan to deal with likely problems is not a new thing, nor is it panicking.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Watch battery cost.
« on: 10 September 2019, 22:02:51 »
Oh dear another watch thread..........

Why on earth do you need a watch ::)

Save your money.


You'll be telling me I don't need the knife I always carry, or the torch that's clipped to my key ring.


What the last 8 months has proved to me is that I don't need a cell phone.

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General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: 10 September 2019, 21:56:29 »
Terry had 225 wide tyres fitted anyway from his post above
the offset difference is tiny
rolling radius is within the scope of the 9mm tyre wear possibility

calculator here clicky

Terry get the actual offset that is stamped on the wheels and width of wheel 7J  :-\ :y

I doubt Terry will be pushing the car hard enough for any geometry issues on a 11 year old car ,pottering about  ::)


Get the offset in particular wrong, and you'll feel the issues when creeping out of a parking space. Although lots of people get away with badly specified wheels, advising someone to just try them is stupid. Using unsuitable wheels/tyres just because you've got a stash of them is equally bad. Such stashes of tyres tend to be well past their best if not actually dangerous as well.


J is the bead profile and has nothing to do with the width, although they're usually quoted together.

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