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Messages - Kevin Wood

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Don't need to jack car up, just get 8, 18" square pieces of steel, grease them up make 4 sandwich, then you have 4 skid/turntable plates.


a glossy magazine under each wheel works just as well.

But then Webby would ruin his copies of Jugs Monthly..


there's three adjustments worth in a year. And if you replace all of the service/wear parts it won't need doing for ages - twice in the nine years I owned the car.

If only they worked as well with the pages stuck together.  :-X

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My view is that it's a compromise you face for having a relatively simple MacPherson strut suspension setup as opposed to a double wishbone. In addition, the Omega is wearing much wider rubber than was the norm when the original platform was designed, and that doesn't help matters. 

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General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler Short Cycling
« on: 12 November 2019, 21:06:57 »
I've probably got a load of the capacitors. Happy to swap them next time I'm over your way. :y

(can do am postal service on the spare board if it's urgent)

Is it lighting fully then shutting down fully (right back to fan off) or cycling through the ignition sequence (fan then pilot then main burner) with the fan running constantly?

I think the cap failure normally results in the latter. The former is likely to be the main thermostat, or maybe the overheat thermostat is tripping for some reason.

Ours kettled very badly when we first moved here and I found the system had been poorly maintained. Fixed a leak that was causing it to take on fresh water and gave it a good flush and some inhibitor it's been silent ever since.

They are worth persevering with. Fix the dodgy caps and lubricate the fan bearings every so often and they'll go on for ever.

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General Car Chat / Re: Jag XF Sportbrake
« on: 10 November 2019, 01:13:28 »
No bleddy lefties in my car thank you very much!   >:(

And I don't care how 'progressive'  they are!  :D

Getting choosy these days, I see! I thought the only criterion was sufficient cider consumption... ;D

Mind you, no doubt you'd need to get some special vegan cider in this case, where the yeast has signed a contract stating that they agree to you exploiting them for yourher intoxication.

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If you have live data, I'd also check the fuel trims aren't wandering off too far. If they are, it could be a MAF sensor failure although the front lambda sensor is also a possibility.
It's a 1995 2.0L so it doesn't have a pre-cat.  It should be just the one lambda sensor before the main cat, isn't it? There's no post cat sensor to indicate that the cat is working properly as there is on the 2.2. These sensors have an 'official' life of about 60,000 miles. Factor in old age, means it probably needs replacing in any event. I'd be inclined to eliminate the MAF as an issue, replace the sensor and measure the emissions at the tail-pipe. If they're still out then try the cataclean, but might well be that you need a new catalytic downpipe.

Yes, right you are. IIRC, the 2.0 has the less common titania lambda sensor, too, so be careful to get the correct type if changing it.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 09 November 2019, 10:33:06 »
Yep, know that feeling. Although what I've replaced it with is better in almost every respect, the Omega did me for nearly 200k of mostly trouble free motoring and was still a lovely car to drive 'till the end.

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If you have live data, I'd also check the fuel trims aren't wandering off too far. If they are, it could be a MAF sensor failure although the front lambda sensor is also a possibility.

Check that there aren't any leaks into the exhaust system too. On the 4 pots, cracks in the exhaust manifold, failed studs and failed exhaust flexi sections can all cause the lambda sensor to mis-read and affect fuelling accuracy. This is in addition to intake air leaks, all of which will see the fuel trims wander off zero.

That said, the lambda isn't that far off and, although that reading is prone to error on the MOT analysers, the fact that you have a little HC present as well at a reasonable lambda makes me think the cat might have seen better days. Check the engine is getting up to normal operating temperature, though. :y


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General Discussion Area / Re: A deal might be done
« on: 09 November 2019, 10:15:41 »
It's a bit waterlogged...

That's an improvement on soiled, mind... :D

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they pulled a youngish bloke with an Arstra towing a box trailer bigger than the car, it was full of rubble,
the car and trailer was still there an hour later when I went back.
I know about the 750kg limit, and max gross of whatever,

That'd do it. :y

It's a stupid rule because all the younger glider pilots I know choose really light cars to tow their trailers so they're safely within the 3.5t train weight limit. In what way is that any better than getting the biggest, ugliest 4x4 you can lay your hands on for the job?  :D

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General Car Chat / Re: Jag XF Sportbrake
« on: 09 November 2019, 10:06:53 »
No bleddy lefties in my car thank you very much!   >:(

And I don't care how 'progressive'  they are!  :D

Getting choosy these days, I see! I thought the only criterion was sufficient cider consumption... ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 09 November 2019, 10:04:45 »
Er. No.

Although I have nervously been scrapping the barrel for a back up and a C5 auto estate with no drive popped up...  :D
No drive? Where you gonna park it?
From the gearbox. Silly ;D

French car with a fault. Sounds like a great buy!  :y

There are two types of French cars. French cars with a fault and French cars about to develop a fault. At least you know this one has a proper fault. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Jag XF Sportbrake
« on: 08 November 2019, 18:33:58 »
Certainly the 20way seats in my one, also available in the XF, were more comfortable than any Zaf I've been in, though maybe I got the setting just right :)

But your short arse, properly sized people like me at 6ft5 find most seats lacking in thigh support.

The extending front part in the SRI trim, are very comfortable and supportive.
No, Lanky, I'm normal. In every way.

;D

Yet you don't fancy the arse off Shami C. :)
Nobody sane does.  A true minger.

I fancy her although I'm far from sane. :)

I believe I could cure her of her feminism. :)
Doubt it. One look at your grotesque dial and she'll be off men forever.  ;D

You have a point. Perhaps a gimp mask would help. :)
Just a common or garden bag over the head might do it  ;D

I'll need something. Unfortunately I'm not blessed with movie star good looks, like your average scouser. :)

Perhaps you could borrow Tigger's Marina and take her for a "ride" in it. ;D

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Presumably it reduces strain on the brake band surfaces  :-\

All the friction surfaces are fully engaged / disengaged except when changing, so it just means the torque converter isn't heating up the fluid as much (and saves a little fuel).

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It's worth dropping the sumps anyway so you can clean out the sumps and remove any swarf from the magnet in the sump, and also replace or clean out (with paraffin) the filter.

I'd say at 75k you shouldn't worry about any debris getting flushed out. In any case, that's what the filter's there to catch. Such stories are @rse covering by garages on the whole, IMHO. That said, I'd only flush with clean ATF, not any other agent.

We've always recommended just dropping the sumps and then refilling and checking the level with engine running after a short drive. Yes, there's a litre or two of fluid you can't get to but as long as you haven't left it until it's minging that doesn't really matter.

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General Car Chat / Re: Jag XF Sportbrake
« on: 08 November 2019, 04:37:58 »
The obvious solution for Merc would have been to design the mirror properly, as Opel did back in the early 90s.

Jaguar I'll excuse, seeing as they can't even get a clock to update. A mirror is simply too far for them ;D

Amen to that. The auto dipping mirror in the XE is completely pants. Doesn't auto adjust, as discussed, and only after someone with misaligned headlights has been following you for about 10 minutes does it allow you to be dazzled with light with a slightly green tint instead. >:(

How hard is it just to give me a little lever to dip the mirror myself at night? >:(

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