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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 14 June 2019, 06:00:10 »
Day 42

Cannot sleep for talk of death and tightening nuts with tweezers.  ;D


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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 13 June 2019, 22:40:23 »
Might not be one but will have a look.  Good suggestion.


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Rain. I am sick of it.

20 deg C tonight and raining.

Cant wait to get back to months of unending sun :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Runners and Riders!
« on: 13 June 2019, 22:04:25 »
I just can't see Johnson cutting it. He is damaged goods .

The hard core Remainers will be rioting on the streets.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 13 June 2019, 22:01:26 »
Getting pretty tired now one way and another.

Arrived at stealer this morning . Job complete and I notice one bolt cover missing. Very obvious. However in the ensuing making sure we had asked all the right questions including

Was the locking wheel bolt loose when we arrived. Yes ( i thought it was too as the remover was still in the car)

Do I need to come back and check the torque after 50 mles. No

Were all the other three wheel tight Yes

What the report said. ( predictably not a lot other than wheel was loose on arrival)

So we left without the sodding bolt cover. Unimpressed that they forgot it.

Fifty miles down the road we stopped for a coffee to decide whether to continue or turn around and head back to UK dealer. Decided to continue. Going to ask French dealer to post the cover on.

First bit of decent motorway we get up to 130 kmh and there is a bad vibration. Lessens at 120 or 140.  So is that front wheels out of balance or transmission tatered? The swapped over tyre on new rim was balanced supposedly.

Confidence in the car is fairly low. Ideally I would like to go to yet another VW dealer and get their opinion. Even more expense. I havegot to the point where I am hearing noises and expecting the wheel to come loose again.

If I could just get another identical car , I would. However it was really hard getting this one and we have invested money in it.

Bill for wheel and changing tyre was 830 euros. Now over 1000 euros out of pocket.

Going to ring the UK dealer on Friday.

Managed to get to Angouleme today in what little travelling time was available we have set target of a place near San Sebastion for tomorrow.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 13 June 2019, 07:43:57 »
Guilty. For years , the only petson to tighten wheels on our Omegas was me, ditto the Vitara. I even carry the torque wrench around with me.

My bad as do not carry it in the Golf, which doesnt even have a spare wheel or wrench or jack.

Have just asked the dealer for the old rim and wheel bolts. The crucial thing in my mind ( lay awake thinking about it) is was the locking wheel bolt the one that was tight? Will wait andsee how bland the paperwork “report” is. As said earlier, one dealer isnt going to shop another.

Re going back after fifty miles, I will scrutinise our paperwork but how many people have ever heard of a wheel coming loose on a modern car?  I might even translate and ask this dealer if I need to come back after 80km .

Hey ho.

PS microwave dinners can be cooked in a saucepan without causing the diners to be ill next day. My tip is to add a dash of wine to stop them drying out at simmering stage!

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 12 June 2019, 21:13:12 »
Mm good point but we paid by visa debit.

How far can you reasonably travel before bolts come loose if they weren't tightened to correct torque? Is it to do with high speed?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 12 June 2019, 20:38:00 »
Not going to name dealer.

We are going to keep the rim as evidence. Going to get the French dealer to check other wheels are torqued up. We have photos taken on our phone by dealer of the knackered bolts and rim.

We will of course take it up with the UK dealer. It is only reasonable and fair for them to respond.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Wheel of misfortune
« on: 12 June 2019, 20:11:58 »
Back in UK.


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General Discussion Area / Wheel of misfortune
« on: 12 June 2019, 19:57:06 »
We have done that many miles since January1st that we had a routine service , gearbox oil change and new discs fitted by a VW dealer.

Today we were belting down the motorway towards Le Mans doing 130 km an hour when the car developed an enormous vibration which I thought was coming from the front left of our Golf.

Got off the motorway and limped (20kmh) to a nearby VW dealer. Problem was Front wheel only held on by one bolt, rest were loose including the locking wheel nut. Wheel fubar.

JIT gets us one for tomorrow for 776 euros all in. What a bargain that is....😖. At least we’re still alive 🙂

No internet access at dealer. Mobile phone coverage rubbish. Amazingly got a Bergerie organised (despite le mans) tomorrow nights hotel changed from tonights.

Taxi cost 62 euros for 20 km of single track roads to lovely accommodation, and the same back to civilisation tomorrow......Will he come back in the morning for us?  Can we afford it if he does....?

Sitting writing this having a good laugh trying to cook microwave meals without a microwave. How do you know ? The place is very nice barn conversion. First course is porc in caramel and rice which I have enhanced by burning it in the pan. Second course is emince de poulet with sarladaises potatoes. Roughly translated as burnt mince with sardonic potatoes.

Back to the stealer tomorrow. Who is going to pay for all of this?

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Runners and Riders!
« on: 11 June 2019, 18:05:35 »
Maybe one will be brave enough to say..

Start point is no deal. Then we will negotiate afresh. ( lots of basic work has already been done)

New leaving date of  say Oct 20 2020. Plenty of time for businesses to make their arrangements.

I see we have signed a free trade agreement in principlewith South Korea. Unsurpringly it is much the same as now! Parts and cars to UK and Cars and crude oil to them. Lets get a shed load more fta agreements signed.

Those scaremongers that say food prices will rocket.... do the US not want to sell us cheap food? Surely we just need to ahree some standards? Joe publicwill love evencheaper chicken prices for their KFC !

Johnson is keeping his powder dry. Shame he didnt stand and instead back Steve Baker. Hey Ho.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Lyme Regis
« on: 11 June 2019, 16:31:20 »
Lyme Regis is much like Bournemouth. A place where old people go to die. :)

Could be worse. Could go to Yeovil to die.  What a dump.

Tonight we are in Montreiul in Northern France.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Lyme Regis
« on: 11 June 2019, 08:14:08 »
Yes, been to West Bay years ago in the 70’s.

From memory very nice.

Got lost last night in the rabbit warren of roads around Yeovil. Shan't miss that and meeting tractors on narrow lanes in heavy rain!

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General Discussion Area / Lyme Regis
« on: 11 June 2019, 00:41:05 »
What a splendid seaside town. Spent a very enjoyable day till it rained.

Whilst the roads are scenic in Dorset and Somerset , i can see why you see cars with dings and dents.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Canadian F1 GP (Spoiler)
« on: 10 June 2019, 18:59:11 »
Then you under estimate the focus and speed that a racing driver possesses n the brain dept. That is their job and at a top level they are very good at it.

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