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General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: Yesterday at 21:27:47 »
Seems low mileage for wheel bearing :-\

My father had a mysterious drone in his last Vauxhall. Turned out to be the (rear) tyres.

If they are going to need replacing in the near future then wait and see whether that makes a difference. If the rear tyres are original and have lots of tread then get them swapped to the front and see if that makes a difference.

Tyres are the most likely suspects,run your hand over the tread on the inside of the rear tyres and if it feels lumpy or scalloped then that's what it'll be,I've argued with many customers who have insisted its wheel bearings,if in doubt jach it up and spin the rear wheels,if the bearings are suss you'll hear/feel the noise/vibration

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In a previous life, I had a Renault 4, which never needed anything other than routinr services, except for one set of windscreen wiper bushes.
I used to do in excess of 30k miles per year, and because the rear was higher than the front it was almost always going downhill - hence the excellent fuel economy! Front wheel drive and a light body meant that the rear wheels only had to keep the rear end (of the CAR!) off the ground; hence the rear tyres lasted for 80k miles.
Enjoy your frogmobile, Albs - they CAN last.

Ron.

I'm currently in Croatia and Renault 4's are everywhere,can't remember the Last time I saw one at home

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General Car Chat / Re: Engine light on
« on: 20 August 2019, 17:17:09 »
If you have pics of before you removed the belt Terry why not go back to that setting?,after all there were no problems then !

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General Discussion Area / Re: Albs
« on: 15 August 2019, 09:39:42 »
If he's on holiday in France you could meed him out there for a cambelt party. :y :P

Croatia,so that wont work,besides it's too hot here :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Albs
« on: 13 August 2019, 21:45:28 »
"a small hatch " ???
do you have chickens as well as a donkey
are you setting up a small holding  :P

all joking aside , how is it ? have you investigated the cambelt yet ?
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Unless I find some tippex marks or similar under the cover then I reckon I will be changing it in the near future. Watched a video on youtube last night and it looks like a right pita, but if it has to be done.... ::)

They aren't too bad to do,early ones had the crank sprocket not keyed so much care and correct lock  kit required,later ones are keyed  so easier to deal with

Its a 59 plate. don't know if that's early or not ?  :-\

I think that's late enough to be keyed,when I get back from my holibobs I'll have a look on autodata

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General Discussion Area / Re: Albs
« on: 12 August 2019, 23:12:20 »
"a small hatch " ???
do you have chickens as well as a donkey
are you setting up a small holding  :P

all joking aside , how is it ? have you investigated the cambelt yet ?
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Unless I find some tippex marks or similar under the cover then I reckon I will be changing it in the near future. Watched a video on youtube last night and it looks like a right pita, but if it has to be done.... ::)

They aren't too bad to do,early ones had the crank sprocket not keyed so much care and correct lock  kit required,later ones are keyed  so easier to deal with

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Thanks Dave. I wasn't planning to change the water pump. I have Astras showing 174K and 155K on their original water pumps running fine, and if the pump fails it's not serious. Cambelt failure is disastrous.

If the pump is cambelt driven it needs changing with the belt kit :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 11 August 2019, 18:59:46 »
On the drive home from work this morning my recently acquired C**o claimed I averaged 63.7mpg. I strongly suspect the little froggy bastid is telling me porkies. I shall brim the tank soon and find out.  ::)

I'll bet its not far out,cutomer of mine had a megane estate  with the same lump and he managed 64 on a run driving at 55mph, I said that must of been painful at that speed but he said it was ok as he was towing a trailer !!!

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 10 August 2019, 11:18:57 »
Service the Saaaab today ready for a blat to Heathrow next week :y
It's a Saab, a service is, check oil, fill with fuel, and wash.  So I'm led to believe by saabist's
Anything else is 'take to dealer/specialist'  :D

TBH, if you can't work on a Saab 4 pot, you should just take all your tools to the charity shop.  ;D

I've found them easy to work on other than some of the suspension bushes which are a pig to get at and some hard to reach hoses and vac lines. No different to any other we'd car I guess.

The most annoying job I've had to do to date, bar none is the crank position sensor on the Desmond. I don't know if I was doing it wrong, but it just seemed a complete b!tch to get at.  :-\

It is easy to work on as engine bay is big so plenty of room for most things although alternator looks a chore :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gay of E
« on: 08 August 2019, 22:52:56 »
I'm just ordering her a new USB fan (she aint allowed mains powered fans at her place), and I don't think I can repair hers yet again, it is just worn out ;D .

Hoping the (single) one I've found is identical to the one that's knackered, as most of them she has had couldn't blow a spec of dust away. It looks the same, except colour, but the image is a bit crap.

Its from egay. What could possibly go wrong ;D


For most of us? Nothing.
For you? God knows ;D

I was thinking same,I buy loads off the bay without issue :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 08 August 2019, 22:46:10 »
Service the Saaaab today ready for a blat to Heathrow next week :y
So if you're going to travel more than a hundred miles, you have to service your car?  ;D

Mine would have had over 100 services since it was last in the garage.  ;D

Service due anyway,last done for previous keeper by me 10k miles ago :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 08 August 2019, 16:43:58 »
Service the Saaaab today ready for a blat to Heathrow next week :y

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Test Zone / Re: Postimage.org test pic.
« on: 08 August 2019, 14:09:59 »
Looks better now as the scabby number plates have been replaced with new ones housed in irmscher surrounds.  :)

Without pictures its never happened :D :D,has it still got rear arches  ::) :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 06 August 2019, 13:32:15 »
09 clit belt is 90k miles or 6 years :y

filter doesn't like C L I O does it ;D ;D

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It was a good race,enjoyed that :y :y
Oh yeah, this thread was something to do with F1, wasn't it?  ;D

Ahem  ::) ::)

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