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General Car Chat / Tyre fitters
« on: 23 August 2016, 22:05:05 »
At great expense, I had 2 tyres fitted to my Merc today. SHE  :o fitted one of the new tyres, placed it on the balancer, spun it up & it told her to fit a 45g & a 30g weight. She then spun it up again and proceeded to fit another packet of them elsewhere on the rim. I intervened & said I wasn't happy with the amount of weights she was going to be fitting. She looked at me blank.  ??? I suggested she moved the rim & tyre relative to each other. She looked at me blank.  ???
She sought help and re-balanced it .... I've not actually looked yet, but when she was fitting the wheel to my car, she said .... I didn't know you could do that!  ??? ???

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General Discussion Area / Dozy Bint!
« on: 22 August 2016, 19:09:57 »
Not once or twice, but three bloody times!  :o  >:( >:(

Is a "comprehensive safety briefing" long for 'a bo11ocking'?  ::)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37154028

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General Discussion Area / led load resistors
« on: 14 August 2016, 23:19:09 »
My 'new' caravan has led front & side marker lights. My problem with them is that they flash continuously whether the car's lights are on or off. So it's been suggested to me that it's the car's CANbus lamp check & I need to fit  load resistor across them.
My question is ....... what value of resistor am I fitting? Looking on eBay there are loads of 6ohm clicky bu they seem to be for a bigger indicator, whereas I have just 3 little leds - 1 front & 2 side marker each side.

Any suggestion of a resistor size would be most welcome

TIA

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General Discussion Area / Inside the Factory
« on: 11 August 2016, 19:57:28 »
Did anyone see the shit tip I work in on Monday?  ::)  ::) It looked better on the telly than it does in the flesh  ;D

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07nwlvg/inside-the-factory-series-2-3-baked-beans

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General Discussion Area / kids car seats
« on: 11 August 2016, 19:03:38 »
Good God! What a bewildering choice of car seats there are out there. Grandaughter is virtually spilling out of here first rear facing seat, naively I thought that the silvercross base that we already have would have an older child seat that would just clip onto it ......... it appears not. Though Silver Cross do a seat for 650!!!!!  :o :o :o
The search has begun  :-\ .... I want Isofix fitting  :y

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General Car Chat / caliper paint
« on: 23 July 2016, 21:13:22 »
What do you all use for painting brake calipers/drums? I painted my Omega's calipers RED, but I want something a little more subtle for my Merc & Smart Roadster. I want a grey/silver finish that looks like OE finish  :y

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General Discussion Area / Military action in Ankara
« on: 15 July 2016, 21:38:59 »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36809083

Anyone still keep in touch with Cem?

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General Discussion Area / SHHHHH! THERE'S A BABY
« on: 22 June 2016, 22:52:37 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Bp7vWvN1c

Irish fans at their very best!  :y :y :y

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Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Wheel centres
« on: 03 June 2016, 15:39:34 »
I've four centres from 98 MFL Elite 16" rims ready for the bin ..... anyone want them? :-\ FOC of course   :y

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General Car Chat / Road tax
« on: 30 May 2016, 11:29:36 »
When did my 'road tax' go up?  ??? It was 'only' 485 last year, but now a nice round 500  :o  :o  :o  :'(

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General Discussion Area / man's inhumanity to man
« on: 07 May 2016, 20:40:27 »
I heard about this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-36224015 this afternoon.  >:( >:( >:(

There really are some evil barstewards around around!!!  >:( >:( >:( >:( Can only hope they have an 'accident' when they're nicked

87
General Car Chat / Used car salesmen
« on: 18 April 2016, 20:28:41 »
I told him I'd share my experience of his garage with everyone I know so here goes ......

I've thought about retiring my Smart Roadster to weekend toy so considered a 'normal' fortwo Smart and saw this 84bhp version ie turbo'd, similar to my Roadster. Fortwo
By default they do NOT have power steering and after a drive of AN Other Smart for sale I've decided that (as small as they are)I'd prefer PAS.
I phoned him this morning to specifically ask if the car had PAS. He said yes, I asked if he was sure because they don't all have it and in an air of superiority said YES again. So I drove the 45 miles or so to get there, got stuck in traffic in the centre of Bratford and arrived an hour & three quarters later. I eventually got see him after wandering around the premises for 10 mins and resorting to phoning him from outside. He wandered up with the key & opened it. I asked if I could start it. No he said!!  ??? I said I wanted to confirm it had PAS. His reply was ..... 'why would it NOT have it?' I briefly & curtly explained why  >:(. He started the car, after he found the ignition in the middle, tried to turn the wheel & meekly shook his head & said no.
What a CITY BANKER!!!!!!!!!!! I expressed my delight in my wasted time & walked ..... before I said anything else.
So if you want to waste 4 hours of your time going to see a car that you've asked specific questions about and not even be allowed to start it, then Wilsden Autos  http://www.wilsdenautos.co.uk/  in Bratford is THE place to go.

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General Car Chat / Corsas
« on: 05 April 2016, 13:22:26 »
Daughter is looking at Corsas. I know the 1.0 is only half a V6 and is best avoided, but are the 1.2 & 1.4 belt driven cam shaft or chain? If belt, I assume the default 4 yr/40k  :-\

TIA

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General Discussion Area / school boy error
« on: 04 April 2016, 19:34:53 »
Daughter phoned me at work today to tell me that, she'd Googled the noise coming from her caar when braking & decided that she needed new pads. So my task when I got home was changing a Siecento's brake pads. She was right, it needed new pads because one of the pads had stuck so the opposite pads was almost down to the backing plate.
While pushing the pads back I noticed something wet dripping from the drive shaft ....... completely forgot about the master cylinder level  :-[ :-[ :-[ Pads changed in about 20 mins at most ...... another 10 mopping up brake fluid  ???

If only its 'fan belt' was as easy! PITA   ??? ??? ??? ???

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General Discussion Area / Sturgeon still for indendance
« on: 13 March 2016, 00:24:02 »
I though the Yes No vote was going to be a once in a life time ......  :-X

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35788489

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