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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap Service
« on: 23 January 2019, 11:24:47 »
You only get what you pay  ::)
so for a  sub £100 service they let their gimp play with your motor for 30 minutes  :o
He`s trained to booger-up & over-tighten the sump plug &  then charge you for a new one  :)

Perhaps, but IMHO you're just as likely to get said gimp in a main stealer.

My Dad had a Volvo company car years ago. It was always serviced at great expense by a main dealer. He sold it on to a car dealer who he knew quite well. A couple of days after purchasing it, and about 2 weeks after a main dealer service, the car dealer was cruising along the M3 when the oil light came on and the view through the rear window was completely obscured.

He got it recovered and discovered the sump plug thread completely stripped and a load of PTFE tape hanging from the hole.

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General Car Chat / Re: Seen today
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:59:46 »
.. goes and looks at Spyder Lotus Elans. :-*

108
General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:58:19 »
Is it over yet.
Lights are sill on here so obviously not. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Seen today
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:56:50 »
Top up on a day like this? No excuse for that - well, until it started snowing anyway.

I really fancy a TR4. Lovely looking cars. I suspect I'd hate driving it, though, so maybe it should remain a dream?

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: xenon bulb upgrade.
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:52:41 »
I'm sure I saw the MOT tester reversing my car out of the MOT bay with just the main beams and the front fogs lit earlier today.. like one or both of the HIDs had failed to strike. ::)

I wasn't going to say anything at the time. :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:47:39 »
Stop/Start only really helps in congested cities

That's all of them, then, these days!  :) :(
Because of all those stop/start vehicles that clog up all the junctions.
.. and the buses that don't have stop/start and can spew out as much sh1te as they like because they have 52 seats*.



*- 51 of which are empty and the remaining one occupied by a p*ss soaked old nodder on his way to the bookies. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Thought I was in the UK
« on: 22 January 2019, 18:40:16 »
So was I.  Im not sure if anything came out of the old Morris plant - now one of those office trading estates for the past 30yrs - in the BL days, I think it became just an extension to the Austin plant.  I'd have to ask.  I vaguely remember the bridge over the ringroad.

They certainly both produced the 'A' series engine
I thought the A series was built in Coventry?  I'd have to double check with one of the old duffers to confirm...

A series engines have been made all over the place as I understand it, with even the Japanese being involved at least at one time.  They are still being produced in Birmingham for old mini's apparently. :)

Coventry would have been producing them at one stage.
Datsun licenced it for a while.

I'll try to remember to ask the old duffers next time I'm in a pub with any of the 1960s Morris workers.
For its rust prevention properties, presumably? ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 January 2019, 11:59:03 »
Took it for its MOT, which it passed, much to my surprise. :o

Its one-way trip to Mr. Beanz has been postponed, it seems. :)

Given your other post about the floorpan .. do you have to drive it like this?



 ;D

It's tricky because the foot hole had to be 30cm from a prescribed area.  ::)

Still need to get the welder out at some point.

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General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: 22 January 2019, 11:52:19 »
Stop/Start only really helps in congested cities

That's all of them, then, these days!  :) :(
Places I avoid except when using public transport where I can use the numerous pubs to ease the pain. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: 22 January 2019, 11:09:32 »
....
I mean, he's also killing his throwout bearing, but plenty of people drive that way.

These are the same people you see rocking back & forward in the clutch on a hill rather than just applying the brakes
Back to my days of driving "classic British cars" when it was the only way to stop the engine stalling. Seems we've come full circle. :D

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 January 2019, 11:01:42 »
Took it for its MOT, which it passed, much to my surprise. :o

Its one-way trip to Mr. Beanz has been postponed, it seems. :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 21 January 2019, 21:54:07 »
If you think the fan should be running and it's not, unplug the fan motor and check for 12V at the plug. If there's 12V there, then it's an indication that the motor might be failed. If not, then either the ECU doesn't think it's hot enough or there's a relay / fuse upstream that's failed.

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap Service
« on: 21 January 2019, 14:01:42 »
My V70 is due a service and I CBA to do it myself, so I've been looking around for prices.  :)

I know my local garage will charge somewhere between £200-£250 for a full service, but being a tight arse I kept looking.

Best so far is ATS at £58.99 for a basic oil and filter change and if I book and pay online via Topcashback I get 5.25% off, so £56.04 and they use Mobile oil.  :y

That's the messy bit sorted and I can get the air, pollen and fuel filters from ECP for £31.24 (inc cashback) so a total of £87.28 for a full service with minimal effort from me.  :y

With the 3+service scheme Jaguar provide I pay between £199 and £249.

Having said that it is basically an oil and filter change by a retarded neanderthal.
You forgot the "road test". ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 21 January 2019, 11:10:13 »
Yep, it's not going to be nearly as reliant on the fan as a V6 Omega. If it hasn't actually overheated I would concentrate on the main issue which is oil pressure.

Does the oil pressure light come on now, and under what conditions?

High revs / Low revs / Idle revs?
Hot engine / cold engine?
After a long motorway run?
After a long period of idling?
etc.
Not come on since collection in London.

OK. In that case, I would probably hook up a manual oil pressure gauge and check the oil pressure with that, when fully warmed up, at idle and fast idle.  If it meets Vauxhall's spec. then replace the oil pressure switch and call it done. If not, then next actions depend on under what circumstances the pressure's low.

If it happens when sitting in traffic, then maybe, just maybe, overheating is a factor although I'd expect it to have boiled over by now if that's the case.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: 21 January 2019, 00:39:50 »
Cannot see May delivering anything that fits “ leave the EU”

Problem is, that means different things to different people.

May seems to have interpreted it as "stop free movement and let us make our own trade deals".

Others would probably be happy for free movement and trade to carry on as before but to bail us out of the "ever closer integration" conveyor belt towards a federal Europe.

... or somewhere in-between.

A full-on shitstorm no-deal is probably the only thing that would satisfy all leavers. Anything else and we may as well remain.  The number of people it won't satisfy is probably about the same in each case! ;D


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