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Messages - henryd

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General Car Chat / Re: new (to me) car time soon
« on: Yesterday at 23:32:48 »
Try a Touareg Andy,best tower I've ever had by a country mile :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Don't Remember !
« on: 14 February 2019, 19:55:50 »
I'm more surprised  that he survived the crash than that he cant remember it,doesnt matter as already said he was the pilot and he  oppsed up bigtime

General Car Chat / Re: GPS week rollover
« on: 14 February 2019, 08:28:53 »
The NCDC units were crap anyway, in my view.

CD would constantly be spat out in morning, due to condensation the the disc. The maps were very old, to the verge of being pointless. They don’t take full postcode, often struggled with industrial estates or where no traditional road/number.

Waze on the other hand, start app, says are you going home? Tap go and boom, multiple options based on live traffic data and dynamic routing updating as you go, based on traffic. Not once has it given me issues in position/routing.
Just downloaded that. I'll give it a go tomorrow  :y

It's very good :y

General Car Chat / Re: drive belt
« on: 09 February 2019, 16:01:53 »
J-B weld FTW. :y

Have the mounting come off the block or the head?
the engine . its snapped & half of the mounting is still attached to the bolt. imagine a bolt with half a nut on the bolts threads. we toyed with the idea of trying to find a belt & do away with the tensioner &  putting just on three pulleys.

You could do that with a stretch belt like a Ford focus and suchlike uses :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 08 February 2019, 21:36:44 »
Albert Finney 82 good actor .

I need to pay more attention. I thought he dropped off the perch about 30 years ago. :-\

Nah,he would have missed Skyfall then,good actor though. Rip

General Car Chat / Re: Buying at car auctions - any advice?
« on: 07 February 2019, 12:08:35 »
pretty much the only small car actually designed to work with an auto box in recent years is the Nissan Micra  all the rest are as you say automated manuals  :y

I thought the Micra (and all the other Nissan automatics) were actually CVT gearboxes.. that said, her instructor's car was a CVT too (Toyota Yaris hybrid) so she was used to driving those; I'm just leery of them in case the rubber bands brake ;D

I've never seen a Micra CVT break,they probably do like most other things but its not common

Omega General Help / Re: 1995 2ltr 16V CONTITECH Timing belt problem
« on: 06 February 2019, 19:25:56 »
Also Addy,did you compare the old belt with the New one for length/ number of teeth before fitting it ???

General Car Chat / Re: MB Hold system
« on: 06 February 2019, 12:39:39 »
Looks like it was caused by the aux. battery being low, seems fine now :y

But why was it low?

Aux. battery wasn't low, I misdiagnosed it.

Seems like the parking brake mechanism needs a good service.

Been parking on the flat and not using the parking brake - everything works fine.

But doesn't 'hold' use the normal foot brake system & not the hand/parking brake

yes :y

General Car Chat / Re: Buying at car auctions - any advice?
« on: 06 February 2019, 12:38:42 »
In my experience, a Mini is best avoided at all costs, out of a warranty and it’ll hurt. I never buy one, even if it’s seemingly cheap and would be ‘easy’ to make money on.

BCA - great vast offering of stock, but as Tigger says, buyers premiums are a lot! You need to have a BCA Gold card with you for it to be worth going. Look at some large independent auctions too!

I would whole heartedly agree with Josh on this :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Vectra C no. plate lights.
« on: 04 February 2019, 22:27:01 »
Page 128 of my manual says "In positions side light and head lights, the tail lights and number plate are also on". That,s the only time that the no. plate lights are mentioned, unless i,ve missed something. :-\

My Signum used to do same thing :y

General Car Chat / Re: We know they can't fix cars but ....
« on: 04 February 2019, 15:15:46 »
I've only used them once and that was for new rear discs and pads on my Omega when I first bought it and didn't have the time, inclination or facilities to DIY at the time.  After phoning around they were the cheapest, I dropped the car off, they did the job, charged me what they quoted and didn't try to upsell anything.

Maybe I was lucky?  ::)

There is obviously the odd branch that is run by humans :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Mini needs a new clutch
« on: 04 February 2019, 09:42:29 »
Hi all.

My friends Mini needs a new clutch. Does anyone know if this is a big job and how much it's likely to cost? It's a 2002 Cooper model.

Many thanks.


Daughter just paid £420 for a clutch in a 2001 Bini Cooper - @ 98K

Given that it's a petrol, I VERY much doubt if its got a Dual Mass Flywheel

They used LUK620323900 clutch kit and 5 hours of labour.

Kellets Garage L37 8EG if you are local. 

It was the third they'd done since Christmas, so they are obviously practised at the job.

A dual mass is listed for an 02 cooper but does say if fitted so it seems not all have it

General Car Chat / Re: oil seal installer tool
« on: 01 February 2019, 16:00:18 »
A piece of suitable diameter plastic drain pipe would suffice and easily strong enough to do the job

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 01 February 2019, 09:56:15 »
BMW's don't like the cold either, spent 10 mins trying to open fuel filler cap this morning. Frozen solid.

Nearly had to go back for my car.....

That's pretty woeful, its not even particularly cold - in the grand scheme of things  ::)
Why ???

It was raining all evening yesterday, then it snowed and then temperature dropped below freezing...

Any moisture inside the unsealed flap would freely condense onto any surface and promptly freeze.

And I thought you were bright...  ::)

No different to doors freezing onto saturated/wet frame seals, which incidentally are air tightish not water tight... And given that they're designed to be opened with a sub 10lb pull, no wonder that people break everything trying to rip the doors open with one foot on the adjacent panel ::)
Never had any opening, be it boot, bonnet, door or fuel filler frozen so much I couldn't open it.  I've had it where you can feel the door on the seal as you open, but not "stuck"

And we having seen cold temps for a few years TBH, so its a bit poor if people are finding things frozen shut, IMHO.

In proper cold (sub -15C before windchill) I've had the door key slots have a layer of ice over, which needs digging out with the key blade...   ...but can't remember the last car I had that needed a key to open.

My focus this morning had frozen door handles and latches so once I opened the doors I couldn't re-latch them,took quite a lot of de-icer to get things working again :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Corsa
« on: 30 January 2019, 10:04:17 »
I knew a bloke who went to Brighton in his Dads Escort. He noticed an almost identical one parked a few yards away.
Later in the day he was shocked to find his car wasn't where he left it, although the other one was still parked in the same spot.
He went to find a police station to report the car stolen, but when he came back to the scene with the police, his car was back where he left it and the other Escort had gone.
Only explanation was that the other driver got in his car and drove off. Then realised they were driving the wrong car, so came back and swapped over.  ;D

Did similar with a Marina back in the day,got in it no problem but ignition lock was being awkward till I realised Stereo was different !!,beat a hasty retreat and re-locked car and went to find mine  :-\

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