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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17295 on: 14 November 2018, 18:25:57 »

Of course you can. What could possibly go wrong, Zebedee?  ;D
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« Reply #17296 on: 14 November 2018, 20:22:15 »

Of course you can. What could possibly go wrong, Zebedee?  ;D
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17297 on: 14 November 2018, 21:31:21 »

They're potentially the same, but your link doesn't give spring dimensions.

Save the six quid and buy the ones I linked to :y Decent seller, have used for several items over the years  :y
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17298 on: 14 November 2018, 21:40:59 »

They're potentially the same, but your link doesn't give spring dimensions.

Save the six quid and buy the ones I linked to :y Decent seller, have used for several items over the years  :y
looking at both, the 65 ones are "Coil Spring With Constant Wire Diameter" the cheaper are wit pigtail ends ,as per carlton (which snap ,and is a fail mot wise)

the same problem with astra G estate , the newer "Coil Spring With Constant Wire Diameter"  don't loose the pigtails

plus the postage is quicker on the 65 ones  ;D

But thanks for your input DG  :)

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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17299 on: 14 November 2018, 21:46:33 »

All Omega rear springs have pigtails. Accept and move on  :y

That's to say that the ends of the springs reduce to a 2" loop. Spring wire thickness is 15mm for the entire length :y
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17300 on: 14 November 2018, 21:49:23 »

Swore at it...

51,000 trouble free miles in 18months and it waits till I'm living in a burger van, with access to 10% of my tools and then the o/s rear brake seizes. B!tch.

Still, I shall not be defeated. Just about to order everything I can think of and then borrow my mates drive. "working from home" on Friday I suspect.  ::)
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17301 on: 16 November 2018, 13:10:19 »

Broken it...

Went to got out, remote didn't unlock it, so unlocked with the key... promptly setting the alarm off as I opened the door. Key in the ignition and nada. Battery voltage a whole 7.8 volts ::)

Battery currently on charge, but car has only been sat since Wednesday lunchtime, so suspect battery is toast... Will run KW's excellent test guide to rule out alternator ;)
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17302 on: 16 November 2018, 15:45:11 »

Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17303 on: 16 November 2018, 16:25:26 »

Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.


You ought to spend 20 on a drop tester....
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17304 on: 16 November 2018, 16:28:24 »

Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.


You ought to spend 20 on a drop tester....
Worth checking if there's any significant current draw when parked up too. Last time this happened to me the heated rear windscreen relay contacts had welded themselves closed.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17305 on: 16 November 2018, 17:35:50 »

You ought to spend 20 on a drop tester....

I've had one of those in my Amazon wish-list for a couple of years.. I, too, should invest, given the BMW has taken a liking to discharging itself swiftly.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17306 on: 16 November 2018, 17:54:55 »

Any recommendations for a drop tester, what with xmas coming....
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17307 on: 16 November 2018, 18:12:14 »

Any recommendations for a drop tester, what with xmas coming....


It doesn't need to be anything special as you're only using it as an indicator, so a cheapy will do: LINK which is the first one listed on Ebay


I carried one like that(they all seem to be the same) in the truck until I wanted one that took up a lot less space. Sealey's BT102 is what I replaced it with, and still have. I vaguely recall it was about 50, but I velcroed it to my jump pack and used it daily
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17308 on: 16 November 2018, 18:19:15 »

Any recommendations for a drop tester, what with xmas coming....


It doesn't need to be anything special as you're only using it as an indicator, so a cheapy will do: LINK which is the first one listed on Ebay


I carried one like that(they all seem to be the same) in the truck until I wanted that took up a lot less space. Sealey's BT102 is what I replaced it with, and still have. I vaguely recall it was about 50, but I velcroed it to my jump pack and used it daily
Thanks.  Wasn't ever sure if the cheapies were up to the job. I guess all those 15 type ones that look like your link are all from the same chinky factory, and are much of a muchness?

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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #17309 on: 16 November 2018, 19:01:02 »

Well, at 14.35v (dropped to 13.8v briefly with everything switched on before coming back up to 14.25v) at idle, the alternator is clearly ok.

Don't believe that I had left anything switched on, so have acquired a new battery to prevent any further issues.


You ought to spend 20 on a drop tester....
Worth checking if there's any significant current draw when parked up too. Last time this happened to me the heated rear windscreen relay contacts had welded themselves closed.
Settles down to a smidge under 0.2 MPs doors locked/alarm set/display off.

Unlock it and it spikes before settling at 0.35 with the interior lights (all led) on.

Ignition on, doors closed and it's around 1.15.
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