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waiting for AA recovery
« on: 15 April 2018, 20:50:15 »

Sat on hard shoulder of M25 just past the M23

First AA van has been out and agreed that it is probably the water pump on SWMBO'S Galaxy tdi

How long do you think it will be before the lorry comes to scoop us up?

How long to get back to Cornwall?

And will it make any difference that we have a 2 year old and a 3 year old asleep in the back?
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #1 on: 15 April 2018, 20:58:06 »

Sat on hard shoulder of M25 just past the M23

First AA van has been out and agreed that it is probably the water pump on SWMBO'S Galaxy tdi

How long do you think it will be before the lorry comes to scoop us up? About 3 hours!  ::)

How long to get back to Cornwall? You might get back for breakfast!   :P

And will it make any difference that we have a 2 year old and a 3 year old asleep in the back? Nope!  >:(

Sounds like a complete nightmare Andy. Good luck!!  :)
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #2 on: 15 April 2018, 21:02:51 »

Good luck  .....  :y
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #3 on: 15 April 2018, 22:47:43 »

It won't help, but the waterpump should have been changed with the timing belt...

Don't expect to get all the way to Cornwall in one hit unless they bring you a hire car...  :'(
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #4 on: 15 April 2018, 23:03:41 »

Bu66er! Sorry to hear that. :(

That seems to be the way these days. They send out the bloke in the van, who's equipped to fix nothing, to make sure it's not user error, then they've met their response time target so can take their time getting a useful vehicle to you. :(

Still, kids asleep in a vehicle in the hard shoulder should damned well make you a priority.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #5 on: 15 April 2018, 23:58:03 »

It won't help, but the waterpump should have been changed with the timing belt...

Don't expect to get all the way to Cornwall in one hit unless they bring you a hire car...  :'(

I am with Green Flag and a few years back I had a core plug let go on my Carlton whilst on a caravan site in Wareham, so they took me to my next holiday site near Looe, Cornwall, in one go. Then, after the holiday was over and the car was still in trouble, they came out again and took me all the way back to Witham, Essex.
As I am with the Caravan Club's Mayday scheme, the double call-out only cost me one "life".
I thought that was excellent srevice.  :y 8) :)

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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #6 on: 16 April 2018, 00:44:46 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\
« Last Edit: 16 April 2018, 00:51:39 by Doctor Gollum »
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #7 on: 16 April 2018, 07:04:40 »

I hope you're all back home, safe and sound, Andy.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #8 on: 16 April 2018, 07:47:01 »

The kids should bump up your priority, hope all Ok  :y
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #9 on: 16 April 2018, 08:26:43 »

It won't help, but the waterpump should have been changed with the timing belt...

Don't expect to get all the way to Cornwall in one hit unless they bring you a hire car...  :'(
after 2.5 hours on the hard shoulder a lorry arrived to scoop us up and take us to Cobham services

A taxi was waiting which took us to a car hire  at Heathrow

We then squeezed ourselves into a Vauxhall mocha X (maybe wrong name but I haven't  seen it in daylight yet) and drove home.

Got home at 5am, 2 year old woke up full of smiles at 8am wanting breakfast.....

Don't know where the Galaxy is now :-\
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #10 on: 16 April 2018, 08:52:21 »

It won't help, but the waterpump should have been changed with the timing belt...

Don't expect to get all the way to Cornwall in one hit unless they bring you a hire car...  :'(
I did fit a new pump when I changed the belt and tensioner >:(
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #11 on: 16 April 2018, 08:56:04 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\
He had the bar on and was just about to get me to make a mark on his tablet when the screen went red and vetoed the tow because the Galaxy weighs 1895kg and his towing limit was 2000kg **sigh**
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #12 on: 16 April 2018, 09:21:15 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\


The weight of the car and number of passengers each rule out using a 3.5 ton vehicle, not the AA have any. Which means driving hours apply, and there isn't enough time to do the job - don't forget the driver has to get back to base.
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #13 on: 16 April 2018, 09:59:08 »

It won't help, but the waterpump should have been changed with the timing belt...

Don't expect to get all the way to Cornwall in one hit unless they bring you a hire car...  :'(
after 2.5 hours on the hard shoulder a lorry arrived to scoop us up and take us to Cobham services

A taxi was waiting which took us to a car hire  at Heathrow

We then squeezed ourselves into a Vauxhall mocha X (maybe wrong name but I haven't  seen it in daylight yet) and drove home.

Got home at 5am, 2 year old woke up full of smiles at 8am wanting breakfast.....

Don't know where the Galaxy is now :-\
It will turn up in the next day or so.

Glad you're all home safe, though, even if it was a long night :y

Unlucky having the pump go if done with the belt... Normally people do the belt on time, but wonder why the pump goes 20-40k later ::)
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Re: waiting for AA recovery
« Reply #14 on: 16 April 2018, 10:42:44 »

Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

You misread me, DG - the journey home was from Looe to Witham, Essex, which he did in one lump. It certainly saved me petrol!  :)

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