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Messages - Nick W

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I think it was inevitable regardless. Like it or not, the last election was all about one thing, and traditional Labour voters just held their noses and put a cross in the 'blue' box because they wanted Brexit, and all the unicorns and mermaids that Boris promised them on the back of it. What they didn't realise/appreciate was that doing so also gave the Tory party 5 years to run amok with other things they don't necessarily agree with.



It's worked the other way too, I know a number of people who voted Labour instead of Conservative. One of them even said he couldn't believe how easy the Tories had made that decision.


Most dissatisfied voters tend to vote Lib Dem which gets their point across without actually changing the status quo.

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General Car Chat / Re: Rear Brakes Question
« on: Today at 15:24:53 »
Each hub is a separate system. Adjusting just the lever does nothing to allow for wear/binding discrepancies across the axle.

Also if you adjust the lever cable first, then you may not be able to correctly adjust the shoes. The operating lever should always be the last adjustment on any such mechanism.

3-5 clicks is the accepted optimum range as it is enough to ensure application but not too much to allow for stretch and future adjustment. The Omega handbrake mechanism is NOT self adjusting.

It still makes me wonder why Vauxhall (and perhaps other manufacturers) did not design the system to automatically adjust the handbrake cable / rear pads together. ::) ::)


I've never seen a system which does that. Adjusting the shoes so that they just contact the drum, and then making the cable tension keep them there has been the procedure for decades.  Stretching the cable can be a direct result of adjusting it without first  ensuring the rest of the system is in spec.


What's under your car is the basic layout for a drum type handbrake. The more sophisticated complicated ones use a separate cable and adjuster for each brake. They don't work any better.

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On the heating element itself.

The end of the wiring at the seat connection is pretty bombproof. The heater pad itself flexes and breaks. Shorts cause hot spots and the resistors fail.


The seat bases are the same for both front seats. Which means you can fit a passenger one to a driver's seat in a few minutes. They get a lot less use, so the heat pad is much more likely to work, the trim won't be as worn, and the foam will be in better condition.


This was one of the better things I did to my car.

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General Car Chat / Re: Rear Brakes Question
« on: Today at 14:25:02 »
which raise the question of why you use it on an auto?  ::) ::) ;)


Because you know just how weak the park lock mechanism in the gearbox is?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Never mind Boris...
« on: 15 January 2022, 19:20:57 »
And all because Andrew was too stupid to realise that oppsing a teenage prostitute paid for by somebody else wasn't as good a deal as it looked at the time.


Following recent event, perhaps he should claim it was a work meeting? It certainly was for her.

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General Car Chat / Re: Major Service Woe or Two
« on: 14 January 2022, 23:07:19 »
......

How I miss the simplicity of past cars with a coil, distributor, contact, leads to each plug witch had a simple connector that was easily changed!  My A40 was a doddle to work on compared to these modern machines!  Are the electrics going to be easier? ;D ;D

I miss points, condensers & dizzys like a hole in the head .... they were a pain in the harris!!



Yes, they are the first thing to get rid of on an old car. Especially now that high quality points and condensers are hard to find.

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General Car Chat / Re: Major Service Woe or Two
« on: 12 January 2022, 18:42:08 »
My understanding is a DIS is the term usually used for a wasted spark, and coil/coilpack for non wasted spark?


DIS is Distributorless Ignition System, so it could be either.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
« on: 12 January 2022, 18:40:11 »
I voted for him and am not whinging about my choice.


How? He's not your MP. Or are you a member of the Conservative Party?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
« on: 12 January 2022, 18:38:39 »
I might let Boris off with life imprisonment, as he (sort of) implemented the result of the biggest vote in history, when no-one else had the guts to do it.

He has proved himself a dickhead in every respect since though.


The only difference between May and Boris' plan for Brexit is the spiffy new cover he wrote for it. We could have had the same thing about 18months earlier if it hadn't been for him.


He has only ever proved himself a dickhead, it's nothing new or recent.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
« on: 12 January 2022, 17:42:53 »
Are we allowed to behead the PM if its proven he's been telling porkies?

Now that would be good! :D :y


And about fifty years overdue.

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General Car Chat / Re: Major Service Woe or Two
« on: 12 January 2022, 17:22:56 »
You don't need a new pack; the boots off another, failed one would do. Somebody here is bound to have some.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Best impact gun
« on: 10 January 2022, 16:55:53 »

 I've got one of those, early Sealy type, works fine no problems, as Nick says breaker bar then spin off with gun,, for stubborn types I've got old fashioned CP windy gun.




No, Nick is saying that a long 1/2" ratchet should be bought before an impact wrench especially for occasional DIY use.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Best impact gun
« on: 09 January 2022, 12:02:52 »
If you already use cordless tools then you should match an impact with what you already have.


You're looking at the lower end, and should consider your expectations: a 250Nm impact wrench is a muscle saver for big bolts, but is likely to struggle on the really tight bolts that a long breaker bar does with ease - crank bolts, driveshaft nuts etc. I think every DIYer should have 1/2" drive ratchet that is at least 600mm long before they decide they need an impact wrench.


The newer adjustable Ryobi is effective and good value for DIY, and opens up a range of similarly useful tools - I find the 4.5" angle grinder is very useful for most car work, the circular saw is ideal for my rare woodwork jobs, and I keep looking at the jigsaw/router/orbital-sander for the same reasons.


Whatever you buy, you need several batteries: one in each tool that's actually in use, and another on charge. That means you need at least two, even if you only have one tool.

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Omega General Help / Re: Bonnet auxiliary/emergency release mod?
« on: 08 January 2022, 21:56:40 »
It's always worth checking that the pin and spring on the bonnet are in good condition, clean and lubricated as well as the mechanism on the crossmember :y

Apart from general lubrication, how else can you determine if the spring is ok? I generally give them a bit of oil or spray grease every so often, same with door hinges and catches and anything else that moves/pivots is a hinge.


Check that the spring isn't rusted to the retaining cap or broken, and that there isn't any crap caught in it.


The pin needs to be straight, reasonably clean, greased and burr free where it slots into the latch. They usually screw in or out to provide the bonnet closed height adjustment, so if the car has been damaged at the grill/headlight height that might be necessary.


It only takes minor faults with any of these to make the whole assembly reluctant to release.

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Omega General Help / Re: Bonnet auxiliary/emergency release mod?
« on: 08 January 2022, 20:08:47 »
It's always worth checking that the pin and spring on the bonnet are in good condition, clean and lubricated as well as the mechanism on the crossmember :y

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