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#31 ONLINE   stephen01

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 07:38 PM

I don't like using pattern oil filters after a mate of mine in the trade showed me one filled with Chinese newspapers. It had killed the engine within just a few miles.

 

surely he would have had a claim against the manufacturer?



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Posted 10 June 2015 - 07:55 PM

Am sure if you stick to a reputable brand you will be OK
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 08:13 PM

Oe filters or mann hummel - not fussy on fram etc.

I took a fram filter off a rover 600 I once owned - it was empty.
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 08:38 PM

^Likewise on the oil filters. Not worth the risk penny-pinching on them.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:16 AM

Sometimes OE filters are as cheap as chips, but generally i go for M&H or Mahle, can't be arsed with driving 13, or 30odd miles in the case of Subaru, just to buy a bloody oil filter.

 

Found K&N's at half price for the Subaru at Carparts4less so bought 4 of 'em, i'd already tried a new one of another make but the shape of the neck only saw about 2 threads on before it was tight, sod that binned it, the K&N's fit well and seem very well made.

 

Years ago i put a cheap fuel filter on one of me Diesel cars, could not get it to prime and found when i took it off again that the seal seat was badly stamped, never bought accessory shop rubbish again.

Used to buy Purolator, made in Nottingham i believe not any more, nor do i buy 'em anymore.

 

 

Interesting if you have an hour to kill, some lads on Youtube have taken various makes of filter and cut them up to examine them inside, mainly American posters so the makes don't always compute here, but interesting the differences they found.

 

There's some sites on the web that you can cross refer part numbers when filter hunting, save a good few quid that way.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:25 AM

I've run through the brakes on my herald and they passed an MOT, however I've never done it on a daily driver that i shove the kids in, am I being a pussy?

 

And yes Worcester is only like 30 miles or so..

 

No you're not being a pussy, but the standard of servicing of so many garages has gone west that i'd rather do them meself, that way i know whats been done and what quality of parts has gone into the job...my venerable MB indy is the only place i know that strip out and lube the brakes every year as part of a normal service.

 

Too many garages, especially main dealers, inspect brakes by peering through or from behind the wheel and squirting bloody brake cleaner in the general direction of the caliper, this is bollocks.

 

You cannot inspect pads properly unless you remove them, nor shoes unless you remove the drums...you sure as hell can't lube the caliper sliders nor under the piston dust covers with the correct brake grease unless you have the pads out, nor check drum slaves for seepage and check for free movement of cylinder pistons and auto adustment through that little spy hole in the back plate.

 

I'm convinced this is why so many of us are buying new calipers, looked after and regularly lubed they can last the life of the vehicle.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:01 PM

I use Trade Parts Specialists for VAG stuff, they are wholly owned by Volkswagen and only sell genuine stuff. £26 gets me a PD filter and 5L of Platinum 5-40w fully synth, the oil was down to £56.99 for 20L in May.


I would be interested I where you get that,any contact details?

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:03 PM

surely he would have had a claim against the manufacturer?


It was some no name brand and it was a friend of a friend job. Caused a massive whohar after that was discovered.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:38 PM

I don't like using pattern oil filters after a mate of mine in the trade showed me one filled with Chinese newspapers. It had killed the engine within just a few miles.


That's terrible. I will only buy filters filled with the Daily Telegraph.
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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:56 PM

That's terrible. I will only buy filters filled with the Daily Telegraph.


I would like to make you aware of my local chip wrapper the Evening Telegraph it collects all sorts of crap.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 04:26 PM

Callipers don't last because people take the pads down to the backing - the exposed piston corrodes and then you have mucho problems.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:27 PM

My brother has been quoted £60 on an oil change for a 16 year old Civic at an independant garage... is this the norm now? Taking the piss somewhat since it's only common or garden 10w40.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:29 PM

Depends if it's just an oil and filter change or a minor service .
For an oil and filter change I literally just do that and charge half an hour .
A minor service is an hour and includes the oil and filter obv but also check all suspension / bearings / tyres and other levels etc

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:32 PM

Just the oil/filter change. I've never paid more than £30, which is about the break even point of DIY hassle/take it to the garage for me.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:39 PM

Oil and filter change on a civic 1.4 for example would be

Oil ( 3.4 l of 10/40 semi ) 12.24
Labour 12.50
Filter (guess). 6.50

Total 31.24


But I'm in cornwall where labour rates are cheaper and I don't charge vat .
30 quid is a bit unrealistic to be honest . Garages do have overheads and bills to pay and aren't a charity
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Brilliant... late in for lunch I fired up an off-brand pot noodle and while carrying it to the lounge successfully spilled it all over myself, burned the piss out of my hand, soaked my phone with the juice, soaked a load of expense receipts I was also carrying and it hit the hall floor and just fucking exploded....it was literally dripping from the ceiling in my newly decorated hallway. The obvious and considered reaction was to throw an immediate, massive paddy and boot the fucker down the hall while screaming, which has made the whole scenario about 18 times worse.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 06:28 PM

Flog it and buy something with a starting handle and grease nipples.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 06:46 PM

Oil and filter change on a civic 1.4 for example would be

Oil ( 3.4 l of 10/40 semi ) 12.24
Labour 12.50
Filter (guess). 6.50

Total 31.24


But I'm in cornwall where labour rates are cheaper and I don't charge vat .
30 quid is a bit unrealistic to be honest . Garages do have overheads and bills to pay and aren't a charity

That's fair enough. I didn't know if I was stuck in at least a decade ago (it happens a lot) or if they were having a larf.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 06:49 PM

Most garages are 40 ish pounds per hour now plus vat tbh

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Brilliant... late in for lunch I fired up an off-brand pot noodle and while carrying it to the lounge successfully spilled it all over myself, burned the piss out of my hand, soaked my phone with the juice, soaked a load of expense receipts I was also carrying and it hit the hall floor and just fucking exploded....it was literally dripping from the ceiling in my newly decorated hallway. The obvious and considered reaction was to throw an immediate, massive paddy and boot the fucker down the hall while screaming, which has made the whole scenario about 18 times worse.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:09 PM

Last oil and filter on the honda was 55 quid, that was with castrol 0w40, I couldnt buy the bits for that price. phoned up the same place last week and it was over £80 just for oil and filter, and they stopped using castrol oil. 

 

All the bits turned up today, so I'll do it saturady. 



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 06:11 AM

I did an old change on our BINI about 6 weeks ago, and was concerned that the oil level is now dropping quickly. I suddenly realised that the sump plug is leaking a bit. DOH. Oil slick leaking into the stones and into the soil, and causing global warming. More importantly it's fully synthetic mobil one 0W40, so not bloody cheap.

 

I went to a BMW dealer yesterday, and purchased a new sump plug (which has an intergrally moulded Viton seal, and not a nice copper washer), for £5.05  They let me off the 5p.

 

I'm thinking that I can filter the old (almost new oil) back into the engine, using and old pair of tights for a filtration medium.



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 06:54 AM

I'd go along with that.

 

Mind you you'll get drummed out the BINI club, do any others know how to check the oil level themselves.


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 09:26 AM

A friend of mine said his car was running a bit rough,high mileage and not been serviced in a long time. Iadvised him to service it and get back to me. He took it to a local independent and asked for a small service. 99 quid he was charged then bought it to me a couple of days later saying it was still hit and miss. I pulled plugs to find they was old and dirty,checked air filter to find it was black. I rang garage to find out what the £99 service entailed. Oh sir,that's just an oil change. No plugs,filters etc. I wasn't best impressed. This is why I do my own service and repair

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 09:33 AM

I use the code MBCLUB25 for ECP if there are no better codes available at the time. 25% discount.

http://www.mbclub.co...forum-code.html
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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

I use the code MBCLUB25 for ECP if there are no better codes available at the time. 25% discount.

http://www.mbclub.co...forum-code.html

 

now you tell me!



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:32 PM

Should I give it an engine flush or just sack it and not bother.. 



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:44 PM

If it's old, high mileage and you don't know if the oil has been changed at regular intervals beforehand, I wouldn't. Some say a cupful of auto transmission fluid will do the same as a flush for cheaper. Personally, I say get it nice and hot before you start, then leave it draining as long as you can - all morning or afternoon is about right.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:46 PM

Always serviced on time- the previous owner was a Dr don't you know :) 



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:51 PM

Shame he wasn't the son of a banker
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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:56 PM

Should I give it an engine flush or just sack it and not bother.. 

 

 

Now, everyone speak after me!

 

I will not put any hocus pocus snake oil into my engine.

 

Again, all together now!

 

I will not put any hocus pocus snake oil into my engine.

I will not put any hocus pocus snake oil into my engine.

 

And once more! Una voce!

 

I will not put any hocus pocus snake oil into my engine.

 

Has this now been understood by everyone, or are there still any questions?


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 01:02 PM

I use the code MBCLUB25 for ECP if there are no better codes available at the time. 25% discount.

http://www.mbclub.co...forum-code.html

I use tweet5 but only 5% discount. I used to use mbclub30 but that and yours now don't work. We need bigger discounts!




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