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#15481 ONLINE   Rusty Sills

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

So my Bora has been a right bastard in regards to it's wishbones/ball joints. What a saga. Mechanic has had to cut the bolts off, which is fine and all. However, weirdly, when putting in the old bolt for the drop link to connect to the wishbone, it tightened but then didn't tighten fully. It will continue to turn tightly and that's it. He checked for play, there is none, and he even hit it several times to see if it would come out, which it hasn't. It spins tightly with a ratchet but refuses to move by hand or force. He suspects the very end of the bolt has been damaged slightly. 

 

Question is, will it be safe? He certainly seems to think so. There was no play whatsoever. 

 

Sounds like the threads may have stretched, probably just due to age and rust. I doubt it's dangerous but may clonk about when the weight of the car and some cornering force is applied. 

I'd be inclined to replace the bolt, but still use the car in the mean time.



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:38 PM

Ta. Still seriously tempted by this though if it drives alright https://www.gumtree....vage/1264214207


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

Oh well,if we want a Focus with climate it looks like it will have to be a Volvo S40, thanks for the info.

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:45 PM

Sounds like the threads may have stretched, probably just due to age and rust. I doubt it's dangerous but may clonk about when the weight of the car and some cornering force is applied. 

I'd be inclined to replace the bolt, but still use the car in the mean time.

 

Ah fuck sake. It's been a total nightmare. He said he could get the bolt out but would have to cut the drop link. He seems to love cutting things.

 

Once he's sorted the nearside, I'll drive it about and if it clunks, I'll get new drop links and bolts. 


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#15485 OFFLINE   artdjones

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

Looking at that van,why is it that whenever I look at these damaged repairable a,the price is too high.Usually,by the time they are repaired properly you could buy a vehicle that has never been crashed for not much more,thereby saving yourself a load of hassle.
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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:13 PM

I just looked on UK Auto Trader.Searched for 07-10 Focuses with the added keyword climate.Loads of cars came up with climate in the as title, but a random sample of about 10 shows they all just have plain a/c.Mr Pillock is right, it's definitely rare.

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 09:13 PM

Oh well,if we want a Focus with climate it looks like it will have to be a Volvo S40, thanks for the info.

You can get loads with bog standard air conditioning, they almost always had that. Our fleet special Style models at work, that had wheeltrims and no fancy extras, had Aircon.

Tippex on some numbers between 16 and 28 around the temperature dial, sorted.
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#15488 OFFLINE   artdjones

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:42 AM

^^
True, but in Ireland people tend to switch off a/c from October to April and on many seven year old cars that means it doesn't work.Whereas cars with climate are just left on auto and so are switching on the compressor several times a day for demisting,etc and so tend to work.Her old C5 is 12 years old and the c/c works perfectly and has never even been recharged.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:20 PM

Looking for 2 rail ticket for the inlaws 70th birthday in October,from Durham to Edinburgh  return.What sites do you lot use to for tickets?

Every site i have looked at is the same price at £123 return.

 

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#15490 OFFLINE   Dave_Q

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:53 PM

Ticketysplit is meant to be good, for extra mingebag points look up the journey on there but book direct with the operators, ticketysplit stick a commission on to make their money.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:33 PM

If they are over 60 get them a senior persons railcard and you will get 30% off ALL prices. I usually book with Virgin Rail direct but try to avoid peak time trains. Also try prices for 1st Class as sometimes they are cheaper than standard. Book in advance. I am travelling from Durham to London on 21/10 and returning on 23/10 and I paid £88.40 return for 1st class but I booked these on 9th august. Early bird and all that.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:42 PM

How long is the journey?

NX coach starts at about £23 each way but it's 4h 50 mins which I guess is a fair bit longer!

 

(it's sometimes a no brainer - I travel from Gloucester to London weekly for between £9 and £15 return vs £166 to £208 on the train!)


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:53 PM

I just looked on UK Auto Trader.Searched for 07-10 Focuses with the added keyword climate.Loads of cars came up with climate in the as title, but a random sample of about 10 shows they all just have plain a/c.Mr Pillock is right, it's definitely rare.


Finding one with working air con in the first place might be your first battle.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:14 PM

Finding one with working air con in the first place might be your first battle.

 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

I just looked on UK Auto Trader.Searched for 07-10 Focuses with the added keyword climate.Loads of cars came up with climate in the as title, but a random sample of about 10 shows they all just have plain a/c.Mr Pillock is right, it's definitely rare.


What is the difference, I thought it was just marketing speak for the same thing?

#15496 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

What is the difference, I thought it was just marketing speak for the same thing?

 

You set the temp on CC, then it heats or cools to keep that temp.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:25 PM

Toyota avensis mk1. 2.0 automatic. 68k on clock,top spec. Any opinions welcome!

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

Have you bought it yet? 


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#15499 OFFLINE   bub2006

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:50 PM

Not yet,waitin on a lift. Its near leeds. Up for 395 ono

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:57 PM

Further to my stupid Q about smoke from my two dizzlers - I may have found the source of one -

 

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Split intercooler hose apparently very common - Gaffer tape didn't work - it melted and spilt.  New hose came today, internet says 30 mins to fit so a day should do it for me.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 02:19 PM

You set the temp on CC, then it heats or cools to keep that temp.


Seems Ford used "Climate" as a trim on the mk2 Focus - Bub's is and doesn't actually have climate control by the look of the pics but does have AC
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 02:21 PM

Climate on mine added heated mirrors,washer jets and front screen apparently
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:31 PM

How do you measure and gap multi-earth spark plugs? Checked a couple of mine (twin earth prongs) and the gap looks huge (forgot to actually measure it but certainly wasn't the 30 thou it is supposed to be). Can't adjust them much either. Comments?


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:47 PM

I don't think you do tbh, can't think why I seem to remember that though.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 04:14 PM

How do you measure and gap multi-earth spark plugs? Checked a couple of mine (twin earth prongs) and the gap looks huge (forgot to actually measure it but certainly wasn't the 30 thou it is supposed to be). Can't adjust them much either. Comments?


Iirc you don't. I think if you do, you damage the coating on/metal of the electrodes.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 04:44 PM

Reading an article of who trades with North Korea, snippet below...

 

 

Despite the Russian energy minister's claim that his country's oil exports to North Korea are "virtually zero", MIT estimates the value of its petrol exports are a quarter of its $78m total exports to the North

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Other key countries that export to North Korea are:
Mexico (petrol)
.......
Other important export destinations for North Korea include:
 
Burkina Faso (petrol) ..... Turkey (petrol) 

 

So N Korea import petrol from Russia and Mexico, but export it to Turkey and Burkina Faso.

 

Can/do N Korea produce petrol "in house", but require more than they can produce so import some? If so, why bother to export fuel? If they didn't then they wouldn't have to import as much.

Or do they import it and sell it on to countries that others won't trade with? Though that doesn't make sense, I'm sure if they will sell fuel to N Korea, Russia and Mexico will sell it to Burkina Faso, for example (Russia to Turkey maybe not).

 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:51 PM

Have you seen the state of the fucker running that show? Never going to make sense.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

Reading an article of who trades with North Korea, snippet below...

 

 

So N Korea import petrol from Russia and Mexico, but export it to Turkey and Burkina Faso.

 

Can/do N Korea produce petrol "in house", but require more than they can produce so import some? If so, why bother to export fuel? If they didn't then they wouldn't have to import as much.

Or do they import it and sell it on to countries that others won't trade with? Though that doesn't make sense, I'm sure if they will sell fuel to N Korea, Russia and Mexico will sell it to Burkina Faso, for example (Russia to Turkey maybe not).

 

Confused.

 

I think it's bad wording by the author, they import oil from Turkey and Burkina Faso (exporters) as well.



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:49 PM

What does damaged or broken forks on the thing that presses the clutch feel like?

Frontera can be hard to get into first or reverse. Sometimes it can jump out of first.

Bloke yesterday that I asked to change the gearbox oil said it was full and that it was damaged. Drives OK other then being a bit of a git sometimes when stopped.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:51 PM

@Alabama

 

 

Err. Gearboxes on these are as tough as they come. Is 1st easier to get when its warm? Approx in pedal travel where is bite point? Is there a click noise when depressing pedal?

Did you/he change gearbox oil?


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