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#18721 OFFLINE   twosmoke300

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:07 PM

Is the avensis an oil drinker ? Could have killed the cat
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#18722 OFFLINE   Nyphur

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:17 PM

Thanks for the reply guys.

 

I say its my friends car... my friend is putting it through the MOT for his girlfriend, who got it off her mother...... so I'm so far removed from the car I've no idea of history or if it drinks oil etc - but all good ideas I'll put over to him, thanks.



#18723 OFFLINE   Des

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:24 PM

I'm guessing the amber is yesteryear's red - a colour you can read by but that doesn't destroy your night vision and is less distracting to the driver

 

That makes sense, and I can position it to illuminate the compass.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:33 PM

You don't need tax and insurance will be ok, unless there's some obviously dangerous illegal fault, but then I think that would be case with an MOT'd and taxed car.
Just make sure the garage has got it booked in properly in their diary and you know the exact time it's booked in case a really keen copper phones from the roadside to check your story.

it needs to be insured ( which is irrelevant to  tax and MoT status )  but  drivign to a pre booked MoT ( or SVA  etc)  is one of the few  situations where an untaxed / SORned /Un registered vehicle can be driven on the road



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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:54 PM

When changing a cambelt, tensioner and water pump, should you also replace the aux belt and its tensioner at the same time? engine is a 7a-fe 1.8 toyota lump in the Celica I got a couple of weeks ago.

 

I've never done a cambelt before so a bit nervous about it all. Seems an idea if I'm in there anyway, but is it overkill?


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:12 PM

When changing a cambelt, tensioner and water pump, should you also replace the aux belt and its tensioner at the same time? engine is a 7a-fe 1.8 toyota lump in the Celica I got a couple of weeks ago.

 

I've never done a cambelt before so a bit nervous about it all. Seems an idea if I'm in there anyway, but is it overkill?

 

For the tiny cost I'd do it just while I'm there. But then what do I know.... :D

I've no idea of the layout but if they're close you don't want one of the accessory belts letting go and damaging the timing belt (think this happened to Beko) after you've just replaced it with a shiny new one.

 

I did it when I did the timing belt/tensioner on the Colt.


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:51 AM

Is there a solar power thread?

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:11 PM

Approx how much to balance a prop shaft and does anybody know anywhere in South Liverpool that can do it? 



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:15 PM

You can balance a propshaft with jubilee clips! If it is not to bad, jubilee clips with the heavy part 180 away from the light bit. needs lots (and LOTS) of trial and error but does work.



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:17 PM

Another stupid question.... what's wrong with my gearbox?

 

Generally smooth and nice, just had the fluid level checked and it is correct and nice and clean (No fucking dipstick on the sodding car!) so not that. However, going up hills it tends to stay in one gear rather than change up as speed increases/ Livable with but annoying....



#18731 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:29 PM

Vacuum pipes, kick down cable? Probably not the latter on that age of dollop.



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:46 PM

There's a decent place by my work, propshaft centre or summat on Millers Bridge/Braesnose Rd industrial estate Bootle


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:43 PM

A1 propshafts.

I'll give them a bell tomorrow.

It's only 15 mins from where I work (M 57/E.Lancs Rd junc) 



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:26 AM

Probably know the answer to this but anyway. Clutch is getting increasingly heavy on the Mondeo particularly in traffic, the judder has returned also having gone from just doing it on the down change to setting off and when it gets hot. Could go on for an indeterminate length of time as I use it mostly on the motorway, is a fail likely to be sudden with no warning?

I'm running it till it drops as quotes I had for a clutch were round the £450-500 mark. Fuck spending that.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:02 PM

Suzuki Celerio seem cheap, can get one with a low deposit and £99 per month. What do they drive like?



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:04 PM

Suzuki Celerio seem cheap, can get one with a low deposit and £99 per month. What do they drive like?


No idea but also consider a Sandero which is similar money.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:19 PM

Suzuki Celerio seem cheap, can get one with a low deposit and £99 per month. What do they drive like?


They just keep going and going.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

My car was damaged by a third party the insurance company have offered me cash in lieu of repairs.
Just to make sure they’re not bending me over how much would the following work cost:
Front corner bumper respray
Replace front bumper grill
Replace front bumper spoiler
Refurb alloy wheel
Car is a Pug 307

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:42 PM

That's handy, saves on wear on disks and pads.



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:48 PM

My car was damaged by a third party the insurance company have offered me cash in lieu of repairs.
Just to make sure they’re not bending me over how much would the following work cost:
Front corner bumper respray
Replace front bumper grill
Replace front bumper spoiler
Refurb alloy wheel
Car is a Pug 307


No idea, but....

They would normally base an offer like that on an engineer's report, which uses Thatcham book times for the work involved and OE parts. The offer will be net of VAT.

They can (though may refuse to) give you a copy of that report.

They shouldn't be offering less than that figure. They might argue that you are likely to get the work done by an independent, using scrappy parts, but that's your choice-if you want to get sub-standard* repairs, they should still pay you the value of having it done properly*.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:01 PM

The assessesor did mention the amount they would offer would be net vat. I can’t undersfand this bit as if I went ahead and got the repairs done I would have to pay vat on them??? It still annoys me the way car repairs work when you have a low value car.

Painting a bumper costs the same regardless off a car’s age so why should they choose not to do it just because the cars old? It’s like woohoo our customer has only hit an old car let’s save some money by not putting the damage right. I pay the roughy same premium for my ‘old’ car that I would pay for a newer car so why should I get poorer service?

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:40 PM

My car was damaged by a third party the insurance company have offered me cash in lieu of repairs.
Just to make sure they’re not bending me over how much would the following work cost:
Front corner bumper respray
Replace front bumper grill
Replace front bumper spoiler
Refurb alloy wheel
Car is a Pug 307


£2k at a guess

Insurance will not usually repair anything so new bumper and wheel required.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:54 PM

£2k at a guess

Insurance will not usually repair anything so new bumper and wheel required.


There’s only scratches on the bumper and some small chips on the alloy wheel. 2K would be nice but as they initially offered to scrap the car for £500 I don’t think I’ll get that much :( I’ve been online and found £500 is a low price for my car even given its high mileage. I told them I want to keep the car hence them suggesting cash in lieu of repairs.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:56 PM

They’re not going to give you more than it’s worth regardless of how they’re phrasing it (it sounds like they’re going to write it off without categorising it, basically)

It doesn’t sound like a £2000 repair bill though!!
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:08 PM

At the end of the day you need to be put back into the position you were pre accident, push for the value of the car that you feel correct as a settlement - if you haven't a hire car @ £100 a day and you have had no medical issues you might get more out of them.
£500 will go nowhere buying new parts then having them professionally painted.
Couple of hours to pull the bumper off and reinstall new parts @ £75 an hour dealer rates

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:10 PM

He said the bumper is scuffed - it won’t be replaced!
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:59 PM

He said the bumper is scuffed - it won’t be replaced!


As well as:

"Replace front bumper grill"
"Replace front bumper spoiler"

Depending on the scuff if it's available as a painted complete assembly that's what places will quote for - they won't want to strip it either, too many chances of rotten fasteners breaking striping or just not co operating

I might be a little high but the insurance gave us £1500 for similar damage to the rear of my OHs car and the wheel wasn't touched. We ended up with a damn hire car we didn't want for 3 days as well as they insisted they needed to take ours away for assessment. The body shop just said too old/ can't be arsed/ it's going to be trouble give them money instead.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:07 PM

I think “too old / can’t be arsed” sums it up very well
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:23 PM

stupid bloody omega: Yesterday evening I had to drive to Bradford from Wolverhampton. Got as far as oh Lichfield when the ducked decides it's not going to change into 4th. at junctions it decides it won't go out of 3rd. Turning it off and back on again fixes it for 1 minute to 10 mins.
Cruise works though. I stopped at every services plus 3 parking layby on the a38 plus 3 times on the hard shoulder.
I am half way back and so far it's fine.
Stopped at Mcds for coffee. I thought it could do with a rest. I'll be coming.ing off the M1 in 3 miles at junction 28 and heading for the M6 toll. wish me luck.
My only thought is that I'll be claiming 45p a mile for 260 miles off my client plus my hourly rate. including charging them for time buying coffee.
Anyone know a good GM auto box specialist in Wolverhampton or Merseyside???
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:10 PM

Drove my missus' mk1.5 focus the other day. Nasty rattling from the front suspension when driving over rough roads. Drop links or....?

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