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    Broadsword got a reaction from jaypee in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    Those spark plugs look fairly typical for a LPG car. They tend to look rather lean and a bit singed, so definitely cheap insurance changing them. This car is rather growing on me. Dibs please when the time comes. I covet thy headers!
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    Broadsword reacted to Peter C in 1987 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8L - Rust treatment progress, see page 15   
    I spent half my Sunday (yesterday) stripping flaking paint and underseal and preparing surface corrosion for undersealing and painting. I used a circular wire brush attachment fixed to the end of a drill, which made the process a lot easier and a LOT more messy. Good news is that I did not uncover anything nasty. I didn't take any photographs as you have all seen the affected areas before.
    The idea was to paint over the underside and low level exposed areas with the matched blue Rust-Oleum paint. I painted a bottom corner of a door and this morning, once the paint had dried, I found it to be a completely different  shade of blue.

    I then sprayed over the same patch with the matched aerosol and...

    Just about a perfect match. Not bad for a colour that is a bitch to match.
    I popped back to the paint shop today, showed the man who mixed the paint for me the above photos and he added some grey and yellow to the mix, to make the colour brighter. When I got home, I applied some of the newly mixed paint and it looks a better match but I won't know how much better until the paint dries. The plan is to use the brush on stuff for the areas that aren't so visible and use the aerosol to repair the damaged paint higher up along the flanks, then cut and polish the lot.
    In other news, I received a switch blanking plate from @wesacosa (thank you!) to replace the front fog light switch that has no right to exist in an L spec Sierra.

    More soon.
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    Broadsword reacted to MJK 24 in 1987 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8L - Rust treatment progress, see page 15   
    £3,600 is looking like much better value already!
     
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    Broadsword reacted to Peter C in 1987 Ford Sierra Sapphire 1.8L - Rust treatment progress, see page 15   
    Now that my big birthday celebrations are behind me, I can focus on fixing up the Sierra.
    The plan was to pressure wash the underside and arches before doing any remedial work to the bodywork. I started by removing the battery and covering up the complicated* electronics and the carburettor. 

    I put the wheels back on, dropped and pushed the car out onto the driveway. Once there, I jacked it up again and took the wheels off.

    All five wheels and the arch mouldings were also due a good scrub.

    An hour later, the underside was clean. Surprisingly little crud came off, the underside was cleaner than I expected and much cleaner compared with all the other cars that I treated to the same process in the past.

    Bits of flaky paint came off but what is left now is not just solid but also clean.


    The plastics responded well to the pressure cleaning and a fair bit of the blue overspray also came off in the process. The road wheels will need a lick of paint, however the spare looks great. It's also fitted with an unused Good Year tyre.

    I let the underside dry for a while before I put the wheels back on again. I pushed the car back into the garage, where I jacked it up AGAIN and took the wheels off AGAIN! 

    I didn't have time for a proper inspection but first impressions are good, everything looks a lot cleaner.


    Time permitting, I might start on the bodywork repairs tomorrow.
    In other news, I wrote to the previous registered owner over a week ago and had nothing back. Never mind.
    I received a period Sierra badge from @Six-cylinder and a set of four coasters from @Pat Earrings. Thank you both.

    More soon.
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    Broadsword reacted to Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    So I was told these aren't Fiat engines at all, they're from an Insignia, famous for their oil starvation issues.  Don't ignore it!
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    Broadsword got a reaction from Split_Pin in The new news 24 thread   
    An interesting follow up to this. The Saab has now healed itself and is driving perfect again. Even the oil light thing has become mostly absent. How?
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    Broadsword got a reaction from The_Equalizer in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    The Rover was towed away this moring for scrap. Sad times. I kind of don't have a daily at the moment, which will become more of a headache as time goes on. The MX-5 can serve as a runabout while the weather is nice, but it doesn't do a good job at transporting people and/or stuff. An estate car would be good.. or and XJR6 auto.
    Not wanting the demise of a fleet member to get things down, I pushed on hard with the red Jag immediately after the MOT.  The next morning I took the car to be evaluated for a full respray. This is convenient now that I have a rapport with the place on the back of NLW being done and the shop is only a mile or so from home. I will have the estimate soon, but it will be a fairly similar job to NLW bar we will keep to the exact factory colour, which is Flamenco Red.
    What with things going well I immediately started to tear the red Jag down. First I wanted as many body panels off as convenient to see if there is any structural rot and also to facilitate disassembly for the respray. I don't want to land them with a load of seized bolts. Again the car continues to surprise. Every nut and bolt was easy to remove. Only one snapped little bolt on the front wing, which is a no headache at all. The bumpers came off in moments as did the bonnet. Later I'll have the full interior out and the sunroof (it's stuck). There are a few bits of rust on the bodywork, but they seem fixable and I have spare front wings to go.
    Next I wheeled the somewhat stripped Jag into the garage for the beginnings of the big job... the gearbox. This one will take me some time, but long story short, everything was dead easy from removing the exhaust, prop, clutch hydraulics, gearbox mount and most of the bellhousing bolts. I'm currently stuck with two bellhousing bolts. One is right at the very top and one holds the top of the starter in. I'll need many more extension bars and an excellent impact swivel stocket to get me over the line. Once the box is off I can assess what manner of clutch overhaul I'll be doing. One extreme is just chaning the release bearing if by some miracle the clutch had little wear (remember you can't by a new one OEM spec), the other possibility is conversion to single mass flywheel and using and XJS clutch kit. I've removed the intake system too for a whole lot of tidying up. Of course the throttle is sticking as it is on most XJR6s. Working on this one has been a pleasure. Bar those two difficult bellhousing bolts the car hasn't been fighting me at all. It wants to live. Much more to come!
     














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    Broadsword reacted to 320touring in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    On Thursday this week, I took this along to an LPG specialist. He was picked because I saw he did a lot of El-Grand work, and those tubs are a difficult thing to do well.
    En route, I stopped for a high powered exec luncheon

    The chap was extremely pleasant, all the tools on a tool board, unit tidy and a MK2 Mondeo 2.0 petrol in the corner as a tinkering project. So far so good!
     
    I brought the car in, and he set up to read it.
    The car has a top spec AC Stag sequential injection system. As such, he was able to attach a Bluetooth Dongle to the LPG ecu. All a fair bit fancier than the old single point systems I have had before.
    The LPG ecu is piggy backed onto the main ECU and uses it's signals for airflow, pedal demand/throttle body positioning and spark timing.
    Looking at the logs for when the system was last checked/serviced, it was last Accessed on the day after it was fitted in July 2019.
    The car has done about 70+k miles since then..
    The first thing we noticed was that the short term and long term fuel trims were all over the shop.
    His suspicion was that the AFM was not generating a valid signal.
    He suggested that at idle, something at 4L should be registering between 4-5grams of air per second.

    As we can see, It's only registering 1/10th of that. 
    At this point, he said he was not prepared to try tuning the LPG until the car was running correctly on Petrol. I said I totally understood his position, and that it seemed a most sensible course of action.
     
    He asked what symptoms I was experiencing - I explained the issues with it stuttering/ delayed response.
    He decided to try and run a diagnostic program to check the LPG injectors. The ECU has the ability to add additional flow to each injector to balance the fuelling ( to account for wear/contamination from the oil/lubricant fraction used in the LPG)
    The ECU can add up to a maximum of 25% additional flow. So the lower the number in the table the better.
    The results?

    So injectors 2/4/5 are gubbed, with 3/6 showing some wear. This was not entirely unexpected given the lack of servicing or maintenance since it was fitted.
    Injectors are not too expensive and his costs for fitting/mapping the LPG seems very reasonable. 
    He took a look at the fuelling curves and found another issue.

    The blue line is the petrol curve, and the green is LPG. The way this was mapped when installed has made the LPG much richer - add in the failed AFM and then it's easy to see why the LPG setup was not smooth.
    He pulled the LPG fuelling back a touch, and the car is significantly more driveable.
    Now to find a replacement AFM...
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    Broadsword reacted to 320touring in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    Having stuck 860 miles on this in 2 days, here's some thoughts on it...
     
    Positives:
    This car covers miles like they are metres - comfortable seats and a lazy driving experience make it a most pleasant place to be.
    The arm rest is spot on - lovely matched height with the door armrest, it's basically like doing 70mph on your sofa.
    The ride, even on 17" rims is comfortable - classic "see bumps but don't feel them".
    The auto box performs well, smooth changes whether under harsh or soft acceleration.
    Easy to get the box into overdrive and keep it there - useful on backroads.
    The whine of the supercharger is not intrusive, but serves as a reminder that you are being pulled along by something a bit special.
    The stereo is great - decent sounds all round.
    Power is ALWAYS available - just prod the pedal and off you go. However, it's happy to just nurse along at a GPS 70mph.
    The LPG is smooth at motorway speeds.
    Despite a lack of cruise control, it's easy to maintain speed, and the pedal position is comfortable.
    No engine fluids (coolant/oil/ATF/Power steering ) consumed.
     
    Negatives:
    The LPG fails to keep up past 4000rpm.
    It idles roughly on LPG.
    Light throttle openings on LPG are stuttery until up to 40mph.
    If on overrun on LPG (e.g. coming down a hill with no throttle) it gets crossed up and splutters.
    Think it has the beginnings of a ball joint rattle from the passenger front.
    It makes Oliver Reed look like a tea-totaller.
    860.4 miles
    £193.79 in LPG
    216.04L LPG (47.52 gallons)
    18.1 mpg
    22.5p/mile
     
    If it was petrol
    £193.79 is 141.55L (31.14gallons)
    27.64mpg equiv
     
    Overall:
    13/10 would roadtrip again! 
     
    I'll need to see if I can get the LPG checked and serviced fully (I did replace the filters and that has helped a bit).
    With the LPG running cleaner I'd hope it will be a tremendous mile muncher.
     
    I'm glad I've met my hero - I'm not disappointed!

     
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    Broadsword reacted to 320touring in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    Friday morning 4.45am

    What the fuck am I doing?
    Ah yes, the interior lights make the leather interior looks inviting, if a little cold.
    Best get in then and see where we end up...


    Tebay, as is tradition or old charter or summert.
    Then it was onwards to sunny Wrexham, where the LPG tank was duly replenished.

    Was lovely to see this old Royce out - poor fella was having to feed it the full price stuff.
    The Jag drank 66.88L of LPG for 283 miles - a heady 19.2mpg..
    After 8.5hrs and about 400 miles, I reached my destination.
    Any guesses?
     
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    Broadsword reacted to Supernaut in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    The only photo I took of this car was of the exhaust manifold...

     
    PHWOOOAAARRR!
    We reckoned it must have roughly the purchase price alone worth of exhaust on it. Full stainless steel system, it sounds utterly filthy.
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    Broadsword reacted to 320touring in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    XJR did 332 miles using 10L of u/l (as ran out of LPG on way home from unit) plus 64L LPG. 20.39mpg.
    Total fuel cost £71.67 which buys 52.43L for an mpg equiv of 28.79... 
    Magic. That's 4mpg better than the Elgrand 😃
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    Broadsword reacted to GeordieInExile in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    Reliable, economical and practical family transport for the modern gentleman. 
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    Broadsword reacted to 320touring in Bargain Basement Bucket List Big Cat - LAWNMOWER UPGRADE FITTED! (19/02/24)   
    Today, I got to find out what I have bought. That and make some improvements.
    First up, obviously, was the improvements..
    The headlights on this are like piss holes in the snow - £11 got me 2x Nightbreakers.
    Fitting was simple - for the driver's side, all I had to do is move the valvesaver reservoir and then pull the light holder out.


    The passenger side requires the removal of a trim panel above the air box. This reveals a wheen of relays, ideally located right in the path of all the road spray. Excellent engineering.


    All changed and the piss holes are a bit larger now. A noticeable improvement on the drive home.
    I took the opportunity to take a picture of heritage in action. Both British cars with their front hinged bonnets up!

    The next thing was servicing the LPG filters. There are two on the feed lines to the injectors, and they both looked pretty old.

    The first step is to shut off the LPG feed at the tank- a simple screw in valve.

    Then run the car on LPG til it switches back to petrol. 
    The filters are simple to change - and the new ones were easily installed. I also went round all the clips and ensured they were completely snuggled up. This seems to have reduced the smell of LPG.


    I also made a point of remembering to open the tank valve again - so I could make it home!
    The gearbox fluid was also checked and 500ml of DEXRON 111 eas added to bring it right up to the HOT marker.
    Trepidation then filled the air - time to have a look under the car and see what the structure of the car is like.
    Assume the position:

    All good thankfully - sills and floorplan look in greAt condition, easily the best of the 4 jags I have owned.
    Bouyed by this good news it was time to have a look over the brakes and suspension.
    At the rear all is in good order - the subframe is tidy, the shocks appear to be the correct green Bilsteins, and the disks and pads appear new and only lightly worn.
    I also managed to ID where the grease nipples are on the half shafts - something for me to do soon.

    All was much the same at the front - correct shocks in decent condition and barely used brake discs and pads.
    Overall it looks like I have made a reasonable investment, and it's possible to see where a lot of the servicing costs over the last few years have gone. I am extremely pleased by this!
    Now I had some confidence in the thing, it was time to put in the effort to get it a bit more pleasant.
    Removal of the rear window blinds was a priority - they are well made and fit well, but I don't like them. 

    Blinds removed, then it was time to do the windows - the glass seems to be fairly free from scratches despite the significant mileage, and it all came up well.
    Lastly, I cleaned all the shut lines, door cards and door frames - the leather wipes pulled some amount of grot off the doorcards.
    My brother made a grand job of hoovering out the car - and the carpets came up lovely.
    The boot was packed and it was time to set off home.

    So there we are. Fundamentally a reasonable buy, with a relatively short list of things to improve/update or resolve. 
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    Broadsword got a reaction from brownnova in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from RoverFolkUs in The new news 24 thread   
    Fair point well made. I think I’ve just been completely had over by the seller on this one and the whole car might end up scrap. Just a crappy thing to happen replace one kind of broken Citroen with a now very broken Saab in January. The Saab was meant to be an upgrade. I actually still have the C5 but it failed the MOT on rear brake discs and pads along with a couple of brake lines. I know that sounds trivial but Google the horrors of of replacing rear brake discs on a Citroen C5 and you will have a clue. There is a reason why there are currently wheel spacers on the rear wheels. I bought it just as the problems were setting in and those callipers are pretty unlikely to come off..
    Fortunately for the Saab I don’t think I’ll have to worry about the oil pickup seal issue. It won’t be going anywhere for a while.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from RoverFolkUs in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from HillmanImp in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from catsinthewelder in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    You know when things start bad, you work hard to correct, recover and then things just get worse. Well here is a tale just like that.
    Recently picked up a 09 Saab TTiD to replace the Citroen C5 as a family wagon. Really nice, clean car with big service history. Drives lovely and does dog transport duties well. Picked up, drove back great. Really quick and comfy car with added boost gauge goodness. Problem no. 1 ah the starter motor is buggered. Oh well, there is always something. Replacing it was much harder than anticipated, but it got done. Nice. Up and runing again. Now I have to travel abroad, but I think it will be plain sailing from here. Next problem. Low oil pressure warning. At this point I'm starting to wonder how the seller hid these problems so well. I had a good poke around, but all the trouble is happening after the deal. Ok, turns out it's a known TTiD foible. Mildly irritating, not terminal and fixable. Ok, I'll fix that in the summer. I'm aborad now anyway. Next comes a phone call in a panic. The alarm keeps going off. Dogs are setting it off. The ultrasonics are too sensitive. Ok, there is a fix for that in the car settings. Aand relax. Another phone call. The key disintegrated, can't get it. Panic. Ok, the spare at least is kind of ok (they had to walk home). I will reshell the key. Annd relax. Then one more phone call this evening. I was told to sit down. The car is broken I'm told.
    So it turns out our "friend" was really having a bad time and stalled several times, apparently in 5th gear. Now the car is making a banging at idle. Also for shits and giggles it's apparently trying to drive forward in neutral and with the clutch fully depressed, it is also trying to drive.
    My mood. As such. It is currently low. I spent the whole Christmas fixing many things and sorting many more out becuase I knew I would have to spend a lot of time travelling this year. Now it seems everything is fucked. I can't outrun the nonsense. I like to think I can and pat myself on the back for it, but there is always a new and interesting fuckup to trump the previous one.
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    Broadsword reacted to grogee in The new news 24 thread   
    @Broadsword I feel your pain. My BMW 525i was kind of relentless in kicking me in the balls. I kind of got on top of it but couldn't shake the feeling it was going to keep giving me nice* surprises. So I offloaded it to A Normal in a semi-distress sale. I did MoT it before sale though so it wasn't a complete basket case.
    I did get a bit fed up of 25mpg and not a huge amount of performance to go with it. It was quick enough I suppose, and very quiet, but my Saab 9-5 HOT was much quicker and better on fuel (and still automatic). 
    I haven't had the pleasure* of Citroen C5 rear calipers. I'm assuming the anchor bolts seize up and round off...? Is it something that could be attacked with a decent set of cobalt drill bits? 
    It really is a shit time of year to be rolling around under a car, yet I've been pretty busy this January and I'm considering getting my Maestro out tomorrow, ironically for front brake refurb. 
    What would you get for scrap for the 9-3, and would that cover a set of Chinese/refurb/2nd hand rear calipers? 
    Could the old ones be ground off with a grinder? 
    I can't comment on the brake lines but the ones I've done were straightforward enough as long as the unions do as they're told. Again, right tools for the job - those slotted hex pipe spanners, none of your open-ended junk. 
    Hang in there, it will get better, cut your losses with the Saab and get the Citroen firing again. 
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    Broadsword got a reaction from Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    Fair point well made. I think I’ve just been completely had over by the seller on this one and the whole car might end up scrap. Just a crappy thing to happen replace one kind of broken Citroen with a now very broken Saab in January. The Saab was meant to be an upgrade. I actually still have the C5 but it failed the MOT on rear brake discs and pads along with a couple of brake lines. I know that sounds trivial but Google the horrors of of replacing rear brake discs on a Citroen C5 and you will have a clue. There is a reason why there are currently wheel spacers on the rear wheels. I bought it just as the problems were setting in and those callipers are pretty unlikely to come off..
    Fortunately for the Saab I don’t think I’ll have to worry about the oil pickup seal issue. It won’t be going anywhere for a while.
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    Broadsword reacted to artdjones in The new news 24 thread   
    New calipers ( non exchange) o are fairly cheap on Autodoc, around £40 each, and they come with bolts, so although they can be a pain to change because of corrosion if you are trying to save the old ones they are very doable. The brakes are conventional ones with a  master cylinder and servo and the normal type of unions, so altogether not too daunting a job. The only thing that would need care is making sure that whatever is left of the caliper bolts has enough length to make removal from the suspension arms easy with some heat applied.
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    Broadsword reacted to Bren in The new news 24 thread   
    Car mechanics had a TTiD that was a PITA.
    Contributor Mike Humble took it on after the series finished.
    He spent money on it and ended up getting rid - the buyer intended to part it out.
    I am finding out with my insignia that GM parts are not the bargain they were.
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