Old dear’s birthday yesterday so in to the car we hopped and shot off to a family meal in the Mazda.
During dinner wife was professing her love for the wee little thing and how for £300 it was ace as ‘it just works’ as if that somehow would make bro and sis feel better for having their Q5 nicked off their drive two days ago, anyhow.
Meal completed, and the Mazda duly jinxed, we hopped back in the car and I noticed the battery light was on.
‘Oh it comes on all the time that’ said the wife, apparently oblivious to the fact red lights on a car dash might be bad and worth mentioning to me from time to time.
I get the feeling a new part may be needed for the alternator stop bolt thingy as it was tightened correctly but seems to have worked loose yet again. I’ve faffed about and got it ok for now (I hope) as I’m working away this week and wifey won’t be too chuffed if it dies on her.
Then today, driving over to @beko1987 for a vacuum cleaner related transaction, a bumpy backroad dislodged something and all manner of scrapy sounds were heard from the rear - On walking around I feared a detached bumper or exhaust to be pleasantly* surprised to find its only a plastic wheel arch liner that had dropped off and burnt itself through on the tyre in the 200 metres it took to shut the kids up and confirm there was something sounding decidedly not right.
And, now when you’ve been coasting and put your foot down, there’s a weird ‘schooch’ noise for a second before/as it reengages the box.
it reminds me a bit of a noise on my manual e36 diagnosed as a thrust bearing but this is an auto and I have no mechanical noise to know if there’s an auto equivalent or if it is something more terminal/trivial.
Still drives fine and in the £50 worth of petrol I’ve sparked collector stuff today, it’s managed 32mpg at around 70-75 ish.
Mot is due so it’s going in with instructions that if it passes to give it a damn good servicing (oil is black, can’t imagine atf is any better) as well as the 12 month stamp.