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  1. Was working with an Italian man last year who didn't speak much English but his car a citroen C3 had broken down (flat battery). I helped him out gave him a jump-start, got him home and tried charging the battery but it was knackered so I took him to Euro car farts and he bought a battery which I fitted for him. Battery in nice and simple check car is charging OK then bask in glory helping someone out. Till a week later when the battery is flat. Turns out the Ignition barrel is failing and sometimes the car keeps running when you take the key out, Full lit dash etc. I charge the battery and play around with the ignition key in the barrel and it starts behaving and working. Explain this all to them tell them to go to a garage or auto locksmith and get the car fixed. They do and get a quote for fixing of about £300+ so don't bother getting it fixed and instead just disconnect battery when it plays up (Citroen positive terminal is quick release clamp). Yesterday I get message from them asking if battery is still under warranty? I replied yes it will be a 3 year warranty and he will have the paperwork in glovebox hopefully where we left it when he bought it. I stupidly popped in on them as they live in town out of curiosity as I have never had a battery fail so quickly myself. The car is now not only stuck with ignition on but now is stuck in the cranking position and even when running it continues to crank!!!!!!!!. Some people just cannot be helped. Cheap ECP Lion Battery is struggling through this like a champ.
  2. Our Alhambraxy fuel light was on this morning and all petrol stations in our local are were already dry except for a shell garage with a £10 fuel limit..... and a Texaco with a long queue but no fuel limit so I joined in and refuelled. I got £80 in the tank but need to drive around a lot this weekend so will probably be on half a tank by Monday.
  3. Friend drove round in his toyota aygo with engine light on and fluctuating idle. We plugged obd dongle on and discovered fault code P0511 idle air control valve fault. We peer under bonnet and poke at engine while tutting to ourselves and sucking through our teeth at the expenses this will incur like real mekaniks. Then we find a broken wire to the idle control valve that is broken right on the plug. To confirm this was the issue I poked a t-pin in to the plug connector and bared back the wire and soldered it on. She idled again!!! we called it a temporary* fix that we covered in silicone sealant and electrical tape while we look into getting a replacement 4 pin wiring plug for it. We then drink tea and bask in the glory of fixing a car.
  4. They have been out in force in Sussex, I was delivering all day Saturday with my 18 year old son along for the heavy lifting and spotted every single type of camera detection out working the bank holiday. Both Waze and Google Maps were warning us of the vans and marked cars but the unmarked cars are so difficult to spot until they catch you/someone.
  5. Why is the offence date and time only half an hour ago? Did it drive OK At 90+? So many questions
  6. Definitely the place there is a Euro Car farts next door I sometimes have to use on a Sunday in desperation.
  7. First ftp in the megane 1.6e today. Was struggling to crank over/no crank so I whipped out the starter to have a look. Although all connections are heavily corroded it appears that the solenoid is not energising when I tested it. Stripped the starter down for a clean up of all the corrosion then gave it another try and still nothing so new one ordered. Only positive to this was finding out the starter also fits a renner 5 GT turbo.
  8. So your not selling a Renault Clio with 400 alloys fitted?
  9. Wasted my whole morning looking at a Citroen C4 picasso with a hand brake fault and warning for rear sidelight bulb (which was working) As far as I can tell its a communication or wiring issue between modules, as diagnostics tell me everything is there and working. And just for a laugh the car now insists a front sidelight bulb is out (it's working). Citroen why just why.........
  10. Camber Sands near Camber Castle pub. My boys believe they have seen it here the last 2 years they were down here.
  11. My teenagers were taught to use 3.142 at school.
  12. Euro Car Parts love those idiots as they don't have to apply any discount for them. Crawley has so many stupid customers they opened up a second place half a mile down the road. Recently saw one walk out with a headlamp cleaning kit asking people in the queue how to use it as his car was right outside the door, everyone turned around looked at the car headlight and immediately told him that's condensation and corrosion you need a new headlight. He marched straight back in because f*ck us and our help he only queues once, to get a headlight.
  13. Think I drove past those on Friday in Warnham.
  14. Aldi car park in East Grinstead
  15. The 17th means I am not able to make it [emoji25] Will be down on a family holiday in Camber.
  16. If you do go for it you can look at all the new mercedes in the middle storage compound in there at Hobbs, and the unit with about 40 electric mopeds in various stages of repair.
  17. Drove past this yesterday afternoon in Tunbridge Wells while out delivering and did wonder what happened. Also drove past a few prime specimens of chod in Groombridge as well as a few steam/traction engines.
  18. 3rd of July is the preferred date for me and the boys as we are going on the family holiday on the 16th.
  19. Minors in Horsham Reg number of second one is 745 YUK
  20. The other half was on phone with her friend who was moaning as her husband wants to get her a Saab 9-3 convertible 2004 with 90k miles, mot till September for £250 off of a work colleague. I cannot see the problem myself [emoji848]
  21. Halfords ran out of letters when the father in law went on a shopping spree.
  22. He has had a few health scares and with covid going on he hasn't been doing as much but he did blow the engine on his vectra with the z20net engine due to his bad choice of boost mods and ecu with "pop corn" tune, it burnt out two high flow sport cats in a few months before grenading the engine. So he bought another one [emoji848]. He also drives this citroen C4 that he managed to nearly kill within hours of owning by sticking a Alpine stereo with dvd sat nav unit under the dash but wiring it in himself and wiring into and knocking out the Can network across the whole car losing all the communication and everything electronic. Because he wanted sat nav via the stereo!!
  23. Pallets in a field..... sounds familiar. Wall of Death time?
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