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PicantoJon

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  1. Bastid things were wound up good and proper! Honestly thought the bolt had snapped when I cracked the first one loose. ๐Ÿ™ˆ
  2. Frigging wheel bolts. Done something to my hand while getting one of the Vectra's back wheels off, it's still aching now despite it happening at about 3. Guess I won't be adjusting the handbrake then...
  3. I don't have far to go to find chod... Impromptu SRI gathering... Without the peasant Renault ofc.
  4. They do look good, especially that colour. Well purchased!
  5. Think the Dutch might disagree with that... ๐Ÿ˜‚
  6. An Audi that isn't depression grey or an SUV, or both. Must be a counterfeit.
  7. Peugeot 207 SW Sport - with a 1.6 HDi lump... ๐Ÿคฃ
  8. They seem to be magnetically attracted to Lancashire. I remember when Uber was starting to get popular over here, it baffled the shit out of me seeing a Wolverhampton plated Prius parked on a shitty side street in Accrington.
  9. If I didn't really really want to go to the RAF museum, I'd totally be up for getting me old inflatable kayak out of storage* and making a tit of myself on the water!
  10. Great fun, until you catch a ride with @AnnoyingPentium and he tries channeling his inner Richard Burns... But seriously it's a good time, even if it pisses it down throughout!
  11. Is a car really suitable for display here if it doesn't have one or more components held together with zip ties? ๐Ÿค”
  12. Didn't think I'd be driving home in a different car than I set off in...
  13. Fuck me sideways, the job I was on yesterday was a blast... 'Can I plug it back in? I have work to do...' 'Ol' mate fix` 'It's fine, just don't unplug it...' 'Insert screwdriver here for a good time...' I give up.
  14. These cheap shitty cables have given me nothing but trouble, and the site I'm working at is full of the fucking things. The connectors are so shitty that it was causing my tester to fail them, cue: Earth cont: Fail. *jiggle connector* Earth cont: Pass Oh good, I'll just double check it... Earth cont: Fail Gets a bit boring after the fiftieth time!
  15. Don't do it human. You know what happened last time... Against the better advice of my feline assistant, I decided to crack on with more tinkering on the ever-ungreatful Peugeot. Namely refreshing the washer and seals on number 3/number 2 (depending on however Peugeot decided to number them this week) injector. Getting to the injectors was straightforward enough, unbolt the plastic loom holder, disconnect connectors and carefully* wedge it out of the way. Likewise, removing the leak-off pipe watsits only required removing the clip holding each in place and levering off its injector, again stuffing it aside. High pressure lines came off easy too. Am I getting my hopes up? Yes. Slight battle getting the rocker cover out, as one of the 8mm bolts was helpfully hidden behind the pipe going from the intercooler to the turbo. Though loosening it's retaining clip gave me enough space to get at the aforementioned bolt. Twist, wriggle, curse the bastard who designed this engine and the rocker cover came out. Oh. Swear words. Moving swiftly on (to preserve my sanity if anything...) Removing the injector involved liberal application of carb cleaner and scraping around the clamp, the escaping combustion gases had solidified back into a hellish combination of tar and very solid carbon. Unsurprisingly effective at holding the injector in place but it yielded. Lovely. That took a significant amount of time to clean all whilst paranoidly avoiding the tip of the damn thing. Cleaned up the bore with an amazon spesh cleaning kit and replaced the seal that sits at the top, with only a slight faff getting the blighted little rubber bastard to seat properly. Not perfect by any stretch but it do. Put new spacer thing and copper washer on the comprehensively refurbished* injector before chucking it back in its home, reattaching everything and putting off turning the damn thing back on. A smidgen of hesitation and puckering of the sphincter, then I turned the key. Chuff successfully banished and I don't have to keep the air con in recirc anymore!
  16. From what I could see it was limited to that particular lobe. Doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  17. That's the one. That was my guess too, annoying seeing how I've been changing oil and filter every 6-7,000 miles.
  18. Found this whilst changing one of the the injector seals. Arses.
  19. Can we book a bit less rain this time? @AnnoyingPentium I'm bringing a crash helmet!
  20. Fuqstiks. ๐Ÿ˜ข A sad end for the rescue vehicle of many* a shiter.
  21. Double whammy for this episode of mechanical incompetence. New alternator belt, tensioner and an oil change. Saturday began with me getting up at fuckthis o'clock to take the merdemobile for a new pair of front tyres. Only I didn't need to get up early as my appointment wasn't until 11 o'clock! Decided to kill time by picking up the new alternator tensioner and belt. Anyway, a pair of shiny new Continental EcoContact 6ses and a wheel alignment later, the Pug feels a lot better to drive. Quieter and less twitchy, old tyres must have been on the edge of perishing despite appearances. Get home, get tools out and set about jacking up the front end to get the wheel and arch liner oot for access to the belt itself. Getting sufficient access to the tensioner saw me playing brittle plastic connector roulette and winning, thank fuck. Levered back the old tensioner back and using an 'approved tool' (a small screwdriver that only got bent slightly*) locked it. Looks deceptively roomy, it really wasn't! 2/3 bolts came out no problem, the one furthest away just wasn't reachable from above so had to go at it from the wheel arch. Managed to get it off eventually and only dropped the spanner 553 times... Lobbed the new belt and tensioner in and made the absolute stupid mistake of placing my pry tool on the engine cover... Of course it fucked off down the back of the engine! Like, right down. Bawlicks to this I thought, after removing several layers of skin from my hands trying to wedge them through the letterbox sized gap, so I sacked it off for the evening and went indoors to get mocked by the cat. Sunday rears it's head and I head back out to try and figure out how to pry the trapped tool from the HDi's grasp. Didn't take long, though I lost more skin as the car fought to claim it's sacrifice. SUCCESS. Reunited with it, I was able to finally remove the locking pin from the new tensioner and feel the warmth of a job actually done. Oil and filter got changed too, which went flawlessly and there were no issues whatsoever... Ffs. Luckily that was the old oil and I remembered to replace the sump plug before putting in the new stuff.
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