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Stanky last won the day on October 26 2022

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  1. Mixed fortunes this weekend, but lots of work undertaken. My brother came down to see me and brought his welder, we fabricated* a new hanger for the exhaust and he welded it on, then welded up the cracked pipe so its now gastight. I'll take it back for a retest on Monday and hopefully it'll get through ok. The droplink was done and dusted in 10 minutes. I also replaced the occasionally iffy thermostat on the merc for a brand new Mercedes one We then changed the oil and filters in his passat, and attempted to change the engine mounts which ended up having to be aborted as we couldn't lift the engine clear of the mounts. Its a crazy arrangement with awful access, despite the assurances of various VW Forum members that 'its easy if you do XYZ' it really wasn't. We did manage to replace the oil level sensor though so not all bad. We also had a go at swapping the driveshaft on the daihatsu in an effort to cure the 70mph wheel wobble, which we accomplished, but only because the vibration was so bad with the replacement driveshaft we couldn't go above 30mph for fear of the wheel falling off. So we swapped back to the original one which at least works. I was quite pleased that swapping the driveshaft back to the original took us all of 15 minutes the second time. I do need to top up the gearbox oil a bit, but the oil I have is virtually solid in the current temps so I'll need to bring it inside for a while so it flows better before tipping it in. Bit of a mixed bag, hopefully the mercedes will be back in action tomorrow and the pressure will be off until Thursday when the Skoda is in for its MOT test. Assuming the mercedes gets a fresh ticket it may well be up for sale soon, I fancy a change. Anyone who wants a cosmetically challenged but pretty solid manual 2001 C-Class estate, please make yourselves known!
  2. Do you have the 'old' one to hand? Could you go to a fixings & fasteners place and say 'I want another one of these please'?
  3. Ah, sorry! I'm used to dealing with my local Mercedes and Toyota dealerships who have been incredibly helpful, even for tiny components with almost no profit margin in them!
  4. Phone the local Hyundai dealer, press Y for parts, quote the part number at them? Doubt it'll be expensive, and will be right, first time. Its what i do with a lot of daihatsu parts, call my local toyota dealer and ask for part number ABC123, they usually have it ready for me the next day.
  5. The Mercedes MOT didn't go entirely to plan, with a FAIL awarded on two items. The first was the other front droplink. Last year the nearside one was an advisory and got changed, this year the offside one was a fail because the boot was ripped. These are pretty cheap, and pretty easy to do so no major concern there. I picked up an 'Optimal' [sic] brand droplink from ECP today which took longer to collect than to fit. the old droplink came off with minimal struggle and the new one fitted perfectly which is handy. What was less ideal was: Rear Exhaust has a major leak of exhaust gases (6.1.2 (a)) Hmmm, whats this then? Having had a chat with the MOT guy he said that what had happened was that one of the hangers has broken off, meaning the exhaust is only attached at the front and the rear, the centre section is a bit freer than it ought to be. Because the roads of Hampshire are so velvety* smooth* the vibration over potholes and things has caused the pipe to stress crack. Did I want them to sort the bits out or would I do it? I said I'd have a look at it, and could they see if they can get hold of the rear exhaust too? I called up all the exhaust suppliers I knew of locally and was disappointed. Because my car is an early s203 with the old engine, it needs a specific exhaust rear section, which is out of stock. everywhere. balls. I called the garage today and asked if they'd had any luck getting one, to which they said the same - yeah we know what we need, but no, we can't get one. Here is what we're working with you can just about see the weld remains where the hanger used to be, the rubber is intact but its unsupported. there is a crack running around 2/3rds of the pipe where its stressed. The exhaust is OEM and likely original, its MB stamped at least. I'm going to see if brother_stanky can weld it to get it gastight again. I think if we can get a bit of rebar welded on and hung on the rubber it can take the stress off the pipe, and actually close up the crack almost entirely, then run a bead of weld around it, possibly with some strips of steel plate to act like splints. the exhaust metal is surprisingly thick even after 20 years so fingers crossed. Options B is a nasty exhaust bandage thing, its a bit tricky because its immediately before an elbow so will be hard to seat bandage, and almost impossible to sleeve. updates to follow.
  6. Very curious. I had a good nose around in daylight and everything seemed ok. Cambelt is tensioned correctly, no fault codes, engine mounts nice and tight so I started it up to see what was going on. Started fine and settled into a slightly rough idle, but not concerningly so. I revved it up a bit in neutral and it seemed OK, revving normally so I took it for a short drive between work meetings. Seems to drive fine and idles fine once its warmed up a bit. It revved through to 4500rpm in second gear fine. I'm putting it down to doing mostly short trips and it being cold and damp here. It certainly not burned an exhaust valve or majorly shed the cambelt so thats a good thing. Its in for an MOT next thursday so its stay of execution may be short lived!
  7. Credit to my brother, but someone appears to be trying to sell a transit thats been used to ramraid a Radio Rentals store. Except its being sold in Silent Hill? If you go to view this you will never be seen again. https://www.gumtree.com/p/ford/ford-transit-/1449742040
  8. Phone call from wife_Stanky earlier "The car is shuddering really badly, I can't drive it and daughter_Stanky needs to be at school" "can you take the Daihatsu? its a bit loud, but keep the revs down and its OK" 7 minutes later "yeah, I'm not driving that, the police will pull me over" And of course, the mercedes is in for an MOT tomorrow, so I currently have 0/3 cars which my wife is able to use. I suggested we buy another car. She wasn't impressed. I think I might have finally reached the point in my life where I'm going to pull the trigger on something new/almost new, with an actual warranty. Life is fucking difficult enough without having to roll around in the dark and rain on a january evening fixing another ungrateful twat car. I'll have a look at it tomorrow in the daylight, might just be a duff spark plug, but I bet it'll have dropped a valve or the almost new cambelt will have skipped a tooth or something. I just despair sometimes.
  9. Weekday visit is fine, will PM
  10. Let me know if you want to pop over and hook it up to my Delphi scanner?
  11. brother_Stanky has one of the corded ones and rate it highly. Slightly lower rated than my Clarke CEW1000, but about £30 cheaper. Well worth getting IMHO. I saw the cordless one was £70 in my local Lidl yesterday. TBH they're bulky things anyway, I'd opt for the corded one unless you're likely to need to use it a long way away from mains power on a regular basis. You can use the money saved to buy a decent set of impact sockets and a 30m extension lead.
  12. There is only one known issue with them, which manifests as restricted power in certain conditions. Luckily, an inventive aftermarket supplier has found a simple solution to the issue https://www.tegiwaeuro.com/tts-performance-rotrex-supercharger-kit-citroen-c1.html
  13. A video is worth a thousand pictures or something? Anyway, here for your audio delight is a short video of what a straight-through exhaust sounds like on a K3-VE2 Daihatsu Sirion The smoke is from the assembly paste and some muck burning off, its only been driven about 5 miles so far. Its going back soon for a resonator to be fitted but I wanted to document the noise for future generations.
  14. Ah, interesting, its the 'good' side of the metal inner door plate thing? So just door card off (snapping all the clips) then the motor is able to be removed, correct?
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