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  1. I reckon it's their 3/8" model, which does 8-105Nm. Stretch bolts. They're usually single use. I think that might be the problem. You might also want to blow the holes out with compressed air if possible.
  2. Sounds like they had either been overtightened or assembled with lots if thread lock. At 22nm you would be pulling the wrench with one finger.
  3. I guess a lot of the suspension fails will be broken springs too. One of the front springs on my Mondeo sounds like the end has come off but it doesn't seem to affect how it works. Still a fail when it gets spotted though.
  4. Given that the standards required for an MOT are not exactly high, it's a bit alarming that a third of them fail. Having said that, I had a quick look online to see if there's a difference in the accident rate in the US between the 15 states that require vehicle inspections and the 35 that don't. According to this paper, it's not clear cut (also see here). Anyone who's a fan of 'Watch Wes Work' on YouTube might find that surprising considering the absolute shitheaps that roll into his non-inspection state Illinois workshop, nearly all exhibiting galloping structural rust and almost none a working handbrake.
  5. I would regard the St Lucia wedding thing as a real bonus because its a (probably intentional) ready made excuse for not attending. I'd just pretend I that couldn't afford it or didn't have a passport. So many of the grumps on this thread are due to people feeling obligated to do, buy, or pay attention to things they can just say no to.
  6. No idea about the yaw sensor, but another possibility is you've got a wheel bearing that picks up. Noticed any squeaks or chirping noises as you drive along?
  7. Do you have (or need) public liability insurance to cover that? I'd be wary of charging the neighbours to change their brake pads on their shitheap and then the very next thing they do is stick it into the back of someone's Ferrari Enzo.
  8. If you have a pre '97 licence and room to park it, a quick browse of eBay suggests you might find some tempting deals on heavier stuff up to 7.5t and registering it as a private HGV.
  9. I'll spend a bit more than that, but I walk a lot with my dog. Here's a pair of my boots at exactly a year old with their identical, same sized replacements:
  10. I treat cars exactly like shoes. I can afford quite nice ones and like them to start off comfy but I don't feel the need to go and spend every penny I have on a pair of shoes, still less get into debt for them. I tend not to bin them until they are unserviceable or upgrade them to impress people I don't know and whose opinions I couldn't give a fuck about. I'll fix things like a broken shoelace but unless it's a really special shoe it's going in the bin when it needs new soles and heels. Why would a car be much different?
  11. If someone was cheeky enough to offer me advice of that type, I'd ask them whether they think it might be a better plan to use up their whole ISA allowance with stuff like index trackers before putting money into a diminishing asset like a car.
  12. Sounds like you have a busy weekend planned! Is all that going to be done on a lift in a nice warm workshop, or rolling around on the drive in the cold?
  13. I'd be more tempted to fit a low profile LED roof bar than anything on the front, although those can have the disadvantage of illuminating the bonnet so it might need a 'lip' underneath it to stop that. I'd definitely want rear, and probably side illumination if I was doing that kind of thing now. LED has to be the way forward for power consumption and robustness. Recently I've noticed that rock crawling enthusiasts fit lights inside their wheel arches so they can see what their wheels are sitting on. I thought that was an intriguing idea, although I doubt they'd work too well when the wheel arch is rammed full of clay.
  14. I did exactly that with a RRC, as I figured I could do more than its value in damage to my 110 in one afternoon just by resting the sides of it against trees, as tends to happen in slippery clayey woods. As it turned out that was a good decision because by the time I scrapped it the body was absolutely fucked and had adopted a broken backed appearance due to the knackered body mounts getting squashed. It still had the quietest V8 I've ever heard, with not a hint of timing chain or lifter noise. Pity I didn't have time to take the engine out before it went, but circumstances prevented that. I'd take that bull bar off fairly early in proceedings, btw. They weigh a ton, get in the way if maintenance and don't do a lot to save panel damage because they get pushed into the wings much too easily.
  15. I have heard I'm on Santa's 'passive aggressive' list, so I have asked him for a lump of coal.
  16. My mother had a Collie-Retriever cross rescue dog that the vet reckoned was 21 when she was eventually put to sleep, based on him estimating her age as 6 when he first saw her and the dog living another 15 years. Mum had been told the dog was 3, so even if the vet's estimate was wrong the dog wasn't any younger than 18.
  17. Green Flag cover my 1992 Defender as my main vehicle, but it would not be covered if I was driving it on my Personal (i.e. driving other vehicles) cover.
  18. The ones on the M25 only seem to enforce the variable speed limits (e.g. 40 or 50 mph) rather than being on all the time.
  19. I would be teaching that Alexa that I 'like' bands like Alien Sex Fiend, Crass, The Cramps, The Pine Box Boys and so on.
  20. Some tips for hanging onto a Defender: Use multiple layers of security. Whatever other security you've fitted, I'd recommend a Disk-lok on the steering wheel because they're highly visible and crooks know they're a pain to deal with. Also, park with the steering on full lock to make it difficult to winch onto a trailer. Wherever possible, I park mine very close to a wall or behind a height restriction to make it difficult to steal with a hi-ab, and I use some kind of immobilizer every time I step out of it even if it's just walking to the kiosk in a petrol station. Another tip is to leave the transfer box in neutral; that'll baffle most casual theives for long enough that they abandon the effort.
  21. That Mary Berry will never get rich making cakes if she bakes them one at a time. She needs a big commercial oven so she can do hundreds at once. It's almost as if she was more interested in making programmes for the telly than in profitable baking. I bet they don't even eat them all. Ridiculous!
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