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Anyway had an hour spare between child activities tonight so had a quick bash at the seats.

They were quite rank.

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Didn't really have the best selection of equipment, a hand brush and some sort of car shampoo in cold water, plus a wet vac.

They've come up better but there are definitely some stains that need doing again.

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49 minutes ago, Dave_Q said:

Seems like all the manufacturers went down the "Shimano 9-speed" route for camchains as well as putting them at the back of the engine around the same time, I hope whoever signed off on that shit got fired out of a cannon when they started going ping.

Yea deffo agree with the chain comment, I understand progress and things but the stuff i ran with the old OM601 duplex chain was a brilliant bit of engineering, very few mechanical issues, just rampant rust and failing suspension parts to constantly deal with.

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New car means new fixing.

Went to fit my new temperature sensor.

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It was just unplugged? I've reconnected it and I'll see how we go, the readings on VCDS seem sensible.

Had a look at the gear linkage which had loads of side to side play when in gear and was difficult to get 1-2/5-6. This bolt was really loose?

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Tightened it up and we seem to be all good.

Love me a free fix.

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On 23/04/2024 at 19:17, Dave_Q said:

Yeah the van is a 2010 with the OM651 engine so probably the same. It's on 197k, I got it on 190. The chain was noisy on startup so I put the revised tensioner in which quietened it down at startup.

The van man said then he reckoned he could hear the chain but I couldn't so opted to not spend a grand or whatever it would be at random.

I was considering not doing it to try and keep the bill down but it's only going to add maybe £3-400 while the engine is out so it's getting done.

Seems like all the manufacturers went down the "Shimano 9-speed" route for camchains as well as putting them at the back of the engine around the same time, I hope whoever signed off on that shit got fired out of a cannon when they started going ping.

What's the Shimano 9 speed route?

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RE the neutral sensor fault. 
 

These have a thin metal plate welded to the shift tower inside the box which tells a sensor when the cars in neutral. These commonly break off and the car doesn’t know when it’s in neutral. Makes no difference other than it gives a warning on dash for stop start not being operational. 
 

My passats has never worked. 
 

if you never remove the gearbox it probably won’t cause you grief. When I did my clutch and flywheel it moved inside the box and jammed the box in 6th gear. Had to get a gearbox specialist to strip the box, remove it, check everything and refit. 
 

 

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Thanks, TBH since I tightened up that bolt on the gear linkage the code doesn't seem to have come back, so maybe the neutral position was actually implausible due to all the slop in the linkage.

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50 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

What's the Vespa like, Dave? I hear very good things about that 300 engine.

I've not been out on it that much TBF but they are good. 

Acceleration wise they are pretty quick off the line and up to about 30-40 then 40-60 is OK and they do take a bit longer to wind up from 60+.

I think the GTS is quite a large and heavy lump TBH so I would be interested to see how it goes in a royal alloy if they are lighter. 

The new Dragster 300, it it ever appears, is using the new HPE version of this and should weigh a lot less so that should be a quick scooter.

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8 hours ago, Dave_Q said:

I've not been out on it that much TBF but they are good. 

Acceleration wise they are pretty quick off the line and up to about 30-40 then 40-60 is OK and they do take a bit longer to wind up from 60+.

I think the GTS is quite a large and heavy lump TBH so I would be interested to see how it goes in a royal alloy if they are lighter. 

The new Dragster 300, it it ever appears, is using the new HPE version of this and should weigh a lot less so that should be a quick scooter.

Pretty sure Scomadi had a 300 with a Vespa engine when they (the former) first came out, only a handful were made though, iirc.  R.A's  own 300 is quoted as 85 top speed, where the Vespa is supposed to be 78. I bet they both do more than that, though.

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On the Vespas, they are speed limited to 78 on the later 300s. You can get a different ABS ring which unlocks more like 85. Mine is non-ABS, I'll have to test the top speed and get back to you.

In other news, these common rail TDIs seem pretty good TBH, I can see why they sold so many.

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That is from a morning of general running around town in 30 and 40 limits. Temperature as you can see is still running cold so ordered a thermostat. Luckily it looks better for access than the TFSI although it is in the same place, I wonder if they use a common block?

I'd be tempted by a Mk6 Golf GTD with the 170hp version but they seem to start about £4k which is a lot for a car that could be legislated out of most cities in a few years.

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We used to only get 40-44mpg out of our CAGA in an A4 B8. Never understood why when many others got far more. 

Does this have two thermostats? Our A4 had the block one and another inline.

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3 hours ago, SiC said:

We used to only get 40-44mpg out of our CAGA in an A4 B8. Never understood why when many others got far more. 

Does this have two thermostats? Our A4 had the block one and another inline.

Don't tell me that, I've ordered the block one without really investigating.

This is a CFFB engine, dunno what that means though.

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  • Dave_Q changed the title to Dave's shonkers - another one out

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Bought it, MOTd it, rode it maybe 3 times max, sold it. 

In unprecedented scenes I even made a slight profit on it. 

I had to work for it though, it went to some local scooter people who TBF were absolutely lovely but could not operate a banking app between them. 

Took about half an hour, the woman paying didn't know her password then had to get onto support to try and get it reset which she was eventually told she could do by pressing "forgot password"

Her mate who was there with a van for it was going to pay off his bank, it wad a face and fingerprint scenario and somehow he managed to get his face rejected and get locked out of his account completely. 

Should have just let them bring cash and gone to the bank, would have been much quicker.

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Scooter in leaving the house shocker.

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Meant to be a multimeet in Leeds, TBF I was a bit late so quite a few of the clubs had left.

Scoot did pretty well on the way over, doesn't want to idle so might need the carb cleaning. It's been stood over winter and all I did as prep was pump up the tyres and dilute the old fuel in the tank with some fresh stuff.

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  • Dave_Q changed the title to Dave's shonkers - live collectating

Huddersfield does have some nice old buildings.

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The bus station/multi storey car park is not one of them.

Fun fact: the first time I ever came to Huddersfield was by mistake after falling asleep on a national express bus from London to Nottingham. The driver was deeply unsympathetic to my problem and the bus wasn't going back anyway so I had to fend for myself. This consisted of selling a Nokia 3210 to cash converters to raise the money for a train ticket home.

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Made it to Manchester airport. 

When I got on there was a man sat in my pre-booked seat (£3), no bother I just sat in a different one.

Obviously that meant that when we got here the people who's seat I was sat in have gone down to the driver going "THERES A MAN IN OUR PRE-BOOKED SEAT" and he's come to move me.

I'm now in my rightfully booked seat but no longer asleep.

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