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With the Multipla's MOT due soon I've been positive about its chances and bought a new main beam headlight as a stone has cracked the current one.

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Got the cheap one from a breaker on eBay but didn't notice in the photo (and it wasn't mentioned in the listing) that it has the reg the car it was taken from etched into the glass.

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Which is a bit meh but it doesn't really matter so I'll go with it. Let's see if the MOT history will tell me why Y332JJX was scrapped

Date tested13 October 2012

FAIL

Mileage122,595 miles

 

Reason(s) for failure

  • Offside Front position lamp(s) not working (1.1.A.3b)
  • Nearside Registration plate lamp not working (1.1.C.1d)
  • Offside Registration plate lamp not working (1.1.C.1d)
  • Nearside Front Suspension arm has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
  • Offside Front Suspension arm has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
  • Nearside Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.2.B.1f)
  • Parking brake mechanism/associated mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded (3.1.9)
  • Offside Brake cable insecure (3.5.1d)
  • Nearside Front Anti-roll bar linkage has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
  • Offside Rear Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1)
  • Nearside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1)
  • Nearside Rear Body or chassis has excessive corrosion, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2)
  • Offside Rear Body or chassis has excessive corrosion, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2)
  • Front Brake pad(s) less than 1.5 mm thick (3.5.1g)
  • Offside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.6a)
  • Exhaust emits an excessive level of metered smoke for a turbo charged engine (7.4.B.3b)
  • Parking brake: efficiency below requirements (3.7.B.7)

Advisory notice item(s)

  • Offside Front Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1)
  • nearside front brake hose cracking

That's the longest fail list I've ever seen and I've had some shockers.

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the Concerto, while solid, is bloody messy. Interior is mouldy and the driver's door card is off as the lock was changed. Everything works and the radio loom hasn't been butchered for once so my spare radio can go in when the ISO adapter arrives.
First thing to do was remove a couple of massively incorrect stickers (nothing JDM as fuck about Longbridge) and perform a compression test. I knew it was HGFd but still... Test gave back 125/75/80/150, it should be blowing 180s... Also the ATF cooler pipes are pissing out fluid (tadts). The ignition barrel needs changing as it's worn out and the key can be removed with the car running, but one was supplied with the car. I also need a standard exhaust for it as it's stupidly loud, there's no rear silencer.

There's a good honest car hiding under all the mess. c36fe98000106afc81f58a3dbd1ac588.jpg0f87c0a5c60bd1e2123d746829944910.jpg7f86dfa8ab1c17bd917dc73a01f9b58e.jpg

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23 minutes ago, xtriple said:

Thanks guys, nice to know someone loves me (no Valentines though). I am okay, no worse than usual after any exertion and not currently suicidal. I do take too many Paracetamol, that I know but excess Morphine (which is what we are up to now) makes me itch like a bastard so I always try the 'straight' way first, even though it never works. Happily, everyone has taken pity on the old cripple and a nice lady carried my shopping to the car and a mate poop picked after the dogs and then walked miles to deposit same. All the time I just sat and whinged... which I am really bloody good at!   :) 

If it's severe and you're struggling to manage, ask for some help. I certainly don't mind coming out to people who've run out of options. 

Always have empathy for those with painful conditions. Wouldn't wish it on anyone. Stay strong 🙂

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I have asked the Docs before about an increase in meds, but it's not an option as I am already on the maximum dose of Fentanyl! Ho-hum and indeed, bugger. To be honest, most of the time it's okay, not pleasant but manageable but if I accept that I'm a scruffy twat and ashamed of it/myself and do some 'hands and knees'hoovering then I know it will kill me but once a month is hardly excessive now is it :)   I did have a lady who cleaned for me but she quit ages ago due to my constant sexual demands, I kept telling her to 'fuck off' so she did!

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3 hours ago, xtriple said:

Anyone want a part time gig as a cleaner?

I've heard they can come in naked flavour now.  Yes, really.

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The headlamps on the mondeo was like a candle.. so whipped them out, good look like 99p crap off ebay, thought how can I see at night... ahhaa i bought some led bulbs for focus and never used them so shoved them in 

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20 minutes ago, TataBobu said:

Looks like an interrogation lamp, might leave oncoming traffic blind.

Will certainly have interesting insurance implications if there's a claim later on....

I've already had two near-misses in the past week from oncoming traffic thanks to their stray beam patterns which left me momentarily blinded.

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I did the cam belt on my Alfa this weekend. It’s a bit of a fiddle* to do with access between the engine and inner wing not being the best. At the same time I rebuilt the camshaft variatior with a new spring and washer kit, which was an easy* and straightforward* job. 
 

Suffice to say it was dark by the time I finished and when replacing the spark plugs the little rubber nipple that sits inside the plug socket decided to come out attached to one of the plugs. In the gloom I didn’t notice.

The following day after some swearing and dismantling I worked out why it was running like arse. (8 plugs being a twin spark so wasn’t as obvious as 3 cylinders). I will treat you all to some crappy mid rebuild photos that mainly exist so I could remember how to put it back together again.

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BMW has been brought home. Borrowed some trade plates.

It looked a bit sad having stood for a while so I had it washed and dried. It's now parked up. Battery may need help starting but I have some jump leads.

Decided to tackle the dipped light bulb on the Vectra having blown a few days ago. Officially its a bumper off job. I've never managed to get a whole front bumper off a car before and I wasn't about to start at 6pm in the cold and dark. However, some helpful youtube vids showed me that access is very tight but still accessible. I'm used to getting my hands down an engine and removing stuff by feel. I accessed the light bulb, removed and replaced.:

Access was done by removing the shiny plastic outer cap near the right-hand side of the pic:

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The dipped bulb was sorted but the computer in the car was still screaming that the 'parking light' was still not functioning. So again more fumbling about until I realised that I had removed another still functioning bulb. So bulb replaced and put back into place. I then spotted the culprit which is the small white bulb holder towards the left side of the housing:

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I couldn't honestly be bothered to try, the slam panel was trying to cut my wrist and my fingers just couldn't get grip of the bulb holder.

At least my main lights are done.

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On 1/13/2020 at 7:05 PM, gm said:

yep, got the tool (bought it years ago from junkyarddog when he was involved in mx5nutz) - pm me your address and I'll bung it in the post - mine is also a mk1 1.8 which I was booting off a roundabout when it went ping, a quick tow home from the rac and a new belt fitted a couple of days later and it's running good as new, maybe even better as the old belt was pretty worn, might have been slightly out of timing before.

@Tenmil Socket

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I bought the kit off mx5parts, worked out much cheaper than europarts :)

https://www.mx5parts.co.uk/camshaft-timing-belt-budget-mk1-25-p-2758.html

if you've not used them before, sign up for the newsletter before you order and you should get a 10% off code

 

 

It's done now @gm. I shall post the tool back to you as soon as I get chance. Cheers...

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Nearly (9days) in the new house, spent the last two months going up and down the A1 decorating, making stuff etc, we are tired. I have to say my dirt cheep Xsara Picasso has been a star, the sheer amount of stuff it holds and the miles done superb, though I now want to get something else but cant decide heart says BX head says C3 or 4. We still have a fair bit to do but the childrens rooms re sorted as is the lounge and stair risers and we will wake up to views of hills and out to the sea (just) it is all worth the pain. Got told I have high cholesterol, which is a shock and probably the cause of the minor, it can just go with the other body falling apart that I have.  In a good mood generally for a change in winter looking forward to a big change. 

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Finally! Seat belt, ductape and wheel bearings were nonsense, exhaust needed gumgum which fixed the emissions too, handbrake cable needed wd and a slight adjustment which also stopped brake binding. Headlight bulbs had no beam pattern as cheap ebay shit. Retest done at same garage but different tester, if only he had done it the first time.

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Tip run duties for the 11 today.

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I had 25 litres of old oil to shift.  Been meaning to do it for ages.

I also noticed the water pooling in the boot had returned.  Handily there's a recess in the floor that catches it.

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It's not coming in via the light clusters, but it might be the boot seal.  Whatever, it's not enough to worry about.  That probably explains why the rear screen mists up readily in wet weather, but fortunately the HRW still does the job.

A neighbour was also taking his old Riley out for a run.  Soz for the rubbish pic, squint and you'll see it...

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1 hour ago, Split_Pin said:

I have booked the Audi in with a local garage (walking distance) for its MOT and associated work.

They're either going to be reasonable, or condemn it by way of being overly harsh or quoting silly money to do the work required.

Glad to hear it - I know there's a strong temptation to sack a car off when it becomes simply one problem too many to juggle, but the Audi's a handsome old beast and I gather you quite enjoyed it last summer.

And yep, I do believe that garages can get a bit complacent sometimes with their regular customers... 

Fingers crossed for the MOT work, anyway!

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5 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

I have booked the Audi in with a local garage (walking distance) for its MOT and associated work.

They're either going to be reasonable, or condemn itby way of being overly harsh or quoting silly money to do the work required.

Have you got a link to the Audi, I couldn't find it anywhere? 

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On 2/3/2020 at 9:55 PM, egg said:

I think I saw Vic Reeves, or Jim Moir as he prefers, today in a big white Audi SUV in Charing (where he lives). I thought he might have more taste 😂

All the time I lived there I never once saw him.  Maybe he called the Audi the Dove from Above?

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2 hours ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Have you got a link to the Audi, I couldn't find it anywhere? 

I stopped updating my threads because nobody reads them and I have only recently started adding the odd update the the N24 thread. Here it is:

 

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