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3 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

Also, is it a genuine MAF I.e. Bosch?

Yep, jen-you-whine Bosch.  I've used pattern MAFs on L-serieses before to good effect, but I think modern common rail shiz is a bit fussier.

1 hour ago, artdjones said:

Check the egr. Unplugging the MAF may have force closed it. Now the MAF is plugged in the ECU may be trying to drive an egr that has problems.

That's a good shout actually - there's a replacement EGR valve in the boot so maybe it's been on its way out for a while.  Looks like a bit of a twat to fit though - access isn't brilliant and the pipe mounting bolts are spline drive which I don't have any bits for.

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1 hour ago, LightBulbFun said:

I wonder how long new cones last these days given that most other replacement rubber components you can get for cars these days seem to split and fail in record time (most scary one for me is just how rubbish modern fuel line is failing after like 6 months, surely that cant be legal!)

so im curious how long modern replacement mini suspension cones last?

 

well originally the cones had a 10 year design life, though the chances of a mini making it  that far, back in the olden dayz were slim to nothing?

these ones we are getting fitted are Minispares ones, which  are the same ones Minispares supplied to x-part, so hopefully these will have a good design life to them.

having been stung several times now with cheap chinese (or worse, frankly) shite parts we now only get bits from them. anything we get and don't use, or we get and  have a problem with, they take will take it back and either replace it or refund us (NO credit notes!) with out fuss,

but only time will tell!

 

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Right day 4 training done, cat C test tomorrow at 12pm

Im confident in my driving and reversing, what I’m really not confident is the area I’m doing my test. Mansfield/Sutton in Ashfield seems to be absolutely full of people who can’t drive, park anywhere, druggies walking out in front of you etc. I genuinely think if I fail it’s going to be because something unexpected catches me out.

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49 minutes ago, High Jetter said:

Looks ideal for the job. Maybe a quick annual roll-over would be a good preventative measure.

Don't forget to paint the bottom of the tank as i have seen these rust out from the inside,so drain any water off on a regular basis--water is heavier than oil so it goes straight to the bottom! 

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Eww... pretty convinced that someone in the distant past has tried to fix the non working speedometer on my BX by spraying WD40 (or similar) into the instrument panel.

Not what you want to find.

Anyone got a Mk I BX instrument cluster floating around?

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42 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Eww... pretty convinced that someone in the distant past has tried to fix the non working speedometer on my BX by spraying WD40 (or similar) into the instrument panel.

Not what you want to find.

Anyone got a Mk I BX instrument cluster floating around?

Might of been my Dad, he once brought a radio/cassette player home from one of the lads at work having said I would fix it, the serial number had been scratched out and it had marks where it had been levered out of a dashboard. I'd had a number of stereos stolen so it was a sore point so I told him no, he got the hump and said he'd fix it himself, next thing he's holding the flap open and spraying WD40 in.. 🤣🤣

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2 minutes ago, Floatylight said:

Might of been my Dad, he once brought a radio/cassette player home from one of the lads at work having said I would fix it, the serial number had been scratched out and it had marks where it had been levered out of a dashboard. I'd had a number of stereos stolen so it was a sore point so I told him no, he got the hump and said he'd fix it himself, next thing he's holding the flap open and spraying WD40 in.. 🤣🤣

Oh dear... it's alarming how many people think you can fix anything by spraying it with WD40!

To be honest most of it here is just cleanup...the problem is that it's got into everything...and has done this to the filter gels.

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*Thankfully* whatever they screen printed the actual speedometer drum with seems to have been unaffected by it.

Realistically though the only thing for the filters is going to be finding a donor dash to pull them from.  I'll touch the borders in as best I can but it'll never be right...and I'm not daft enough to even try touching up the actual legends as I'll only make that a million times worse.

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1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

Oh dear... it's alarming how many people think you can fix anything by spraying it with WD40!

To be honest most of it here is just cleanup...the problem is that it's got into everything...and has done this to the filter gels.

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*Thankfully* whatever they screen printed the actual speedometer drum with seems to have been unaffected by it.

Realistically though the only thing for the filters is going to be finding a donor dash to pull them from.  I'll touch the borders in as best I can but it'll never be right...and I'm not daft enough to even try touching up the actual legends as I'll only make that a million times worse.

Not worth trying to scan then print onto OHP transparency? Granted if a used unit can be found that's an order of magnitude less faffy. I find footering about with symbols like that on potatoshop quite therapeutic.

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21 minutes ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Not worth trying to scan then print onto OHP transparency? Granted if a used unit can be found that's an order of magnitude less faffy. I find footering about with symbols like that on potatoshop quite therapeutic.

Not a bad idea.  Not something I want to sink that many hours into right now, but I'll definitely take a scan of them before I put things back together.  I do quite enjoy image repair work like that...but am fully aware of how many hours I could happily sink into it beyond the point anyone would be able to see the difference!

Don't actually have any transparency film in stock either so would need to wait for that to arrive anyway.  I've done a very quick and dirty touch up by hand to make things a bit less obvious in the meantime at least.

Additional: Holy hell laser transparency film is expensive...

Edit: Thank goodness the part I was most worried about survived cleaning unharmed.

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That's illuminated by a light pipe effect in the plastic itself (which is edge lit) so would have been pretty much impossible to recreate with the equipment I have on hand.

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Bit the bullet and purchased a new brake master cylinder from Brookhouse Volvo via their slightly clunky website which arrived in timely fashion and even included a small bag of haribo! 
 

The 145 now has working brakes with no leaks although they’re pretty spongy as still need trapped air bleeding out. Nothing beats the warm fuzzyfeeling of opening the bonnet and finding shiny NEW components fitted as I’m sure any shiters will agree.  I spent most of yesterday opening and closing the bonnet but I think I need to fit more new parts soon to maintain that fuzzy feeling. 

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1 hour ago, Lankytim said:

Bit the bullet and purchased a new brake master cylinder from Brookhouse Volvo via their slightly clunky website which arrived in timely fashion and even included a small bag of haribo! 
 

The 145 now has working brakes with no leaks although they’re pretty spongy as still need trapped air bleeding out. Nothing beats the warm fuzzyfeeling of opening the bonnet and finding shiny NEW components fitted as I’m sure any shiters will agree.  I spent most of yesterday opening and closing the bonnet but I think I need to fit more new parts soon to maintain that fuzzy feeling. 

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The Haribo is a standard thing with orders from Brookhouse.  I think it's an attempt to make you forget how brutally you've just been arse raped price-wise...

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27 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

The Haribo is a standard thing with orders from Brookhouse.  I think it's an attempt to make you forget how brutally you've just been arse raped price-wise...

The retail side of the company I work for used to send out Haribo with all orders, however post brexit they got caught out on international orders when the bag of Haribo wasn't declared on the customs invoice causing all hell to break loose when thousands of pounds worth of orders were delayed because of a small bag of sweets.

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A box arrived today. A big one. In fact it was so heavy I could barely lift the bastard-

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Rear pads and discs for the 545. Even the rear discs are a whopping 345mm in diameter - I believe they are the same as the M5. The pads also fit certain bentleys.

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Old radiator fan switch is dead.  No worries, new radiator comes with a fan switch... which is dead. No worries, I'll order a new fan switch... which is dead.  I wonder how many switches I have to buy to find a good one and I wonder how long it will then last?  Fixed* the problem with a length of suitable wire with connectors on each end  so the fan is constantly running.

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