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13 minutes ago, SiC said:


I do think it may need a clutch soon...
Might even get it done because I'm a bit mental.

For a man of your abilities that'd be easy. And you've got a decent garage to do it in. Get it done!

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For a man of your abilities that'd be easy. And you've got a decent garage to do it in. Get it done!
Would be a driveway job until I get the Dolly done if it goes before I get that in a better state.
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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Did the droplink today. Piece of piss to do.
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It was buggered.
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Clonking now gone when you go over speed bumps.

Drop links are one of those jobs that should take 10 minutes but almost never do.  It is nice when you get an easy one.

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...which is a good job as you'll be doing them every 12 months!

More exciting is the rear lower arm bush, where the steel through-bolt shears off in the aluminium carrier.

I like the Polo/ Fabia/ Ibiza as a car, but can't abide the fragile 3-cyl paperweight most of them seem to have.

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42 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Drop links are one of those jobs that should take 10 minutes but almost never do.  It is nice when you get an easy one.

I think this might have been the first time ever done them on a car?

I was prepared to just chop them off with the angry grinder. But thought I'd give them a go with the wrench. Bought a 30cm long 3/8" Sealey job and they undid no bother. 

Definitely helps that nothing is rusted underneath. I know I'll get bored of this car but I also know I think I've got a bargain (until the clutch goes!). 

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2 minutes ago, Rusty_Rocket said:

...which is a good job as you'll be doing them every 12 months!

More exciting is the rear lower arm bush, where the steel through-bolt shears off in the aluminium carrier.

I like the Polo/ Fabia/ Ibiza as a car, but can't abide the fragile 3-cyl paperweight most of them seem to have.

This is the 4pot 1.4 16v of 75bhp. Quite how VAG got so little power out of that engine is a bit of a mystery. 

No idea how strong these engines are. Have read rebuilds aren't easy as something about the crank being machined to fit the block. Also piston rings I believe can cause grief. 

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Got a message to rescue someone who locked their only key in a Kia.  

 

On getting there, discovered that have lost literally all the even slightly appropriate rakes and torsion levers for car keys.  FFS.

 

Still, at least I had the back up option of some furniture moving airbags and an old wire coat hanger.

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Open it up a crack

 

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Grab the key 

 

 

Drop it on the floor, FFS.

 

Anyway, no deadlocks so just pulled on the lock lever on the drivers door and BAM get hit in the face with a door which was under pressure, quite literally.

 

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Sorted.

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14 minutes ago, SiC said:

This is the 4pot 1.4 16v of 75bhp. Quite how VAG got so little power out of that engine is a bit of a mystery. 

No idea how strong these engines are. Have read rebuilds aren't easy as something about the crank being machined to fit the block. Also piston rings I believe can cause grief. 

I think the 1.4 16v was 100hp. My 1.6 8v in the Felicia is 75hp. This isn't great when the ancient 1.3 pushrod of Škodas own design chucks out 68hp. The VW engine is much quieter, that's its only advantage. 

When I used to frequent Briskoda (rarely bother any more as the Favorit/Felicia section dried up as the cars disappeared) the 1.4 16v that you have was a popular conversion as it was so easy. The block for the 8v and 16v are very similar so would mate up to the standard gearbox, but you had to make a new engine mount at the cambelt end. There would be no point doing the swap if both engines had the same power. 

The only swap really worth doing was the 1.6 16v but this was trickier as something was different, can't remember what now but I seem to remember you had to put the 1.6 internals in a 1.4 block which meant you needed two engines to start with. And the 1.6 16v was a much rarer beast to start with. 

This is all a very long winded way of saying I think you have more power than you think you do. 

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6 minutes ago, Yoss said:

I think the 1.4 16v was 100hp. My 1.6 8v in the Felicia is 75hp. This isn't great when the ancient 1.3 pushrod of Škodas own design chucks out 68hp. The VW engine is much quieter, that's its only advantage. 

They did it in 75bhp and 100bhp tunes. I believe the 100bhp is a different cam and map. Also only on the top end too. Mine is a BKY engine code iirc. 

Tbh this engine isn't exactly the quietest or most refined units. Not just this example, seeing other videos of work being done on them they sound pretty noisy. Especially at cold.

However the car is well sound proofed and it reduces the sound to a quiet thrum. Probably why you hear/see old people rev the feck out of them!

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Ah, never knew that. I know mk1 Fabias were available with a 1.4 version of the Škoda pushrod too. I don't know the power of that but it must have been similar. Didn't realise there were quite so many engine options available. Maybe your engine replaced the 1.4 pushrod, I see yours is a late mk1. Probably detuned to meet some sort of emmisions target though in the real world the 100bhp engine would need less effort to keep going so was probably just as economical. 

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11 minutes ago, Yoss said:

Ah, never knew that. I know mk1 Fabias were available with a 1.4 version of the Škoda pushrod too. I don't know the power of that but it must have been similar. Didn't realise there were quite so many engine options available. Maybe your engine replaced the 1.4 pushrod, I see yours is a late mk1. Probably detuned to meet some sort of emmisions target though in the real world the 100bhp engine would need less effort to keep going so was probably just as economical. 

I believe the 100bhp required super unleaded too. Renault managed 100bhp standard out of their humdrum 1.4 16v in the Clio/Mégane/Scenic/etc. 

I seem to vaguely remember reading that they are low output for insurance purposes in Germany. 

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That would be the 1.9 SDI surely?
Never seen the appeal of those engines. Very slow, heavy, unrefined rattly and noisy lumps. Big units that fill the engine bay and makes working in there more awkward. Also injection system more complex than a 2000 era MPI petrol.

This petrol you can barely tell is running at idle. Yet still gets 45+ mpg.
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Been having a poke around the newly acquired C4 Grand Pigsarsehole today.  It runs OK and has MOT until next July, but it has a few jobs that need sorting - there is a dead ABS sensor, which is making the car throw up error messages for the ABS, ESP and EPB (although the parking brake actually works fine); the struts for the tailgate have given up; and the front strut top mounts are knocking like a bastard (apparently they were done a couple of years ago but the garage that did them presumably got the parts from Aliexpress as they're knackered again.

None of the parts required are expensive, but I suspect the strut top mounts are going to be a bugger to do as they're buried under the windscreen in typical modern MPV fashion.  I might just live with the knocking for a bit.

It's interesting to compare it with the Scénic - they were on sale at the same time and aimed very much at the same type of buyer.  The C4 is noticeably quicker, despite having exactly the same power (the 110bhp version of the ever reliable* 1.6 HDI) and one less gear.  It's also bigger in the back, and the seats are a better design - the floor is flat with the second and third rows folded down, which it isn't on the Renault.  It also has the advantage of working aircon, which the Renault doesn't currently have.  I still prefer the Scénic to drive though - although annoyingly I discovered this weekend that it's done a Renault and broken a rear spring, so that's another job that'll need doing before the MOT - I'll probably farm it out to the garage as I hate buggering around with spring compressors.

The Picasso doesn't have as sophisticated a dashboard as the Scénic - it's a "traditional" LCD display rather than a TFT screen - but you can change the colour of the backlighting which is quite a neat trick.  It also has the funky C4 steering wheel with the stationary boss which I've always rather liked.  And it has the advantage of a towbar, although I'm not sure I'd fancy towing anything too heavy with a 1.6-litre engine.

Not sure what I'm going to do with them - I think the C4, being the most vanlike, will stay until I can find myself another van and then it'll be punted on.  The Renner might stay a bit longer as long as it doesn't need too much for a test, as I do rather like it.

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I start training for my new job in just over an hour. It's been so quick going from interview to offer to start date I've not really had a chance to worry about it. I visited a couple of friends who've worked in call centres on Saturday and they assured me I'm going to love* it. How bad can it be?

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11 hours ago, stuboy said:

It's lil bit weepy..

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I have a 3 ton SGS that uses the same mechanism for lifting and lowering 

It only lifts halfway before it starts weazing and pumping air

Is there any special way of bleeding these ?

I've tried a few techniques shown on ytube,but nothing seems to work 

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Don't worry, it was absolutely loaded with sugar, for energy see?

It seems like the first week of training involves sitting on Teams calls all week then the second involves shadowing other team members. I'll be interested to see how that works over teh interwebs. I set up the remote working software the other day, it seems to be missing the softphone and it buggered up my Firefox profile, but it seems to be a reasonably intuitive bit of software. It logs you in to a separate windows profile with everything locked down except a web browser that can only go to certain websites, though I've already figured out how to get it to go to Google. Not that I think I'll have time to fanny about on the internet!

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It's not too bad really as it's running in Windows which I don't really use for very much, most of my time on the computer I'm running Kubuntu, I actually prefer it to whatever shitey laptop a company would provide because it means I get to use my clicky clacky keyboard and dual 27" monitors. Another company I applied for supplied a desktop but if I'd got that it'd have involved massive upheaval of my desk to make it fit, and I only have so many plugs!

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1 hour ago, reb said:

Don't worry, it was absolutely loaded with sugar, for energy see?

It seems like the first week of training involves sitting on Teams calls all week then the second involves shadowing other team members. I'll be interested to see how that works over teh interwebs. I set up the remote working software the other day, it seems to be missing the softphone and it buggered up my Firefox profile, but it seems to be a reasonably intuitive bit of software. It logs you in to a separate windows profile with everything locked down except a web browser that can only go to certain websites, though I've already figured out how to get it to go to Google. Not that I think I'll have time to fanny about on the internet!

If your using your own kit for it OBS screen record the meetings. 

I took over from someone who handed in their notice way back in the days of lock down 1, and we had 2 weeks worth of teams calls as a handover whilst doing our jobs (now both mine) and I was covering another department who had all their staff furloughed and the bloke who remained had his little boy stillborn a week after 😭

If I hadn't screen recorded it all I'd be utterly fucked! Messed the sound up on the 3 most important ones though... 

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