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9 hours ago, Stanky said:

I've noticed more cars recently driving around with their headlights on in daytime, but with the front indicators on on both sides permanently lit. The first time i saw this was on a BMW and i dismissed it as being some kind of electrical issue, but since then I have seen probabaly about ten different cars, all running with both front orange indicators permanently lit. Myriad makes and models, BMW, VW, Peugeot, Ford at the very least.

Is this a scene thing, or some sort of weird Fareham phenomenon and the owners/drivers are completely oblivious?

Also, I have noticed several obviously chavved up cars recently with some kind of treatment to the windscreen and front headlights making them sort of tinted but in a colour change film, sort of like late 90s/00s flip paint TVRs and things, but on the glass. Apparetly its legal, looks weird but there you go. Is this another new fad elsewhere in the country too? So far I;ve seen it on some mid-00s Subaru Impreza and a heavily modified Civic type-r.

So apparently it's called oil slick for the front screen. As for the indicator being on I I think it's a yoof thing I have seen a few, they flash off if you know what I mean.

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10 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Similar here in Kernow. Plenty of young bucks trying to be 'Murican.

Same crew seem to like running cars with turbots with dump valves which make the car sound like it's having some sort of major asthma attack. Real cool*. 

To the tune of Woodie Guthrie 'Driving in my car'

"The boost it goes a-whizz pish

the boost it goes a-whizz pish

when I'm drivin' in my car"

I realise that might mean something else in different parts of the UK.

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32 minutes ago, Wack said:

Salesman with his hands on his head 

Customer, thanks for the test drive but I think I'll leave it 😄

Only one in the country apparently M4 CSL , 10 destined for the UK , one a cat S already 

 

 

All the emogis are applicable here i think. 

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So further to Wifey's FTP last night, 

The oil leak it has had for ever has corroded the fan belt and it pinged off as she was arriving to work. 

Last night before driving she saw this

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And was told by the security who allegedly used to be a mechanic that it was nothing but debris caught on her axle. 

She made it an hour out of her one-and-a-quarter hour commute home before getting stranded on a busy roundabout. Managed to kangaroo the car off the roundabout with the very unhappy car into a car park and Autoaid came to tow.

So an unscheduled day off today and an easy fix, but we are going to have to sort the oil leak!

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I keep meaning to mention the retired brain surgeon who lives in the next village. I suspect that he used to experiment on his first wife who was absolutely crackers.  He owns a Bentley Continental Coupé, a Maserati Quattroporte and a Piaggio Ape which he is generally seen pottering about in. I was amongst a long procession of cars following him the other day, when he pulled over to let everyone past by hiding the Ape behind a couple of cones that had been left in the road. It is incredibly slow & looks dreadfully fragile.

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I've just been told the bearing has been replaced and the towbar removed on the Volvo. I went posh and bought an SKF bearing

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It's a heavy old thing. The mechanics reckon the clunk when turning the wheel when stationary is a "top link". Hopefully I can find this out when I'm back in the country next weekend.

 

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12 hours ago, Fumbler said:

I've just been told the bearing has been replaced and the towbar removed on the Volvo. I went posh and bought an SKF bearing

 

It's a heavy old thing. The mechanics reckon the clunk when turning the wheel when stationary is a "top link". Hopefully I can find this out when I'm back in the country next weekend.

 

Top link, eh. The strut top mounts can rust through on these cars, worth checking while you're in about the wheel bearing and can see the top of the strut from the inside. 

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1 hour ago, Stevebrookman said:

Mot passed again for my Range Rover. Had it nearly 16 years now. Calipers and backplates need cleaning up-quite rusty. Also found out why air con stopped working-the drier is rusted through.

 

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These have aged just as well as the previous generation. Handsome indeed.

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2 hours ago, Lacquer Peel said:

Top link, eh. The strut top mounts can rust through on these cars, worth checking while you're in about the wheel bearing and can see the top of the strut from the inside. 

Strut tops look alright. The original suspicion is that the offside thrust bearing is creaking as that strut is original to the car. I'll have another look once home. 

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