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18 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

Potentially, if the sensor is loose then that would likely do it. Resecure it and retry. I had assumed the sensor would remain unaffected 

However magnetic pickups on bearings won't always cause a regular dropout like on an old style reluctor ring on the end of driveshafts

Sensors need the correct air gap between the sensor and the pickup. If it's loose, or something is preventing it from seating correctly it will cause you problems. 

Thankfully it was just the sensor clip. I needed to be more angry with it and tap the sensor in with a toffee hammer as the clip was so flimsy the sensor would work its way loose with a snide glance.

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1 hour ago, juular said:

Thankfully it was just the sensor clip. I needed to be more angry with it and tap the sensor in with a toffee hammer as the clip was so flimsy the sensor would work its way loose with a snide glance.

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My last P38 came with a similar abs fault

The sensors are supposed to be a tight push fit in the hub however the nsf was a bit sloppy,so moved out too far once some steering lock was applied.

A few quid knocked off the purchase price,and an easy fix later on at home.

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5 minutes ago, andy18s said:

My last P38 came with a similar abs fault

The sensors are supposed to be a tight push fit in the hub however the nsf was a bit sloppy,so moved out too far once some steering lock was applied.

A few quid knocked off the purchase price,and an easy fix later on at home.

Yeah the ones that go through the hub are usually passive ones, easy enough to sort as you say. Sometimes just a dod of sealant is enough to fix it for quite a while.

These ones have the magnets in the bearing rather than in the sensor, and the sensor clips to the bearing.

The clips are made out of chocolate however, and the sensor sticks out, creating quite a lot of. leverage into the clip. Watching videos online most people just give the cable a quick pull and it falls out.

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Massive win here in Southam. The town's most interesting building, which was a pharmacy until they moved next door, has finally found a business! 

Apparently an AutoShite Superstore is moving in. 

According to Mrs Grogee it's going to be a One Stop which actually now I think about it isn't interesting at all. 

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7 minutes ago, grogee said:

Massive win here in Southam. The town's most interesting building, which was a pharmacy until they moved next door, has finally found a business! 

Apparently an AutoShite Superstore is moving in. 

According to Mrs Grogee it's going to be a One Stop which actually now I think about it isn't interesting at all. 

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AS superstore for the win.

One stop shop for all the Beige and bASe you could possibly want, wonder if they will expand into other towns?

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5 minutes ago, Stinkwheel said:

AS superstore for the win.

One stop shop for all the Beige and bASe you could possibly want, wonder if they will expand into other towns?

I’m imagining them as a bit like aldi, groceries and the odd arc welder or range of oil filters.

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1 hour ago, grogee said:

Massive win here in Southam. The town's most interesting building, which was a pharmacy until they moved next door, has finally found a business! 

Apparently an AutoShite Superstore is moving in. 

According to Mrs Grogee it's going to be a One Stop which actually now I think about it isn't interesting at all. 

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Ace! Next time I'm over in Daventry (be 2024 now) we can take the circuitous route home and pick up something beige.

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22 hours ago, wuvvum said:

Had a reasonably productive Saturday and a somewhat crap Sunday this weekend.

First job on Saturday was to run a wheel each from the Renault 4 and 6, together with the two new tyres I bought in a Camskill clearance a couple of years back, down to the local tyre place to have them fitted.  The nearside front tyre on the 6 got a puncture a couple of months back and since then it has been on the spare, which was a remould of uncertain age.  The offside front on the 4 didn't look too bad at first glance but I noticed a couple of bulges on the inner sidewall when I was replacing the driveshaft.  So each car now has a shiny new HiFly tyre on the front.  They couldn't balance the 6's wheel as it's centreless so that might have to end up going on the back if it vibrates.

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Then I had the fun* annual task of putting the boat and the Renault 6 away for the winter.  This involves digging the various boxes of crap and assorted tyres out of the garage and piling them in the back of the Maxus, then wheeling the boat down the road from the house on its trailer, tipping it off and leaning it up against the wall, where it's held in place by a ratchet strap to a handy nail in one of the roof beams.  If done correctly this leaves about 3" of clearance either side of the Renault once it's driven in, so I have to remember to pop the tailgate before driving in so I can clamber out through the back.  If the Renault is parked with the bumper against the back wall there is then just enough room to squeeze the Mobylette and the Spacy in behind it.  The Renault started fairly easily with a jump and I left it running for a bit to charge the battery, then switched it off.  I came back to it a little bit later and it wouldn't start - I tried various things but it eventually turned out that the little bracket that holds the end of the choke cable had come away from the carb so the choke wasn't opening and the engine was flooding.  Once I'd opened the choke flap by hand the car soon chugged back into life and drove into the garage.

This has resulted in the Innocenti being evicted from the garage to the driveway, which I'm not entirely happy about - it has a much greater chance of surviving a winter outdoors than the Renault - it's still amazingly solid for what it is - but it is nonetheless at an age where I'd really rather it was indoors over winter.  I need to try and find another garage.  In an ideal world I'd have the Volvo under cover as well but I can't really afford three garages, even if I could find them.

Today I decided to tackle the next job on the Z4, which is to replace the nearside front strut with the secondhand one I bought off eBay.  It started off pretty well - the wheel bolts had been ugga duggad pretty well so I had to jump up and down on the breaker bar to crack them off, but they all came out OK.  Even the locking wheel nut key was present and correct.  The drop link nut undid with no fuss at all - I didn't even need to hold the ball joint in place.  Then I went to undo the pinch bolt - it didn't look particularly rusty but it just snapped, despite having been doused in GT85.  So that was the end of that. 

I'm not sure what to do next - it's a long M12 bolt so drilling it out is a non-starter really, and anyway I'd probably damage the threads.  I think a secondhand hub might be the way to go, and just take the whole lot out along with the strut.  The bottom arm is new so hopefully that will come undone pretty easily - I'm not so sure about the track rod end but we shall see.  I've given everything a good squirt of Plus Gas for now but I'm not sure when I'm going to get around to getting any further with it - it certainly wasn't a job to start tackling at 2pm on a freezing Sunday afternoon with only an hour and a half of daylight left.

Then I thought I might take the Renault 4 for a drive, as it hasn't been out for a bit.  I've Lanoguarded (or the Weldstation equivalent) the underside so it should be reasonably well protected against shit winter roads.  It didn't seem to want to start though - it always takes a bit of cranking when it's been stood, not helped by the fact that the fuel line between pump and carb is longer than it should be as I fitted an inline filter, but today it wasn't showing any interest at all even though there was fuel in the filter.  It does have a bloody good battery though!  Eventually I tried flicking it over with the choke pushed in and it fired straight up, which is odd - on the coldest day since I bought it I'd expect it to need more choke than usual rather than less, but when I pulled out the choke it conked out.  Very weird.

I left it to warm up for a bit while I pumped up the back tyres, which were a bit low.  As I got back in to drive off, I noticed steam coming from under the corner of the bonnet, which seemed to be rapidly increasing in volume.  Switched off and opened the bonnet to be greeted by this.

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When things had calmed down I went in for a closer look and found that it was just a split in the pipe from the expansion bottle to the top of the radiator.  The engine wasn't even that hot - the radiator fan hadn't kicked in - but on a cold day it doesn't take much to make steam.  I cut off the split end of the pipe and refitted it and took the car for a drive, and everything seemed fine except that the heater is now blowing cold, so I assume it must have pulled some air into the system.  I was running out of daylight by then so didn't look into it any further but at least everything is fairly accessible on these, unlike the 6 where the water valve is hidden in a tight space under the scuttle.

 

Nice shite juggling boss. Keep up the good work. 

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Quality reporting from BBC local news.

BBC News - Smart car in Cambridgeshire with exposed engine pulled over - BBC News
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjrpl4q4pxqo

I'm not a BBC basher (the broadcaster,  not anything else you might think of) but you have to wonder...

A. Who gave the police statement 

B. Who thought it was worth publishing. 

 

A virtual high5 to the first person to spot the obvious mistake.

 

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9 hours ago, Timewaster said:

Quality reporting from BBC local news.

BBC News - Smart car in Cambridgeshire with exposed engine pulled over - BBC News
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjrpl4q4pxqo

I'm not a BBC basher (the broadcaster,  not anything else you might think of) but you have to wonder...

A. Who gave the police statement 

B. Who thought it was worth publishing. 

 

A virtual high5 to the first person to spot the obvious mistake.

 

Plod have done a Tweet (or whatever they call shite on X these days - I no longer keep up) and the Beeb have hoovered it up 'cos it has a nice picture. Unfortunately, whoever typed up the copy at the Beeb does not know their arse from their elbow about where the bonnet and boot are in a Smart car.

Twitter/X/social media is an easy carcass for the media vultures to pick over - our local media outlets only seem to carry such rubbish (saves the hacks' shoe leather I guess). The Beeb is going down that path more and more - very little analysis in their 'news' stories and more of a tabloid feel  as time marches on.

My last place of work would have us Tweeting a lot to publicise stuff - I always felt it was a bit like screaming into an abyss - but, hey, if the Beeb are trawling who knows? Fifteen seconds of fame may beckon.

Gawd - I really have my cynical head on this morning.

 

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Interesting. I can see the platenjust clear enough to know thats the same car.

I have messaged to see what the outcome was, hope he doesnt mind! He hasnt posted anything else on the page since. Apparently bought with a seized engine due to the common grenade-y oil pump on these. Be a nice win if it had all been done! 

 

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12 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

Interesting. I can see the platenjust clear enough to know thats the same car.

I have messaged to see what the outcome was, hope he doesnt mind! He hasnt posted anything else on the page since. Apparently bought with a seized engine due to the common grenade-y oil pump on these. Be a nice win if it had all been done! 

 

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Is this with you now @Split_Pin?

Turning into a bit of an AS bike..

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19 minutes ago, Floatylight said:

Is this with you now @Split_Pin?

Turning into a bit of an AS bike..

Yes I bought it on Saturday. The guy Mark got back to me and said he bought it with the intention of replacing the engine but didn't have time and sold it to a taxi company. He's from Middlesborough which is where I believe the car was bought from before it came into the fold. It certainly runs fine now and it's definitely not seized!

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After having trouble finding someone who’d be willing to change my rear window seal on my Austin someone recommended I try Wimbledon Park garage in Portsmouth, which was a delight to visit, it really was a proper old school garage, I had a good long chat with Graham the owner about his business and it turns out he’s been there since 1969 and whilst he wasn’t able to assist in changing the seal he gave me the number of another garage Pete’s place who have booked me in for next Tuesday. Very happy 

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Genuine barn find found:

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It's getting in the way in a building owned by a client. Saw it this morning, vaguely expressed interest and they asked did I want it?! They've threatened the lad who it belongs to that it's going into a skip if he doesn't get something done with it.

Turns out I took photos when it was still on the road 10 years ago. It failed an MoT in 2015 and wasn't repaired:

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As a 957cc Popular I think it's as low-spec a Mk2 as it's possible to get, and not really something I'm interested in myself. But, it's the sort of thing I can imagine someone bringing along to an ECR meet, or maybe even FOTU. @trigger do you know of anyone?

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9 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Genuine barn find found:

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It's getting in the way in a building owned by a client. Saw it this morning, vaguely expressed interest and they asked did I want it?! They've threatened the lad who it belongs to that it's going into a skip if he doesn't get something done with it.

Turns out I took photos when it was still on the road 10 years ago. It failed an MoT in 2015 and wasn't repaired:

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As a 957cc Popular I think it's as low-spec a Mk2 as it's possible to get, and not really something I'm interested in myself. But, it's the sort of thing I can imagine someone bringing along to an ECR meet, or maybe even FOTU. @trigger do you know of anyone?

I can ask about mate, did they give a clue how much they wanted for it and where about it is?

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57 minutes ago, Jazoli said:

Why? It's not a XR2 or anything, just a ropey old Fiesta, anyone who pays more than 500 quid for it is a mug.

Well yes, I can't say I don't agree with you, but I'd have thought this would have some oldschoolford tax about it... 

Hopefully not tbh, more likely to be saved I guess. 

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