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14 hours ago, richardmorris said:

Yes, I had a bumble bee yesterday morning, as I was having a teams meeting. Had to usher it back outside.

I do wonder how many bees this kills off. They think it's warm enough to wake up and start a hive somewhere bumble around in the nice clement weather then get frozen when we get a spell of normal weather for the season.

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22 minutes ago, HillmanImp said:

I do wonder how many bees this kills off. They think it's warm enough to wake up and start a hive somewhere bumble around in the nice clement weather then get frozen when we get a spell of normal weather for the season.

I wonder that about the health of trees and plants too, they come out of their dormant period early because the weather improves, but then we get periods of cold weather again which I can't imagine they enjoy.

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1 hour ago, HillmanImp said:

I do wonder how many bees this kills off. They think it's warm enough to wake up and start a hive somewhere bumble around in the nice clement weather then get frozen when we get a spell of normal weather for the season.

It can be pretty bad for honey bees - they come out thinking spring has sprung, use loads of energy looking for flowers then have to come home empty handed.  Beekeepers will often add sugar to feeders in the tops of hives on warm days like this so they can recover after a fruitless day out.

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V5 landed for the S class so it'll be available for sale once I've got some plates made up. 

WagonR- no progress. Dad is trying pointless things like different code readers, disconnecting the battery and the IAT sensor (?) to try and fix it to no avail. 

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1 hour ago, Ghosty said:

V5 landed for the S class so it'll be available for sale once I've got some plates made up. 

WagonR- no progress. Dad is trying pointless things like different code readers, disconnecting the battery and the IAT sensor (?) to try and fix it to no avail. 

Do you have any better ideas on how to sort the WagonR then?

Or are you even researching ideas for it?

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13 minutes ago, Supernaut said:

Do you have any better ideas on how to sort the WagonR then?

Or are you even researching ideas for it?

I've not had time, but I'm going to start doing some Japanese Googling to find out. 

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1 minute ago, andyberg said:

Bloody hell when was that last changed!!

Probably 2005?
The chit chat here made me wonder - it's only £6.39 delivered - so why not?
It's hidden underneath two plastic trays and eight torx screws that a triple jointed midget could access easily - I can see why a standard service would just ignore replacing it.

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57 minutes ago, EyesWeldedShut said:

Probably 2005?
The chit chat here made me wonder - it's only £6.39 delivered - so why not?
It's hidden underneath two plastic trays and eight torx screws that a triple jointed midget could access easily - I can see why a standard service would just ignore replacing it.

If that's a beetle then when I changed the one in my cabriolet I may have lost one or two* torx bits in the front of the dash....

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1 minute ago, andyberg said:

If that's a beetle then when I changed the one in my cabriolet I may have lost one or two* torx bits in the front of the dash....

Funny you should say that.... :-)

All screws are to hand but, currently, sat on the floor mats as it got dark and I bet a pound to a pinch of the proverbial that I'd drop a couple trying to reinstall by torchlight.

Little known Beetle fact - on RHD they have, religiously, switched everything* over from the LHD models. That means if numpty researches 'where the feck is the pollen filter?' then he lifts the wrong half of the dash out - another six screws.

*excluding the card that lists the mini-fuses - that's still the LHD version so all the fuses are arse-about-face in the holders

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12 minutes ago, EyesWeldedShut said:

Not sure tbh - the car is a 2005 VW. The filter is marked FB FILTAIR 507 44 0031 
Not sure that's a factory fit(Febi-Bilstein??) - but it has to be knocking on a bit in any case? 

Shows that even mainstealers don't even do the full job, yet charge for the replacement? 

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replacement loom delivered late tonight via amazon, ive accidently bought 2, ones 20 quid and thats been delivered today and other just over 30 quid,  think ill just chuck on the one delivered today and see if resolves the issues, as expecting the dearer one to be same quality..

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1 minute ago, RoverFolkUs said:

It's come around to that time of year again already, Picasso's MOT booked for next week... I have no doubt it will pass but my stomach is in knots anticipating any advisories which will piss me off 🤣

I saw a red one today and instinctively looked at the driver to check if it was Ronnie Pickering

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As if traveling to and from hospitals isn't bad enough, there are some of the crappest roads in Scotland on the route I have been taking. The OSF shocker on the 75 has burst and pished oil everywhere. Awesome.

Hopefully getting a 2nd hand pair locally over the weekend which are apparently correct for my car. Who knew that MG ZT comfort spec suspension was a thing and its the same used on Contemporary SE 75s? 

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17 hours ago, stuboy said:

Arrrrrrghhhhhh!!!

Tried the cheaper injector loom and it really don't plug into the loom naturally, and 1 bolt hole no where near fitting, I've emailed my local vw dealer with the part number....

 

 

But I've had an idea... its only 5 wires.... chop off connector off new plug and connect the old plug off the old loom......

 

Gotta work right?

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3 hours ago, Sigmund Fraud said:

There's a tool that allows you to extract all the contact pins from a VAG multi-plug, which should enable you to transplant everything into the correct connector without having to spend half an afternoon soldering cables together.

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ordered...

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After the 75 bursting a damper on the rough roads to and from the hospital, the same rough roads have now finished off the NSF wheel speed sensor on the Saab. It was intermittent anyway but now its throwing the ABS and TC lights. I can live with those but the latter is flashing which is annoying so I've fixed it with black tape because I currently just can't.

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After 2 months of owing a convertible I finally managed to go for a quick spin in it with the roof down today and it's really quite civilised, more so than I was expecting. The mild for February weather enticed out a few other hardy souls, possibly for the first time this year, and I got a wave from a guy in a Boxster. 😎
A couple of points of note.
1: The aftermarket exhaust the previous owner fitted just before I bought the car is a tad boomy with the roof up but is close to full-on barry boy when you put your foot down. Is that what I sound like as I drive past? :o
2: I need to adjust the screenwashers down a bit. Prestone screenwash smells nice but tastes bloody horrible...
3: I was operating a major component on a 20 year old car for the first time in months so of course something was going to break, luckily it was only the little red cap on the roof switch which pinged off and went under the passenger seat as I was opening it. It still worked OK without it and after a few moments grovelling around under the seat I found the offending article and clipped it back on. When I've got a minute some superglue will happen.
4: I don't know if it was my imagination but the car felt slightly different to drive, possibly the weight of the metal roof dropping downwards and back has shifted the centre of gravity or something but it seemed a bit  more 'sporty' round the bends.
5: I was secretly worried I'd hate driving it with the roof down, the last floppytop I was in was a mate's Triumph Spitfire years ago and it was so draughty and rattly I wanted to get the bus home, but this was fun, I can see me driving it like this pretty much all the time if/when we get a summer. :)


 

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