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I was driving Mrs PBK's then new Micra (1994 or 95), I was waiting to turn right and got hit by a car travelling at around 40mph, the impact shunted the Micra forward a couple of house lengths further down t he road. had to go through loads of hassle re: whiplash claim. I then discovered about 18 months or so back that the impact had fractured one of the vertebrae in my neck.

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7 hours ago, strangeangel said:

Northern Fucking Rail. Last week I turned up for a train to work four minutes before it was due to leave, only to find it had already left. I filled in my Delay Repay claim for an hour's delay (the next train), only to be told by these chiselling bastards that because the train left within 15 minutes of the published time I can FRO.

 

Their spectacular record for lateness is a matter of public record, but I seriously can't believe that even a shower of twats like Northern think it's OK for a train to leave up to 15 minutes before the published time! Oh well, it only takes a few seconds to submit the (useless) appeal, and then I can forward it onto the Ombudsman, and they've over-ruled Northern every time I've referred anything to them.

 

To be honest, being late is one thing, but at least the passengers are waiting ready. 

Being early. Just fucking wait. In the station until the right time. It's not rocket science. 

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1 hour ago, Parky said:

Reckon I will be a write off at this rate.  Back in the hospital.

Went to work Monday morning despite the pain in the neck and shoulders.  For the first time in my life I was scared being in a car, every other car on the road was just there to wipe me out.  A Merc pulled a ridiculous undertaking move on me, stopped over across two lanes forcing someone else to emergency brake who nearly swerved into me and with that I stopped on the hard shoulder and had a cry.  Cancelled my appointments and drove home slowly on side roads.

Developed incredible stomachache, as a Crohns sufferer I an prone to having problems when in stressful situations.  Pain got worse and worse until A&E was the only option as Morphine is the only thing that works during a proper flare up.  Came in at 8pm last night, got the morphia at 6am and that was only because the third doctor i spoke to took me seriously enough to check my records which clearly say “man is Crohns sufferer, is to be given morphia upon demand” despite being in crippling pain for the ten hours I was here (as well as the ten hours before coming in)

So haven’t slept for a couple of days, haven’t eaten since Saturday night, am heavily medicated in hospital.  

Mrs P didn’t actually give a shit about the car, when she heard what happened and saw that it wasn’t my fault she just shrugged it off.  Got the hire car yesterday (Black 5 door mini) and ours  is being picked up by their insurer Thursday.  I am assuming my insurance company is aware of all this happening.

Very angry with the other driver.  Yes, shit happens and at least nobodies seriously hurt but i am dosed up on morphia in hospital with a wrecked car on my drive.  He was unhurt and yes his car was wrecked but he will be at work having a normal life right now.  Not fucking fair. Just because he can’t control a car in the wet my life gets fucked about with.  Standing there shrugging his shoulders saying “ah well, one of those things!”

Cunt.  

Whilst I wouldn't wish any of this shit on anyone, that's going To be a very interesting personal injury claim.

I was a passenger in a car that crashed into a pedestrian (he later died) and then rolled into a ditch.  It was a week before I could cross a road without panicking. 

 

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54 minutes ago, New POD said:

.... Being early. Just fucking wait. In the station until the right time. It's not rocket science. 

I wonder what caused the signallers to give it "line clear" that early? They must have got their paths or timetable mixed up. Driver wouldn't have been able to depart without either a yellow or green and that requires the signallers to set the path.

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Ovlov has had its first major fail today. Shat its steering rack. That'll be £350 please...

 

Also, clutch in the Micra is going. Really juddery from 1st to 2nd. Fantastic.

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Fucking bastarding twatting Mazda!!! 

Having failed to fix the leak on the PAS cooler pipe, and not being able seemingly do do the bypass job because mechanically inept moron, two weeks ago I put it in the naughty corner and sulked at it. I bought a little hacksaw and some rubber pipe with the intentions of doing a bypass by cutting the metal pipe. Came to do it today and I cannot get enough access to get the hacksaw in there properly. It catches on everything. So small dent in the pipe but no actual cutting later. And I go eat tea. 

Ok Plan b, sleeve the pipes with my rubber pipe. Mrs_b said it wouldn’t work, and lo and behold it didn’t! The PAS fluid is now pissing absolutely everywhere and the half litre I put in is all over the drive within 90 seconds. 

I’m fed up of it now. Aargh. 

Hade a picture of it in the now usual position.

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1 minute ago, SiC said:

Cut the pipe with a Dremel or a pipe cutter?

Oh the rational side of me absolutely knows this is a case of me not having the right tools for the job, but hoping I can bodge it anyway. I’d just hoped id get it done easily tonight and it’d be done! 

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Yet more Fucking Focus woes. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it or not, but I'm absolutely convinced it's started pulling to the left after hitting a bump in the road. 

 

Can't wait to ditch the bastard thing, I refuse to spend any money fixing it as that's coming out of my very limited new car fund. 

 

Fucking Focus. 

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5 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

I wonder what caused the signallers to give it "line clear" that early? They must have got their paths or timetable mixed up. Driver wouldn't have been able to depart without either a yellow or green and that requires the signallers to set the path.

 

You're probably mistaking it for a proper railway, this is the Penistone Line (Sheffield - Huddersfield) so there's no tricky junctions or anything. I've known the fuckwits be early before, but this is the first time I've missed the train because of it.

 

I wouldn't trust Northern to open a tin of beans that was already open, far less run an actual, functioning railway.

 

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The mx5 should be easish to fix. Sod off the metal pipe by linking the feed under the pump. 

 

Bit too far away otherwise I would come and fix it for you  

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15 hours ago, brownnova said:

Oh the rational side of me absolutely knows this is a case of me not having the right tools for the job, but hoping I can bodge it anyway. I’d just hoped id get it done easily tonight and it’d be done! 

I did that job on my 323F. Had to drop the front end, and use a hacksaw blade. Was painful, but I got there.

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1 hour ago, Supernaut said:

Euro crap parts supplied me a totally incorrect rocker cover gasket, and I just discovered where the slight coolant leak is. The bottom of the radiator itself. Bumhats.

Rocker cover gasket was my fault. They had multiple options. Mine was at the very bottom of the page and many cheaps. Collect tomorrow.

Radiator ordered from GSF for £57.99, and coolant topped up in the meantime.

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Attempts to check the actual oil level in the Dacia Logan 1.5 diesel taxi are proving to be ridiculously difficult. Car parked up on level ground overnight, withdraw dipstick and it has oil all over it. Wipe, re insert, withdraw and one side of the dipstick shows no oil while the other side has a smeary level just below max. Repeat the process and get another version of the same, ie nothing on one side but something on the other. It differs every time! As it usually comes out oily somewhere and no oil pressure warnings am fairly convinced that it has enough oil in. But FFS.The plastic outer tube is a narrow necked affair and is presumably wiping the dipstick on its way out. Silly. 

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bastard bastard bastard

After a very frustrating week trying to source a (used) load sensing valve for the Corsa of despair, I am now faced with the issue that the brake pipes going into it seem to be bubble flared, not double flared, and at least one of the unions I wrenched from the leaky old device need replacing (threads have been crossed, and I've cut it and old flare off the end of the pipe now anyway)

What sort of flaring tool do I have? Double flare only. I need a tool that makes bubble flares...

Aside from the cost of many bubble flare tools (£150+), can I find anyone who stocks them in the UK, and can get one to me within 48 hours? Can I fuck. Ebay UK helpfully shows me loads of 'from the United States' listings every time I search it, each with the proud note "[email protected]@@@k - we can get it to you fast and free in 7 days!" Seven days! Come on, make a fucking effort! I'm grasping at straws here now, wondering if 'bubble flare' is a septic-only term and I should be searching for 'ISO flare' or somesuch, but that just brings me up non-vehicle related plumbing tools....

bastard, bastard, bastard

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1 hour ago, chodweaver said:

bastard bastard bastard

After a very frustrating week trying to source a (used) load sensing valve for the Corsa of despair, I am now faced with the issue that the brake pipes going into it seem to be bubble flared, not double flared, and at least one of the unions I wrenched from the leaky old device need replacing (threads have been crossed, and I've cut it and old flare off the end of the pipe now anyway)

What sort of flaring tool do I have? Double flare only. I need a tool that makes bubble flares...

Aside from the cost of many bubble flare tools (£150+), can I find anyone who stocks them in the UK, and can get one to me within 48 hours? Can I fuck. Ebay UK helpfully shows me loads of 'from the United States' listings every time I search it, each with the proud note "[email protected]@@@k - we can get it to you fast and free in 7 days!" Seven days! Come on, make a fucking effort! I'm grasping at straws here now, wondering if 'bubble flare' is a septic-only term and I should be searching for 'ISO flare' or somesuch, but that just brings me up non-vehicle related plumbing tools....

bastard, bastard, bastard

Its a 4.75mm DIN flare I'm sure

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Bubble?

I used to call that a single flare.

We had a Sykes flaring tool and there were two dies.

One had a hollow kind of cup shape with a locating peg in the middle, the other was a conical shape.

The hollow one did a single flare and squash it out with the conical one for a double flare.

 

What sort of tool are you using?

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Isn't that piece of pipe above the pipe cutter single flared?

 

To get a bigger "bubble" have more pipe protruding from the clamp.

I'm sure with some experiments on some old / scrap bits you could get the end you need.

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Am awake at 3.30am, large doses of steroids and ravishing hunger after three days nil by mouth will do that to a man.

Depressions back.  Events of the last few days have put me on a high speed trajectory towards the ground but booked some therapy last night which my company medical pay for 100%.  Amazing.  

Folk who say my car will be written off, i think you are right.  The passenger door is proud of the rest of the car even though it is shut tight so I think the car is slightly bent.  Still can’t work out why I took the Mini and not my own car, and the series of very odd events on the journey towards the accident, each one delaying me just a little more each time as if it was going to happen anyway.  

Watched the side impact NCAP crash test for the latest Mini and it is EXACTLY what happened to me.  Damage, airbag behaviour, even the fuel filler popping open, all identical.  Don’t know why I am compelled to keep watching it.  Seeing the same in a Seat Leon makes me realise I definitely would have been more badly hurt had i taken my own car

I dunno, shock, steroids, hunger, general misery plus a load of other shit in my life right now I kind of feel like a stuck cd, the track is just bouncing off the same note and I can’t skip to the next track.  Nearly weekend, just survive today and tomorrow and a lovely weekend will help I am sure. 

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Attempts to check the actual oil level in the Dacia Logan 1.5 diesel taxi are proving to be ridiculously difficult. Car parked up on level ground overnight, withdraw dipstick and it has oil all over it. Wipe, re insert, withdraw and one side of the dipstick shows no oil while the other side has a smeary level just below max. Repeat the process and get another version of the same, ie nothing on one side but something on the other. It differs every time! As it usually comes out oily somewhere and no oil pressure warnings am fairly convinced that it has enough oil in. But FFS.The plastic outer tube is a narrow necked affair and is presumably wiping the dipstick on its way out. Silly. 
Yeah the dipstick on a Clio DCi is also useless. Does it have an electronic dipstick like the Clio 2?

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18 hours ago, Bobthebeard said:

Attempts to check the actual oil level in the Dacia Logan 1.5 diesel taxi are proving to be ridiculously difficult. Car parked up on level ground overnight, withdraw dipstick and it has oil all over it. Wipe, re insert, withdraw and one side of the dipstick shows no oil while the other side has a smeary level just below max. Repeat the process and get another version of the same, ie nothing on one side but something on the other. It differs every time! As it usually comes out oily somewhere and no oil pressure warnings am fairly convinced that it has enough oil in. But FFS.The plastic outer tube is a narrow necked affair and is presumably wiping the dipstick on its way out. Silly. 

On most Renault's, when the dash says "Oil Ok" you can hit the trip counter reset button and it'll give you the actual oil level it's measuring. 

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Loaded the Transit up at work this morning.Left the yard,and had done about a mile.A message came up,Fuel Filter Blocked,followed by Engine Service Needed Now.It then went into limp mode for about half a mile & has now died.

Stuck at the side of the road waiting for recovery,I hadn't even got to the shop to get a coffee ☹

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