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On 2/19/2020 at 12:33 PM, Ghosty said:

'heater only works on 4' sounds like the blower motor resistor pack's died. 4 is the 'full' setting so bypasses the resistor. Same thing happens on 850s all the time. 

I had a Scenic that the heater only worked on four. Sort it out at once. Mine blew rather spectacularly as the M25 joins the M3. I had just dropped my son and his family off at Heathrow airport. Flames up the inside of the windscreen is not something you wish to see. Many people were late for work that morning. M3 closed in both directions in the morning rush hour.

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Just now, purplebargeken said:

Oh joy.

That must have been a bit of a brown underwear moment.

Trouble is, replacements for these are like rocking horse and unicorn poo.

I feel a grrrrr coming on.

Oh, it was much more than that. As I said I had just dropped my son and his family off at the airport. Just the thought of what could have happened if it had decided to catch fire on the way there. Would we have all got out? I hadn't had it long. I bought it for my son while he was over here to save him hiring a car. Worked fantastically right up until it caught fire. Ebay special, years ticket, full service history, £350. Bargain. Shame about the resistor. 

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I bought a cheapo Mk3 Escort a good few years ago. Paint flat, big dent in the door. Got it from a dealer in Hanwell. No warranty obv.

I polished it up, got a replacement door which I fitted. It looked a million dollars. The dealers face was a picture when I showed it to him.

About two weeks later the dash caught fire when I was driving it. I stopped, put it out and carried on driving. I chucked it in the auction a week later and got my money back. 

Glad your experience wasn't worse than what it was.

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4 minutes ago, purplebargeken said:

Covid. That is all I am bloody saying.

Mine's two meters long.  Isn't yours?

17 minutes ago, loserone said:

No, no we don't.  Not until the legal aspects are out of the way

I jest of course.  I couldn't give two shits who's laying pipe where! As long as my old pedigree chum is happy.

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Another thread that should be listed in the "threads you didn't know existed" thread.

Well done Sir, you have joined the motoring elite by being the proud possessor of a Matra. Providing you haven't just sold it - I've only got as far as the first page and am saving the rest for this evening.

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Just as an odd aside, did you check with Renault for the fan resistor? They had quite a lot of odd stuff in stock in the UK, and we're actually willing to ship some of the more obscure stuff from France when I was rebuilding my car.

 

Phil

 

 

Edit: They were actually cheaper than the motor factors, too.

Plus, in all this, who's Napoleon, if the car's Joséphine?

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No, she is still with me.

Friend of mine is making curtains as we speak.  

The work that will be done is as follows:

New clutch

New cambelt

New water pump

New handbrake cables (both sides)

New exhaust downpipe and fittings

Rear wiper blade

New plugs

New steering rack gaiters

Will check the box of bits to see what else I have.

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Trip down to Worthing via Horsham this morning to let Mitsisigma01 have a look over the Espace (not orange lol). 

Arrived at Paul's place, unloaded the bits to fit. Opened up the clutch kit (ordered via eBay and advertised as Valeo, has to be Valeo as Paul won't fit any other brand. Invoice there says Valeo. It isn't a Value, it's a LUK one. Arses.

Bought via eBay in March just before lock down, bought as advertised as Valeo. Didn't get the chance to open it and look as COVID and domestic situation. 

Phoned the place, the guy is wondering what all the fuss is about. I said that it was advertised as Valeo, invoiced as valeo but clearly isn't. Paul has a word too.  Guy offers a credit note which is no god as I need a clutch today or tomorrow at the latest. Again offers a credit note and I say thank you but that is no use, since I will need a new clutch sourced from elsewhere given the timescale and I don't need to buy a clutch for anything else, so a credit note is of no use to me. He points out that the refund time for eBay stuff is three months. A credit note is the only thing they are willing to offer. 

I reiterated that the clutch was misadvertised, I bought on the assumption that I would get a Valeo clutch as advertised, the invoice says Valeo but the item is not as ordered.  I asked to speak to someone else only to be told that there was no point as I would be offered the same thing.

He was not interested and wished me luck with trading standards and so on. So, £99.99 lost. £118 spent to get a new clutch. Am seriously unhappy.

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Given the circumstances I can't understand why the LUK wasn't chucked in. 

I get the fitting the best quality possible idea i really do but as both brands appeared to be on par with each other (and are not exactly no name recon white box specials) Surely a simple  "any problems with the LUK / the clutch you've provided are not my problem m8" would have been sufficient. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, purplebargeken said:

Trip down to Worthing via Horsham this morning to let Mitsisigma01 have a look over the Espace (not orange lol). 

Arrived at Paul's place, unloaded the bits to fit. Opened up the clutch kit (ordered via eBay and advertised as Valeo, has to be Valeo as Paul won't fit any other brand. Invoice there says Valeo. It isn't a Value, it's a LUK one. Arses.

Bought via eBay in March just before lock down, bought as advertised as Valeo. Didn't get the chance to open it and look as COVID and domestic situation. 

Phoned the place, the guy is wondering what all the fuss is about. I said that it was advertised as Valeo, invoiced as valeo but clearly isn't. Paul has a word too.  Guy offers a credit note which is no god as I need a clutch today or tomorrow at the latest. Again offers a credit note and I say thank you but that is no use, since I will need a new clutch sourced from elsewhere given the timescale and I don't need to buy a clutch for anything else, so a credit note is of no use to me. He points out that the refund time for eBay stuff is three months. A credit note is the only thing they are willing to offer. 

I reiterated that the clutch was misadvertised, I bought on the assumption that I would get a Valeo clutch as advertised, the invoice says Valeo but the item is not as ordered.  I asked to speak to someone else only to be told that there was no point as I would be offered the same thing.

He was not interested and wished me luck with trading standards and so on. So, £99.99 lost. £118 spent to get a new clutch. Am seriously unhappy.

I'd go with small claims court online.

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Update. Engine back in with new clutch fitted.  3 oil seals at the front were goosed, hence the underside of the car was drenched in old oil. We now have new ones fitted. Downpipe with holes now removed, new studs fitted, new pipe fitted tomorrow.  Voltage regulator fitted.

Cambelt due next, then both handbrake cables, steering rack gaiters and heater resistor. Oh, also test a slightly stiff slow speed fan.

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Josephine collected from Worthing yesterday.

Wow, what a revelation. Lovely light and smooth clutch, heater control works on all 4 settings, handbrake operates properly, no exhaust noise above what is normal, fans operate properly and more...

Now fitted with a set of alloys too.

All ready for me to live in until the house is sorted.

Oh, not quite. Window tinting tomorrow.

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A French car with a light clutch? What a revelation that must be!

Regarding clutches, I've only ever fitted n.o.s Borg and Beck clutches to my cars and had no problems. My colleague used to do warranty work for a major motor factor parts distributor and he saw some particularly shit clutches that came back as warranty all the time. They stocked them because most people just wanted cheap. He also said Borg and Beck aren't what they used to be and they bought in clutches from all sorts of suppliers and boxed them as B&B. One of which was a recon unit from one of the biggest clutch reconditioners in the country, who we use at work.

Incidentally, he rates the recon clutches so highly he says he would happily fit one to his own car. Cheap too.

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