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My sons 2006 Polo 1.2 3 cylinder has got a misfire at idle on cylinder 3. I have misplaced my decent compression testing kit so bought a cheap one off cheapbay that doesn't work so now am working my way up in price to find one that does
I don't really want to know the answer to compression on cylinder 3 either as low readings kill these cars at this age and value. We paid £650 2 years ago.

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6 minutes ago, louiepj said:

My sons 2006 Polo 1.2 3 cylinder has got a misfire at idle on cylinder 3. I have misplaced my decent compression testing kit so bought a cheap one off cheapbay that doesn't work so now am working my way up in price to find one that does
I don't really want to know the answer to compression on cylinder 3 either as low readings kill these cars at this age and value. We paid £650 2 years ago.

I'm sure you know the reason it's shuddering at idle... I assume you've swapped coil packs and plugs around?

I changed the valves on one a few months back and don't think I'd bother again; it's a surprisingly involved job for an engine the size of a microwave.

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43 minutes ago, Rusty_Rocket said:

I'm sure you know the reason it's shuddering at idle... I assume you've swapped coil packs and plugs around?

I changed the valves on one a few months back and don't think I'd bother again; it's a surprisingly involved job for an engine the size of a microwave.

They are great at knocking out their cats. Plus, like most 3 cylinder engines, they sound like a four with one cylinder broken.

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Yes i swapped coils and put new plugs in last week and we have been monitoring it and it only shows a pending code for cylinder 3 and only shows the eml for a brief moment as he is coasting up to a junction on his way back from college.
VCDS misfire counter at idle just steadily ticks up though.

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They are great at knocking out their cats. Plus, like most 3 cylinder engines, they sound like a four with one cylinder broken.
The cat was fine 6 months ago when I had to remove the manifold to tap a new thread in the downpipe section as I fitted a new exhaust.
And it only passed its mot a few weeks ago with no issues then on emissions.
But it is a Volkswagen etc
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I do sypathise.  I've had to fix two 3-cyl VAG wonders* now and despise that little sewing machine of an engine.  They sound awful IMO and the valve burning is the tip of the iceberg; once you've had the head done it'll need a new chain and all the associated bits.  Just the parts and machining on the last one came to £400.

To add insult to injury, the repaired one is drinking a litre of oil every 500 miles.  No leaks, no smoke, just disapearing.  My guess is the owner drove it with a 'limp' for so long, it bore washed the cylinder and killed the rings.  Did I mention it's done 60k from new?

I'm afraid I'd be running it until it goes pop and weighing it in, unless the rest of the car is exemplary...

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3 hours ago, anonymous user said:

I'm old enough to remember them. But do you remember party lines, where you had a phone, but a shared line with someone else, only one of you would be able to connect at any time, so if your neighbour was a gas-bag you couldn't call anyone and they couldn't call you (My grandparents had one, luckily when they changed to a three digit phone number they got their own line)

Yup, Dad's Mum was SPR (Spring Park) 777 2874. Party line with the next (semi-detached)door.

Never in though, always out at Bridge, Church, Croquet or Badminton. On bicycle or Vespa. Into her 90's. <Shudders> RIP

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8 hours ago, High Jetter said:

Yup, Dad's Mum was SPR (Spring Park) 777 2874. Party line with the next (semi-detached)door.

Never in though, always out at Bridge, Church, Croquet or Badminton. On bicycle or Vespa. Into her 90's. <Shudders> RIP

Obviously not your Grandmother (scandal notwithstanding) but I once knew a Nun like that called Sister Mary (can you think of a more generic name?).  Out and about on her scooter, habit flapping around with a crash helmet on, well into her 80s when I knew her.  Quite a character to say the least...

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I do sypathise.  I've had to fix two 3-cyl VAG wonders* now and despise that little sewing machine of an engine.  They sound awful IMO and the valve burning is the tip of the iceberg; once you've had the head done it'll need a new chain and all the associated bits.  Just the parts and machining on the last one came to £400.
To add insult to injury, the repaired one is drinking a litre of oil every 500 miles.  No leaks, no smoke, just disapearing.  My guess is the owner drove it with a 'limp' for so long, it bore washed the cylinder and killed the rings.  Did I mention it's done 60k from new?
I'm afraid I'd be running it until it goes pop and weighing it in, unless the rest of the car is exemplary...
Once we have confirmed the compressions I am sure we will end up running it till it dies as my son has been saving for a small 4x4 for a while.
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6 hours ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

Obviously not your Grandmother (scandal notwithstanding) but I once knew a Nun like that called Sister Mary (can you think of a more generic name?).  Out and about on her scooter, habit flapping around with a crash helmet on, well into her 80s when I knew her.  Quite a character to say the least...

I knew a nun like that as well when I were a lad - Sister Frances.  She must also have been into her 80s, but still roaring around on her red C90.

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On 10/11/2021 at 1:05 PM, dave j said:

I got given notice to quit my rented garage yesterday so need to find somewhere else to keep my camper and clear out the other stuff i have in there. The joys of renting. Been renting it for 5 and a half years and it's so close to home it's ideal, I suspect the camper will be on the drive this winter as garage's don't come up very often around here 

Slightly less grumpy now, my road/estate has a Facebook group so I posted a wanted ad- going to look at a garage 7 doors up from the current one this evening. It's more expensive but beggars can't be choosers! 

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7 hours ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

Obviously not your Grandmother (scandal notwithstanding) but I once knew a Nun like that called Sister Mary (can you think of a more generic name?).  Out and about on her scooter, habit flapping around with a crash helmet on, well into her 80s when I knew her.  Quite a character to say the least...

 

39 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

I knew a nun like that as well when I were a lad - Sister Frances.  She must also have been into her 80s, but still roaring around on her red C90.

Nuns On A Run?

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Meeting with HR in a couple of weeks to battle going back to the office full time. 

There's absolutely no benefit in me being in office all the time, most of my meetings will still be video calls, but that makes no odds to certain people. 

 

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7 hours ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

Obviously not your Grandmother (scandal notwithstanding) but I once knew a Nun like that called Sister Mary (can you think of a more generic name?).  Out and about on her scooter, habit flapping around with a crash helmet on, well into her 80s when I knew her.  Quite a character to say the least...

 

1 hour ago, wuvvum said:

I knew a nun like that as well when I were a lad - Sister Frances.  She must also have been into her 80s, but still roaring around on her red C90.

 

45 minutes ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

 

Nuns On A Run?

Heaven's Angels?

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Guess which knobhead went to the walk in center this morning with a very weird virus involving high temp, strange breathlessness + cough, Triage nurse was horrified that I hadn't had a PCR test prior to going in and had just done a negative lateral flow test.  She was even more horrified to find out I am a frontline NHS worker who should have known better, I even got a finger wagged at me when telling me to piss off put of the building  :) 

I genuinely hadn't considered how stupid it was of me but been feeling terrible for a week, keep feeling much better then it dry bums me again, apparently I still have my huge and embarrassing gag reflex which the tester at the walk in testing station found amusing ! 

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Finalising  the modern/primary car insurance myself for the first time in 7 years... reasonable quote from  comparison site.

Go for the best (cheapest) one , fill in and check it's all correct... go to pay and get a 500 error and a suggestion to call them. Call them, recorded message saying high volume of calls and they are prioritising existing customers - please go to our website and then disconnects. Repeat... get fed up and frustrated and  sob quietly before starting over at the comparison site again, and paying £9 a year more for the same cover witha  courtesy car I'd never use 🤦🏻‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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3 hours ago, DoctorRetro said:

Meeting with HR in a couple of weeks to battle going back to the office full time. 

There's absolutely no benefit in me being in office all the time, most of my meetings will still be video calls, but that makes no odds to certain people. 

 

There’s going to be a lot of this over the coming months, and a lot of it powered by companies not being honest and transparent with their people. They are, however, within their rights to expect you back unless you’ve had a change of contract. Travelling to a place of work just to video call people who are, themselves, at home is a difficult one to justify - but it’s their gift to insist we all return. 

The longer it goes on, the more people assume they’re remaining at home, the more annoyed they are when they’re told to do what the company was going to tell them all along. What they should have been doing, almost weekly, is communicating the “pathway” to return. 

Good luck man. You will have a fight on your hands, but hopefully they will see that productivity and not presenteeism if the important indicator. 

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41 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

There’s going to be a lot of this over the coming months, and a lot of it powered by companies not being honest and transparent with their people. They are, however, within their rights to expect you back unless you’ve had a change of contract. Travelling to a place of work just to video call people who are, themselves, at home is a difficult one to justify - but it’s their gift to insist we all return. 

The longer it goes on, the more people assume they’re remaining at home, the more annoyed they are when they’re told to do what the company was going to tell them all along. What they should have been doing, almost weekly, is communicating the “pathway” to return. 

Good luck man. You will have a fight on your hands, but hopefully they will see that productivity and not presenteeism if the important indicator. 

Annoyingly, even with everyone back in offices, it's still mostly Teams calls, because my role is at Divisional level (I cover the Stock analysis and Inventory for 68 branches ranging from Newquay, Northampton, Lewes, Ramsgate, Rayleigh, Great Yarmouth, to name a few).

The only benefit to being back in the office is to support my line manager in training new people. Which I don't get paid to do! 🤦🙄

The toilet facilities are crap, filthy and far away. Coffee/food facilities amount to a microwave and kettle shoved on a cupboard in the corner. I had to buy a fridge for the office! Plus boss likes to listen to the radio and I need complete silence to work. 

It's a losing battle, but the main goal is not to lose the flexibility of being able to have littlun as and when his mum snaps her fingers. 

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Yesterday an old lady turns up for her car MoT " I'm a little early " she says ' erm your appointment is 4pm it is 12.30 now'  "I'll wait in the car, I'm not going all the way home"  we are about 3 miles from her house. Carrying on with the MoT we are already in the middle of I see her go back into the office then back to her car. When we'd finished the customer in the waiting area informs us the lady has gone home.

She turns up again at just after 2pm , still way too early "I've got my book, I'll sit in the car and read that"  ' yeah, don't leave it there infront of nextdoors entrance'  "well where can I park ?"  hmm maybe infront of my office where it says  mot parking only. Finish the 2 O'clock MoT and the 3 O'clock turns up "ooh do you want to do that retest first " he asks. Nope that's the 4 O'clock .. oh, bit early.

So when I get around to doing this ladys car MoT it fails. One headlight bulb not working so obviously headlamp aim not checked. If a car fails on bulbs and we have them we will fit them but if it also fails on something else we don't. Both outer cv boots were loose (metal bands had broken) and there was grease on the hubs and discs. Not the end of the world , advised on rear tyres being cracked and worn on the edges rear indicators discoloured and one exhaust bracket had corroded off. " My car has never failed an MoT . Are you going to fix it ? " Told her we only do MoTs not repairs. She booked it in with the garage nextdoor and left.

She turned up today and a member of staff spoke to her. I was polishing some headlights as there wasn't much of  a beam pattern. The nasty old bat pointed at me in the workshop " I want to see him" my staff explained that I was in the middle of an MoT "he's avoiding me " she hissed. I was summoned to the office  "you are really underhand, you've ripped me off " excuse me , holding the failure sheet she says "you've charged me for something you haven't done. I want my money back" tried to explained that I charged her for an MoT inspection and you have to pay whether it passes or fails. She was having none of it. "I'm going elsewhere and I'm not paying for another MoT "  Told her she can go where ever she wants even the ministry if she likes but unless it's fixed it will fail. Again the I'm not paying came back. Told her if she gets the failure items fixed within ten working days it is a free retest here. "I'll be back on Sunday"  I'm getting fed up with the old bat now so replied " bring some sandwiches with your book then as we won't be here until Monday, cheerio"

The MoT ran out in January and the tax ran out end of June so if she turns up again tomorrow and the work isn't done I'll dob her in to the law.Nasty old bat. 

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5 hours ago, DoctorRetro said:

Meeting with HR in a couple of weeks to battle going back to the office full time. 

There's absolutely no benefit in me being in office all the time, most of my meetings will still be video calls, but that makes no odds to certain people. 

 

All the best with this - shout if you need any help.

https://www.acas.org.uk/working-from-home
 

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1 hour ago, meggersdog said:

Yesterday an old lady turns up for her car MoT " I'm a little early " she says ' erm your appointment is 4pm it is 12.30 now'  "I'll wait in the car, I'm not going all the way home"  we are about 3 miles from her house. Carrying on with the MoT we are already in the middle of I see her go back into the office then back to her car. When we'd finished the customer in the waiting area informs us the lady has gone home.

She turns up again at just after 2pm , still way too early "I've got my book, I'll sit in the car and read that"  ' yeah, don't leave it there infront of nextdoors entrance'  "well where can I park ?"  hmm maybe infront of my office where it says  mot parking only. Finish the 2 O'clock MoT and the 3 O'clock turns up "ooh do you want to do that retest first " he asks. Nope that's the 4 O'clock .. oh, bit early.

So when I get around to doing this ladys car MoT it fails. One headlight bulb not working so obviously headlamp aim not checked. If a car fails on bulbs and we have them we will fit them but if it also fails on something else we don't. Both outer cv boots were loose (metal bands had broken) and there was grease on the hubs and discs. Not the end of the world , advised on rear tyres being cracked and worn on the edges rear indicators discoloured and one exhaust bracket had corroded off. " My car has never failed an MoT . Are you going to fix it ? " Told her we only do MoTs not repairs. She booked it in with the garage nextdoor and left.

She turned up today and a member of staff spoke to her. I was polishing some headlights as there wasn't much of  a beam pattern. The nasty old bat pointed at me in the workshop " I want to see him" my staff explained that I was in the middle of an MoT "he's avoiding me " she hissed. I was summoned to the office  "you are really underhand, you've ripped me off " excuse me , holding the failure sheet she says "you've charged me for something you haven't done. I want my money back" tried to explained that I charged her for an MoT inspection and you have to pay whether it passes or fails. She was having none of it. "I'm going elsewhere and I'm not paying for another MoT "  Told her she can go where ever she wants even the ministry if she likes but unless it's fixed it will fail. Again the I'm not paying came back. Told her if she gets the failure items fixed within ten working days it is a free retest here. "I'll be back on Sunday"  I'm getting fed up with the old bat now so replied " bring some sandwiches with your book then as we won't be here until Monday, cheerio"

The MoT ran out in January and the tax ran out end of June so if she turns up again tomorrow and the work isn't done I'll dob her in to the law.Nasty old bat. 

And this is why I don't trust the whole "one lady owner" on adverts. Christ, "my car has never failed an MOT", the entitlement of some people, it's as if you snuck round to her house the night before and ripped the CV boots 

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2 hours ago, meggersdog said:

Yesterday an old lady turns up for her car MoT " I'm a little early " she says ' erm your appointment is 4pm it is 12.30 now'  "I'll wait in the car, I'm not going all the way home"  we are about 3 miles from her house. Carrying on with the MoT we are already in the middle of I see her go back into the office then back to her car. When we'd finished the customer in the waiting area informs us the lady has gone home.

She turns up again at just after 2pm , still way too early "I've got my book, I'll sit in the car and read that"  ' yeah, don't leave it there infront of nextdoors entrance'  "well where can I park ?"  hmm maybe infront of my office where it says  mot parking only. Finish the 2 O'clock MoT and the 3 O'clock turns up "ooh do you want to do that retest first " he asks. Nope that's the 4 O'clock .. oh, bit early.

So when I get around to doing this ladys car MoT it fails. One headlight bulb not working so obviously headlamp aim not checked. If a car fails on bulbs and we have them we will fit them but if it also fails on something else we don't. Both outer cv boots were loose (metal bands had broken) and there was grease on the hubs and discs. Not the end of the world , advised on rear tyres being cracked and worn on the edges rear indicators discoloured and one exhaust bracket had corroded off. " My car has never failed an MoT . Are you going to fix it ? " Told her we only do MoTs not repairs. She booked it in with the garage nextdoor and left.

She turned up today and a member of staff spoke to her. I was polishing some headlights as there wasn't much of  a beam pattern. The nasty old bat pointed at me in the workshop " I want to see him" my staff explained that I was in the middle of an MoT "he's avoiding me " she hissed. I was summoned to the office  "you are really underhand, you've ripped me off " excuse me , holding the failure sheet she says "you've charged me for something you haven't done. I want my money back" tried to explained that I charged her for an MoT inspection and you have to pay whether it passes or fails. She was having none of it. "I'm going elsewhere and I'm not paying for another MoT "  Told her she can go where ever she wants even the ministry if she likes but unless it's fixed it will fail. Again the I'm not paying came back. Told her if she gets the failure items fixed within ten working days it is a free retest here. "I'll be back on Sunday"  I'm getting fed up with the old bat now so replied " bring some sandwiches with your book then as we won't be here until Monday, cheerio"

The MoT ran out in January and the tax ran out end of June so if she turns up again tomorrow and the work isn't done I'll dob her in to the law.Nasty old bat. 

Plod won't give a shit.

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13 hours ago, chaseracer said:

All the best with this - shout if you need any help.

https://www.acas.org.uk/working-from-home
 

The words "May" "Might" and "Should" come up 15 times in that article.  Excuse my ignorance on these matters (self employed since 16) but does a company have to formally acknowledge or recognise a union?  I remember when I first started out at work that commercial radio companies didn't recognise the NUJ, although that may have since changed.  

I've never been in one, so don't know how it works.

 

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29 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

The words "May" "Might" and "Should" come up 15 times in that article.  Excuse my ignorance on these matters (self employed since 16) but does a company have to formally acknowledge or recognise a union?  I remember when I first started out at work that commercial radio companies didn't recognise the NUJ, although that may have since changed.  

I've never been in one, so don't know how it works.

 

1. They can choose not to recognise a union for collective bargaining purposes. However theres legal means for forcing an employer to refuse recognition of a Trade Union through the Central Arbitration Committee. 

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1999/26/schedule/1

2. You can still join a union. That's right with some heavy case law behind it. 

 

Lots of employment law is full of what's 'reasonable' which is why lots end up in before Labour relations tribunals etc. to interpret what's 'reasonable'

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On 9/16/2021 at 8:14 AM, Tigerfox said:

4 months now. Dealer and Lexus have no clue now. ECU reconditioned.

The Car (LS220d) was delivered running on a recovery truck, now they cannot even get it to fire.  

Hoping they buy the car or provide a similar replacement

5 months now.

Would chase them, but have a 21 plate loan for all that time

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15 hours ago, meggersdog said:

Yesterday an old lady turns up for her car MoT " I'm a little early " she says ' erm your appointment is 4pm it is 12.30 now'  "I'll wait in the car, I'm not going all the way home"  we are about 3 miles from her house. Carrying on with the MoT we are already in the middle of I see her go back into the office then back to her car. When we'd finished the customer in the waiting area informs us the lady has gone home.

She turns up again at just after 2pm , still way too early "I've got my book, I'll sit in the car and read that"  ' yeah, don't leave it there infront of nextdoors entrance'  "well where can I park ?"  hmm maybe infront of my office where it says  mot parking only. Finish the 2 O'clock MoT and the 3 O'clock turns up "ooh do you want to do that retest first " he asks. Nope that's the 4 O'clock .. oh, bit early.

So when I get around to doing this ladys car MoT it fails. One headlight bulb not working so obviously headlamp aim not checked. If a car fails on bulbs and we have them we will fit them but if it also fails on something else we don't. Both outer cv boots were loose (metal bands had broken) and there was grease on the hubs and discs. Not the end of the world , advised on rear tyres being cracked and worn on the edges rear indicators discoloured and one exhaust bracket had corroded off. " My car has never failed an MoT . Are you going to fix it ? " Told her we only do MoTs not repairs. She booked it in with the garage nextdoor and left.

She turned up today and a member of staff spoke to her. I was polishing some headlights as there wasn't much of  a beam pattern. The nasty old bat pointed at me in the workshop " I want to see him" my staff explained that I was in the middle of an MoT "he's avoiding me " she hissed. I was summoned to the office  "you are really underhand, you've ripped me off " excuse me , holding the failure sheet she says "you've charged me for something you haven't done. I want my money back" tried to explained that I charged her for an MoT inspection and you have to pay whether it passes or fails. She was having none of it. "I'm going elsewhere and I'm not paying for another MoT "  Told her she can go where ever she wants even the ministry if she likes but unless it's fixed it will fail. Again the I'm not paying came back. Told her if she gets the failure items fixed within ten working days it is a free retest here. "I'll be back on Sunday"  I'm getting fed up with the old bat now so replied " bring some sandwiches with your book then as we won't be here until Monday, cheerio"

The MoT ran out in January and the tax ran out end of June so if she turns up again tomorrow and the work isn't done I'll dob her in to the law.Nasty old bat. 

There’s a select band of people that think the MOT is some sort of all encompassing free service that you don’t have to pay for if you fail. 

Probably same type of person who drives the Insignia I passed in the street yesterday, 4 bald tyres, not low but bald, you could barely see the tread. By rights that should be instant ban - 3 points per tyre. 

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31 minutes ago, sierraman said:

.... Probably same type of person who drives the Insignia I passed in the street yesterday, 4 bald tyres, not low but bald, you could barely see the tread. By rights that should be instant ban - 3 points per tyre. 

Depends on how assiduous the local road traffic fuzz are. Clearly not very, if that Insignia has been slipping around like that for a while*. For bonus points, see if it has current VED/MoT, etc.

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