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Top tip boys and girls! When the weather is nice and you cannot be bothered to move the 3 vehicles between the car you want to work on and the ramp, don't decide to do it on the floor. This is especially important if you are working on a diesel fuel system and have a jar of diesel for lubricating and priming. Whatever you do, do not rest jar on the slam panel then reach up from your position on the floor, whilst looking directly up to the jar, and knock it over :-( 

Doing the above instantly turns your clothing into smelly rags, but you don't care, because your eyeballs have instantly turned into firey balls from hell! Getting back into the house and into the shower with closed eyes is not a sport I would recommend!

I am now enjoying a cup of tea as most of the pain has gone, but with it my mojo for fixing cars today!

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Purchased a Haynes AutoFix manual for my parent's K13 Nissan Micra. Not used it before, it's an online jobby as they're not doing paper versions anymore, apparently. The spark plugs are overdue but it requires the intake manifold and throttle body to be removed. I didn't want to balls it up and thought it would useful to have an official procedure. Well don't waste your money - it's useless. The information is completely generic and no help. Things like "remove anything obstructing access to the spark plugs". It also has a helpful* tutorial video of a completely different engine. Now I know how to change the plugs on a Renault...

I contacted Haynes because a 'shop manual that can't tell me how to do something simple like the spark plugs is a waste of space and I felt it was a swizz having paid out. They replied with a load of marketing BS about how this is their new direction and it will help me access OBD codes so "you will know what the problem is when you hand it over to a workshop."! 

  

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Fucking inconsiderate neighbours 

ASBO flaps (have mentioned her before) who moved in recently thought it would be a brilliant* idea to get the kids outside in the communal car park for a kickabout with a football. 

They were out for about 5 minutes, first the ball hit my Focus #2, fortunately no damage, then the father kicked the ball about 10 feet into the air and it hit the house perpendicularly opposite between two windows. It bounced back onto their car and set the alarm off. 

On the return kick, it landed on the Xsara Picasso's bonnet 

I was becoming absolutely fucking livid that they had no regard for other people's property. I was watching Focus #1 like a hawk because I would have been furious if they kicked the ball into it and shattered it's quickclear windscreen... 

You know what made this completely absurd? Out the front there is a playpark literally LESS than 50 yards away from their front door.... Large open green space, perfect for a football kickabout.

They're really beginning to get on my (and other neighbours') nerves. I am refraining from creating over it so far as I do wish to have an amicable relationship with all my neighbours, they are the sort that would key your car, slash the tyres etc

TLDR; (some of) my neighbours are complete ignorant pricks

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Nearly 2 hours to leave the wembly car park, then another 40 minutes getting out of the general area. Fuck london

And fuck modern cars. My Xsara takes corners way better than an ioniq, forgot my dad was next to me at times and went into commute autopilot when we hit Wycombe... Oops 

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Minor gripes compared to the punctures, dieselled eyeballs and cunty neighbours....

I love watching the birds in the garden but this is the downside. I swear they've made it a sport to splatter a recently-cleaned car. 

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On 4/20/2022 at 9:27 PM, Unlucky Alf said:

Fingers crossed 🤞 for you.  I’ve been running on them and I suspect it’s just because I’m unlucky (!) but I’ve had loads of punctures, the side walls seem quite susceptible, and I’ve had a fair few repairs where nails have gone into them.

this was one of the most annoying,  a bolt, going round Guildford ring road one morning. 
at least it wasn’t a slightly warn newish one with loads of life left in it….  Ahh bugger.

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Guildford roads general look like they’ve just been strafed by the Luftwaffe.

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3 hours ago, richardmorris said:

Guildford roads general look like they’ve just been strafed by the Luftwaffe

I think they did Horsham on the way through as well ... I think the council must of run out of spray paint for ringing the potholes ... apparently if it's got a ring round it they know about it and then they claim you should of been able to see it , therefore you can't make a claim for any damages 😡😡

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14 minutes ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Who the fk was that with , I bet they don't shout about that tooo often 😲

Independent company, called "More Than Tyres" branches in Burgess Hill and Bognor Regis in West Sussex. They used to only have the Burgess Hill branch and did decent part worns for about £20 depending on size. (I got 3 tyres for my old Rover 45 - 1 new 2 p/w all fitted and balanced for £95, but they stopped all that when Covid hit and they became mobile. 

They've gone slightly downhill and upmarket, used to be able to get a brand new 205/55/16 fitted and balanced for £55, now more like £70-75 each. But I don't blame them as everything else has gone up. 

The tyre in question was a General Altimax One S, think the lifetime warranty was just for General tyres. And you're right, they do keep quiet as it's not on their website or anything. 

National tyres & autocare used to do a lifetime accidental damage guarantee depending on tread, i.e 80% off a new one if it had 6mm tread, 50% off if it was 4mm tread etc etc 

I rarely bother with the fast fit places or tyres on the drive etc. 

I needed one on a Saturday once, went to national tyres and they said it would be £120 today or £60 if you do it online for Monday, "would be the same tyre anyway" 

Fucking scalpers. Vowed never to go there again.

F1 Autocentres tend to be the best out of the rest of the fast fit outfits, and are my first choice in an emergency

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1 hour ago, High Jetter said:

Have you tried to report these holes? ESCC say must be 40mm(!) deep and a mile* wide before they'll send a crew to dump a lumpy patch on it. Obviously, ignoring the adjacent 35mm x 10m wide patch as 'not on the worksheet, guv"

I live in a cul de sac which is basically the shape of a question mark. I live at the start of the curved bit. The council came and resurfaced the straight bit stopping 6 in short of a very obvious pot hole right outside my gate. Why do half a street? It wasn’t as if one half was great and didn’t need doing.

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New people in my special little book - those who drive up to the carwash and park in front of it before buying their token. 

I parked up, got my token and as I drove to the car wash an old bastard in a CRV with no dirt on it whatsoever jumped in front of me.  So I sat there grumbling and after Mr Enormous Pickup had gone through the rigarmarole of the ten minute ultra deep clean cycle it was Mr CRV's turn.  

So he drove up to the keypad....and got out to walk into the garage to get his token.  Emerged ten minutes later with a shopping bag and a coffee.  

It rhymes with Bunt and begins with the letter C....

 

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It's the middle of the night, and I can't get back to sleep. Eye patch on at the moment.

I may* have to visit hospital tomorrow to have something removed from  my eye.

Third time this has happened in 56 years of angle grinding every other day or so.

I follow all the rules, new goggles too!

Could be worse, was both eyes last time.

 

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On 23/04/2022 at 23:23, RoverFolkUs said:

Fucking inconsiderate neighbours 

ASBO flaps (have mentioned her before) who moved in recently thought it would be a brilliant* idea to get the kids outside in the communal car park for a kickabout with a football. 

They were out for about 5 minutes, first the ball hit my Focus #2, fortunately no damage, then the father kicked the ball about 10 feet into the air and it hit the house perpendicularly opposite between two windows. It bounced back onto their car and set the alarm off. 

On the return kick, it landed on the Xsara Picasso's bonnet 

I was becoming absolutely fucking livid that they had no regard for other people's property. I was watching Focus #1 like a hawk because I would have been furious if they kicked the ball into it and shattered it's quickclear windscreen... 

You know what made this completely absurd? Out the front there is a playpark literally LESS than 50 yards away from their front door.... Large open green space, perfect for a football kickabout.

They're really beginning to get on my (and other neighbours') nerves. I am refraining from creating over it so far as I do wish to have an amicable relationship with all my neighbours, they are the sort that would key your car, slash the tyres etc

TLDR; (some of) my neighbours are complete ignorant pricks

Report to management company ? How is the car park owned ? 

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On 4/23/2022 at 7:59 PM, Justwatching said:

Purchased a Haynes AutoFix manual for my parent's K13 Nissan Micra. Not used it before, it's an online jobby as they're not doing paper versions anymore, apparently. The spark plugs are overdue but it requires the intake manifold and throttle body to be removed. I didn't want to balls it up and thought it would useful to have an official procedure. Well don't waste your money - it's useless. The information is completely generic and no help. Things like "remove anything obstructing access to the spark plugs". It also has a helpful* tutorial video of a completely different engine. Now I know how to change the plugs on a Renault...

I contacted Haynes because a 'shop manual that can't tell me how to do something simple like the spark plugs is a waste of space and I felt it was a swizz having paid out. They replied with a load of marketing BS about how this is their new direction and it will help me access OBD codes so "you will know what the problem is when you hand it over to a workshop."! 

  

At least the manifold removal on this is quite easy, if it’s anything like the same procedure on my Qashqai.

Haynes have been in slow decline for years, because people apparently no longer work on their own vehicles because they’re too complicated. Personally with a world of information at my fingertips and magical machines that tell me what’s wrong just by plugging it in I am managing to struggle on, although even I draw a line at leccy handbrakes.

 

 

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3 hours ago, New POD said:

Report to management company ? How is the car park owned ? 

They couldn't give a shite, they don't about any other issues. 

It's owned and managed* by a housing association

There's loads of other ongoing issues that they couldn't give a fuck about, namely the combined communal fire/security doors that are broken, intercom system doesn't work 

I had a non flushing toilet recently, took them 6 weeks to fix it

There's a no smoking policy in the building, everyone but me is a smoker and is constantly smoking on the grounds, not just nicotine either, other "green" substances. They don't care one bit

They just don't/won't listen. Nobody else in the building would say boo to a goose so I am stuck among all this fuckery

It's a shame because it used to be a really nice place to live

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7 hours ago, Parky said:

New people in my special little book - those who drive up to the carwash and park in front of it before buying their token. 

I parked up, got my token and as I drove to the car wash an old bastard in a CRV with no dirt on it whatsoever jumped in front of me.  So I sat there grumbling and after Mr Enormous Pickup had gone through the rigarmarole of the ten minute ultra deep clean cycle it was Mr CRV's turn.  

So he drove up to the keypad....and got out to walk into the garage to get his token.  Emerged ten minutes later with a shopping bag and a coffee.  

It rhymes with Bunt and begins with the letter C....

 

Reminds me of Barret's (I think it was he anyway) similar incident at a jetwash where he hosed down a Range Rover queue jumper with foam then scuttled off sharpish. 😂

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3 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

They couldn't give a shite, they don't about any other issues. 

It's owned and managed* by a housing association

There's loads of other ongoing issues that they couldn't give a fuck about, namely the combined communal fire/security doors that are broken, intercom system doesn't work 

I had a non flushing toilet recently, took them 6 weeks to fix it

There's a no smoking policy in the building, everyone but me is a smoker and is constantly smoking on the grounds, not just nicotine either, other "green" substances. They don't care one bit

They just don't/won't listen. Nobody else in the building would say boo to a goose so I am stuck among all this fuckery

It's a shame because it used to be a really nice place to live

Which part of Crawley is this 😒

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