BOF

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  1. My reading of the new deal is that you can have either the pollen filter or the air filter. That may be wrong but I don't see it making much sense. I was just on my last few weeks before my service was due so I am really p'eed off with this news. Ether I find a cheap local reliable garage (cheap or somewhat reliable is easy both fully is a bit difficult) or sell the car. Is anyone else's servicing deal better?
  2. A bit more detail: Take Goodyear, for example. I have used used 'Efficient Grips' and found them a bit poor. They are defntely less grippy than the top sport tyres (the same manufacturer's Eagle F1 Assy 3 for example) they are actually more expensive than the cheapest you can find the F1 assy 3s f you shop around and they feel a bt vague and poorly defined. Does that make Goodyear a poor tyre manufacturer? No not really; it just makes the EGs a poor choice on a Mondy in my tyre size (and its an older design and if they replaced it today it would surely be a better tyre and I might have a different opinion if they were priced against mid-range tyres or available in XL load rating or I had a different tyre size or they were better on wear life). So the recently superseded Cont SC5? They'll probably still be around but Cont themselves would suggest that PC6s (not the earlier PC tyres though) are a better tyre and in most ways they would appear to be right. Haven't seen a competitive review on the Ultrac Satins yet so if there is something on-line I'd like to know. They have the potential to be a very decent mid-range choice. And those Avons? Probably the latest are another good mid-range choice and I could see some people feeling that they were their favourite tyres but they probably aren't going to displace the Plot SS4 or the PC6 (or even the 5P if available in your size) as the sportiest tyre. (And I could throw in Pirelli - some of their recent tyres seem pretty decent but their older designs can be a bit ropey) Of course, it all depends on what you want.
  3. Not going to choose a Tyre Brand. Just seems like a stupid thing to do when most manufacturers make good tyres and bad tyres (for my requirements and they would change depending on the tyre size/car combination).
  4. This sounds like a partly open circuit sender track, although t could also be an intermittent bit of wiring. Essentially the computer gets no signal from the fuel tank sender and algorithm/heavy filtering keep showing what was there before for quite a long time.
  5. You need access to a DVM. Beg, steal, borrow or buy. You don't have to be a mechanic, but you may have to tell us which engine and model of car you have.
  6. As you don't seem to be getting an answer let me suggest the (for example) Castrol website. http://applications.castrol.com/oilselector/en_gb/c/search Does that help?
  7. I was wondering how could answer this question without re-writing war and peace and stll convey my meaning. It turns out the answer was to wait for a while and let DJ_Andy_M do it. I suspect the garage is taking the pith. A couple of new tyres? Well that could happen but it probably shouldn't be surprise. Urgent replacement of timing belt? Rated life depends on engine so check when it is due on ETIS. Oil in coolant? Should be able to see that but I suspect it isn't there. Front discs and pads need replacing Most people get a little more than this but it certainly could happen depending on driving style and various other things. Brake/coolant change required. No connection between those items. Coolant change could be necessary if the oil has been leaking but I have my doubts. Find yourself a trustworthy garage.
  8. It is possible that rather than the alternator it is the alternator drive belt that is slipping. This would cause more of a screaming nose on start-up and would typically be worse wet and when on load and at start-up. On the other hand the alternator bearings (or one bearing) might be shot and that would cause a whine/rumble but wouldn't themselves cause a burning smell. When you are looking at the wiring be sure to check for any sign of overheating (eg insulation looking as if it has partly melted away from the wire) as that could also be a clue. Could you only hear it over the radio or was there a mechanical noise as well? If you could hear it over the radio (and you do mean 'through the radio loudspeakers' rather than just 'louder than the radio?) I think it has to be alternator/regulator.
  9. I'm guessing hat you have probably lost an alternator phase and that there is a high AC component to your voltages and your amp is dropping out on the voltage troughs. This would also cause various lights to flicker. A warning though: this can also be caused by poor wring such as poor earthing of the alternator/engine so you'd probably best check that out first.
  10. I should have spotted this before but here is some more info on Winter/All Season type tyres: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2016-Winter-Tyre-Guide.htm
  11. Well if you look in your manual some other qualities of oil are allowed for top up. That said 5W/40 is a viscosity and it doesn't really say anything about the quality of the oil so we can't tell how much damage that might do. Probably none at all but you can't tell from this information.
  12. Ok the first thing I'm going to suggest is that the 'sarcasm approach' is not the most likely to work. Maybe it will make you feel better but it won't shift the offending car (usually). If you can say 'I need to go out in a few minutes and if you are still blocking me I'll be forced to contact the Police' or 'you will have to pay damages for me being unable to do the financially important thing that was planning to do' then that might work. (Actually probably the most effective thing you could say would be 'my wife is pregnant and will have to get to maternity suddenly' but you can't really make these things up if you don't have a wife who is close to due.) My belief is that it is illegal here to block access like this but don't really have a reliable source for this idea. Oh and I do have a similar problem but don't get fully blocked I just get forced to do a 'seven point manoeuvre' across what is at times quite a busy road (depending on time of day) to get around it.
  13. Some additional info: the Primacy 3 is Michelin's 'middle of the road' (sorry about the pun) selection, and the trade-off that they have made is that it has a (much) longer wear life than the top sport tyres but at the cost of less grip - wet grip primarily - than the top sport tyres. It sounds as if you would have been happier with something more like a 'sport' tyre, but you have to bare in mind the shorter life part of the equation. The Prim 3 is also a slightly old design which doesn't help either.
  14. Selection of tyres available in the size isn't great, is it, but I note that Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons are available (but expensive....but then so would the Michelin Cross Climates be if they were available). You may want to have a look here: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/92863/all-season-tyres-test-20162017-top-all-weather-tyres-tested (and even here: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/92906/winter-tyre-guide-are-they-worth-it) for general background.
  15. Well it is their problem. I can't see any issue with phoning them up saying that at least you want a fuse fitting (replacing the missing one) and staying there while they do that. Should only take ten minutes or less. If/when it gets beyond that it is more of a problem. But you might make clear to them if the thing with the fuse doesn't work and if they can't give a promise of acceptable service you'll be taking it to another garage and charging them. The trouble comes if they then make promises and don't fulfil them. Which fuse does what ought to be documented in the owners manual but it is often wrong/confusing.