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  1. Think I'm off to a more active forum, tbh. Might get some help there.
  2. From what I remember they're just anchored at the corners, with a tiny plastic mounting peg that slots through a hole on the PCB - there is nothing else holding it to the bottom part of the fob. You should be able to prise the PCB off with very little effort, using a flat screwdriver. Note that when you remove it, it'll be very unlikely that you'll be able to put it back it the old key as it won't sit right on the damaged pegs. As far as I'm aware there is no other way of removing it.
  3. You wouldn't scrap a car because of a faulty EGR valve. But yeah, if it's able to roll itself off of the production line, it's apparently fit for sale.
  4. It might be possible as FOCA said. But it depends how long you're willing to sit there, trying to jiggle a ruddy great alternator about to get it through a hole it does not really want to go through. Personally, I gave up after about five minutes. (and yes, I had the wheel arch liner out). Having done it twice before I'd have no problem dropping the engine again. It's pretty daunting if you're a first-timer, though, but it does make the rest of the job a hell of a lot easier.
  5. Are these mist thingies adjustable? I have some on mine since about a year ago and they never seem to clean the top-left of the windscreen as the water never seems to get up that far. I've had a look at the jets and there seems to be no way to adjust them upwards a bit (both sides spray at the same height).
  6. When I changed all the pulleys I took the alternator out (not to change it - just needed it out the way to get the tensioner off). I had to drop the engine about four inches, but watch the boot on the inner end of the tie rod as you'll knack it if you let the engine go too low. The second time I had the alternator off to change the top idler, I didn't drop the engine and had to leave the alternator in the back of the engine bay as I couldn't get it out. It's not a hard job either way - just be SUPER careful lowering the engine. I put the car on stands then the jack under the sump with about four pieces of thick plyboard between. Lift it just enough to let the jack take the weight, then undo and remove the O/S engine mount. CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY (I cannot stress this enough), let the engine down on the jack, watching the suspension/steering components against the frame at all times. (disclaimer: there is the potential to cause serious damage. do this at your own risk - not mine).
  7. Why did you change the alternator? [edit] What BOF said.