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In Topic: That Little Round Disc

07 September 2014 - 10:41 AM

Bye bye tax disc
Bye bye fast hairdryers
And superhoovers ahah wat a planet

With regards to limiting the wattage on Vacuum Cleaners and people's negative opinions about that, I suggest you read this thread on the subject.


In terms of losing the tax disc, I won't be shedding any tears over it!!  I have a feeling though that it may make a lot of (stupid) people think they can get away without taxing their vehicle because it isn't visible. 

In Topic: Scottish Independence Poll

07 September 2014 - 10:36 AM

to be honest guys why fix somethink that's not broken

If you don't think there is something broken with the UK then I don't know where you've been living, but from my perspective it is well past repair.


Independence is the only way to, put bluntly, GET OUR OWN WAY. 


One prime example is the fact that we have Tories in goverment now, if it was down to the people of Scotland only, Mr. Cameron would never have even came CLOSE to being elected - but because the English also had their say, we are now stuck with him.


I am an SNP supporter, but to be honest, I wouldn't mind if we got another party elected in an independent country, because at least then it would be a party that Scotland voted for fair and square. 


It boils my blood to keep hearing that we are "better together".  If that is really the case, then why aren't we better already!  And to those who profess that we are, I think you need to take those rose tinted glasses off and see what things are really like in 2014.


I am not anti-English, just anti-Stupidity, which is what staying in the UK is.


Needless to say, on September 18th I will be proud to vote YES.

In Topic: Can Severe Misalignment Cause Rumbling?

31 August 2014 - 12:11 PM

If the alignment was that far out, it's probably a good idea to get the steering & suspension thoroughly checked over. There's also the possibility that undue stresses have worn the wheel bearing (rumbling means excess vibration).

Any idea what caused the tracking to be so far out?

Before checking/adjusting the alignment, the mechanic did give the steering and suspension components a basic inspection and found nothing obvious, but you are right in saying it should be more thoroughly checked over. 


As for why it was so far out - I haven't a clue!  We've owned the car for around a year and a half and in retrospect it has been out for that whole time, I just didn't recognise it until a few months ago. 


I'm no expert, but I would imagine that if it was misaligned for a long period of time it could have just been a natural progression from being slightly out to begin with and gradually getting worse as time went on.


For the moment though, I'm just glad to have the issue resolved.

In Topic: Can Severe Misalignment Cause Rumbling?

31 August 2014 - 09:51 AM

And the answer to my own question is...  Why yes it can!!


After picking the Focus up from National Tyres & Autocare yesterday morning, where the mechanic told me the alignment had been "miles out", we took the car for a 60 mile drive and at speeds ranging from 1MPH to 70MPH the only noise was Roy Orbison from the stereo.  Absolutely silent. 


I am very relieved that a £29 alignment has solved both issues (the tyre wear and road noise) and that there are no issues with any steering components or the wheel bearings.


The only thing I do need to spend money on now is at least one front tyre as the N/S has worn down to the fabric on the inner edge and the O/S has gone bald on the inner edge (not as severe, however).  I may just bite the bullet and get both tyres replaced though to make things simpler and of course safer. 


I hadn't really considered this before now, but the wheel alignment must have been hampering the fuel mileage too as previously the needle would start to drop after 40-50 miles, but yesterday it took until 75 miles for any movement to occur.  Of course, the full effect won't be known until it goes down to almost empty and I can then compute the specific MPG.


The bodywork does need £200-300 spent on it to bring it up to reasonable condition, but at least mechanically it is now up to a good standard with the only things outstanding being one tyre and an oil change.

In Topic: Can Severe Misalignment Cause Rumbling?

27 August 2014 - 10:35 PM

Could the rumbling be a wheel bearing on it's way out? could be contributing to the alignment going out so badly but not 100% certain about that.

I would be inclined to agree with you, but if that was the case surely it would have been an advisory for the MOT at the very least?