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Proud To Announce..

Yesterday, 02:13 PM

Hello all,
On this day I am proud to announce the loss of another Corsa from our roads :lol:

It caught fire at work this morning in the car park, damaging a Suzuki swift parked next to it. Safe to say the corsa is a write off.

Sadly no pictures, strictly no photography on this site.

Oops! That'll Be A Traffic Cone Then.

05 September 2015 - 09:17 AM

What a nightmare on the B922 Glenrothes to Kirkcaldy road last night. I had been out for a cycle, on my way home about 21:15 when i come down the road and a traffic cone appears in the middle of my lane, car coming the other way so i couldn't swerve it so had to hit it at about 50-60mph.
Pulled over a few hundred yards up the road and phoned the police, had a look over the car and then moved it to another spot further down where it was a bit safer.
So the damage so far is the bumper, side skirt and the alloy wheel. Phoned the mrs to come up with her car so i could get some light. She phoned the police again, by this point 2 police cars had passed us and didn't even have the decency to stop and ask if we were ok.
So I get the spare wheel on and start heading home, I come across a mk3 focus pulled over on the side of the road. I pulled in to see if he was ok and it turns out he also smacked the cone at 20:45 and made it this far before the police pulled him into the layby bit for a random check - where his car cut out and was totally dead. If the new focus is like the older mk2 with the ECU in the wheel arch area then this would explain why.
So almost 30 minutes had passed from this guy hitting the cone to me hitting it and the police have done absolutely NOTHING about it!
I only have a picture of the wheel damage so far. The picture isnt great but it is quite a flat spot.

Unbelievable Timing!

13 August 2015 - 01:00 AM

Well the mighty Mondeo has never broken down in over 4 years of ownership but tonight was the first of any trouble I've ever had with it.

Jumped in the car tonight, turned on the ignition and started the engine.. Absolutely nothing on the dashboard, no lights and no dials!
Haven't had the chance to see if anything else such as interior lights of electric mirrors have also stopped working but I really do hope it's a fuse but if so then the question is why?

Part of the fun of car sharing though is that there are always backup cars, as much as my car is running fine it's not ideal having no speedo or Rev counter.
The car was parked on Monday morning and hasn't moved since, was absolitely fine when I parked it. I'm off for 8 days as of tomorow so I will investigate it then. Shame this problem couldnt have waited a day or 2 though. To add to that I was late in to work tonight due to a crash on the motorway. Really is not my night.

Euro Car Parts Discount

20 July 2015 - 06:17 PM

Remember folks, extra 15% discount at euro car parts just now. Use code 'extra15'

I've just ordered 2 drums of 5w/30 C3 - an oil I use a huge amount of, £2.30 a litre.

2005 Fiesta 1.25 Timing Belt Change - A Few Pics

12 June 2015 - 06:41 PM

On Wednesday I changed a timing belt for a mate on a 2005 1.25 fiesta, so I thought I'd share a few pics and let others have a glimpse at some of what's involved.
It's a similar setup for a few engines in the zetec range.

It does require a timing locking kit, flywheel locking tool, pulley holding tool, torque wrench and a belt kit including new cam and crank pulley bolts. An angle gauge would be helpful but no essential, a little tipex on the crank bolt and pulley is easy to work out when it's turned 90 degrees.
I was using an impact wrench for most of the removal process but it's no essential.

I would strongly recommend changing the drive belts at this stage too as they need to come off anyway. Be aware that models without a tensioner fitted will have stretch belts. They can be fitted and removed without any special tools but if you have one it will help greatly.

Apologies for the pics being the wrong way, they forum has changed them around.