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Grumpy Now!!

18 November 2014 - 11:34 PM

As the title suggests...I'm grumpy now!!


Decided to pop out and have a nebski at the car today - in particular the brakes.  Dawned on me that they're potentially all original factory fitted parts & I've never looked at them.  


Decided to replace anyway, the front pads are probably at just under half-original thickness, discs have maybe worn down by under 1mm (so not too bad, there is 2mm to play with and they only very light scoring to the face).  Rears - similar story with the meat on the shoes and the drums look ugly (surface corrosion) so I'll change those too.  However, I was hoping to do it a month apart - spread the cost a bit


That's not the problem...was expecting to be at least replacing pads/shoes and was tempted to do discs/drums for peace of mind.


What I wasn't expecting to find, however: Leaky rear NS shock absorber and excessive wear on the inside edge of the front tyres.  I've attached piccies below.


Soo - dear Forum Folk...and the reason I've posted in the General Ford section


Ford/Motorcraft or aftermarket? If aftermarket what are your recommendations?  


Also, does anyone else know why it's so hard to find drums for a Mk2.5 Focus (query same as Transit Connect drums)?


However, small victory - managed to get my mudguards fitted - I'll whack up a guide in the next few days!!




Comparison Websites? How Do They Work?

11 September 2014 - 12:06 PM

So it's that time of year again...insurance is due in a couple of weeks time...


I'm curious as to how the hell they work?


You input your details, check it all over and hit the button to show you the quotes - wonderful!!


You then see some pretty good prices, and decide to check out the site.  

HOW can it change so much? Seriously - I input annual mileage at 8000 miles for SDP&C, car value at about £7k, 1 at fault accident and no convictions, car kept overnight on the street at home, 1 modification (parking sensors).


The quote summary however:

4000 miles for SDP

value £5,500

1 NOT at fault accident

Car on driveway/off the street

No modifications


I did Dad's insurance for him the other week...Tesco are even more sneaky!!

He's been nabbed for speeding a couple of times - so input the details on the comparison website (Month-year, code (SP-), points (3, two of), fine (not worth the wrath of Mother), ban (nil) etc)


Tesco wanted to know the exact date - and had defaulted to the 1st of the month.  Went through and updated the dates.  


The new quote was £150 MORE - for adjusting the dates of the offences by 2 days & 10 days.

Rang them up to have a !Removed!..."Ah, well, it does state on the website that certain assumptions are made, and that it's up to you to correct them"


Fine, fair enough, but how does a day or two affect a premium?


"You're no longer subject to the comparison website criteria, it's now our own"

I think I called them a bunch of corrupt liars and informed them that they could shove their quote up their scamming...nostrils...


So far, my best quote is still with the made-up quote company I first mentioned - £516 :-(

Dad got insured through Adrian Flux, but we're now having problems with Zurich sending him his proof of no claims :-/


I hate insurance companies


Fed Up Of "surface Dressing"?

17 August 2014 - 09:25 PM

Just found this link to an e-petition (via Fiat Forum)...


It raises a valid point.

Surface dressing is incredibly inadequate. A few of the reasons I've come across:

1. It doesn't last very long (one road in Cleethorpes had to be redone - the surface dressing had been ripped up in 4 days)
2. It causes damage to bodywork (tar and chipped paint)
3. The loose chippings can get stuck in the tread reducing tyre efficiency
4. The loose chippings get pinged at pedestrians (even at 20mph)
5. The loose surface can cause issuses for our 2-wheeled cousins (both powered and pedalled)
6. The chippings get traipsed into homes, potentially ruining carpets
7. The grazes caused when falling are difficult to clean because the tar sticks like mad (thinking young kids primarily)
8. The road surface can become rutted

If anyone has any more, please feel free to add them

I seriously doubt that it'll get stopped - but it's worth a shot!!

Ac Recharge...

08 August 2014 - 09:15 AM

So, I've just been to Kwik-fit for an AC Check + recharge. I have a leak apparently...

Lass tried telling that it's got to be the compressor, because she couldn't hear it kicking in as she drove it back round the front.

Well, no love, you won't. You're colleague has just completely drained the system - no, it shouldn't still kick in - the ECU won't let it engage to protect it. No gas means no oil, so it won't kick in. Oh, that's kind, you can get a "Master Technician" in to have a look for me? Only £35? Nahh, I'll leave it thanks.

I may very have had a small leak that was exacerbated by the pressure changes in draining and testing the system. But I don't appreciate young technicians trying to blag their way through an excuse (bugger...I feel old now - she was no older than 21, I'm only 26 lol)

Now to find a UV torch before I try elsewhere

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Oily Water...

04 June 2014 - 02:50 PM

Hi folks

I'm helping out my old Sea Cadet unit by cleaning up their motorboat. Unfortunately, somebody has neglected to notice the leaky fuel tank. So I'm faced with dirty bilge water - somewhere in the region of 300 litres+ of badly contaminated water...

Anyone any ideas where I can safely dispose of it?
Local recycling centre won't touch it

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