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  1. Just to bring closure to this thread, after throwing a hissy fit and refusing to work on the car, I went back to it and fixed it 🤣 Put a new O ring in the filter, had to reuse the gasket but made sure it was screwed tightly, fill the inlet pipe, spray of carb cleaner (I know...) and off she went. Of course since then in true Ford spirit the EML came on. I'm sure it has NOTHING to do with the fuel filter charade 😬
  2. Update: Disconnected and primed the hose going to the injectors and after a couple of tries it started. Success, or at least until the car had driven around locally and then 20 miles from home, upon which after being turned off for an hour decided to go back to not starting!!! Obviously the car and my tools are now 20 miles apart which is just splendid. Frankly I think now I'm ready to put this in the hands of a mechanic and accept my limited mechanical abilities are just that, very limited.
  3. I've got the battery on charge now, so hoping that since fuel did seep out when I loosened the injector pipe a good crank with a fully charged battery might do it. If not I'll loosen 2 injector pipes, crank and then tighten up and see if that works as I read that online. That said I also read online that loosening the injector pipes at all can screw it up (not sure what "it" would be) so if anyone could clarify that before I do any more potential damage that would be great. Ah the joys of modern diesels...
  4. In hindsight I have done something incredibly stupid... A couple of weeks ago I replaced the fuel filter, filled up the housing and after a few cranks the engine started and all was well. Afterwards the car would run fine but after sitting a couple of days it would start then stall and re-start with minor difficulty. Today I took the top off the filter housing again and found the issue was the o-ring hadn't seated properly, so sorted that and erroneously thought as I hadn't removed the filter (and didn't see any fuel spill) that I could get away without filling the housing up as i didn't have a can of diesel to hand. Alas it started for a few seconds and then just cranked and cranked. After a few attempts I went and got diesel and filled the housing, but it still just cranks until the battery fails. Obviously I know I've got an air lock in the system, and without looking online cracked off the main fuel union where it goes to the separate injector pipes, which did release a bit of air then fuel and nipped it back up again. After looking online I've seen posts saying NOT to do that Further to that the engine still won't start and now the battery is too flat so I'll need to charge it back up or jump it. Definitely not the Friday morning I hoped for. HELP!!
  5. I know, I really do think I was born in the wrong year!!
  6. I do like spending boxing day watching Carry On films and eating crap!!
  7. I'm the same, plus it helps protect the in tank fuel pump on modern cars from overheating.
  8. Sorry to hear you contracted COVID Zain! One of my friends and her husband caught it too but thankfully they fully recovered. Next year has to be better!
  9. I do like that tomorrow Christmas will come and go and then that will be one less thing for people to go mad about! Also I must admit I did like doing an unintentional burnout in the rear wheel drive Volvo earlier today when pulling out of an icy junction 🙄😂
  10. I do like that I am now back in the Ford family!! Well, it's my mother's car but lets skip over that small fact 🤣 2006 Ford Focus Sport 1.8 TDCI. Timing belt been done so no worries there, no history of undercarriage corrosion and at 133k it drives like a dream. It was a very cheap buy and as a result has a short MOT, but aside from a headlamp bulb I cannot detect any faults so come November 6th we will find out...
  11. I do like laying back in front of the fire watching a movie!
  12. I do like booking the Volvo in for a new set of rear tyres! The closest match to the fronts (Pirelli P2000) I could find was the Pirelli P4 Cinturato, so we shall see how that does. The front ones are next on my list but as they still have over 6mm of treads and cash ain't exactly abundant they are still safe for now. Hopefully the P4s will impress me in the rear (oh matron!) and I will get a couple fitted to the front too.
  13. I do like relaxing with a glass of red and Chris Isaak's Wicked Game LP on the turntable...
  14. I don't like buying a classic car because "it'll be cheaper to fix" then spending more fixing it than I would have done on the modern car it replaced 🤣🤣🤣
  15. I do like getting Vanessa the Volvo back again tonight!! Took ages for the garage to get the necessary parts but she's back and good as new with a new steering rack, suspension spring, timing belt, water pump, alternator belt plus a couple of other things. Now all I need to do is get 4 new tyres to replace the 3 Pirelli P2000s with 3-4mm treads and the 1 odd new-ish Supra on the O/S rear. I mean really, mixing rear tyres on a RWD car!? Some people are beyond idiotic, although surprisingly it still handles OK but I'll be taking it easy until all 4 are new, which won't be until the beginning of November since my money tree ain't doing so well this year 🤣
  16. Nissan really has gone downhill in the last 15 years
  17. Yeah, thanks Tom 🤣 After doing the work having it ticking over in the workshop they noticed the coolant reservoir leaking and also a creaking from the steering rack!! I could have picked the car up but better to get those 2 things fixed first so it won't be ready until next week when they receive both parts. That said all the repairs together still come to less than fixing the EPB and door lock on the Passat so I'm not too disappointed
  18. I do like hopefully being able to pick up the Volvo tomorrow. Been a long time at the garage thanks to them getting the wrong timing belt kit from their supplier and then not being able to source a new front strut (hopefully going to be able to repair the old one) but I'll sure be glad to get the old girl back again. There was me thinking it would only be in for a few days 🤣 The expense isn't over though as I don't trust Pirelli P2000s to get me through winter so I'll have to put new tyres on next month 😬
  19. Never even heard of Landsail, but cheap tyres are hit and miss. I've had some that perform fine and some that were absolutely terrible! Now I'll only buy a reputable brand of tyres, may cost an extra £10-20 per tyre but it's worth it to have that reassurance that you have good quality rubber, since that is your ONLY contact with the road.
  20. I do like a relaxing Saturday evening with a glass of red and some good tunes on the turntable
  21. For goodness sake!! You really can't rely on any of them these days.
  22. Yeah, I was thinking more of the poor welds if they turned out to be below standard, but again it would be a waste of time as that's an entirely subjective point of view. Best to just rectify it and move on!
  23. I never did, it was done before I bought it Question is do I report it to VOSA...
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