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  1. Many years ago I had a regular run to Spain in a Daf coach. This coach had 900 litre capacity in 2 connected diesel tanks. At that time diesel was more expensive in France so we were instructed to fill up at the last minute in the truck refuelling station close to Dover. On one memorable occasion I fuelled up, paid with the company card, and rushed off to the port. Half way there it dawned on me that I had put RED diesel in instead of the correct stuff. What to do? The instant decision was to deaf it out and carry on bolstered by the knowledge that in the previous 5 t
  2. You could try this stuff from https://www.x-seal.co.uk I saw it recommended in Car Mechanics magazine for just your problem, I have no experience of it myself. Once you use it to soak into the gaps then the parts will not come apart later. On a historical note it looks like a refined version of a marine product called Thistlebond which I have some experience while at sea many years ago and used for sealing fractures in steel pipes. It was really popular and worked well. Very pricey but it didn't come out of my pocket. ScaniaPBman.
  3. Well, I can give you advice based on my experiences with leaks on a hatchback but have never had an estate. I stripped out the plastic rails on outside of the roof panel and sealed up the groove beneath. I also removed the rear bumper and sealed up the vents there, but since your leak source is from above this level then this may not help you any. Hopefully someone who has an estate will be along to give you direct advice. ScaniaPBman.
  4. There's a lot of good advice in this post Come back after you have read it with any questions. ScaniaPBman
  5. Yes, David, no need for concern. I have experienced this on several of my 1.6 petrol focus cars. It is piston slap, have a search with your favourite search engine. It disappears after a a few miles when the engine warms up. When a combustion occurs in the cold engine the cold piston moves rapidly sideways as well as moving down the bore in a controlled way as you would expect. The rapid sideways movement is what you hear from each cold piston as it contacts the bore. When the whole thing warms up the pistons expand and fit perfectly in the bore with no possibility of sideways
  6. If you haven't done one recently, just a tip. When you are finished check the beam pattern is the same left and right, it is possible to get the H7 in but not quite positioned correctly giving a distorted dipped beam. I know because I have done just that, it's really easy to do! Close by is the local police station and there is one patrol car I see frequently, it has the left headlight dazzling me in the rear view mirror most likely for this very reason. Probably best not to knock his window at the traffic lights and explain that his headlamps are dodgy. ScaniaPBman.
  7. Get the hacksaw out and cut most of that stud thread off. Leave just enough to have the nut clamp the connector bracket. Then bend the bracket up and back so that it pops off over the remains of the shortened stud. It worked for me. ScaniaPBman.
  8. In the past I had a new high spec MK2 Mondeo with alloy wheels. I found out that that basic version had steel wheels. When the tyres were worn out after 35,000 miles I purchased used steel wheels and fitted the appropriate sized tyres which were lower cost. Then I contacted the insurance to clear this mod with them and that's where I had a problem. Once they heard that I had modified the car they asked how much I had spent. It was around £400 what with 4 new tyres and 4 steel rims. Not good they said, you have increased the value of your car by £400 then. Rubbish, I claimed I ha
  9. Luke is right. I had the same problem and just took off the locking nuts remaining on my Focus cars and fitted regular lug nuts. It's been a few years on since their removal and my alloys are all still there despite visiting and parking up in some dodgy areas of Birmingham. You can get a replacement locking key from McGard in the EU, Germany I think. There are UK agents also who are easier to deal with, this is one I have used see here but for some reason the actual site seems to be down right now. ScaniaPBman.
  10. Have a look at this previous topic on the subject of lug nuts. Any further help, just come back here. ScaniaPBman
  11. And here's a translation via Google for those not familiar with Turkish. Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror Socket; The Black cable in the middle is taken in parallel from the black cable to the ceiling light (can be taken on the pole). The Brown cable on the right is inserted into the 2nd input from the bottom left of the socket on the right pole and connects to the 6th socket of the socket that goes to the car. The purple cable on the left goes down from the right pole and goes into socket 16 of the BCM C4 socket. ScaniaPBman.
  12. My advice is to follow the advice given in post 5 of this thread Once you have the software installed and working, have a look for any diagnostic trouble codes stored and report back. For what you are doing you do NOT need a licence, it is mainly for programming keys and some other functions. I purchased my ELM327 USB lead here https://tunnelrat-electronics.fwscart.com/USB_Auto_Switch_Modified_ELM327/p4541936_19965062.aspx and it comes highly recommended by many members. The software is fine and there are lots of forum members here who are expert with it a
  13. On my last purchase the seller gave my the 3 keys she had for the car I bought from her. Some weeks later I found out that the third key would not work. The 3rd key that I had was for HER Focus and she had MY 3rd key. Still have it. I did need a 3rd key so the local car key locksmith made me a dumb key and programmed it in for a very reasonable price. No plipping to open or lock but good enough for what I wanted. ScaniaPBman.
  14. My tip for this job is firstly to make sure the master cylinder reservoir is topped up, then get a plastic bag, put it over the reservoir opening and screw the vented top on tightly. This will make an air tight seal preventing the fluid from running out when you unscrew the line from the caliper. Like Tom I have never been a fan of brake pipe clamps, perhaps I should lash out on the recommended type of clamp! ScaniaPBman.
  15. A photo works, I have done it a couple of times. Take a close-up of one of the 3 remaining undamaged locking wheel nuts. It has to show the wrinkly locking bit clearly, Mine were a bit corroded and a rub with emery cloth cleaned up the face of the locking nut nicely. Some order a replacement key directly from McGard in Germany, just do a search. ScaniaPBman.
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