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What have you done to your car today?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by mattyprice4004, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. skaif

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 25, 2014

    Posts: 2,634

    Location: Home

    That looks really smart - wouldn't be able to tell it was aftermarket with the iDrive running on there! How easy was it to install and code?
     
  2. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,267

    Location: Portsmouth

    Dead simple to install, probably took about half an hour if that. Coding for the larger resolution wasn't strictly necessary as iDrive did still work properly before, it just had a stretched screen but there was no way I was going to leave it at that so it was another 5 minutes or so for coding.
     
  3. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 19,650

    Location: Northern England

    Nice job!
     
  4. acemastr

    Mobster

    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,474

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    That looks awesome!

    Also 'Gaydio' ha
     
  5. jpaul

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,076

    +1
    @Phemo did you use bimmercode ? (... any reservations about impact on warranty)
     
  6. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,267

    Location: Portsmouth

    No, I did want to give that a try but I didn't have a compatible dongle and an ENET cable was only about a tenner so I did it using that and E-Sys software.

    Can't really see there being any problem with the warranty if you're just swapping the screen out and coding wide display. I suppose it might stop them from providing warranty on anything head unit and screen related but I'm not sure how that'd pan out to be honest.
     
  7. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 19,650

    Location: Northern England

    I haven't done it but found some **** has left a 4 inch gouge down to bare metal in the door of one of the cars. Vertical and looks to me like the catch from a handbag.
     
  8. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,209

    Location: Bristol

    Made a pretty number (on Tuesday)...

    [​IMG]


    ...still drives just as well/badly as it did when I got it ~25k ago....still looks just as rubbish too.
     
  9. pokerking

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 13, 2011

    Posts: 1,364

    Location: Leeds

    Had a lot of issues in the Giulietta (past week just after a service) regarding low oil pressure during idle and cold starts, also had a very heavy oil smell kinda like standing on a train platform!

    Phoned the garage and they couldn't tell me the exact oil used, not good! Suspect it was random stuff from a large commercial barrel!

    Drained the whole lot, very thick stuff.

    Purchased some Shell Helix Ultra 5-30 with the correct fiat spec, new filter and engine cleaner.

    Car is perfect now! Just shows the importance of using correct oil. I would have never of though it would make the car dog rough.

    Company car owner for 10 years so privileged using main dealers. Will stay away from back street garages ha!!!
     
  10. mollymoo

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 5, 2009

    Posts: 2,903

    Location: North

    I'm the exact opposite, dealers are the last place I would take any car to, they are staffed by spotty teenagers mainly where as my go to back street garage is staffed by a mechanic with 50 years experience.
     
  11. Lokwyr

    Associate

    Joined: Nov 9, 2018

    Posts: 77

    Location: Poole

    Today----
    Scraped frost.
    Drive to Lidl, Tesco, home. 1.4 miles.
    Wife drove to Sainsbury, home. 1.4 miles.
    Still shows 42 mpg.
    It's a Panda. That's what they do:D
    Oh, she left the carpark ticket in the car. Drat. More work!
     
  12. Vita

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 26, 2006

    Posts: 10,514

    Location: United Kingdom

    Advertised my focus st for sale. Old owner who I bought it off decided he wanted to buy it back. Left a deposit so it should be going next week.

    Really liked the car and spent a small fortune on it but there was something about it I just couldn’t gel with and I still haven’t figured out what it is.
     
  13. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

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    Location: Acme's chair

    Huh... Didn't see that one coming!

    Whats next?
     
  14. Phil W

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    Location: Jupiter

  15. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

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    Location: Portsmouth

    I had my front tyres and TPMS valve service done a little while ago and the tyre fitter managed to break one of my TPMS sensors. He said that the previous fitter must have done the securing nut up too tightly over the valve stem or that it had corroded so it broke when he tried to undo it. He had to put a normal valve on that wheel temporarily. He attempted the other wheel and couldn't get that sensor done either, but he stopped before he broke that TPMS sensor.

    Got a pair of used sensors for a half reasonable price though from the pic that one obviously needs a new stem and securing nut. Got the other one popped on earlier so no more annoying tyre warnings at last. You can see how good a job was done on my old sensor. The bit that the stem hooks in to has just completely broken off so it's useless.

    [​IMG]

    Do you guys get TPMS sensor seals/valve stems replaced with every tyre change or just every so often? Just wondering if I should get the other sensor changed out since I assume it will break off if they try to change the seal and stem, or if I should just leave it until I next need the tyre done. It's holding air fine of course so I guess there's no need to worry about it yet.
     
  16. geekman

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    Joined: Sep 28, 2012

    Posts: 3,162

    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    Had two lots of tyres changed on TPMS enabled wheels and surprisingly they didn’t damage them whatsoever and they still work fine. Wish I could say the same for the alloys themselves though.....
     
  17. Vita

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    Joined: Mar 26, 2006

    Posts: 10,514

    Location: United Kingdom

    Yeah, to be honest, I thought making it faster etc would make me like it more, but I think I’ve lost the drive for that sort of thing. I thought it was a good time to get rid of it as the prices on these have dropped massively. It also saved me having young hooligans wanting to test drive and waste my time in actually not buying it.

    I’ve pretty much got my mind set on buying an old crappy bmw diesel and just running it till it sort of becomes uneconomical to do so.

    There isn’t any performance car I want as of the moment, again, I’ve just lost the drive for that sort of thing now.
     
  18. hux

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 9, 2009

    Posts: 2,467

    I have the usual Civic clunk coming from under the middle of the car, happens at any load and speed.
    It's not the steering as that feels totally fine.
    Did the arb bushes and droplinks but still there.

    So over the next couple days I'll be doing both struts except for the springs,
    I'm hoping it's the top mounts, as it's getting worse I'm thinking it is something rubber going.

    Plus my left driveshaft is leaking so both will be done as well.
    All parts are oe or close as, might cut the bump stop short as they're known for causing issues.

    It'll be easy work, just time consuming.
     
  19. Jonnycoupe

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    Location: N.Warks

    Usual? But guessing what it is?

    My money would be on the lower balljoint.
     
  20. hux

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 9, 2009

    Posts: 2,467

    Well there a list you go through going from the looks of things, as it seems clunking on a civic could be anything.
    I've done all the usual checks, but couldn't find anything out of order.
    The steering is dead on, if it was the lower ball joint the car would wander I'd imagine.
    Plus I'd have to replace the whole wishbone as the lower is pressed in.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2019