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What have you done to your car today?

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

  1. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,320

    Location: Portsmouth

    I have missed not having it in this car but wouldn’t have retrofitted everything just for the purpose of having them. It’s just a nice bonus that I gain heated seats as well as a nicer interior :)

    Heated steering wheel is definitely a nice one to have. I've never owned a car with it but did have it on a hire car in Colorado last year. Definitely came in handy there.
     
  2. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jun 29, 2003

    Posts: 33,187

    Location: Wiltshire

    One bulb was on its way out so swapped it out on both sides.

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    They don't half make it difficult to carry out on a modern car do they? Front grille off, jack one side up and turn wheel each way to get to the screws holding the mud guards in place, pull away part of the bumper to get to a screw on the side of the light cluster then unbolt varies ones holding it in place then finally you can slide the whole unit out. Open the back up and swap the bulb out. Put back together then the same on the other side. Complete ball ache but its done now at least. I thought xenons were meant to last more than 5 years?
     
  3. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,034

    Location: West sussex

    @Duke tell me about it! Had to rip half my engine bay apart to get the xenon bulb on my Lexus. Replacing indicators requires taking the front bumper off. It's a joke.
     
  4. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 20,395

    Location: Northern England

    Wow, that's bad design. I still remember when Ford made it nigh on impossible to change a bulb in a Mondeo. Needed to remove the coolant reservoir and everything!
     
  5. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,104

    Location: Northampton

    Tried to fit the new MAF setup and let out some magic smoke.

    Sulked for a while then ordered a new (used) one

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  6. adwol48

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 25, 2008

    Posts: 733

    Location: Norwich

    Its not a hard job to do but parts that need servicing regulary should be simple like a regular air filter. At least it wasnt like the mk1 focus though which would if done badly could lead to water entering the car via the glove box area
     
  7. Jasoncmor

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

    Posts: 402

    I agree things should be made easier for serviceable parts.

    I serviced my mums Nissan Micra today, and what a pita to get the spark plugs out, you need to remove a big bulky plastic cover from the top of the engine which is the air intake, this also houses the throttle body and crank ventilation valve, so you gotta remove a number of hoses and connectors, all the bolts, the intake then splits into 2 and then more bolts and then the ignition coils need removing before eventually getting to the spark plugs, such a faff because car manufacturers don't like to make things easy for us DIY home mechanics.
     
  8. Janesy B

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    Joined: Apr 19, 2008

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    Major service yesterday, wish it was free every time.

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  9. Diagro

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 3, 2012

    Posts: 8,670

    Personally I would now check the oil, filter and air filters. Wouldn't surprise me if they missed half
     
  10. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,028

    Location: Kent

    I do enjoy a random goodiwll gesture.
     
  11. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 30,164

    Location: Acme's chair

    If I recall correctly indicator bulbs on the Celica required taking the bumper off to get to a bolt, front wings off to get to a bolt, and then you take the whole unit out... Because otherwise the ABS module was in the way. Might have been able to take the arch liner out and jack up each side instead of taking the whole lot off, I'm not sure...

    Bumper had to come off the Corolla as well...
     
  12. Gaygle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 14,864

    Location: East of England

    What car have you got these days?
     
  13. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,184

    Location: Derbyshire

    Eh? What bulb required the bumper off o The corolla? I did indicators, dipped and mains and have no recollection of having to remove the bumper for any of those.
     
  14. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 63,147

    Location: Wish i was in New York

    Just dropped it off for a service including replacing the front bushes/arms.
     
  15. B1scu1T

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2019

    Posts: 114

    Location: Yorkshire

    Broke the little clip that holds the floor mat in place on the driver side foot well when leaning out the window to enter a code for a car park :mad:
    I hate being a short ass sometimes.

    Not exactly sure how it was being held on in the first place, doesnt look like anything snapped. Bit of Epoxy should hold it in place indefinitely
     
  16. -westy-

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 7, 2002

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    Location: UK

    Are the front arms a common issue on the C30? My other half is picking one up at the weekend and the last MOT had an advisory for these.
     
  17. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 63,147

    Location: Wish i was in New York

    I dunno but mine is 8 years old and it was an advisory item in last year's MOT so I thought I would change it this year as a precautionary step than fix it when it breaks. I don't see it as a big deal, the car has been flawless for the 3 years that i've had it, the things that I've spent money on are more pre-cautionary like Timing Belt and now the bushes arms. There was a weird sensor problem on the screen wash for a few weeks but i think it was just an air pocket in the washer tank messing with the sensor, it hasn't happened since.
     
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  18. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

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    Maybe you have tiny hands :p

    All I remember for certain is that it was one of the bulbs on one side, I couldn't get it out without taking the light out, and to get the light out you take the bumper off.
     
  19. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,184

    Location: Derbyshire

    Drivers side was a bit tight and a smidge of a ballache with the washer fluid filler and ABS pump but definitely doable without removing the headlight.
     
  20. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

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    Location: Acme's chair

    Maybe I just have fat hands. :p