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What have you done to your car today?

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

  1. MrRockliffe


    Joined: Apr 14, 2014

    Posts: 2,743

    Location: Loughborough

    After getting some good news after my MOT that my tyres were indeed replaced when I bought it, I've only gone and wrecked left side :(

    Completely my fault too - had a mental cow in a 4x4 slam on her breaks and turn left into a retail park (nearly went into the back of her), and as I went past, I looked into her car to see if she was on her phone, and caught the edge of the kerb of the exit lane at 25 MPH, taking a chunk out of my alloys and tyres :( To make things worse, she nearly caused a crash on a roundabout only 5 seconds before (again, me in it). Just swerved round it from opposite direct with no indication :o

    Just spent £420 on my car for a service, MOT and some other things :mad:

    I flipping hope suspension is okay :(

    No pics unfortunately - I'm too chicken to go and properly assess the damage :p
  2. Marvt74


    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,753

    Location: Higher Walton

    Considered it, and i might do if i start to do more with cars but for such minor jobs it seems silly to buy them and then have to think about storing them given the size.
  3. Malt_Vinegar


    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 14,961

    Location: In a house

    Never had a car fall off axle stands. I tend to use them with the Jack still under as a third point of contact a d always use chocks on the ground touching wheels.

    Never let me down yet
  4. Phil W


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 9,942

    Location: Jupiter

    Found some grease on the inside of one of my wheels. Quick check over confirmed a split CV boot. Being sorted this week.

  5. Marvin


    Joined: Nov 27, 2009

    Posts: 3,843

    Location: Maidstone, Kent

    I'd definitley go the ramp route for your use. I use a set of Rhino Ramps which stack together and really don't take up that much space (more than a couple of axle stands I grant - assuming you already have a jack), but I feel more comfortable working under the car when it's on those. Plus it's easier to do - no jacking up etc. They're also useful even if you are going to jack the car up as you've got it in the air already, and because of the weight they'll take you can use them as emergency/safety stands too.
  6. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,385

    Location: West mids

    Fitted a new lambda sensor, hopefully that should fix my engine management light deciding to light up.
  7. Diagro


    Joined: Jun 3, 2012

    Posts: 8,794

    I have a set of Ramps.

    Unfortunately, car is too low to use them on the front haha
  8. Acme


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 30,524

    Location: Acme's chair

    To be honest most cars are. The Volvo (stock height) can literally only just go up them without the bumper hitting the ramp.

    For every single other car I have to use blocks of wood/bricks in front of the ramp.
  9. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 9,806

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Oil change to keep up with maintenance, Millers Nano tech.
  10. Meaker


    Joined: May 19, 2004

    Posts: 3,509


    Got my front brace fitted.
  11. Acme


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 30,524

    Location: Acme's chair

    Fixed my exhaust clonking noise. It had sagged in the middle a little and was resting on top of one of the cross-braces. Loosened the various clamps, jacked it up, tightened the clamps back up, now has 1cm clearance again. Bit strange. Would have expected there to be some kind of support in that area but can't see anywhere on the floor or the exhaust where it would go.

    No oil consumption at all after 2000 miles or so, a lot of which was full throttle hooning, so thats nice too. No idea if its even an issue with these engines but its good to check anyway. :p
  12. Tee Hee Johnson


    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 3,972

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    Took off three wheels for a good clean, one bolt stuck on the forth wheel :(

    Tyre place took it off this morning, so will do the last one tonight.

    Actually, might clean out the arches whilst i'm at it.
  13. Funky-Melon


    Joined: Jan 26, 2018

    Posts: 581

    Location: Southampton

    Engine wise they are usually fine with oil. It's the PCV breather box system that's crap on turbo Volvo's and gunk up with oil over time. It failed on my T4 and last month failed on my T5. Not that expensive to sort when it does go :)
  14. Cookeh


    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,232

    Location: Derbyshire

    It is an issue, here and there. Rear camshaft seals leak, oil filler gaskets fail spectacularly fairly frequently and often within being noticed, PCV as mentioned is the main point. If that gets left long enough it will bulge and ruin your rear main seal and then you'll have a heck of a leak.
  15. acemastr


    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,596

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    Traded the truck in... 2019 Mustang GT Premium :D

    Waiting on mine coming in but the dealer gave me one to drive around in until it comes in.... oh god V8 sounds...... hnnnnnnnnnnnnng
  16. Phemo


    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,349

    Location: Portsmouth

    Awesome, what colour did you go for?
  17. Skillmister


    Joined: Oct 3, 2009

    Posts: 19,139

    Location: Wales

    Had a brake caliper start sticking back in Feb. Didn't realise until after a couple of long motorway journeys so it had done a number on the pads and disc. Got all replaced. New caliper started sticking again a month later so took it back and got it swapped for a new one. Now it's started sticking again. Not bad enough to notice when driving but got out of the car after a motorway blast yesterday and could smell it and feel the heat coming off.

    Surely not 2 faulty new calipers in a row but any ideas what could be causing it?
  18. Cookeh


    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,232

    Location: Derbyshire

    Stuck sliders? Corroded caliper carriers pushing up on the pads, causing them to not release?
  19. acemastr


    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,596

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    Kona blue is my preference, they are trying to source me one with the 401A package (digital dash).

    Currently driving around in a velocity blue
  20. Vita


    Joined: Mar 26, 2006

    Posts: 10,720

    Location: United Kingdom

    Other day had my car remapped by someone who actually knows what they’re doing and logged on the road.

    My existing map wasn’t very good, with it having safety parameters turned off.

    Safe to say, the car goes reasonably fast now.