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What have you done to your car today?

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

  1. Alibaba99

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 2,262

    There's a good chance that an alarm from a breaker will also have the same problems, or only last a few months.
     
  2. adam cool dude

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 6,894

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Saab has a similar problem. Nothing a soldering iron and some 20p caps cannot sort. Getting it out was the pain though!
     
  3. Raymond Lin

    Suspended

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 63,609

    Location: Wish i was in New York

    Nope!

    I like cars but not into fixing them :p cleaning, sure...fixing, not so much.
     
  4. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 17,740

    So this week, for the first time in over a year since owning my Golf, I decided to try the DSG box in Sport mode. I think it's actually more economical around town because it holds on to the gears longer, thus leaving it in 2-cylinder mode for longer.
    D just changes the gear up ASAP, which means the revs are too low for 2-cylinder mode. Madness.
    It's also much more responsive.

    /facepalm
     
  5. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 34,785

    Location: Staffordshire

    Put the Mk1 TT in for its first MOT under my ownership. Failed for a snapped xenon headlight auto-levelling arm/sensor on the rear end. Shame the part is £90! No advisories though, just the unforseen part :(

    Fingers crossed thats been the cause of the slight vibration I occasionally get from the rear when going over larger speed bumps!
     
  6. Howard

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 12, 2007

    Posts: 15,731

    Location: South East

    Ouch. The ones on my car are just basic looking little plastic arms that look like something out of a photocopier.
     
  7. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,346

    Location: Portsmouth

    Not to the car exactly, but the key. Since my original key had been dropped countless times and was dented/scratched/scuffed, I bought a replacement shell and BMW badge then gutswapped it. The BMW badge sticker isn't perfect, but it's still better than the old one was:

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  8. Jony27

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 15, 2010

    Posts: 8,170

    Location: N. Ireland

    No coding required @Phemo ?
     
  9. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 9,965

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Nope - it's just a plastic shell... you just swap the key blade and circuit board over
     
  10. Phemo

    Soldato

    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,346

    Location: Portsmouth

    Yep, just swapped the internals over. Just had to go at the old key fob with a stanley blade since the two halves were glued together.

    However, the key blade on the new one has the silver bit at the top whereas the old one is just black. It isn't too bad having to use the black one, but I might try to get the silver blade cut at some point. Does anyone know of anywhere I could get that done? I remember when I took the emergency key blade and a blank blade to Timpson they couldn't do it so obviously needs to be somewhere a bit more specialised :)
     
  11. jpaul

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    ebay online keysinthepost maybe from a picture ... if that's what you mean.

    DIY fix ? ABS glue , graft a splint in.
     
  12. rodenal

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 7, 2011

    Posts: 10,111

    I've fixed a levelling sensor like that before (albeit only intended to be temporary). I just made up a brace, as it has snapped in the middle there was reasonable space at both sides to secure
     
  13. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 34,785

    Location: Staffordshire

    Nah, it’s being fixed properly (well it has already been done now). I’m trying to get this car back to as close to perfect as possible whilst still enjoying it weekly.

    Sure the car was cheap, but I still think the values are only going one way.
     
  14. Diagro

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 3, 2012

    Posts: 8,790

    I make replacement arms for the MPS owners.
    £13.50 each.

    Metal too so... Won't brake again.

    As long as there is two 6mm holes for the ball joints to bolt into your golden
     
  15. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 13, 2009

    Posts: 11,151

    Location: Northampton

    Dropped the Jetta off at VW for a clutch pack replacement this morning. I could probably do it myself without much bother, but losing a bank holiday weekend just isn't with it

    Large tub of vaseline at the ready.
     
  16. Dis86

    Capodecina

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    Location: Northern England

    Hope they dont go in dry!
     
  17. Mr.Cookie

    Wise Guy

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    Location: HR 7047

    Wash, clay and wax

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  18. acemastr

    Mobster

    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,593

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    First wash!
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  19. Raymond Lin

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    Location: Wish i was in New York

    Can I see the interior?
     
  20. Muska

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Armitage

    Beautiful, that flake is stunning.