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Title: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 04, 2009, 08:34:55 PM
I got this adaptor thing for the cigarette lighter so you can have 2 things plugged in at once.  Was going grand until I stopped for petrol, when I started the car again it was working then not working so I tried to push it in further and I think I broke it, and when I was doing that the radio went off and I can't get it back on...is it just I have fused it???
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 04, 2009, 08:41:37 PM
Yes you have blown a fuse, though the radio and cig lighter aren't usually on the same circuit
but that's where I'd start.
P.S what ever it is your running or are charging is too much load for the circuit so when you do find
the blown fuse go with one a little heavier to prevent it happening again.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 04, 2009, 08:48:37 PM
Thanks TO...was running the iPod and Sat nav at the same time so maybe that's why.  Can you do the fuse yourself or should I bring it to a car electrics place?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 04, 2009, 08:51:55 PM
No Just do it yourself... simple fix, just google the fuse box location for your particular car
then the location of the Cig lighter fuse or look in the owners manual if you have it.
There's possibly a spare fuse or two in the fuse box cover also.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: comethekingdom on January 04, 2009, 09:43:21 PM
Be careful not to put put in a fuse with too high a rating or you could draw too much current and have a melt down. If the manufacturer meant more of a load could be drawn on that particular circuit he would have fused it for it!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Hardy on January 05, 2009, 09:28:53 AM
NEVER replace a fuse with one of higher rating.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 05, 2009, 02:21:18 PM
Be careful not to put put in a fuse with too high a rating or you could draw too much current and have a melt down. If the manufacturer meant more of a load could be drawn on that particular circuit he would have fused it for it!

Sound advice
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on January 22, 2009, 03:16:54 PM
Down girl hope you don't mind me ambushing you thread but was looking for a bit of help. Driving a Mondeo about 5 year old. Went to start it today and when i turn the key in the ignition there is a high pitch whirling noise but there is no attempt by the engine to turn over. The battery light is on but the radio etc are all still working grand. Would this be a battery problem or an ignition problem?

All help would be greatly appreciated!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 22, 2009, 03:18:49 PM
No you are grand ambush away!

That actually happened to me with my old car and it was the battery was dead, even though the lights, radio etc were still working.  Had to get a wee AA man to come out and help me!!  :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on January 22, 2009, 03:25:07 PM
Strange that two girls are replying to you Supersarsfields - but I had the same type of problem and it was the battery.

On this note, my neighbour reversed into my car and I'm having major dilemmas at the minute.  How do I get her insurance company to write off my car?  I would love a new one so just want the cash.  I know it's not possible as it's probably termed insurance fraud, but the repairs are going to be pretty hefty.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on January 22, 2009, 03:30:02 PM
Give lynchboy a pm rois he seems to know a "friend" who is used to such matters  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on January 22, 2009, 03:33:10 PM
Strange that two girls are replying to you Supersarsfields - but I had the same type of problem and it was the battery.

On this note, my neighbour reversed into my car and I'm having major dilemmas at the minute.  How do I get her insurance company to write off my car?  I would love a new one so just want the cash.  I know it's not possible as it's probably termed insurance fraud, but the repairs are going to be pretty hefty.



I'd imagine one way to go about that would be to get a quote where the repairs are more than the car is worth...
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2009, 03:34:46 PM
Rois, get the garage to inspect the car for any chassis damage - most insurance companies will accept any damage to the chassis as a write-off.  Where did the collision occur (what part of your car)?  If it wasn't on the bumpers, there's a decent chance that there's some chassis weakening, and a decent garage will confirm it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on January 22, 2009, 03:35:30 PM
Strange that two girls are replying to you Supersarsfields - but I had the same type of problem and it was the battery.

On this note, my neighbour reversed into my car and I'm having major dilemmas at the minute.  How do I get her insurance company to write off my car?  I would love a new one so just want the cash.  I know it's not possible as it's probably termed insurance fraud, but the repairs are going to be pretty hefty.



Aye sure I'm only too happy to get a bit of female attention!!
Think I'll take the battery down to the nearest garage and get them to check it. Hopefully that all it is. The only thing that would worry me is if it is the battery does that my alternator(sp) is dodgy aswell?  
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on January 22, 2009, 03:41:13 PM
Rois I work in the insurance trade meself. I would imagine that if he reveresed into you there prob wouldn't be that much damage as he couldn't have been doing a great speed? I would say you would be doing well to get it written of unless it has a very low value. Also when you hear what the Pre accident value you get for the vehicle you might not want it written of. PAV's have dropped massively in the last year.

Course my advise to you would be to get yourself down to Agnews on Boucher and get an estimate of them. And maintain that that's were you want it repaired!!  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 22, 2009, 04:04:07 PM
Do you like your neighbour? If not you could get someone to "unstraighten" the chassis! This basically writes of the car. But remember, I asked if you like your neighbour. If you do this you will increase the amount of the claim against your neighbours insurance and this will have consequences for your neighbour when they get their insurance renewal or if they try to get a new quote from another insurance company. As a matter of interest what make/model is your car and how many panels are damaged - it may already be a write off. Of course this is also fraud and you shouldn't even think about doing it.

Also, check the www.revenue.ie website and pretend you are importing your car from the UK. On the results page it will give you a book value for your car which will be very close to what the market book value for your car is. This is what the insurance company will pay you if the car is a write off. They will not pay you the value you insured the car for. The book value of cars has really plumeted in recent months so get all your figures right up front before you do anything rash!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 22, 2009, 04:34:08 PM
As an accountant Rois wouldn't dream of defrauding someone out of their money ;)

As themmuns said above be careful what you wish for as obviously you'll only receive the current book value of your car, not what you insure it for.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on January 22, 2009, 04:35:04 PM
Car isn't worth an awful lot to be honest - a body repair man on the Antrim Rd told me it needs a quarter panel - it's hit the behind the driver's seat and the drivers door as well.  He won't do it, but said it would be between £1k and £1.5k.  They don't make my car any more (MGF - I'm embarrassed to even admit it these days, and the market value is very very low, so low I don't want to say but it still looked nice with the roof down before the big bend in the side of it) so it might even be pretty hard to get a replacement panel.  If the pre accident value is low, it is really within the realms of possibility that it would be cheaper to write it off.  I would gladly take £1.5k cash and dump the car.

Do I ask a garage to take the damaged car as a trade in and go after the insurance themselves (would they bother??).  Or fix it and trade it in, or fix it and try to sell it myself?  I know the market is crap but a few people collect my type of car so someone somewhere might want it.  

The woman who did it is from the south so her insurance will be down there.  

And yes, I do like my neighbours (it was their daughter).  Don't want to be annoying them.  

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on January 22, 2009, 04:36:10 PM
As an accountant Rois wouldn't dream of defrauding someone out of their money ;)


Well obviously!   ;D

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 22, 2009, 05:44:23 PM
Down girl hope you don't mind me ambushing you thread but was looking for a bit of help. Driving a Mondeo about 5 year old. Went to start it today and when i turn the key in the ignition there is a high pitch whirling noise but there is no attempt by the engine to turn over. The battery light is on but the radio etc are all still working grand. Would this be a battery problem or an ignition problem?

All help would be greatly appreciated!!


Sounds more like a starter solenoid problem or worse case a starter ring gear, the whirling noise you're hearing is the starter turning
it's just not engaging the ring gear to turn the engine.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: under the bar on January 22, 2009, 05:49:49 PM
Quote
Down girl hope you don't mind me ambushing you thread but was looking for a bit of help. Driving a Mondeo about 5 year old. Went to start it today and when i turn the key in the ignition there is a high pitch whirling noise but there is no attempt by the engine to turn over. The battery light is on but the radio etc are all still working grand. Would this be a battery problem or an ignition problem?

All help would be greatly appreciated!!

.

Starter ring gear probably.  Put car in 4th/5th and push it about 1-2 feet, no more then engage the engine again to see if it starts to bring you to the garage.. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 22, 2009, 06:03:29 PM
Yes and if it still doesn't start after doing that it def is the starter...don't let where
ever you bring it sell you a battery, alternator, Ign switch etc...believe me some will try.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on January 22, 2009, 06:12:25 PM
Down girl hope you don't mind me ambushing you thread but was looking for a bit of help. Driving a Mondeo about 5 year old. Went to start it today and when i turn the key in the ignition there is a high pitch whirling noise but there is no attempt by the engine to turn over. The battery light is on but the radio etc are all still working grand. Would this be a battery problem or an ignition problem?

All help would be greatly appreciated!!

I had a similar problem years ago with a Mondeo and it was a battery problem somehow combined with the immobilizer. New battery required.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on January 22, 2009, 06:22:35 PM
Anyone know how much it should cost to replace a draft shaft in a audi a3?

Haven't a clue about cars and it seems like the mechanic has been talking in a foreign language to me about it ???
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyssam5 on January 22, 2009, 06:33:37 PM
Down girl hope you don't mind me ambushing you thread but was looking for a bit of help. Driving a Mondeo about 5 year old. Went to start it today and when i turn the key in the ignition there is a high pitch whirling noise but there is no attempt by the engine to turn over. The battery light is on but the radio etc are all still working grand. Would this be a battery problem or an ignition problem?

All help would be greatly appreciated!!


Sounds more like a starter solenoid problem or worse case a starter ring gear, the whirling noise you're hearing is the starter turning
it's just not engaging the ring gear to turn the engine.

I didn't think it would be a battery problem, but I could be wrong seeing as I don't know shit about cars. I do know when I've let my battery go flat for one stupid reason or another that it makes no noise at all, the turn of the key is met with dead silence.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on January 22, 2009, 08:31:50 PM
Cheers lads.

Actually got advise from a garage near me and they advised that it could be that the starter motor was jamming and that putting it into gear and rocking it would work. So tried that and worked a treat. So hopefully I'll get her to a garage tomorrow and get the starter motor looked at.
But thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 22, 2009, 09:11:53 PM
Anybody got a 04 Corolla and could tell me where the fuse box is?  :-[
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 22, 2009, 10:13:45 PM
Try this DG.. It is the US version though.

http://www.autozone.com/addVehicleId,2932201/initialAction,repairGuide/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c152801a8fd0#hd1-1-2
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 22, 2009, 10:32:22 PM
Anybody got a 04 Corolla and could tell me where the fuse box is?  :-[

Not sure about the Corolla but most are under the steering wheel
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 22, 2009, 11:06:27 PM
Anybody got a 04 Corolla and could tell me where the fuse box is?  :-[

Not sure about the Corolla but most are under the steering wheel

All that's under the steering wheel is the lever to adust the height of it, checked all around and can't find it anywhere :(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Candyman on January 22, 2009, 11:13:47 PM
Anyone know how much it should cost to replace a draft shaft in a audi a3?

Haven't a clue about cars and it seems like the mechanic has been talking in a foreign language to me about it ???
I presume you mean a drive shaft? it'll all depend on what exactly you need.. but its expensive enough. Vag car parts are always more expensive to buy...
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on January 23, 2009, 09:33:04 AM
Anyone know how much it should cost to replace a draft shaft in a audi a3?

Haven't a clue about cars and it seems like the mechanic has been talking in a foreign language to me about it ???
I presume you mean a drive shaft? it'll all depend on what exactly you need.. but its expensive enough. Vag car parts are always more expensive to buy...

Yeah sorry drive shaft. Going up to see him today, expecting the worse. Why does this shit always seem to happen in January?!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: flog the lot on January 23, 2009, 11:01:42 AM
have a 206 and i replaced the fuel filter, since then the car hasn't been starting properly, garge says there is now a hole in the fuel pipe going into the filter and this will cost about £100 to replace as you cannot just replace 1 pipe but have to replace a few of them in a bunch.
he has taped up the hole and he put back in the old diesel filter and it is starting fine at the minute

does this sound reasonable?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: TORGAEL on January 23, 2009, 11:42:07 AM
Was searching the internet trying to find a part for my mondeo, when i came across this website and thought it might be handy for anyone who is trying to find cheap car parts. Ford had quoted me £500 but these lot said they had what i was looking for and would deliver it as well for a total cost of £80.50. Some feckin difference !

http://www.partsgateway.co.uk/
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 23, 2009, 03:34:25 PM
The fecking electric wing mirror adjustors aren't working either!!!  Arrghh!!! Are they on the same fuse as the radio/cigarette lighter??

Moral of the story is never buy a cigarette lighter adaptor off ebay!!


 :'(

And the internet in the airport is 12c a min!!!  Rip off central!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 07:46:47 PM
I have NO luck...

banged the car this evening, slightly dented and quite badly scraped on the back drivers panel...anyone know how much it would be to get this fixed?  I can email photos.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( X 100000000000000000
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Gaffer on January 25, 2009, 07:50:13 PM
Diesel consumption on my 2005 Honda Accord has gone down 20% practically overnight.  Driving style hsn t changed, I did change the air filter thinking that was the problem but it made no difference and I have always bought my diesel from the same place (Tescos)

Anything else I could try, anyone?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Main Street on January 25, 2009, 07:58:34 PM
Cheers lads.

Actually got advise from a garage near me and they advised that it could be that the starter motor was jamming and that putting it into gear and rocking it would work. So tried that and worked a treat. So hopefully I'll get her to a garage tomorrow and get the starter motor looked at.
But thanks for the help.
Could be just dirty inside just needing a clean out.
Giving the starter an educated whack with a hammer also works to get it to engage.
Sometimes if the weather has been freezing the goo inside freezes up, it responds well to getting the hair dryer treatment.


I had a similar problem years ago with a Mondeo and it was a battery problem somehow combined with the immobilizer. New battery required.
I don´t know about the immobilizer, a  low battery can also be the issue, just enough power to spin the thingy inside the starter but not enough battery power to get it to engage. So all you hear is the whine or a clicky type whine.


Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Main Street on January 25, 2009, 08:06:46 PM
Diesel consumption on my 2005 Honda Accord has gone down 20% practically overnight.  Driving style hsn t changed, I did change the air filter thinking that was the problem but it made no difference and I have always bought my diesel from the same place (Tescos)

Anything else I could try, anyone?
That was an okay first thing to try.
Usually if the air filter is the issue, you can take it out, start up the engine and you will hear immediatly the sound of a crisper raunchier engine.
I don´t know the honda accord engine.
In general
any visible fuel leaking  around the injectors and fuel lines when the engine is running?
Is power noticibly down while car is in use?
Any change in the colour of the smoke coming out of the exhaust when starting up, when ticking over and when the acellerator pedal is pressed?
Is it as easy to start up as it was before?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 25, 2009, 08:38:16 PM
I have NO luck...

banged the car this evening, slightly dented and quite badly scraped on the back drivers panel...anyone know how much it would be to get this fixed?  I can email photos.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( X 100000000000000000

One panel maybe 300 - 350 euro depending on just how bad it is. The scratch is confined to just one panel isn't it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 08:44:46 PM
I have NO luck...

banged the car this evening, slightly dented and quite badly scraped on the back drivers panel...anyone know how much it would be to get this fixed?  I can email photos.

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( X 100000000000000000

One panel maybe 300 - 350 euro depending on just how bad it is. The scratch is confined to just one panel isn't it?

It is yea.  It's a 3 door car so its just the panel behind the drivers door, the worst of it is at the wheel arch.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 25, 2009, 08:50:50 PM
Is the wheel arch area deformed or warped following the tip or is it just a scratch. If it is warped then it can be very hard to fix and you might be as well getting a new panel altogether. If I were you I'd price both. Check the scrap yards for a panel too. You might be lucky and get one the right colour, if not you'll have to bring it to the panel beater and get him to re-spray it for you.
What sort of car and what year is it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 08:59:22 PM
I don't think it is...see it happened this evening for some reason the lights were off in the underground car park so I only could see what was in the headlights, was turning right into a parking space trying to avoid metal things that were on the passenger side of the space and because it was dark didn't realise I was so close to the pillar and scraped the back of the car on it  :'(

So, as it was dark I was using the light from my phone to see how bad the damage was, so it was only when I took the fotos I could see the damage.  It doesn't seem too badly dented, it seems to be badly scraped more than anything.  May be a slight warp in it but nothing extreme I don't think.

Its a 04 Corolla.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 25, 2009, 09:36:45 PM
For scratching the panel beater will have to remove the panel, remove the paint (shot blast) and the paint again. Painting is expensive. I'd say you'd get away with €300 maybe as it doesn't sound too bad. If any hoor tries to charge more walk away.

Before you go that road try ringing traynors car breakers in Dungannon. The Corolla is a popular car and they'll have lots of them. You might be lucky and they might have the panel you want in the colour you want. Would be a cheaper job then all you'll need is someone a bit handy to remove the old panel and put on the new one. Traynors do delieveries through out Ireland too so you might not even need to go to far. There are lots of other breakers too have a look in yellow pages to find some near where you are based.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Gaffer on January 25, 2009, 09:39:04 PM
Diesel consumption on my 2005 Honda Accord has gone down 20% practically overnight.  Driving style hsn t changed, I did change the air filter thinking that was the problem but it made no difference and I have always bought my diesel from the same place (Tescos)

Anything else I could try, anyone?
That was an okay first thing to try.
Usually if the air filter is the issue, you can take it out, start up the engine and you will hear immediatly the sound of a crisper raunchier engine.
I don´t know the honda accord engine.
In general
any visible fuel leaking  around the injectors and fuel lines when the engine is running?
Is power noticibly down while car is in use?
Any change in the colour of the smoke coming out of the exhaust when starting up, when ticking over and when the acellerator pedal is pressed?
Is it as easy to start up as it was before?

Thanks Main Street. No noticale difference in power though would have to check i there i leakage around injectors etc and have a look at the smoke . It is ok to start up. No probs there!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 10:06:26 PM
For scratching the panel beater will have to remove the panel, remove the paint (shot blast) and the paint again. Painting is expensive. I'd say you'd get away with €300 maybe as it doesn't sound too bad. If any hoor tries to charge more walk away.

Before you go that road try ringing traynors car breakers in Dungannon. The Corolla is a popular car and they'll have lots of them. You might be lucky and they might have the panel you want in the colour you want. Would be a cheaper job then all you'll need is someone a bit handy to remove the old panel and put on the new one. Traynors do delieveries through out Ireland too so you might not even need to go to far. There are lots of other breakers too have a look in yellow pages to find some near where you are based.

Was just speaking to my friend and he said you can't remove that panel cus it's not a door?  :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Main Street on January 25, 2009, 10:12:52 PM
Gaffer,
It´s no problems to start it up as long as you check for the fuel leaks.
and just check that the exhaust smoke is okay under load.
Then you can drive it.

Could be a host of things but the significant symptom is, sudden loss of power.
The turbo could have packed it in  - relatively expensive  or it just could be the turbo boost sensor - not expensive , do your hear the turbo´s healthy whine at revs greater than 2k rpm?

Do the rps go up but no increase in speed? It could be the fuel pump which pumps the fuel into the engine bay, called the lift pump - not that expensive  It could be the injection pump (hopefully not)  that´s the most expensive mechanical external to the engine.
It could be just one of the fuel injectors getting stuck.  - not expensive
So there is no need yet to think the internals have packed it in and you will be faced with a hefty bill or a write off.
I am not familiar with the Honda diesel.
Get it to a decent workshop where a mechanic will hook your engine up to something more sensible than him.
Then the various checks will narrow it down to the likely suspects.
Before you go  to a mechanic write down a list of the symptoms and if appropriate, when the symptoms are noticed, when they are worse,  smoke.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 25, 2009, 10:31:13 PM
For scratching the panel beater will have to remove the panel, remove the paint (shot blast) and the paint again. Painting is expensive. I'd say you'd get away with €300 maybe as it doesn't sound too bad. If any hoor tries to charge more walk away.

Before you go that road try ringing traynors car breakers in Dungannon. The Corolla is a popular car and they'll have lots of them. You might be lucky and they might have the panel you want in the colour you want. Would be a cheaper job then all you'll need is someone a bit handy to remove the old panel and put on the new one. Traynors do delieveries through out Ireland too so you might not even need to go to far. There are lots of other breakers too have a look in yellow pages to find some near where you are based.

Was just speaking to my friend and he said you can't remove that panel cus it's not a door?  :-\ :-\
Get new friends! How does your mate think cars get repaired following a hefty crash - just fix the doors and leave the rest! I had the whole back end of my car replaced after a crash a few years ago. Panels and all!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 10:35:20 PM
Hmm ok I won't listen to him then!! 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 25, 2009, 11:05:33 PM
Downgirl - every panel I have come across can be removed although some easier than others.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Gaffer on January 25, 2009, 11:36:57 PM
Gaffer,
It´s no problems to start it up as long as you check for the fuel leaks.
and just check that the exhaust smoke is okay under load.
Then you can drive it.

Could be a host of things but the significant symptom is, sudden loss of power.
The turbo could have packed it in  - relatively expensive  or it just could be the turbo boost sensor - not expensive , do your hear the turbo´s healthy whine at revs greater than 2k rpm?

Do the rps go up but no increase in speed? It could be the fuel pump which pumps the fuel into the engine bay, called the lift pump - not that expensive  It could be the injection pump (hopefully not)  that´s the most expensive mechanical external to the engine.
It could be just one of the fuel injectors getting stuck.  - not expensive
So there is no need yet to think the internals have packed it in and you will be faced with a hefty bill or a write off.
I am not familiar with the Honda diesel.
Get it to a decent workshop where a mechanic will hook your engine up to something more sensible than him.
Then the various checks will narrow it down to the likely suspects.
Before you go  to a mechanic write down a list of the symptoms and if appropriate, when the symptoms are noticed, when they are worse,  smoke.



Main Street, thanks for the time and effort !!!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 25, 2009, 11:51:06 PM
Downgirl - every panel I have come across can be removed although some easier than others.

Cool thanks, got someone to take a look and they don't think it need a new panel.  Ah well these things happen whatever needs done to fix it needs done at the end of the day I suppose!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Main Street on January 26, 2009, 12:14:04 AM
BTW,  Downgirl
If you have to tell your parents some bad news,
The trick that works often enough, depending,
Is that you first say
 “Something really bad happened”
Then wait a few seconds
In the few seconds of silence, your mother's/father's paranoia will be rampant, they will be  braced for the worst, looking at the worst possible scenario that comes after the fact that you are able to make a telephone call.

Then you say "I scratched the car, it´s going to cost me  £ ??"

If they are "normal", then their reaction should be one of relief,
"Oh is that all, you had me worried there for a second".
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: downgirl on January 26, 2009, 11:21:59 AM
My parents didn't mind at all they said a car is only a car so long as noone was hurt that's the main thing.  And my dad was like don't worry these things happen its easily done.  When I sent them the photos of it they were like what are you so worked up about it can be fixed.  My parents are great like that I have to say!  :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on May 15, 2009, 01:29:16 PM
Anyone recommend a good body repair shop in LA? (lurgan area)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Donagh on May 15, 2009, 01:46:17 PM
Anyone recommend a good body repair shop in LA? (lurgan area)

Lynn used to be very good, down at the bottom of Church Walk. Not sure if he's still there. Expensive though - okay for insurance jobs.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on May 15, 2009, 01:47:32 PM
Thanks i'll check it out..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Donagh on May 15, 2009, 01:50:43 PM
Some b**tard keyed my car (05 Passat, metallic silver) the other night in Belfast. The scrape itself is about 8 inches of which half of that is down to the metal. Anything I can do myself to fix it or at least do a good patch up?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on May 15, 2009, 01:53:46 PM
Used to use Lurgan Accident repair centre for work. Again have had no problems quality wise but might tend to be on the expensive side aswell.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on May 15, 2009, 04:35:56 PM
Some b**tard keyed my car (05 Passat, metallic silver) the other night in Belfast. The scrape itself is about 8 inches of which half of that is down to the metal. Anything I can do myself to fix it or at least do a good patch up?

In short No, bring it to a panel beater and get it resprayed. £100 should do it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 15, 2009, 05:27:40 PM
Some b**tard keyed my car (05 Passat, metallic silver) the other night in Belfast. The scrape itself is about 8 inches of which half of that is down to the metal. Anything I can do myself to fix it or at least do a good patch up?
Feel for you. Some **** did the same to my car a few years back and managed to scratch both doors on the drivers side. Hanging by the scrotum would be too good for them. I tried various over the shelf solutions eg t cut etc but I'm afraid a re spray is your only man - 100-150 per door depending where you go.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on July 02, 2009, 09:12:04 AM
Any motoring experts know the answer to this one ?

Last couple of mornings ive noticed liquid running out from under the car when i get out to go into the office. Usually id be sat outside for about 5 mins before id go in as the missus then takes the car onto her office. Anyway when i got home last night i had a look underneath and there is nothing dripping when the car isnt on. Then i noticed when i started it up that there is what looks like a metal strip with little holes all along it, this would be bang in the middle of the car under where your handbrake would sit. There was liquid dripping off both ends of it so i caught some in a tin and it seemed to be water (the old dip finger technique). Then i noticed when i switched off the aircon but left the car running it stopped dripping. Could it be something to do with aircon leaking or is it because its 31c at the minute and its a build up of condensation. Any ideas ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on July 02, 2009, 09:18:11 AM
Check your coolant levels in radiator and if okay then I'd say is a/c but I'm far from an expert.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: EC Unique on July 02, 2009, 09:20:15 AM
Totally normal with AC. It is condensation as you say.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyronefan on July 02, 2009, 09:21:13 AM
The ac will do this. It is not water leaking out but must just be condensation. Happens on all cars when the ac is on
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on July 02, 2009, 09:35:40 AM
The ac will do this. It is not water leaking out but must just be condensation. Happens on all cars when the ac is on

Id never noticed it before, must be just because its working overtime. Hope thats the case anyway.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on July 02, 2009, 10:12:38 AM
Yeah in this weather it will be more noticeable
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 30, 2009, 05:16:33 PM
the brother in all his wisdom accidentally put heating oil in the car instead of diesel. He only put in £2 worth before he twigged on,then put £8 diesel in. Will the diesel that was already in the tank and the extra diesel he put in be enough to dilute the heatin oil and prevent any potential damage?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 30, 2009, 06:18:54 PM
the brother in all his wisdom accidentally put heating oil in the car instead of diesel. He only put in £2 worth before he twigged on,then put £8 diesel in. Will the diesel that was already in the tank and the extra diesel he put in be enough to dilute the heatin oil and prevent any potential damage?

Jaysus, I never heard of anyone doing that before. I'd play it safe if I was you and bring it to a garage to be drained as I'd imagine the heating oil will float on top of the diesel and when it gets low it will get into the engine.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on August 30, 2009, 06:28:30 PM
the brother in all his wisdom accidentally put heating oil in the car instead of diesel. He only put in £2 worth before he twigged on,then put £8 diesel in. Will the diesel that was already in the tank and the extra diesel he put in be enough to dilute the heatin oil and prevent any potential damage?

That amount will cause no problems other than a bit more smoke for a day or two...just fill her with diesel and on ye go.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on August 30, 2009, 07:29:21 PM
Wouldnt have a clue but dont think that amount would be enough to cause any real damage. I drive on kerosene and diesel all the time but it does mine no harm, whats kerosene suposed to be used for anyway?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: joebloggs on August 30, 2009, 07:56:43 PM
I have a Mk V golf and the glass on the drivers wing mirror is broken and bits of the glass have come off. How much is it for a new piece of glass and do i need to get a special part if my mirrors are heated or is it just a matter of sticking new glass over whats there?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on August 30, 2009, 08:39:51 PM
I have a Mk V golf and the glass on the drivers wing mirror is broken and bits of the glass have come off. How much is it for a new piece of glass and do i need to get a special part if my mirrors are heated or is it just a matter of sticking new glass over whats there?

If you go to VW they'll probably want €300 - €400 for the whole unit. If you go to a scrap yard you might get the whole unit for half that or if you are lucky they might sell you the glass with heating element. You could just get a bit of glass cut and stick it in but of course if wouldn't be heated (unless you could remove the element from the old mirror and reuse)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 30, 2009, 09:20:14 PM
the brother in all his wisdom accidentally put heating oil in the car instead of diesel. He only put in £2 worth before he twigged on,then put £8 diesel in. Will the diesel that was already in the tank and the extra diesel he put in be enough to dilute the heatin oil and prevent any potential damage?

Jaysus, I never heard of anyone doing that before. I'd play it safe if I was you and bring it to a garage to be drained as I'd imagine the heating oil will float on top of the diesel and when it gets low it will get into the engine.
The pump was black, and was in the middle of the forcourt  ???  easy mistake to make, it was in S.Armagh though, probably explains why. Probably fill it up tomorrow and hope for the best!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mac hinery on August 30, 2009, 10:22:14 PM
the brother in all his wisdom accidentally put heating oil in the car instead of diesel. He only put in £2 worth before he twigged on,then put £8 diesel in. Will the diesel that was already in the tank and the extra diesel he put in be enough to dilute the heatin oil and prevent any potential damage?

Won't be a problem if he only put that amount in. As stated, might be a bit smokey but otherwise no real problems.  The yanks during the war used kerosene for their diesel engines.  There is more lubricants in the diesel at the pumps than in kerosene/heating oil and the yanks had a ratio for lubricant to kerosene mix to keep their diesel engines running.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on August 30, 2009, 11:00:49 PM
Decided last month to start putting red diesel in the car, i was doing a good few miles and i knew a couple of others doing it, i reckoned i would save the fine in 10 months if caught. Anyway second time ever putting it in and black smoke starts coming out of the engine, turns out it was dirty red diesel, car has been in the mechanics 5 weeks and still isn't fixed. >:(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on August 31, 2009, 12:19:30 AM
Decided last month to start putting red diesel in the car, i was doing a good few miles and i knew a couple of others doing it, i reckoned i would save the fine in 10 months if caught. Anyway second time ever putting it in and black smoke starts coming out of the engine, turns out it was dirty red diesel, car has been in the mechanics 5 weeks and still isn't fixed. >:(

Time for a new mechanic Mario.... he's obviously throwing darts at it at this stage, my guess is that what you thought was red
is probably some concoction of pariffin or the like.
Is the symptom just black smoke or is there a drive ability issue to go with it?
I know I'd be going and picking it up tomorrow, change the fuel filter, fill it to the neck with clear diesel, and don't be at all surprised if the problem
goes away in 10 minutes!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mac hinery on August 31, 2009, 12:27:29 AM
lift the car, fill her with clear and a double jag of Redex diesel treatment to clear out the pipes
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mickey Linden on August 31, 2009, 12:01:35 PM
Anyone any idea how much it would cost to replace a clutch cable on a renualt megane? I believe most of the cost will be in labour?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on September 02, 2009, 05:49:57 PM
An update from my last post, car still isn't going, the mechanic thought it needed 1 new fuel injector, which he got at a price of £170, turns out it needs 3 more new ones. I can't afford to pay that money for 3 more. Looking at breakers yards for 2nd hand ones. Seriously pissed off at this stage, been in the mechanics about 5/6 weeks. I can't just scrap it because i have too big a loan out on the car, so i need to get it fixed to at least sell it on.

So if anyone has fuel injectors knocking about for a Diesel Fiesta let me know!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 02, 2009, 06:40:15 PM
Agree with tyrones own. Regardless of what colour you got, the fuel you got was most likely dirty, had water in it or it was loaded with parafin (reduced lubrication of your injectors) if you have to change all 4 injectors. Could you get a sample of the fuel in your tank and get it tested? Does anybody know how/where this could be carried out?

Real Biddy has more lubricant than clear low sulphur city diesel, so it is actually better for injector wear.....so I've heard...which makes sense considering the very expensive farm equipment that needs to run on the stuff
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 02, 2009, 08:25:26 PM
turns out it was dirty red diesel, car has been in the mechanics 5 weeks and still isn't fixed. >:(

Have you tried other mechanics?  If it has taken 5 weeks to tell you your injectors are f..ked it doesn't sound as if your mechanic knows a lot or doesn't have the equipment to check injectors.

Did you tell all when you bought it in?  Red diesel works well enough in tractors and I would imagine that current tractor engines wouldn't be or a lower standard than a car.

Do you know anybody who doesn't work in a garage but is good with cars/does their own servicing?  Talk to them about the car and see what they think.  They may also know a good breakers yard where you might get some injectors. If you go down that route, ask the breakers yard can you see the engine that they come from running or maybe get a guarantee.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Cúig huaire on September 02, 2009, 09:56:44 PM
An update from my last post, car still isn't going, the mechanic thought it needed 1 new fuel injector, which he got at a price of £170, turns out it needs 3 more new ones. I can't afford to pay that money for 3 more. Looking at breakers yards for 2nd hand ones. Seriously pissed off at this stage, been in the mechanics about 5/6 weeks. I can't just scrap it because i have too big a loan out on the car, so i need to get it fixed to at least sell it on.

So if anyone has fuel injectors knocking about for a Diesel Fiesta let me know!

What year is the fiesta? You`ll pick up a second hand engine for that money. Ring round the breakers tomorrow, you`ll get plenty of numbers in the salvage section of the Autotrader.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 02, 2009, 11:01:33 PM
Trying to find the AUX-IN thingy in my car.  It's a VW Eos.  I have looked in the book and it says it's in the glove compartment but for the life of me I can't find it.
Any VW drivers who know where it might be, or is it likely to be definately in there and I am just missing it?  Though I am sure I've looked everywhere inside it and tried sticking the iphone connector in every possible crevice. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Cúig huaire on September 03, 2009, 12:52:15 AM
You may need an Aux In Adaptor, if its something like an ipod you are trying to connect. The connection itself is usually just a little hole, for want of a better term, though it should be clearly marked. I will find out exactly where it is for you tomorrow, or alternatively ring the dealer you bought the car from.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on September 03, 2009, 12:55:30 AM
Trying to find the AUX-IN thingy in my car.  It's a VW Eos.  I have looked in the book and it says it's in the glove compartment but for the life of me I can't find it.
Any VW drivers who know where it might be, or is it likely to be definately in there and I am just missing it?  Though I am sure I've looked everywhere inside it and tried sticking the iphone connector in every possible crevice.

Rois, I believe it's a little 2.5mm Jack your looking for, if my memory serves me it's in the center console but I think the lad above is right
you'll need an adapter for the iphone.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 03, 2009, 09:11:42 AM
Yeah, have the adaptor but can't find the hole (sounds wrong!).  I have looked all around but must be missing it somewhere.  I've googled it but no joy.  If you can help cuig huaire, I'd really appreciate it, otherwise my good friend at Donnelly's will be getting a call. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: botman on September 03, 2009, 12:08:52 PM
Decided last month to start putting red diesel in the car, i was doing a good few miles and i knew a couple of others doing it, i reckoned i would save the fine in 10 months if caught. Anyway second time ever putting it in and black smoke starts coming out of the engine, turns out it was dirty red diesel, car has been in the mechanics 5 weeks and still isn't fixed. >:(

If you put in some Green diesel, then a spoonful of marmite and wee taste of waste oil, it will clean her up lovely. Run the old 205 on this mix, great stuff altogether.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Donagh on September 03, 2009, 12:28:18 PM
The bird at the end of the street called out the AA to her house the other morning when she got a flat on her wee Audi Coupe. Then stood over yer man with her arms folded while he changed with the wheel. Some people shouldn't be allowed on the roads.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: orangeman on September 03, 2009, 12:33:07 PM
The bird at the end of the street called out the AA to her house the other morning when she got a flat on her wee Audi Coupe. Then stood over yer man with her arms folded while he changed with the wheel. Some people shouldn't be allowed on the roads.

Could you not have given her a hand with the change ?  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Lazer on September 03, 2009, 12:50:21 PM
The bird at the end of the street called out the AA to her house the other morning when she got a flat on her wee Audi Coupe. Then stood over yer man with her arms folded while he changed with the wheel. Some people shouldn't be allowed on the roads.

In fairness, she pays her membership to the AA - then she well within her rights to call them its part of the service they provide.

Don't judge, i know people that call someone out to change a flat wheel for various reason including a sore back
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 03, 2009, 12:59:35 PM
Yeah, have the adaptor but can't find the hole (sounds wrong!).  I have looked all around but must be missing it somewhere.  I've googled it but no joy.  If you can help cuig huaire, I'd really appreciate it, otherwise my good friend at Donnelly's will be getting a call.
Rois, courtesy of google:

Yup, the 08's have the AUX in jack in the center storage console instead of the Glove box like previous model years.
To use it, put your Stereo in CD Mode and press CD a second time and the display with change to AUX IN and any audio coming in via that jack is played.

It works great with my iPhone but I recently got a Garmin Nuvi 770 and it's wonderful to have the directions (and MP3 music) played via my cars speakers.


This info is from an American site so may not be accurate  ;)

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 03, 2009, 01:14:10 PM
Thanks Tony - had a brief look this morn but couldn't see anything.  When I say "look" I mean I stuck my hand in the centre storage place and tried to feel around for it. 
A colleague has offered to come help me look for it after work.  Although now I'm thinking it's a factory option in the UK models and I got mine 2nd hand so maybe it doesn't even have a jack thing fitted yet.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 03, 2009, 01:15:30 PM
Thanks Tony - had a brief look this morn but couldn't see anything.  When I say "look" I mean I stuck my hand in the centre storage place and tried to feel around for it. 
A colleague has offered to come help me look for it after work.  Although now I'm thinking it's a factory option in the UK models and I got mine 2nd hand so maybe it doesn't even have a jack thing fitted yet.
I'll bet they have  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Cúig huaire on September 04, 2009, 01:35:42 PM
Mine is also in the armrest (Touareg), but some of them can be in the right hand corner of the glovebox. If it is not there you will have to run a cable from the Aux-In port on the back of your stereo to the glove box.
Your handbook should tell you the exact location, IF your car has one. Some models may not have one.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 04, 2009, 01:40:17 PM
Ah thanks for the help, book says right corner of glove box but there's just a hole so I must not have one. Well at least I'm not being stupid. Obv got the bog standard 2.0 TDi  :-\
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Cúig huaire on September 04, 2009, 02:01:12 PM
Ring your service manager and ask him to check if you have one, if you dont get the AUX IN adaptor for the back of your stereo. Or just listen to the radio like the rest of us.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 04, 2009, 05:32:53 PM
Not so much a problem,but I didn't want to start a new thread..
I'm thinking of changing the car,well its the womans car actually but it needs to be changed and as we are getting married it will become "our" car as I have a van for myself..
Was thinking of a few cars and wondered does anyone have one or know anything about them,despite being technically gifted as I am,I don't know too much about cars..
So here is what I'm thinking of buying,Won't be any older than a '07 up to a 2nd hand '09 as will probably wait till new year to buy one and I'm not going to buy new..

Volvo v40
Mazda 6
Toyota Avensis (new shape)
Opel Insignia
VW Passat

I would really love a Audi A4 but it might be a little out of the budget what with this wedding business stuff coming up next year.. ::)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2009, 02:11:04 PM
Not so much a problem,but I didn't want to start a new thread..
I'm thinking of changing the car,well its the womans car actually but it needs to be changed and as we are getting married it will become "our" car as I have a van for myself..
Was thinking of a few cars and wondered does anyone have one or know anything about them,despite being technically gifted as I am,I don't know too much about cars..
So here is what I'm thinking of buying,Won't be any older than a '07 up to a 2nd hand '09 as will probably wait till new year to buy one and I'm not going to buy new..

Volvo v40
Mazda 6
Toyota Avensis (new shape)
Opel Insignia
VW Passat

I would really love a Audi A4 but it might be a little out of the budget what with this wedding business stuff coming up next year.. ::)

Would the audi be a lot more expensive LL there should be a lot of deals out there of the others i'd go for the passat or the vovlo
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 05, 2009, 02:16:26 PM
Not so much a problem,but I didn't want to start a new thread..
I'm thinking of changing the car,well its the womans car actually but it needs to be changed and as we are getting married it will become "our" car as I have a van for myself..
Was thinking of a few cars and wondered does anyone have one or know anything about them,despite being technically gifted as I am,I don't know too much about cars..
So here is what I'm thinking of buying,Won't be any older than a '07 up to a 2nd hand '09 as will probably wait till new year to buy one and I'm not going to buy new..

Volvo v40
Mazda 6
Toyota Avensis (new shape)
Opel Insignia
VW Passat

I would really love a Audi A4 but it might be a little out of the budget what with this wedding business stuff coming up next year.. ::)

Would the audi be a lot more expensive LL there should be a lot of deals out there of the others i'd go for the passat or the vovlo

I'd say it could be 2-3k dearer for a Audi...What you think of Volvo? I always thought of them as a boring car but I really like the s40 they are  a fine looking car,inside and out
Sorry I said v40 in the list,I think the newer ones are s40's
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 05, 2009, 02:22:03 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2009, 02:26:47 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 05, 2009, 02:29:21 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune

the Deel Rover at work.......


Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 05, 2009, 02:31:08 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune


Yeah was thinking of going up north or to England,only thing is we would have to get rid of her car as I'm sure they won't take a Irish reg trade in up north..
It is a '04 206...Anyone wanna buy it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2009, 02:33:07 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune

the deel rover at work.......





 :D :D :D Go on ya bol*x ya i knew i should kept me mouth closed . i thought the roadster was the hairdressers car
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2009, 02:37:03 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune


Yeah was thinking of going up north or to England,only thing is we would have to get rid of her car as I'm sure they won't take a Irish reg trade in up north..
It is a '04 206...Anyone wanna buy it?

I give you a tenner
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 05, 2009, 03:35:29 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune


Yeah was thinking of going up north or to England,only thing is we would have to get rid of her car as I'm sure they won't take a Irish reg trade in up north..
It is a '04 206...Anyone wanna buy it?

I give you a tenner



Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the Deel Rover on September 05, 2009, 03:44:50 PM
Actually just checked,the s40 is the saloon the v40 is the estate....s40 it is then..

i allways like the audi in fact if i had a few bob i'd buy the a4 cabriolet ( don't hold that against me LL :D ) i like the s40 i know what your saying about vovlos been boring but they are a fine bus a friend of mine has one and has only good things to say about them i don't think they hold their value as well as the audi .He bought his in england top spec and saved himself a fortune


Yeah was thinking of going up north or to England,only thing is we would have to get rid of her car as I'm sure they won't take a Irish reg trade in up north..
It is a '04 206...Anyone wanna buy it?

I give you a tenner






great will you throw in 20 yo yo's luck money and a fill of petrol and i'll take it off your hands LL
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BenDover on November 27, 2009, 08:36:16 AM
Bit of advice please lads - woke up this morning to find the hazard lights on my partners renault clio 1.2 flashing away like a good one, put the key in the ignition and tried to start it but nothing then tried to do a rolling start from the driveway but still nothing. I'm thinking that the battery is flat but i was telling someone else about this and they've mentioned the immobiliser might be on, anyone else any ideas?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on November 27, 2009, 08:42:27 AM
Sounds like the immobiliser to me. Get the manual out and see how you reset it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Aerlik on November 27, 2009, 01:32:19 PM
If anyone here has, or knows someone who has a 'AH" model (2005 onwards) Astra be advised of what happened to a friend's car recently.  When I went to start it, all the normal ignition lights came on but the service light started flashing.  I thought it was the transponder in the key, but as it was an automatic, I couldn't push start it.  I had to have it towed to the dealer who diagnosed a failed computer.  It is a very rare occurrence but a bloody expensive one.  It cost $A750 (including tow fees) for a tiny wee piece.  Not a happy owner.  Thank feck it wasn't mine.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on November 27, 2009, 01:41:58 PM
Glad this topic has come up.

I have a 2-year old VW Eos still under warranty.  The service light has come on, as it's just past the two year mark in the last couple of weeks.  The VW dealership I got it though will charge me an arm and a leg - what do I need to look for in a random mechanic that will mean my warranty is protected for a smaller service fee?  Does he have to have a special VW approval or something?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Aerlik on November 27, 2009, 02:03:29 PM
Not 100% sure if a "random mechanic" is authorised to do so, but ring around some of the bigger service centres.  They should be able to service it without invalidating the warranty.  Be sure to get a WRITTEN quotation of all that they plan to do, so that you don't get a nasty surprise.

Also, make sure that if they find something extra needs done, you get a call and preferably an email from them BEFORE they lift a spanner.  CYA, cover your arse.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: one for the road on November 30, 2009, 11:29:29 AM
for the last 3 mornings when ever i start the car (2004 seat) the temperature light coomes on and it bleeps twice, I have checked the coolant level and it seems fine. Is there anything else I should look at or should I just get someone to look at it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on November 30, 2009, 11:40:05 AM
If it happens as soon as you start up it sounds like an electrical problem, i.e., if anything it should be telling you its bleeding freezing, not warning you for overheating.

Does the warning light go off shortly after driving away?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: one for the road on November 30, 2009, 12:09:50 PM
if i turn the car off after a few minutes and restart it the light doesnt come on
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on November 30, 2009, 12:19:24 PM
So you need to turn the car off to get the light to go away without returning?

The key (no pun intended) thing here is, that if the light comes on shortly after you start up when there's no chance that the coolant could have reached an overheated temperature, then it sounds like there's a problem with the temperature probe (or circuitry), where it's giving you a false positive.

And if the warning light goes off after you switch off, and doesn't return, that would tend to support the faulty electricals theory.

Does the temperature gauge show a high reading when the warning light comes on?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: one for the road on November 30, 2009, 12:28:15 PM
No the hand doesnt move, it will rise slowly after driving for a while which is normal and just stays at the halfway mark.

It sounds like a fault but I have looked into it and it doesnt seem to be a common fault
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on November 30, 2009, 12:33:39 PM
No the hand doesnt move, it will rise slowly after driving for a while which is normal and just stays at the halfway mark.

It sounds like a fault but I have looked into it and it doesnt seem to be a common fault

Yes, I'd say there's an electrical issue there, and by their nature they are not necessarily common. It seems the colder weather has exposed this problem.

It won't cause you any running issues, and won't interfere with the running of the car, so there's no great urgency to get it sorted, but you should see about getting it fixed.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: one for the road on November 30, 2009, 12:35:56 PM
thanks for the advice
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on November 30, 2009, 03:38:05 PM
You're welcome, and just make sure that you don't get ripped off when getting it sorted -- it's not that big a job at all, just a bit of electrical tracing.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on December 02, 2009, 04:37:44 PM
Anyone have an idea and how much it is to fix or replace an alternator?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Caid on December 02, 2009, 04:39:46 PM
Bit of advice please lads - woke up this morning to find the hazard lights on my partners renault clio 1.2 flashing away like a good one, put the key in the ignition and tried to start it but nothing then tried to do a rolling start from the driveway but still nothing. I'm thinking that the battery is flat but i was telling someone else about this and they've mentioned the immobiliser might be on, anyone else any ideas?

Dump your partner
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on December 02, 2009, 04:54:26 PM
Anyone have an idea and how much it is to fix or replace an alternator?

Maybe in around the £100 mark - though could be wrong. I remember a while back my car was having probs starting pretty regularly and thought it may have been that. Turns out it only needed new battery but i think it was anything from £80 to £120 people told me for altenator.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Lecale2 on December 02, 2009, 04:55:39 PM
Anyone have an idea and how much it is to fix or replace an alternator?

Cost me £300 2 years ago in Greenhill Auto, Belfast.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on December 02, 2009, 04:57:07 PM
Oops im probably way out then
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on December 02, 2009, 04:59:15 PM
Shite I hope its not as much as that. I have the feckin worst luck with cars and could do without having to fork out that much with xmas and a baby on the way
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Caid on December 02, 2009, 05:01:21 PM
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_should_it_cost_to_replace_the_alternator
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on December 02, 2009, 05:06:13 PM
£300 hundred sound a bit much. 

At most 2 hours labour.  Breakers yard maybe to get an altenator but Good motor factor or a motor factor speciallising in your car e.g. OTTO in Dublin that specialises in German Cars would be a good place to start.

Why do you think it is the Altenator?   As Tyrone Girl said it was the battery at fault.  Get someone who knows to have a look at it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on December 02, 2009, 05:08:41 PM
Reality is gawa we all have a feckin nightmare keeping a car on the road....it really is a ballix


Bring back cars with less electronics and cheaper parts please
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Lecale2 on December 02, 2009, 05:19:19 PM
Sorry it wasn't Greenhill it was Greenaway http://www.greenawayelectrics.co.uk/ (http://www.greenawayelectrics.co.uk/). Still £300 though.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: small white mayoman on December 02, 2009, 05:28:02 PM
Reality is gawa we all have a feckin nightmare keeping a car on the road....it really is a ballix


Bring back cars with less electronics and cheaper parts please

thats for sure did the nct on my car back in september cost me about 700 squid to get it through but i thought to myself happy days at least its ok for 2 years and no fear of me getting 5 points on my license low and behold i find out that i have to have it done again in january as it was not tested before in that previous 2 year period so i booked in in straight away and feck me they found a list more problems with the car that didn't show up 8 weeks ago  ??? and it going to cost me a ball more money in order for it to pass again   >:(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on December 02, 2009, 06:40:38 PM

Why do you think it is the Altenator?   As Tyrone Girl said it was the battery at fault.  Get someone who knows to have a look at it.

Was in town (Enniskillen traffic!!!) when radio went off, then lights on dashboard started flashing, then tried to indicate whoch wouldn't work, power steering stopped working and finally the engine cut out.

Had a word with mechanic and thats what he thought it was, he's picking her up later
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on December 02, 2009, 08:15:41 PM
Sounds like the power went out of the Battery.  Means either the Battery is Kaput or there may be a problem with the alternator.

The alternator charges up the Battery as the engine runs, so if the alternator isn't working, the power of the Battery is drained away by the lights, radio and eventually the power to the spark plugs and so the engine stops.

The thing to do is ask to see that the new or repaired alternator is providing power.  The alternator should be providing a charge around 12V.  This can easily shown to you by the Mechanic using a simple multimeter.  Ask to see what charge it is supplying.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on December 03, 2009, 10:08:52 AM
Sounds like the power went out of the Battery.  Means either the Battery is Kaput or there may be a problem with the alternator.

The alternator charges up the Battery as the engine runs, so if the alternator isn't working, the power of the Battery is drained away by the lights, radio and eventually the power to the spark plugs and so the engine stops.

The thing to do is ask to see that the new or repaired alternator is providing power.  The alternator should be providing a charge around 12V.  This can easily shown to you by the Mechanic using a simple multimeter.  Ask to see what charge it is supplying.

Best of luck.

Cheers for that.

Must take a night course at the local tech and learn all about this stuff, cause haven't a clue
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: one for the road on December 03, 2009, 10:16:08 AM
Reality is gawa we all have a feckin nightmare keeping a car on the road....it really is a ballix


Bring back cars with less electronics and cheaper parts please

thats for sure did the nct on my car back in september cost me about 700 squid to get it through but i thought to myself happy days at least its ok for 2 years and no fear of me getting 5 points on my license low and behold i find out that i have to have it done again in january as it was not tested before in that previous 2 year period so i booked in in straight away and feck me they found a list more problems with the car that didn't show up 8 weeks ago  ??? and it going to cost me a ball more money in order for it to pass again   >:(

Are you bringing it back to the same place? That sounds like they are dipping the hand in
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: small white mayoman on December 03, 2009, 10:54:19 AM
Reality is gawa we all have a feckin nightmare keeping a car on the road....it really is a ballix


Bring back cars with less electronics and cheaper parts please

thats for sure did the nct on my car back in september cost me about 700 squid to get it through but i thought to myself happy days at least its ok for 2 years and no fear of me getting 5 points on my license low and behold i find out that i have to have it done again in january as it was not tested before in that previous 2 year period so i booked in in straight away and feck me they found a list more problems with the car that didn't show up 8 weeks ago  ??? and it going to cost me a ball more money in order for it to pass again   >:(

Are you bringing it back to the same place? That sounds like they are dipping the hand in

its the same nct test centre . i asked him how come this didn't show up 8 weeks previously and he had no answer i would't mind if i had a lot more mileage done but i have only done about 800 miles. it went down on emmisions this time even though it was perfect before a money racket if you ask me >:(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: the watcher on December 09, 2009, 05:04:54 PM
If it happens as soon as you start up it sounds like an electrical problem, i.e., if anything it should be telling you its bleeding freezing, not warning you for overheating.

there is a faulty heat sensor giving a false reading
you can get the car put on the computor £30 in any service garage on a snap on diagnostic machine and it will tell you which sensor....
then they will change the sensor.....£20        if that is what the problem only is or if the sensor is ok it means problems furture up the line      dont ignore it  as it will not go away
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: awideisneverasgood on January 14, 2010, 01:07:01 PM
Does anybody know a good auto-electrics mechanic in dungannon / armagh area?

Have a VW passat with electrical problems and the dealer wanted over £60 per hour to start "investigating" the problem.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: takeyourownpath on January 14, 2010, 01:12:54 PM
Does anybody know a good auto-electrics mechanic in dungannon / armagh area?

Have a VW passat with electrical problems and the dealer wanted over £60 per hour to start "investigating" the problem.

my aunts 2 and a half year old passat has the same problems, a grand to get it fixed. lucky it's still inder warrenty. watch the abs, it goes next
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Abble on January 14, 2010, 01:15:58 PM
Does anybody know a good auto-electrics mechanic in dungannon / armagh area?

Have a VW passat with electrical problems and the dealer wanted over £60 per hour to start "investigating" the problem.

my aunts 2 and a half year old passat has the same problems, a grand to get it fixed. lucky it's still inder warrenty. watch the abs, it goes next

peter donnelly, first turn on left, past mcgearys big compost sheds (headin from armagh to moy direction)....300 yards up on the left...v good
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 14, 2010, 01:24:43 PM
Does anybody know a good auto-electrics mechanic in dungannon / armagh area?

Have a VW passat with electrical problems and the dealer wanted over £60 per hour to start "investigating" the problem.

my aunts 2 and a half year old passat has the same problems, a grand to get it fixed. lucky it's still inder warrenty. watch the abs, it goes next

peter donnelly, first turn on left, past mcgearys big compost sheds (headin from armagh to moy direction)....300 yards up on the left...v good
There is a mechanics out that way that Traynor's recommend - Eugene somebody (can't remember his surname) but his number is 37549972. Rang him about a problem which he couldn't fix but was good enough to put me on to another crowd that had the diagnostics gear.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Goats Do Shave on January 14, 2010, 01:26:22 PM
Eugene McGrail, he's a good mechanic, but Petey does the electrics.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 14, 2010, 01:41:32 PM
Kelly's out by the Rock Road in Armagh do auto-electrics too if you're closer to the town. Have only ever used them once years ago and they were dead on/cheap.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maggie on January 22, 2010, 08:45:31 AM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on January 22, 2010, 09:12:48 AM
I'm at the end of my teather with my car, This time last year i spent £300, i was getting a new timing belt put on and thought i'd get the rest of the  car serviced as well, MOT was in May, i thought it would just be a matter of putting the car through but was told i had to hand over another £250 for new exhaust, couple of tyres and something else which i can't even remember.

A month later i put bad red diesel into my car and started having injector problems, sent it to the mechanic who tried to get the injectors repaired, this was ok for a week and they went again, then i bought a new injector, this was around £300 as well. The car still wasn't going right but it went for a month or so, one Sunday i was going into the Derry SFC final and the whole engine blew.

Bought a new engine and steering pump for about £800, i know people might laugh at this, but if you own a car you can't sell it unless its fixed, its a 2004 fiesta worth about £3200-3500 according to autotrader, I couldn't afford to just lose all that money. Anyway car was going grand for a while, though i noticed some electronic problems. On Sunday I was driving to Dublin and the car battery went low, my lights went very dim, mechanic reckons the alternator is gone and a new one costs £170!

I reckon thats about £2000 i spent on a car in the last year, i bought it for £4000 in June 08, i suppose most of the main problems probably relate to the bad red diesel which i shouldn't have put in, in the first place. But doing round trips to Dublin everyweek i would save a fortune. I didn't want to change it because i kept saying to myself, i have changed every fking part in this car, its practically a new car with an old chasis, nothing more can go wrong but there is always something. Might just cut my losses now and sell it, but then i'll be into more money changing cars!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 22, 2010, 09:36:15 AM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 22, 2010, 09:39:06 AM
I'm at the end of my teather with my car...

A fecked alternator on a Fiesta, let me guess... there's almost 80,000 miles on the clock?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: haveaharp on January 22, 2010, 09:40:13 AM
If you were driving an 04 motor with 52000k on the clock would you bother going to the dealer to get it serviced ? Its got the full service history up to now but i reckon its not worth continuing with the dealer when i can get it serviced for half the price at a local garage.
What do you think ? Car would be worth about 3k
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 22, 2010, 09:49:33 AM
If you were driving an 04 motor with 52000k on the clock would you bother going to the dealer to get it serviced ? Its got the full service history up to now but i reckon its not worth continuing with the dealer when i can get it serviced for half the price at a local garage.
What do you think ? Car would be worth about 3k

As long as the local garage was reputable enough I'd be inclined to get it serviced there, since it wouldn't really have much impact on the sale value were you to sell.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: haveaharp on January 22, 2010, 09:53:58 AM
If you were driving an 04 motor with 52000k on the clock would you bother going to the dealer to get it serviced ? Its got the full service history up to now but i reckon its not worth continuing with the dealer when i can get it serviced for half the price at a local garage.
What do you think ? Car would be worth about 3k

As long as the local garage was reputable enough I'd be inclined to get it serviced there, since it wouldn't really have much impact on the sale value were you to sell.


Thats what i was thinking. I wonder if local garages are able to reset the computer (you know where it tells you 18000 until next service etc)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Bensars on January 22, 2010, 09:54:10 AM
Havent seen many cars sold that dont have a full service history. (by that i mean whats advertised and said at point of sale, irrespective of records of dealership servicing )
If its not a prestige motor, is it going to have a significant bearing ( no pun intended) on overall value?
A car being sold with a full service history can include any records of work carried out.

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Thats what i was thinking. I wonder if local garages are able to reset the computer (you know where it tells you 18000 until next service etc)

I found out on my old car that these can be reset on some cars manually. A fella i know at a local tyre place searched google and found out how to do it. Something about pressing the trip switch for so long and something else etc.

This is after i tripped back and forward to the dealership over a few years and spent a fortune.


Google is your friend !
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on January 22, 2010, 11:10:11 AM
I'm at the end of my teather with my car...

A fecked alternator on a Fiesta, let me guess... there's almost 80,000 miles on the clock?
I just crossed 80k last month, how did you know?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 22, 2010, 11:26:29 AM
I'm at the end of my teather with my car...

A fecked alternator on a Fiesta, let me guess... there's almost 80,000 miles on the clock?
I just crossed 80k last month, how did you know?

Have had to replace a couple of alternators on Fiestas myself Mario, and that was the threshold (for whatever reason they don't seem to get beyond that).

I'd be of a mind to persevere with that car if I were you, after what you've already laid out on it. Have the water pump and thermostat been replaced (don't mean to hex you  ;))?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on January 22, 2010, 11:50:03 AM
I'm at the end of my teather with my car...

A fecked alternator on a Fiesta, let me guess... there's almost 80,000 miles on the clock?
I just crossed 80k last month, how did you know?

Have had to replace a couple of alternators on Fiestas myself Mario, and that was the threshold (for whatever reason they don't seem to get beyond that).

I'd be of a mind to persevere with that car if I were you, after what you've already laid out on it. Have the water pump and thermostat been replaced (don't mean to hex you  ;))?

No I haven't replaced the water pump or thermostat, are you expecting them to go next? A thermostat wouldn't be too expensive to replace?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on January 22, 2010, 12:21:17 PM
No I haven't replaced the water pump or thermostat, are you expecting them to go next? A thermostat wouldn't be too expensive to replace?

Not necessarily, the water pump may last longer on the newer Fiestas, and if the pump's OK the thermostat should be too.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maggie on January 22, 2010, 12:32:05 PM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.


Had a bad feeling you'd say that!
Do you think they would last another week or 2 til i get paid?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: rossie mad on January 22, 2010, 12:51:11 PM

Hate to be the bearer of bad news maggie but i had the same problem and left it for a few days and they started to wear into the brake discs and hubs.

id advise driving carefully and going slowly into juntions as this wont leave as much pressure on the brakes.

but try and get it fixed asap as it will only cause further more expensive damage.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: 5 Sams on January 22, 2010, 03:57:26 PM
Any mechanics on here?? If so drop me an oul PM....need some advice...ta in advance.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Treasurer on January 22, 2010, 04:01:00 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on January 22, 2010, 04:07:04 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?

Is there any sound when you turn on the washers?  If not when the water was frozen and pump was motoring to pump the water, it may have burned out or blown the fuse.  Blown fuse is probably the reason.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Treasurer on January 22, 2010, 04:08:44 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?

Is there any sound when you turn on the washers?  If not when the water was frozen and pump was motoring to pump the water, it may have burned out or blown the fuse.  Blown fuse is probably the reason.

Thanks, will try that.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: 5 Sams on January 22, 2010, 04:31:47 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?

Happened me too....got a pin and hoked the shite out of the wee holes....workin fine now....worth a try..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on January 22, 2010, 04:36:20 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?

Happened me too....got a pin and hoked the shite out of the wee holes....workin fine now....worth a try..
If there is sound and the motor is working, the next stage may be as 5 Sam suggests.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on January 24, 2010, 05:27:53 PM
Rear washer hasn't worked for about a year now. Any simple solution?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Hardy on January 24, 2010, 05:31:56 PM
I didn't know people still used bidets.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on January 24, 2010, 05:33:14 PM
I didn't know people still used bidets.
you should take one to your face
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on January 24, 2010, 05:33:26 PM
I didn't know people still used bidets.

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on January 24, 2010, 07:07:25 PM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.


Had a bad feeling you'd say that!
Do you think they would last another week or 2 til i get paid?

Maggie, an ABS light has no direct connection with worn pads and if your pads were to be so worn then you mechanic would have undoubtedly replaced them 2 weeks ago, it's a speed sensor problem or a wiring issue that the Brake module is picking up on to put the light on...is it important, yes especially in this weather but if you don't have the funds then I wouldn't get too excited about it til you get paid, just be a little extra careful!
You're regular braking is not effected it's just you may not have the full effect of the anti lock brakes under a hard braking type skid...drive her on
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 24, 2010, 07:47:01 PM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.


Had a bad feeling you'd say that!
Do you think they would last another week or 2 til i get paid?

Maggie, an ABS light has no direct connection with worn pads and if your pads were to be so worn then you mechanic would have undoubtedly replaced them 2 weeks ago, it's a speed sensor problem or a wiring issue that the Brake module is picking up on to put the light on...is it important, yes especially in this weather but if you don't have the funds then I wouldn't get too excited about it til you get paid, just be a little extra careful!
You're regular braking is not effected it's just you may not have the full effect of the anti lock brakes under a hard braking type skid...drive her on

IF I were you I'd bring to the garage and ask them to reset the light using diagnostics and see if it stays off. Should cost next to nothing and you may not even have a problem as lights often come on for no reason, especially after a service if garagemen were messing with your cars on board computer.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maggie on January 25, 2010, 02:24:40 PM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.


Had a bad feeling you'd say that!
Do you think they would last another week or 2 til i get paid?

Maggie, an ABS light has no direct connection with worn pads and if your pads were to be so worn then you mechanic would have undoubtedly replaced them 2 weeks ago, it's a speed sensor problem or a wiring issue that the Brake module is picking up on to put the light on...is it important, yes especially in this weather but if you don't have the funds then I wouldn't get too excited about it til you get paid, just be a little extra careful!
You're regular braking is not effected it's just you may not have the full effect of the anti lock brakes under a hard braking type skid...drive her on

IF I were you I'd bring to the garage and ask them to reset the light using diagnostics and see if it stays off. Should cost next to nothing and you may not even have a problem as lights often come on for no reason, especially after a service if garagemen were messing with your cars on board computer.

If i said that to them, they may think i knew what i was talking about...... ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Treasurer on January 25, 2010, 03:30:29 PM
Winsdscreen washer stopped during during the big freeze, presumed the water was frozen, but it should be well thawed by now!  It's staying full so it's not a leak.  Any ideas?

Happened me too....got a pin and hoked the shite out of the wee holes....workin fine now....worth a try..
If there is sound and the motor is working, the next stage may be as 5 Sam suggests.
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No there's no sound. I got as far as taking the cover off the fuses but there's no handy diagram on the cover like there was on my last car, so have to find a diagram now or else try them one by one!  TG for google.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on January 25, 2010, 06:12:29 PM
Need some advice.

I got my car serviced 2 weeks ago (07 Yaris) and was told the brake pads were ok but would need replaced the next time.
Today an orange ABS light came on the dash(and stayed on)- is this something different and should i be worried about this?
I usually do 120ish miles a day so don't want it to blow up or anything on the way home  :o

Thanks in advance......................

ABS is the automatic braking system (that prevents the wheels locking when you slam on the brakes in the wet or ice, etc.), and it's possible (AFAIK) that worn pads would raise an ABS alarm (since it won't work properly if the pads are worn), though I would have expected an explicit worn brake pad warning..

I'd get the pads replaced regardless I think.


Had a bad feeling you'd say that!
Do you think they would last another week or 2 til i get paid?

Maggie, an ABS light has no direct connection with worn pads and if your pads were to be so worn then you mechanic would have undoubtedly replaced them 2 weeks ago, it's a speed sensor problem or a wiring issue that the Brake module is picking up on to put the light on...is it important, yes especially in this weather but if you don't have the funds then I wouldn't get too excited about it til you get paid, just be a little extra careful!
You're regular braking is not effected it's just you may not have the full effect of the anti lock brakes under a hard braking type skid...drive her on

IF I were you I'd bring to the garage and ask them to reset the light using diagnostics and see if it stays off. Should cost next to nothing and you may not even have a problem as lights often come on for no reason, especially after a service if garagemen were messing with your cars on board computer.

If i said that to them, they may think i knew what i was talking about...... ;)

Sounds good alright! All it means is that in modern garages they have a load of computer equipment that they plug into your car that can tell them quickly what is wrong with it or why a warning light is on. Problem is sometimes the bloody light goes on for no reason and normally you have to bring it to the garage to get it reset. If you do that and it comes back on again then you know you have a problem.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: takeyourownpath on January 31, 2010, 06:50:05 PM
Rear washer hasn't worked for about a year now. Any simple solution?

could just be dirt, tried stickin a pin in it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on February 02, 2010, 04:26:53 PM
Feck me but it never rains but it pours :'(

I've oil leaking from under the bonnet of a 2001 1.8 Freelander, anyone any idea why this would happen? Please don't let it be the head gasket!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on February 02, 2010, 04:50:06 PM
I've oil leaking from under the bonnet of a 2001 1.8 Freelander, anyone any idea why this would happen? Please don't let it be the head gasket!

Not necessarily (the HG) it would seem:

http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f9/suspect-oil-leak-urgent-adice-needed-please-25290.html (http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f9/suspect-oil-leak-urgent-adice-needed-please-25290.html)

And:

http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=19034 (http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=19034)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: AN other on February 02, 2010, 08:00:13 PM
Rear washer hasn't worked for about a year now. Any simple solution?

Could be a blown fuse. I blew a fuse in the wipers during the recent cold snap.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: johnneycool on March 09, 2010, 03:08:15 PM
just after shelling out the better part of £300 to a ford dealer to get my car connected to a computer, change a turbo inlet pipe and recalibrate an injector which is probably on its way out anyway, would make you weep.

Its £70 odd quid for the diagnostics, absolute rip off for a 5 minute job, hoors..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: RMDrive on March 09, 2010, 07:58:11 PM
just after shelling out the better part of £300 to a ford dealer to get my car connected to a computer, change a turbo inlet pipe and recalibrate an injector which is probably on its way out anyway, would make you weep.

Its £70 odd quid for the diagnostics, absolute rip off for a 5 minute job, hoors..

TDCI injectors  >:(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 09, 2010, 09:04:55 PM
just after shelling out the better part of £300 to a ford dealer to get my car connected to a computer, change a turbo inlet pipe and recalibrate an injector which is probably on its way out anyway, would make you weep.

Its £70 odd quid for the diagnostics, absolute rip off for a 5 minute job, hoors..
Its not just me then?! I have had serious bother with the car since before Xmas (tdci focus). Was cutting out all the time and took it to those robbing c***ts Lindsays on advice from my local mechanic as it needed a diagnostic. A 70 quid diagnostic later they told me it needed a new inlet monitoring valve at 200 odd quid. Shelled out for it and the f**king thing cut out 5 minutes after leaving their garage! They took it and rediagnosed it as needing new injectors at £1200!!!!! When I asked about the 300 paid already the response was that they were responding to the error code and therefore fixed it in good faith! b**tards.

Got my injectors reconditioned in DES in Cavan for 500 and just collected her today. Money box on wheels!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on March 09, 2010, 09:08:26 PM
just after shelling out the better part of £300 to a ford dealer to get my car connected to a computer, change a turbo inlet pipe and recalibrate an injector which is probably on its way out anyway, would make you weep.

Its £70 odd quid for the diagnostics, absolute rip off for a 5 minute job, hoors..
Its not just me then?! I have had serious bother with the car since before Xmas (tdci focus). Was cutting out all the time and took it to those robbing c***ts Lindsays on advice from my local mechanic as it needed a diagnostic. A 70 quid diagnostic later they told me it needed a new inlet monitoring valve at 200 odd quid. Shelled out for it and the f**king thing cut out 5 minutes after leaving their garage! They took it and rediagnosed it as needing new injectors at £1200!!!!! When I asked about the 300 paid already the response was that they were responding to the error code and therefore fixed it in good faith! b**tards.

Got my injectors reconditioned in DES in Cavan for 500 and just collected her today. Money box on wheels!

I'd a similiar problem a couple of years ago with a Fiesta - guts of £1000.

Hydraulic clutch now gone - £200
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: EC Unique on March 09, 2010, 09:36:13 PM
Moral of the story..... Don't buy a Ford.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gerry on March 09, 2010, 09:42:34 PM
Snap oneill, drive home 20 miles from work tonight with the car stuck in second gear. Thank feck i no towns to go through.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 09, 2010, 09:44:53 PM
Fuel injection system goes tits up in any diesel car you are into big dough. My uncle has just forked out over a grand for a new fuel pump in his Merc.

Since having my issues I've heard about a lot of people suffering with tdci injection system. It's sickened me that much I'm thinking of shifting my car on.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on March 09, 2010, 09:46:47 PM
I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 09, 2010, 09:51:43 PM
I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.
What sort of dough?

Not fashionable, but I have never heard any complaints about Honda. Despite their recent troubles the people I know driving Toyota ( father in law and brother in law both drive an Avensis) have never had a minutes bother.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: hardstation on March 09, 2010, 09:51:56 PM
I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.


Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyronefan on March 09, 2010, 09:56:34 PM
FORD

Fix Or Repair Daily    :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 09, 2010, 10:00:27 PM
Fuel injection system goes tits up in any diesel car you are into big dough. My uncle has just forked out over a grand for a new fuel pump in his Merc.

Since having my issues I've heard about a lot of people suffering with tdci injection system. It's sickened me that much I'm thinking of shifting my car on.

Would you uncle not get a reconditioned pump from DES?  Are DES in Shercock?

I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.

Japanese car (avoid Lexus. Theres a reason that they may be cheap) are reliable but I reckon if you talk to Taxi drivers they will give you an idea of what cars are best and most reliable.  I would have said Mercedes would be very reliable and in older models you get a lot of bang for your buck.

FIAT
Fix it again Tony
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gerry on March 09, 2010, 10:01:56 PM
Fiat

Fix
It
Again
Tomorrow
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on March 09, 2010, 10:10:43 PM
I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.




That's the feckin job for me.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 09, 2010, 10:14:51 PM
Fuel injection system goes tits up in any diesel car you are into big dough. My uncle has just forked out over a grand for a new fuel pump in his Merc.

Since having my issues I've heard about a lot of people suffering with tdci injection system. It's sickened me that much I'm thinking of shifting my car on.

Would you uncle not get a reconditioned pump from DES?  Are DES in Shercock?

I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.

Japanese car (avoid Lexus. Theres a reason that they may be cheap) are reliable but I reckon if you talk to Taxi drivers they will give you an idea of what cars are best and most reliable.  I would have said Mercedes would be very reliable and in older models you get a lot of bang for your buck.

FIAT
Fix it again Tony
Aye DES in Shercock. Wish I had known about them before wasting 300 quid in Lindsays. I must ring my uncle right enough and ask him as he was talking about a second hand pump out of Molloys up beside me here. He lives in N Antrim.

The wife is looking a 7 seater and I might take her wagon. Anyone here driving the big bus yet? Recommendation?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: RMDrive on March 09, 2010, 10:25:48 PM
I know everyone has personal favourites, but what make is known to be relatively reliable? Toyota?

Gonna invest within a few months.

I've had a skoda superb for the last couple of years and it's been very dependable. All the VAG brands have pretty good reputations but skoda in particular seems to be able to put cars together pretty well.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: hardstation on March 09, 2010, 10:29:55 PM
Buy a black hack. Pick people up on the way down the road and save up the £1.30s. If anything goes wrong, at least you have that extra money to pay for repairs.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 09, 2010, 10:41:52 PM
The guys in DES may know someone in your uncle's area who reconditions pumps as I'd say Shercock would be a little too far.

For 7 seaters Japanese would be safeish bet. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 09:24:59 AM
Frig im always complaining about my car but here goes.

Every time i go to start the car if it has been sitting for any length of time it starts but as it does it like seems to jump up and down, sort of rattle about for ages before it settles down, and in mornings when go to reverse it if i do that after just starting it there doesnt seem to be enough power and it cuts out. If i rev it like mad as i start it though it bes grand and it only happens if i have left the car sitting more than 5 or 6 hours without starting. Cant see it being the battery cos not long after getting new one. My da reckons its just cos its cold but im not convinced
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mc_grens on March 29, 2010, 10:45:37 AM
Frig im always complaining about my car but here goes.

Every time i go to start the car if it has been sitting for any length of time it starts but as it does it like seems to jump up and down, sort of rattle about for ages before it settles down, and in mornings when go to reverse it if i do that after just starting it there doesnt seem to be enough power and it cuts out. If i rev it like mad as i start it though it bes grand and it only happens if i have left the car sitting more than 5 or 6 hours without starting. Cant see it being the battery cos not long after getting new one. My da reckons its just cos its cold but im not convinced

Timing chain getting old maybe?

What age is the car?

Had similar problem with mine and it turned out that it needed replaced. If this is indeed the case get if sorted before it breaks or you'll be in deep shit.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 10:49:25 AM
Its a banger anyway - its 99 so more than on its last legs - saving for new one but the time keeps getting pushed back - tis gonna be sept at least before can afford it. Wanted this thing to keep me goin till then. How much would it cost to get that thing fixed? More than the cars worth prob
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: AFS on March 29, 2010, 10:49:48 AM
Frig im always complaining about my car but here goes.

Every time i go to start the car if it has been sitting for any length of time it starts but as it does it like seems to jump up and down, sort of rattle about for ages before it settles down, and in mornings when go to reverse it if i do that after just starting it there doesnt seem to be enough power and it cuts out. If i rev it like mad as i start it though it bes grand and it only happens if i have left the car sitting more than 5 or 6 hours without starting. Cant see it being the battery cos not long after getting new one. My da reckons its just cos its cold but im not convinced

Mines the same. I just put it down to the car being old and shit.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 10:55:46 AM
 :D :D Thats what the bf says - asks me what do i expect from a banger over 10 years old - supose i should count meself lucky it even still drives. Feck it as long as it does me til september time then i can get rid
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on March 29, 2010, 11:03:03 AM
:D :D Thats what the bf says - asks me what do i expect from a banger over 10 years old - supose i should count meself lucky it even still drives. Feck it as long as it does me til september time then i can get rid

 :-X
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: illdecide on March 29, 2010, 11:05:24 AM
:D :D Thats what the bf says - asks me what do i expect from a banger over 10 years old - supose i should count meself lucky it even still drives. Feck it as long as it does me til september time then i can get rid

 :-X

I would say there was plenty of that done in March :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 11:12:58 AM
 ::) Why March?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 29, 2010, 11:43:33 AM
Is it Diesel or Petrol?

It sounds like an idle problem.  Does the car have a rev counter?  Proper idlining speed for a petrol car would be 800-900RPM. 

Alternativly you could become a buddists and spend a minute or two meditating after starting up the car until it warms up.

On another topic, I have heard that you are not supposed to reverse from your driveway on to a road.  Is this true? 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: illdecide on March 29, 2010, 11:50:14 AM
::) Why March?

Were u and a mystery man (whom i know off) not away on a dirty little adventure there during the month of March?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 11:55:28 AM
 :o
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 11:57:29 AM
Is it Diesel or Petrol?

It sounds like an idle problem.  Does the car have a rev counter?  Proper idlining speed for a petrol car would be 800-900RPM. 

Alternativly you could become a buddists and spend a minute or two meditating after starting up the car until it warms up.

On another topic, I have heard that you are not supposed to reverse from your driveway on to a road.  Is this true?

Its diesel - whats a rev counter though?

I dont reverse from the driveway though - i reverse it round the corner of the drive then drive it out - good distance between house and entrance to road
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 12:08:57 PM
Also ildecide who is this mystery man - enlighten me?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 29, 2010, 12:18:06 PM
I would expect a diesel to be quite rattley especially after start up.

Diesels are not as quick to go as petrol cars. 

Back in the day the proper start up procedure for a diesel car was to turn on the ignition and leave it for 5-10 seconds to warm up a thing called the glow plug (which heated up the fuel I think) before trying to start the car. 

Were you given any start up procedure when you got the car?

The rev counter if you have one would be the dial beside the speedometer on the dash which increases as you press the accelerator. 

Don't know what the typical idle speed for a diesel car is but it would be lower than a petrol car.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 12:21:41 PM
But im driving it over 4 years and never been like this before - its like jigging up and down flat out before it settles and only settles when i rev it like mad. I always leave it for 5 or 10 seconds before starting it anyway - was thinking it may be that its full of kerosene but been happening long before starting driving on it again.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 29, 2010, 12:56:26 PM
So are you using Kerosene or Diesel now?  Were you using 100% kerosene or blended with diesel?  Diesel would have better lubricating propterties than Kerosene so it may have affected some of the fuel delivery components. 

Though if you say it clears up when the car is warmed up keep on truckin' and as Take That say "have a little patience" and allow the car to warm up before driving off.

Also is it legal?  Different rate of duty?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 29, 2010, 01:06:53 PM
Always drove on kerosene mixed with diesel then stopped and just was driving on diesel - too dear now though so back to mixing it again.
I may have to grin and bear it and hope the car lasts me new few months
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on March 29, 2010, 05:59:26 PM
TG Have you changed the fuel filter lately, that's where i'd start,
I wouldn't use any of that blended shite, most diesel engines are designed for Class 2
diesel and not that other stuff (who knows what they're putting in it  :-\ )..in fact in reading over this thread I'd go as far as to say that where you're all buying you fuel is the root cause of most driveability issues with diesel cars on this thread.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on March 29, 2010, 06:03:13 PM
Not so much my problem but has anyone noticed 206s having their break lights constantly on at night? Can be quite poison to drive behind, have noticed it a few times.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on March 30, 2010, 12:56:17 PM
TG Have you changed the fuel filter lately, that's where i'd start,
I wouldn't use any of that blended shite, most diesel engines are designed for Class 2
diesel and not that other stuff (who knows what they're putting in it  :-\ )..in fact in reading over this thread I'd go as far as to say that where you're all buying you fuel is the root cause of most driveability issues with diesel cars on this thread.

What that man says, when was the last time you changed the fuel filter? Have a diesel as well and it was giving jip when starting, the revs would die why I applied the gas but when I released and applied the gas again it would take off grand. Got the fuel filter changed and its been grand since...
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: derryhero on March 30, 2010, 01:07:52 PM
this had need to be a thread for girls,

cause any "man" that is having car problems needs a gud beytin with the attitude adjuster and toul to man up
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on March 31, 2010, 12:14:02 AM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Never beat the deeler on March 31, 2010, 04:48:58 AM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

Check your tyres. Sounds like there may be a bulge in one. You will notice it rocky at slow speed, then when you go quicker it makes noise. Otherwise, if your alignment is out (could be caused by mounting a kerb/hitting a pothole) it could cause something similar
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: JohnDenver on March 31, 2010, 09:19:36 AM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

You maybe drove over Olly.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 01, 2010, 02:06:28 PM
As previously documented on this thread my car has been cutting out and to date I have spent about 800 trying to get it fixed, to no avail. It is a danger on the road. Does anyone know if it could be written off by insurance? I have only heard of people claiming off insurance when the damage
their car but surely this is no different as the car is not roadworthy.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 01, 2010, 02:11:58 PM
If u want to meet up il gladly smash mine into the back of urs or vice versa, then we both get rid and maybe a wee whiplash claim into the bargain  :o
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: offtheground on April 01, 2010, 04:19:01 PM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

Sounds like a new drive shaft is required....   expect to pay ~£150 - 200
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on April 16, 2010, 07:23:54 AM
anybody done any dealing with james o'hara and sons in limavady?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: offtheground on April 16, 2010, 08:11:59 AM
il gladly smash mine into the back of urs or vice versa, then we both get rid

??
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on April 16, 2010, 11:47:28 AM
If u want to meet up il gladly smash mine into the back of urs or vice versa, then we both get rid and maybe a wee whiplash claim into the bargain  :o


Will ya accept fast track offers??  :P
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 16, 2010, 11:50:59 AM
 :D
Gladly
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gawa316 on April 22, 2010, 12:26:30 PM
Need a window regulator for my freelander. Mechanic can't find second hand one and new ones cost the guts of £140. Found this on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280495557239&_trksid=p2759.l1259  anyone have any idea if this will do the job?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on April 22, 2010, 12:56:09 PM
Keep getting warning signs on mk4 golf saying stop and check coolant. Brought it to the mechanic and he gave me coolant. Topped it up but 3/4 weeks later and same thing started happening again? Obviously a leak somewhere but any idea what the damage is in terms of getting it fixed?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Goats Do Shave on April 22, 2010, 01:12:13 PM
Keep getting warning signs on mk4 golf saying stop and check coolant. Brought it to the mechanic and he gave me coolant. Topped it up but 3/4 weeks later and same thing started happening again? Obviously a leak somewhere but any idea what the damage is in terms of getting it fixed?

Get a bottle of sealant - saved me getting a new radiator! (If you are stuck apparently an egg will do the trick for a while...)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on April 22, 2010, 02:30:57 PM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

Right. Never got around to throwing it into the garage so last week I took the front left wheel off her. There's a bar (a drop link?) that is just hanging horizontally and banging off a shaft when I drive. I took the opposite wheel off and saw that it is meant to be vertical, just behind the wheel. The top nut has cracked or just buckled. Is it important? I've been driving three weeks or so now with it just hanging, battering away. Don't feel any difference in the handling but it's hard to hear the radio or the wife..

What is that yoke?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: NAG1 on April 22, 2010, 02:56:24 PM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

Right. Never got around to throwing it into the garage so last week I took the front left wheel off her. There's a bar (a drop link?) that is just hanging horizontally and banging off a shaft when I drive. I took the opposite wheel off and saw that it is meant to be vertical, just behind the wheel. The top nut has cracked or just buckled. Is it important? I've been driving three weeks or so now with it just hanging, battering away. Don't feel any difference in the handling but it's hard to hear the radio or the wife..

What is that yoke?

Where do you get a problem like that O'Neill?  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on April 22, 2010, 05:57:43 PM
Right. A couple of days ago I reversed slowly and during the first 3-4 seconds it felt like I was driving over something at the front left wheel. Since then there's a loud rattling noise from that front left of the car when I drive, loudly on bumpier roads and mostly when in a relatively straight line. I have driven a couple of days with it since. Any thoughts?

Right. Never got around to throwing it into the garage so last week I took the front left wheel off her. There's a bar (a drop link?) that is just hanging horizontally and banging off a shaft when I drive. I took the opposite wheel off and saw that it is meant to be vertical, just behind the wheel. The top nut has cracked or just buckled. Is it important? I've been driving three weeks or so now with it just hanging, battering away. Don't feel any difference in the handling but it's hard to hear the radio or the wife..

What is that yoke?
Anti roll bar...we'll be gathering you out the moss some night if ye don't get her looked at!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mario on May 31, 2010, 09:56:47 AM
A friend drives a 2001 Petrol Focus, recently when i'm driving it seems to be losing power and when its stationary if I get out and listen to it the engine seems louder than usual, as if its working harder than normal.

Anyone know the possible reason for this?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on May 31, 2010, 12:31:41 PM
I had a mondeo 02 and something similar was happening and the engine was getting louder. It was the fly wheel with me. Might be something like that.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: DirtyDozen12 on May 31, 2010, 12:32:57 PM
Tyrone girl has serious car problems at the minute, check out the diesel dippers thread   
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: aontroim on May 31, 2010, 01:50:53 PM
Need a window regulator for my freelander. Mechanic can't find second hand one and new ones cost the guts of £140. Found this on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280495557239&_trksid=p2759.l1259  anyone have any idea if this will do the job?

Did you get this one GAWA? I've the same problem and a new regulator is far from cheap - at the minute the window is being held closed by half a clothes-peg on each side of the window  :D cheap solution that will do for now!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: AbbeySider on May 31, 2010, 01:52:52 PM
A friend drives a 2001 Petrol Focus, recently when i'm driving it seems to be losing power and when its stationary if I get out and listen to it the engine seems louder than usual, as if its working harder than normal.

Anyone know the possible reason for this?

Break or handbreak could be sticking. She might need new brake callipers
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: screenmachine on May 31, 2010, 02:52:11 PM
Quote
A friend drives a 2001 Petrol Focus, recently when i'm driving it seems to be losing power and when its stationary if I get out and listen to it the engine seems louder than usual, as if its working harder than normal.

Anyone know the possible reason for this?

Why are you driving your friend's car and more importantly why are you trying to fix it?   ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Aaron Boone on May 31, 2010, 09:47:36 PM
My girlfriend's car failed the NCT (26-county MOT) on a visual for the bottom corner of her brake pedal being worn. Just checking you can buy what's needed in Halford's etc?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on May 31, 2010, 10:29:14 PM
My girlfriend's car failed the NCT (26-county MOT) on a visual for the bottom corner of her brake pedal being worn. Just checking you can buy what's needed in Halford's etc?

Should do but have you tried the dealer for the car.  Shouldn't be that expensive and at least you'd be sure its the right fit.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on June 07, 2010, 09:16:18 AM
Had flat tyre yesterday evening - got it changed and since that im feeling like a dull rattling out of the car - like a dull thumping - hard to explain. Thought it was maybe the sound of the boot now being hollow cos no spare wheel or something - i know that sounds stupid. Anyone any ideas? Ta in advance
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Final Whistle on June 07, 2010, 09:37:39 AM
flat spot on the tyre? did you drive it for long while flat?

you are not having much luck with the car TG.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on June 07, 2010, 09:56:16 AM
Prob drove a few miles anyway while it was flat - but that tyre is off and the spare is on now.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on June 07, 2010, 10:18:00 AM
4 new tyres on my car inside a week (costing me £550 or so, aaagghh) and the pressure light is still showing on the dashboard.  Would it take a wee while for it to go out or should I bring it back to Kwik Fit?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Cde on June 07, 2010, 10:20:23 AM
you have to reset the pressure light Rois,  should tell you how to do it in your manual
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fingerbob on June 07, 2010, 01:07:27 PM
Driving a 99 Seat arosa, and often when I'm slowing down or coming to a stop the battery light comes up, the engine and the power steering both go, although ona  few occasions it starts up again if I'm still rolling. From what I've looked at on the internet, the problem seems to be the crankshaft sensor which seems quite easy and inexpensive to change. Just want to see if anyones came across a similiar problem and if changing the crankshaft sensor will fix it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: illdecide on June 07, 2010, 02:28:47 PM
Driving a 99 Seat arosa, and often when I'm slowing down or coming to a stop the battery light comes up, the engine and the power steering both go, although ona  few occasions it starts up again if I'm still rolling. From what I've looked at on the internet, the problem seems to be the crankshaft sensor which seems quite easy and inexpensive to change. Just want to see if anyones came across a similiar problem and if changing the crankshaft sensor will fix it?

A box of matches (Bo Peep or Swift) should fix it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fingerbob on June 07, 2010, 08:23:50 PM
yeah, thanks pal
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 07, 2010, 08:28:12 PM
Driving a 99 Seat arosa, and often when I'm slowing down or coming to a stop the battery light comes up, the engine and the power steering both go, although ona  few occasions it starts up again if I'm still rolling. From what I've looked at on the internet, the problem seems to be the crankshaft sensor which seems quite easy and inexpensive to change. Just want to see if anyones came across a similiar problem and if changing the crankshaft sensor will fix it?
My focus had similar trouble. Replacing the camshaft positioning sensor fixed it. Start with
the cheap option first.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Keyser soze on June 07, 2010, 09:06:17 PM
Had flat tyre yesterday evening - got it changed and since that im feeling like a dull rattling out of the car - like a dull thumping - hard to explain. Thought it was maybe the sound of the boot now being hollow cos no spare wheel or something - i know that sounds stupid. Anyone any ideas? Ta in advance

TG might be worth checking that the wheel nuts are tight.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on June 07, 2010, 10:13:12 PM
Ya hit the nail on the head. Thats exactly what my dad said when i came home from work. He checked them and they werent tightened. New tyre on now and going fine now. Stupid question but could the wheel have came off the car if i was doing a decent speed?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on June 07, 2010, 10:15:13 PM
Ya hit the nail on the head. Thats exactly what my dad said when i came home from work. He checked them and they werent tightened. New tyre on now and going fine now. Stupid question but could the wheel have came off the car if i was doing a decent speed?

TG I think maybe cars aren't for you.

You might be better suited to this vehicle:



Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on June 07, 2010, 10:17:56 PM
 :D Thanks muppet i must look into one - might cost me less!!!

Seriously tho, could the wheel have came off as i was driving?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on June 07, 2010, 10:19:55 PM
:D Thanks muppet i must look into one - might cost me less!!!

Seriously tho, could the wheel have came off as i was driving?

Probably be less of a pain in the arse as well!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on June 17, 2010, 05:55:36 PM
Brake light is stick on in my VW passat.  Any ideas??
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 17, 2010, 05:57:00 PM
Brake light switch above the pedal under the dash stuck or faulty...
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on June 17, 2010, 06:03:36 PM
Cheers tyrones own.  Is it hard to get at??
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 17, 2010, 07:19:57 PM
No not too difficult, it's a pressure switch by
Way of a spring that can get stuck but more than
likely you'll need to replace it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on June 17, 2010, 08:02:09 PM
My car has started making a metallic clicking (rather than clunking) sound when I release the clutch after changing from 1st to 2nd. This sometimes happens when releasing after changing from 2nd to 3rd.

80K is200

Am I looking at replacing the clutch (immediately or at my leisure?) or do I have a gear/transmission problem?

Any assistance appreciated.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 17, 2010, 09:21:51 PM
A gear or bearing problem wouldn't be a metalic clicking noise, more
of a growl and if it were a clutch spring it would make noise when
ingaged no matter what gear your in... it's not the drive by chance?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Puckoon on June 17, 2010, 11:35:31 PM
Well shit, since we are all purging here....

I have an automagic gear box Mazda 6. 55,000 miles and the car seems to "jump" when the gear is changing from 3 to 4. Sometimes theres a noise, sometimes not. Sometimes it changes smoothly.

Any notions?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 18, 2010, 03:26:40 AM
Questions;
Is it still under warranty? (55,000 is the reason I ask)
Is the Transmission oil level OK?
Have you ever had the transmission serviced?
Any check engine or service soon lights on?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Alco Pup on June 18, 2010, 10:16:31 AM
Don't seem to be lucky with the body of me car at all.  Someone keyed the bonnet of it one weekend when I was at a mates house.  Its about 2 feet long and down to the metal.  No doubt the whole bonnet will need resprayed.

A mate who works for Ford / Mazda contacted a few people in Belfast and got a quote for it at the time for £150 (his place were quoting over £300).

But before I had a chance to get it done, it got keyed again this time at work.  The rear passenger panel has been done, again about a 12 inches long and right to the metal.

oh its gets better...

Drivers door has now also been keyed, only spotted it at the weekend so its going to need done again. Its not as deep, more of a score.

Am feckin gutted, have no doubt its the wee scumbags near where I work (one other evening a few weeks ago they went out and smashed the windy's in 4 cars).

Aside from sit near the car with a 12 gauge and take out anyone that even looks at it, or batter them to death with my stilletos, should I get each panel resprayed or would it be far cheaper to just get the whole car resprayed?

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on June 18, 2010, 11:27:25 AM
Don't seem to be lucky with the body of me car at all.  Someone keyed the bonnet of it one weekend when I was at a mates house.  Its about 2 feet long and down to the metal.  No doubt the whole bonnet will need resprayed.

A mate who works for Ford / Mazda contacted a few people in Belfast and got a quote for it at the time for £150 (his place were quoting over £300).

But before I had a chance to get it done, it got keyed again this time at work.  The rear passenger panel has been done, again about a 12 inches long and right to the metal.

oh its gets better...

Drivers door has now also been keyed, only spotted it at the weekend so its going to need done again. Its not as deep, more of a score.

Am feckin gutted, have no doubt its the wee scumbags near where I work (one other evening a few weeks ago they went out and smashed the windy's in 4 cars).

Aside from sit near the car with a 12 gauge and take out anyone that even looks at it, or batter them to death with my stilletos, should I get each panel resprayed or would it be far cheaper to just get the whole car resprayed?

Feck im just realising your a woman  :o Duno why thought u were male
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Alco Pup on June 18, 2010, 12:11:11 PM
Aye I get that a lot on here..pup is misleading I guess  :-[

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Minder on June 18, 2010, 12:16:13 PM
Don't seem to be lucky with the body of me car at all.  Someone keyed the bonnet of it one weekend when I was at a mates house.  Its about 2 feet long and down to the metal.  No doubt the whole bonnet will need resprayed.

A mate who works for Ford / Mazda contacted a few people in Belfast and got a quote for it at the time for £150 (his place were quoting over £300).

But before I had a chance to get it done, it got keyed again this time at work.  The rear passenger panel has been done, again about a 12 inches long and right to the metal.

oh its gets better...

Drivers door has now also been keyed, only spotted it at the weekend so its going to need done again. Its not as deep, more of a score.

Am feckin gutted, have no doubt its the wee scumbags near where I work (one other evening a few weeks ago they went out and smashed the windy's in 4 cars).

Aside from sit near the car with a 12 gauge and take out anyone that even looks at it, or batter them
 to death with my stilletos, should I get each panel resprayed or would it be far cheaper to just get the whole car resprayed?

Feck im just realising your a woman  :o Duno why thought u were male

You are being very presumptuous.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on June 18, 2010, 12:53:11 PM
I would respray nothing if youre going to continue to park/live in the same area. It's hardly going to stop when you get it painted. Wee bastrads
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Alco Pup on June 18, 2010, 02:01:41 PM
Thinking of inventing a car alarm system that instead of just wailing out if someone tampers with it, it automatically tazers anyone who touches the car..

if anything it would be funny to watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95qZtwJNjxk
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Wee Shea on June 18, 2010, 10:53:55 PM
Anyone got a Yaris? My f**king radio just knocked off there tonight. Could it be the fuse? Everything else working ok.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: JUst retired on June 19, 2010, 06:56:27 AM
Has anything else stopped working? Check your handbook to locate the fuse, take it out and look at it, you will see if it is gone or not.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on June 19, 2010, 04:27:04 PM
A gear or bearing problem wouldn't be a metalic clicking noise, more
of a growl and if it were a clutch spring it would make noise when
ingaged no matter what gear your in... it's not the drive by chance?

Haven't a clue, might be worth adding that it is a single click when I let out the clutch after a low gear change rather than a repetitive clicking. Also it doesn't seem to happen for a few minutes after starting the car and then it is there after each low gear change, I wonder is heat a factor?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 19, 2010, 08:57:36 PM
Could be a clutch plate problem then alright, possibly sticking on the spline on the front shaft of the gearbox,
That or a worn engine mount having too much movement under the torque of shifting between gears giving a
steel to steel type contact...hard to say :-\ ..I'd do a bit of investigative homework anyway as some hoor will probably
sell you a clutch kit whether it needs it or not with a symptom like that.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on June 20, 2010, 04:06:38 PM
Could be a clutch plate problem then alright, possibly sticking on the spline on the front shaft of the gearbox,
That or a worn engine mount having too much movement under the torque of shifting between gears giving a
steel to steel type contact...hard to say :-\ ..I'd do a bit of investigative homework anyway as some hoor will probably
sell you a clutch kit whether it needs it or not with a symptom like that.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Wee Shea on June 20, 2010, 05:39:44 PM
Has anything else stopped working? Check your handbook to locate the fuse, take it out and look at it, you will see if it is gone or not.

Yeah, was the fuse needed replacing just. Gonna have to go and gather up some.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on June 29, 2010, 12:54:52 PM
heres one for ye

The brother has one of them ssangyong rextons which has been going lovely for him until his missus spilled a drink over the gear stick. Now apparently with one of these automatics the gear stick has some type of sensors in it and now it will only find first gear. Its been like this for over a week so its dried out etc but still wont work. He is being quoted £850 to sort it. Any ideas what he could do to fix the problem other than get mugged by the garage ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tyrones own on June 29, 2010, 06:04:39 PM
I'd say he could be in bother..but if ye can remove the console and get to the switch
I'd give a dielectric cleaner a go to remove the residue of whatever was spilled.
Something like this;
http://www.usinenouvelle.com/industry/sico-1366/dielectric-cleaner-p34931.html
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Keyser soze on August 24, 2010, 09:53:09 PM
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

Generic bullshit about garages, warranties and diagnostics will be blithely ignored.  :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Puckoon on August 25, 2010, 06:38:29 AM
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

Generic bullshit about garages, warranties and diagnostics will be blithely ignored.  :D

You need four new springs and a duck. You may need to work on your technique.

(Drunk).
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Keyser soze on August 25, 2010, 12:31:31 PM
Cheers Puck.  :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: lolafrola on August 25, 2010, 12:53:46 PM
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

Generic bullshit about garages, warranties and diagnostics will be blithely ignored.  :D

Traynors yard pal by the sounds of it. That Engine sounds like there is a lot of wear on it and needs put to sleep. Sorry for the bad news
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: StGallsGAA on August 25, 2010, 01:02:36 PM
Quote
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

It's a long shot but why don't you bring it to someone who actually knows what they are talking about?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on August 25, 2010, 01:10:00 PM
Quote
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

It's a long shot but why don't you bring it to someone who actually knows what they are talking about?

And is it not possible there might be someone who knows what their talking about on here?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Keyser soze on August 25, 2010, 01:51:47 PM
Quote
I have a Audi 2.5 Tdi V6 which has been giving me some trouble. It is difficult to start ie it will turn over quite a few times before catching even though the heater light has gone off, it has always been sluggish starting. New heater plugs have made no discernible difference. When it does start there is quite a bit of blue smoke which is very smelly. The car has over a long period become less powerful also. On a couple of occasions it has stopped after driving for a distance and will only continue on the tickover until it has been stopped and restarted. The heater plug light is flashing whilst it has been driven which in the manual says that there is a problem with the EMS. I've removed the rocker covers and inlet manifold and the manifold and inlets have a lot of oil deposited on them. I've already considered that there is a problem with either the valves or with the turbo [which may be blowing oil into the manifold?] but i would like to hear if any of you have any other hypothesis other than i of these 2 reasons OR can give an indication which of the 2 you think is the most likely. OR can you give me any links to forums were i could find some opinions.

 

It's a long shot but why don't you bring it to someone who actually knows what they are talking about?


If this thread was about stealing cars  ;) you'd probably have a better answer, twat.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: under the bar on August 25, 2010, 01:54:59 PM
Quote
It's a long shot but why don't you bring it to someone who actually knows what they are talking about?

And is it not possible there might be someone who knows what their talking about on here?

More likely to find a bunch of wannabe mechanics who are liable to mis-diagnose the problem.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maggie on September 07, 2010, 12:36:35 PM
There is an orange spanner light on my dash, i looked it up in the manual and it says that its the 'engine oil change reminder light'- so i bought some oil today in the shop (fully synthetic whatever that means).
Can i just put it in or do i need to take it to the garage to get it done and have i bought the right stuff?

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on September 07, 2010, 01:08:15 PM
My radio is playing up this weather.
the Fm is fine but the MW is playing up.
I will get good clear signal for 30 seconds and then just nothing.
Turn it on again and then off again and its grand for 30 seconds.
Any ideas??
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mrsandman on September 07, 2010, 01:35:53 PM
My radio is playing up this weather.
the Fm is fine but the MW is playing up.
I will get good clear signal for 30 seconds and then just nothing.
Turn it on again and then off again and its grand for 30 seconds.
Any ideas??

Take her to the scrap heap and buy a new motor would be my best advice FermGael!!  ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Wee Shea on September 10, 2010, 08:41:17 AM
The connector in my cigarette lighter in my car has fell out.

When I try to put it back in it seems to blow the fuse for the radio and CD player.

Is there any wa of getting the wee thing put back in without f**king up the radio?

I don't smoke but use it for Sat Nav and iTrip thing.

Is there a way of listening to your iPod in the car that doesn't use the cigarette thing?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: cornerback on September 10, 2010, 09:11:27 AM
The connector in my cigarette lighter in my car has fell out.

When I try to put it back in it seems to blow the fuse for the radio and CD player.

Is there any wa of getting the wee thing put back in without f**king up the radio?

I don't smoke but use it for Sat Nav and iTrip thing.

Is there a way of listening to your iPod in the car that doesn't use the cigarette thing?

The only bit i can help you with is the bit in bold.
Get an iTrip, i have a griffin one for my van.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Wee Shea on September 11, 2010, 08:25:29 AM
The connector in my cigarette lighter in my car has fell out.

When I try to put it back in it seems to blow the fuse for the radio and CD player.

Is there any wa of getting the wee thing put back in without f**king up the radio?

I don't smoke but use it for Sat Nav and iTrip thing.

Is there a way of listening to your iPod in the car that doesn't use the cigarette thing?

The only bit i can help you with is the bit in bold.
Get an iTrip, i have a griffin one for my van.

I have a Griffin one but it plugs into the cigarette lighter and mine is broke because the wee connect thing has came out?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 10:32:51 AM
Anyone know why the temperature hand in my car keeps rising - nearly got to the top this mornin as i was driving to work. Had to stop the car for few mins. Only time it starts to come down at all is when put the heating on full rip and even then it takes ages to start coming down
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 24, 2010, 10:37:07 AM
Anyone know why the temperature hand in my car keeps rising - nearly got to the top this mornin as i was driving to work. Had to stop the car for few mins. Only time it starts to come down at all is when put the heating on full rip and even then it takes ages to start coming down

This may be stupid, a girl advising another girl about a car, but please go and get that seen to asap.  It happened me and in the end my head gasket blew and warped the engine.  £1.5k and three months later my car was back on the road.  It could obviously be a lot simpler than that but better safe than sorry.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 10:41:51 AM
Cripes im scared now - so dont need something serious like that to be wrong. Will get it in somewhere asap  :(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: screenmachine on September 24, 2010, 10:46:03 AM
I think ageing Vauxhall's are known for that type of behaviour where you have to drive along with the heating on full blast and the windows down to keep the needle down, lol!  As Rois said, you're probably better getting it looked at before some serious damage is done!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 10:49:27 AM
Not a vauxhall but thats exactly what i have to do - i was sitting this morning with the heating on full rip and me roasting and the window down. Felt ridiculous
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on September 24, 2010, 10:54:45 AM
Anyone know why the temperature hand in my car keeps rising - nearly got to the top this mornin as i was driving to work. Had to stop the car for few mins. Only time it starts to come down at all is when put the heating on full rip and even then it takes ages to start coming down

Did you check if there is any water in the engine reservoir??  Be my first move anyway....
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 10:55:30 AM
 :o I havnt a clue where anything is if i lifted the bonnet  :-[
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 24, 2010, 11:06:55 AM
Can we assume you have water/coolant in the radiator?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 11:08:14 AM
How do i know that?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on September 24, 2010, 11:13:08 AM
Open up the bonnet and have a wee root around the water reservoir should be handy enough to spot. wee lid on it with some sort of generic water symbol.  There is normally a minimum level on it too which you should see on the outside.  If it is below that, chances are thats your problem
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: screenmachine on September 24, 2010, 11:20:18 AM
You could probably save yourself time, money and effort by simply getting a male family member to look at for five minutes...weemen   ::)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 11:26:15 AM
I havnt been near any male family members since it started happening  >:(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 24, 2010, 12:01:53 PM
What type of car is it? If we know that then we can tell you where about the coolant reservoir is?

Overheating an engine is not something you want to be doing
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 24, 2010, 12:10:58 PM
Open up the bonnet and have a wee root around the water reservoir should be handy enough to spot. wee lid on it with some sort of generic water symbol.  There is normally a minimum level on it too which you should see on the outside.  If it is below that, chances are thats your problem
When the coolant is low the fan will start working flat out to keep it cool. It cannot do this forever and you'll seize your engine and either be out thousands or have to scrap the wagon. Happened me years ago. I had an internal leak and didn't notice until it was too late.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2010, 12:31:14 PM
Open up the bonnet and have a wee root around the water reservoir should be handy enough to spot. wee lid on it with some sort of generic water symbol.  There is normally a minimum level on it too which you should see on the outside.  If it is below that, chances are thats your problem

Water Resevoir is usually on the Righthand side of the engine bay (i.e. the passanger side).  Bring it to someone like Garage/Advance Tyres/Quik Fit and ask them to check for leaks.  Also get a coolant mix as really you shouldn't use water on its own to refill the coolant. 

Get it checked.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 12:34:35 PM
Ok im a bit lost now - so do i check the thing for water -( i presume il find what im looking for at lunchtime) then if its low do i just fill it up with water and thats it fixed? I dont have a clue what you are on about coolant? How do i know if i have any of that in my car?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 24, 2010, 12:38:00 PM
coolant/water ......same thing for the purposes of this discussion
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 12:40:00 PM
So if its low on water i presume thats my problem and i just refll it is that right?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2010, 12:49:48 PM
Coolant = Water + Antifreeze.  Most manufacurers specify a coolant mix e.g. 70/30.  70% water/30%antifreeze.  Thats the nerdy bit out of the way.

TG, as I said the water resevoir is on the right hande side of the engine bay.  It is a large plastic bottle usually with a Minimum level indicator.  You can use water to fill it and see how it goes.  As we are coming into winter it may be a good time to bring to a garage and get the coolant checked to the level of antifreeze it it.

You will know it is the coolant resevoir as it will have a screw cap.  Windscreen washer resevoir will have a tab like top.

Hope this is some help.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 12:52:25 PM
But would water do it for now if it was low? and then get some anti freeze mixed into it next wk? Is that ok?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Hardy on September 24, 2010, 12:53:44 PM
Jesus Christ take it to a garage or a man. And don't go opening the coolant tank when it's hot or you'll get badly scalded.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2010, 12:58:18 PM
Water will do.  Keep an eye on the temp guage and careful openining the cap especially if hot.  Open slowly and allow any pressure build up to escape (hissing noise) if hot. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: EC Unique on September 24, 2010, 12:59:26 PM
If it is low on water you have a problem. It is either using the water (head gasket) or leaking water. Either way you will need it fixed. Just topping it up is only a quick fix. Been there done that got the bill :-\
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 12:59:35 PM
Ta very much for your help - most appreciated  :)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 24, 2010, 01:00:11 PM
So if its low on water i presume thats my problem and i just refll it is that right?
Nope
question is why you've lost the water in the first place


Could be
Waterpump failure
Radiator leak
Cooling system rubber hoses leak/perished
.............These failures could be a small leaks which gives you time to refill ...keep an eye on the water level (have a few big bottles of water in the boot to refill when needed ) but drive to a mechanic as soon as you can)

I had a waterpump fail on me but drove it for a few days (filling the car a couple of times a day) before I got it to a mechanic but your leak may be worse. Have a look under the car when it's running and see if theres any water leaking from the engine

Head gasket leak (which may come about as a result of the car overheating and warping the head (metal bit at the top of the engine)
If the head gasket is gone you should see a fair ammount of white smoke as the water  from the cooling system gets mixed with the exhaust gases
............If a mechanic is a few mile away you could drive to him
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 02:13:17 PM
Filled it up with water there - i couldnt realy see if it was at a minimum level or not. Anyway took it into the town and it wasnt heating up like before but started to rise only slightly (not worth talking about) but still a slight move from what it would be when normal
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 24, 2010, 02:19:12 PM
Just keep an eye on it but get someone who knows to have a look at it.  Heater controls back to normal?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 24, 2010, 02:26:29 PM
See it always just stays at the halfway mark and wouldnt ever move above that whereas this morning it was nearly at the top - this time it only went a small notch above halfway - hardly even noticable - id have thought though when i topped it up with water that it wouldnt move from halfway again
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 24, 2010, 02:43:19 PM
Where you filled up with water TG..........Did you see any water in the little reservoir before you topped up?

(BTW there is a level indicator which tells you where you should fill up to on the reservoir if you look closely....to allow for expansion as the water heats up...you shouldn't fill up to the very top) .....be careful unscrewing the cap after the car has been running a while (when a car is having over heating problems) as alot of stream can come out as you unscrew....I'd use a towel or something to protect you hands


Could you look at the water level now compared to when you filled up. Has the level went down?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Orior on September 24, 2010, 05:19:56 PM
I was quoted £900 for supply and installation of a reconditioned turbo on an Audi A4 (10 year old).

Whaddyafink?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Bacon on September 24, 2010, 05:21:26 PM
Sounds pretty good. A new one will cost twice that fitted.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 24, 2010, 05:26:58 PM
It has all gone quiet. Has she topped up the oil sump with water by accident?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Ludraman on September 24, 2010, 05:35:21 PM
I was quoted £900 for supply and installation of a reconditioned turbo on an Audi A4 (10 year old).

Whaddyafink?

Dats like putting a rocket on an auld lawnmower why bother. no?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Orior on September 24, 2010, 05:40:40 PM
I was quoted £900 for supply and installation of a reconditioned turbo on an Audi A4 (10 year old).

Whaddyafink?

Dats like putting a rocket on an auld lawnmower why bother. no?

Fair point. Would it be naughty not to tell the garage if i was using it as a trade in?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 24, 2010, 06:31:25 PM
I was quoted £900 for supply and installation of a reconditioned turbo on an Audi A4 (10 year old).

Whaddyafink?

Dats like putting a rocket on an auld lawnmower why bother. no?
Bring back The Police.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 09:19:08 AM
Fcuk sake - great start to the day  >:( >:(. Got the bf to check the car again this mornin cos temp hand was rising last night. He said the water is full with oil that head gasket or something is gone or cracked!!!!! arhghghggh wtf does that mean? So i phoned me da - he said it could be frigged but will try see this evening what can be done with it. Could cry. Already in a pisser of a mood this morning without that   :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on September 27, 2010, 09:27:42 AM
Fcuk sake - great start to the day  >:( >:(. Got the bf to check the car again this mornin cos temp hand was rising last night. He said the water is full with oil that head gasket or something is gone or cracked!!!!! arhghghggh wtf does that mean? So i phoned me da - he said it could be frigged but will try see this evening what can be done with it. Could cry. Already in a pisser of a mood this morning without that   :'( :'( :'( :'(

Not gonna lie to ya - that doesn't sound good at all....
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 27, 2010, 09:38:12 AM
This may be stupid, a girl advising another girl about a car, but please go and get that seen to asap.  It happened me and in the end my head gasket blew and warped the engine.  £1.5k and three months later my car was back on the road.  It could obviously be a lot simpler than that but better safe than sorry.

Sorry TG to say I told you so, but, er, I did mention it. 

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 09:42:05 AM
I could cry - me dad after coming in to work there cos didnt want me driving it if thats what it was. Water tank full of oil - though it wasnt that way on Friday when filled with water. He said there though from a quick glance that he doesnt think it is the head gasket. He had some stuff through it to flush it out said he tinks theres a blockage or something. What the hell does that mean
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 11:24:26 AM
Me da took the car there and just brought it back. Said it isnt the head gasket for sure - duno how he knows this. Said it was blockage but he has it flushed out and sorted. Duno how or what he done. I asked no questions but he just said its grand and not to worry about it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ziggysego on September 27, 2010, 11:29:08 AM
Me da took the car there and just brought it back. Said it isnt the head gasket for sure - duno how he knows this. Said it was blockage but he has it flushed out and sorted. Duno how or what he done. I asked no questions but he just said its grand and not to worry about it.

You should have asked questions.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 27, 2010, 11:38:54 AM
Just keep an eye on things.  But have it checked out.

Water tank full of oil doesn't sound like head gasket.  It would be the other way surely i.e. water in oil if it was a head gasket.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 11:47:55 AM
Yep thats what my boss said to me there - he said the water would be in the oil if it was head gasket. My aul fella reckons it will drive me for the next while. Im buying new on in early January so i just want it to drive me to then without anything major and he reckons it will so fingers crossed.

Ziggy - are u not too busy with your productive fun day that is Monday   ::) ::) What would i be asking questions for - i know nothing about cars!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ziggysego on September 27, 2010, 11:49:34 AM
Ziggy - are u not too busy with your productive fun day that is Monday   ::) ::) What would i be asking questions for - i know nothing about cars!

No need to be rude, it wasn't a cheeky reply. I think you should have asked, to avoid a repeat occurance.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 11:53:40 AM
Who was being rude ??? If it was a mechanic i would have asked so i would know - but why ask my dad - sure if anything goes wrong with it he will be the one il go to anyway and he knows the craic. So if hes content enough to let me drive away at it il ask no questions and take his word for it. Im just praying it takes me to January
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on September 27, 2010, 12:19:20 PM
Just keep an eye on things.  But have it checked out.

Water tank full of oil doesn't sound like head gasket.  It would be the other way surely i.e. water in oil if it was a head gasket.

Assuming TG hasn't top up the oil recently  ;), how would the oil get into the water if it isn't the head gasket?

There may have been a blockage of some sort which caused the car to overheat, but I think the head has been warped/gasket failed as a result. That or something worse (i.e cracked block)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 12:50:13 PM
Im getting worried again - what would my da have flushed out and wat would he have done with it? God knows - he had some bottle of something and said defo not head gasket i have it sorted drive away at it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Gaffer on September 27, 2010, 11:26:21 PM
Im getting worried again - what would my da have flushed out and wat would he have done with it? God knows - he had some bottle of something and said defo not head gasket i have it sorted drive away at it

TG , There s a number of mechanics round the 'Island who ll put you out of your misery. Why not just bring it to one of them? Get your da to leave you to work in Dungannon in the morning and he ll bring it to someone.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on September 27, 2010, 11:33:53 PM
How do ya know where i live and where i work :o :o
Anyway i asked him again tonight when he said did ur temperature hand rise again. I said no its been grand since and he said yeh it will be fine again. He said he mentioned it to xxxxx mechanic who does all our stuff - hes friendly with him and that he said it should be ok. So im at a loss . I darent question him again
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on September 28, 2010, 12:09:15 PM
Would your Dad be very offended if you took it to a garage for a look see? 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: bailestil on December 24, 2010, 09:48:42 AM
Both headlights have gone on my Audi A4.
Changed bulb and its still not working. The sidelight works ok but the headlights don't. Fuses all seem ok.

Running on just fog lights at this stage.

On way to work i noticed at least 4-5 other audi's with the same thing. Wondering if the cold is fecking something up.

Anyone any ideas as to what else i can check, given its gonna be a nightmare getting it to a garage over christmas.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on December 24, 2010, 09:54:34 AM
Check the fuses...might be on their own circuit

Refer to handbook for the location of the fuse for the headlights.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: bailestil on December 24, 2010, 10:06:20 AM
aye I checked the fuses on the main board beside the steering wheel, and they were fine.

Can't believe how difficult they make it to change a bulb in a car these days! have to dismantle half the engine.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on December 24, 2010, 10:07:17 AM
A 4x4 came round the corner on Sat and made me make a sudden switch in the snow. I put her into the kerb and the front right hand wheel just went at a right hand angle. 4 miles walk home in the snow after that. The vehicle recovery guys said stay with the car. It was 72 hours before they picked it up. feck it, its only a car.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on December 24, 2010, 10:18:21 AM
What year is it bailestil?

Google telling me that there may be a problem with the switch on the stalk?


http://www.audiworld.com/tech/elec114.shtml (http://www.audiworld.com/tech/elec114.shtml)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: bailestil on December 24, 2010, 10:31:48 AM
2003.

I can be sure i won't be following that guide anyway :) id be way out of my depth.

(however my light is a seperate switch, not on steering wheel.)
But i suppose it could be a similar problem.

Looks like it'll be needing a garage then. :(

sidelights and foglights will have to do me in the dark for now ;)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on January 05, 2011, 02:10:41 PM
The car has finally had enough, loads of minor things but i'm getting pissed off!!

Looking at a Santa Fe 4X4 (second hand 2004) Anyone had one of these and what they think about them?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on January 05, 2011, 04:31:06 PM
Anyone ever have the accelerator pedal stick and keeping down even without your foot on it??  Jayus happened me the other week on a bendy enough road - it's some criac!!

Fixed it on the spot with a typically male and careful approach - sank the boot even further a couple of times and it came unstuck!!  ;D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 05, 2011, 04:38:23 PM
Anyone ever have the accelerator pedal stick and keeping down even without your foot on it??  Jayus happened me the other week on a bendy enough road - it's some criac!!

Fixed it on the spot with a typically male and careful approach - sank the boot even further a couple of times and it came unstuck!!  ;D
Not a Toyota is it?!

http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html (http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on January 05, 2011, 04:44:57 PM
Anyone ever have the accelerator pedal stick and keeping down even without your foot on it??  Jayus happened me the other week on a bendy enough road - it's some criac!!

Fixed it on the spot with a typically male and careful approach - sank the boot even further a couple of times and it came unstuck!!  ;D
Not a Toyota is it?!

http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html (http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html)

Nope!! Ahh wouldn't be too worried about it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Hardy on January 05, 2011, 04:48:10 PM
Ahh wouldn't be too worried about it

I would have thought it could be very dangerous. The fraction of a second you take to respond to an unexpected acceleration or failure to slow down could be fatal.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on January 05, 2011, 04:51:32 PM
Anyone ever have the accelerator pedal stick and keeping down even without your foot on it??  Jayus happened me the other week on a bendy enough road - it's some criac!!

Fixed it on the spot with a typically male and careful approach - sank the boot even further a couple of times and it came unstuck!!  ;D
Not a Toyota is it?!

http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html (http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html)

Nope!! Ahh wouldn't be too worried about it
I would next time I was approaching a T junction!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Celt_Man on January 05, 2011, 04:52:52 PM
It seems to have sorted itself out and have had no problems yet... The car was still braking even when the accelerator was sticking so not really the end of the world
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on March 04, 2011, 12:07:04 PM
Ive got a right head scratcher here - hit the car before Christmas, damage to the suspension front wheels etc, they replaced everything including the drive shaft. Car is driving fine now apart from this odd noise that i could best describe as sounding like a wobble board ::), anyway if you pull steering left it makes the noise, if you pull right it doesnt, but any bumps in a straight line and you can hear it as well. Insurers are sending out an independent engineer as the garage that repaired it maintain the noise is nothing to do with them. Also the dirty b**tard drained the diesel out of the car while it was with them.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on March 04, 2011, 12:36:04 PM
Have you had it tracked at a tyre place?  Were the wheels replaced?  The wobble boared sound would signal to mke that there may be a bulge in the tyre either from a damaged tyre or a kinked rim.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: thejuice on June 08, 2011, 01:39:05 PM
Herself was quoted with £190 to replace an EGR valve? This is mostly for labour rather than the price of the part.

Is that a fair price? Is it something you could clean yourself rather than replace.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: RMDrive on June 08, 2011, 01:56:42 PM
Herself was quoted with £190 to replace an EGR valve? This is mostly for labour rather than the price of the part.

Is that a fair price? Is it something you could clean yourself rather than replace.

Depends on where it is on the engine. For example, getting the EGR off a 2001 TDDI Mondeo is a pain, getting it off a later model is not too bad. What car is it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on June 08, 2011, 02:04:21 PM
£190 seems expensive  but don't know what involved with your particular car.  Don't you love You Tube.

Prices for replacement

http://www.micksgarage.ie/parts/egr-valves/default.aspx?gclid=CJyrnISupqkCFQNP4QodhErpuA

What ERG valve does.

http://autorepair.about.com/od/glossary/gr/def_egr-valve.htm

You Tube has videos on cleaning although above site when it goes it has to be replaced.

http://autorepair.about.com/od/glossary/gr/def_egr-valve.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMkx_utiGGc

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on June 08, 2011, 02:45:21 PM
Most can be removed/cleaned without too much difficulty
Check out car forums for your car.. They should have step by step guides to help you. It's just nuts,bolts, a squirt or two of WD40 and a few grazed fingers
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: thejuice on June 08, 2011, 03:37:41 PM
Its a Citroen C3. Her car, not mine.

Thanks for all the tips.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: johnneycool on June 08, 2011, 03:52:38 PM
Herself was quoted with £190 to replace an EGR valve? This is mostly for labour rather than the price of the part.

Is that a fair price? Is it something you could clean yourself rather than replace.

Depends on where it is on the engine. For example, getting the EGR off a 2001 TDDI Mondeo is a pain, getting it off a later model is not too bad. What car is it?

If its a vacuum operated one on a TDCI mondeo, block it up and the thing will run better. Got mine done a year ago and its the dogs danglies, no smoking out of it at all.

On the Mondeo front, got both rear axials replace a few months back but ever since then the ABS has gone to buggery, allegedly when you buy new axials you get new ABS sensors and according to a part time mechanic I may need to get the car onto the computer to get them 'recalibrated' or the likes, anyone heard about this before?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on June 08, 2011, 05:13:29 PM
Its a Citroen C3. Her car, not mine.

Thanks for all the tips.

Why do wimin love French cars? Is it the Henry ads? Mine has me driven daft about buying a Renault, I'd rather walk.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: thejuice on June 08, 2011, 05:56:58 PM
Yeah, I tend not to touch French cars. OK some Peugeots run fine but my Dad always said when it comes to buying cars its either German or Japanese anything else will break your heart.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on June 08, 2011, 06:33:01 PM
Yeah, I tend not to touch French cars. OK some Peugeots run fine but my Dad always said when it comes to buying cars its either German or Japanese anything else will break your heart.
Everybody says that and the roads are full of them. Never had any engine bother with either Citroën or Peugeot, nothing electric worked though :D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: mylestheslasher on June 08, 2011, 07:05:17 PM
Its a Citroen C3. Her car, not mine.

Thanks for all the tips.

Why do wimin love French cars? Is it the Henry ads? Mine has me driven daft about buying a Renault, I'd rather walk.

Tell her she can pay to glue it back together herself. Renault not as bad as Peugeot though.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on August 19, 2011, 06:08:27 PM
Ive got a right head scratcher here - hit the car before Christmas, damage to the suspension front wheels etc, they replaced everything including the drive shaft. Car is driving fine now apart from this odd noise that i could best describe as sounding like a wobble board ::), anyway if you pull steering left it makes the noise, if you pull right it doesnt, but any bumps in a straight line and you can hear it as well. Insurers are sending out an independent engineer as the garage that repaired it maintain the noise is nothing to do with them. Also the dirty b**tard drained the diesel out of the car while it was with them.

Well hallelujah, got the motor back tonight after months of wrangling. First garage said they had done all the work and anything else was down to wear and tear. So the insurance ombudsman was going to get sprung from the bench and stuck in on the edge of the square, and hey presto another garage took it, stripped the whole front of it, replaced the steering rack, shocks, front strut all work the first garage said they had carried out. Now 9 months later from the accident i am happy to have my car back and finally fixed but why should an insurance company / their garage supplier get away with that.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 19, 2011, 06:39:24 PM
Bit of a problem, the car wont accelerate the way it should, it's a Sante Fe TDI.

I'm thinking its the turbo but have been told it could be fuel pump.

Car drives fine, no noise and eventually speeds up but on a hill it has no power to overtake, leaving it into garage next week but wanted to have a idea before heading to mechanic
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on August 19, 2011, 10:14:44 PM
Any forums you could look at Milltown to see if its a common symptom
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on August 19, 2011, 10:35:33 PM
I'd say there could be any number of causes there Milltown, from the fuel supply to the turbo itself to the injectors.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 19, 2011, 10:38:49 PM
Any forums you could look at Milltown to see if its a common symptom

Have looked at a few and there was no common theme on the turbo side of things. I trust the mechanic so i wont get ripped off!!

Which is the dearest of these Fear ón Srath Bán?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Fear ón Srath Bán on August 19, 2011, 10:43:11 PM
Wouldn't be sure at all Milltown, but I'd imagine that the turbo and the injectors would be pricey, the fuel supply components not so much.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on August 19, 2011, 10:56:29 PM
Where you getting the Diesel from Milltown??
Had a similar problem with mine and it was down to doggy diesel
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 19, 2011, 11:00:31 PM
Where you getting the Diesel from Milltown??
Had a similar problem with mine and it was down to doggy diesel

was thinking that myself Fermgael. I was getting it from a 'spot' the odd time but it gets regularly checked by the customs and they haven't been closed down.

what damage did it do?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on August 19, 2011, 11:06:42 PM
What spot was it??  It may have been the same spot i was using myself in the West.
Will never be back.
New injectors was the main damage.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 19, 2011, 11:11:33 PM
What spot was it??  It may have been the same spot i was using myself in the West.
Will never be back.
New injectors was the main damage.

Check out the name of my username, Milltown Row

Where did you get yours?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: FermGael on August 19, 2011, 11:14:05 PM
It has lovely DOOR STEPS
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 20, 2011, 09:21:25 AM
Milltown if it is injectors and or turbo you could be looking at 4 numbers. Having said that it could be any number of things an I've had them all - clogged fuel filter, low pressure in fuel pump, faulty injectors, clogged air intake etc.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on August 20, 2011, 03:50:22 PM
Where you getting the Diesel from Milltown??
Had a similar problem with mine and it was down to doggy diesel

That's woof.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Puckoon on August 20, 2011, 04:38:53 PM
Extended factory warranty just paid for itself with a brand new factory built transmission and labour for my deductible of 200$. They quoted 3100$ for the transmission on it's own!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 20, 2011, 04:42:07 PM
Milltown if it is injectors and or turbo you could be looking at 4 numbers. Having said that it could be any number of things an I've had them all - clogged fuel filter, low pressure in fuel pump, faulty injectors, clogged air intake etc.

Hoping its not too bad a hit, would sell it before getting that much work done to it. It drives fine and I've no problem driving it the way it is but if it were fixable I'll do it
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Post by: Lecale2 on August 20, 2011, 09:05:18 PM
I had the same problem. It was the fuel pump. £300 to fix. If it is the turbo you are talking big money.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: flantheman82 on August 21, 2011, 08:13:59 AM
Wouldn't certain relatives of mine be able to have a look for you before putting it into a garage?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on September 02, 2011, 02:38:05 PM
1 year old BMW 3series... Starter button not working... Just a short buzzing sound, then nothing  ??? Anyone have any experience of this?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 02, 2011, 02:48:20 PM
At MOT centre now! Hateful place. Not looking good
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 02, 2011, 04:01:04 PM
At MOT centre now! Hateful place. Not looking good
You never told us what the issue with the car was?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on September 02, 2011, 04:42:59 PM
Sorry never got to see my mechanic as he was away on hols! Will get it to him this week. Oh and the car past MOT and i still have problem with it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 02, 2011, 04:44:09 PM
1 year old BMW 3series... Starter button not working... Just a short buzzing sound, then nothing  ??? Anyone have any experience of this?
I thought you were a student?!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: muppet on September 02, 2011, 08:33:56 PM
1 year old BMW 3series... Starter button not working... Just a short buzzing sound, then nothing  ??? Anyone have any experience of this?

The buzzing is the alarm.

The nothing is the immobilizer.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gallsman on December 10, 2011, 03:06:55 AM
Wing mirror on a 99 Almera got clipped tonight when parked in the street, glass completely smashed but the casing and electronics are fine. Anyone know where I could pick one up in the Dublin (south) area?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 10, 2011, 09:04:43 AM
Wing mirror on a 99 Almera got clipped tonight when parked in the street, glass completely smashed but the casing and electronics are fine. Anyone know where I could pick one up in the Dublin (south) area?
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Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on December 10, 2011, 10:23:43 AM
Wing mirror on a 99 Almera got clipped tonight when parked in the street, glass completely smashed but the casing and electronics are fine. Anyone know where I could pick one up in the Dublin (south) area?

Have you priced the replacement glass from your local Nissan dealer?  Easier and you'd be sure of getting the right glass.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: gallsman on December 10, 2011, 11:49:59 AM
Wing mirror on a 99 Almera got clipped tonight when parked in the street, glass completely smashed but the casing and electronics are fine. Anyone know where I could pick one up in the Dublin (south) area?

Have you priced the replacement glass from your local Nissan dealer?  Easier and you'd be sure of getting the right glass.

Their parts department doesn't open until Monday but the guy in new sales reckons they'd have it. Breaker's yard in Dun Laoghaire will only sell me the full mirror and is looking fifty quid for it which is extortionate! On top of that, I don't have the tools with me in Dublin to fit the thing.

NCT is on the 22nd, so hoping to get it sorted asap!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on December 10, 2011, 01:26:25 PM
If you have the mirror housing intact, getting the replacement glass is the best bet.  You should only have to push the mirror on to a central docking nub.  No tools needed.  Also play the poor mouth (NCT in the offing, mechanical ineptitude) and ask would it be hard to do and they might fit it for you.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: 5 Sams on January 25, 2012, 12:06:20 AM
Lads,
I'm looking to get rid of a yoke and don't want to get ripped off...anyone who knows what they're talking about as regards car valuations could you drop me an oul PM and I'll explain. Ta
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on January 25, 2012, 09:25:03 AM
Lads,
I'm looking to get rid of a yoke and don't want to get ripped off...anyone who knows what they're talking about as regards car valuations could you drop me an oul PM and I'll explain. Ta

A bit more information please.  Why/how would you get ripped off?

Easiest way to see what cars are going for would be to get a Buy&Sell and have a look at what similar yokes are going for.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: johnneycool on January 25, 2012, 10:32:52 AM
Use the likes of autotrader online and you'll get a fair idea of what you can expect.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Atticus_Finch on March 22, 2012, 12:46:36 PM
Anyone had alloys replaced or repaired ? Rang up a volkswagen dealer to enquire about it and was quoted a ridiculous amount to get them replaced.

Fairly major damage to a couple of them so don't think a DIY service would do the job, appreciate any advice.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: nrico2006 on March 22, 2012, 01:01:27 PM
You probably should expect to pay $40/50 for a good job, some boys do it for less the quality diminshes.  Theres a good place in Lisburn that did my wheels before - Lester Engineering.  Be worth a shout.
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Post by: Atticus_Finch on March 22, 2012, 02:37:54 PM
Cheers Nrico
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 21, 2012, 05:21:39 PM
Had a minor, and by minor I mean I had to get down and squint on hands and knees to see any damage, motoring incident today.

Basically bumped into the back of a 10+ year old Megane in very slow moving traffic. The absolute minimum damage was caused to his car in the form of a tiny linear crack on his back bumper. If I'm honest I'm not even convinced that the crack was even caused by me but for now I'm working on the assumption that it was.

My front number plate is cracked but I couldn't give a shite as it's still 100% visible and probably doesn't need replaced.

What I'm concerned about is the other man wants to go through insurance. I'm now afraid he's up to something and that he's going to try and milk this somehow (he is from Belfast) , as there is fcuk all that needs done to his car IMO. I could look past it if it was a newer car or one that had a metallic bumper and not plastic spray paint one.

The damage so minute that if it happened in a car park there'd be next to no chance of anyone, including the owner, ever noticing it.

For the record this has happened to me before at traffic lights where someone went into the back of me, I got out for a quick inspection, saw no tangible damage and told the other person not to worry about it... what's this lad up to?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 21, 2012, 05:34:54 PM
Had a minor, and by minor I mean I had to get down and squint on hands and knees to see any damage, motoring incident today.

Basically bumped into the back of a 10+ year old Megane in very slow moving traffic. The absolute minimum damage was caused to his car in the form of a tiny linear crack on his back bumper. If I'm honest I'm not even convinced that the crack was even caused by me but for now I'm working on the assumption that it was.

My front number plate is cracked but I couldn't give a shite as it's still 100% visible and probably doesn't need replaced.

What I'm concerned about is the other man wants to go through insurance. I'm now afraid he's up to something and that he's going to try and milk this somehow (he is from Belfast) , as there is fcuk all that needs done to his car IMO. I could look past it if it was a newer car or one that had a metallic bumper and not plastic spray paint one.

The damage so minute that if it happened in a car park there'd be next to no chance of anyone, including the owner, ever noticing it.

For the record this has happened to me before at traffic lights where someone went into the back of me, I got out for a quick inspection, saw no tangible damage and told the other person not to worry about it... what's this lad up to?
Boys from Craigavon/Lurgan claiming moral superiority over Belfast people! What is the world coming to?!

Anyway, generally what happens is he will go to a garage who will say the chassis has crumpled due to rear impact and it will cost two grand to fix. In reality he will spend 50 quid getting someone to fill, sand and paint the crack.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: EC Unique on August 21, 2012, 05:37:34 PM
You 'rear ended' him so the fault is 100% yours so he sees an opportunity for ££££. I would not be surprised if he comes at you with a whip lash claim as they are very easy to fake. Have you a protected no claims bonus? I have been in the same sort of situation and this is the 'claim culture at work.

Ask him to produce 3 independent estimates for the repair job. Where the police involved?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 21, 2012, 05:54:51 PM
You can never be too careful these days with shafties! I'm genuinely suspicious because the damage is so minuscule I have no other choice but to suspect him of being up to something!

He either hasn't the slightest notion about these things and wants to do everything by the book, in which case he'll probably be laughed at because there's more or less nothing wrong, or he wants to try and do something more sinister.

Anyway is there any point contacting my insurer and telling them not to pay out to that fecker and that I'll get the t-cut out mysel and do it for him? Like I say damage is minimal!

You 'rear ended' him so the fault is 100% yours so he sees an opportunity for ££££. I would not be surprised if he comes at you with a whip lash claim as they are very easy to fake. Have you a protected no claims bonus? I have been in the same sort of situation and this is the 'claim culture at work.

Ask him to produce 3 independent estimates for the repair job. Where the police involved?
I know I'm fully at fault but at the same time the traffic was at a snail's pace. I took photos of both cars so he'll probably be laughed at if he tries to go the full tilt. I

f he does try it I'll go to Traynors yard myself and get him a replacement bumper. No police involvement, I was near about to drive off after he looked at it and got back into his car...only to come back out again with a pen and paper.
 
I was told not to have any contact with him, so as far as I am concerned nothing is happening for now. What happened to you? The worst about it all is was that I knew by the way he was driving minutes before it that I'd go into the back of him!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 21, 2012, 06:13:13 PM
Fitz, when it comes to these cases I inevitably expect the worst and anything else is a bonus. I know a fella who rolledinto a car about walking pace and the driver successfully claimed for whiplash. If he was civil he would hit you for no worse than a new bumper from the likes of Traynors. Unfortunately everything is stacked against you.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 21, 2012, 07:11:34 PM
Not liking the sound of that. I'd try and post a picture, but the damage caused is so minimal that it isn't noticeable.

I had to get him to point it out to me. He's well entitled to a new bumper but given the age and model of his car it's probably not worth the hassle for all involved which is what annoys me the most.

I know whiplash can be hard to disprove though.  :(
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on August 21, 2012, 07:57:50 PM
Have you exchanged insurance details?  If you have and it goes to both insurance companies send your insurance company the photo of the damage. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on August 21, 2012, 08:10:02 PM
Not liking the sound of that. I'd try and post a picture, but the damage caused is so minimal that it isn't noticeable.

I had to get him to point it out to me. He's well entitled to a new bumper but given the age and model of his car it's probably not worth the hassle for all involved which is what annoys me the most.

I know whiplash can be hard to disprove though.  :(
Sounds like a bit of a hoor but might be okay. I rammed into the rear of a doll on the Westlink about 10 years ago and exchanged details but she never called back. I was expecting the worst too.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: hardstation on August 21, 2012, 08:30:28 PM
How did you manage that, Fitzroyalty? Texting or fcukin about with the radio?

There are no two ways about this - he's putting in for a whipper. We all have to buy bread.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 21, 2012, 08:36:43 PM
How did you manage that, Fitzroyalty? Texting or fcukin about with the radio?

There are no two ways about this - he's putting in for a whipper. We all have to buy bread.
I was trying to open my tin of special brew if you must know.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on August 22, 2012, 03:46:43 PM
From experience I'd agree with Hardstation. Worked in Insurance for 5 years, and part of it covering Belfast. The % of claims were there was no Personal injury was nearly Zero regardless of the level of impact. So I'd be expecting a "nice" letter in the post from a solicitor informing you of your negligence.

Was there any passengers involved?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: fitzroyalty on August 22, 2012, 06:13:52 PM
From experience I'd agree with Hardstation. Worked in Insurance for 5 years, and part of it covering Belfast. The % of claims were there was no Personal injury was nearly Zero regardless of the level of impact. So I'd be expecting a "nice" letter in the post from a solicitor informing you of your negligence.

Was there any passengers involved?
No passengers involved. That's what I'm now expecting. What are my options, for when this letter comes, level of impact was less than what you'd get at the bumper cars in Portrush.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on August 22, 2012, 08:54:01 PM
At MOT centre now! Hateful place. Not looking good
You never told us what the issue with the car was?

The problem was the Thermostat sensor, and the wiring around it had corroded. Cost £40 for diagnostics and 55 for labour and parts.

Had another problem there and it was the ABS sensor picking up a fault and automatically bring on the ABS ffs, it was picking up a crack on part of brakes. Diagnostics cost £48 and parts/labour £50.

Would make a right few pound on buying one of those diagnostic computers!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on August 23, 2012, 08:30:41 AM
From experience I'd agree with Hardstation. Worked in Insurance for 5 years, and part of it covering Belfast. The % of claims were there was no Personal injury was nearly Zero regardless of the level of impact. So I'd be expecting a "nice" letter in the post from a solicitor informing you of your negligence.

Was there any passengers involved?
No passengers involved. That's what I'm now expecting. What are my options, for when this letter comes, level of impact was less than what you'd get at the bumper cars in Portrush.

Just keep an eye out to see if you only receive the one letter. You'll prob get one claiming for Personal injury and property damage. Too be honest there's not much you can do. You could try TYP's suggestion but I wouldn't advise it. Firstly the insurance company will ask how the third party managed to get your Reg and personal details (I'm assuming you swapped details when it happened) Secondly they'll look to assess both vehicles so if there is any paint transfer, even the smallest amount on either vehicle you'll be fecked. and if there is a mark, no matter how small on the TD vehicle they'll do the measurements of the height of your bumber etc to see if it matches up. And if it does you'll find most insurance companies won't take the risk of putting it in front of a judge. And with the No win no fee solicitors these days the third party will be happy to run it the whole way.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Puckoon on August 23, 2012, 02:41:09 PM
If you get dinged for personal injury there's a bunch of physiotherapists from Mayo direction who can do all sorts of equations regarding angles, torque etc and most likely provide definitive evidence guaranteeing you total absolution. They can do it in a matter of seconds too, mighty job.  :)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Olly on August 23, 2012, 03:19:14 PM
If your fuel gauge is showing critical and you have about 5 miles to go to get to a petrol shop, does freewheeling help ie getting there by picking massive hills and trying not to use the breaks after you've hit the peak - or does freewheeling (ie neutral eg) not make a difference?

Also, if there are no hills, is it best to drive in first, second, third, fourth or fifth to the petrol place?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Abble on February 03, 2013, 02:51:08 PM
I've just discovered the car has a broken front spring on the passenger side. is it still safe to drive for a few days until i can get it booked in with my mechanic ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on February 03, 2013, 04:30:53 PM
Should be ok but take it easy over the bumps or you could dislodge it and put it through the tyre.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on February 03, 2013, 05:16:52 PM
I've just discovered the car has a broken front spring on the passenger side. is it still safe to drive for a few days until i can get it booked in with my mechanic ?

When you say spring, do you mean Shock Absorber?  If it is the shock absorber, you should be alright for a few days.  Just be careful and go slow.  No Motorways.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Abble on February 03, 2013, 05:18:54 PM
I've just discovered the car has a broken front spring on the passenger side. is it still safe to drive for a few days until i can get it booked in with my mechanic ?

When you say spring, do you mean Shock Absorber?  If it is the shock absorber, you should be alright for a few days.  Just be careful and go slow.  No Motorways.

i think its the coil spring which maybe sits outside the shock ? but it sits well above the tyre so i might be able to chance a short trip tomorrow ? theres not a chance i'd motorway this. I'll get it into the mechanic on tuesday.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on February 03, 2013, 08:30:10 PM
Ring your mechanic in case he needs to order them in.  Also, he may suggest that you replace the spring on the other side.  If it failed due to wear tear, it may be prudent to replace both sides.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Abble on February 03, 2013, 08:44:51 PM
Ring your mechanic in case he needs to order them in.  Also, he may suggest that you replace the spring on the other side.  If it failed due to wear tear, it may be prudent to replace both sides.

Thanks D.F.  :)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: WeeDonns on February 04, 2013, 09:09:22 AM
Get the spring yourself

I broke the bottom coil of a coil spring a few years ago and Charles Hurst in Belfast were going to charge me something like £56 for the spring alone! I called in at Traynors in Moy and got one for £9 and my cousin who was working in a Tyre place at the time replaced it in about 5mins
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tbrick18 on February 04, 2013, 09:50:05 AM
Apparantly the cold weather is to blame for a lot of springs breaking!
A front spring is dangerous enough, it could go through the tyre, or it could damage your braking system by damaging brake pipes etc.
Either way I wouldnt chance it too much. Apart from the additional cost of more damage, you could finish up in a ditch or worse.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: LeoMc on February 04, 2013, 10:02:21 AM
From experience I'd agree with Hardstation. Worked in Insurance for 5 years, and part of it covering Belfast. The % of claims were there was no Personal injury was nearly Zero regardless of the level of impact. So I'd be expecting a "nice" letter in the post from a solicitor informing you of your negligence.

Was there any passengers involved?
No passengers involved. That's what I'm now expecting. What are my options, for when this letter comes, level of impact was less than what you'd get at the bumper cars in Portrush.

Did you ever get the letter?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omagh_gael on December 02, 2013, 08:28:06 PM
My car failed the MOT and I am booking it in for retest. It says you have 21 days to get it retested, however, the first day available for a retest in my local centre is Saturday. ThT would be the 21st day...will this be OK or would they view Friday as being the 21st day? Hope this makes sense.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on December 02, 2013, 08:30:54 PM
My car failed the MOT and I am booking it in for retest. It says you have 21 days to get it retested, however, the first day available for a retest in my local centre is Saturday. ThT would be the 21st day...will this be OK or would they view Friday as being the 21st day? Hope this makes sense.

Phone everyday and see if you can get a cancellation, or try another centre. But ask the MOT centre they should tell you
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Norf Tyrone on October 20, 2014, 08:44:13 PM
Stupid question, mostly as I know nowt about cars.

What is the technical name for the foam cover that sits at the base of where the engine compartment is. It's roughly the shape and size of the bonnet and is used to muffle the engine noise.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: sensethetone on October 20, 2014, 09:37:16 PM
Stupid question, mostly as I know nowt about cars.

What is the technical name for the foam cover that sits at the base of where the engine compartment is. It's roughly the shape and size of the bonnet and is used to muffle the engine noise.
sound suppression?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Norf Tyrone on October 20, 2014, 10:34:33 PM
Stupid question, mostly as I know nowt about cars.

What is the technical name for the foam cover that sits at the base of where the engine compartment is. It's roughly the shape and size of the bonnet and is used to muffle the engine noise.
sound suppression?

Could be. I'll check. Thanks.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on October 21, 2014, 10:19:22 AM
Stupid question, mostly as I know nowt about cars.

What is the technical name for the foam cover that sits at the base of where the engine compartment is. It's roughly the shape and size of the bonnet and is used to muffle the engine noise.
sound suppression?

Could be. I'll check. Thanks.
"Belly pan", in some mechanics lingo.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on September 16, 2017, 09:00:28 PM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: stew on September 16, 2017, 09:34:48 PM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?

Sorry for your troubles Owen, that is disgusting.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 16, 2017, 09:46:10 PM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?
I'm getting the name of one tomorrow in north Belfast, arrived back at Dublin airport this afternoon to find 3 long scratches on the back of mine. No idea how it could have happened as it was a surface car park with plenty of space, didn't look like it was backed into.
I'll let you know when I get the number. My sister has used someone frequently!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: illdecide on September 16, 2017, 09:57:02 PM
Guys was changing the glow plugs in my Toyota and 3 of them cam out easily, in fact the forth came out just as easy as the rest only the carbon tip didn't come out with it. There is about 20-25mm of the top of the glow plug still in engine block...HELP!!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on September 17, 2017, 01:57:51 AM
Guys was changing the glow plugs in my Toyota and 3 of them cam out easily, in fact the forth came out just as easy as the rest only the carbon tip didn't come out with it. There is about 20-25mm of the top of the glow plug still in engine block...HELP!!!

Oh shit! Not an easy fix. Head has to come off I doubt.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on September 17, 2017, 09:33:42 AM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?

Sorry for your troubles Owen, that is disgusting.

Thanks Stew, actually it is my son's car, he found it keyed after he returned to it in the morning after night duty in the Mater Hospital and the car was in the hospital car park.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on September 17, 2017, 11:05:09 AM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?

Sorry for your troubles Owen, that is disgusting.

Thanks Stew, actually it is my son's car, he found it keyed after he returned to it in the morning after night duty in the Mater Hospital and the car was in the hospital car park.
Don't f**k with another man's vehicle. It's just against the rules.

Some b**tard dented my door in a car park and rubbed some sort on it to cover it up. As the rest of the car was clean it drew my attention to it. Careless pricks although less infuriating than some vermin deliberately keying a car.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on September 17, 2017, 01:24:35 PM
Any recommendations for a good car body shop in Belfast to repair a rear door on a relatively new car keyed by some lowlife?

Sorry for your troubles Owen, that is disgusting.

Thanks Stew, actually it is my son's car, he found it keyed after he returned to it in the morning after night duty in the Mater Hospital and the car was in the hospital car park.
There is def a place on Antrim Road within walking distance of the Mater. I'll send details later when I get the number.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BennyCake on September 25, 2017, 03:41:26 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Don Johnson on September 25, 2017, 04:17:39 PM
Anyone ever damage a rental car? What sort of charges?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: johnneycool on September 25, 2017, 04:20:16 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?

Power steering fluid levels ok I  presume?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: TabClear on September 25, 2017, 04:36:18 PM
Anyone ever damage a rental car? What sort of charges?

That is not a good space to be in. I know a guy had an absolute nightmare with a hire car company. They started out looking £400 for a scraped bumper (should have been maybe £150 tops to fix?)and withheld an excess of over £1000 on his credit card for months until it was sorted. How much damage is it, i.e. a minor scrape or fully fledged crash?

Probably not much good to you now DJ but you can buy an annual insurance policy to supplement the minimum cover the car hire company provides that covers your excess  for about £40 per year. Means you can just walk away when you leave the car back with no comeback for the excess.  I think to buy the same cover at the desk when you get the airport is up to £20 per day.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: armaghniac on September 25, 2017, 06:30:31 PM
Probably not much good to you now DJ but you can buy an annual insurance policy to supplement the minimum cover the car hire company provides that covers your excess  for about £40 per year. Means you can just walk away when you leave the car back with no comeback for the excess.  I think to buy the same cover at the desk when you get the airport is up to £20 per day.

Such policies generally refund you, so the rental people would still hold your car and the third part insurer would refund you in time. Some people would not regard having a hold on their car as "just walking away", although of course it is what cards are for.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on September 25, 2017, 06:33:15 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?

Power steering fluid levels ok I  presume?

A new auxiliary belt should cure it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: TabClear on September 25, 2017, 08:06:34 PM
Probably not much good to you now DJ but you can buy an annual insurance policy to supplement the minimum cover the car hire company provides that covers your excess  for about £40 per year. Means you can just walk away when you leave the car back with no comeback for the excess.  I think to buy the same cover at the desk when you get the airport is up to £20 per day.

Such policies generally refund you, so the rental people would still hold your car and the third part insurer would refund you in time. Some people would not regard having a hold on their car as "just walking away", although of course it is what cards are for.

I know what you mean as you have enough limit on the card to put a hold on the entire excess, ususally over a grand for up to a month.  Still definitely preferable to paying £100 plus to a hire company in my opinion for their insurance. 

With the amount of competition out there I find car hire really good value, as long as you do your homework in terms of insurance, child seats, sat nav,"upgrades" etc.  If you have to buy anything at the desk they will screw you
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BennyCake on September 25, 2017, 08:43:12 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?

Power steering fluid levels ok I  presume?

Yeah they're ok.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BennyCake on September 25, 2017, 08:44:11 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?

Power steering fluid levels ok I  presume?

A new auxiliary belt should cure it.

Is that a timing belt or a fan belt?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on September 25, 2017, 08:51:30 PM
A bit of squealing from the engine when steering wheel at full turn. Steering feels a bit heavy whilst doing so too.

Any ideas?

Power steering fluid levels ok I  presume?

A new auxiliary belt should cure it.

Is that a timing belt or a fan belt?

Known as the fan belt but no longer runs the fan. Runs the water pump and sometimes the aircon. Some cars have a separate belt for power steering. Definitely not the timing belt. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Don Johnson on September 26, 2017, 08:45:36 AM
Anyone ever damage a rental car? What sort of charges?

That is not a good space to be in. I know a guy had an absolute nightmare with a hire car company. They started out looking £400 for a scraped bumper (should have been maybe £150 tops to fix?)and withheld an excess of over £1000 on his credit card for months until it was sorted. How much damage is it, i.e. a minor scrape or fully fledged crash?

Probably not much good to you now DJ but you can buy an annual insurance policy to supplement the minimum cover the car hire company provides that covers your excess  for about £40 per year. Means you can just walk away when you leave the car back with no comeback for the excess.  I think to buy the same cover at the desk when you get the airport is up to £20 per day.

It was a scractch on teh back left, maybe about 8 inches long. Then when I was dropping the car off I said to her 'I scratched it' and she pointed to the front saying 'is this it?' so there was another scratch/dent on the front left bumper. I honestly couldn't even think of when that might have happened.

Yeah I have since read up about those alternative policies. I will definitely be using them in future. In May I took the full insurance for the week it was just over £100ish. This time the fella tried to charge me £350, I said that's far too expensive for a week (hindsight is a wonderful thing), he said I will see can I get you a discount, then told me £320. I declined it, telling him what I had paid in May, he said that was his best. Ah well, just wait on the bill now I suppose.

Just don't hope they put the hand in too much now. Though google searches reveal horror stories!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: TabClear on September 26, 2017, 09:07:56 AM
Anyone ever damage a rental car? What sort of charges?

That is not a good space to be in. I know a guy had an absolute nightmare with a hire car company. They started out looking £400 for a scraped bumper (should have been maybe £150 tops to fix?)and withheld an excess of over £1000 on his credit card for months until it was sorted. How much damage is it, i.e. a minor scrape or fully fledged crash?

Probably not much good to you now DJ but you can buy an annual insurance policy to supplement the minimum cover the car hire company provides that covers your excess  for about £40 per year. Means you can just walk away when you leave the car back with no comeback for the excess.  I think to buy the same cover at the desk when you get the airport is up to £20 per day.

It was a scractch on teh back left, maybe about 8 inches long. Then when I was dropping the car off I said to her 'I scratched it' and she pointed to the front saying 'is this it?' so there was another scratch/dent on the front left bumper. I honestly couldn't even think of when that might have happened.

Yeah I have since read up about those alternative policies. I will definitely be using them in future. In May I took the full insurance for the week it was just over £100ish. This time the fella tried to charge me £350, I said that's far too expensive for a week (hindsight is a wonderful thing), he said I will see can I get you a discount, then told me £320. I declined it, telling him what I had paid in May, he said that was his best. Ah well, just wait on the bill now I suppose.

Just don't hope they put the hand in too much now. Though google searches reveal horror stories!

I think they are a bit better now than they used to be but dont accept their initial "estimate". If you have photos etc try and get a ball park quote either from a local guy at home or even better if you can speak the local lingo and get one a mechanic from the same area the car is in.  Threats of internet reviews etc can have an impact as well in getting the quote down to a more acceptable level. What firm is it by the way?

Worst of it is, it is guaranteed that if you got the same car this time next year the scrape will still be there unfixed and about 5 other people who did not notice it at the initial inspection have probably paid for it as well!

Best of luck with it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on October 06, 2017, 02:09:52 PM
For the past 6 months or so i would randomly lose power in the car and couldnt get above 30/40, generally it rectified itself and it really only happened a few times so i paid no attention. Keep an eye though when you are doing higher speeds on motorway and that as i found it slower to get my speed up there.
Last week i overtook quickly going off the motorway and felt it nearly snap. Drove away at it back down the motorway until lost all power, every light flashed on and the smoke was mental. Roaring from the car was mad as well.  Turns out my turbo blew up. Point of that story was that few times i felt it lose power but go back on so maybe its a sign the turbo is going  :-\
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on October 07, 2017, 09:38:57 AM
For the past 6 months or so i would randomly lose power in the car and couldnt get above 30/40, generally it rectified itself and it really only happened a few times so i paid no attention. Keep an eye though when you are doing higher speeds on motorway and that as i found it slower to get my speed up there.
Last week i overtook quickly going off the motorway and felt it nearly snap. Drove away at it back down the motorway until lost all power, every light flashed on and the smoke was mental. Roaring from the car was mad as well.  Turns out my turbo blew up. Point of that story was that few times i felt it lose power but go back on so maybe its a sign the turbo is going  :-\

Good notice given the increasingly high number of petrol and diesel cars with turbos.

Turbos are susceptible to damage than we are led to believe because the oil pipes to them clog up when the turbo has not been allowed to cool down gradually after high speed driving.  This causes deposits to build up in small pipes and with no oil being pushed around the turbo it will blow up.  More of a problem with older cars that do not have overrun cooling fans which attempt to cool the engine after the car is switched off.  Best to allow an engine to cool down by leaving the engine on idle for several minutes immediately after high speed driving, e.g. motorway driving and then pulling in to a service station and switching off immediately.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on October 07, 2017, 12:21:20 PM
Owen - I promised you the name of a bodywork man on Antrim Rd - turns out he's closed!
I hope your son got sorted anyway.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on October 07, 2017, 09:11:11 PM
Owen - I promised you the name of a bodywork man on Antrim Rd - turns out he's closed!
I hope your son got sorted anyway.

Thanks Rois, he is getting prices from Kerrs in Omagh and VW in Belfast.  £400 cash is cost at present because the front door and back panel have to be included to 'blend' the new paint.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Olly on October 08, 2017, 09:52:18 AM
A squirrel has built its winter nest in the dashboard of my car and I'm not sure how to handle this - does anyone have any recommendations?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: macdanger2 on October 08, 2017, 10:00:20 PM
A squirrel has built its winter nest in the dashboard of my car and I'm not sure how to handle this - does anyone have any recommendations?

That's nuts
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on October 08, 2017, 10:10:26 PM
A squirrel has built its winter nest in the dashboard of my car and I'm not sure how to handle this - does anyone have any recommendations?
Is it Tufty? At least you'll be safe on the road.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: armaghniac on October 08, 2017, 10:38:31 PM
A squirrel has built its winter nest in the dashboard of my car and I'm not sure how to handle this - does anyone have any recommendations?

If it is one of them American squirrels hit it a rap with a hammer.
If it is a proper Irish squirrel park the car up in a garage until April.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: supersarsfields on October 20, 2017, 01:50:40 PM
Starter motor going in my mondeo. Is it a big job to change? Or better to leave into professionals?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on October 20, 2017, 05:05:43 PM
Professionals I'd say
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: DickyRock on October 20, 2017, 05:16:37 PM
Got an eFlow toll request form Euro Parking Collection Plc. Travelled through twice, I had forgotten and was a couple of days late with the payment (10 days late in fairness). Appealed as I have the payment receipt. Anyone been in the same position?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Throw ball on October 20, 2017, 06:14:06 PM
Starter motor going in my mondeo. Is it a big job to change? Or better to leave into professionals?

Had the same problem myself last year. Got a local fella to fix it. Bit awkward I was told.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on October 20, 2017, 08:50:58 PM
Starter motor going in my mondeo. Is it a big job to change? Or better to leave into professionals?

Looks like you might need access to a ramp or pit to get at it:

https://youtu.be/h12jHlF6q5I (https://youtu.be/h12jHlF6q5I)

https://youtu.be/q4ItPF1o8L0 (https://youtu.be/q4ItPF1o8L0)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: doodaa on October 24, 2017, 04:56:08 PM
For the past 6 months or so i would randomly lose power in the car and couldnt get above 30/40, generally it rectified itself and it really only happened a few times so i paid no attention. Keep an eye though when you are doing higher speeds on motorway and that as i found it slower to get my speed up there.
Last week i overtook quickly going off the motorway and felt it nearly snap. Drove away at it back down the motorway until lost all power, every light flashed on and the smoke was mental. Roaring from the car was mad as well.  Turns out my turbo blew up. Point of that story was that few times i felt it lose power but go back on so maybe its a sign the turbo is going  :-\

Good notice given the increasingly high number of petrol and diesel cars with turbos.

Turbos are susceptible to damage than we are led to believe because the oil pipes to them clog up when the turbo has not been allowed to cool down gradually after high speed driving.  This causes deposits to build up in small pipes and with no oil being pushed around the turbo it will blow up.  More of a problem with older cars that do not have overrun cooling fans which attempt to cool the engine after the car is switched off.  Best to allow an engine to cool down by leaving the engine on idle for several minutes immediately after high speed driving, e.g. motorway driving and then pulling in to a service station and switching off immediately.

Unless you live literally beside a motorway doing 70/80mph to turning the car off within a minute then the above shouldn't be a problem. Most people will have a bit of a slower speed journey from the motorway to their home to allow the engine to cool down enough.
A bigger reason for turbos shitting themselves is the longlife servicing schedules. No car should be running more than 10k before oil changes. But servicing now is generally 12k+. The oil coming out would be like treacle!
I tend to change the oil every 6-8k to keep the engine sweet.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: armaghniac on October 24, 2017, 05:13:08 PM
Unless you live literally beside a motorway doing 70/80mph to turning the car off within a minute then the above shouldn't be a problem. Most people will have a bit of a slower speed journey from the motorway to their home to allow the engine to cool down enough.
A bigger reason for turbos shitting themselves is the longlife servicing schedules. No car should be running more than 10k before oil changes. But servicing now is generally 12k+. The oil coming out would be like treacle!

How about filling up at motorway service stations?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: doodaa on October 26, 2017, 04:39:10 PM
Unless you live literally beside a motorway doing 70/80mph to turning the car off within a minute then the above shouldn't be a problem. Most people will have a bit of a slower speed journey from the motorway to their home to allow the engine to cool down enough.
A bigger reason for turbos shitting themselves is the longlife servicing schedules. No car should be running more than 10k before oil changes. But servicing now is generally 12k+. The oil coming out would be like treacle!

How about filling up at motorway service stations?

Unless you are doing 70/80mph then pulling into a service station and turning the car off every single day then I don't see it being an issue.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: general_lee on October 26, 2017, 05:56:18 PM
Got an eFlow toll request form Euro Parking Collection Plc. Travelled through twice, I had forgotten and was a couple of days late with the payment (10 days late in fairness). Appealed as I have the payment receipt. Anyone been in the same position?
You have to go through some English crowd (if you’re in a Northern reg car). I had a few issues with them but they’re easy enough dealt with so long as you have proof you paid. Try tweeting them, they can be slow to reply though.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: DickyRock on October 26, 2017, 06:25:32 PM
Cheers General lee. Got an email the other day.

Quote
Thank you for your communication regarding the above case.
On behalf of the relevant Issuing Organisation, we are pleased to confirm that due to the circumstances of this particular case, the Notice has been cancelled.
However, EPC reserves the right to re-issue the notice should it be proven that the representation was accepted in error, or evidence is presented which contradicts the facts stated in the original representation.

Will see if they come back with a late payment fine. It did answer my question I had though from a few months back 🙈

Has anyone in the North ever got a request for payment after not paying the M50 toll? If you did, what did you do?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on October 26, 2017, 06:42:22 PM
The persistence of archaic coolant system designs that consistently fail in motor vehicles bugs my shite.

Electric pump, electric fan, do away with the thermostat. Vary the speed of pump dependant on coolant temperature (you could even factor in ambient and car speed if you want to get really fancy)
Cars will heat up faster, cool down quicker and you have to have to worry about an engine overheating when its not even running, you could possibly even do away with fan and radiator if you do your sums right by incorporating a simple & strategically placed heat exchanger into the block
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Over the Bar on October 26, 2017, 11:41:26 PM
Cheers General lee. Got an email the other day.

Quote
Thank you for your communication regarding the above case.
On behalf of the relevant Issuing Organisation, we are pleased to confirm that due to the circumstances of this particular case, the Notice has been cancelled.
However, EPC reserves the right to re-issue the notice should it be proven that the representation was accepted in error, or evidence is presented which contradicts the facts stated in the original representation.

Will see if they come back with a late payment fine. It did answer my question I had though from a few months back 🙈

Has anyone in the North ever got a request for payment after not paying the M50 toll? If you did, what did you do?

I've ignored them, but being the cautious sort looked into it.  Apparently the requests for payment cannot be enforced up Naarth, but they could potentially hit you when you head back to Mexico  but it would take a bailiff/debt recovery agency to impound your yoke, if they decided to appoint one to watch out for you which is as unlikely as Liverpool winning the Premier League this year.   
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: north_antrim_hound on October 27, 2017, 01:52:07 AM
The persistence of archaic coolant system designs that consistently fail in motor vehicles bugs my shite.

Electric pump, electric fan, do away with the thermostat. Vary the speed of pump dependant on coolant temperature (you could even factor in ambient and car speed if you want to get really fancy)
Cars will heat up faster, cool down quicker and you have to have to worry about an engine overheating when its not even running, you could possibly even do away with fan and radiator if you do your sums right by incorporating a simple & strategically placed heat exchanger into the block

The coolant system is a heat transfer system
The rate of heat transfer is dictated by water pumps that is geared to cater for  heat generation at a given RPM to reach a radiator exposed to Cool air
With cylinder combust temps upwards of 600 degrees it's feat of engineering to keep them cooled
Charge air coolers assist most cooling systems now as well
I think your trying to recreate the wheel here
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: giveherlong on January 28, 2018, 11:10:25 AM
2006 VW Jetta 1.9 PD engine
Using coolant and only blowing cold air

Tried a number of things:
New water pump
Flushed heating matrix
Put in a bottle of the £30 gasket sealant

All to no avail

There are no water leaks and I think the coolant is blowing back out over the overflow
After the engine heats up and you switch off and open coolant bottle- there is serious pressure and coolant floods back in again

Any ideas what it could be. Hopefully not a head gasket
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on January 28, 2018, 02:54:13 PM
Sounds very like the head gasket. Is there oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: giveherlong on January 28, 2018, 09:20:53 PM
Sounds very like the head gasket. Is there oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil?

No coolant or oil mixing either way. U ever come across my issue on the 1.9 PD engines?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on January 28, 2018, 10:31:43 PM
Sounds very like the head gasket. Is there oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil?

No coolant or oil mixing either way. U ever come across my issue on the 1.9 PD engines?

I have not but that said it could still be head gasket. Take off the lid and fill to the top. Run the engine cold and see if there are bubbles coming up. If there are it shows that compression is escaping the cylinder and getting into the coolant system.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on March 01, 2018, 09:12:45 PM
Not a problem as such. But does anyone know a company who can ship cars from England to NI for a reasonable price? Tried online but some serious charges been quoted.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on March 01, 2018, 10:25:06 PM
Not a problem as such. But does anyone know a company who can ship cars from England to NI for a reasonable price? Tried online but some serious charges been quoted.

Should be around £250 - £300 depending on where it is. PM me if you want a name and number of who I use.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trileacman on March 05, 2018, 01:53:27 AM
Looking to buy a people carrier/ suv. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BenDover on March 05, 2018, 08:29:19 AM
Looking to buy a people carrier/ suv. Any suggestions?
We've a Ford S-Max, three full seats in the back for car seats, and the two seats in the back are a decent size as well when they're up.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on March 05, 2018, 08:52:31 AM
Looking to buy a people carrier/ suv. Any suggestions?

I bought the Mrs a 2010 VW Touran. Great bus
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 05, 2018, 10:09:41 AM
Someone help me out. Torn between buying an automatic and manual. Really really want an automatic but the counterpart in manual is good bit cheaper and seem to be lot better on fuel. Need to make a decision basically by the end of today. Anyone guide me in the right direction?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on March 05, 2018, 10:49:52 AM
Someone help me out. Torn between buying an automatic and manual. Really really want an automatic but the counterpart in manual is good bit cheaper and seem to be lot better on fuel. Need to make a decision basically by the end of today. Anyone guide me in the right direction?

Depends on your annual mileage? What type of car is it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on March 05, 2018, 10:58:55 AM
Hi GJL - any ideas on how to stop the fan on a VW passat from squealing. On settings 1 and 2 it squeals some of the time but when you turn it up to 3 and 4 it stops. Guess something wants oiling ? Is it something that would be hard to get at ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 05, 2018, 11:06:58 AM
Annual mileage around 12/13 k. Its vauxhall astra. The one im thinking of buying is 1.6 petrol automatic but seems very bad mpg compared to manual diesel ones which are also cheaper to buy.
Have you had any experience with either? Any experience also with Charles Hurst?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on March 05, 2018, 11:12:11 AM
Annual mileage around 12/13 k. Its vauxhall astra. The one im thinking of buying is 1.6 petrol automatic but seems very bad mpg compared to manual diesel ones which are also cheaper to buy.
Have you had any experience with either? Any experience also with Charles Hurst?

My father used to say 'the day you buy is the day you sell' I would apply this to a 1.6 petrol Astra auto. It would be very difficult to sell on when you are finished with it. I have no real experience with them but a manual diesel would be much more popular here. If you really want auto go back a couple of years and buy a VW Golf TDI auto. Better quality and will hold it's value better.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on March 05, 2018, 11:13:06 AM
Hi GJL - any ideas on how to stop the fan on a VW passat from squealing. On settings 1 and 2 it squeals some of the time but when you turn it up to 3 and 4 it stops. Guess something wants oiling ? Is it something that would be hard to get at ?

Sounds like the bearing in the motor has a bit of play in it. Get to a breaker yard and get a second hand one.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on March 05, 2018, 11:18:59 AM
Annual mileage around 12/13 k. Its vauxhall astra. The one im thinking of buying is 1.6 petrol automatic but seems very bad mpg compared to manual diesel ones which are also cheaper to buy.
Have you had any experience with either? Any experience also with Charles Hurst?

Surely apples and oranges.  You are making two jumps at once, first to petrol and secondly to auto box.  Compare petrol to diesel manual to see how much that is costing in mpg.

Would recommend an auto on the basis of driving my third auto(semi auto), Golf 2L TDI which gives 48 mpg over all driving. It has its quirks as a double clutch auto. Previously had torque convertor in a C Class which was much smoother and although 170 bhp it returned slightly better than the Golf.  Prior to that I had a 2L TFSI A3 auto petrol and it returned 29 mpg but no worse than the similar manual car, it was a very fast car and didn't encourage economy.

Will still go for an auto next time but probably with a petrol.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on March 05, 2018, 03:43:21 PM
Hi GJL - any ideas on how to stop the fan on a VW passat from squealing. On settings 1 and 2 it squeals some of the time but when you turn it up to 3 and 4 it stops. Guess something wants oiling ? Is it something that would be hard to get at ?

Sounds like the bearing in the motor has a bit of play in it. Get to a breaker yard and get a second hand one.

Cheers GJL will do.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Frank_The_Tank on March 05, 2018, 04:14:38 PM
Anyone ever use RadWeld Plus for a leaking radiator - the car is a 2007 Diesel Vauxhall Astra - the radiator is leaking fairly badly - having to top up the water once a day. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: maddog on March 05, 2018, 04:18:56 PM
Anyone ever use RadWeld Plus for a leaking radiator - the car is a 2007 Diesel Vauxhall Astra - the radiator is leaking fairly badly - having to top up the water once a day.

yes i have but it wasn't needing topping up everyday. It was about every 2 weeks. Never leaked a drop since.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Frank_The_Tank on March 05, 2018, 04:23:19 PM
Anyone ever use RadWeld Plus for a leaking radiator - the car is a 2007 Diesel Vauxhall Astra - the radiator is leaking fairly badly - having to top up the water once a day.

yes i have but it wasn't needing topping up everyday. It was about every 2 weeks. Never leaked a drop since.

yeah unsure whether it will fully cure the problem but even if it helps a bit I think I'll give it a go - car isn't really worth investing much money in fixing tbh
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Hound on March 05, 2018, 04:34:00 PM
Annual mileage around 12/13 k. Its vauxhall astra. The one im thinking of buying is 1.6 petrol automatic but seems very bad mpg compared to manual diesel ones which are also cheaper to buy.
Have you had any experience with either? Any experience also with Charles Hurst?

My father used to say 'the day you buy is the day you sell' I would apply this to a 1.6 petrol Astra auto. It would be very difficult to sell on when you are finished with it. I have no real experience with them but a manual diesel would be much more popular here. If you really want auto go back a couple of years and buy a VW Golf TDI auto. Better quality and will hold it's value better.

Not sure, you can say that for certain now re lower sell-on value. A lot of people predicting Diesel 2nd hand values will go through the floor in coming years.

As Owen said above, the main reason for lower mpg is petrol v diesel rather than automatic v manual.

I changed to an automatic about 10 years. Now I get to drive a manual for 1 day a year when the car is in for service. I enjoy it for about 10 minutes, but then pine for my automatic.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 05, 2018, 04:48:45 PM
Thanks for your help guys. Appreciated.

Have now found a 2.0 diesel automatic (same car) same year and with same amount of miles. Its in scotland so by time i get it home it will cost about £500 dearer. Maybe worth it in the long run?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on March 05, 2018, 05:25:49 PM
Annual mileage around 12/13 k. Its vauxhall astra. The one im thinking of buying is 1.6 petrol automatic but seems very bad mpg compared to manual diesel ones which are also cheaper to buy.
Have you had any experience with either? Any experience also with Charles Hurst?

My father used to say 'the day you buy is the day you sell' I would apply this to a 1.6 petrol Astra auto. It would be very difficult to sell on when you are finished with it. I have no real experience with them but a manual diesel would be much more popular here. If you really want auto go back a couple of years and buy a VW Golf TDI auto. Better quality and will hold it's value better.

Not sure, you can say that for certain now re lower sell-on value. A lot of people predicting Diesel 2nd hand values will go through the floor in coming years.

As Owen said above, the main reason for lower mpg is petrol v diesel rather than automatic v manual.

I changed to an automatic about 10 years. Now I get to drive a manual for 1 day a year when the car is in for service. I enjoy it for about 10 minutes, but then pine for my automatic.

After finding it doesn't slow/stop when you brake coming up to lights/junction!   :)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on March 05, 2018, 06:05:13 PM
Anyone ever use RadWeld Plus for a leaking radiator - the car is a 2007 Diesel Vauxhall Astra - the radiator is leaking fairly badly - having to top up the water once a day.
Yes used it a few years ago in an old yoke (the radiator had drained whilst I was in work) and never lost a drop afterwards.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on March 06, 2018, 12:04:01 PM
Update!. I went with the diesel automatic. Seems a decent wee car.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on March 06, 2018, 12:21:17 PM
"Seems"  ;)

Good luck with it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Frank_The_Tank on March 06, 2018, 06:11:54 PM
Anyone ever use RadWeld Plus for a leaking radiator - the car is a 2007 Diesel Vauxhall Astra - the radiator is leaking fairly badly - having to top up the water once a day.
Yes used it a few years ago in an old yoke (the radiator had drained whilst I was in work) and never lost a drop afterwards.

Cheers - bought some anyway and topped it up last night so ill see what happens with it over next few days
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 18, 2018, 09:40:24 AM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on April 18, 2018, 09:53:57 AM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major

It could just be the DPF going through a regeneration process. Normal enough.

Is it a VW, Seat, Skoda or Audi?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on April 18, 2018, 09:54:42 AM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 18, 2018, 09:57:03 AM
Thank god that sets my mind at rest a bit. Am thinking surely if something wrong it would show up on screen.

Cheers to you both. Its a Vauxhall Astra.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 18, 2018, 10:09:52 AM
Thank god that sets my mind at rest a bit. Am thinking surely if something wrong it would show up on screen.

Cheers to you both. Its a Vauxhall Astra.

My car does it also
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 18, 2018, 11:16:00 PM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: snoopdog on April 19, 2018, 08:03:21 AM

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on April 19, 2018, 09:19:29 AM

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt

Yea. All modern diesel cars with a DPF benefit from a good spin out a motorway at 70mph so that the system can perform a full regeneration. You can also get an additive for the fuel that you can put in every 10000 miles or so that will help clean the whole system.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 19, 2018, 10:45:31 AM
Thanks everyone. It isnt happening every time but then im mostly doing short journeys. Few miles here and there. Have never had a burning smell from it, no smell at all.

Came up on the dash saying it needs serviced. Seems to have been serviced about 12000 miles ago so im going to book it in somewhere within the next few weeks.

If im only doing short journeys how often should i be doing a 70 mph run down the motorway?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: snoopdog on April 19, 2018, 11:08:45 AM
Thanks everyone. It isnt happening every time but then im mostly doing short journeys. Few miles here and there. Have never had a burning smell from it, no smell at all.

Came up on the dash saying it needs serviced. Seems to have been serviced about 12000 miles ago so im going to book it in somewhere within the next few weeks.

If im only doing short journeys how often should i be doing a 70 mph run down the motorway?
I would assume every 6 weeks at the very minimum.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on April 19, 2018, 11:26:29 AM
Thanks everyone. It isnt happening every time but then im mostly doing short journeys. Few miles here and there. Have never had a burning smell from it, no smell at all.

Came up on the dash saying it needs serviced. Seems to have been serviced about 12000 miles ago so im going to book it in somewhere within the next few weeks.

If im only doing short journeys how often should i be doing a 70 mph run down the motorway?
I would assume every 6 weeks at the very minimum.

Yes or maybe once a month. Does not need to be Belfast and back. About 15 miles in total is enough. When your getting it serviced ask the mechanic to put in a Diesel additive that will clean the DPF system.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: johnnycool on April 19, 2018, 11:46:18 AM
Thanks everyone. It isnt happening every time but then im mostly doing short journeys. Few miles here and there. Have never had a burning smell from it, no smell at all.

Came up on the dash saying it needs serviced. Seems to have been serviced about 12000 miles ago so im going to book it in somewhere within the next few weeks.

If im only doing short journeys how often should i be doing a 70 mph run down the motorway?

Don't buy a diesel if you're only doing short journeys.

A work colleague had wile bother with a Ford Galaxy he had bought for his annual trip to the South of France but his normal commute was only 3 or 4 miles to work and the same back. The DPF was clogging up all the time and Ford up in Mallusk more or less told him what GJL has suggested and recommended to him not to buy another diesel for the work commute.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Minder on April 19, 2018, 12:10:45 PM

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt

Yea. All modern diesel cars with a DPF benefit from a good spin out a motorway at 70mph so that the system can perform a full regeneration. You can also get an additive for the fuel that you can put in every 10000 miles or so that will help clean the whole system.

Is that what AdBlue does ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 19, 2018, 12:42:03 PM
Im doing about 7/8 miles to work. But lots of other short journeys. 3/4 mile here and there.

Would do more at the weekends. Will start to take it down the motorway at least once a month and if keep getting it serviced every 12k or so then will ask them to put that stuff in.

Cheers
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 19, 2018, 07:33:21 PM
Thanks everyone. It isnt happening every time but then im mostly doing short journeys. Few miles here and there. Have never had a burning smell from it, no smell at all.

Came up on the dash saying it needs serviced. Seems to have been serviced about 12000 miles ago so im going to book it in somewhere within the next few weeks.

If im only doing short journeys how often should i be doing a 70 mph run down the motorway?

A simple way is to drive for about 5/6 miles at high revs by going 40+ while in 4th or 5th gear.  This create enough heat to burn out the soot.

Probably the worse type of driving for a modern diesel is the 45 to 50 mph or slower trains along most A road behind slower moving lorries or even tractors where there is no real drag on a diesel and it reverts to low revs.  At times like this it is well worth changing down to bring up the revs for about 5/10 minutes to create a burn out.

Need to remember that this burn out during a regeneration cycle does create 'ash' which will eventually mean that a 5/6 year old diesel engine of the modern variety with these complex DPFs will need the ash removed even if the soot filter has been regenerated often.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 19, 2018, 08:13:49 PM

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt

Yea. All modern diesel cars with a DPF benefit from a good spin out a motorway at 70mph so that the system can perform a full regeneration. You can also get an additive for the fuel that you can put in every 10000 miles or so that will help clean the whole system.

Is that what AdBlue does ?

Adblue is added to breakdown the NOx gases that so many now complain about as the major health hazard of diesels now that the latest engine standards on diesel particulates have largely removed them as a serious problem.

BTW the latest particulate problem from vehicles are the rubber particles that wear off your tyres as you drive along!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on April 20, 2018, 12:36:59 AM

Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major
Not a mechanic like GJL but same thing happens with my (diesel) car and my husband's as well.

It is the DPF regenerating to burn off the carbon deposits in the filter. Shouldn’t allow this to happen too often without dipping your engine oil to make sure it isn’t rising. The deposits form if you have short journeys or at the end of a low rev or speed journey as the car doesn’t carry out a regeneration cycle before you stop the engine. Diesel is dumped into the collection vessel to burn off the soot. If this occurs too often the excess diesel finds its way to engine oil and then you have bother. If you hear the noise again you will also find a burning smell. This is the bother of having a DPF and a clean Diesel engine. All very expensive to have cleaned out or replaced. Secondhand diesels of this type will become a financial mine field.

Would a long drive sort this out ? Burn out all the dirt

Yea. All modern diesel cars with a DPF benefit from a good spin out a motorway at 70mph so that the system can perform a full regeneration. You can also get an additive for the fuel that you can put in every 10000 miles or so that will help clean the whole system.

Is that what AdBlue does ?

As Owen explained AdBlue is for a slightly different purpose. I'd recommend an additive every few thousand miles as I will clean the whole system including injectors, EGR valve, DPF filter etc. Basically it de-carbons the components.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: ONeill on April 20, 2018, 12:51:45 AM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major

Have you definitely turned the car off?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 20, 2018, 09:26:48 AM
If im driving an automatic how do i do the rev in lower gears as will it not just auto change to the best gear?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Rois on April 20, 2018, 09:53:55 AM
If im driving an automatic how do i do the rev in lower gears as will it not just auto change to the best gear?
Presumably you have a manual button?  I can flick onto manual and use the buttons on my steering wheel to manually change gear.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on April 20, 2018, 10:03:32 AM
Anyone any experience of DPF cleaning services, Terraclean etc. Is it worth the bother?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on April 20, 2018, 11:48:09 AM
If im driving an automatic how do i do the rev in lower gears as will it not just auto change to the best gear?


What do you mean "rev in lower gears?"  As you drive off and build up the revs. you'll go faster.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: offtheground on April 20, 2018, 11:56:32 AM
GJL - could you recommend a brand of Diesel additive?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Itchy on April 20, 2018, 01:07:12 PM
Anyone give me a bit of advice. Have the car about a month (it isnt new). All has seemed grand but have noticed intermittently that when i stop the car and turn it off there is like a fan noise that comes from engine as if it is cooling down or something. Its quite loud even though car is completely off. Timed it the last few times and it goes on for about 3 minutes. It isnt every time i turn it off but starting to happen a bit more often over these last 2 days.
Anyone any ideas? Im panicking that its something major

Have you definitely turned the car off?

Thats normal in some models. What make is it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omagh_gael on April 20, 2018, 01:09:59 PM
If im driving an automatic how do i do the rev in lower gears as will it not just auto change to the best gear?


What do you mean "rev in lower gears?"  As you drive off and build up the revs. you'll go faster.

Ay, but the aim is to go 50mph in say 4th gear at high revs as opposed to 50mph comfortably in 5th gear. If you can't turn off automatic you'll not be able to choose to go high speed in a lower gear than required to create the burn off effect. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 20, 2018, 07:38:35 PM
If im driving an automatic how do i do the rev in lower gears as will it not just auto change to the best gear?

Actually having an automatic can be a help in burning off the soot.  An automatic with a torque converter will actually cause the engine to rev high quite often and this helps.  Mercedes C/D/S have little problems with DPF because they have torque converter auto boxes.  Another type of auto box is the CVT which is also a high revving box by nature and burns off the soot.  The final auto box is the dual clutch or DSG(VW).  It changes gear quickly and does cause the same amount of engine revving as the others so if yours is one of these as Rois says put it into manual mode and run in lower gear for 10 minutes to raise the revs and begin the regeneration cycle.

All dual clutch autos will have a manual mode as they are often considered to be semi-automatics as you can drive them through the gears but without the need for a clutch, some have paddles on the steering column.

I think the Astra will have a dual clutch semi automatic.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 20, 2018, 07:47:15 PM
Anyone any experience of DPF cleaning services, Terraclean etc. Is it worth the bother?

They are supposed to be good at removing the soot but I believe some ash remains and will eventually require more work to clear the filter.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 09:57:45 AM
Surprise surprise im back again with another problem  ::)

My car conked out yesterday as i was sitting at a roundabout waiting to move. Now maybe im thick but i presumed an automatic car shouldnt really conk out??

Anyway i started it again and it was grand i never thought much more about it as it was driving fine. Last night though the service soon light came on. I have been reading up that sometimes this can be an indicator of a random fault in the vauxhall astra. I then seemed to lose power and the car wouldnt go past 40 no matter how much i tried to accelerate.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Minder on April 26, 2018, 10:04:08 AM
Surprise surprise im back again with another problem  ::)

My car conked out yesterday as i was sitting at a roundabout waiting to move. Now maybe im thick but i presumed an automatic car shouldnt really conk out??

Anyway i started it again and it was grand i never thought much more about it as it was driving fine. Last night though the service soon light came on. I have been reading up that sometimes this can be an indicator of a random fault in the vauxhall astra. I then seemed to lose power and the car wouldnt go past 40 no matter how much i tried to accelerate.

Any ideas?

Have you still got your receipt ?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on April 26, 2018, 10:24:26 AM
Surprise surprise im back again with another problem  ::)

My car conked out yesterday as i was sitting at a roundabout waiting to move. Now maybe im thick but i presumed an automatic car shouldnt really conk out??

Anyway i started it again and it was grand i never thought much more about it as it was driving fine. Last night though the service soon light came on. I have been reading up that sometimes this can be an indicator of a random fault in the vauxhall astra. I then seemed to lose power and the car wouldnt go past 40 no matter how much i tried to accelerate.

Any ideas?

Something is causing the engine to go into Limp mode, basically protecting itself from damage. Often turning it off and restarting can reset this for a while but you'd be best get a mechanic to scan the error log to get an idea what might be the root cause. If you get the error codes and post them on a vauxhall forum you might get a heads up there.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 10:30:27 AM
Thanks. Know a fella who has one of them fault readers at home though its only a basic one but maybe it will show up a fault.

On reading up online im thinking catalytic convertor or egr valve or something. Driving fine this morning though.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trailer on April 26, 2018, 11:20:53 AM
Surprise surprise im back again with another problem  ::)

My car conked out yesterday as i was sitting at a roundabout waiting to move. Now maybe im thick but i presumed an automatic car shouldnt really conk out??

Anyway i started it again and it was grand i never thought much more about it as it was driving fine. Last night though the service soon light came on. I have been reading up that sometimes this can be an indicator of a random fault in the vauxhall astra. I then seemed to lose power and the car wouldnt go past 40 no matter how much i tried to accelerate.

Any ideas?

Wait to July.
Burn it.
Tell the insurance company you were hi-jacked.
Collect Insurance money.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 11:27:39 AM
Why even bother trying to be an asshole? If you cant add something constructive then dont add anything at all!!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 26, 2018, 11:36:38 AM
Probably egr valve. Wife had her heart broke with old Zafira.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 11:39:22 AM
Funny a woman in work just mentioned she had a Zafira and the same thing broke her heart.
I did read somewhere that you can have them taken out of the car altogether. Not sure how right that is.

I dont want to be stuck with a car thats gonna constantly do the same thing. I cant even get the benefit of driving it down the motorway to blow away all the crap as its automatic with no option to rev in a lower gear.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on April 26, 2018, 11:43:26 AM
Funny a woman in work just mentioned she had a Zafira and the same thing broke her heart.
I did read somewhere that you can have them taken out of the car altogether. Not sure how right that is.

I dont want to be stuck with a car thats gonna constantly do the same thing. I cant even get the benefit of driving it down the motorway to blow away all the crap as its automatic with no option to rev in a lower gear.
Don't you have a "+" and "-" option on your auto box? or just "D"?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 11:44:34 AM
There actually is a + and - down beside the d. Not sure what that meant though. I thought could only switch to manual if it was a semi automatic.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on April 26, 2018, 11:44:47 AM
Take the car out for a good run.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 26, 2018, 11:47:12 AM
Have done that at the weekend twice. Went up and down the motorway on friday night and sunday.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Last Man on April 26, 2018, 11:50:10 AM
There actually is a + and - down beside the d. Not sure what that meant though. I thought could only switch to manual if it was a semi automatic.
Pull it into D, Then push the stick to the left, it will hold the gear until you push the stick back or forward. Push forward for a higher gear, pull back for a lower gear. Bit like a rally car, yous Tyrone women would know about that.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 26, 2018, 12:00:37 PM
Stop filling it with red or green!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on April 26, 2018, 12:53:19 PM
Stop filling it with red or green!!!!!!!

A fill of red diesel and a good diesel additive works a treat after a bad fill of fuel. Red is the best kinda fuel for your car unless its a petrol.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Taylor on April 26, 2018, 01:00:25 PM
Stop filling it with red or green!!!!!!!

A fill of red diesel and a good diesel additive works a treat after a bad fill of fuel. Red is the best kinda fuel for your car unless its a petrol.

Thanks slab
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on April 26, 2018, 01:03:18 PM
Stop filling it with red or green!!!!!!!

A fill of red diesel and a good diesel additive works a treat after a bad fill of fuel. Red is the best kinda fuel for your car unless its a petrol.

Thanks slab

Always here to help chief..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 26, 2018, 01:47:40 PM
Funny a woman in work just mentioned she had a Zafira and the same thing broke her heart.
I did read somewhere that you can have them taken out of the car altogether. Not sure how right that is.

I dont want to be stuck with a car thats gonna constantly do the same thing. I cant even get the benefit of driving it down the motorway to blow away all the crap as its automatic with no option to rev in a lower gear.
I believe the EGR can be removed and blanked off.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Jim_Murphy_74 on April 26, 2018, 02:02:48 PM
Have done that at the weekend twice. Went up and down the motorway on friday night and sunday.

I'm no expert but a word of warning that you should check error code first.   A lad at work had a Skoda showing similar issues.  He presumed EGR was at fault and did the hard driving trick.  Turned out car was going into limp mode because the turbo had broken.  Hard driving caused a piece of turbo to drive into engine and things went downhill quick.

/Jim.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: macdanger2 on April 26, 2018, 04:00:03 PM
You can get an opcom diagnostic reader for Opels on eBay for ~€45. You just plug it in and it gives you a read out including fault codes, very simple to use. If you're planning on keeping the car, it might be worth getting one. You can also get the fault codes without a reader: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9hHhL6-okfc Once you have the codes, put them into Google and you should get a reasonable idea

I have a vectra, had to do the egr valve on it ~18 months back, pretty straight forward to do if you're anyway handy or know someone who is, loads of videos on YouTube showing you how. It seems to be a common enough problem with Opels but relatively easy to fix.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 26, 2018, 05:30:34 PM
Get it to someone with a diag machine asap and find out the fault before you do damage to your engine.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on April 26, 2018, 05:50:17 PM
I have a vectra, had to do the egr valve on it ~18 months back, pretty straight forward to do if you're anyway handy or know someone who is, loads of videos on YouTube showing you how. It seems to be a common enough problem with Opels but relatively easy to fix.

+1 on cleaning the EGR

Also I'd register on a Vauxhall owners forum ... and you'll more than likely see the common gremlins for your engine and the workarounds if there are any. Your DPF will also be clogging up so look up info on that as well. I've got away with putting drilling 3 or 4 holes through a Vauxhall DPF using a cheap long SDS drill bit and the engine management didn't complain (after several people said it wouldn't work) ... completely liberated the car and saved me removing/remapping or replacing it. Put 220K miles on that car without a big ticket repair being needed... so as much as it was annoying .... it didn't let me down.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on April 26, 2018, 06:01:11 PM
The persistence of archaic coolant system designs that consistently fail in motor vehicles bugs my shite.

Electric pump, electric fan, do away with the thermostat. Vary the speed of pump dependant on coolant temperature (you could even factor in ambient and car speed if you want to get really fancy)
Cars will heat up faster, cool down quicker and you have to have to worry about an engine overheating when its not even running, you could possibly even do away with fan and radiator if you do your sums right by incorporating a simple & strategically placed heat exchanger into the block

The coolant system is a heat transfer system
The rate of heat transfer is dictated by water pumps that is geared to cater for  heat generation at a given RPM to reach a radiator exposed to Cool air
With cylinder combust temps upwards of 600 degrees it's feat of engineering to keep them cooled
Charge air coolers assist most cooling systems now as well
I think your trying to recreate the wheel here

There are too many variables for it to cool accurately or efficiently. Mainly... the ambient temp varies widely, and air flow varies at speed so consequently this cannot be correlated to RPM given gearing ratios.
Factor in varying system pressures flows over time and it turns into a game of roulette with the thermostat acting as a fail save.
Not to mention the reason most of them fail to do their job... they don't work very well in slow traffic and don't work at all when the engine is stopped.
Electric coolant pumps have been used in motorsport for years.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: snoopdog on April 26, 2018, 06:16:55 PM
I have a vectra, had to do the egr valve on it ~18 months back, pretty straight forward to do if you're anyway handy or know someone who is, loads of videos on YouTube showing you how. It seems to be a common enough problem with Opels but relatively easy to fix.

+1 on cleaning the EGR

Also I'd register on a Vauxhall owners forum ... and you'll more than likely see the common gremlins for your engine and the workarounds if there are any. Your DPF will also be clogging up so look up info on that as well. I've got away with putting drilling 3 or 4 holes through a Vauxhall DPF using a cheap long SDS drill bit and the engine management didn't complain (after several people said it wouldn't work) ... completely liberated the car and saved me removing/remapping or replacing it. Put 220K miles on that car without a big ticket repair being needed... so as much as it was annoying .... it didn't let me down.
I have a Hyundai Santa fe that would just die on me but 10 mins later would start as long as i hadnt drained the battery trying. Turned out to be sensor issues. Crank sensor was go ne. No error message came up. As the sensor was faulty any heat at all the sensor would kill the engine. On the fecking M50 twice.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on April 27, 2018, 04:12:30 PM
A girl in works hubby just plugged it into the fault reader that he has and its showing no fault but he said he could hear something not right and it could be the diesel im putting in. Cant see it though.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on April 27, 2018, 07:26:22 PM
A girl in works hubby just plugged it into the fault reader that he has and its showing no fault but he said he could hear something not right and it could be the diesel im putting in. Cant see it though.

Where are you buying the diesel?

Get the diesel filter checked to see if you have water in the diesel.  If possible drain out the diesel and buy some premium diesel.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: WeeDonns on May 15, 2018, 04:01:31 PM
MOT question & didn't want to start a new thread;
I want to get a vintage car MOT'd for the summer. Soonest date I can get online is 3 weeks away..

Any time I've left a car at the mechanics to get MOT'd they've managed to get a slot pretty soon.

Do mechanics have some sort of "direct line"  ;) to get customers cars in that week, or are they just calling up each morning for cancellation slots?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: screenexile on May 15, 2018, 04:13:20 PM
MOT question & didn't want to start a new thread;
I want to get a vintage car MOT'd for the summer. Soonest date I can get online is 3 weeks away..

Any time I've left a car at the mechanics to get MOT'd they've managed to get a slot pretty soon.

Do mechanics have some sort of "direct line"  ;) to get customers cars in that week, or are they just calling up each morning for cancellation slots?

If you go to the online site first thing in the morning all the cancellation slots are released.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Aristo 60 on May 15, 2018, 05:08:50 PM
What time is first thing in the morning to derry wans?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 05, 2018, 12:43:21 PM
Not so much a problem as such, But I have a Reg on my old vehicle that I want to transfer over onto my new car. However the new car has a private plate so I wanted to move it onto a certificate and then sell it. It's been valued at £400.

Does anyone know do I have to do this in two stages? (Move the private plate onto a certificate first and get the replacement reg/ V5 before moving the plate of my old car onto my new car). Or can it be done all in the one move i.e - request the private plate to be moved onto a certificate and my old reg onto my new car all together in the one move (And the one £80 payment!!).

Not sure if I'm explaining myself right!!  :-\
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Ambrose on July 05, 2018, 01:09:27 PM
A private plate ‘valued’ at £400 is worth very little in real terms, the company who valued it won’t buy it from you but will sell it on your behalf on commission. Unless it is meaning to you or car specific I’d let it go. If you really want to hold on to it, retention now lasts for 10 years and includes the forward transfer fee.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 05, 2018, 01:18:05 PM
Cheers for that. I was going to be moving my old plate onto the new car anyway so thought if there's a way of just putting the reg onto a certificate and then leaving it with one of the selling companies to try and get the money for it. But might be more hassle than it's worth then. The reg doesn't have any connection with me which is why I was going to sell it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tbrick18 on July 05, 2018, 01:57:44 PM
Bitof an issue with a ford galaxy (2008). The bonnet release cable has snapped, somewhere close to the bonnet as the cable can be pulled back freely from where the release  lever is at inside the car.

Anyone know how to get the bonnet open?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: LooseCannon on July 05, 2018, 02:14:25 PM
Bitof an issue with a ford galaxy (2008). The bonnet release cable has snapped, somewhere close to the bonnet as the cable can be pulled back freely from where the release  lever is at inside the car.

Anyone know how to get the bonnet open?
A nail bar and strong arms.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on July 05, 2018, 02:21:06 PM
Bitof an issue with a ford galaxy (2008). The bonnet release cable has snapped, somewhere close to the bonnet as the cable can be pulled back freely from where the release  lever is at inside the car.

Anyone know how to get the bonnet open?

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=rxo-W5HeDYiWkwWY8Zj4Aw&q=2008+ford+galaxy+bonnet+wont+open&oq=2008+ford+galaxy+bonnet+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.2.33i22i29i30k1l10.2996.11721.0.15034.25.20.0.4.4.0.628.3662.2-1j4j3j1.9.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..13.12.3056.0..0j0i131k1j0i22i30k1.0.jzNpqr3jkc4 (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=rxo-W5HeDYiWkwWY8Zj4Aw&q=2008+ford+galaxy+bonnet+wont+open&oq=2008+ford+galaxy+bonnet+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.2.33i22i29i30k1l10.2996.11721.0.15034.25.20.0.4.4.0.628.3662.2-1j4j3j1.9.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..13.12.3056.0..0j0i131k1j0i22i30k1.0.jzNpqr3jkc4)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: snoopdog on July 12, 2018, 06:17:07 PM
Have a 2003 volvo s80 . I need to add coolant every few months, if it gets too low i get  a warning to fill it up. I am looking to use it for a 3 hour drive next week. Should i be worried about it. I have the car 3 yrs. And there was a bottle of coolant in boot when i got it so looks like a problem for a long time.  No visible sign of a leak either. And head gasket isnt gone. My mechanic couldnt see any visible reason
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Solo_run on July 16, 2018, 12:42:28 PM
Citroen C4 VTR+ Query

Have just bought a Citroen C4 and there is a constant noise in the car when idle, it is like when you get the buzzing noise when you use your windscreen washer pump but it is constant.

Then there is another noise that is like a tap which occurs every second.

Does anyone know what these noises could be?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on July 16, 2018, 02:09:30 PM
Citroen C4 VTR+ Query

Have just bought a Citroen C4 and there is a constant noise in the car when idle, it is like when you get the buzzing noise when you use your windscreen washer pump but it is constant.

Then there is another noise that is like a tap which occurs every second.

Does anyone know what these noises could be?

Is it a diesel? If so then it could be an injector.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Solo_run on July 16, 2018, 02:47:33 PM
Citroen C4 VTR+ Query

Have just bought a Citroen C4 and there is a constant noise in the car when idle, it is like when you get the buzzing noise when you use your windscreen washer pump but it is constant.

Then there is another noise that is like a tap which occurs every second.

Does anyone know what these noises could be?

Is it a diesel? If so then it could be an injector.

It is a petrol
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on July 16, 2018, 02:52:33 PM
Citroen C4 VTR+ Query

Have just bought a Citroen C4 and there is a constant noise in the car when idle, it is like when you get the buzzing noise when you use your windscreen washer pump but it is constant.

Then there is another noise that is like a tap which occurs every second.

Does anyone know what these noises could be?

Is it a diesel? If so then it could be an injector.

It is a petrol

What area of the car is it coming from? Maybe a noisy fuel pump..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Solo_run on July 16, 2018, 03:55:57 PM
Citroen C4 VTR+ Query

Have just bought a Citroen C4 and there is a constant noise in the car when idle, it is like when you get the buzzing noise when you use your windscreen washer pump but it is constant.

Then there is another noise that is like a tap which occurs every second.

Does anyone know what these noises could be?

Is it a diesel? If so then it could be an injector.

It is a petrol

What area of the car is it coming from? Maybe a noisy fuel pump..

I haven't checked the engine bay yet, can hear the noise from inside the car. Will try and record the noise later

It is an 09 plate and the car has only done 29k
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 16, 2018, 04:16:14 PM
Anyone up on car audio systems? I have a Audi A5 that I recently bought but the radio fades out every couple of seconds. There was a new Audio system put in and I'm assuming they've wired something up wrong. The media player plays fine and when the traffic update cuts in it plays fine, but when you go into the radio normally it just fades out every 2-3 seconds and then comes back. I'm assuming it can't be a signal issue as the traffic broadcasts are always OK so was wondering if anyone else might have an idea of what might be interrupting the signal?

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 19, 2018, 09:50:22 AM
Anyone up on car audio systems? I have a Audi A5 that I recently bought but the radio fades out every couple of seconds. There was a new Audio system put in and I'm assuming they've wired something up wrong. The media player plays fine and when the traffic update cuts in it plays fine, but when you go into the radio normally it just fades out every 2-3 seconds and then comes back. I'm assuming it can't be a signal issue as the traffic broadcasts are always OK so was wondering if anyone else might have an idea of what might be interrupting the signal?

Bump
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: theskull1 on July 19, 2018, 01:54:15 PM
Is it HD radio?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 19, 2018, 01:59:31 PM
No don't think so.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on July 19, 2018, 02:07:34 PM
Was it a straight replacement with an Audi head unit from a similar Audi?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on July 19, 2018, 02:18:19 PM
Was it a straight replacement with an Audi head unit from a similar Audi?

Don't know. It was done before I got the car. How would I find out?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: lurganblue on August 31, 2018, 09:39:18 AM
Ongoing issue with my car (A4) at the minute.  When I open the doors with the central locking key button, about 50% of the time one of the passenger doors seems to remain locked.  I can open it from the inside and it will then continue to work properly (ie i can open it from the outside again). All the other doors open as normal and are not affected.

The other 50% of the time i hit the button and it works no problem.

Any advice? Is it an easy fix? It's a bit frustrating as the kids would regularly use both doors.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trailer on August 31, 2018, 11:17:38 AM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: lurganblue on August 31, 2018, 11:27:41 AM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.

Nah i cant blame the kids for this one unfortunately  ;D
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tintin25 on September 03, 2018, 08:56:38 AM
Anyone recommend a good garage in the Lisburn area?  MOT coming up at end of the month.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: laoislad on September 03, 2018, 09:15:47 AM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.

Nah i cant blame the kids for this one unfortunately  ;D
Sounds like a dodgy connection somewhere. First place I would look is where the cables go from the car to the door. There will be a bit of flexible plastic tubing on the hinge side of the door that has cables in it. If you can try and pull that tubing back a bit and see are all the cables ok. I had a similar problem on an A4 a few years ago and one of the cables was broken right at that point.
There's also cables underneath the passenger seat and these can also break at the connector and is a known problem on the A4
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: lurganblue on September 03, 2018, 09:40:02 AM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.

Nah i cant blame the kids for this one unfortunately  ;D
Sounds like a dodgy connection somewhere. First place I would look is where the cables go from the car to the door. There will be a bit of flexible plastic tubing on the hinge side of the door that has cables in it. If you can try and pull that tubing back a bit and see are all the cables ok. I had a similar problem on an A4 a few years ago and one of the cables was broken right at that point.
There's also cables underneath the passenger seat and these can also break at the connector and is a known problem on the A4

Chears Laoislad. I will have a look when i get home today. Incidentally i noticed over the weekend that if i unlock the car using the botton on the inside driver doors handle and then walk round to the passenger door it opens no problem.

When you had the faulty wiring were you able to fix it yourself?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: laoislad on September 03, 2018, 10:11:36 AM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.

Nah i cant blame the kids for this one unfortunately  ;D
Sounds like a dodgy connection somewhere. First place I would look is where the cables go from the car to the door. There will be a bit of flexible plastic tubing on the hinge side of the door that has cables in it. If you can try and pull that tubing back a bit and see are all the cables ok. I had a similar problem on an A4 a few years ago and one of the cables was broken right at that point.
There's also cables underneath the passenger seat and these can also break at the connector and is a known problem on the A4

Chears Laoislad. I will have a look when i get home today. Incidentally i noticed over the weekend that if i unlock the car using the botton on the inside driver doors handle and then walk round to the passenger door it opens no problem.

When you had the faulty wiring were you able to fix it yourself?
I was but then again I am an Electrician!!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Saffronista on September 03, 2018, 10:54:04 AM
Ongoing issue with my car (A4) at the minute.  When I open the doors with the central locking key button, about 50% of the time one of the passenger doors seems to remain locked.  I can open it from the inside and it will then continue to work properly (ie i can open it from the outside again). All the other doors open as normal and are not affected.

The other 50% of the time i hit the button and it works no problem.

Any advice? Is it an easy fix? It's a bit frustrating as the kids would regularly use both doors.

This sounds like a regular VW /Audi problem. I have had to change multiple locks on my 04 Passat over the last few years. Mainly on the doors which dont get opened as much. A good mechanic will get the lock changed no problem
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: lurganblue on September 03, 2018, 12:12:40 PM
You maybe know this but if the kids are holding the handle open the door wont unlock when you hit the button. Frustrates the life out of me with my ones.

Nah i cant blame the kids for this one unfortunately  ;D
Sounds like a dodgy connection somewhere. First place I would look is where the cables go from the car to the door. There will be a bit of flexible plastic tubing on the hinge side of the door that has cables in it. If you can try and pull that tubing back a bit and see are all the cables ok. I had a similar problem on an A4 a few years ago and one of the cables was broken right at that point.
There's also cables underneath the passenger seat and these can also break at the connector and is a known problem on the A4

Chears Laoislad. I will have a look when i get home today. Incidentally i noticed over the weekend that if i unlock the car using the botton on the inside driver doors handle and then walk round to the passenger door it opens no problem.

When you had the faulty wiring were you able to fix it yourself?
I was but then again I am an Electrician!!

Yeah, i will def be useless then! Thanks for the advice folks.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: playwiththewind1st on September 03, 2018, 01:23:27 PM
Anyone recommend a good garage in the Lisburn area?  MOT coming up at end of the month.

Not quite Lisburn, but I have been using Red Brae since I went across Belfast to the Carryduff direction.....it's out near Rockmount Golf Club, if that's anywhere handy for you.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on September 09, 2018, 07:52:56 AM
Anyone issues with Swirl Flaps?
Make a hell of racket from the inlet manifold

In the middle of a project to remove them at the minute.

Mine is on a US Ford vehicle but the same engine is used in Mazdas and Fords in Europe. Apparently on BMWs the have fallen off and into the piston
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: MoChara on September 13, 2018, 04:49:19 PM
My car's up for MOT, does anyone know if the fact the worn brake pad warning is on the dash will fail it despite the brakes being grand? Pads and all are grand it's a false positive
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Itchy on September 13, 2018, 10:50:16 PM
My car's up for MOT, does anyone know if the fact the worn brake pad warning is on the dash will fail it despite the brakes being grand? Pads and all are grand it's a false positive

Fails nct down south
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: delgany on September 13, 2018, 10:56:10 PM
It would have to pass the brakes / handbrake  test  first.

Only certain orange warning lights  count. Like engine management system
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: MoChara on September 14, 2018, 09:49:29 AM
See that's what I thought but I know they'd changes MOT to be stricter so wasn't sure
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 19, 2018, 07:30:29 PM
Problem with 07 A4.
Spluttering noise coming from engine area and loss of power.
Engine light on in dashboard.
On looking the pipe at the side of the engine it is loose/detached.
Pic below. Is this a big job?


 (http://www.imagebam.com/image/1e24b1979298334)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on September 19, 2018, 08:02:14 PM
Could be the catalytic convertor has become dislodged in the exhaust system, blocking exhaust gases and cutting the power.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on September 20, 2018, 05:51:15 PM
Theres a hole in the flex of your EGR pipe

https://picclick.co.uk/Audi-A4-B6-19-Tdi-Avf-Egr-Pipe-263727846652.html

Shouldn't cost too much to fit....





Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on September 20, 2018, 10:05:23 PM
Theres a hole in the flex of your EGR pipe

https://picclick.co.uk/Audi-A4-B6-19-Tdi-Avf-Egr-Pipe-263727846652.html

Shouldn't cost too much to fit....
That’s the bit. Fell off today on way to the garage. Thanks
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on September 20, 2018, 10:21:02 PM
Theres a hole in the flex of your EGR pipe

https://picclick.co.uk/Audi-A4-B6-19-Tdi-Avf-Egr-Pipe-263727846652.html

Shouldn't cost too much to fit....
That’s the bit. Fell off today on way to the garage. Thanks

Another emissions gimmick.

All just a big hoax to antagonise us  ;)..... and to finance German PHDs  :P
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: pbat on September 24, 2018, 10:20:03 AM
Buying a new car in London at the weekend and it does not work for me to drive it home at the moment. Has anyone used or know any transport companies that bring them back to the North.

Want to see the cost of getting it done against flying a mate out, hotel for a night, diesel and ferry back and throwing him a few quid for doing it.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omagh_gael on September 24, 2018, 11:24:39 AM
I've used Donnell and Ellis in Omagh a few times and Corr from Cookstown. Both did a good job for between £200-300.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: trueblue1234 on September 24, 2018, 11:34:13 AM
Johnston Car Transport are usually pretty good as well. £250-£300.

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: angermanagement on September 24, 2018, 11:37:38 AM
https://eamonmclaughlin.com/ Try these boys.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: pbat on September 24, 2018, 12:15:42 PM
Tried McLoughlin he is looking 650+vat. Thought it a bit steep.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Over the Bar on September 24, 2018, 02:13:53 PM
Do you guys find much value buying from London?  Any particular websites your recommend?   Do you then get the AA to check before committing?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: pbat on September 24, 2018, 03:26:59 PM
This is my first time doing it but the car i am buying is 3300 less than the same model and year in David Prentice in Portadown. I found it through AutoTrader, wasn't that far from where I work so went out had a test drive and got the checks on it done. Plus checked the dealers reviews.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: TabClear on September 24, 2018, 04:10:28 PM
This is my first time doing it but the car i am buying is 3300 less than the same model and year in David Prentice in Portadown. I found it through AutoTrader, wasn't that far from where I work so went out had a test drive and got the checks on it done. Plus checked the dealers reviews.

Without getting too personal pbat what sort of money are we talking? Is it £3k less on a £15k car or £3k off a £27k one?

The reason I am asking is that I am thinking of doing the same myself but I would probably be in the first band i.e. looking at a £15k budget for something 2-3 years old. If I was going to save £3k I would definitely do it but if it was saving £1k I would probably just buy it here for less hassle and a bit more peace of mind if anything goes wrong (i.e. you can land on the dealers forecourt and kick up a fuss!)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: pbat on September 24, 2018, 08:20:39 PM
I am paying 13,200 its 16,500 in Portadown. Still hoping he will take 13 even on Saturday when I am there with the readies. :) Its 2015 I am buying.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on October 01, 2018, 02:30:30 PM
Back with the same kind of problem as before. Basically the car drove fine after after that one time loss of power.
About 2 months ago an error light flashed up saying something like DPF is full continue driving. So i went and bought that DPF cleaner and put it in and gave it a few rattles down the motorway and it was fine. The light went off again.

Anyway today when i went out at lunchtime it flashed up on screen Service Soon and the car went into what i presume is limp mode? Couldnt get it above 40 really and no kick in it at all. Really what i need to know is, is this something has to be brought to a dealer to do a forced regeneration? Or is this something the average mechanic can sort?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Dire Ear on October 01, 2018, 03:05:56 PM
You been to Hobson Electronics?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: tyrone girl on October 01, 2018, 03:26:17 PM
Is that Derek Hobson does the radios and stuff?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on October 01, 2018, 03:45:23 PM
Companies specialise in cleaning I'd contact them direct. Otherwise your local mechanic will most likely contact them after you bring it in to them.

https://www.dpfservice.ie/dpf-cleaning.html

http://www.terracleancoantrim.co.uk/dpf-cleaning/

I'd get it sorted asap as you can damage your turbo

I presume you've read up about how short drives are bad and they need a good regular blast on the motorway to keep them from getting sooted up
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Olly on October 01, 2018, 11:41:05 PM
Hi I was wondering if there are any tips for saving money whilst driving..i.e. freewheeling downhill etc?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: armaghniac on October 02, 2018, 12:21:47 AM
Hi I was wondering if there are any tips for saving money whilst driving..i.e. freewheeling downhill etc?

I believe Cavan people turn off their wipers while driving under flyovers.

Another tip is to travel north east and get the prevailing wind behind you.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Dire Ear on October 02, 2018, 09:15:59 AM
Is that Derek Hobson does the radios and stuff?
Yes, they're very good if it's anything connected with the electronic side
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Post by: Over the Bar on October 02, 2018, 10:49:16 PM
Back with the same kind of problem as before. Basically the car drove fine after after that one time loss of power.
About 2 months ago an error light flashed up saying something like DPF is full continue driving. So i went and bought that DPF cleaner and put it in and gave it a few rattles down the motorway and it was fine. The light went off again.

Anyway today when i went out at lunchtime it flashed up on screen Service Soon and the car went into what i presume is limp mode? Couldnt get it above 40 really and no kick in it at all. Really what i need to know is, is this something has to be brought to a dealer to do a forced regeneration? Or is this something the average mechanic can sort?
Burn her now and get the insurance 😉
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Post by: Jim Bob on October 14, 2018, 08:23:25 PM
When a motor is showing on dashboard that there are 0 miles of fuel left in tank is it accurate or is it a scare tactic?
Happened me this evening and had mile  and half to reach petrol station which I did but it left me wondering about this. Anyone any experience of this?
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Post by: JoG2 on October 14, 2018, 08:27:11 PM
When a motor is showing on dashboard that there are 0 miles of fuel left in tank is it accurate or is it a scare tactic?
Happened me this evening and had mile  and half to reach petrol station which I did but it left me wondering about this. Anyone any experience of this?

I ran out once and the hoor sitting at 11 miles!
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Post by: GJL on October 14, 2018, 09:11:47 PM
I've done 30-40 before on zero but would not recommend it.
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Post by: Jim Bob on October 14, 2018, 09:33:41 PM
I've done 30-40 before on zero but would not recommend it.

Just was wondering would there be a gallon or so left in the tank even at 0 miles,!!!
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Post by: tyrone girl on October 15, 2018, 10:07:21 AM
Mine goes to 45 miles then stops showing it but at that stage the dial on the tank is showing at the very very end i.e. that it wont do any more.

On that note is 130 miles for 20 quid of diesel a crap return? Should i be getting more than that.
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Post by: GJL on October 15, 2018, 10:16:29 AM
Mine goes to 45 miles then stops showing it but at that stage the dial on the tank is showing at the very very end i.e. that it wont do any more.

On that note is 130 miles for 20 quid of diesel a crap return? Should i be getting more than that.

@ £1.35 per litre this works out at about 39.5mpg. It is not brilliant but not too bad. What type of car is it?
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Post by: Hereiam on October 15, 2018, 10:33:08 AM
As a test on an 05 VW golf that i have driven now from 2008 i let her run on a fuel tank of diesel until see stopped. I got 770 miles and 80 miles from when the diesel light came on till see stopped. Carried a spare tank of diesel in the boot to fill her which must have looked strange the day i had to do it in middle of Omagh.
Best thing i ever done as it allowed me to know what i had left when the light came on.
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Post by: tyrone girl on October 15, 2018, 10:36:46 AM
Mine goes to 45 miles then stops showing it but at that stage the dial on the tank is showing at the very very end i.e. that it wont do any more.

On that note is 130 miles for 20 quid of diesel a crap return? Should i be getting more than that.

@ £1.35 per litre this works out at about 39.5mpg. It is not brilliant but not too bad. What type of car is it?

Vauxhall Astra 2.0 auto
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Post by: LeoMc on October 15, 2018, 10:44:17 AM
As a test on an 05 VW golf that i have driven now from 2008 i let her run on a fuel tank of diesel until see stopped. I got 770 miles and 80 miles from when the diesel light came on till see stopped. Carried a spare tank of diesel in the boot to fill her which must have looked strange the day i had to do it in middle of Omagh.
Best thing i ever done as it allowed me to know what i had left when the light came on.
Something similar on an 02 Leon one time. I did 70 miles from the light came on until i got a chance to fill it.
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Post by: GJL on October 15, 2018, 12:35:48 PM
Mine goes to 45 miles then stops showing it but at that stage the dial on the tank is showing at the very very end i.e. that it wont do any more.

On that note is 130 miles for 20 quid of diesel a crap return? Should i be getting more than that.

@ £1.35 per litre this works out at about 39.5mpg. It is not brilliant but not too bad. What type of car is it?

Vauxhall Astra 2.0 auto

Diesel? what year is it and what size of engine?

It sounds like it is not far away. Auto does not help fuel consumption.
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Post by: tyrone girl on October 15, 2018, 12:59:39 PM
2013 it is and 2 litre engine.

20/25 quid a week done me in my old 2004 car. This one is easily costing me £50
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Post by: GJL on October 15, 2018, 01:24:59 PM
2013 it is and 2 litre engine.

20/25 quid a week done me in my old 2004 car. This one is easily costing me £50

As I said auto is a bit worse plus you are now getting less fuel for your £20.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on October 15, 2018, 08:20:20 PM
Mine goes to 45 miles then stops showing it but at that stage the dial on the tank is showing at the very very end i.e. that it wont do any more.

On that note is 130 miles for 20 quid of diesel a crap return? Should i be getting more than that.

@ £1.35 per litre this works out at about 39.5mpg. It is not brilliant but not too bad. What type of car is it?

Vauxhall Astra 2.0 auto

Told you at the time to buy the Golf.

I am averaging 48 mpg over all types of driving and the over speed being less than 35 mph over serval thousand miles. Has been as high as 51 mpg over almost 2,000 miles and an average speed of 37 mph.  The car is a 2L TDI Golf - 148 bhp with 6 speed auto gearbox.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 23, 2018, 02:49:51 PM
Audi A4 2007
ESP Light has come on solid, Glow Plug light flashing. Brake lights on solid.

Bit of googling seems like it could be a brake light switch problem.
Does this sound right and could it be a DIY job?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on October 23, 2018, 02:53:01 PM
Audi A4 2007
ESP Light has come on solid, Glow Plug light flashing. Brake lights on solid.

Bit of googling seems like it could be a brake light switch problem.
Does this sound right and could it be a DIY job?

Yep definitely sounds like switch. It is buried up behind the pedal. Can be awkward enough to get at but if you are handy you should be able to do it. Disconnect the plug and turn it 90 degrees and it should come out.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on October 23, 2018, 03:08:56 PM
Audi A4 2007
ESP Light has come on solid, Glow Plug light flashing. Brake lights on solid.

Bit of googling seems like it could be a brake light switch problem.
Does this sound right and could it be a DIY job?

Yep definitely sounds like switch. It is buried up behind the pedal. Can be awkward enough to get at but if you are handy you should be able to do it. Disconnect the plug and turn it 90 degrees and it should come out.

Thanks - will give it a lash.
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Post by: JoG2 on November 13, 2018, 02:59:09 PM
Wee question re used car warranty rules and regulations: If you are getting a part replaced / or even an engine replaced under warranty, should the parts be new? Or, can the car dealership provide a used / worn parts ? Surely the parts or even a new engine has to be new, no?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Jim Bob on November 13, 2018, 04:59:46 PM
Car hasn’t been driven for a while and when finally taken onto the road there’s a slight chugging though definitely would be noticed by any would be buyer.
Would that be as a result of the diesel lying in the car for a few months and if so will it eventually go away with the remaining diesel if I drive it or do I have to drive the current diesel out if it?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on November 13, 2018, 05:16:48 PM
Car hasn’t been driven for a while and when finally taken onto the road there’s a slight chugging though definitely would be noticed by any would be buyer.
Would that be as a result of the diesel lying in the car for a few months and if so will it eventually go away with the remaining diesel if I drive it or do I have to drive the current diesel out if it?

There is a product called Dipetaine, its a fuel treatment, buy a bottle of it and throw into the tank & fill it with decent diesel and drive the dung out of it up the motorway. Maybe clear it a bit. 
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: grounded on November 13, 2018, 07:47:40 PM
As a test on an 05 VW golf that i have driven now from 2008 i let her run on a fuel tank of diesel until see stopped. I got 770 miles and 80 miles from when the diesel light came on till see stopped. Carried a spare tank of diesel in the boot to fill her which must have looked strange the day i had to do it in middle of Omagh.
Best thing i ever done as it allowed me to know what i had left when the light came on.
Something similar on an 02 Leon one time. I did 70 miles from the light came on until i got a chance to fill it.

I was always told it was a bad idea to drive the car regularly with the fuel light on as lots the crud collected at the bottom of the fuel tank and was bad for the engine. Is this just an old wife's tail?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: paddyjohn on November 14, 2018, 12:25:59 AM
As a test on an 05 VW golf that i have driven now from 2008 i let her run on a fuel tank of diesel until see stopped. I got 770 miles and 80 miles from when the diesel light came on till see stopped. Carried a spare tank of diesel in the boot to fill her which must have looked strange the day i had to do it in middle of Omagh.
Best thing i ever done as it allowed me to know what i had left when the light came on.
Something similar on an 02 Leon one time. I did 70 miles from the light came on until i got a chance to fill it.

I was always told it was a bad idea to drive the car regularly with the fuel light on as lots the crud collected at the bottom of the fuel tank and was bad for the engine. Is this just an old wife's tail?

V true in fact. The electronic fuel pumps don’t like it and either do injectors.
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Post by: trueblue1234 on November 14, 2018, 09:31:40 AM
Have a Audi A5 Automatic and have noticed that when I pull of some times it doesn't deliver power straight away but then revs hard and delivers it suddenly. Feels Like a slipping clutch.

My thoughts were possibly the torque converter? But not up on automatics so any ideas and likely cost to fix?

Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Owen Brannigan on November 14, 2018, 04:27:33 PM
Have a Audi A5 Automatic and have noticed that when I pull of some times it doesn't deliver power straight away but then revs hard and delivers it suddenly. Feels Like a slipping clutch.

My thoughts were possibly the torque converter? But not up on automatics so any ideas and likely cost to fix?

Not a torque converter, Audi uses the VAG group DSG.  A5 gearbox problems are well known just google it to see.

DSG moving off is an issue especially with start-go switched on. Also if you didn't get the oil changed at 40K you could be heading for major expense.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BennyCake on December 03, 2018, 02:18:21 PM
Car sometimes doesn’t start first time. Not turning over, just a click. Turn the key again a few seconds later, it usually starts fine (might take 2 or 3 attempts).

I thought maybe it was the starter motor. But if it was, would it usually start no problem next attempt?
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Post by: Last Man on December 03, 2018, 03:12:14 PM
Car sometimes doesn’t start first time. Not turning over, just a click. Turn the key again a few seconds later, it usually starts fine (might take 2 or 3 attempts).

I thought maybe it was the starter motor. But if it was, would it usually start no problem next attempt?
Sounds like starter solenoid problem,  bad contact not giving high current feed to run the starter motor.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BennyCake on December 03, 2018, 03:41:50 PM
Car sometimes doesn’t start first time. Not turning over, just a click. Turn the key again a few seconds later, it usually starts fine (might take 2 or 3 attempts).

I thought maybe it was the starter motor. But if it was, would it usually start no problem next attempt?
Sounds like starter solenoid problem,  bad contact not giving high current feed to run the starter motor.

I see.

Can that be repaired or is a new starter motor needed?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: general on December 03, 2018, 04:20:14 PM
Car due MOT, 14th of Fecking December

NIGHTMARE
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Denn Forever on December 03, 2018, 04:22:04 PM
Your mechanic may know a business that can recondition the starter motor.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: macdanger2 on December 03, 2018, 05:08:19 PM
Car sometimes doesn’t start first time. Not turning over, just a click. Turn the key again a few seconds later, it usually starts fine (might take 2 or 3 attempts).

I thought maybe it was the starter motor. But if it was, would it usually start no problem next attempt?

Had the same problem on my vectra, turned out to be the crank shaft sensor. It showed up in the fault codes when I put a reader on it
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: snoopdog on December 03, 2018, 06:24:37 PM
Car sometimes doesn’t start first time. Not turning over, just a click. Turn the key again a few seconds later, it usually starts fine (might take 2 or 3 attempts).

I thought maybe it was the starter motor. But if it was, would it usually start no problem next attempt?

Had the same problem on my vectra, turned out to be the crank shaft sensor. It showed up in the fault codes when I put a reader on it
Had crank shaft sensor issue with a hyundai santa fe. Get it looked at sharpish as mine could cut out at anytime if stopped at a junction traffic lights etc. Its not worth putting off as it gets worse in my experience.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: marty34 on December 24, 2018, 04:06:10 PM
10 year old Audi A4 - this past few weeks it never seems to heat up i.e. even after an hour. Seems to just be blowing cold air.  No difference between the cold and hot hair. Anybody have any sutions?

Would changing/cleaning the air con help?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on December 24, 2018, 04:42:09 PM
10 year old Audi A4 - this past few weeks it never seems to heat up i.e. even after an hour. Seems to just be blowing cold air.  No difference between the cold and hot hair. Anybody have any sutions?

Would changing/cleaning the air con help?
I'm sure the heating system is more sophisticated than the one in an old 306 I had years ago but I had a similar situation and found out too late that there was a leak in the coolant system resulting in a seized engine and a scrapped car.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: north_antrim_hound on December 24, 2018, 05:24:19 PM
10 year old Audi A4 - this past few weeks it never seems to heat up i.e. even after an hour. Seems to just be blowing cold air.  No difference between the cold and hot hair. Anybody have any sutions?

Would changing/cleaning the air con help?

Usually an electric actuator flap in behind the dash. Sometimes it comes up with a diagnostic scan with VCDS to find out which one. A fair bit of stripping to get at the culprit.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: marty34 on December 24, 2018, 05:32:04 PM
10 year old Audi A4 - this past few weeks it never seems to heat up i.e. even after an hour. Seems to just be blowing cold air.  No difference between the cold and hot hair. Anybody have any sutions?

Would changing/cleaning the air con help?

Usually an electric actuator flap in behind the dash. Sometimes it comes up with a diagnostic scan with VCDS to find out which one. A fair bit of stripping to get at the culprit.

Thanks NAH - harding worth fixing if there's a bit of work involved.  Need mechanic to look at it.  If I get through the winter months, I'll survive for the year!

So changing air-con will make no difference then.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on December 24, 2018, 07:37:47 PM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: marty34 on December 24, 2018, 08:31:33 PM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.
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Post by: GJL on December 24, 2018, 08:41:35 PM
Possibly the water pump. They do give bother on these engines and cause what you are describing. Get it looked at ASAP.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on December 27, 2018, 08:20:14 AM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.

If engine is not heating on the gauge it's most likely your thermostat.
Btw unlikely anything to do with air con. Not impossible that the cabin thermostat might be wonky but fairly unlikely
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Post by: johnnycool on December 27, 2018, 10:40:16 AM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.

If engine is not heating on the gauge it's most likely your thermostat.
Btw unlikely anything to do with air con. Not impossible that the cabin thermostat might be wonky but fairly unlikely

I've a 2006 Audi A4 doing the same thing, bit frosty the odd time, but no biggie.

Thermostat is a pig to get ot although the engine temperature gauge looks fine, so might have to wait till it's in for a service to get it looked at.

A lot of online forums believe the heat exchanger into the bulk head may need flushed out....
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Post by: marty34 on December 27, 2018, 01:27:30 PM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.

If engine is not heating on the gauge it's most likely your thermostat.
Btw unlikely anything to do with air con. Not impossible that the cabin thermostat might be wonky but fairly unlikely

I've a 2006 Audi A4 doing the same thing, bit frosty the odd time, but no biggie.

Thermostat is a pig to get ot although the engine temperature gauge looks fine, so might have to wait till it's in for a service to get it looked at.

A lot of online forums believe the heat exchanger into the bulk head may need flushed out....

Yeah, hard to know. A few different ideas on here too. I'll get mechanic to check it out when I drop it in to him in the New Year.
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Post by: macdanger2 on December 29, 2018, 02:29:11 AM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.

If engine is not heating on the gauge it's most likely your thermostat.
Btw unlikely anything to do with air con. Not impossible that the cabin thermostat might be wonky but fairly unlikely

I've a 2006 Audi A4 doing the same thing, bit frosty the odd time, but no biggie.

Thermostat is a pig to get ot although the engine temperature gauge looks fine, so might have to wait till it's in for a service to get it looked at.

A lot of online forums believe the heat exchanger into the bulk head may need flushed out....

Yeah, hard to know. A few different ideas on here too. I'll get mechanic to check it out when I drop it in to him in the New Year.

Easy to check if the thermostat is working or not - run the car for 5-10 mins, feel the water pipes either side of the thermostat, both should be hot if it's working. If one side isn't hot, the thermostat is jammed (i.e. Hot water isn't passing through) and needs replacing.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: omaghjoe on December 29, 2018, 08:19:23 AM

Without being specific to the model......Your first stop would normally be the thermostat
If the engine is heating up normally on the gauge and its only the heater blowing cool air you likely have an airlock, your coolant system may also be blocked

Yeah, seems cool all the time. No heat at all...ever after 30mins of driving.

If engine is not heating on the gauge it's most likely your thermostat.
Btw unlikely anything to do with air con. Not impossible that the cabin thermostat might be wonky but fairly unlikely

I've a 2006 Audi A4 doing the same thing, bit frosty the odd time, but no biggie.

Thermostat is a pig to get ot although the engine temperature gauge looks fine, so might have to wait till it's in for a service to get it looked at.

A lot of online forums believe the heat exchanger into the bulk head may need flushed out....

Yeah, hard to know. A few different ideas on here too. I'll get mechanic to check it out when I drop it in to him in the New Year.

Easy to check if the thermostat is working or not - run the car for 5-10 mins, feel the water pipes either side of the thermostat, both should be hot if it's working. If one side isn't hot, the thermostat is jammed (i.e. Hot water isn't passing through) and needs replacing.

Thermostats usually jam open for safety. If they jam closed it's good night for the engine. So In other words the hoses on either side of the thermostat will always be at the same temperature no matter how hot or cold the engine us

So to check for it see if the temp gauge heats up to temp during normal driving

Thermostat is the first port of call for trobuleshooting with these symptoms but it could just as handy be a blockage as suggestted.
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Post by: toby47 on January 03, 2019, 09:43:27 AM
Quick Question -

Think my daughters 2010 ford fiesta needs a new clutch.

How much can I expect this to cost?
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Post by: general on January 03, 2019, 09:55:40 AM
Parts and Labour...450 wouldnt be far off
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Post by: toby47 on January 03, 2019, 10:05:36 AM
Parts and Labour...450 wouldnt be far off


Lovely Jubbly.

Cheers!
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Post by: general on January 03, 2019, 04:24:49 PM
I feel your pain, 2 tyres, 2 x shocks required for upcoming mot. the joy of living on country roads
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Post by: snoopdog on January 04, 2019, 12:09:35 PM
2008 hyundai santa fe. Ignition is quite loose and can take a few seconds to start. It can turn straight to start. Is this a sign of an ignition switch failing? Or would it be the whole barrell failing?
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Post by: Olly on January 04, 2019, 08:19:20 PM
How far can you go on zero petrol, as in the dashboard is saying zero?

I'd appreciate if someone could answer this quickly.
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Post by: Newbridge Exile on January 04, 2019, 09:18:17 PM
Done about 10 miles one time on zero fuel indicator
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Post by: Aristo 60 on January 04, 2019, 09:18:59 PM
You will be ok for another few miles yet provided you are in an electric or diesel yoke
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: general_lee on January 05, 2019, 12:14:50 PM
Anyone any experience of getting money off roads service for damage caused by potholes? Have heard it’s a bit of a handlin, is it worth the hassle?
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Post by: delgany on January 05, 2019, 01:33:19 PM
Get a photo of the pothole asap for your evidence.
There is a form to fill in and that's about it.
RS contested mine because it was in a development otherwise it is straightforward enough
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Post by: marty34 on January 05, 2019, 01:36:49 PM
Anyone any experience of getting money off roads service for damage caused by potholes? Have heard it’s a bit of a handlin, is it worth the hassle?

GL, i had the forms filled out and took photos of the pothole etc.  It was the time of the bad snow/frost last year and all the roads were poor.  The only thing is that the car was still in my brother's name. I bought it off him but it wasn't transferred over to me.  It was taxed and MOT's etc.  Anyway, if doing it, I remember you had to fill out a form with all the details, draw a wee picture of where it happened and as I say, take photos and have the tyre receipt.  Maybe something where you go on-line and log a report where it happened and you get a reference no.iirc.
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Post by: laoislad on January 06, 2019, 12:33:55 PM
Brand new car fail 🙈
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Post by: lurganblue on February 15, 2019, 02:51:44 PM
Quick question, car is due for MOT in a couple of weeks and the service due light has just came on. I had no plans to service the car before the MOT.  Would the service warning light have any impact at all on the MOT? I'm assuming not.
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Post by: oakleaflad on February 15, 2019, 02:59:14 PM
Quick question, car is due for MOT in a couple of weeks and the service due light has just came on. I had no plans to service the car before the MOT.  Would the service warning light have any impact at all on the MOT? I'm assuming not.
Same thing happened myself last year or year before and it passed so i'd guess you're safe enough.
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Post by: Jeepers Creepers on February 15, 2019, 03:09:25 PM
Quick question, car is due for MOT in a couple of weeks and the service due light has just came on. I had no plans to service the car before the MOT.  Would the service warning light have any impact at all on the MOT? I'm assuming not.

Had the same issue a few years back and it passed. As long as the warning light does not indicate that it would affect the performance of the car.
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Post by: lurganblue on February 15, 2019, 03:27:40 PM
Cheers for that.
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Post by: BennyCake on February 26, 2019, 06:14:30 PM
Noticing a strange noise when gently braking. Sounds like something sliding underneath the engine area. Like a metal plate or something. I can feel it under my feet. Kind of reminds me of the noise you’d get if you hadn’t just put the car in gear properly, and it slips out again.

 I don’t get this noise if I have to brake harder. It’s only really when I’m turning or slowly approaching junctions etc.

Brakes working fine. As is the gearbox. Any ideas?
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Post by: DrinkingHarp on February 26, 2019, 06:52:04 PM
Noticing a strange noise when gently braking. Sounds like something sliding underneath the engine area. Like a metal plate or something. I can feel it under my feet. Kind of reminds me of the noise you’d get if you hadn’t just put the car in gear properly, and it slips out again.

 I don’t get this noise if I have to brake harder. It’s only really when I’m turning or slowly approaching junctions etc.

Brakes working fine. As is the gearbox. Any ideas?

I have my car in the "shop" right now and this sounds similar to my problem.

Can you hear it or feel it when turning to a certain side or both?
My car's Wheel Bearing Assembly was shot in the driver front and rear passenger sides. Parts are not too expensive but the labor is, because if they "do it right"  the assembly has to be pressed into the spindle on the rear and the whole wheel "area" has to be removed. Thankfully my brother is a mechanic.
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Post by: BennyCake on February 26, 2019, 07:01:03 PM
Noticing a strange noise when gently braking. Sounds like something sliding underneath the engine area. Like a metal plate or something. I can feel it under my feet. Kind of reminds me of the noise you’d get if you hadn’t just put the car in gear properly, and it slips out again.

 I don’t get this noise if I have to brake harder. It’s only really when I’m turning or slowly approaching junctions etc.

Brakes working fine. As is the gearbox. Any ideas?

I have my car in the "shop" right now and this sounds similar to my problem.

Can you hear it or feel it when turning to a certain side or both?
My car's Wheel Bearing Assembly was shot in the driver front and rear passenger sides. Parts are not too expensive but the labor is, because if they "do it right"  the assembly has to be pressed into the spindle on the rear and the whole wheel "area" has to be removed. Thankfully my brother is a mechanic.

I usually hear it when gently braking, No matter if car is straight or wheels slightly turned left or right.

Is it a major problem or a danger to continue driving? As I said, gearbox and brakes working fine. I just thought maybe something underneath was loose.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on February 26, 2019, 08:17:06 PM
Noticing a strange noise when gently braking. Sounds like something sliding underneath the engine area. Like a metal plate or something. I can feel it under my feet. Kind of reminds me of the noise you’d get if you hadn’t just put the car in gear properly, and it slips out again.

 I don’t get this noise if I have to brake harder. It’s only really when I’m turning or slowly approaching junctions etc.

Brakes working fine. As is the gearbox. Any ideas?

I have my car in the "shop" right now and this sounds similar to my problem.

Can you hear it or feel it when turning to a certain side or both?
My car's Wheel Bearing Assembly was shot in the driver front and rear passenger sides. Parts are not too expensive but the labor is, because if they "do it right"  the assembly has to be pressed into the spindle on the rear and the whole wheel "area" has to be removed. Thankfully my brother is a mechanic.

I usually hear it when gently braking, No matter if car is straight or wheels slightly turned left or right.

Is it a major problem or a danger to continue driving? As I said, gearbox and brakes working fine. I just thought maybe something underneath was loose.

Brake pads getting low or disks getting rough and need replaced?? Look at the simple things first..
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: David McKeown on February 26, 2019, 09:42:37 PM
My mechanic recently told me the timing chain in my engine was about to go at 37k miles less than a month after the warranty ended. Audi quoted me £4500 to fix it but as a gesture of good will would reduce that to £4200 as I had a full service history with them. Portadown Audi offered to do it for free but only if I took out a warranty package £1800.

Charles Hurst who I bought the car off as a gesture of good will offered to do it for free. Not often I get impressed by dealers but fair play to Charles Hurst on this one.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: whitey on February 27, 2019, 12:56:49 AM
My mechanic recently told me the timing chain in my engine was about to go at 37k miles less than a month after the warranty ended. Audi quoted me £4500 to fix it but as a gesture of good will would reduce that to £4200 as I had a full service history with them. Portadown Audi offered to do it for free but only if I took out a warranty package £1800.

Charles Hurst who I bought the car off as a gesture of good will offered to do it for free. Not often I get impressed by dealers but fair play to Charles Hurst on this one.

How the hell did the timing chain go in a car with 37K miles?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Solo_run on February 27, 2019, 01:18:48 AM
Is it an a3 by any chance?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: David McKeown on February 27, 2019, 04:08:54 AM
My mechanic recently told me the timing chain in my engine was about to go at 37k miles less than a month after the warranty ended. Audi quoted me £4500 to fix it but as a gesture of good will would reduce that to £4200 as I had a full service history with them. Portadown Audi offered to do it for free but only if I took out a warranty package £1800.

Charles Hurst who I bought the car off as a gesture of good will offered to do it for free. Not often I get impressed by dealers but fair play to Charles Hurst on this one.

How the hell did the timing chain go in a car with 37K miles?

That was exactly my point to Audi. The mechanic told me it was the second one he had that week with a timing chain issue at 40k miles.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on February 27, 2019, 09:19:45 AM
My mechanic recently told me the timing chain in my engine was about to go at 37k miles less than a month after the warranty ended. Audi quoted me £4500 to fix it but as a gesture of good will would reduce that to £4200 as I had a full service history with them. Portadown Audi offered to do it for free but only if I took out a warranty package £1800.

Charles Hurst who I bought the car off as a gesture of good will offered to do it for free. Not often I get impressed by dealers but fair play to Charles Hurst on this one.

How the hell did the timing chain go in a car with 37K miles?

That was exactly my point to Audi. The mechanic told me it was the second one he had that week with a timing chain issue at 40k miles.

Has to be a serious design fault. Timing chains should be good for at least 200k if not the life time of the car!. Maybe the tensioner is failing?
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: whitey on February 27, 2019, 12:13:07 PM
So I would assume you took it in for all scheduled services at the dealership if it was under warranty

I don’t know much about timing chains, but could they not have picked up in it before the warranty ran out

My dealership went through my car with a fine tooth comb on the service before the warranty expired. It’s the warranty company that’s in the hook for any repairs, not the dealership, so the mechanics have a vested interest in finding problems (at least that’s how it works in the states)
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 27, 2019, 01:32:59 PM
My mechanic recently told me the timing chain in my engine was about to go at 37k miles less than a month after the warranty ended. Audi quoted me £4500 to fix it but as a gesture of good will would reduce that to £4200 as I had a full service history with them. Portadown Audi offered to do it for free but only if I took out a warranty package £1800.

Charles Hurst who I bought the car off as a gesture of good will offered to do it for free. Not often I get impressed by dealers but fair play to Charles Hurst on this one.

How the hell did the timing chain go in a car with 37K miles?

That was exactly my point to Audi. The mechanic told me it was the second one he had that week with a timing chain issue at 40k miles.

Has to be a serious design fault. Timing chains should be good for at least 200k if not the life time of the car!. Maybe the tensioner is failing?
I have an Avensis with 90k on it and I thought the timing belt was due a replacement but I can't find any clear information either online or in the manual. I think it is a chain rather than a belt. Had to replace the timing belt kit in the wife's motor last month so would rather not pay for another this month!
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: BenDover on February 27, 2019, 01:41:13 PM
GJL - what's the ball park figure for changing a timing belt on a 2008 Zafira? I've tried Portadown Vauxhall and they've said £249 for the belt and labour only, and if the water pump needs replaced it's going to be an extra £120 and Donnelly Vauxhall in Dungannon are the same price.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on February 27, 2019, 10:04:38 PM
GJL - what's the ball park figure for changing a timing belt on a 2008 Zafira? I've tried Portadown Vauxhall and they've said £249 for the belt and labour only, and if the water pump needs replaced it's going to be an extra £120 and Donnelly Vauxhall in Dungannon are the same price.

Get a quote from your local independent garage man. No need to be taking an 11 year old car to a franchise dealership. Should be significantly cheaper.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: David McKeown on February 28, 2019, 10:29:22 PM
So I would assume you took it in for all scheduled services at the dealership if it was under warranty

I don’t know much about timing chains, but could they not have picked up in it before the warranty ran out

My dealership went through my car with a fine tooth comb on the service before the warranty expired. It’s the warranty company that’s in the hook for any repairs, not the dealership, so the mechanics have a vested interest in finding problems (at least that’s how it works in the states)

I only bought the car in August and it had just been serviced. There was a full Audi service history on the car though which is why Audi made a good will offer of £4200 instead of £4500.
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: GJL on March 01, 2019, 09:42:08 AM
So I would assume you took it in for all scheduled services at the dealership if it was under warranty

I don’t know much about timing chains, but could they not have picked up in it before the warranty ran out

My dealership went through my car with a fine tooth comb on the service before the warranty expired. It’s the warranty company that’s in the hook for any repairs, not the dealership, so the mechanics have a vested interest in finding problems (at least that’s how it works in the states)

I only bought the car in August and it had just been serviced. There was a full Audi service history on the car though which is why Audi made a good will offer of £4200 instead of £4500.

That is not good will.... It is an insult. I'd be talking to trading standards about this one. ''The car is not fit for the purpose for which it was sold''
Title: Re: Car Problems!!
Post by: whitey on March 01, 2019, 11:03:40 AM
So I would assume you took it in for all scheduled services at the dealership if it was under warranty

I don’t know much about timing chains, but could they not have picked up in it before the warranty ran out

My dealership went through my car with a fine tooth comb on the service before the warranty expired. It’s the warranty company that’s in the hook for any repairs, not the dealership, so the mechanics have a vested interest in finding problems (at least that’s how it works in the states)

I only bought the car in August and it had just been serviced. There was a full Audi service history on the car though which is why Audi made a good will offer of £4200 instead of £4500.

Hmmm....I wonder if they pegged there was a problem with the car and traded it in