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  2. Quite a decent result Tony and at little cost as well. Know what you mean about the fun fair and other attractions, I regularly attend Le Mans 24 Hours and this can be horrendous if you pitch your tent in the wrong place 🙂
  3. I use a whopping great 40litre Halfords 12/230v box or a little 4 can woolworth's job
  4. Or ask down your local scrappy take many measurements and photos with you, you might get lucky
  5. Son in Law (now ex thank god) drove a Rover 45 diesel through deep water I manged to get him running but following him home I could smell unburnt diesel, stripped the head and whoopy doo the Number one cylinder was 3 mm shy of TDC, removing the Conrod I found it twisted and bent around 3 planes front sideways and twisted, bought a second hand piston and conrod, used the original piston and it was fixed, Rover 45s suck air via the N/S wheel arch and low down, dipstick tried to rush through the flooded section of road too quick, Daughters 206 did something similar but didnt wreck the engine just
  6. Spectator only, tip for older persons there is a fairground by the entrance to the drag strip, especially if you are tent camping PARK AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE, ITS RUDDY NOISY. Edited add on I swopped the Main Pulley and popped on a new auxillary belt all pulleys fine shifted the rood tent nearer the front, (centred over rear O/S door) and the drone diminished, air passing between the tent base and car roof causing a thrumming sound!! Checked the Engine mounts all sound no splits observed, will be cleaning the MAF as fuel consumption 38mpg best and MAF can cause a slightly uneven tic
  7. PS I only fit approved Towbars, Anker are the cheapest for flange type and for removable swan fitting there is a good Italian make which also sells spares, forgotten the name I will dig out some paper work. Anker also very nicely provided information (all bars are specific to the car they fit) on how to remove the Rear Bumper on the Touran, information sadly missing on the scandal that is modern Hayne manuals, I know I had to remove the bumper what I needed to know was HOW! In the Tourans case you remove the steel crash bar from under the bumper and the Main Towbar frame fits in its
  8. European Finals much diminished as Europe lost a lot of events, if I hadnt had DPF on the brain I might have thought of giving the tank a good thump, ironically Eric O of South Main Auto on a you tube posting last night had a Ford F350 with the same problem, he also showed a good way to diagnose a failing pump by forming a fused loop from the fuse box and a current clamp which showed the drop in current draw as the commuter spun over i the pump he used a scope to show the current draw which dropped to zero every time it hit the dud commuter, this is do-able at home, the Brackley garage that f
  9. I would firstly check the battery terminals are tight and then if you can get it started then give it a good hard run to clear the DPF
  10. If you are smelling rubber under the bonnet then it could either be the auxiliary drivebelt and possibly tensioner that has failed. alternatively, it could also be the cambelt starting to fail, tensioner could be failing and leading to the belt moving over and contacting the timing belt cover. Either way, it would definitely need to go to a garage for further invesitigation
  11. I would check the fusebox to see if there is any water ingress into it and causing an intermittent electrical issue
  12. You may be able to reassemble the components if you remove the vent panel
  13. Could look at engine mounts if you're in the engine bay?
  14. Either of these brands are good but if I have the choice between them I would probably go with LUK as fitted many of them over the years and never had any issues
  15. Sorry to hear your tale of woe! Unfortunately it is the nature of the beast with modern vehicle engineering, once the pump decides its not going to play ball any longer, thats it and game over. Glad your experience was a good result, albeit an expensive one. Roadside cover is always a must but worth doing a comparison of benefits rather than cost between the different companies. What event were you attending at the Pod? (I haven't been there since the '80s)
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  17. This is it mine its unmarked unbranded I would have taken a pic but my webcam is playing silly buggers
  18. Wanting to heat a push on connection and being unable to get a hot gun near it, my daughter bought me what looks like a tiny hot glue gun, its a catalytic hot air gun that runs on butane gas and is not extremely hot so perfect for shrink joints it has a cupping half tube fitting to pass the hot air behind a connection lovely useful little toy.
  19. PPS another Eric O bit of genious check the wiring diagram to see where commonality exists between linked problems, you may have a issue where your wipers share the Earth with the lights, if so check this earth and if in doubt pull it apart and rewire the connections split the wires between a couple of Ring connectors, seeing Eric using crimp/shrink connectors I've purchased some of those as when shrinking hot glue melts and seals out moisture, beautiful strong crimps
  20. I have been watching a you tuber channel called SOUTH MAIN AUTO its in New York state so no plug here and Eric O seems to find the most idiotic failures but his best advice is when tracing multiple failures go for the simplest first in that case a clock spring replacement fixed many smaller annoying faults, I did this on my Fiat Panda fixed the Horn, still have 2 airbag lights up but that may just be a reset issue, Eric Came across an Earthing fault, not the connector to body but 'green crusties' in the wires entering the connector, this has me being very watchful to check the PHYSICAL state o
  21. Dunno how close BRACKLEY (A43) is but Johns Garage did a bang on job sorting my Fuel Pump £40 an hour labour its £60-80 down here in Southampton
  22. I wanted to put motorbike in back but Touran only 34" floor to ceiling and I needed 54" minimum
  23. Did it stall while coasting? or lose power, check the fuel filter if it does it again if its empty......fuel pump! If it does it again reach under and give the tank a thump, do this with ignition on and see if you hear the pump running..........Hand brake on hard of course
  24. True I have done enough from pre can days to post can and always fit Towbars to larger car as me and the late wife caravanned a couple of time a year, trickiest part is fitting duel electrics you need a canbus bypass relay which does the bleeping and a split charge relay for the Fridge/caravan battery, if fitting both, the car battery connection must be heavy enough to power both and will need to be run from the car battery to the back of your vehicle and I found a power probe that nicks the wire and a test lamp to pick up trigger connections for the rear light/fogs/indicators/brake lights, Ha
  25. I purchased a 2007 Touran 1.9tdi for Towing after my Kia Carens refused to start, fitted my own tow ball and dual electrics and Towed it to Santa Pod. 36 Miles short of the Pod it was pulling back, stalling and finally packed up to the east of Brackley on the A43!! Problem one, found a local rescue garage and £420 later Caravan is at the Pod and the Car was dropped at Johns Garage at Brackley, Im giving the Garage a plug here! Next day 8am Garage calls its the fuel pump, VW bits easy to get and Work time half what it is in Southampton so £246 lighter new pump fitted and the man
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  27. Hi I have a knocking noise coming from.my golf R I live in didcot ( pothole central) the radiator clips have been broken but I'm aware of that after my Revo intercooler install by cowboys. a mechanic that has taken my front end off has revieled all 5he cable ties etc not happy. bit we both think the noise is to heavy sounding to just be the radiator so I. going to replace all the suspension and am looking for ideas as what to go for so any ideas would be most welcome many thanks in advance
  28. I was driving last night on a 20mph zone and all of a sudden without warning, the engine of my vw sharan 2016 model shut down. I tried starting it several times, but without success, no noise whatsoever, no cranking, dead silent. After several attempts to start the engine without success, I had to take the car home on a breakdown recovery truck. In addition, the car has a problem of dpf filter showing amber light in the dashboard and the battery is a new one, just two weeks old. What might be the cause?
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