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#1300 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
March 01, 2024, 10:06:47 pm
I've emailed you James in case you want to borrow the charger. I'm not here as of Monday but my wife is and I can easily leave it with a neighbour or somewhere secure.

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#1301 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
March 02, 2024, 10:07:58 am
Thanks Paul, I really appreciate the offer but Iím visiting their house in Cumbria rather than at home in Skipton, so a bit far this time.

Thereís a garage down the road which has them in stock for £80 so Iíll just sort a new one out as it would be a pain for her if it went again.

And thanks for the additional info Lopez, very useful to know!

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#1302 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
March 02, 2024, 10:10:26 am
On her breaks, she always parks in gear without the handbrake on if she is leaving the car for more than a few days.

Though this time they have stuck anyway.

She was told it would be a massive job to fix. Is this really the case? It seems annoying to me and something I would try to sort outÖ

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#1303 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
March 02, 2024, 10:37:31 am
Depends what's stuck? It's labour intensive rebuilding calipers (watch M539 do it if you've got the time). You could try a can of Holts!

I've had the parking brake fail on my E46 at Manchester Airport from a cracked shoe. Likewise, my Dad needed two calipers rebuilding when he wintered his TT in my garage.


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#1304 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
March 02, 2024, 12:07:00 pm
Brake calipers are actually some of the simplest and most straightforward repairs/rebuilds you can do on a car.

It's just a lump of cast iron or aluminium, with 1 moving part (piston) which is connected to the bracket wth 2 sliding pins so the caliper can move.

If it's seized it's because one of those 2 things (piston or sliding pins) are not moving freely. If the parking brake is cable operated sometimes the problem could be a frayed cable, but sems not to be the case here.

Very easy to remove the caliper to check the pins. Remove wheel, disconnect hoses/cables from whatever fixing brackets there are (just to get more movement. No need to disconnect from caliper), undo brake fluid reservoir cap (don't leave it open too long. It absorbs moisture from the air and gets f*cked), use a screwdriver between pads and disc to compress piston and get some clearance, close reservoir cap.

Now just remove two rubber caps at the back of the caliper, that give you access to the pins. The pins come out with an allen key through the hole the caps were protecting. Unscrew the pins out, and the caliper can come out with a bit of wiggling.

Now just reinsert the pins in the caliper and check if they move freely by hand. They go into rubber bushings which chances are will be dried and perished preventing free movement. (Replace rubber bushings, clean pins, and reinsert them with a load of lube. Job done)

Check the rubber boot on the piston. If it's cracked, ripped or perished chances are the piston is full of crap inside and rusty, preventing free movement.

Removing/replacing the piston is a little more involved but it only takes 5 minutes. Plenty videos around or we can run you through it if you want to go that way. Only thing with that is the brake fluid will need filling, bleeding and flushing, which is not a bad thing and should be done every 2 years at most anyway. (Absorbs moisture and gest f*cked, etc) but needs a bleeder ideally (cheap).

Rebuild kits can be bought everywhere and are cheap.They can be a basic kit of just gaskets, sliding pins rubber bushings, red grease to lubricate them, caps, etc. Or you can get them with new pistons as well. These guys are the go to for kits and they also have an ebay shop https://www.biggred.co.uk/

What i do with all my cars, i buy used calipers on ebay for peanuts. Rebuild them, and then do a straight swap. And so other than not having the car unavailable while rebuilding (i take the chance to paint them) i also have a second set ready at all times.

Some cars need a piston winding tool for the rears. If you want, i got one one i've been trying to get rid of for years that you can have
 

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#1305 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 10:02:03 am
My Subaru Legacy has developed a very loud jet engine type noise. It drives completely fine but above about 30mph a whine develops which gets louder and louder the faster you go. It is worst around 60mph and then dies off a bit about 70. Its just about ignorable when driving but apparently for rear passengers its fairly deafening. Internet research/asking knowledgeable friends suggests this is likely to be either the rear diff or wheel bearings. The latter seem particularly bad on Subarus, but there is no discernable change in the pitch of the noise when I change lanes/ go round corners. However I'm not sure whether this would be as noticeable in the rear bearings as the front. There is also no change in the pitch/volume when I shift into neutral. As I brake the noise decreases.

Obviously I would prefer it to be the bearings as the expense of replacing a diff is likely to be more than the car is worth. Anyone got any suggested methods of diagnosis that I can do without getting the car on a lift? Is it worth taking a punt on it being the bearings and getting them done? Will changing the diff oil make any difference to the noise?

Currently my plan is just to drive it til something breaks and ignore the noise but I feel like it might be worth the gamble of spending a bit more money on it as its only done 110k miles and has hopefully been reasonably looked after as it has a full service history. All input appreciated!

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#1306 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 10:49:27 am
Sounds like the bearings to me. I've had two replaced in the last year or so on my Audi, would do it sooner rather than later as they are not expensive and replacements should see you out, while I had to pay for the epic labour to drill the corroded bolts out at 16 yrs/ 150k. The remaining two are now making similar noises as you describe but not as loud - they checked them for play at recent MOT and said they were fine.

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#1307 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 10:57:33 am
As per JB, if braking makes it go down it's more likely to be bearings.

One thing you could try, at very minimal cost, is a diff fluid exchange and analysis. Should be easy enough DIY, and quite cheap at a garage.

Analysis can be free (look at oil, see if it's full of metal shiny particles/chunks etc.).

If you are planning on keeping it a while, worth doing gearbox oil at that age too. Manufacturers don't put gearbox oil in their service schedule, but it really isn't a "life long" fluid, unless you want the car life to equal the gearbox life...

If the diff was going, new fluid would shut it up for a while. If it then turns out to be bearings, your diff will last even longer.

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#1308 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 12:09:56 pm
Didn't Reeve have an 'exciting' motorway incident many years ago due to a wheel bearing?

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#1309 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 01:03:37 pm
If you are planning on keeping it a while, worth doing gearbox oil at that age too. Manufacturers don't put gearbox oil in their service schedule, but it really isn't a "life long" fluid, unless you want the car life to equal the gearbox life...
Mine's supposed to have a gearbox oil change every ~38k miles, according to manufacturer's schedule!

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#1310 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 01:32:04 pm
We just got a megane 1.6 diesel and I guessed dit had never been done, so asked the garage to do it. They seemed a bit surprised...

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#1311 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 13, 2024, 08:04:42 pm
Wheel bearings rarely fail together - so normally you can hear it from (in your case) either rear near side or off side. Have a drive with the rear seats down which can make noises from the back clearer..

Reducing when deaccelerating in neutral does make me wonder if itís a diff issue (especially if it seems to come from neither near or offside wheel).

Once itís in a ramp or jacked up (either at home or at garage) youíll find out easily enough. Spinning a wheel with a duff wheel bearing makes all sorts of not good noises (the ones that turn into a whine when at speed).

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#1312 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 14, 2024, 08:35:53 am
Thanks all, thats useful. I'll have a drive this eve with the back seats down, hadn't thought of that. In my gut I think its probably a diff issue but am hopeful its the bearings!

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#1313 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 14, 2024, 07:45:45 pm
It is indeed the diff - fuck! Good diagnostics TT.

So on the face of it I have two options I think. Option 1: drive the car until it goes bang, then scrap it. Option 2: source used diff online and get it fitted. I can find something that looks like it would fit on ebay (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/226120027494?chn=ps&_ul=GB&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-166974-033325-9&mkcid=2&mkscid=101&itemid=226120027494&targetid=2276391439863&device=m&mktype=pla_with_promotion&googleloc=9046603&poi=&campaignid=21069693970&mkgroupid=165332018528&rlsatarget=pla-2276391439863&abcId=9387975&merchantid=114897452&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwl4yyBhAgEiwADSEjeIAhYaVfOVQxJyVyRVZPn13pZ-iK6NI2Qia0YqajrHqIWlAL7EvtwBoC5ToQAvD_BwE) but it does rather look like it's been salvaged from the Titanic. The mechanic I spoke to about this was dubious it was worth it due to the general rust below the car, but I am quite unwilling to commit to car searching again, especially after it just passed it's MOT...

Anyone know roughly how much labour is involved in replacing a rear diff? I'll obviously ask the mechanic as well (who is very good and I am confident he won't rip me off).

To top it off while it was on the ramp the mechanic pointed out a lump in a tyre, so I've got to get one of them as well...

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#1314 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 21, 2024, 12:44:01 pm
Has anyone got any beta for AC re-gassing beyond ATS Euromaster or similar? I'm hoping whoever offers this service does a pressure test first but the local garage in Colne said otherwise (I was under the impression it isn't great for the environment so this seems a little odd).

The car's been fault code scanned and there's nothing showing up that looks like the culprit.

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#1315 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 22, 2024, 09:37:28 am
It is indeed the diff - fuck! Good diagnostics TT.

So on the face of it I have two options I think. Option 1: drive the car until it goes bang, then scrap it. Option 2: source used diff online and get it fitted. I can find something that looks like it would fit on ebay (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/226120027494?chn=ps&_ul=GB&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-166974-033325-9&mkcid=2&mkscid=101&itemid=226120027494&targetid=2276391439863&device=m&mktype=pla_with_promotion&googleloc=9046603&poi=&campaignid=21069693970&mkgroupid=165332018528&rlsatarget=pla-2276391439863&abcId=9387975&merchantid=114897452&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwl4yyBhAgEiwADSEjeIAhYaVfOVQxJyVyRVZPn13pZ-iK6NI2Qia0YqajrHqIWlAL7EvtwBoC5ToQAvD_BwE) but it does rather look like it's been salvaged from the Titanic. The mechanic I spoke to about this was dubious it was worth it due to the general rust below the car, but I am quite unwilling to commit to car searching again, especially after it just passed it's MOT...

Anyone know roughly how much labour is involved in replacing a rear diff? I'll obviously ask the mechanic as well (who is very good and I am confident he won't rip me off).

To top it off while it was on the ramp the mechanic pointed out a lump in a tyre, so I've got to get one of them as well...

Only just logged in - sorry my inkling was right :(

Probably too late - but first option would be to check the oil level/lubrication in the diff (this really depends on how the diff is made/put together though!)..

Christ - just looked at the ebay link! That diff looks like its been at the bottom of the sea for 100 years!!! (might be fine though etc..)

I'd wager theres a couple of specialised scooby breakers/salvage places though which may be a good place to start..

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#1316 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 24, 2024, 01:52:27 pm
One more update. Took it to my tame mechanic again who has been brilliant at nursing my decrepit cars through multiple MOTs ever since I moved here. Explained that I wanted to keep the car on the road for at least another year as it has a long MOT and I don't want the hassle of buying a new one. He agreed to have a poke around it and explore various options, including taking the propshaft off and converting it to 2WD to stop the noise.

He rang me and said hed changed his mind and he now thought it was a bearing after a prolonged period of driving it around and spinning things. After changing that the noise has completely gone, which is obviously a good outcome. The fact that he initially thought it was the diff, as did the other mechanic I took it to, perhaps shows how similar these issues sound. There was no real indication to me thay the noise was coming from one side or the other and both mechanics were totally convinced it was the diff initially. Anyway, good result, and worth flagging that numerous forums do menyion that subaru bearings are known to be shit and noisy so worth investigating this first if anyone is having a similar issue.

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#1317 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 24, 2024, 02:16:12 pm
Sounds like a result.

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#1318 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 25, 2024, 04:27:35 am
Sounds like a result.

Indeed. When you say bearing, are you meaning a wheel bearing or a prop-shaft bearing?

My re-gas seems to have gone OK (so far as I can tell from the other side of the world). There are 2 gases, one that's harmful to squirrels etc. and one that isn't (and is consequently more money). It was (of course) the latter!

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#1319 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 25, 2024, 08:48:32 pm
Wheel. Prop shaft remains intact so I still have 4wd for when I want to spin up to widdop in the ice and snow.  :)

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#1320 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 26, 2024, 02:29:13 am
If you come from the Yorkshire side they actually grit it properly. You can tell where the border is pretty easily when it snows!

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#1321 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 26, 2024, 08:52:02 am
Wheel. Prop shaft remains intact so I still have 4wd for when I want to spin up to widdop in the ice and snow.  :)

Good. Beware the removing the prop shaft trick though. Itís a get you home fix - but causes problems down the line. I bought a 2a Landrover where the rear prop shaft came as an accessory in the boot.. 😀 rear diff needed changing (fairly easy as if fits into the axle) but all that load on the front diff over time (who knows how long in the past) led to the front diff clicking when engaged. 2aís not perma 4wd - rwd unless you engage the front wheels via the transfer box.

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#1322 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 26, 2024, 09:13:21 am
If you come from the Yorkshire side they actually grit it properly. You can tell where the border is pretty easily when it snows!

Absolutely mad this isnít it, got caught out pretty badly one of the few days it snowed this year coming over the tops to Colne.

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#1323 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 26, 2024, 10:24:30 am
Wheel. Prop shaft remains intact so I still have 4wd for when I want to spin up to widdop in the ice and snow.  :)

Good. Beware the removing the prop shaft trick though. Itís a get you home fix - but causes problems down the line. I bought a 2a Landrover where the rear prop shaft came as an accessory in the boot.. 😀 rear diff needed changing (fairly easy as if fits into the axle) but all that load on the front diff over time (who knows how long in the past) led to the front diff clicking when engaged. 2aís not perma 4wd - rwd unless you engage the front wheels via the transfer box.

Think scoobys are a bit different from what I gather? Permanent AWD and the option to shift from H to L via a separate stick shift in mine. It was definitely a last resort option and I think it may have been more complicated than anticipated anyway as peewee told me the front diff would have to be welded. So probably good to have swerved that one.

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#1324 Re: Cars, Cars, Fucking CARS !!
May 27, 2024, 05:12:54 am
I thought it was a pretty bold move by Mat Armstrong (YouTuber if people aren't aware) to rebuild his Lamborghini with RWD instead of 4WD. He recently stuck it into a tree driving home, in the wet, on semi-slick tyres so I bet that decision haunted him for a brief moment before he went back to counting his supercars and £££.


 

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