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john44

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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2021, 02:09:26 pm »

I wonder what I would pay Hyundai for changing my diesel cars air filter and pollen filter?
I did both in 7 minutes and the parts cost £25.


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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2021, 05:11:18 pm »

I have to agree the "no soul bit " was what I felt but now recognise now it has been expressed, the horrible wail from the Formula E cars is a total turn off . I might change the daily SUV workhorse for a Duracell job in the coming years but the 3 series petrol Beemer is staying as the family pet.
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2021, 07:19:38 pm »

I once had the electrical connector to the ecu fail, water got in and corroded it, I enquired at the local volvo garage to be told it would cost me £800 for the connector to be replaced, so I ordered just the new connector - £40, the labour was for 2 mechanics for 4 hours, I did it slowly one wire at a time soldering the connections on the 40 pin plug, it took me 2 hours solid, going very carefully and double and triple checking every step. the solution to stopping the water that was leaking round the windscreen and running through the ecu, puddling in the connector, was a zip lock bag, purt over the ecu with the opening facing downward, it didnt stop the leak, but it stopped the engine cutting out.
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2021, 09:19:26 am »

It's definitely not the sound of racing but if the wail of FormulaE puts you off, listen to the silence of the Andros Cup Ice Racing that's sometimes on the Freesport channel on Freeview. Weird  {:-{
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2021, 11:22:40 am »

I went to the Red Marley hill climb a few years ago to watch the motorbikes. There was a demonstration of electric motor bikes. They climbed the hill alright but without any exhaust noise there just wasn't any sense of drama as the riders struggled over the hard sections, hardly anyone was watching them.

It will be funny in the future (not that I will be around!) that like steam trains the only sound of internal combustion engines will be those of a few enthusiasts and certain preservation societies etc.

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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2021, 12:13:37 pm »

The news recently showed a segment which was trying to promote the E rally cars that Hamilton and co are now have teams in, doing a rally course in extreme weather climates to bring environment issues to the fore - hold on - dont race electric cars in an area that is seeing damage done in the world by money grabbing idiots who are by their actions are damaging these eco systems - duh
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2021, 12:52:33 pm »

doing a rally course in extreme weather climates to bring environment issues to the fore.
Exactly - rich hypocrites showing the world how much they *really* care.....
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2021, 07:40:16 pm »

They are using as their base the former mail and passenger ship St. Helena, she has been at Birkenhead being refitted for the purpose for the past two years, the refit is now complete, and she has undergone trials. She moved from Birkenhead to Liverpool yesterday. Thursday, she will depart for Saudi Arabia in the next few days. The first “race” is due to happen on the 4th March. She will then sail for Senegal, before going to the Amazon and finally Terra del Fuego apparently.
Pictures of her new colours are available on request
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Re: Extracting the Michael
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2021, 12:06:28 pm »

Years ago, my boss told me to take the office car into the local main dealer for an annual service. It probably did about 5k a year, pottering around the harbour.


When I went to collect it, although I wasn't paying the bill, just signing for it, I almost fell through the floor - around £400. So I refused to sign it and asked for a complete breakdown of the charges. They grudgingly printed it off and I went through it. What I found was shocking. Example - "tightening loose battery connection - minimum labour charge, 15 minutes". "tightening loose wheel nut - minimum labour charge, 15 minutes". "changing offside indicator repeater bulb [/size]- minimum labour charge, 15 minutes". And so it went on, there were around a dozen of these, so they were attempting to charge 3 hours labour for maybe 15 minutes' work. And then 'changing engine oil and filter'. I asked to see the old filter, they couldn't find it. I did - still there on the car.
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[/size]I've never been to a main dealer since then, apart from one company car on a service plan, and that was mileage based. My independent garage is run by a friend of almost 40 years who was my nextdoor neighbour for 30 of those. If he says something needs doing, I get it done. If says don't bother, he means it and knows what he's talking about,
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