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  1. Thanks for the replies, been a lot of help, you read all sorts on the net from it only costs a couple of pence a day to run to I had to re mortgage to pay for it :D I think I've convinced her we can't afford it and it's not worth it, looking at some "warm feel" flooring solutions but it'll be a while yet before we're at that stage. The wall came out today!
  2. Just an aside my personal record for newest car with a broken cambelt is 8,000 miles on one of dagenhams finest! :D
  3. Well as your going to get the timing belt done I'd suggest while it's in get a service done, especially plugs and HT leads if it has them and ask the mechanic to check for any signs of poor connections etc, normally obvious by a build up of "fur" Like anything from the far east they are hugely reliable, think yourself luck, you could have bought an alfa!
  4. Cars get "used" to how they are used, everyone thinks it's a good thing buying a "one elderly lady owner" car and then can't understand why it begins to fall apart as soon as you start thrashing it. Engines in particular don't like a sudden change of use. EML's (engine management lights) are the bain of my life! Joe public think it's just a case of plugging in the computer and it will tell you exactly what's wrong and how to fix it, oh if only life was so simple! I've lost count of the times I've been to cars where EML's came on but have subsequently gone off, no fault codes stored, or no eml on and no code stored but there is an obvious fault. And it doesn't help when you get a error message along the lines of fuel trim bank 1 circuit too high! Why don't they write it in english?! A few years ago when tesco's had the dodgy petrol we were getting loads of oxygen sensor fault codes, garages would replace the sensor only for it to not cure the fault, the fault turned out to be the wrong additive in the fuel coating the sensors, the computer was correct in that it was getting unexpected readings from the sensor, but the sensor wasn't faulty! The contamination was corrupting the readings. It takes a good detective and some lateral logical thinking to work out exactly what's going on sometimes, was reading of a case the other day, car misfired when cold but when warm was OK, owner had taken it to 4 different garages and in turn had replaced injector, ignition coil, spark plug, coolant temp and ambient air temp sensors to no avail. all the eml kept telling them was there was a misfire on number 3! It turned out 3 years earlier the cam belt had broken (previous owner had to be contacted to find this out). number 3 inlet valve had been bent and was replaced at the rebuild. It turned out the con rod on number 3 had bent slightly during the impact but this had not been spotted, the 4mm difference in length was enough to reduce the compression when cold to give a misfire but when it warmed up it worked OK! Getting onto your Rio (for the love of god why? :no: ) it sounds like it developed a misfire to me, perhaps your well intentioned thrash caused something to get hot and breakdown under load (coil, plug, lead (if it still has them)) or even a poor connection that when hot gave an excessively high resistance, once it had cooled down fault was gone. Disconnecting the battery may have done a system reset on the electronic control unit (ecu) like when your PC crashes and you turn it off and turn it back on again, but this doesn't work on all cars, some need a eobd (electronic on board diagnostics) tool to do this. But that may be a red herring, it may have just fixed itself by cooling down. An eobd reader may be able to retrieve a code but not always. General rule of thumb with all orange warning lights is like traffic lights, if the car is running OK then it's OK to drive with caution but needs to be checked out. Don't drive with a misfire as unburnt petrol could enter the cat which isn't good over a prolonged period although newer systems will turn off the injector if it detects a misfire to prevent this. Another thing with misfires is the ecu may have turned the injector off deliberately, some systems do this when it detects overheating, a cylinder pumping air with no fuel in it will actually cool it down so injectors are turned off in turn to try and stop engine damage! It's getting really complicated out there :lol: The sludge in your filler cap is almost certainly condensation reacting with oil fumes, a classic symptom with short journey driving especially on cars where the rocker box is above the height of the radiator as cold air rushes in and hits the rocker box and you get the cold outside warm inside scenario, anyone with central heating in their house would have experienced the condensation build up on the inside of their windows. Owners of vauxhall chevettes would know all about this, it was not uncommon to get a pint of the stuff out of the rocker box every service!
  5. Not been "on forum" much of late for 2 reasons, we're having the downstairs "remoddeled" as she so quaintly put it! £20K's worth so not much room to move atm and I'm having to work every overtime shift I can get to pay for it. Anyway to the point, thinking of putting in underfloor heating, concrete floors so will have to be electric (no way am I chopping in to bury pipes) so just want a bit of advice, as usual the net has everything from good to bad. It looks easy enough to install myself, my dads a retired spark so he'll do the dangerous bit, just want to know does it work and is it expensive to run, bearing in mind we have gas c/h as well so I'm thinking of just an ambient heat to take the chill off, don't need to heat the house with it. Is it worth the time trouble and expense or shall I just tell her to wear slippers! thanks all. hope to be back sometime before christmas :lol: what has she started?
  6. :pmsl: next thing you know Griff will be back!
  7. looks great mate, regarding the crazy golf I saw a good grandfather clock obstacle once, you had to time your shot to miss the swinging pendulum
  8. :big_boss: one more thing... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13909992
  9. there was a member here way back in the early days user name djb not sure if it's the same person though, only made 10 posts (the post count on the old forum was not carried over though so may have been more) last seem here in 2004
  10. now issn't that better than all those casios? nice one hippo
  11. there's a proper tool for cutting stems, I've buggered a few trying to do it with a saw or side cutters
  12. :notworthy: if your gonna do it, do it properly!
  13. As it so often is :lol: I remember getting issued a white laced pair in basic training at "Swinders" Quite sure we called them pumps there too, 1st thing we did was go and buy a pair of proper runners! last time I stand up and take sides with Mach! :D
  14. yeah but the name of the web site is... just google PE pumps and there are loads of sites that refer to them as pumps even if they are plimsolls, in fact plimsolls was just a nickname from the plimsoll line on a ship, developed in 1830 and called a deck shoe the nickname plimsoll didn't come in til 1870 but that doesn't alter the fact we called them pumps at school!
  15. School pumps dot co dot uk!!! http://www.schoolpumps.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=3
  16. well yeah I did mean the pic, sorry wasn't meant to be a dig but probably the best I've see, well from you anyway :P depth of field, lighting, croping all about perfect imho! do you wanna rewrite the hints and tips? :D
  17. must be a north south thing, 710 (a geordie) says sand shoes (or deck shoes if you're posh) but we def called them pumps when we were kids down here. Esp those slip on black school PE ones.
  18. take it the love affair hasn't ended yet then :D
  19. Who did it? looks right pucca!
  20. I always end up regretting selling any of them (RLT20 :cry2:) including those I regretted buying in the 1st place, but sometimes it's for the best. I could possibly sell 50 tomorrow without batting an eyelid then in 3 months time I'd forget I'd sold them, go looking for one of them and then it would dawn on me that I shouldn't have sold it!
  21. :thumbup: Jase used to have a quote from me in his signature about it, can't remember exactly what I called it now but yes it's just far too big!
  22. Oh and he was quite amused that some people take accuracy so seriously saying his watch didn't have a second hand! :D
  23. this very subject was on R4 a while back and the "guy that knows" says basically the nearest time signal you can get to the actual exact grenwich time is the pips on radio 4 LONG WAVE and then FM, all digital sources whether via a dab radio, digital tv or via a PC will have an inherent delay. Even the time signal via the speaking clock will have a delay. He didn't mention the atomic signal for radio controlled watches and clocks though Oh and the big ben "dongs" on R4 at 6 and 10 pm are live via a microphone in the bell tower and not recorded
  24. While you lads are out and about in Manchester can you go on a Griff hunt? Don't know where the daft old bugger has gone
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