Druid Boy

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  1. I now use a combination of the in-car aircon bomb treatment every 6 months or so and in between I use the spray can cleaner into the air inlets on the outside of the car every 6-8 weeks (I planned to do it each month but keep forgetting). The spray seems to be very effective at keeping the smell under control. I will continue with the bombs also just to keep on top of things.
  2. Druid Boy

    Brakes

    What Dan said. Brakes aren't an area to be saving money on and the euro car parts um parts will pop straight on without any fussing about (used them myself).
  3. Any pictures or measurements? Presumably it is scraping on kerbs rather than speed ramps? Have you visually inspected the springs for breaks?
  4. I have been servicing my 2.2 D4D for years now, its really very simple and there isn't much to do - so much so that when I started doing it myself I wondered what I had been paying for. The intermediate service is pretty much just oil & filter. Getting the oil filter off can be a pain so it is worth investing in a good quality tool for that (something I keep forgetting to do). Otherwise it is very simple. Handbrake adjustment can be a bit fiddly but, hey, why not pay a professional a little cash to do it for you? I tend to end up doing my service in batches due to lack of time, so, oil & filter one day, air filter & lubrication checks another, that sort of thing. Not sure if the petrol engine is more of a pain due to the location of the spark plugs but I doubt it. If you have the time and some decent tools give it a go. Even if you get stuck you can get a professional to finish it off for you.
  5. So I would expect there to be a difference but for it to be marginal. I ran a K&N filter on an old 600cc bike but it was part of a big package of work done. The thing that I remember most is that the whole washing, drying, re-oiling saga at service time was a right pain in the butt and the filter took several attempts to ensure it was fully covered with the red oil. Took as long to sort the filter as it did the rest of the bike - to the point that I wished I had a second filter so I could have one ready to go at service time and I could deal with the dirty one in slow time. Good job I wasn't paying for servicing as it would probably have added £40 labour to the bill.
  6. Rather than try to diagnose and repair by replacing parts why not get a specialist to have a look at it? It might cost a little but if you change the diff, which I believe is integral to the gearbox, and the problem persists then the money was wasted.
  7. hi,follow up to my problem with idle speed fluctuating picked car up from toyota garage on friday afternoon problem with car solved.reason was no3 spark plug faulty.new set of plugs fitted car is running fine.thks for you input

      

  8. Try swapping your front wheels to the rear to see if that changes things. I once suffered with a spinning Rover because the tyres on the rear were rubbish. Appearance, tread, pressures were all fine but they just didn't grip and after spinning on a roundabout in front of a couple of cars I thought it was time to change them.
  9. Parts King on this forum. Genuine parts, tidy prices. Still haven't had any commission from him mind....
  10. As I understand it you will need to swap your headlights over but can disconnect your fog lamp at the rear and connect it (with a new cable) to a bolt on fog lamp on the correct side of the car. Usually fitted on the bottom of the bumper on the offside for the country you are in, so left I presume. Reversing light is irrelevant as it is an aid to the driver rather than a saferty feature as such.
  11. Druid Boy

    Lights...

    So, um, you indicator goes on and off? Sorry, could resist.
  12. Glad it is starting better Just have to figure out how many times to press the button now. 😊
  13. Try it in the morning straight after the glowplug light goes out. If you leave it too long before pressing the starter, a cold engine will suck all the heat away from the glow plugs and make the engine start rough, as though the glow plugs had never been on in the first place see.
  14. Now I may have missed something here but you guys seem to be talking about two different lights: one on the starter button and the other on the dash (the glow plug light). From the original post it sounds as though you give the car 90 seconds before trying to start it. To me that suggests that your glow plugs have stopped glowing hence your slow start. Sam, are you watching for the glow plug light on the dash board going out or the orange light on the starter switch? You should be watching the one on the dash board (unless I am mistaken). Try starting it just after the glow plug light goes out and see if that is any better.