Lazlo Woodbine

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  1. Lazlo Woodbine

    Auto Gearbox service needed Lichfield area

    I'll level with you, I've never had an auto or even worked on one. However it's one of those things that's definitely worth doing right. My gut feeling is that if you're going to do any more than just a fluid/filter change then a full service would be the way. I'd research the companies you're considering and if they have a good rep then follow their advice. Some people even take their ZF equipped cars to ZF themselves, in Dortmund! To be fair no-one can know them better.
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    What's it like?

    When I was asked how I was adjusting to the Jag after I'd had it a few weeks I said something along the lines of; "Well I'm already looking down my nose at everyone else and my parking 's gone to hell, so pretty well really". Actually I did feel very uncomfortable in my S-type at first. Stepping in to it from a boyed up old Golf which had followed a motley line up other of old, odd stuff was a shock. I don't really think about it now, it's just my car, a nice car but after nearly two years I'm used to it.
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    Diagnostic Scan Tool

    You could probably save yourself the hassle of a separate laptop by making a new partition on your hard drive and installing XP there. Or you can buy "Windows on a stick" off ebay which doesn't need installing, it just runs of the stick.
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    Ominous knocking noise

    I've never been under a car like yours so I don't know what the set up is like but; I'd certainly want to have a look at the diff oil before considering a new unit. If it comes out burnt or looking like Goldschlager then yes it's not healthy but even then I would expect it to whine or whirr not knock. A knock makes me think more of prop/drive shaft joints or splines, maybe even a wheel bearing, and it's entirely feasible that that noise could be heard in the diff housing what with them being connected. EDIT; Just remembered I had an old Volvo with a two piece prop shaft and the joint was supported by a rubber donut. This collapsed on one side and let the shaft knock going forwards but was silent in reverse as it pushed the joint to the opposite (good) side of the donut. Just a thought.
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    Removing EGR Valve

    I blanked off the egr valve on my AHU engined Golf TDi as the inlet manifold was so clogged that the ports were more than halfway blocked. After cleaning it out I had much more power at high revs.
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    My S Type

    The headlining can be taken out through the front passenger door if both front seats are fully reclined. All the pillar trims and both sun visors have to come out first. There are several wires that have to be disconnected, one of which has a plug hidden under the parcel shelf somewhere. Two people can do it, unless you have a sunroof. In which case I'd say a third person would make it safer as the lining can fold at the cut out just under its own weight. Then some spray adhesive and very careful pressing down of the fabric onto the board should have it fixed.
  7. There is no real-world excuse for lazy guessing at faults instead of proper diagnosis. Most mechanics now are fitters, and I can see why to an extent. I think the balance between parts and labour costs is very different now than it was even just a few years ago. So from a garage owners point of view I suspect it's usually safer (and certainly more profitable) to, for example, replace parts than repair them. I too worked in white goods and commercial appliance repair and couldn't bring myself to charge the full £50 call out + £48 p/hr for simple jobs. My boss didn't like it but neither did he appreciate the repeat business it generated or the better local consensus about the company, which was important being very small business in a remote location. We couldn't afford to tell customers that big new parts were needed as white goods can be written off so easily and we couldn't compete on price for replacements. I'd happily change drum, pump and motor bearings, rebuild timers and do component level repairs on control boards etc. Stuff that most just wouldn't/couldn't do. Sealed washing machine drums, integrated components and rubbish machines that just weren't worth building let alone repairing are slowly but surely putting and end to that game though.
  8. Hi Mike Well as you see the bushes can be changed with tools that any garage should have and the skills anyone calling themselves a mechanic should posses. For me it made financial sense as I did everything myself. However, if you're paying someone else to do the work then a pair of arms like Russ got may work out cheaper. Two arms at £200 each plus two hours labour (I could do them in under one hour with a ramp) should be about half what you have been quoted. If I were you I'd see if your garage will buy them direct from Berkshire Jag Spares and quote you for labour. Bear in mind that garages wager on a big mark up on parts so they may not like that idea. Some will fit customer-supplied parts but many won't, having worked in repairs I can understand their reticence.. Either way a little calling around could save you a lot of money. Damper bushes; Almost certainly not economical to change if you're getting someone to do it for you. Circa £15 (£30 genuine) per bush plus the labour and you're probably half way to getting a whole new damper. Plus if your garage won't consider changing the lower rear arm bushes then I'd not bother asking them to change any others. I have no idea how mechanically adept you are but changing dampers and arms is not difficult with a basic tool kit. Six bolts per side and the only one that might cause you trouble is the drop link, for £30-40 it would be worth changing them anyway whilst it's apart. An alignment check afterwards would be nice but certainly not vital as you wouldn't be disturbing any of the adjustment points. I don't know for sure but I get the idea that these bushes fail pretty regularly at 80k miles and upwards. The problem is the dust seals perish and split so letting the grease out, I maintain that if the seals were better they would last far, far longer. Come the spring I'll be climbing under my car to clean and grease the seals to try and keep the elements at bay.
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    Opinions on battery symptoms

    Mine did the same. You should be able to see the remains of the bolt sticking through the floor from underneath the car. It's exposed to the elements hence it seizing, silly design. I filled the hole in the floor with oil, the next day a pair of pipe grips and some heat got it moving and the captive thread lived again.
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    Surging on the overrun at around 1800 rpm - 3.0 V6

    I've certainly minimised it. There was a slight air leak around the control flap unit on the back of the inlet manifold and the rubber end of one vacuum line was perished. There's still a noticeable surge as the revs drop to 1800 but not like before. The control flaps have a big O ring to seal them and they're silly money to buy. As both flap units are the same I put the top one in the back where it's awkward to get to then fitted the one with leaky O ring to the top with some instant gasket to seal it. There's no oil catch tank as standard. I got an after market one to install but haven't yet. There are a few jobs mounting up that I'll do all at the same time, sometime..
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    Uninsured car.

    In the pre-MID days I was once charged with driving with no insurance, despite having a policy in place, due to an error by the broker. I presented the police with my documents twice and yet charges were still pressed and I had to attend court (three times due to the officer not turning up twice). When he finally did he was laughed out of court, but I wasn't laughing. I had paid my dues and so did every one else whose taxes pay for all that wasted police and court time. I also had to pay for three days off work and 150 miles travel, but at least I got an apology, oh hang on, no I didn't... Chances are these lads weren't insured but then maybe it was yet another database error, the sort DVLA make all the time.
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    Fight to the death

    I like them. At one point I was running two classics insured as such and it cost much, much less than having either one on a standard policy. The stipulation at the time was that you had to have regular use of another car, nothing said the other one couldn't be a classic. I think most insurers have tightened up on that now..
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    That's a useful thing to know

    Thank you. That's very handy as my drivers side seal is in tatters. I think someone very fat owned my car at some point. The drivers seat bolster is really worn, the leather on the squab is worn through right across and the foam has gone "dead" so you sit low in the seat. It suits me as I'm tall but isn't as comfy as the passenger seat witch looks like new. Some previous owner kept slamming the seat belt buckle in the door as well, the A pillar is full of dents! It always retracts for me so I can only think they eventually gave in and replaced it.
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    Poly bushes - Fitment and thoughts - X200

    I like that. I bet Colin Chapman would've been disgusted! Joe; No worries. Yes it's the B6 I'd want. I'm sure they're much better value than cheap stuff but it's a lot of money regardless of what I got for it. Still, £1200 does make me feel a little better!
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    Fight to the death

    My renewal's due and the people I've been with for a couple of years quoted £380. I paid £300 last year but they said in the renewal letter I'd paid £550! I phoned them and they dropped it down to what it was last year but with £30 worth of extras taken off. No -one at the office can explain the £550 but they accept it's wrong and said it must be a typo. A week later they wrote to me with a quote of £280 with the £30 worth of extras included. All well and good, I like money off, but that letter also said I'd paid £550 last year.. I just pray I don't have to trust them with a claim.