Today I.....

stevec

Member
Well, not today and not car related but I did use the A2 to travel to Cardiff to see stereophonics at the principality stadium. Oh and a certain Tom Jones was a support act.
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Malcyb

Member
Not exactly today, but after searching few threads I suspected that the occasional squealing that Gracie had been making when starting from cold was the alternator belt and so I wondered whether the tensioner was failing. Took her into Gary (B&F Autos) to have it looked at a couple of weeks ago, along with slightly premature service and MOT. It didn’t perform to order (the noise had only been intermittent), however as precaution he changed the alternator belt, even though it was only 18 months / 10,000 miles old. Since then it hasn’t recurred so it looks as if it’s done the trick. And she’s got a fresh MOT with no advisories 🙂. We’re going to take her up to the Festival Of The Unexceptional on 30th July (not to show, it just looked like a good day out) so wanted her to be in good fettle for that… anyone else going?
 

Sootywg

Member
Not exactly today, but after searching few threads I suspected that the occasional squealing that Gracie had been making when starting from cold was the alternator belt and so I wondered whether the tensioner was failing. Took her into Gary (B&F Autos) to have it looked at a couple of weeks ago, along with slightly premature service and MOT. It didn’t perform to order (the noise had only been intermittent), however as precaution he changed the alternator belt, even though it was only 18 months / 10,000 miles old. Since then it hasn’t recurred so it looks as if it’s done the trick. And she’s got a fresh MOT with no advisories 🙂. We’re going to take her up to the Festival Of The Unexceptional on 30th July (not to show, it just looked like a good day out) so wanted her to be in good fettle for that… anyone else going?
If the squeal does return, check the Alternator pulley! When the clutch mechanism starts to fail it will squeal under load resulting in undercharging of your battery, ultimate failure can be shearing off of the alternator pulley, not nice.
 

Malcyb

Member
If the squeal does return, check the Alternator pulley! When the clutch mechanism starts to fail it will squeal under load resulting in undercharging of your battery, ultimate failure can be shearing off of the alternator pulley, not nice.
Yes that’s exactly what I was worried about from reading other posts and why I booked her in a month ahead of when I had planned to. Gary said there was no obvious sign of an issue but that it would be the next thing to change if it did return. As other members will attest, he generally knows his A2s and doesn’t go charging for unnecessary work,
 

CrispyEdd

Member
Well who would have thought that our Vellfire 3.5L Automatic is cheaper to run than Jelly(Tdi) or Smurf(FSI). We get about 20mpg on LPG @ £0.629/L, so 1/3 the price of Diesel or Super Unleaded. Neither A2 averages 60mpg, or is as comfy and quiet
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Cool car, but a sad indication of the ridiculous situation.
 

dj_efk

A2OC Donor
Filled Audrey up at Tesco Seaton today at £1.87/l (cheapest fuel for miles around according to both the trackers at confused.com and petrolprices.co.uk) - and when I say filled, I mean brimming it until the stuff is damn near overflowing out of the neck, using the burp toggle! Good thing I plopped in the dosage of the millers additive first.

I got 42.9 litres in (had 40 miles of range left according to CDIS), I’d travelled 561 miles on the previous tankful and the calculated consumption was almost exactly 60mpg - which matches what CDIS said the tank average was now that I’ve applied a 12% correction factor to the consumption measurement.

This is mostly 70mph motorway cruising without much attention being paid to eco-driving and also a rear calliper sticking very slightly thanks to the handbrake mechanism on that side needing stripping and regreasing; I know that once this job is done I can then do perhaps another 5-8% better if I drop the speed slightly to 65-70 and pay more attention / don’t use cruise control.
 
Not exactly today, but after searching few threads I suspected that the occasional squealing that Gracie had been making when starting from cold was the alternator belt and so I wondered whether the tensioner was failing. Took her into Gary (B&F Autos) to have it looked at a couple of weeks ago, along with slightly premature service and MOT. It didn’t perform to order (the noise had only been intermittent), however as precaution he changed the alternator belt, even though it was only 18 months / 10,000 miles old. Since then it hasn’t recurred so it looks as if it’s done the trick. And she’s got a fresh MOT with no advisories 🙂. We’re going to take her up to the Festival Of The Unexceptional on 30th July (not to show, it just looked like a good day out) so wanted her to be in good fettle for that… anyone else going?
I have a ticket if I get time to go I will be there, probably in an A2 as the pork is in bits at the moment, - I decided to dive into a full engine rebuild. Eeek.
 

Malcyb

Member
I have a ticket if I get time to go I will be there, probably in an A2 as the pork is in bits at the moment, - I decided to dive into a full engine rebuild. Eeek.

From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s not really a Porsche kind of event, in fact even the A2 might be considered a tad edgy… but it would be nice if ours wasn’t the only one.
 

2work

Admin Team
Afternoon all,

Today I… Received an item that I’ve been after for quite some time now:
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You know me well enough by now that it didn’t stay on my worktop for long:
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Please excuse a filthy workhorse!

Another great condition rare addition to Project OEM.

Kind regards,

Tom
 
Filled up a couple of days ago at the newly refurbished petrol station just off the A1(M) on the way into Catterick Garrison, it's JET I think. Diesel was 186.9p per litre, not bad. Worth the 2 mile detour if anyone is driving up the A1(M).
Also they had 'renewable' diesel, whatever that is, at 223.9p per litre. I wasn't tempted.
 

Sylvester

Member
Filled up a couple of days ago at the newly refurbished petrol station just off the A1(M) on the way into Catterick Garrison, it's JET I think. Diesel was 186.9p per litre, not bad. Worth the 2 mile detour if anyone is driving up the A1(M).
Also they had 'renewable' diesel, whatever that is, at 223.9p per litre. I wasn't tempted.
"Renewable diesel is vegetable oil refining fuel production process, it's is a cleaner, higher quality product that stands cold and storage much better than traditional biodiesel, the benefits that renewable diesel offers to the vehicle, the motorist, and ultimately the climate are the greatest when 100% renewable diesel is used."
 

dj_efk

A2OC Donor
Hmmm today I realised that I also, as well as a slightly sticky handbrake mechanism on one caliper / wheel, I also have an issue with my front driver's side brakes sticking on very slightly - just enough to cause brake squeal when travelling straight ahead or with the wheel slightly off to the right - but not slightly off to the left, weirdly!

I'm used to stones etc. getting stuck between the disc and the backplate and causing a metallic squeal, but this sounds like brake squeal.

Should I just bite the bullet and renew all four calipers, flush out the fluid and be done with brake issues for the foreseeable? Or else anyone got any tips / ideas?
 

Sylvester

Member
Hmmm today I realised that I also, as well as a slightly sticky handbrake mechanism on one caliper / wheel, I also have an issue with my front driver's side brakes sticking on very slightly - just enough to cause brake squeal when travelling straight ahead or with the wheel slightly off to the right - but not slightly off to the left, weirdly!

I'm used to stones etc. getting stuck between the disc and the backplate and causing a metallic squeal, but this sounds like brake squeal.

Should I just bite the bullet and renew all four calipers, flush out the fluid and be done with brake issues for the foreseeable? Or else anyone got any tips / ideas?
The stone getting caught behind the guard is very annoying indeed. You'd try spraying some brake cleaner all around, if they doesn't do the magic, changing all bits is a fancy idea.
 

mtl

A2OC Donor
Today I wanted to get my car MOTed and when I started it and I applied the handbrake for a test I felt something is not right and I also lost the brakes. Rear left brake cylinder malfunctioned. And of course brake fluid was all over the place.
So, now I am getting both brake cylinders replaced and brake system filled with brake fluid.
A sad day, especially since I was really hyped for finally registering the car after 8 years of not using it and half a year of ''putting'' it back to roadworthy condition. Now it will have to wait for at least 3 weeks, because I will be away.
Afternoon all,

Today I… Received an item that I’ve been after for quite some time now:
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You know me well enough by now that it didn’t stay on my worktop for long:
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Please excuse a filthy workhorse!

Another great condition rare addition to Project OEM.

Kind regards,

Tom
What is this used for?
 
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