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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:26 am

That's just since the last change - 9,273 miles (or thereabouts) ago. I don't tend to hoover it out at the interim oil change only services, only when I change the air filter but it's the first time I've sucked up a fag end!
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Post by Way2go » Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:09 am

mat_fenwick wrote: it's the first time I've sucked up a fag end!
Probably courtesy of one of those dirty smokers that flick fag-ends out of the window that then get carried by their slipstream into the front of your car & in this case, air intake. :|
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Thread Bear » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:37 am

Was it filter tipped? :lol:
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Gary » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:11 am

I had to work on a C3 where the customer complained of a lack of power, on removing the air filter I found the air box below the filter completely full of peanuts. :shock:
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Thread Bear » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:14 am

Sounds like more rodent action, see early in my blog. Just shows you can take nothing for granted though.
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Post by electrokid » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:57 am

Must check mine. The car lives under a Broad Leafed Lime tree - so the bottom of the filter box tends to fill up with seeds - which act as an extra filter.
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Post by Tinkley » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:45 am

I tend to get lots of acorn 'shells' as the squirrels seem to like throwing the husks all over the BX. A job for the vacuum or I remove and shake'em out. My neighbour has a large oak which overhangs and threatens to drop branches over my car(s).

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Post by Thread Bear » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:46 am

Limes are bad for shedding branches when getting old and both drop gum, in my experience. Still having parking is more important.
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Post by RxBX » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:04 pm

Tinkley wrote:I tend to get lots of acorn 'shells' as the squirrels seem to like throwing the husks all over the BX. A job for the vacuum or I remove and shake'em out. My neighbour has a large oak which overhangs and threatens to drop branches over my car(s).
At least they've not taken a liking to your ^^bx> by setting up home in it, Yet ?





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Post by Tinkley » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:04 pm

Actually they did, but when the previous owner had it! Hence some of the soundproofing up by the bulkhead is a bit less thick than it used to be. It was in his garage too at the time!

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:26 pm

Today sadly, for the first time in 10 years, I failed the MOT :( Brake lights (which were working on Saturday) and a weep for my repair on the rear height corrector return pipe. Technically that was a double failure point, as it was also failed on "inappropriate method of repair". I.e. any metal pipes should only be repaired with metal, although I could have possibly argued that it joins to a rubber pipe at the front so my rubber repair should have been OK. The fact that it started leaking after only a couple of years though, suggests it probably wasn't appropriate.

Brake light is easy to sort, as that's just the switch - which is only 30k miles old. Looks like I'll be changing the front to rear pipes for the first time though, or at least the return.

In other news I recreated a photo taken 15 years ago!

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Even down to the same bike on the back!
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Post by Tinkley » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:32 pm

Not so fast, there are two bikes in the first photo..... :wink:

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:55 pm

True, but Lana sold hers a couple of months back! She's moved with the times and got herself one of those new-fangled full suspension jobbies...
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:07 pm

You've aged well Mat. :-)
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Thread Bear » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:51 am

How interesting, 'inappropriate method of repair'. Supports my contention it was an 'inappropriate method of manufacture'!

However in the interests of consistency I cannot see that as a fail if the other rubber returns are not failed too. I would accept it should not leak but not that it should not be there as a repair. Not logical.

Off course if you have a DS of a certain age you can pee red to your hearts content now and no one cares. What a bizarre system!
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Egbert - 19 16v Gti, White, A/C & Leather, - Keeper
Walt - 17 TZD Turbo S, graphite, 70k miles, good op extras - Keeper
Scraper- 17 TZD Turbo E, blue, 208k miles - parts
Homer - 19 TXD E, Red, 189k miles - £250
Gary - 17 TZD Turbo E, 118k miles - in work

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