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May 27, 2019
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replacing spark plugs and ignition coils (Bosch)

trying iridium plugs for the first time, will tell ya if I notice any improvement. I currently have some idle issues and tiny misfires at low rpm specially when engine is cold.
Curious too

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Connor H

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Dec 19, 2019
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replacing spark plugs and ignition coils (Bosch)

trying iridium plugs for the first time, will tell ya if I notice any improvement. I currently have some idle issues and tiny misfires at low rpm specially when engine is cold.
My car has been quite lumpy lately in early gears when its cold. Although my SAI is on its way out so not sure if thats related to it.
 

Manic172

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replacing spark plugs and ignition coils (Bosch)

trying iridium plugs for the first time, will tell ya if I notice any improvement. I currently have some idle issues and tiny misfires at low rpm specially when engine is cold.
Personally I wouldn't go for iridium plugs. Basicly. They say they last 2-3-4time longer than normal plugs. They may well do but this is because irridium is a hard metal and poor conductor. They way it works is the softer the material the better conductorso better the spark. But the spark wears away the electrode. Silver plugs are brilliant but don't last as long as say normal ngk plugs. Nor do copper 9nes but they last longer than silver.. now the other end of the scale is thing like irridium. It wears slowly so lasts longer but the spark isn't as good so the "explosion won't be as big so less bang less power. It may not be notice able it may well just be 1-2 but at the most but if your having problems I would just go for standard spec ngk or Bosch as they are both well up for the job and that's what they would have left the factory with.
 

iammooks

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Nov 27, 2018
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The iridium thing baffles me. It's so rare that there are years they can't even dig any out of the ground, and the most we can produce is 3-4 tons per year...

...and we use it for spark plugs.


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Connor H

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Dec 19, 2019
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Went to remove my mirror cover and respray it up with 2k as it flaked badly from sitting in a dealership. Simple task...

Turns out my DS mirror doesnt fold in... because the prat before me broke it and decided using some form of rubber glue to lock it in place is a good repair! Might be why my mirrors dont adjust from the switch inside:no:
 

iammooks

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I should have taken a 'before' photo, but I'm sure you can imagine what fifteen years' worth of black crud caked to the inside of a windscreen washer reservoir would look like...




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iammooks

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Nov 27, 2018
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I can't remember the last time my loo looked that clean...

All sorted and put back in the car now though. Gave it a good scrub first off with boiling water with some vinegar added, scrubbing as best I could with a dishwashing brush and a toothbrush, and then let it soak for a while with boiling water and bleach. Took the scuttle off too and put compressed air through all the hoses. Used one of those TePe flossing brushes on the nozzles too just to make sure they weren't blocked.

The funny thing is that when I took the reservoir out of the car, it was more or less empty. I'm guessing that the sensor was so gunked up it couldn't tell if there was water in there or not.

Took half the day to do it mind, but at least that's one less thing they're not going to fail me on tomorrow.
 
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replacing spark plugs and ignition coils (Bosch)

trying iridium plugs for the first time, will tell ya if I notice any improvement. I currently have some idle issues and tiny misfires at low rpm specially when engine is cold.
If its too late never mind but get ngk irridium sparkies pal
 

bigT's lcr

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I can now say I have no lights on my dash as the airbag light has gone off thanks to the new seat belt and the esp light has gone out now thanks to the new steering angle sensor and the works snap on computer was able to program it in and I can now unlock the doors with just one press off the button on the door the card


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No eml on my dash is like finding a 20 in the sofa lol
 

iammooks

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Nov 27, 2018
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Ohhhhhhh... You're going to love this one...

Dropped car off for its MoT, decided to wait around as I couldn't be bothered to walk home and then back again. Guy comes into the office asking if there was a way of opening the boot. I've been having trouble with my boot release, so thought someone had just pulled something the wrong way and caused the boot to lock itself. Crawled into the boot over the back seats and pulled the release manually. It opens it, but when you closed it again, the handle wouldn't open it.

Start panicking. Sounds like the release is properly broken now. Cancel the test, order one from a breaker's on eBay. Rebook for next Thursday.

Get it home and decide to take it out of the car and strip it down. Nothing seems to be working until I put the key in the lock and turn it. Everything works as normal.

The MoT tester had obviously tried using the key to open it. They'd locked the boot manually. Once it's locked, the keyfob won't unlock it - you have to unlock it with the key.

Nobody had told me they'd used the key.

We were trying to open a locked boot.

Anyone want to take a guess as to which national chain I was getting the MoT done at?
 
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