Stevey Y

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  1. Hi Steve, my grandads most used saying was you are never to old or clever to learn something new, today I have, I was unaware they had started adding sulphur to the new petrol and am I missing the point, the whole Dirty Diesel campaign was started off of the back of the large amount of sulphur in the fuel and once the fuel producers had eradicated that the powers that be started on the nox emissions which the manufacturers more or less cured. Now it looks like they are going after the particle emissions post DPF this one is proving far more difficult to implement as the technology to do this costs hundreds of thousands of pounds and would wipe out most MOT stations financially. Grandads other saying was you can always tell when a politician is lying, their lips move.
  2. Hi I have found through experience that the independent specialist are nearly as expensive as the main dealers, if I were in your place I would find a small local independent garage and get a second opinion on the bushes, then if there is an issue with them get them to price the job using mid range aftermarket parts Febi,ACP,Meyle in view of the fact that you are going to get rid in a year as long as you don't do starship milage these parts are pretty robust.
  3. Hi is it an independent garage or a dealer, sounds a bit steep for standard bushes but if they are Polyflex bushes the kit alone is a bit pricey, but I can recommend these as used them on my Ford cabs I owned as the sway bar and lower arm bushes were notorious for tearing out but having gone to the expense of buying these bushes on the last car I never had a recurrence of these problems for the next 160k after which I sold the car to a mechanic at my local garage who has had the car for over a year and never reported a problem with these items when asked, other than that shop about.
  4. Correct at every level, its a known fact that petrol engines produce more C02 than diesels but from the government perspective its better to jump on the Nox band wagon as there are more diesel owners to tax to death, just look at the Ford CVH engines during the late seventies early eighties how economical they were, only problem was that these lean burn wonders C02 reading were off the Richter scale, that all stopped when CARB in America got more proactive globally with CATS and injection systems that were controlled by the ECU within very tight peramiters. Fortunately Adblue has scuppered their assault and attempts to tax us into oblivion, no one seems to realise they will start on hybrids next and when the have eradicated all fossil engines just look at the potential for making electricity the most expensive commodity on the planet.
  5. Hi, totally correct, if the car is getting extra air from a source other than the air box the engine management system will demand more fuel to stop the engine from running lean, most default strategies that the ECU has at its disposal will do this as lean burns valves and pistons, until it reaches the point where it can't call up enough fuel to deal with the air , then the lights come on. I can agree with Envy that the soot is most probably a separate problem.
  6. Yes indeed, just seen the advert inserted in the middle of this thread, can't understand why the owners of the cars affected do it most of the people I carry that went for the free VAG retro fit reprogramming now moan about what a dog the car has become performance wise and I have even had many telling me the vehicle concerned does less to the gallon and they were going to sell it. Have we really become that stupid that if something isn't broken we will try and fix it even if it costs more money in the long run, still I suppose you could use the money you get back minus the leeches third to fund the extra diesel when is all you had to do was wait until you got a newer model of the same with even more power and less road tax, try running Fords as a cab as I did and enjoy the Jackanory quoted mpg as well as the stratospheric VED hikes every year, I ended up getting an Audi as at the time it was cheaper than the equivalent Mondeo Vignale I went all the way to Oxford to see and had 20k less on the clock, won't be going back to any other make any time soon.BTW Sorry about the prose transgression. Stevey
  7. Hi Gents, anyone else noticed the sudden surge in the number of parasitic claims companies dealing with the potential fleecing of VAG for over indulgent compensation, it sort of hit me in the face the other night when I had some misinformed !Removed! in the cab bellowing at me about how much I can claim through the emissions compensation scheme because I drive an Audi, I didn't bother to inform him that it was only for cars built 08-15 that would have been a shade to much education for the self appointed expert on Compo, his exact words were, you could get Fowsands of pands out of them, if the journey had been longer and the client more sober I would have put my theory forward. How many of these owners of the targeted years of vehicles suddenly found via market depreciation that they could actually afford an Audi and went and bought one, then they drove round for the next few years marvelling at the reliability, economy and handling of their purchase then all of a sudden they develop a Thunberg type conscience at the mere mention of money, after they get paid out will they scrap these filthy polluting vehicles, probably not, lets face it folks its not like PPI where they were releiving you of thousands for something that definitely was not going to work, no, what people got was something that was usable and gave good service and in the final analysis if they were handing out prison sentences for dodgy motor manufacturers practises most car brands CEOs would be doing life, the bare facts of the matter are most everything you buy in life within its history will have some sort of rule bending attached to its production to enhance its appeal in the market place as well as lowering production costs, this saint like reaction from the motoring public is sadly endemic of the vile claims culture that is permeating society, Stevey.
  8. Finally got round to changing my rear wiper motor, what a mission that turned out to be, not so much changing the actual motor but getting the plastic trim back on I expect most people on this forum have come across the sprung metal clips that hold the main part of it to the tailgate it would appear that these deform rather easily when the trim is removed and require the worlds supply of manipulating with bull nosed pliers to correct the shape for refitting. Found it easier to sit in the boot and pull the tailgate down until almost shut then slide the top part of the trim into position then push the clipped part into place, I lost a couple of the spring fixings and was wondering how much Audi were likely to rob me for another set, deep joy I found them on eBay three quid for ten plenty of spare clips but I suspect the clips are of a one use design.
  9. Hi Thomas, glad you got it sorted and the heartwarming news of the DIY service makes me glad at least the thieving scrotes at the garages won't be relieving you of a ton of cash any time soon, I knew you were more than capable by the way you describe the problems you had a bit of savvy goes a long way. I am off to tackle the dreaded rear wiper motor which keeps stopping when it rains because some moron designed it so the water washer system comes through the middle of the wiper spindle and when the seals get older it runs back into the control box and rots it out, I definitely aint taking it apart and cleaning it up only to get the same problem this winter, just going to get a new one as if you work out how long the original unit has lasted it will be another four years until the new one expires. Regards Steve.
  10. Well now heres a thing, after going through the drama of re educating the the headlight level I noticed today that when we pulled in against a wall at our local supermarket it was almost dark because of the storm clouds and trees overhanging that part of the car park, whilst waiting for my missus to go and pick up her order boredom is a terrible thing, I started looking at the light beam alignment against the wall, the nearside light which I adjusted is now in a position where it would be good for shooting roosting pigeons at night and it would appear the start up self levelling sweep is now working, I thought maybe the heat this week had baked it back to life but remembered I had been rooting about under the n/s front plastic scuttle cover there is a box in a plastic shroud under the vent intake which I could just about reach the connector to give it a wiggle no more than that, I haven't driven in the dark since so I wouldn't have noticed any change, my guess is I have found the light reach module and it has a cruddy connection because some Div has stuck it in a place where it can get damp, therefore on my next day off I will have it out and clean the connector.
  11. Well I suppose if you don't drink, smoke or run a high maintenance woman why not, I find Stuarts honesty refreshing as most people would just blush and keep quite about it all as it didn't quite work and its embarrassing. Case in point a guy I know had bought a brand new Vauxhall Corsa for his beloved son to drive back and forth from university, Jnr was definitley not impressed by 70mph on the motorway and got one of his mates to help him find a remap specialist who apparently did a first class job until it started running like a bag of nails, he mentioned this to dad who had paid for the car, dad considers that the next weekend Jnr is home he will book the car in on the Saturday morning at the dealer he bought it from, this will do Jnr a favour as when he crawls out of his pit the car will be fixed, good old dad. This all went horribly wrong the second they fired up the diagnostics live data, as this was a warranty claim the dealer went into hyperdrive trying to find out what was wrong, dad was rudely awoken by the service engineer and manager telling him his six month old car was no longer under warranty as someone had been fiddling with the ECU and he owed them for the diagnostic and inspection, furthermore if he wanted it back to normal this would involve a new ECU and about two grand to put it right, that was when he rang me to ask for a second opinion, I spoke to the engineer at some length who explained that they get this all the time with youngsters cars to the point where Vauxhall had a special program to trace the original mapping and any map track ghosts left by a plug in the OBD port remap like Blufin. The guy paid for the repair and told me Jnr when questioned had said he didn't think it would matter and thats why he had not mentioned the remap, most cars that have had remap if you admit its been altered the main dealers and some specialist won't entertain woking on engine problems because of the diversity of mapping profiles used by these expert remappers who would claim to know more than the people who make the cars.
  12. Hi Thomas I did send this twice but please receive the following, 4H0941285G Leveling sensor LEFT 4H0941286G Leveling sensor RIGHT Try this Blueprint number for your filter ADV182343. Steve.
  13. Hi Thomas the part numbers were sent to your inbox last night will resend
  14. Hi Thomas going to be out of the loop for a bit as I am off to work but I hope the part numbers got to you ok and will do some cross matching on the filter applications tonight. Regards Steve.
  15. Hi there is no way of testing the workings of the control box without some pretty sophisticated kit, just had a word with the guy up the road he said sometimes they disconnect the sensor at the bottom arm end and tie the arm at approx level with a bit of gaffer tape then drive it if the fault does not appear thats your kiddie, the part no is on the unit if no joy message me with your vin and I will look for the part no on my new toy, there are loads of them on eBay and the prices are not spiteful new or second hand and according to those who know they are plug in and play, no coding.