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MattV

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About MattV

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    Pedestrian
  • Birthday 19/01/1978

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  • Car Details
    BRG SEiW 1.8 Zetec on Jenveys
  • My Location
    Bourne

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  1. Thanks @John (Kernow), that’s really helpful. I think I finally understand the purpose of the various components now too! Just need Raceline to hurry up and deliver the parts now - it killed me today not being able to go out in the sunshine!
  2. Hi All, To avoid further hi-jacking Julie's raceline water rail fitting thread further, thought I'd put this into a new thread. So my car decided to deposit all its coolant on the floor the other day, and suspecting a dodgy thermostat housing I've ordered the Raceline water rail. Whilst waiting for it to arrive, decided to strip out the existing set up This looks like the sender unit for the temp gauge in the dash and looks pretty corroded/knackered, so I think this might be the cause of my leak. Everything else looks fine. Does this thermostat look right? I figured that whilst cold it should be sealing the coolant path but there's a gap of around 1cm? Raceline recommend getting rid of the expansion tank that I'm currently running, but I note that when @Julie Hall - AO Representative, Peak District AO fitted her water rail it was kept? Image supplied by Raceline is below As you can see they're running the over flow from the 'stat housing into an overflow bottle down near the headlight. This system looks like a simpler set up and would reduce potential future failure points, so I'm throwing this to the WSCC experts - keep the expansion tank on the scuttle, or set up as per raceline? Thanks All! Mat
  3. Fitting a Raceline water rail to a Zetec

    Thanks Ian, USB cable ordered!
  4. Fitting a Raceline water rail to a Zetec

    @IanK (Bagpuss) I have a laptop and can get the relevant cable. Ive already downloaded the Omex software but have never plugged it into my car....
  5. Fitting a Raceline water rail to a Zetec

    I have an Omex 600 ecu too, so that sounds like a useful mod. If I can get up and running to get to Stoneleigh could someone show me what I have to do? will be ordering the bits from Raceline today.
  6. Fitting a Raceline water rail to a Zetec

    Quite fortuitous timing @Julie Hall - AO Representative, Peak District AO Thanks for this guide. My car let me down today. Fortunately it was only a couple of miles from home, but it suddenly decided to p*ss all of its coolant out. Haven’t determined exactly where it was coming from but initial exploration would seem to be the thermostat housing so this looks like my next job! Where did you buy the bits from? suspect this would explain my vanishing coolant @AndrewBClarke!?
  7. Thanks @Martyn Vann - Joint Warwickshire AO Think I might take a trip down there and check it out.
  8. Hi All, Is anyone planning on going to the Sunday Scramble @ Bicester on 22nd? http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/whaton/sunday-scramble-drive-it-day/ I've had a look through the registered car clubs attending and can't see WSCC on the list, but looks like a few people went last year and enjoyed it? I was planning on going regardless, and it looks like good value even without the club discount, but would be good to meet up with people if you're going. Mat
  9. GBS Cars and Coffee, Sat 24th March

    @AndrewBClarke and @Julie Hall - AO Representative, Peak District AO Did someone say “Cake”? See you there!!
  10. Peak District Scenic Stealer, Sat 24th Feb, 10.30am

  11. Peak District Scenic Stealer, Sat 24th Feb, 10.30am

    Great to meet you all today, thanks for the run out! @AndrewBClarke hope you made it home ok. Apologies the route back was a bit rubbish. In my defence, it looked pretty wiggly on the map!!
  12. LIDL - tools on offer

    That’s the brand - Parkside. Have used a couple of their power tools before and seem to last ok if treated well.
  13. LIDL - tools on offer

    Popped into my local LIDL for lunch today and they seem to have loads of tools and workshop equipment on sale: compressors, air tools, grinders, pillar drills plus the usual screwdrivers and spanners etc. Never used their stuff so can’t vouch for quality, but all looked to be good value. Mat
  14. local club activitys

    Hi Simon, Welcome! I'm in Bourne, so not too far away from you I imagine. Would be good to meet up when you get sorted.
  15. Saw the following on FB so not sure how valid it might be, but the link got the .gov site works and suggests it might be valid. Some intersting changes e.g fitting directional tyres the wrong way round will no longer be a fail? Also note that changing headlamp bulbs to HID will be a fail Text reproduced from FB: Major changes to the MOT test on 20th of May 2018 Some of you may have already heard that there are big changes coming to the MOT test this May. Here are just a few of the biggest changes that are most likely to affect you. Please take these with a pinch of salt as nothing will be finalised until the end of April and will probably still be subject to change after that date. Remember it will take your MOT tester time to get up to speed with these too! So... Advisories are being replaced with minor fails. These are all pre written & approved by DVSA. You will still get a pass but they will be noted on your test certificate. Manual advisories are still being worked out but may disappear completely. Those of you who have changed your standard headlight bulbs for HID's will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT is now in line with that. Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL's) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards). Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started. Brake pad warning lights are a major fail Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel. Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn't allowed to remove the fluid cap. Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough. It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect. Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF'S and EGR's is now a major fail. Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail. A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules. These are just some of the bigger changes to the MOT test the average motorist is likely to be affected by. There are dozens, perhaps even over 100 changes to the actual MOT test and to the way testers record tests on the MOT computer. Please remember these are all subject to change in the coming months and remember spare a thought for your MOT tester before you say... "Well it passed like that last year!" Source - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mot-special-notice-01-18-inspection-manual-and-in-service-emission-data
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