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Which would you rather work on?

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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Mickly » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:30 pm

Tiggie wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:48 pm
@Mickly I once bought a cheap Corsa that had the radio locked and needed a code. I bought one from eBay for a couple of quid and it actually worked!!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... e&_sacat=0
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Ian Frog » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:32 pm

Mickly wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:37 pm
Replaced my stepdaughters drivers seat tracking ( coz it had jammed on a pen & some dickhead ... aka her ex, broke the tracking by trying to force it ) in her Clio, got the parts from a breakers & it was a simple enough job, except I had to disconnect the battery & when it was reconnected the radio needed a code, which wasn’t provided by the person she brought it off - second hand 😡
So she’s dead miffed that she can’t listen to the music even though she can now reach the pedals & drive the bloody thing.

& while I’m at it, they didn’t provide the locking wheel bolt key or the tool to remove the wheel centre cap !!
Cost £30 to get a garage to remove them & replace with std bolts that were actually in the boot.
Not the fault of the car though
If its no good to her as it is I was once told that an overnight stay in a freezer can remove radio code.
I have no way of knowing if this is true but if the thing is scrap otherwise nothing to lose.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by S-Westerly » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:14 pm

Not a great fan of DIY mechanics as I'm basically rubbish at it and don't have the patience. That said my wife's previous car - BMW 3 series - had the most ridiculous headlight accessibility I've ever seen. To change the lamp you had to go via the wheel arch. Usually in the rain. Stupid bloody design.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by onesea » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:15 pm

Ian Frog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:32 pm
If its no good to her as it is I was once told that an overnight stay in a freezer can remove radio code.
It sometimes used to work with early coded radios, something to do with early silicone technology.
Pretty certain anything since the 80's and it's no longer works...
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:13 pm

onesea wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:15 pm
Ian Frog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:32 pm
If its no good to her as it is I was once told that an overnight stay in a freezer can remove radio code.
It sometimes used to work with early coded radios, something to do with early silicone technology.
Pretty certain anything since the 80's and it's no longer works...
I tried it on a few old radios I was given with no codes, it didn't work. The idea is by freezing you kill the battery that keeps it locked. Or at least that's what I was told back in the day.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by fastbob » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:22 pm

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:13 pm
onesea wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:15 pm
Ian Frog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:32 pm
If its no good to her as it is I was once told that an overnight stay in a freezer can remove radio code.
It sometimes used to work with early coded radios, something to do with early silicone technology.
Pretty certain anything since the 80's and it's no longer works...
I tried it on a few old radios I was given with no codes, it didn't work. The idea is by freezing you kill the battery that keeps it locked. Or at least that's what I was told back in the day.
Would that not turn it into a Superconductor ?

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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Bianco2564 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 pm

I've been tinkering with both cars and bikes since I was about 12 and am quite comfortable working on either.
Would be at home setting the points, timing, valve clearances and SU carbs on the Triumph Spitfire? that Fastbob posted to rebuilding the engine on my RGV or fitting a new steering rack on my Dads Rav4.
Had a couple of French cars, Citroen and Peugeot and know they can be tricky, try doing a cam belt on a 206 GTI 180, there's about an inch between the chassis leg and belt cover, the back of my hands were skinned after finishing it : :cry:

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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:07 pm

fastbob wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:22 pm
Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:13 pm
onesea wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:15 pm

It sometimes used to work with early coded radios, something to do with early silicone technology.
Pretty certain anything since the 80's and it's no longer works...
I tried it on a few old radios I was given with no codes, it didn't work. The idea is by freezing you kill the battery that keeps it locked. Or at least that's what I was told back in the day.
Would that not turn it into a Superconductor ?
It might, but our freezer wasn't up to it.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by fastbob » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:45 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 pm
I've been tinkering with both cars and bikes since I was about 12 and am quite comfortable working on either.
Would be at home setting the points, timing, valve clearances and SU carbs on the Triumph Spitfire? that Fastbob posted to rebuilding the engine on my RGV or fitting a new steering rack on my Dads Rav4.
Had a couple of French cars, Citroen and Peugeot and know they can be tricky, try doing a cam belt on a 206 GTI 180, there's about an inch between the chassis leg and belt cover, the back of my hands were skinned after finishing it : :cry:
It was a Herald actually but essentially the same car with a different body I believe .
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:57 pm

fastbob wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:45 pm
Bianco2564 wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 pm
I've been tinkering with both cars and bikes since I was about 12 and am quite comfortable working on either.
Would be at home setting the points, timing, valve clearances and SU carbs on the Triumph Spitfire? that Fastbob posted to rebuilding the engine on my RGV or fitting a new steering rack on my Dads Rav4.
Had a couple of French cars, Citroen and Peugeot and know they can be tricky, try doing a cam belt on a 206 GTI 180, there's about an inch between the chassis leg and belt cover, the back of my hands were skinned after finishing it : :cry:
It was a Harald actually but essentially the same car with a different body I believe .
My Grandad's name was Harold, but he never had a Triumph Herald.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by fastbob » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:19 pm

Mississippi Bullfrog wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:57 pm
fastbob wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:45 pm
Bianco2564 wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:26 pm
I've been tinkering with both cars and bikes since I was about 12 and am quite comfortable working on either.
Would be at home setting the points, timing, valve clearances and SU carbs on the Triumph Spitfire? that Fastbob posted to rebuilding the engine on my RGV or fitting a new steering rack on my Dads Rav4.
Had a couple of French cars, Citroen and Peugeot and know they can be tricky, try doing a cam belt on a 206 GTI 180, there's about an inch between the chassis leg and belt cover, the back of my hands were skinned after finishing it : :cry:
It was a Harald actually but essentially the same car with a different body I believe .
My Grandad's name was Harold, but he never had a Triumph Herald.
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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by The Hitcher » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:34 pm

I find modern bikes more fiddly to work on,cars, it depends on the car and what you’re doing with it, some have loads of space, some are more of a pain in the arse than a bike is to work on.
If you hate working on cars just buy a Toyota or a Honda, nothing will go wrong with it in the first place!.

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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by Bender » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:45 pm

Mickly wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:37 pm
Replaced my stepdaughters drivers seat tracking ( coz it had jammed on a pen & some dickhead ... aka her ex, broke the tracking by trying to force it ) in her Clio, got the parts from a breakers & it was a simple enough job, except I had to disconnect the battery & when it was reconnected the radio needed a code, which wasn’t provided by the person she brought it off - second hand 😡
So she’s dead miffed that she can’t listen to the music even though she can now reach the pedals & drive the bloody thing.

& while I’m at it, they didn’t provide the locking wheel bolt key or the tool to remove the wheel centre cap !!
Cost £30 to get a garage to remove them & replace with std bolts that were actually in the boot.
Not the fault of the car though
Did you check in the glove box for sticker with radio code on, some have it some don't.
Bite my shiny metal ass..

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Re: Which would you rather work on?

Post by rennie » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:07 am

I don't work on any of our vehicles if I can help it!
I don't do DIY either!
And I absolutely won't do "foreigners" for friends/neighbours etc.

I've done all in the past but I've learnt from (bad) experience :lol:
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