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About oldjohnny

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  • Birthday 11/03/1946

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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. oldjohnny

    Navigation fault.

    Many thanks Jason. The car is so old now perhaps I will just ask for directions!
  2. oldjohnny

    Navigation fault.

    Started to get a periodic ' Cannot read the medium' message' when not even using navigation. Inserted a dvd laser cleaner but after this went through its programme it does not recognise the disc at all. It was working ok even though it is an old genuine BMW disc. Don't use it much anyway but is it goodnight for this part of the system or is there anything else I should do?
  3. oldjohnny

    Recommendations for garage shelving.

    I have always found that unless you go into heavy gauge shelving the units will be a tad flimsy when used upright and heavy things are placed on the upper shelves. Simply cured by fixing them to a wooden batten fastened to the wall. My neighbour has the Amazon units mentioned above and side by side they are perfectly adequate with no need for fixing.
  4. oldjohnny

    And it's goodbye from him too.

    John's big smile reflected how I used to feel when I found one of his manuals in a second hand book shop in the 60s and 70s. No money to buy new ones, it was like winning the pools on discovering a copy. Cars were much simpler then and my old Vauxhall Velox, Ford Zephyr and Zodiac owe their lives to the 'Bible' as it was described then. Sure they were never perfect but for no choice DIY people back then they were a Godsend. Our tools were mostly meant for bicycles but between them and all-sorts 'borrowed' from the kitchen we managed. I can still hear the whistle of the cup flying past my head, thrown by my Mum on discovering I had used one of her best knives to adjust the carburettor on the Velox, my first car. Every time I slammed the door a bit of the bodywork fell off! 'Try telling that to young folk now-days and they won't believe you'
  5. oldjohnny

    E60 brake shoe backing plate

    The backing plates, or dust shields can build up quite a bit of rust. It comes off the discs via the pads and general road dirt over time. If the discs are bad they will build up rust to the extent they rub against the plates. They are a horlicks to change so a good clean up is preferred as long as they are not totally corroded. Just had the same problem on our Merc c class estate. Found one to be in a bad state and will have to replace it , come the good weather of course.
  6. oldjohnny


    We had a wee shite, all of fifteen, on a small scrambler who was a bloody menace, roaring about like a maniac. Then one glorious day he came off in a big way, wearing would you believe just a dressing gown and pyjamas! Nipping round to his mates don't you know. He wasn't killed but I hear he's in wards three and four!
  7. oldjohnny

    Brake Fluid Reservoir.

    Just discovered how to reset the brake service light. Thought it was a warning to top up but it's just a notice that it's time to change the fluid. Will do it in the warmer weather. At 14 years old it will hardly invalidate any warranty.
  8. oldjohnny

    Brake Fluid Reservoir.

    I thought this E60 530d was mental regarding the countless digits required in the 'hidden' menu to find the temperature. Then I discovered the delights of simply fitting a new headlight bulb. Brake fluid service light appeared today. Thinking that even I can sort that out I raised the bonnet but no sign of a reservoir. Took the engine cover off but no joy. So retired to seek directions on you tube and suffering f..k hasn't some masochist buried it under the micro filter. God only knows what the future holds. If I ever meet any of the guys who designed this car I would have to invoke that old Irish prayer. 'Oh God, keep my feet out of him'
  9. oldjohnny

    Question Time £5.19 for a pint

    Many years ago on our first visit to Turkey (Bodrum) we were having breakfast at a huge seafront restaurant. It was before 10am and I said to the wife that I could murder a pint. Go ahead, she said as you are on your holidays. I replied that I didn't want everyone talking about me. She looked at me quizzically and told me to take a look around. A quick scan through bloodshot eyes revealed that I was the only one without a pint! About 80p soon rectified that.
  10. oldjohnny

    Question Time £5.19 for a pint

    Hate to point this out to you Andrew but it has affected your time clock badly as this is the 8th of February. I was off it myself for a while. It was the longest nine hours I have ever put in!
  11. oldjohnny

    Question Time £5.19 for a pint

    You lucky, lucky, bar stewards! Here in Belfast a pint of the black stuff and most beers in the suburbs of Belfast is always north of £4.00. Dare to venture into the city centre then see your bank manager first for an agreed overdraft. It's like a cartel with little variation no matter where you go. A glass of wine for a £5.00? The bottle is about that price in an off licence. There are a few pockets of sense here and there but they tend to be in areas which are a tad iffy. The most blatant is a bottle of Corona at £4.20. All of 80p in the supermarket. Thank God for Lidl. Due to their food prices I was able to cut her 'wages' in half and continue my studies into the effects of Guinness on the over 70s.
  12. I recently had a problem with the air flow mass meter and the following fault appeared as well. Intelligent battery sensor. No communication (signal wire). Is this the same as the topic discussed above?
  13. oldjohnny

    Insurance Hike

    When you refer to 'certain people' that should not be on the road does that mean the Grand old Duke of Edinburgh or everyone with white//grey/no hair? I can tell you from years of experience that your particular occupation, regardless of hardly using your car at all will dictate the higher premiums you pay. They will assume you drive everywhere, have liquid lunches and will constantly be in a hurry to get from one meeting to another, regardless of what you declare on your application. Tell them something daft and without a category, like you are a Coronation Lamp Lighter.
  14. It looks as if it's been in an accident!
  15. oldjohnny

    Insurance Hike

    Have you tried either of them recently? Maybe worth it or trying them directly. My low quote was down to the fact they consider me to have one foot in the grave coupled with low annual mileage. They seem to be in the top five for quotes at present. I'm off to the local for a swift one later to celebrate my result.