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  1. whiskychaser

    Tyre Inflators

    Murphy's law. Bought through Amazon so should have a two year warranty.
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    Tyre Inflators

    Recently bought a Ring Digital RTC1000. Plugs into E46 and E82 cig lighter sockets no problem. Hose stows neatly, cable winds up and it comes in a zip up case. Best thing about it is that it pumps up tyres pretty quickly. Auto Express rated top of the 'mini' tyre inflators: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/89534/best-mini-air-compressors-for-car-tyres
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    Sabine Schmidt Tribute.

    She gets her own curve.
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    Drive mode switching doesn't work properly

    Whenever you turn the ignition on, the default mode should be E(economy). S (sport) and *(winter) modes are obtained by briefly grounding the relevant pin on the TCM. So if it is starting in sport mode, that would indicate that a faulty connection is being made. You can check that out by simply removing the switch and turning the ignition on.
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    E39 5HP19 transmission faults

    Does it only slip in 4 when it gets hot? If so, the issue may be the sleeve in the F clutch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IOA00fLdZ0
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    ebay and vat.

    The problem arises because N Ireland is effectively still in the single market. But the mainland is not. So it's actually the mainland's fault, not the EU's. Certain products from the mainland have to be examined. It's what our government agreed and what is in the Protocol. But fear not. New controls which are are due to come in from 1 April and 1 July look liked being shelved. No part of the UK will be better or worse off because wherever you live in the UK, very little will be subject to physical or documetary check. It is called taking back control of our borders.
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    ebay and vat.

    So the government is telling the EU it won't be doing the checks on goods going into N Ireland which it agreed to do. It would rather kick the can down the road for a couple of years. Who cares if we renege and break international law? Nobody thought the deal was oven ready anyway. Did they? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/03/supermarkets-may-get-more-time-to-adapt-to-northern-ireland-trading-rules-brexit
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    Central heating power flush?

    On the face of it, the only problem is that the water does not get hot as quickly as it used to. If there are motorised valves in that circuit it may be worth checking to make sure one is not stuck or will not open fully
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    ebay and vat.

    You have to ask, if we have taken back control, whose idea it was to require import clearance and collection of VAT
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    e34 lsd

    AFIK, they don't stamp the diff itself. One of the diff bolts should have a metal tab on it. The ratio will be on the tab. If it is an LSD, it will also have the letter 'S' on it too
  11. Lord Ashcroft's poll revealed what many thought. A third of Leave voters said the main reason for leaving was it 'offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders'. So the first thing Boris does when he gets into number 10 is declare his support for an amnesty for illegal immigrants. Of course, this was quickly swept under the carpet but the issue has raised its head once more. The government is now proposing an amnesty for all illegals so that they can get a Covid jab. Of course, they have to form an orderly queue but ...
  12. Oh, those must be the non-existent checks which were suspended following threats to port staff. They have only cost £50 million so far. (Item 36. CP346 N Ireland Protocol December 2020)
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    1995 E34 525i Starter Motor removal

    Spray the bolt threads and the nut with pentrating oil. You should be able to get at the torx bolt heads with a 3/8 breaker bar and socket. The usual problem is corrosion on the locating pin which comes out of the bellhousing and goes through the starter flange. Not clear if you removed the inlet manifold to get at the starter but it is well worth spending 20 minutes to do it even if the starter isn't stuck
  14. Until I read the legislation, I would have agreed. The EU found that better trained drivers had less accidents. So they made a day's safety training each year mandatory. Unfortunately, they left the specifics of the training to each country. Which is how it came to be screwed up here
  15. The shortage of HGV drivers goes even further back. Ten years ago, it was around 35,000. Now it is probably double that. The average age of HGV drivers is now 53 - there are simply not enough young drivers coming into the industry. A survey by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport put it down to the cost of getting a licence and CPC in the first place and facilities when you have got them. Unlike France, the UK government decided that waiting time does not count towards the working week. It made a mockery of what was intended to be a scheme to improve driver safety and used the Swedish derrogation to avoid pay parity for agency workers. It is hardly any wonder that drivers leave
  16. Between 1984 and 2015, Nissan received £800 million in incentives from the government. In 2019, Nissan were offered an £80 million incentive to build the Xtrail here. They were so concerned about the effects of Brexit that they decided against it. That did not disqualify them from receiving a £60 million grant shortly afterwards.
  17. As the owner or director of a company, it is your job to develop it. You want a pat on the head for doing your job? It does not appear to have anything to do with the price of fish
  18. 1 year on from Brexit and two thirds of the trucks leaving the UK are empty.
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    Gear engage R itself!

    Sounds like your shift cable needs adjustment. If it has been standing for a week or two, spray some WD40 on the cable inner at the gearbox end. Put it in park inside the car and check the lock holds it. Using two spanners, undo the clamp which holds the cable inner at the gearbox end. Push the lever on the side of the gearbox fully forward. Adust the cable using the nuts on the cable outer and the bracket. Clamp the cable inner again. Check you have full and free movement of the cable and arm when operated from inside the car.
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    Thanks Brexit

    If you import from or export to the EU and are old enough, just cast you mind back 40 years. Paying import and export clearance charges, transit guarantees and VAT is how it used to be. We voted for it. Want to reduce red tape? The Department for International Trade is advising companies to set up an entity within the EU. One might reasonably conclude that the only way to do that without additional costs is to sack some staff in the UK and employ some new ones in the EU.
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    My information is that three weeks after you have had the first injection, you have an 80% chance of dodging a bullet. It rather knocks any counter-arguments into a cocked hat
  22. Throttle butterfly sticking?
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    Any Snow pictures please?

    Woodhead this morning. Am told that one down the road has jackknifed. Tears of nostalgia as the theme for the Hovis ad plays in the background...
  24. UK fishermen are halting exports to the EU. 700 trucks have been turned away from ports in what is a very quiet week. Stena is cancelling ferries due to lack of demand. DPD has suspended European services. Even Percy Pig can't make it across the Irish sea. Cue D:Ream?
  25. 'Customers in Europe hit by post-Brexit charges when buying from the UK': https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/07/customers-europe-hit-by-post-brexit-charges-buying-from-uk?fbclid=IwAR09YspKb2HxeqA0UWaNxAVkpBUGq9f-cdBy_qHPPzE_4KwAKX5ZIcrJXDo