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  1. slam

    Complete loss of electrical power

    Pleased to report the car has been fine since re-tightening the clamp. thanks for the advice.
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    Complete loss of electrical power

    Back at it again, I've tightened up the nut and the clamp is rock solid, overtightening it loosens the clamps grip but doesn't take much force to do it. The threads must be worn on the bolt.
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    Complete loss of electrical power

    Thanks for the reply. Just been out to check. I could rotate the negative battery clamp around the battery post, I tried tightening up the clamp but seems to have made it worse to the point where I can pull the clamp off the post by hand. Looks like I'll be buying a new earth cable.
  4. Hi guys, I was stranded at a roundabout earlier for 10 minutes - that was fun. The engine and the electrical power suddenly cut off, car was completely dead, no power to anything apart from the oil warning lamp which seemed dimly lit. I remember seeing a few more lights pop up on the cluster just before it died but it happened so quickly. I decided have a poke around in the boot whilst waiting for assistance, wiggled at the battery power cables and tapped on the fuse box above it, which seems to have restored power. I remember the alternator failing a few years ago but this seemed different. I had the car recovered anyway just in case it went again. Does it sound like a simple earthing issue? Cheers
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    Vehicle Stats

    Interesting site if you haven't seen it before. Unsurprisingly, the handbrake is the number one fail item on my car. https://www.vehiclestats.co.uk
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    Odd water leak in Touring boot

    Rear tail light gaskets?
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    Wheel bearing tool

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/FreeTec-MacPherson-Compressor-Interchangeable-Extractor/dp/B07789KYXN/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=spring+compressor&qid=1555707836&s=gateway&sr=8-6 There's a good pic in the reviews.
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    E34 in Coatbridge

    Very clean looking L plate silver 5 spotted in Coatbridge today, I think it was a diesel. It's amazing how older cars stick out like a sore thumb but in a good way. I had the urge to go back a generation.
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    Wheel bearing tool

    Decided to do the above and bought a kit from Amazon for 45, if it doesn't work I'll send it back. I think 50 is excessive for 20 minutes of someone else's time... I phoned up another garage for the wheel bearings with an additional ask of assembling my new suspension strut and springs. I have a fear of DIY spring compressors, they quoted me 150 quid - 2.5hrs work apparently. So I bought a very heavy duty fork spring compressor for half the price. .
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    Wheel bearing tool

    Hi guys, I need to replace the front wheel bearings on my *cough* Megane. Can anyone recommend a wheel bearing removal / installation tool? Local garage wants 50 quid to press in new bearings which seems quite costly for what the job entails or am I being tight? Cheers
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    Braided brake hoses

    https://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/hand-tools/gunson-eezibleed?_br_psugg_q=gunson+eezibleed I have this, works well.
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    Took the Bosch S5 battery back to ECP yesterday, they got back to me to today to say the battery is on its way out. They did run the battery check on it and it said to recharge, they've left it on the charger overnight but it's not charging properly. I had the battery out the car on Monday, charged it and it kept dropping voltage day after day with nothing connected so I knew something wasn't right. I had 30+ error 15 Power-on-resets for the EWS module which I read somewhere relates to a bad battery and I'm guessing this is why the car wasn't turning over if it was resetting itself. Pick up a free replacement on Monday, just as well it came with a 5 warranty.
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    Hi Please quote me on a new ignition switch - GF13911 Cheers
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    I think I'm going to go with a new ignition switch first, car started up again twice in a row and then nothing from the starter. The starter sounds healthy and the engine fires up fast when it does decide to work.
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    Hi (540I) With a fully charged battery, engine starts up and starts up again just fine, on a 3rd attempt no go, not even a noise from the starter. Same thing happened yesterday, took about 20 turns of the key for the engine to fire up, again no noise from the starter on the failed attempts.. Should I start with the starter? ;p Cheers