Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Bmw x40d e70 mpg update : 520 miles 27.9 mpg

Good mpg. Took the tank down to ----- range.
Trip to Scotland at 85mph. Car excels at cruising.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Bmw x5 x40d service and rear brake pads

42303 miles

Service oil and filter and microfilmed
Rear brake pads (discs within tolerance)

Rear bumper checked for uneven edge.
New bracket required.  £225 to fix including parts.

£533 all in with bmw dealer.

Status of indicators shown in image

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bmw e70 x40d mpg update 425 miles 23.0mpg

All town driving.  Pretty poor mpg

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Top gear bargain heroes mk5 golf gti

Friday, 11 November 2016

Golf gti edition 30 100,000 miles

100000 miles
Total cost of fuel
Number of tyres
Track days
Cam followers

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Bmw x5 x40d mpg update 31.3mpg 491 miles

70 miles to go. Early fill up. Lots of motorway this time.  So better mpg

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Yearly MOT passed

Patched exhaust with gun gum and strap.
Ashcroft Auto Centre
Next up cambelt

Bmw x5 x40d e70 mpg update 24.3mpg 450miles

Lots of low speed town driving!  Driven average down.

Golf gti edition 30 mpg update 30mpg 367 miles

35 miles remaining

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Bmw x40d e70 mpg update 540 miles 31mpg

Went away for a few days for wife's 40th.
Probably the best tank ever, helped by A road cruising and road works. It was up at 34 mpg only a few miles ago xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

Golf gti edition 30 new brakes all round

This set off discs and pads are from 71000 miles.
Here's the original post

To 98513 miles (now)

= 27000 miles

Front 2/3rds worn discs worse than pads.

They have been brilliant over lots of commuting and several track days.

New stuff

340mm tts j hooked discs ( love drilled but going to try j hook)
Ferrodo ds2500 pads (on car before and work brilliantly but can squeal )
Rear std pagid discs and pads (std oe stuff is fine)

£500 supplied by vagbremtech
£55 for 2 backplates
£140 fitting costs

Changing mostly because of pedal vibration and really badly corroded rear discs..
Rear cross drilled discs were a big mistake.

Rear backplates both rusted broken mountings.
Rattling away before change

Came sprayed but also applied dc90 child zinc primer  to disc bell's

Also found that Exhaust is blowing on the centre section.

Bed in still to happen

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Autocar mk5 golf gti review

Great stuff but some missed items

Ed30 has k04 turbo so stg1 remap to 290bhp
Manual clutch /dmf weak

Also the cam follower text is incorrect on why it wears

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Indesit FDU20IX Oven light on but no fan, no heat : replacing the door microswitch

Indesit FDU20IX Oven

I have already replaced oven element , bulb and thermostats on this oven ( more than once!) over the years, this time around it was different...

On this oven, previous diagnostics have been along the following lines which has worked well :

If the power light is OFF when turn oven knob on            = replace the thermostat
If the power light comes ON, and fan ON but NO HEAT = replace the element

but this time I had :

Turn oven on, power light comes ON , oven bulb lights but NO FAN and NO HEAT !
Not having the fan run was a new one.

I have recently replaced the element, so I did check again and nothing obvious in terms of fused parts.

It could have been a broken fan, but I still would have expected the element to heat up (but it didnt)
Looking through parts list on ESpares, I did start reading the reviews for replacement fans and the door microswitch and something twigged it just may be that!.

So I went to the oven, turned it on and started playing with the door switch, and voila the fan moved slighty :-)  result.

So ordered a switch


Was able to pull the oven out (a tried and tested procedure by now) , and remove the side panel by removing as little screws as possible (didnt need the whole top and rear removed.

Switch is just held in by 2 screws.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Ford Kuga Mk1 2.0 TDCI : replace front brake pads /new mcgard locking wheel nuts / stainless steel wheel nuts

Cars mileage today was 79263 miles

See an earlier post where I originally replaced the discs and pads with Ford OE items from a Ford dealer on ebay

Old oe pads lasted 35000 miles
Discs were fine, so only pads needed replacing

Note, that these are Brembo pads, not Ford OE but are supposedly of a better than OE spec

Old vs New

Locking nuts replacement

Ford OE had rusted.
Have used McGard before and they are the locking nuts guru's


Wheel nuts replacement

The Ford OE wheel nuts are 2 piece with a stainless cap and steel body. These quite quickly degrade and the cap falls off, leaving a rust head (that isnt the OE head size)

The Kuga forums provided a great alternative. Get full stainless steel wheel bolts that include a stainless washer


from this ebay shop


With new bolts all round it all looks nice and clean :-)

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Goodbye pilot Super Sport, hello pilot sport 4 PS4

Inner edges worn to canvas
Did xxxxxx miles

Would replace like fir like but pss costs and availability getting crazy now.  £165 per tyre

New tread depth 7.0mm
Event Tyres

Monday, 18 April 2016

Ford Kuga mpg update 40.3mpg 507 miles

Shell vpower diesel.  Over 500mls on a tank is great news