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  1. Probably just an easier way to get to change a tyre.
  2. Is there actually a fault with the lower BJs? If not then I'd say leave them as some after-market replacements (even from Lotus specialists) may wear out faster than the ones that are c30yr old.
  3. It's scary how £1k can disappear so easily. I should really have asked but, are the lower balljoints shot? If it's just the rubbers then much easier to just fit new ones of those. Uppers are low cost and less work to change the whole balljoint than rubbers.
  4. I remember how we had Social Services in to help assess father's needs, we didn't think we needed to make any changes at the time. They left and the list was massive including, shower out swap to wet room, alter doors so that he couldn't fall and prevent access to him, still didn't think he needed those but they say so.. 12m later and realised that he'd have been unable to be at home at that point and probably would have been like that for months if it wasn't for those things having been done. It was really sobering to realise how things changed in c6months.
  5. Well, two meanings here. "He's a Special" (sergeant), but then, without the "a" as you've typed it could mean something else.😁
  6. Ah, I've not started watching and had considered watching via catch-up since they'd said about the last episode being available, but think I'll give it a miss as I don't really want several hours taken up binge-watching TV.
  7. I think my last one was a Bosch S4, and probably a 100. I tend to look at the price of those known brands such as Bosh and assume that a battery guaranteed for 3 years will last only 3 years, similar for 4 year, then go with whatever works out cheapest per year of guarantee. That way anything over and above is a bonus. Lasting c 4 years is reasonable on a battery, unless it's one of the very expensive ones that's guaranteed for 5 years. Our cars don't really ask a lot of a battery, we don't have lots of current draw in the way of electrically powered driver conveniences, and even the starting isn't exactly a big load (compared to if we had big engines in these). Type 100 vs type 88, pretty much the 88 is taller and the 100 makes up for it in length. Not really a problem given the battery is hidden away and has a bit of space above it.
  8. Which do you mean best brand / range of battery (such as Bosch S5) , or, best battery form (layout of poles, physical size etc such as 027 type)? If it's brand then it's going to depend on how you use the car as left standing and going completely flat can really make it difficult to charge a battery so it drives a short-term and throw it approach, whereas keeping the car used means it's worthwhile getting a battery that will last many years if maintained.
  9. @Sparky can we think of anybody else who has the skill of Pointing at the problem, and that is the limit of involvement?
  10. @windymiller Roasting coffee you say. What do you use, and are you on any forum for coffee?
  11. You don't have to go for stainless, go for brass (not brass style/ brass colour) they will slowly colour but will not rust and in the event that something means it has to be cut it's a darn sight easier.
  12. Could be valve clearance, actually, hope it is because that's not as bad to solve. Just cam belt, cam tower off rather than whole head. If you want to diagnose further before doing that, put compressed air down the bore (spark plug hole) while all valves should be closed. Where the air goes tells you the fault, exhaust = exhaust valves/shims, carbs= inlet valves/shims, appears out of dipstick tube = rings, out of coolant = gasket or worse.
  13. @ramjet Considering placing on the Earth, to you it is already upside down. @PJ I'm sure they can fix, if not then perhaps a heli-coil will return it to a workable threaded hole. Hopefully all solved by now.
  14. Here's the background info., and my advice. There are some bushes where the rubber to steel bond not only acts as the bush but also keeps the arms where they should be and not drifting forwards/backwards. Those are the ones on the inner end of the upper front arms. There are poly equivalents and you can use penny washers with the poly to try and keep things together. The anti-roll bar to lower link bushes are like two rings glued together to form a bit of the Michelin man, and so rubber is a bit easier to fit (they just through a restricted hole). The original-style rubber bushes (from the 80s) have had to change the chemicals that make up the rubber (environmental reasons I think), it has resulted in bushes that are no longer the same as they were originally specced. Lotus themselves have developed some poly replacements that have been tested thoroughly to give the same handling characteristics as the original rubber versions gave. Non-genuine poly versions also exist at different shores. My advise would be (then others can give their views). Upper front inner- use rubber Metalastic-type. Not too bad to fit with a press or failing that fit using a good strong bolt and some washers with a bit of brute force. ARB to lower link- use original rubber, they don't degrade quickly so not really a lot of benefit of poly, and you don't "need" more strength there. Rest are one type and for those, use an after-market poly. Don't go for ridiculously firm poly, the Lotus specialist will have a suitable version but they are not going to achieve exactly the same as original. After-market poly are so much easier to fit (don't grease them, you want them to stick to the metal eventually, it's part of how the suspension is designed to work). IF cost isn't a concern then upgrade to the Lotus ones (which need a specialist tool to fit) they give the bump absorption but also a bit of spring-like force to resist turning.
  15. Makes sense, until you know that there's going to be a conviction for the source crime, it's difficult to show a case for aiding & abetting.
  16. I completely agree that it shouldn't be sentencing based on outrage else we end up with social media determining sentencing. I can see a justification for longer sentencing (don't know whether US system has that provision) since it may be abuse of power, in that if it were a member of the public who had their knee on the neck then the bystanders could intervene but as it was law enforcement they'd most likely have shot anybody intervening.
  17. @Barrykearley Sorry to hear that, hope it's short-term and she's soon FULLY recovered. There are some on social media who'd then try and use that as "proof the vaccines don't work" not taking account of the fact that they're not stated to be 100% effective, they just didn't find any such cases in the (much smaller scale than the UK roll-out) trials
  18. Not this product then?
  19. Hi @Jukka What advantages do you see? I'm thinking that pins (with the split out of alignment) give a fair chance of holding back the oil as they are pressing outwards onto the hole face, the silicone then does the rest. With bolts it's not going to be as tight since there has to be gap to push the bolt through, and then there will be threaded area with even more gap? It may also be slightly unbalanced and give rise to vibration. Maybe I'm missing advantages though, easier to fit and remove, perhaps others.
  20. Absolutely, the photo could even be the evidence. I'm pretty sure that if a person went (in public) to sniff the rear of another person, the latter person would go really mad, in fact the whole pack might kick off. Not those in the picture though.😁
  21. I don't if happy is the right description, perhaps contented. I wanted to put an Excel window frame into the loft space for safety (from falling engines in the garage), and in doing so it was obvious that I'd done similar things too many times with other objects, either to keep "safe" or didn't know what else to do with them at the time. So, yesterday I filled half of each bin (recycling and landfill) with stuff such as empty boxes (that I kept in case something went wrong with the TV during warranty, etc). Today was the turn of electrical items themselves, so I now have prepare this stuff for a trip to the local recycling centre but examples of what I have convinced myself that there will never be any need of include: Nokia N95 Nokia 9000 Communicator O2 XDA Compaq tablet TC1000 Compaq iPaq Various SCSSI computer components PCMCIA cards (wireless, wired ethernet) So, I'm feeling a lot happier that next time when I try and do this/ carry on with this spree, there will at least be a lot less to do. I'm sure that some people think there's some sort of value in those, well at the moment the value to me is the space they are taking up so time those components and minerals were extracted and used elsewhere.
  22. The Burroughs lbs relates to how taught he belt is with that weight suspended, and is for a cam belt. The Krikit is designed for V belts, a V belt would be much more taught than a cam belt with the same weight suspended since the V belt is much thicker, hence ignore the Krikit measurement and go with what people have found is the comparable measurement which is the 55.
  23. @Kimbers Could we please have Wendy's view on whether any such "Mystique" ... 1) Still exists 2) Existed until 3) Existed past the first time you needed to be reminded of her birthday/ wedding anniversary day/ which year of the wedding anniversary it is.
  24. I see a fantastic opportunity, hats that dispense liquid (water, maybe water with nasty scent, or worse if the wearer so chooses) in small droplets up to 1.5m from the wearer. Or Personal electrified fence, wear some sort of ring that's electrified enough to cause discomfort but non-lethal to anybody close enough to touch it.
  25. I was at the hospital having a gastroscopy yesterday and one of the staff there commented they were only just back to normal capacity, I think they'd been on emergency-only. Another member of staff commented about the next wave coming and that they'd forecast the last one and they can see the next one coming. Looks like it's inevitable, and I don't mean it's inevitable because the virus exists and how it spreads, I mean because people are stupid and don't learn. Based on past year or so, we have a couple of months (maybe more since the immunity in some of the population may slow it slightly) before it starts to snowball again unless people start acting sensibly (not been seen yet during this pandemic). So will it be cJune we'll see the figures mean hospitals have to shift back to emergency-only and COVID then a month or two later the government will reluctantly go for a lock-down having tried weaker measures before hand?
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