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  1. My Evora seems to have reached that time in its life when it is going to keep throwing up one minor niggle after another. :(

    Todays query - before I go ripping apart the centre console, does anybody know if the illumination (or in my case the lack of illumination) of the HVAC control knobs is a user-serviceable item, i.e. it's one or more bulbs, or is this control panel a sealed unit that will need replacing in its entirety?

    The button switches either side are still lit, and the controls all work - I just can no longer see the position of the settings on the damn things.

  2. That's what I thought at first but the car as been lying unentered, with a cover over it, since the start of the month and has several silica-gel bags strategically placed around its interior as a precaution against just such an occurrence.

    Everything seemed bone-dry when I got in so the apparent misting up inside the screen was a real puzzler.

    Even more puzzling is that after driving it round for over an hour, the patch has got bigger???? :huh:


  3. I went out to take the Evora for a run today as she's been sat immobile for the past 3 weeks or so, partly due to the crappy weather and partly down to having wrecked my left ankle after 'finding' a hidden rabbit-hole whilst out running with the dogs.

    First thing I noticed when I got in was that the screen for the radio/nav has a discoloured area in the middle of it..........



    Once the unit has 'fired-up', the patch is still visible but everything seems to work OK.


    Any ideas on what might have caused it and/or what can be done to rectify it?

  4. On ‎18‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 03:32, DaveyT said:

    @Alfa2Evora may be able to help.

    The name gives his bias away though 🤣

    The name reflects the route I took after test driving a couple of 4Cs.

    I've always had at least one Alfa of some description on my driveway for the past 30+ years. Sadly, the 4C was not be one of them - I just couldn't live with the wayward handling and ponderous gearbox, not to mention the irritating engine/exhaust noise. Yes, I know, do some research and throw some cash at these problems and you can make at least some of them go away, but I'm at that time of life where I want something to perform 'straight out of the box' rather than me having to spend time and money finishing off the development work that should have been completed before it left the factory.

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  5. I don't know what the answer is to the lacquer-peel on the headlights.

    Mine got really bad about 3 years back..........


    and I went the sand-back, polish and re-lacquer route which looked spot-on when it was newly done...............


    That 'repair' lasted about 2 years until they were almost as bad again. This time after the old lacquer was sanded-back and buffed, I had protective film applied instead of the lacquer layer. Unfortunately, that idea doesn't seem to have worked either as the edges of the film are already (barely 12 months later) starting to lift from the surface, allowing water to penetrate underneath, :no .............


  6. Well, it just gets better and better!

    About a month back, for several days it seemed like they were filming a remake of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' in our immediate vicinity as the sky was thick with gulls, magpies, and such like wheeling around and screaming the place down. All our cars very quickly looked like they'd been parked next to a whitewash factory when it exploded, resulting in us having to leave their covers on when not in use and still having to wash them every time we went out as they inevitably took several hits as soon as exposed.

    This avian assault gradually subsided, only to be replaced in the days that followed by a virtual plague of bluebottles. Open a window for a few seconds and you'd have upwards of a dozen of the blighters immediately invading the house. Even today, they are still in evidence, albeit in diminishing numbers. All the while that we were trying to fend-off these attacks by nature, we were aware of a pungent, almost rancid, smell hanging in the air - not very strong but definitely there and a recent occurrence.

    A couple of hours ago, I decided to take the opportunity between rain showers to pop up a ladder and give our gutters a quick clear out of some of the detritus that had collected -  I know, I get all the glamorous jobs, :rolleyes: . From my new vantage point, I had an unobstructed view of the roof of next door's garage, one of the walls of which forms part of the boundary between our two properties and comes to within 5 feet of the window in our utility room.

    The cause of all the bird and insect activity was instantly revealed. Next door's eldest son (he's 21/22ish) is training to be a gamekeeper and it would appear that he decided at some point to bring his work home with him - this is the sight that greeted me from the top of the ladder..................................


    WTAF?!?!? :realmad:

    That needs cordoning-off as a bio-hazard area!

    The whole family next door are of course currently in residence at their holiday home on the coast  (wouldn't want them to have to live amongst the noise and mess of their refurbishment works now would we?) and so can't be contacted prior to my inevitable phone call to Environmental Health.


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  7. I'm the same as @PaulCP - every road trip for the past 20+ years, in a variety of different cars, has seen me carrying the same bulb kit, originally bought for an Alfa 155 back in 1995.

    I've been asked to produce it on a handful of occasions during routine roadside checks and it was accepted each time without question - just as well on my trip last year, as I've converted the rear indicators to LED so not one of the bulbs will now fit it, :whistle:.

    Oh, and I didn't bother with beam deflectors on the headlights either and nothing was said at the check, nor was there any adverse reaction at any time from oncoming drivers.

  8. On ‎27‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 16:03, C8RKH said:

    Think of the noise as you fire it up at midnight or in the early morning to head off.  Are they new neighbours Dave or just recently been lobotomised by some new SNP edict?

    I've been allocated a new Scania R630 demonstrator that's on trial at the moment - 16 litre V8 should about do it.

    They moved in about 18 years ago and things have been 'neighbourly' up until 3 months ago when he retired (at 52 - the benefits of working for the prison service, :rolleyes: ) and now seems to have adopted alienating everybody nearby as his new pastime.


    On ‎27‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 18:41, Barrykearley said:

    I’d highly recommend checking those pesky air horns still work 👍

    Oh they still work. Big suckers they are too - think they came off a ship!

    On ‎28‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 11:08, Painterdave said:

    The sound of the airbrakes recharging should  do the job alright 

    Yes, got to leave it on a fast idle (about 1500rpm) for a good couple of minutes to get the tanks up to the full 12 bar after it's been sitting for a while.


    Or, there's always the this, :P .


  9. More than 3 weeks having passed since the fence demolition saga and with no sign of the new fence being erected despite their contractor saying it was going up during week commencing 5th August, I decided enough was enough.

    Our dogs have been 'banned' from our front garden unless on their leads for all of this time meanwhile next door's mutts have had free-range of the entire neighbourhood, leaving their little calling cards all over our garden and beyond. On Saturday, I acquired some fencing materials of my own and erected a suitably-high fence just my side of the property dividing line. On Sunday, I had a visit from the neighbour 'complaining' that I'd jumped the gun as now his contractor would find it more difficult to erect their fence which was "happening any day now", :rolleyes: .

    Maybe I didn't help the situation by adopting what was basically a "tough sh1t" attitude, but today they retaliated. Knowing full well that despite it being a Bank Holiday I was still going out on a nightshift tonight (I dropped that nugget of information into our conversation which covered the noise disturbance I'd already experienced), they had a skip delivered to their driveway about 3 hours ago and have proceeded to spend the afternoon filling it with the contents of their old kitchen which would now appear to be next on their home improvement list.

    I had intended to sleep from midday until about 6pm prior to my shift start at 7.30, driving a 44 tonne wagon on a 400 mile round trip to Manchester. I have managed a couple more hours through in one of the spare bedrooms at the back of the house but it has been somewhat sporadic as our dogs are upset by all the crashing and banging coming from next door. Thanks a bunch for your contribution to road safety, :realmad: .

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