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12:58
January 13, 2018


dpress

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Paul, just a quick radio update. Went out this morning having studied the manual (part 86A of the electrical section) more in hope than expectation. Ignition on, press the radio 'on' button and absolutely nothing. So as per the manual I pressed buttons 2, 5 and the on button at the same time (presumably a hard reset) and it came back to life! 

I had to reenter the radio code again and configure the system, but at least I now have CD and FM radio – the AM/LW function died some months ago and is still not working, but I am going to leave well alone now.

Might be worth trying the 2,5 and 'on' for your dead system?

 

Steve

19:01
March 5, 2018


ABS

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Hi Guys,

Just found out I wasn't in…. for quite some time.As per last login = Feb 2015 = ???

Well time has come to reactivate.

Think that there r still 2 spare washers in the garage (somewhere) & if not If one of you is willing to take it off from a spare 2.2 that we have – welcome – charge minimal.

Call me on 07566 130453 Arthur location Haywards Heath

And do have 2 or Cabasses's in working condition as well somewhere.Liked the expression CabaggesSmile

This is my 6th VS and will keep it (hopefully) for foreseeable future. Did pay way too much for it anyhow = £300 with LPG.

Rgds Arthur

08:36
March 6, 2018


le barge

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Hey Guys,

   Hi Steve, I can run the bumper job by you if you need, where are you? I'm in Southampton.

   Hi Arthur, thanks for the contact. better than via Fleabay! I'll be in touch shortly.

   Haven't been on here for a little, but have done some more chores on Le Barge. 

   Found an amplifier on fleabay, which cured my hifi woes.

   Used some Quixx on the headlamps, this I have to say is an excellent cure to the problem of the bloom on the lenses. Now I can see even better at night!

   Ordered two of the muffler rubbers listed on fleabay, from Lithuania of all places, I'll see what they're like when they get here. £36 the pair….

   Went into the l/h rear door to investigate the stuck window, a horror story!!!! Two pieces of timber jammed and wood-screwed in place! Helluva repair for a broken yellow clip. Fitted a used regulator, again off fleabay, problem solved.

   Still trying to sort the sticky panels on the centre console. yukk. 

   Brakes are noisy but plenty of linings left, I'll fit EBC when necessary.

   Still have the rear clunk, waiting for drier warmer weather, ditto the levelling and the taped sunroof.

   Meanwhile the car is doing just great, still very happy to have it. It proved confident in the recent snow too.

   Enough blah for now guys,

   Keep smiling,    Paul.Smile

   

18:33
March 6, 2018


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Try this site guys.it has the exhaust hangers for £7.45. A bit late for you Paul. I myself used Lithuainia before I discovered https://www.buycarparts.co.uk

Another good site is http://www.allcarpartsfast.co.uk you will need the Renault part number. If they do not have any part in the U.K. they will get from France

 

http://quippo.webd.pl a good polish site.

 

All the best with your future trials

Brian

23:13
March 6, 2018


dpress

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Paul, I am in South Somerset so not too far from you. I have read the pages in the manual about bumper removal – just wondered if it is a one person job, or whether assistance is needed? To be honest I am not anticipating doing it at present as I can live without the rear washer – as long as the front ones work for the MOT! As it has been removed by the garage recently I don't anticipate any issues with seized fixings.

Interested to hear you comments about Quixx – I have had that on my shopping list for some time so will have to get a pack, both for the Vel and my wife's Honda Jazz which has suffered badly (much worse than the Renault).

Glad to hear you have sorted the radio issue – I tried another aerial amplifier with no success, so have manfully given up on that as well – I have a reasonable FM signal, and the CD player works so that can do.

My only other electrical issue is that the front passenger window sometimes does not work correctly – it will usually only go up or down in short steps even though I have tried resetting many times. But if the car had no faults we would not like them would we??

 

Steve

07:50
March 7, 2018


le barge

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Hey Steve,

  The Quixx worked real well for me, a bit messy and you need to use tape around the light to save damaging paintwork. I fully expected it to be snake oil, but was impressed when I used it.

  Did you sort your headlights? I remember about wet lanes at night. My efforts solved that problem.

Hey Brian, wow! should've asked on here for muffler mounts! I've bookmarked the websites you mentioned, and I'll be buying from them in future.

  Thanks guys,     Paul.

14:50
March 23, 2018


le barge

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   So a horrible drumming noise developed  from the right side of the firewall. Had a look and saw that the rubber insert in the top engine mount casting was split and soggy.

   So, fleabay price was shattering, as the rubber insert was not listed separately. Took a leap of faith and ordered the same looking thing for a Laguna, arrived this morning and fitted exactly! And for a measly £9.48 inc p/p. Phew. Vibration noiseis gone.

   Anyone else suffer with glare in the windscreen, from the dash pad? It's been making life a bit trying…..

   Bought some self-adhesive backed black auto carpet, and after making a paper template I cut the carpet to suit. Not too professional, but a huge improvement in visibility! Just stuck down the corners and around the demist vents, oh and tweeters. 

   Smug…….  haha.

   Keep smiling guys,

   Paul.

15:29
March 23, 2018


le barge

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  Just remembered another job I've done:  used some 'Forever Black' to recolour the plastic lower trims around the car. Pretty good stuff, though it'll need a second coat to deepen the black.   

  My plastics were really bleached out to grey. Even with one coat they look so much better.

Keep smiling, Paul.  LaughLaughLaugh

17:23
March 23, 2018


dpress

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I have found Autoglym plastic and rubber spray is good for the exterior plastics – spray it on when they are dry, and don't rub off any excess. Once it has dried onto the plastic they come up well, although you still get track marks where the water runs down regardless.

I am not surprised the Laguna part works – I am sure there are a lot more shared parts than we realise, but unfortunately even an identical part will have a unique number for either car, so you take a gamble every time. Glad you succeeded with this one!

 

Steve

09:37
March 30, 2018


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Hi Guys!

  Well, after a lot of driving in all the rain, I can say that the Forever Black seems to be holding up well, still looks black (under all the road dirt).

   Anybody know where the fuse for the sunroof is located?  Would really like to know soon.

   I fitted the muffler mounts (from Lithuania) and they've reduced the clunking from the rear end. The muffler is now about an inch and a half higher. The old mounts were very cracked and perished.

   Recently had some long hard days of driving, each day about 220 miles round trip, with the car fully loaded on the returns. The South coast has truly crap roads with some really daunting potholes. Anyway, the car took it all in it's stride, of course, and has been a revelation. At one time I glimpsed 30.7 on the MPG readout. This is a 3.5 remember!

   Keep smiling.   Paul.

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