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  1. TR5tar

    Land rover Disco 3 electronic parking brake

    Yes, I saw that news Paul. At least it's not a factory closure, I suppose. Got my Disco back middle of last week, along with £1050 bill. It turned out to be a corroded wire to the module, rather than a fault in the module itself. But not only that ... just before I took the car in, I noticed what seemed like intermittent brake binding at the back end when reversing and what seemed like dragging on going forward, but it didn't last long. I reported that to the mechanic too, and when he removed the rear brake discs etc., he found that the park brake shoes on one side had delaminated and the shoes on the other side were worn. Discs were also are heavily corroded. And so it was new everything. Fortunately, the supplier that I purchased the module from (at £200 less than the recommended price) took it back and refunded me. I wonder what the next problem will be. Cheers, Darren
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    Best wishes to you Nick. Hope it all goes well. Darren
  3. Hi Paul, Sorry to hear of your problems, but at least it looks like you are getting there. I did my first ever brake bleed about a year ago and it was quite a learning experience. I couldn't work out why after I got quite a bit of fluid out of the rear brakes I then only got air, and yet I was topping up the M/C. What I hadn't realised was that the M/C was divided, with the small compartment at the front of it feeding the rear brakes. Access to that compartment was through a narrow slit. Once I'd worked that out, it was easy. It sounds the same as yours. Cheers, Darren
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    Hello from Dorset

    I still feel shame and regret when I look at those photos, because I should have never have let it get in such a state. Although, I'm not sure I could have done anything to stop that vicious little tin worm. I reckon I bought that car in about '87. It was the first decent one I had. I distinctly remember driving along a straight bit of road near where I lived, getting up close to the car in front and almost driving into the back of it, because I'd booted it and not anticipated how fast it would accelerate. In the cars I owned previously, I'd have to start an overtake from half mile back, build up speed and hope that by the time I reached the car in front it would be clear to get past. Good practice for thinking ahead! It all started to go wrong when some idiot reversed his lorry into it, crumpled the bonnet, and then drove off. I'm pretty sure I was fully comp at that stage, but for some reason I didn't get it repaired. Then there was an engine issue of some kind, and the garage told me that their labour change was £27 an hour and that the job with parts would be around £250. That was enough to make me decide to go out and buy yet another car. I think I was averaging about 1 new car every year back then. Despite the rust and other problems, that Lancia still holds some special memories.
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    Hello from Dorset

    Here's my poor old girl ... a few days before she was removed with a crane.
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    Hello from Dorset

    Hi Kevin, Good to see you over here. I do like your Beta. You only got it a year or so ago didn't you? I think I remember you saying over at the other place about buying it. Back in the mid 80s I had a Beta HPE. It was the first decent car I owned. Sadly it rusted away in my parents' front garden and had to be removed with a crane. I've got some pictures of the horror somewhere that I'll post here, but be warned they are upsetting. Cheers, Darren
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    Another refugee from the TR Register

    Great photo Stan. Cheers, Darren
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    Stupid B*****d (me)

    Glad you got it. A win for all of us that do such things Cheers, Darren
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    Musing on road speed

    Thanks Nick. Perhaps it really just is inaccurate speedos that account for the differences in speed. With most cars, I imagine, the speedo is measuring the speed at the wheels, rather than how fast the car is moving through the air (as the sat-nav measures), so if that is the case I wonder what other factors come into play ... such as road surface, the curve of the road, etc?
  10. Yesterday, as I made my way home from Scotland along the M6 and M5, through endless roadworks, I started to wonder about the speed of the cars around me. I had cruise control set to 50mph, but despite that I found myself overtaking many vehicles and also being overtaken by many other vehicles. Some would have no doubt been registering a lower or higher speed than 50mph, but I imagine that the majority had set their cruise control to 50mph. If that's so, what accounts for the difference in speed? As it happens, the inside lane did seem to have the slower cars, and the outside one the faster cars. Is it just that many speedos do not register accurately, or is it other factors, and if so what are they? Cheers, Darren
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    treasure your parents

    Also sorry to hear your news. I lost my mum on Boxing Day 2010 to all the dreadful consequences of diabetes, and then my dad nine months later to prostate cancer that had spread to his bones. Both suffered in agony for the last few weeks of their lives. I do my best to put it from my mind. It is, as Nick says, a sobering thought to know that we are the next in line. I've come to the conclusion that the best any of us can hope for is that dying will be quick and painless. My only advice to you would be to always focus on the happy times you had with your mom, and forget about this distressing time as best you can. Also, be prepared that what has happened might well not really hit you for a few months yet. I didn't have time to grieve for my mum, because I was too busy looking after my dad, so it wasn't until about six months after he died that it all caught up with me. Best wishes, Darren
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    Hi Neil, Good to see you over here. Darren
  13. Brilliant explanation , thanks Nick. I do have the standard nylon injector lines, so at least that's a plus. It did feel like it was running on 1 or 2 less cylinders, so it sounds like vapour lock is the most likely cause. Cheers, Darren
  14. Thanks Nick. I can't say that I heard any strange noises from the fuel pump, although they might have been difficult to hear while driving (although not when stationary), so perhaps it wasn't cavitation then. For some reason I thought that cavitation and vapour lock were the same or similar. Have I got that wrong? Someone else mentioned to me vapour in the injector lines. If it was that, is there a way to stop it that you know of? Other than making sure I don't leave the bonnet open in direct sunlight of course! Cheers, Darren
  15. Apologies if this has been covered in depth already. I had a nice little drive out in the TR5 PI to a local show on Bank Holiday Monday. Car was on song and buzzed along nicely on the way there. Weather was beautiful, 25C+ I reckon, and as I know that a lot of people like to look at the engine I put the bonnet up. It sat in the sun for about 4 hours in total. When I came to leave it was a bit sluggish starting, but not bad. After about 10 miles on the way home, I had to stop at some traffic lights for a couple of minutes. After that the car became very lumpy and hesitant under load, and took a lot of right foot to get the revs up. Two possibilities crossed my mind ... perhaps I'd overheated the coil letting it sit in the sun and it wasn't performing correctly, or cavitation. Fuel level was just under half a tank. When I got home I popped the filler cap and got more of a hiss than usual. Any thoughts? Been out since then and it's running perfectly again. Cheers, Darren P.S. Should have said. It's a Bosch fuel pump, I believe.