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Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:50 pm

Theres quite a few knowledgeable bods on here, I think it would be worth setting up a thread to try and help out weeders in vehicular strife.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:21 pm

Great idea!

Any surf-related motoring question is well worth the ask here, thanks to fellow weeders. I find these resources useful, too:

One obvious source of information would be Haynes Service and Repair Manual. They have manuals for pretty much every car and its pretty novice friendly. Loads of second-hands on ebay, amazon, and so on.

Another source would be an enthusiasts forum. For example, WV Audi Forum is a great forum if you have a car made by VW group (i.e. VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, even Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche!). There are loads of forum users, ranging from a complete novice to specialist dealers and mechanics. Definitely worth a look.

Once you have an idea of what is involved in your question, THIS is a very powerful tool to search the world wide web.

Happy motoring. and surfing.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:15 am

Need to sort out a few rusty areas on the old T4.

What do you recommend with regards to paint guys? I just want to brush it on preferably and not get the compressor out and faff around too much.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Kamikaze » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:24 am

Get yer dad to fix it. Has always worked for me.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby MJE » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:30 am

Philshoz wrote:Need to sort out a few rusty areas on the old T4.

What do you recommend with regards to paint guys? I just want to brush it on preferably and not get the compressor out and faff around too much.


Think our colour is LL6T friesen green?

Need to do mine aswell, might try

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Volks ... 27b3a6e89e

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touch-Paint-AUD ... B004N2LISY
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:13 am

Kamikaze wrote:Get yer dad to fix it. Has always worked for me.


Bit difficult. He died 15 years ago :-( and besides, he was the most unpractical person you could imagine, bless.

MJE wrote:Think our colour is LL6T friesen green?

Need to do mine aswell, might try

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Volks ... 27b3a6e89e

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touch-Paint-AUD ... B004N2LISY


Cheers Mark. How ya doin' btw? Come over again and we'll tackle them both.......... :?:

We were just talking about the stock levels of teabags.............. :P
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:58 am

Philshoz wrote:Need to sort out a few rusty areas on the old T4.

What do you recommend with regards to paint guys? I just want to brush it on preferably and not get the compressor out and faff around too much.


try autopaint st helens, they do 400ml aerosol cans matched to your paint code, pucka body shop paint, i think its about a tenner a can, and you get good results just in your garage , any orange peel can be t cutted out pretty effectively :thumbup:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby roberdy » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:24 pm

OK guys, clearly not a general surfing topic so I will move this over to the "Chat - non surf related" for the time being until I decide if it is worth a forum of it's own.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Kamikaze » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:56 pm

Philshoz wrote:
Bit difficult. He died 15 years ago :-( and besides, he was the most unpractical person you could imagine, bless.



Now I feel terrible :-(
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:43 pm

roberdy wrote:OK guys, clearly not a general surfing topic so I will move this over to the "Chat - non surf related" for the time being until I decide if it is worth a forum of it's own.


schoolboy error there, sorry boss :oops:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby manbearpig » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:26 pm

Philshoz wrote:
Kamikaze wrote:Get yer dad to fix it. Has always worked for me.


Bit difficult. He died 15 years ago :-( and besides, he was the most unpractical person you could imagine, bless.



Sorry to hear about your loss.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby surfrat » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:47 pm

i thought philhoz was the forum dad....
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:39 pm

surfrat wrote:i thought philhoz was the forum dad....


I'll take that as a compliment, time for bed......
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby roberdy » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:46 pm

WP101 wrote:
roberdy wrote:OK guys, clearly not a general surfing topic so I will move this over to the "Chat - non surf related" for the time being until I decide if it is worth a forum of it's own.


schoolboy error there, sorry boss :oops:


Don't worry about it mate, might get round to creating an actual forum if there is enough interest, right now lets keep it on one thread in here :)
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Kamikaze » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:25 am

might not be a bad idea, plumbing, building, IT etc all in one place.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby manbearpig » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:04 pm

'DIY Corner'
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby manbearpig » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:05 pm

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:54 pm

surfrat wrote:i thought philhoz was the forum dad....


A very wise man of the forum

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:13 pm

Ha Ha............ :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby MJE » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:04 pm

Philshoz wrote:
MJE wrote:Think our colour is LL6T friesen green?

Need to do mine aswell, might try

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Volks ... 27b3a6e89e

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touch-Paint-AUD ... B004N2LISY


Cheers Mark. How ya doin' btw? Come over again and we'll tackle them both.......... :?:

We were just talking about the stock levels of teabags.............. :P


I'm ok thanks mate despite working far too much.

J's pregnant, due in July :shock: so not sure when / where we'll get to this year.

I'm going to try that ebay paint, doesn't look like you get much but can get you some and post if you want??? Could chuck some tea bags in as packing
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Philshoz » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:41 pm

MJE wrote:
Philshoz wrote:I'm ok thanks mate despite working far too much.

J's pregnant, due in July :shock: so not sure when / where we'll get to this year.

I'm going to try that ebay paint, doesn't look like you get much but can get you some and post if you want??? Could chuck some tea bags in as packing


Great news, congratulations.........
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:55 am

REVIVAL!

A car specific question about lighting adjustment to drive in Europe (Right side driving on UK cars).

My car is: A4 AVANT 1.9 TDi SE 110 (Typ 8D B5 Phase I '96-'99 AFN). It's the pre-facelift model so it's got the conventional Halogen and lighbulbs, not Xenon or projector type lights. The headlight cluster has smooth surface on the outside and "lines and ridges" on the inside to reflect the lights.

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My question is, is there a way to adjust the lighting for driving in Europe OTHER THAN that ugly sticker thing?

I thought fellow wave riders who go to the main land Europe frequently may have a good advice on how to go about with this...
There might be a possibility that I get a job over in the Continent so I'm looking for a more permanent solution to the lighting (maybe it's hassle free to just get a pair of headlight cluster from LHD car...).

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:23 am

There's a small lever inside the headlight next to the projector that can switch the headlights from RHD to LHD beam pattern projections. I did it to drive in france on my B6, maybe same as B5?
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:28 am

WP101 wrote:There's a small lever inside the headlight next to the projector that can switch the headlights from RHD to LHD beam pattern projections. I did it to drive in france on my B6, maybe same as B5?


Thanks WP101, I heard of this "switch" but I haven't checked with my car yet. If it's a Xenon projector type with plastic headlight cluster then I'm convinced this is the way. But with the old conventional headlight (Halogen or bulb with the "reflector ridges" on the glass), I'm not sure if that can be done.

I could be wrong so I'll try it when I get home. Thanks again.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Chris F » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:18 pm

If not, most headlamps have some adjustment screws on the inside of the bonnet you can use to move beam left and right and up and down. you could try pointing headlights at a wall, taking some measurements and using these to get the beam to point the opposite way to what it does now?

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:31 pm

Thanks Chris, I think I found the screws and beam adjustment on a manual book:

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I also read on one of the forums that there is a "lever" right next to the bulb inside the cluster to switch between LHD and RHD. The information is inconsistent on which age model the lever exists so I need to check this evening.

Another thing I found was that I also need to change the rear fog light position; apparently I need to change this too. Currently the rear fog light is on "offside", but my rear clusters are symmetrical so I can just simply take the bulb out from "offside" and pop it in the "nearside" cluster.

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:16 pm

I think the lever is probably only fitted to the projector type headlights.

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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby WP101 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:59 pm

I reckon that most standard headlights, ie the ones which use the patterned glass to direct the beam as opposed to projectors, cant be adjusted using the screws. Those adjusters are for small angle corrections, and the light will foul on body panels/bumpers etc before obtaining the desired angle.
I think you may need to get some insulation tape out.
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby defever » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:49 pm

Ouu...I was hoping that it wouldn't resort to tapes... thanks for looking into this WP101.

I'll try the screws one night and see how much I can adjust. If not I'll get a pair of Eurolite and go to a scrappie to get a pair of head units from a LHD model.

Or might be a good opportunity for a little project to upgrade it to a Xenon type!
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Re: Vehicle Q&A

Postby Ferral » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:57 pm

Here's a question: my car is on it's last legs, and so I'm thinking of either getting a small van (peugeot partner or similar) or a single cab pick up (not the massive double cab fashion statement ones). Obviously having a van means easier sleeping, but I've always wanted a pick-up.

Any thoughts on which would be more economical fuel wise?
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