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Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 21st January 2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Nick Jones
Yeah, in hindsight it's obvious enough........

Yeah, in hindsight it's obvious enough..... didn't show any overt signs of vac leaks though, which was why I'd been letting it slide. I know a job that will let the blood out of my knuckles when I...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 21st January 2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Nick Jones
Just to report that after doing breather pipe and...

Just to report that after doing breather pipe and cam cover gaskets....... the gearbox behaviour has changed quite considerably for the better - so credit is due to Ainarssems for his remarks in the...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 21st January 2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By Nick Jones
Drove the car today for the first time since...

Drove the car today for the first time since doing the job.

Interestingly it seems to have better control over the idle speed when cold than it did, and unexpectedly, it has altered the behaviour...
Forum: D2 - Lights 18th January 2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 573
Posted By Nick Jones
MoT rule on this have just changed apparently ...

MoT rule on this have just changed apparently
...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 18th January 2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By Nick Jones
Absolutely. They all look horrible as the fabric...

Absolutely. They all look horrible as the fabric outer covering is crumbling. Need to a buy a reel as there seems to be miles of them!

Nick
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 17th January 2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By Nick Jones
2.8 Breather pipes

What a joyous job this was. Not.

However the whiffs of hot oil and leaks told the story and sure enough both pipes were literally crumbling to dust. Dust with a core of snotty slime.....
...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 17th January 2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By Nick Jones
Alternator clutch

Ever since I got it my 2.8 has sometimes made odd noises at low revs when cold with some slight sensation of it being passed back through the steering wheel. The PO thought it was the water pump,...
Forum: Daily banter 11th January 2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By Nick Jones
Probably worth mentioning the real reasons that...

Probably worth mentioning the real reasons that things like this have been occurring.....

The Pfizer vaccine is, for reasons best known to Pfizer, tricky to store and handle. It comes as deep...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 1st December 2020, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Nick Jones
Yeah..... travelled this same route with my last...

Yeah..... travelled this same route with my last one. Thanks for the C5 bolt tip, May turn out to be critical!

Going to ignore it for a bit longer. Trying to convince an MX5 gearbox it wants to...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 26th November 2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Nick Jones
Tried swapping the tyres around. No significant...

Tried swapping the tyres around. No significant difference noted.

Will have to get it properly tracked front rear, but that means freeing the various adjusters off at the back - which very crusty...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 26th November 2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Job was done this afternoon. Took about an hour...

Job was done this afternoon. Took about an hour and a half and cost £99. Replacement cluster (supplied by me was £37 via eBay).

All works as expected. Mileage is cluster mileage not car mileage...
Forum: Daily banter 10th November 2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By Nick Jones
Sometime in mid 1994 I bought a well used B2 90...

Sometime in mid 1994 I bought a well used B2 90 2L from it first owner, a self employed animal feeds salesman. He was selling it under duress - his accountant promised to resign if he didnít (the tax...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 9th November 2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
So I called my local dealer today. Their service...

So I called my local dealer today. Their service work prevention officer told me at first that they couldn't possibly work with customer supplied parts, especially not dirty second hand ones..... I...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 8th November 2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Thanks all, especially Frank, for your detailed...

Thanks all, especially Frank, for your detailed replies and warnings. Not killing the car is definitely priority 1!

Our local Audi stealer are not noted for their love of older cars or their...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 7th November 2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
On a more positive note, I've managed to get hold...

On a more positive note, I've managed to get hold of another cluster at a very reasonable price.

I've plugged it into the car and the displays all look good. Only a short test in coolish weather...
Forum: D2 - Everything else 5th November 2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,334
Posted By Nick Jones
I canít think of a better car for crossing...

I canít think of a better car for crossing continents (even better if someone else is buying the fuel!).

When youíve done 3200 miles in 5 days in one of these, (pic below) including the Pyrenees,...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 31st October 2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Nick Jones
I had a look at this yesterday, staring with the...

I had a look at this yesterday, staring with the OS front..... because there is an occasional clatter from this side.

There was some odd movement in the steering arm, which had me foxed for a...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 31st October 2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Nick Jones
Tell me more.... With 4 VAG cars on the drive,...

Tell me more.... With 4 VAG cars on the drive, two of them distinctly needy, I may have to invest in the full version of VCDS....

Nick
Forum: D2 - Transmission 31st October 2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Nick Jones
Yeah, suspected this might be the case. I'll get...

Yeah, suspected this might be the case. I'll get used to it. Probably.

On a slightly related note I had and almost new Zafira rental in Spain a couple of years ago (I actually rented a Corsa...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 31st October 2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Two bits of news..... neither positive. ...

Two bits of news..... neither positive.

Sacer came back to say that they can't find anything so far. There was an implication that he hasn't given up yet, but I'm not holding my breath.

So I...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 29th October 2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By Nick Jones
Autobox peculiarities

Just realised that my car has previously featured on here while belonging to Audidoody, whom it seems I bought it from.......

Anyhow, just trying to determine whether this is a fault or a feature....
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th October 2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By Nick Jones
Wandering and camber following

So, my new (to me) 2.8 2WD is nice in most ways but does have various areas of "personality"

The one for this section is that the steering is a bit vague about the centre position and it likes to...
Forum: Daily banter 29th October 2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 10,679
Posted By Nick Jones
Was in there today (more damn Skoda flexihoses!)....

Was in there today (more damn Skoda flexihoses!). They reckon if they haven't got it they can get it. Ask for "old" Nick apparently (though I'm not sure how much he likes being called old, it's...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 28th October 2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
I mailed Cartronix and Pixelfix as well. ...

I mailed Cartronix and Pixelfix as well. Pixelfix said no, So far Cartronix say nothing.....

If Sacer come up blank I might try getting a cheap A4 B6 cluster and looking inside that.....

Nick
Forum: Daily banter 28th October 2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 10,679
Posted By Nick Jones
Enjoying the attention to detail. I like detail...

Enjoying the attention to detail. I like detail - but find it easier to cope with in a Triumph context 'cause they are very much simpler! A8 levels of detail are just plain scary!

For Mannol...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 28th October 2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Also, had a reply from Sacer to say that they...

Also, had a reply from Sacer to say that they don't have anything listed at present but can check the market to see if they can source something.

They were wondering how many people might be...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 28th October 2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Thanks for this MJ. Some good tips there. ...

Thanks for this MJ. Some good tips there. Especially holding down the brake pedal to prevent fluid loss (why have I never twigged that one before?). Only snag is that the designers must have...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 27th October 2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Just to be clear..... are we all talking about...

Just to be clear..... are we all talking about the same screens here?

I'm talking about the ODO/trip and time/date, but the one in the pic looks like the larger, central semi-colour display?
...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 14th October 2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Thanks for that - I'll mail them. Nick

Thanks for that - I'll mail them.

Nick
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 14th October 2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,823
Posted By Nick Jones
Odo/Trip & Time date displays failing

1999 A8 D2 FL 2.8 2WD
The Odo/Trip and Time/date displays are just barely legible at first start on a cool morning and become rapidly illegible as things warm up. Appears to be the displays...
Forum: D2 - Interior Electrics 13th October 2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,379
Posted By Nick Jones
Did this go anywhere? Mine wasn't working...

Did this go anywhere?

Mine wasn't working at all and now, after some vigorous exercising, works when it feels like it. I probably would use it if it wasn't so tempermental so keen to fix it if...
Forum: A6/S6 C4 8th October 2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,753
Posted By Nick Jones
2.5TDI Avant - Still alive

Just to prove there a still a few of these out there and working.

My 2.5TDI SE 140 6 speed Avant. Solid black (special order I think). Owned by me since 2003 (and I know both previous owners).
...
Forum: D2 - Common Faults 6th October 2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 39,096
Posted By Nick Jones
Hah, late to the party but I've just enabled kick...

Hah, late to the party but I've just enabled kick down on mine. Only 2.8 2wd but goes well enough....... :)
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 31st August 2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,019
Posted By Nick Jones
Gone..... Now A8 free zone :-( Just...

Gone.....

Now A8 free zone :-(

Just the old faithful A6 (C4 2.5 TDI) left. Which needs a DMF :eek:

I will have another D2 but I'll find a decent one next time and probably a 2.8 2WD as I...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 17th August 2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,019
Posted By Nick Jones
Too high a price? Probably. I will haggle, but...

Too high a price? Probably. I will haggle, but I'll not give it away either, I know what the engines go for......

Too honest with description? Probably. So be it.

Nick
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 27th July 2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,019
Posted By Nick Jones
Audi A8 4.2 Quattro Sport 1996

A8 4.2 Quattro Sport

Silver with black interior, usual sport extras

One of the last 4 speed cars, I've had it for just over 2 years and done about 9k in that time.

145,720 miles recorded...
Forum: Daily banter 8th July 2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,495
Posted By Nick Jones
Plenty of horror stories out there about running...

Plenty of horror stories out there about running issues after the official "remap". Down on power, flat spots, nasty noises, increased mpg - and minimal inclination from dealers / VAG to sort them...
Forum: D2 - Fuel and Exhausts 31st May 2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,518
Posted By Nick Jones
Alot of French fuel is E10 these days and this IS...

Alot of French fuel is E10 these days and this IS enough to affect fuel consumption for the worse.

I understand that the actual brews vary over the year too.

Nick
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 1st April 2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,448
Posted By Nick Jones
So, after a longish gap......! It's still...

So, after a longish gap......!

It's still dragging itself around but still using plenty of oil.

Using 10/40 and not seen any smoke even on hot re-start since the switch.

Seems to be leaking...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 4th October 2016, 10:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,448
Posted By Nick Jones
Call me tight (many do!) but I think any more...

Call me tight (many do!) but I think any more than £30 a side is taking the mickey. All the UK one I've found have been £ 50 ish per side. I'm used to old Triumphs with a cork gasket costing a few...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 22nd September 2016, 01:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,448
Posted By Nick Jones
Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for the AT205 -...

Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for the AT205 - doesn't appear to be very readily available in the UK though. I note that it seems to have some kind of ester as it's active ingredient which sounds...
Forum: Daily banter 21st September 2016, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,358
Posted By Nick Jones
My A8 is showing 142k but wouldn't be at all...

My A8 is showing 142k but wouldn't be at all surprised if it's lost at least 100k somewhere along the line as it's generally in much worse shape that my C4 A6, which has a genuine 294k on it. I'll...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 18th September 2016, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,448
Posted By Nick Jones
So finally got around to crawling under this...

So finally got around to crawling under this properly today for the first time in a while. The main mission was an oil change (to 10/40 as previously discussed), but it was also rather obvious that...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Cars 12th September 2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,342
Posted By Nick Jones
Sorely tempted..... though apparently I'm not...

Sorely tempted..... though apparently I'm not allowed two (according to senior management) and nobody seems very keen to take the current resident off me..... Admittedly it is rather less nice than...
Forum: D2 - Transmission 9th June 2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,590
Posted By Nick Jones
Sorry for getting your hopes up with a...

Sorry for getting your hopes up with a reply...... but I'm also quite curious about this as mine needs doing. I did get as far as buying the oil (Dexron II IIRC). Bought 5L so far but from what I...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 5th June 2016, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,389
Posted By Nick Jones
Hi, Did you ever sell these? Seems that the...

Hi,

Did you ever sell these? Seems that the chimp who last did mine wasn't clever enough for fit the piston gaiters properly and now all horribly corroded in delicate areas.....

Thanks

Nick
Forum: Daily banter 2nd June 2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,544
Posted By Nick Jones
I think the moral of the story is don't use...

I think the moral of the story is don't use Admiral? For sure they are not all like that though quite likely Admiral are not the only ones.

There seems to be some very sharp practice in the...
Forum: Daily banter 13th May 2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,561
Posted By Nick Jones
Maybe so, but useful when you are 17 and even an...

Maybe so, but useful when you are 17 and even an Arosa/Lupo 1.7 SlowDI costs £1100 to insure..... Not my favourite colour TBH.....:)

Nick
Forum: Daily banter 13th May 2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,561
Posted By Nick Jones
Ouch! Unkind...... they aren't that bad! ...

Ouch! Unkind...... they aren't that bad!

Nick
Forum: Daily banter 11th May 2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,561
Posted By Nick Jones
My son has the mechanically identical Arosa...

My son has the mechanically identical Arosa version.

I don't think I've ever seen the 1.7 SDI engine ever called "sweet" before. Ours reminds me of sharing a metal dustbin with a diesel...
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