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Everything posted by Verbout

  1. Sticking hand brake.

    Never had issues with buying brake pads from ECP, or the other car parts suppliers. It’s just s case of shopping around. I know some people are a bit precious over buying from such places.
  2. Sticking hand brake.

    Regularly stick, I’ve taken to driving my car around my estate after washing it to dry the brakes, I sometimes forget.
  3. Without a doubt it’ll need some work to recover the cheap MOT.
  4. Mine always gives me three options, but I still wouldn’t trust it, not even to get me out of my street.
  5. Buy a garmin, never trusted the Lexus sat nav. Does it not give you the option when inputting the postcode to select quickest/shortest etc?
  6. Lumpy idle when cold......

    We’ll never know. :) My search for the cure wasn’t scientific, I just tried different remedies on different days. The only thing that brought an immediate solution was the cleaning of several connections in and around the air intake.
  7. My IS 250 automatic, has in the past few weeks, had an intermittent lumpy idle problem when starting from cold, my wife even noted it sounded funny when she approached the car as we were leaving the house. Also when coming to a halt just as the car stops the tachometer jumps from about 800 up to 1500 and straight back down again. I have a few ideas that I will investigate when I've done with the painting and decorating. Any pointers would be appreciated.
  8. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Thanks, wish I’d been able to pinpoint what the issue was though.
  9. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Here goes: I’ve dosed my tank a couple of times now with injection cleaner. I have cleaned the MAF, throttle body and checked the PSV or whatever it is, it rattles. I’ve check all pipe work and found no chafing or splits. I have unplugged everything in the area adjacent to the intake system and either sprayed it with contact cleaner or WD40. And finally I’ve stopped letting my petrol gauge light tell me when to fill up. I don’t know whether my last efforts the other day of checking the connections was what sorted the issue, but it’s back to it’s lovely self. Either that or the threat of being part exchanged has sorted it. PS, It never set any codes.
  10. I took my car to Car People to get a price on part-exchanging my IS 250 . I’d seen a gorgeous Suzuki Swift sport I really took a fancy to. My car is an 11 plate, it’s done 46,000 miles and fully looked after by me. The cheeky gits offered me £7300, £150 less than :( I refused a test drive on the Swift, it was snowing and I couldn’t inspect the car fully while it was wet, so I got ready to walk away. Then the stupid patter started, “I’ll have another word with the sales manager, we can sell Lexus cars all day long, I’ll get you more” “I’ve convinced him, he’s offering £7600” “Can I get you a coffee, I’ll see if he’ll knock off the admin fee” No thanks I’ve got somewhere to be....... cheeky gits. Still love the Suzuki though. :)
  11. 4 hours, FFS, I expect to have had a test drive, get the argie bargie out of the way and left a deposit within an hour. I wouldn’t hang about for that long, I’ve walked out of several showrooms when they start fannying about too much.
  12. We all expect a low offer price, we know they’re in it to make money, It’s the silly offers and the silly games they play that rankles.
  13. I received a phone call from The Car People asking how my interaction went. I told them the first offer was very rude. The young man moved onto the next question very quickly. Invited me on a test drive later in the week. I may go at the weekend while the Mrs is away. :)
  14. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Cheers Declan, I’ve removed all my engine covers and as you say it’s very noticeable. I’m on with an injector cleaning regime at the moment. I just cannot find a solution to this issue, no codes, no leaking vacuum pipes, that I can see. My friendly garage have pointed me in several directions and I’ve checked each an every possible solution they’ve given me, still no solution. Hey ho, forever onwards.
  15. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Anyone know what this is? It’s located on top of the cam cover, near the bulkhead and next to the brake servo. It’s ticking like crazy, similar to a ticking fuel injector, that’s initially what I thought the noise was.
  16. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Been on a good run, it's a lot better but not quite right. There is a slight blip on the revs when I come to a halt, not as bad as it was. Next job is to fully remove the throttle body and give the barrel and all the passage ways a good clean. bring on the good weather.
  17. Lumpy idle when cold......

    Throttle body removed, well not entirely but bolts undone so I could get to the front and back of the butterfly flap. The flap did not seem to be seated correctly, you could feel a crusty ridge of carbon all around the hole. Sprayed it with carb cleaner and left for 5 minutes. Wiped all the excess away, repeated several time until the ridge was washed away. Had a little run around the estate, so far so good. I intend removing it completely but it’s connected to a pipe in the left bottom corner which I couldn’t get to, it’s cold, wet and I’ve got a washing machine to repair.
  18. This thread is taking a turn. My wife decides to take her coat off while I'm shooting down the motorway, the seatbelt warning suddenly starts bleeping, a red light on the dash starts flashing and my heart misses several beats thinking the car is terminal.
  19. I’ve had squeaks and rattles on all sorts of car over the years . I’ve tried to enlist the help of the blonde lady I married to track down the noises. One was her bracelet scratching on the centre console, she didn’t have the slightest clue it was her, didn’t have the slightest clue it stopped when I asked her to trace the noise and she moved her arm. She still puts her arm next to the console oblivious to the noise. She’s a bloody nightmare in the car. I should start a thread on that alone.
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  21. Hold the remote to your head, it extends the range. :)
  22. Are your old cars still in use??

    One issue, front wishbones replaced under warranty due to bushes wearing. Not another single problem. I was going to keep it as well as the Lexus, but someone else had other ideas.
  23. Are your old cars still in use??

    I keep on eye on my old Alfa 159, '57 plate I had for six years. It has never failed a test, only had one advisory and that was during my ownership "Couldn't check seat belt due to child seat installed"
  24. The “Vehicle Smart” app is a better option IMO. Its gives you the option of having the families cars in a “garage “ for quick reference, and colour codes the mot status.