Cotswold Pete

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  1. If you goto my posting, you can see my photos. Swiss Cheese On the passenger door part of the arch it was not as bad, but in essence the only bit of the arch where the bradawl did not push through was about the top third, as I was keen ot remove any rust possible, so I was quite aggressive in what I cut out. The boot side was worse, but I think that is becuase more cr*p gets caught in the top of the mudguard so more water to metal contact for long periods In looking at it, even though it looked horrendous, there is no way it should compromise the structural integrity, and I also pked around under the sills to see if any problems (but none found). Car has got through 2 MOTs since my repairs, and have been told rest of the chassis looks fine.
  2. I found very bad rust in rear arches 18 months ago, started with noticng water in either side of boot, only to discover it was way worse than first thought. I had a good poke with a bradawl to find about 50% of the inner arches bith sides had gone (about a 2cm inch strip). Patched up with Isopon and fine since with lots of Waxoyl to keep the tin mice away. I had no bubbling to indicate a problem, in fact the edge of the arches are rock solid (thank heavens). Now you have invested all the time and effort, it will be well rewarded.
  3. Andy, Feel for you, and been there myself, hit some diesel at 20mph while starting to overtake a really really slow truck, my Mk3 was like a drunken whale and I managed to avoid stuffing the car under the lorry trailer but smacked up most of the off-side hitting a wall and a road sign. My experience was ruddy scary, and nowhere near as much damage as to your 430, so must have been one heck of a shock when it happened. As Phil says, anything smaller would have been more carnage. Best of luck looking for new LS when your ready.
  4. Thats a darned good trick, might need to use that - my rear shocks likely to need sorting in next year, and the protectors do look a little past their best. When the other one starts to go, I now know the signs, and so prefer to just get the one done for now and then be listening out for the nearside failing. With the car at 206K, expecting the UCAs to need looking at (given the rears were done 50K ago) in the next couple of years, so expecting to be spending a few bob over next few years.. Having been driving around in the wifes 2 year old Mazda 2, (which would have been £17K brand new), makes me really appreciate that spending money on a 20 year old LS is still worth it, but at this time of year money a bit tight (as missus likes to do these Xmas trips, so off to Gdansk to get cold for a few days). On the other hand I might be tempted to try a GS450h, or a 460 and see if I am prepared to let my love affair with the Mk4 finish.
  5. John Not driven one yet, but am tempted to try one next year, seem like there are some decent ones around for £4K-£5K. My missus will give me grief if I do buy one, given the money spent in last year on LS (though to be fair given the price I paid and the money spent on it in last 6 1/2 years - still only coughed up around £5K for a luxury barge). Pete
  6. Thanks for thoughts so far. The team at Osaka have prodded and used pry-bar on all the bushes, checked wheel bearings, and other things. The vibration I get is from the side of the car that the vibration (and clunking) is coming from, which is why two other places went around with pry-bar and said all bushes fine. It is the top mount that has failed [my posting title a bit mis-leading], (which according to Google is not good!), and the signs are shown by the split at the top, due to stress on the rubber (I assume). If replacing this does not cure the vibration, I have been thinking about changing to a GS450h or some such, but would really like to keep the LS for another 5 years (to celebrate its 25th birthday if poss).
  7. Well it looks like Osaka have found the problem to my really odd vibration. The off-side top-cap has gone, and so that does explain why vibration started at about 15mph, peaked at around 35mph, and then came back with a vengeance at 70+. Scary thing is at any time (say on speed humps) it could pop the shock off the mounting, and hey presto one big mess. Scares me that I took the LS up to the Lakes two weekends ago!!!! Been told a new part is £190, and on back order (I guess not a common failure). If I had thought just to pop the rubber caps off, could have spotted it myself. Photo attached. (That split goes all the way around) Given I had two tyre places look at my car in last 6 months -and I said can you check to see if all the front suspension is okay, and neither found any problems!!! What is odd is that the top plate was likely to be failing at the time Osaka put new front shocks on, but even they could not see a problem with it 6 months ago, and this odd vibration had been happening for about 8 weeks before I got new shocks. Just waiting for Osaka to see when they can source part, not sure if I should look at Amayama, but if someone can let me know part code for Mk4 LS400 model might see if this is quicker option. Now need to get used to driving the wifes Mazda 2 for a while.
  8. That might not be such a bad idea, does seem like all this new tech is not as robust when it comes to extremes of weather. (Does this mean an Electric Landrover will have batteries in the roofline???) There is always a really bad flooded area between Nailsworth and Horlsey on way up to tip after any decent rain, the other week edged the LS through, suspect an EV would have gone phutt based on this post. Best of luck with getting sorted.
  9. If you are doing exactly what you have done in the past, it could be that the CD burner is possilby starting to gradually fail. What I means is that it is not creating clean pits in the burnt CD, so that although the laptop has enough horsepower to overcome errors created by a CDs that are written badly, a car player cannot overcome errors. Also like Mark says, I have found that some brands on CD are always more dodgy in the car, or even on my Marantz KI63 home player, yet play fine in any of the computers in the house.
  10. Long time since I get my head around LEDs but as I recall LEDs have what is called an in-rush current. This means the LED generally pull a higher current for the first millisecond or so to charge up the capacitor (which is there to keep the LED from flickering). This means the ECUs may well get a little ticked off at seeing a surge that you do not get with a filament bulb. So if the LS engineers have 'finely-tuned' the parameters to measure than it may report errors, if it thinks a higher current might indicate a short term short. It seems that the LED in-rush current is about 6 times that of the startup current for a good old fashioned Dim Yellow Filament, so it would be pot luck as to which lights in the LS range would be okay, and which ones would create problems for the fuses and or ECU. Maybe the answer is all LS400 drivers buy a decent Lenser Head torch for reading their AA road maps when parked up in a lay-bye at night!!!
  11. As an LS owner for last 11 years, I would be going Prius in this case, the Gen 1 was good, the Gen 2 better, and amazed at the room and comfort in them. Having not been in a 220 I cannot say whether the Pruis would be noisier or quiter, but always found them to be fine at 60+mph, not as quite as LS, but then again way less thirsty than a 400.
  12. I was wondering if the bubbling on the fuse is where the numpty who did this had a go at soldering the lead to the fuse leg, and that heat caused the bubbling. On the other hand the cable has not been tinned (solder covered before attempting to attach to fuse leg), which would mean a failed joint anyway, and from my experiencing (not on cars) tinning fuse legs usually results in the plastic melting, because it takes too long to heat the metal legs right through, so the surface heat dissapates into the plastic. Hopefully the Auto Electrician can work out what 'the four and a half' the pilchard who did this was trying to solve. Best of luck.
  13. Nice looking 460. Had a bit of snow down this neck of woods last week, thank heavens for VSC, and recently fitted new tyres (not winter ones though - as when it gets that bad, i stay at home)
  14. And ruddy handy it is when it snows like it did last week. A bit hairy when applying 300 horses in the raw.
  15. Seems like the right approach, had a mate who spent £2K on 430, rushed into it, when his second LS400 was playing up. He totally regrets that. Now he has just spent £5K on his second 430, and spent some time as a rear passenger this weekend, like being in a 4 star hotel. His approach was to give himself 3-6 months to find the 430 that he was going to keep. I quite envy him, the 430 is a heck of a step up from 400, but still love my 400 too much to upgrade just yet.