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    2000 Auto IS200
  1. Just wondering if anyone may be able to help... The wife come home the other day, parked the car as normal and that was that. The next day, she went to the car, got in as normal and and the car didn't start. All the lights come on,all electrics still work, normal voltage reading,security light goes out etc... Everything is as should, other than the car doesn't crank! I have shifted the gearstick through the gears as I've heard about the parking sensor sometimes being out of sync, checked the terminals,hooked it up to my transit and tried jumping it but to no avail. The relay under the bonnet is ticking when I turn the ignition on, and there's a high pitch noise when I leave the key in the start position. Il try attaching a video, but the cars worthless to anyone else other than the wife and I! Any help would be much appreciated!!!
  2. I've got some sat in my shed! Had em for about 3 years and never fitted em!!! Will one day though.... Maybe :s
  3. Glad your ownership was a good one! Another Transit driver here, so at least you are still keeping the real gem of your fleet! ;P
  4. I done the headlights myself, and posted a guide on here how to do it too. Search my name and it sh0uld come up :) Cheers for the replys chaps! Much prefer the standard wheels! I ordered the others when I bought the car as the originals were so bad, and the new ones were so cheap! When they turned up they were a fair bit more 'blingy' than I thought they were going to be, so planned on refurbing the originals once my mrs was driving the car!
  5. Am I right in thinking that LPG doesnt work on very hot days, or is this just rubbish I have heard down the pub?
  6. This saturday I decided to take the plunge and get the old girl mot'd, insured and taxed. Flew straight through the mot, so no complaints here, and I also fitted the recently refurbed wheels! Seeing as the weather was so nice sunday, I thought I ought to give it a wash for the first time in 9 months as the amount crap that had built up on it was something else! Obviously I had to take a few snaps, so here they are! :) Just need to fit the springs now!!!
  7. I did bit of a guide with a couple of helpful tips on the main is200 forum. All the details are there :) Just search my name if ya cant find it! Good luck!!!
  8. Mine doesn't! Has the 'ski' shoot though!
  9. Their the standard sport wheels. Seem pretty hard to get hold of, although they do pop up on ebay now and again for big money!
  10. Thought i would make another guide on how to split your is200 headlights. I decided to do this, as I found I still had to do a fair bit of digging around previous posts on both this forum, and various other forums! The usual this is just a guide, and by no means should be taken as factual blah blah etc applies! I wont be held responsible should you melt hour headlights, burn your house down, stab yourself with a screwdriver/ knife or ***** your parents off due to funny smells coming from the oven or bent crockery! I wont bother with how to remove your headlights just yet, as I followed a pretty decent guide somewhere else, but will show you how to put em back in later! First up, pre heat your oven to 120 degrees c! NOT 250 as I did with my first headlight! I followed a vid from youtube, and only realised it was farenheight after I had nearly melted my light unit! Then take your headlight and put it in the oven. I left mine in there for about 4 minutes, and then started the splitting process. I found it easiest to start from the inner part of the headlight (opposite end to the indicator). I used a not overly sharp general crockery knife. Not a sharp one! Just a normal one.... This is the weapon of choice! See, not sharp! First up I lifted the obvious clips. This allowed me to move the lense about a mm away from the body. (remember your working from the inner part!) I then placed the light back in the oven for another 2 minutes. I found it best to do it this way as it meant the unit was still cool enough to handle, but the glue retains the warmth a lot longer than the glue, making it less prone to bending the housing! Next up I got the knife a bit further in, and started to really get somewhere! I unclipped any brackets I found as I went. I worked my way around the bottom of the headlight. Once I had a good bit if movement in the lense, I put the unit back in the oven for another 2 minutes, and then finished splitting the lense. I had to work the knife in at some points, and it was pretty straight forward until I got to the indicator part where I had to give the lense bit of a wobble. This left me with 2 parts! The lense and the unit! Ta Daaaa!!!! You can see the glue on both the unit and the lense... Next up was to remove the pony looking chrome part. This is easy, but you have to make sure you lift the clip pictured below, or else you may snap it, which will lead to a black hole opening up and you headlight project will be lost forever. FOREVER! After you have lifted the clip, simply pull the chrome insert away, and admire your handy work! If you have got this far without breaking anything your on a home run! Next was the indicator lense. Turn the chrome part over, and you should see 2 small clips. Un-clip them (be carefull if your keeping the lense as I found these were very brittle. I broke one of mine!), and lift the lense out. Some of you may want to keep it, others wont. I think it looks pants, so I put it in the best place possible... Thats my indicator lense in my bin incase anyone didn't realise... So now your left with a lense, a light unit, and an indicator-less chrome insert! Next up is to sand the chrome insert. I used 600 wet and dry sandpaper, with a decent amount of water. This keys the surface giving your primer something to adhere to. This is mega important that you get as much of the chrome part keyed as possible, and any areas left un-touched is a weak spot for the paint peeling. Thats the last thing you want after all the hard work! Heres my insert keyed. Rememeber, when it comes to any finishing work, preperation is the key! Get this right and you will end up with a decent finish! I left my chrome surround somewhere warm for the evening to ensure that it is completly dry. Theres loads of small creveses for water to sit in, and paint and water dont mix! So that's as far as I have got at the moment, but I will be spraying it sometime this week. I will continue the guide and just edit it as I go...! Like I mentioned at the top, this isn't factual! If you mess it up, its your problem not mine! Hope it helps!
  11. Thought i would make another guide on how to split your is200 headlights. I decided to do this, as I found I still had to do a fair bit of digging around previous posts on both this forum, and various other forums! The usual this is just a guide, and by no means should be taken as factual blah blah etc applies! I wont be held responsible should you melt hour headlights, burn your house down, stab yourself with a screwdriver/ knife or ***** your parents off due to funny smells coming from the oven or bent crockery! I wont bother with how to remove your headlights just yet, as I followed a pretty decent guide somewhere else, but will show you how to put em back in later! First up, pre heat your oven to 120 degrees c! NOT 250 as I did with my first headlight! I followed a vid from youtube, and only realised it was farenheight after I had nearly melted my light unit! Then take your headlight and put it in the oven. I left mine in there for about 4 minutes, and then started the splitting process. I found it easiest to start from the inner part of the headlight (opposite end to the indicator). I used a not overly sharp general crockery knife. Not a sharp one! Just a normal one.... This is the weapon of choice! See, not sharp! First up I lifted the obvious clips. This allowed me to move the lense about a mm away from the body. (remember your working from the inner part!) I then placed the light back in the oven for another 2 minutes. I found it best to do it this way as it meant the unit was still cool enough to handle, but the glue retains the warmth a lot longer than the glue, making it less prone to bending the housing! Next up I got the knife a bit further in, and started to really get somewhere! I unclipped any brackets I found as I went. I worked my way around the bottom of the headlight. Once I had a good bit if movement in the lense, I put the unit back in the oven for another 2 minutes, and then finished splitting the lense. I had to work the knife in at some points, and it was pretty straight forward until I got to the indicator part where I had to give the lense bit of a wobble. This left me with 2 parts! The lense and the unit! Ta Daaaa!!!! You can see the glue on both the unit and the lense... Next up was to remove the pony looking chrome part. This is easy, but you have to make sure you lift the clip pictured below, or else you may snap it, which will lead to a black hole opening up and you headlight project will be lost forever. FOREVER! After you have lifted the clip, simply pull the chrome insert away, and admire your handy work! If you have got this far without breaking anything your on a home run! Next was the indicator lense. Turn the chrome part over, and you should see 2 small clips. Un-clip them (be carefull if your keeping the lense as I found these were very brittle. I broke one of mine!), and lift the lense out. Some of you may want to keep it, others wont. I think it looks pants, so I put it in the best place possible... Thats my indicator lense in my bin incase anyone didn't realise... So now your left with a lense, a light unit, and an indicator-less chrome insert! Next up is to sand the chrome insert. I used 600 wet and dry sandpaper, with a decent amount of water. This keys the surface giving your primer something to adhere to. This is mega important that you get as much of the chrome part keyed as possible, and any areas left un-touched is a weak spot for the paint peeling. Thats the last thing you want after all the hard work! Heres my insert keyed. Rememeber, when it comes to any finishing work, preperation is the key! Get this right and you will end up with a decent finish! I left my chrome surround somewhere warm for the evening to ensure that it is completly dry. Theres loads of small creveses for water to sit in, and paint and water dont mix! So that's as far as I have got at the moment, but I will be spraying it sometime this week. I will continue the guide and just edit it as I go...! Like I mentioned at the top, this isn't factual! If you ****** it up, its your problem not mine! Hope it helps!
  12. I used Halfrauds satin black paint. First etched them up with wet and dry sand paper, couple of coats of grey plastic primer, and then finished off with 3 coats of satin black... Put em all back together and used silicone to seal it back up! I'm yet to do the NS headlight, so think I may give it a try using the original glue as I have done even more reading up on them and seems I made the common trick of having the oven to 250 centigrade, instead of 250 farenheit! just a couple of pics of the process! Just painted first coat Getting ready to seal up! Surround and lense together Before and after! Original headlight Modified headlight! Hopefully they wont fog up! Should be a hell of a lot easier to take apart though if they do! Only mistake I made is when fitting the headlight back to the car, I got everything back in place and bolted up, and then realised I had the side light plug trapped between the headlight and the car, so I can connect the side light up at the moment! Doh!!! Thats todays job....
  13. Not sure about 2nd hand as they seem to be the sort of thing people dont bother taing off the car as their worthless! Think I paid about £100 for mine brand new so their not massive money!
  14. Cheers Janey! Sorry to hijack ya thread Janet!