Friday, 9 March 2007

Back again!

Looks like the server wasn't in a good way so the sites been offline for the past few weeks whilst being re-built.

Anyway, Lotus news - I have done a DIY A service and changed the oil and filter. Surprisingly easy with no major dramas. I even managed to re-fix my rattling heatshield (the nut came loose). Here's my current 'to-do' list...

- Full geo (next week hopefully)
- Re-fit drivers seat (its a bit squeaky, think somethings come loose)
- Full wash and maybe wax (got some free cleaning stuff on the way ":-D")
- Adjust front access panel (uneven panel gap)
- Cut some new wheel arch covers (old ones are getting a bit tatty now)
- Adjust windows (still leaking slightly!)
- Windscreen seal and mirror (see below)

I'm also thinking about getting a re-spray, especially the front clamshell. There's some cracks in the gel coat that kinda spoil it close up. I've been quoted ~£400 from Horizon but I think I can get it cheaper locally. It's not really a major problem but it bothers me.

The other minor thing that happened recently was the rear view mirror - it's fallen off! This along with the rubber windscreen surround has pointed me to the RAC windscreen people. My screen was replaced last year so I don't think they stuck it all back to get tidily. I checked the invoice and all work is guaranteed for 3 years (including seals and leaks) so I have called them this week to sort something out, theyre supposed to be getting back to me. No doubt I'll have to chase them next week.

AA
The financial ombudsman has come back to me saying that can't investigate my starter-motor complaint with the AA, there's some exclusion to the law with regards to breakdown warranties. I right pain in the arse, the only place left to go is the Citizens Advice Bureau. I might make an appointment to see them but I'm starting to lose hope, I might aswell forget about getting the cash back by the looks of it. My renewal also came through this week and I managed to get a discount. They had a different price on their website to the one for renewal, all sorted in a quick phone call.

Although they were a bunch of dicks when it came to the starter motor bill, the service has more than paid for itself (new rad, new coolant pipes etc) so I think it's good idea to re-new. There's also the fact that they will only take on cars less than 10 years old. Mine turned 10 at the end of last year so if I didn't renew then I would never be able to put the car back under warranty with them. I'm sure I'll get my money's worth in the end.

Summers on the way and I've got an itch for a trackday that's begging to be scratched ";-)"

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