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Ste_ac last won the day on October 24 2016

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  1. I renewed my car insurance last November. £370 for the 370Z and £160 for my little Mini run around. What's a pain is I usually insure at least the Mini with Adrian Flux as they have a useful 'bolt on' called Flex Drive that gives fully comp. cover of the first 20k when driving someone else's car, but the best they could quote me was over double everyone else this year for some reason.
  2. Hello Les, Mine is 10 years old now. Stuff I have had done above standard P1, P2, P3 service schedules are the following: Gearbox and differential oil change. Torque up rear hub nuts (to solve rear axle click). Exhaust gaskets. Big jubilee clips around the cat heat shields as they tend to corrode and start hanging off. Pollen filter every 2 years. Next thing to do: Clean throttle bodies and perform the reset procedure.
  3. Sorted the rear clicking axle, for now. It was only very subtle when rocking the car with 1st and reverse and having both windows down to hear it. Quick job. I used some moly based axle grease between the faces of the driveshaft rear face of the hub. Not sure why this needs greasing apart from to ease removal. Retorqued the hub nut to 105Nm and kept the crown thing over the axle nut, but using a good side of it then new split pin. If it comes back I'll use the Kawasaki axle nut with additional washers fix. They appear to be widely available for about £8 each.
  4. A blue 370Z roadster on the M4 this morning, pulled off onto the M32 into Bristol. VA10 something. It looked very nice.
  5. I replaced the exhaust gaskets yesterday. I had to admit defeat and take the car to an exhaust and tyre place to do it. I couldn't even get one bolt off trying to do it myself on axle stands. The owner of the tyre and exhaust place loved the car because he was telling me he used to own a 300ZX. They needed to heat the bolts up with a torch to loosen them so they said I had no chance trying to do it in the path. haha. Anyway, nearly two weeks ago I was buying gaskets. Various retailers were selling gasket kits for the Invidia Gemini for £50 upwards it seemed, although some did come with
  6. Hi, What does everyone use to source parts? At the moment I use an online catalogue to find the part number. For the site below you need to create an account, but you can input your VIN to filter down the search to the correct parts for your model, year, etc. It allows 10 searches based on VIN before they want you to purchase something and then they will credit you with another 10 searches by VIN. Alternatively, you can just search by entering model, year, body shape, transmission, etc. When you go to the shopping basket it then pops up with a Nissan franchisee, Bristol Street Motors.
  7. I need to source some exhaust gaskets. My car failed it's MOT yesterday because of a high lambda reading on fast idle in the emissions test. Examiner said this will because by the leaking gaskets that he noted in the advisories along with deteriorating heat shield. I will have a fun day next weekend crawling under the car to replace them before the end of the 10 day retest window. I might as well clean out the throttle bodies while I am at it.
  8. Those blue and yellow tower things are site security as another person posted. They are normally left in the middle of yards guarding plant equipment. I saw one driving through Scotland earlier in the year and worried thinking it was a sneaky camera, but it was security for some generators fenced off near a lay by. I guess they get placed near a road to capture any vehicles used to take away stolen equipment.
  9. Changed the front and rear discs and pads today. It nearly killed me all the kneeling, lying on my back and moving around the car. My legs feel worse than a heavy weight session at the gym. The discs look good though.
  10. Thanks, Paul. I've noticed something else now. The dreaded rear axle click. Just waiting for my Ferodo pads to arrive and with the discs that arrived two weeks ago it looks like a maintenance day over the weekend.
  11. Yes, it's quite chunky but I live in a flat. I need to keep all my storage space. :-)
  12. I was routing around the interior as a really annoying noise has appeared. It sounds exactly like a 20p coin rolling on it's edge somewhere when braking, cornering or accelerating hard. Anyway, I pulled open the compartment behind the driver's seat and noticed a small panel that looks like it can prised off. Does anyone know what's behind it? Also is everyone's user manual pack and folder smaller than the compartment so needs a small block of sponge or similar to keep it sliding side to side?
  13. Ah nice one. Glad it didn't turn out to be an expensive repair.
  14. Due to people buying a house close to a track then moaning about the noise, another thing to bear in mind is if you want to do track days. A lot of tracks have strict noise limits now because of this so have to test your car before they let you on track. I've got the Gemini and it hasn't been a problem for me. I don't know if some of the other setups would cause an issue.
  15. Hi, Just a thought, maybe you could remove the glove box and then the cabin air filter which is behind it to possibly get a view or feel further down into the duct to any mechanism down there?
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