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  1. That's what I do too. Saves a lot of time. 👍
  2. Hi Neil, I'll be interested in the Cornering Masterclass if one is being organised. Steve.
  3. You might as well buy the full version of Torque. It's only several quid. Then you can buy a 3rd party plugin for it called 'Advanced EX for Nissan' that gives you a few more sensors. You can't get all of them because they are proprietary data of the manufacturer. I find I only used it to understand how the various sensors work. It's not very useful while driving, in fact it can be very distracting. Also you need a good quality OBDII reader to provide data quick enough for a smooth display.
  4. I was with Adrian Flux for a good few years as they weren't too bothered by mods such as exhausts, but by far the biggest advantage with them was the 'Flex Drive' bolt on giving me £20,000 of fully comp cover on someone else's car. It was only £15 more, and I think when I was last a customer it went up to £20 or £25. I had to leave them last year as rhe best quote they give me was much, much more than anyone else but I'll try again later in the year while I'm up for renewal.
  5. Hi, What app are you using?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A blue 370Z roadster on the M4 this morning, pulled off onto the M32 into Bristol. VA10 something. It looked very nice.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Yes, it's quite chunky but I live in a flat. I need to keep all my storage space. :-)
  17. 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?
  18. Ah nice one. Glad it didn't turn out to be an expensive repair.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. I only removed it to make a bit more space to fit the bike in the boot, otherwise the bike frame was pushed a little too high meaning I couldn't close the boot lid fully. Normally it stays in there with the cover extended and clipped to the boot lid.
  22. Hi, The service manual says the following after replacing discs and/or pads: CAUTION: Burnish contact surfaces between pads according to the following procedure after refinishing or replacing pads, or if a soft pedal occurs at very low mileage. Be careful of vehicle speed because the brake does not operate firmly/securely until pads and disc rotor are securely fitted. Only perform this procedure under safe road and traffic conditions. Use extreme caution. 1. Drive vehicle on straight, flat road. 2. Depress brake pedal with the power to stop vehicle within 3 to 5 seconds until the vehicle st
  23. I've completely detatched the cover from its mount. The ends of it are spring loaded holding it in place, so just pushed them inwards then the 'roller blind' assembly drops out of its mount so you can store it elsewhere if you need to.
  24. Who said the 370Z wasn't practical? This is a large frame (60cm) road bike in the boot with both wheels without having to take apart the handlebars or take out the seat post. One wheel is in a wheel bag behind the driver's seat. I only had to detach the tonneau cover which I didn't realise is only kept in pace by spring loaded mounts, so it only takes seconds to detach and slide under the bike frame.
  25. An easy way to check if you have an AGM battery is the price. A branded AGM battery will be two to three times the price of a standard lead acid battery. So unless you've spent at least £250 upwards it's highly likely to be a standard lead acid battery. It would also be very strange why a dealer would fit an AGM battery to a car without start/stop. I went through a similar situation years ago trying to work out what type of battery I had in my Mini. My dad has a Qashqai with start/stop. His battery was replaced under warranty luckily otherwise it would of cost him £350 to replace. The cars th
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