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  1. I would say over 90% of the SS issues we see are battery related. You need the correct SS battery and it must be in good condition. The voltage may read OK but if the battery is down on cranking current (as detected by battery management system) then the SS will be disabled.
  2. You seem to be looking for an auction dealing with a 'grey area' between salvage and straight clean cars. I don't think such a thing exists. Vehicles with scuffs and dings will be in the regular auctions. My impression is that prices for N/S salvage and vehicles with unrecorded minor damage are unrealistically high at the moment - no doubt fuelled by a small army of DIY bodgers who've been watching the various YouTube channels. More than 20 years ago I had a Chief EZ Liner, spray booth etc and repaired and sold some salvage but even then, when it was cheaper and simpler, I couldn't make it worthwhile unless I cut a lot of corners (which I didn't want to do).
  3. I think you'll find most people have had trouble with warranty companies paying out at some time or other... full stop! Oil & filter is not a service. Cars should be properly mechanically prepped - that means any due/overdue fluids and filters, brake inspection and S/R as necessary and any due/overdue major items such as cambelt etc. As a rule of thumb anything falling due within 6 months should be done and replace any tyres below 3mm. Of course if you are in the banger market then ignore much of the above... If you are reasonably well established then consider self funding - https://www.warrantyadmin.co.uk/crystal-clear-warranty.php
  4. No, of course they don't sell for that much.. Dealers buy cars, prep them sale, keep them for 6 months, pay for a load of advertising and then dump them into the auction at a loss.... Impressive!
  5. I would not describe that as knocking or banging. I suspect something switching in/out causing change in load or AFR - A/C, cooling fan or maybe check EVAP system. That doesn't look like coils/plugs or broken valve springs etc. Carefully check vacuum/intake system and any solenoids etc. Check PS also.
  6. Correct oil would be 5W30 Dexos. Unlikely to be oil problem. Fault codes? Live data? Coils and plugs normally play up under load - not idle. Check oil filler and dipstick are seated - vac leaks cause problems like rough idle. These engines are prone to broken valve springs. Are you sure its not A/C cutting in? Possible noisy A/C compressor.
  7. Models of dashcam are changing all the time. Do a search for 'Nextbase' on Amazon and you'll see their range. They do have a keyfob sized model....
  8. Yes, its crazy. Poor availability and sharply rising prices. Not seen this before in 40 years of this business. What the hell is going on?
  9. We've fitted a few dashcams for customers - Nextbase brand. Not had any complaints so far. Be sure to use their branded hardwire kit and avoid SanDisk SD cards - we've found Samsung High Endurance cards to be totally reliable. At the cheaper end of the market have used Toguard dashcams - bit flimsy but seem to be ok so far.
  10. Prices of used vehicles will fluctuate up and down but if trade prices rise then generally so will retail prices so there is still a profit to be got. However a large part of our income is from service work and when our consumables are showing such big price increases its really going to squeeze us. Increasing our prices to the customer will lead to a drop in business.
  11. I haven't got one here to look at but IIRC its on the N/S and there is a bit of a recess in the inner wing for it to fit in, so its not terribly close to the tyre and firmly retained. No way should the tyre rub on the filler. If that has happened then suspect damage of some sort or non-standard wheel/tyre..
  12. No, I'm not talking about cars, I'm talking about the consumables we use in our workshop.. Anyone notice recent big increases in the prices of lubricants and parts? I recently took delivery of some Aisin ATF and was staggered to see about 30%+ price increase from a few months ago. My supplier says its because its sourced from Belgium and shipping/import costs have rocketed. We also use Shell lubricants and they seem to have increased by 20%+.. I'm looking for cheaper alternatives... Another issue is parts. We sometimes ordered genuine BMW and Mercedes parts from a supplier in Germany (typically half the price of our local dealers) - usually 24 hour delivery with DPD. Now it takes three days and we are being hit with stupid additional charges - not just VAT but also a 'customs charge' and a 'collection charge' - effectively making it no longer worth doing.
  13. The bearing preload represents the degree of crush of the crush sleeve. This in turn sets the axial position of the pinion and hence the pinion-crownwheel tooth mesh. It is this mesh which is crucial to a quiet diff. In the old days when we were rebuilding a diff we would install a new bearing and crush sleeve and then put engineer's blue on the pinion teeth. Tighten up the pinion nut and look at the blue to gauge the mesh contact pattern. What you are looking for is a elongated oval contact patch in the centre of the teeth. If the contact is too far toward the heel or toe of the tooth then the result is a noisy diff and driveline 'clonk' due to excessive backlash. The whining noise is at the tooth contact frequency and will vary depending on whether the teeth are contacting on the front or rear face (i.e. drive or overrun). Some diffs you could play tunes on with the throttle. A noisy diff on a luxury car just ruins it. Replacing a pinion oil seal with the diff in the car is tricky because you are undoing the pinion and then when you do it up again hoping its position has not changed. This means trying to get the nut in exactly the same position. Really you should have the diff off the car, replace the crush sleeve and check tooth mesh... AFAIK pinion oil leaks have been a problem on the XFs from start of production. In my opinion its down to poor quality control. JLR suffer from lack of development and poor quality control. Some aspects of their design are just bizarre - for example the use of alloy bolts on the Evoque steering assist unit - yes, they snap!
  14. Known problem. The pinion oil seal is easy to replace with the diff in the car but difficult to get the job spot on. There is a crush sleeve which sets the pinion preload so the position of the pinion nut must be marked so that it is returned to EXACTLY the same spot. Failure to do this will result in wrong bearing preload and possible noisy diff. To do the job properly the diff should be removed from the car and pre-load set - its sensitive. JLR use a computer-controlled machine to set this dynamically at the factory (so I've been told). I'm thinking you're a member of the general public rather than motor trade? (apologies if I'm wrong). Personally not a fan of these cars for a bunch of reasons. If you want something nice for yourself to drive about in without headaches then don't buy a JLR product, maybe go for a Lexus? I'm pretty much through with JLR shite. I read the new French boss is going big on a drive to improve quality - when did we hear that before?