- Jul 4, 2005
- Germany, 44.7km from The Ring
- Model Y, VW Bora Wagon, NA MX-5, Zastava
mmm they actually look tasty
It's been a year already???
The barge just went in for it's annual registration check. It's a pretty cursory inspection - Especially when you know the inspector, and he knows you look after your vehicles.
Checked all the lights work, brakes pass the test stop from 30kph.
"Does it have any oil leaks?" he asked.
"Mate, it's a 15 year old BMW..." I sighed.
"Good point. 'No visible leaks', will do for the report."
It does, however require new front tyres, which I have on order from a dodgy tyre shop nearby. I'm hoping to get them fitted tomorrow or Friday. Then registration paid, and it's technically good to go for another 12 months.
Still need to change the alternator bearings and bushes. I don't want to have to pull the alternator out, and I haven't found any around here doing them on an exchange basis, or I might consuder that too. I just can't really have it sitting around in pieces while I wait for bits.
I've put a shade over 5000km on it in the last 12 months, ferrying the parental units around to appointments, so I'll also be picking up a new oil filter and oil on the way to work tomorrow, and changing that this wekeend.
Where I come from those types of shops closed down before I was born. Last time I was in Los Angeles, those types of shops were still around interestingly.
Dodgy tire shops or starter/alternator/battery shops?
Starter/alternator rebuilding shops. Bearings done? Replace entire unit.
In fairness the inspector would do a much more thorough check for people he didn’t know.
Realistically he should have failed it for the tyres, and asked me to come back once I had the new ones fitted.
Considering the workshop facility I have access to, it's just easier to go to one of our long standing bearing suppliers and get them, then replace and renew the brushes myself.Starter/alternator rebuilding shops. Bearings done? Replace entire unit.
Yeah, they're not a stocked item in most of our autoparts stores. Though I do have contacts that we've dealt with over the years, that we know do good work.With one from Autoreillypepboyzone? That will fail in short order because it was rebuilt wrong.