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Turin Machine
post Oct 17 2013, 09:46 AM
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As per, I thought it would be a good idea to have somewhere where we can post regarding to the above topic, personal experiences and funny stories, topics, help and advise welcome.
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post Oct 17 2013, 09:51 AM
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****, double post, thats a good start, not!
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Andy Capp
post Oct 17 2013, 09:59 AM
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I have one immediately: what do I use to get that new car smell in a second hand car? I bought n old car a while back, but it had been valeted inside in such a way it looked and smelled like new! Any thing I do just make it smell of the stuff I used to clean it, so to speak.
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post Oct 17 2013, 10:04 AM
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Haha, nice one TM.

To get a new car smell you need to clean the interior, the carpets, seats and headliner.
Especially if the vehicle was smoked in you need to pay a lot of attention to the drivers side headliner from front to rear as the cigarette smoke seeps into the fabric and is released over time.

Once everything is cleaned it'll smell nicer, then you can replace your pollen filter, spray it with any scent you like (saturate it basically) and leave it for 10 minutes before you put it in.
Then start your car and put the air conditioning on with the recirculate on and spray your scent into the vehicle (I use Autosmart BLAST - Bubblegum wink.gif You can buy "new car scent" stuff if you want) and spray it into the footwells as well. Allow the car to run with the recirc on for 15 minutes or so, the scent will go around the air conditioning system.

Everyone compliments on how my car smells so it must work.


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post Oct 17 2013, 12:04 PM
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Thing is, most of that luvly New car smell is created by the phenols and other nasties evaporating out of the plastics, highly toxic. Very difficult to recreate. However, if you have a leather interior that can be kept smelling nice by using Gliptone leather conditioner, available from Liquid Leather web site it accurately recreates the smell of old fashioned leather.
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Andy Capp
post Oct 17 2013, 12:24 PM
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MM, for the sake of completeness, do you have, or indeed, are you willing to disclose, what you do for detailing your car?
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post Oct 17 2013, 01:03 PM
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I will PM you a link smile.gif

But basically for a full on detail you would

Pre rinse/snow foam.
Use an APC on the wheel arches, door shuts etc
Jet down vehicle once again
2 bucket wash
Iron and tar containment removal
Clay to remove any remaining contamination, tree sap , etc
Rinse or snow foam again.
Dry
tape up the cars rubbers, window trim etc
Machine polish (anywhere from 1 to 3 stage normally)
remove all tapes
wash the vehicle again or snow foam to remove polishing dust, tape residue
Prepare the surface for LSP (depends which product you are using dictates how you prepare the surface).
Apply the LSP as appropriate
Apply dressing/sealant to the plastic trims
I personally wash the wheels last so I would now wash the wheels and dry them, then apply tyre dressing and wax the wheels


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post Oct 17 2013, 01:28 PM
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Automotive-related...

If someone wanted a personalised registration number, or one which meant something to them but appeared fairly standard (J389 KLV, for example), you can contact the DVLA. If it has never been issued then they'll include it in a future auction (with a reserve price of around £130 for that example probably) and they'll also inform you when it's available so you can bid.

I only found out about this recently and am now in the process of buying one which means something to me. I appreciate many don't see the point of 'personalised' plates but I thought it was worth sharing all the same.
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post Oct 17 2013, 03:46 PM
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Actually I do see the point, so much so I put one on my current ride. Good for you if you do it, stand out from the herd.
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post Oct 17 2013, 03:47 PM
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[quote name='motormad' date='Oct 17 2013, 02:03 PM' post='87342']
I will PM you a link smile.gif

But basically for a full on detail you would

Pre rinse/snow foam.
Use an APC on the wheel arches, door shuts etc
Jet down vehicle once again
2 bucket wash
Clay
Rinse or snow foam again.
Dry
tape up the cars rubbers, window trim etc
Machine polish (anywhere from 1 to 3 stage normally)
remove all tapes
wash the vehicle again or snow foam to remove polishing dust, tape residue
Prepare the surface for LSP (depends which product you are using dictates how you prepare the surface).
Apply the LSP as appropriate
Apply dressing/sealant to the plastic trims
I personally wash the wheels last so I would now wash the wheels and dry them, then apply tyre dressing and wax the wheels
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Sound like a deal.
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post Oct 17 2013, 04:03 PM
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Claude I want a personal numberplate.
People will call me a **** but then again I have purple wheels so I don't think the plate will make much difference at all.. laugh.gif


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post Oct 17 2013, 04:06 PM
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Roflmao
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post Oct 17 2013, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Oct 17 2013, 04:46 PM) *
Actually I do see the point, so much so I put one on my current ride. Good for you if you do it, stand out from the herd.

Yes, it will make you unique. Just like everyone else. laugh.gif
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post Oct 17 2013, 04:57 PM
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With the absence of Haynes Manuals these days does anyone know of a link or whatever that will show me how to change front discs and pads on a Nissan Qashqai?
Been quoted £325 = ridiculous!! ohmy.gif
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post Oct 17 2013, 05:03 PM
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I would imagine it's the same as any car really.
Jack it up and take the wheel off.

Remove calipers by 2 or 4 bolts holding onto carrier.
Remove a screw or plate of some kind that retains the pads.

Use a vice or clamps to press pistons back into the caliper(some cars require a wind back tool normally this is on the rear however).

For the disk normally there is a small screw which holds the disc in place on the hub.
Remove this the disk will come out.

I know a good mechanic in Maidenhead who can do this (he does a lot of work for me it's always top notch) or another guy based in Newbury who can do it however his availability is not as good.

I reckon either of them would do it for around £200-250 all in (depends how much parts are)


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post Oct 17 2013, 05:07 PM
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QUOTE (motormad @ Oct 17 2013, 06:03 PM) *
I would imagine it's the same as any car really.
Jack it up and take the wheel off.

Remove calipers by 2 or 4 bolts holding onto carrier.
Remove a screw or plate of some kind that retains the pads.

Use a vice or clamps to press pistons back into the caliper(some cars require a wind back tool normally this is on the rear however).

For the disk normally there is a small screw which holds the disc in place on the hub.
Remove this the disk will come out.

I know a good mechanic in Maidenhead who can do this (he does a lot of work for me it's always top notch) or another guy based in Newbury who can do it however his availability is not as good.

I reckon either of them would do it for around £200-250 all in (depends how much parts are)

OK thanks MM.
Have done this on other cars before but wondered if there was anything particular to watch out for such as funny springs etc.
I have found copious amounts of penetrating oil is usually needed on some of the bolts especially the small ones holding the disc on. If you round or shear them you are in trouble!
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post Oct 17 2013, 05:10 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Oct 17 2013, 05:57 PM) *
With the absence of Haynes Manuals these days does anyone know of a link or whatever that will show me how to change front discs and pads on a Nissan Qashqai?
Been quoted £325 = ridiculous!! ohmy.gif

It might be cheaper to succumb to the 'dark side'!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/nissan-qashqai-workshop-manual
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post Oct 17 2013, 05:12 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 17 2013, 06:10 PM) *
It might be cheaper to succumb to the 'dark side'!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/nissan-qashqai-workshop-manual

Blo0dy hel! Andy I have been looking for that for ages!
They must have only just brought it out!
You do have your uses after all!! wink.gif
Seriously, thanks,
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Andy Capp
post Oct 17 2013, 05:16 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Oct 17 2013, 06:12 PM) *
Blo0dy hel! Andy I have been looking for that for ages!
They must have only just brought it out!
You do have your uses after all!! wink.gif
Seriously, thanks,

I presume it is the right one! smile.gif
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post Oct 17 2013, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Oct 17 2013, 06:16 PM) *
I presume it is the right one! smile.gif

Yep, looks good! biggrin.gif
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