The ones who never made it back

Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by Woodylubber, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. The suspension on the passenger side seemed to give up on the A14 so quickly pulled in to find the tyre rubbing on the rim of the wheel arch!
  2. I am sorry, but how does a balljoint break? was something installed wrong?

    Baywindow balljoints are really heavy-duty, truck grade units. I can't see how they could just fail for no reason. That sounds super dangerous.
  3. Blimey thats going back a bit! What happened was the top balljoint came out of the top suspension arm due to being installed in a misaligned position. Basically the notches on the balljoint didn't line up with the bulges on the arm correctly and the joint popped out as I was driving along!
  4. Oh, ok, so they were installed wrong. The bus also looks lowered which probably helped them bottom out. i would still have thought they were too tough to snap out. guess not.
    I like to gather information about breakdowns so I can better prepare for the unexpected and pack spares for trips.
  5. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

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  6. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    Snitch :p
  7. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    I was getting around to this - still one more trailer ride to go though.....

    On our way from Verwood to Moreton-in--the-Marsh we started popping pretty badly, then came the judders, then came the loss of power, managed to crawl into a shaded layby - which was good because it was 35 degrees and we were there for 4 hours.

    First recovery vehicle took Wombat to Basingstoke where we picked up a loan car to drive home. 4 hour drive with a bad back :(


    Apparently Wombat went to Brighton for the next day and then came home on a rather large vehicle the next day.


    Too big to go up our road so unloaded in the main road - wouldn't start because the battery had gone flat - took battery out of the Pickup (did I mention my back?) and tried that. Still no start.
    @Flakey was coming over to have a look at the problem for me and turned up at just the right moment, so Wombat was now towed up to our house using my handily placed Defender.

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  8. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    time to face facts bern, it's a dud, weigh it in and come over to the darkside.
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  9. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    I blame the trailer :cool:
  10. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    your fault for painting it that silly colour, never broke down when i had it - and i had a lot more carp in than you lol. i know a man with a lovely T5 for sale, air con, cruise, power steering, all the toys - you'd probably sell that silly old van and get some change.
  11. jivedubbin

    jivedubbin Moderator

    don't listen to him Bern its a trap ,they cost loads of money to fix
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  12. Having That motor home on the back of the truck looks interesting..!
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  13. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    Lalalala........ not listening. :p
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  14. Yeah I thought the same.
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  15. jivedubbin

    jivedubbin Moderator

    wombat could have gone inside that beast
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  16. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    It worried the neighbors when the guy unhooked it and drove forward to get the others off. Front end was stoved in a tad. I think they thought he was leaving it :)
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  17. Waiting for the man with the van :-(
  18. Oil pressure switch bodgery?
  19. Fuel problems. Put in mech tech. Symptom of fix??

    Bloomin switch is perfect.
  20. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Cheated them once again! :)
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