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  1. Just updating this once again! This time the ignition was sparking but the spark was grounding to the wrong place! See this video of the fault. https://photos.app.goo.gl/LZoY5WKUd9KQKvSu7 My Dometic fridge (as per title above) doesn't have a thermocouple as such. It uses a fully electronic equivalent to report the presence of spark and flame to the control unit and actuate the gas valve. The new part comes with the burner for around £65.
  2. Brilliant to see! I once rebuilt the entire roof of a Piper 1400 with my wife and it turned out perfect. But it calls for long hours and much patience. It's often a scary business if you haven't tackled such a thing before. I remember all the falling black rotted wood of the dismantling phase and especially the day when the whole roof was off. Both of us were standing inside the van and looking up only to see blue sky, and thinking 'Oh ****' What have we done?!! I have some old pics of the work somewhere, I should dig them out for a laugh! As an aside, we owned a Hurricane XL 1000 for many years and I still have a couple of windows from it so if you have any mishaps and need any side windows I have two. They are free to such a good home.
  3. Started my apprenticeship in the motor trade too in 1972 and retired 3 years ago. :-) I tow with a 16 year old T5 Transporter I've had since new. It's the 174hp turbo diesel manual version already mentioned and has 120,000 miles on it now. I tow a Lunar Delta 520 and it can cruise at just about any speed you like. It never does more than 25 mpg and never less than 22 mpg. It is very stable indeed and being a van has the benefit of being able to be loaded up with electric bikes and any other fun things you might want. It has A/C and cruise control which makes a huge difference on very long European trips.
  4. It's still worth a quick look once you do get it out. I had the same problem with a combi-oven (everything worked inc light and turntable but no heat from microwave or oven) it had 3 cheap micro-switches on the door catches which all had to agree that the door was fully closed for safety and one had melted. Don't forget to read up very well about how to discharge the capacitors before touching anything of course!
  5. My fridge ignition was not always lighting as it should. With the lower panel off I could see that the spark was sometimes jumping across out of the side of the porcelain insulator instead of the tip (which is out of sight). I'm thinking it needs replacing but it all looks pretty rusty down there! I'm fine with taking the fridge out (done it a few times before to fit new connectors to the control unit!) but I just wondered if anyone has any tips? Also, it did also go out during a perfectly still night and then not auto-relight light. In the morning no amount of fiddling would get it to light although it did still do its slightly erratic ticking. I'm thinking it may also need a thermocouple. I'm pretty handy with a meter and spent 46 years as a mechanic so I'd quite like to fix it myself. Has anyone else done these jobs?
  6. Of course I am talking to insurers! However I can find out valuable information from experienced forum members (the more sensible ones at least!) which the insurers won't necessarily remember tell me when they are selling me a product. My other reason for posting was to remind people how easy it is to mistake a heart attack for something else with possibly deadly results. I must end here, my blood pressure is in danger of rising! Thanks all for your tips.
  7. They were all brilliant and explained everything. I did get some pretty bad pain which is fairly unusual. I had morphine but it was still a bit of an ordeal. But an hour afterwards and I was fine. I noticed the freezing cold too, she said it was for 'this' machine which I think was the xray scanner. So much tech in there, no wonder they call it a lab! Just in case anyone else does the daft thing I did and ignores chest pain and takes paracetamol thinking it's bad indigestion, it is vital that if you get any sort of chest pain dial 999 and let them decide because you can seriously damage your heart by leaving it and risking another event. I went to the GP the next day (feeling fine) and got bundled straight into an ambulance. I was very lucky.
  8. Yes that was all. Just interested in others experiences. Interesting to read Super Red's post. I already have that Nationwide account so it will be interesting to see what their reaction is. I was told by all the various specialists that I could drive after 48 hours. I feel absolutely fine. I wouldn't even know that anything had happened to me (two days after the procedure) if it wasn't for a very slightly swollen wrist! I have just been for a nice gentle 20 min stroll out onto a headland nearby. What a fantastic thing angioplasty is and I am truly grateful for the marvellous care I got and just to be alive really. My main right coronary artery was 98% blocked.
  9. Thanks. I knew about the motor insurance side. I have a normal car license. You do have to notify DVLC if you have a pacemaker fitted rather than just stents though. It's all new territory to me and quite a shock. I thought I was invincible!
  10. Three weeks ago (despite being a 62 year old, fit, slimish non-smoker with no family history of heart problems) what I thought was indigestion turned out to be a heart attack! Two stents later and I'm fine again but I'm thinking about what will hapen to travel insurance cost? Does an existing condition mean they will quadruple my insurance? Or worse?
  11. I've towed with a van since the mid-eighties. Petrol and diesel Mitubishi L300's then on to a VW T4 and lastly a T5 174 bhp I've had since new in 2003. It's not sign written but it is just a panel van so it looks like a van. I am retired now but I did occasionally get some comments but obviously I avoided any sites that wouldn't accept commercial vehicles. As long as you get one with enough power (and my T5 does have!) they make a great tow vehicle. However I was quite shocked one day a couple of years ago to see on TV someone's van (Vivaro I think) and caravan being tailored away because he had no tachograph. When I looked into it, my T5 fitted into the same category. If you are more than 50 miles from home and using the van for business (ie full of tools as mine was) you may well fall foul of this. I can't remember what the train weight limit is but my Delta and T5 (SWB) was included. I like Jaydug's blast from the past :-) Here is mine..
  12. Ah yes, I remember those cheese-headed screws on my early 70's Yamahas!
  13. I've never tightening a bolt to free it but a smart tap on the top with a screwdriver (or allen socket) engaged definitely works. I used to use that with brake drum screws all the time. I had a big old phillips screwdriver with a metal handle for the purpose. It sort of briefly 'shocked' the thread. Edit- I forgot to say the best releasing fluid by some way is 'Plus Gas'.
  14. I don't think that bolt will be that tight, make sure to try an allen socket if you didn't rather than an allen key which are useless for bolts. Don't drill unless you are desperate. If all else fails, strike a sharp centre punch mark off-centre on the bolt head and then, using the punch at an angle, try and punch the bolt around. You will need a new bolt as said above. Mine has no linking bar between the two actuators but even if yours does you will only be moving the mover by a few mm to adjust the gap so you can do one at a time. Re the continuing noise, the motor bearings themselves are unlikely to be the fault. I wonder if you have a motor coupling that is breaking up as mine was. It is two aluminium dogs with a rubber cush drive in the middle. You can see what happened to mine below. It's possible that it broke because the bearing had collapsed like yours and the roller momentarily seized. You just undo the two motor bolts and pull the motor off the reduction gearbox to get at the coupling. The reduction gearbox is a sealed unit. The coupling is not available separately from Powertouch, it only comes complete with the motor but I found a plastic version for a golf cart. Because of the reduction of the gearbox it seems it is up to the job. I have given mine some serious testing up a very steep slope! The only problem is you have to take the whole mover off (on my caravan) because one of the two motor bolts can't be got at. Yours might have more room. But it's not a big deal to take the whole thing off. If your roller spins freely and the gears have no slack it's well worth checking. I have bought a spare coupling in case the other side goes because it will not drive for long once it has broken up. They are about seven quid delivered. Here is a link to the page, you will need to scroll down to near the bottom. Note that although I measured my motor shaft at 8mm, the 8mm version when it arrived was very loose on the shaft even looser than the original however the 7.5 version was a perfect snug fit. If you do decide to check the coupling it will be an ideal opportunity to get at the stubborn bolt in full view on the bench! https://trolleys4golf.com/id51.htm
  15. Don't know if you got it fixed but make sure about which model it is. I bought the wrong rollers for mine and had to send them back. Mine is a model 3 and the rollers won't come off unless you take the gearbox cover off (easy) and remove the locking screw in the centre of the gear. The rollers come with the bearings. I replaced both the outer end caps because some of the bolts were corroded in and broke off. Mine was making horrible crackling noises because the bearings had collapsed. This caused slipping also because of the changing gap. I also swapped mine from the old sandpaper type to the aluminium splined type. Mine is fine now and I have both reversed and driven it up and down my very steep drive several times. Make sure the gap is 20mm (on the model 3) It sounds like you have two separate problems. On the engagement side make sure the large spring is not missing or broken and the sliding mechanism is free. After I had replaced the rollers I managed to break the internal drive coupling by stupidly operating the mover with the handbrake on. I have fixed this also now but that's another story!
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