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  • IIRC the coolant system holds ten litres, if we assume a sixty degree temperature rise the coolant will expand by 128cc’s. Engine temperature is probably nearer an eighty degree rise other parts less.
    I had an opposite problem on my Skoda, although the coolant level was correct on cold mornings the low coolant light would come on, if I drove just a few hundred yards then stopped and restarted the engine the light would go out.
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  • MGB281 replied to the topic Falken Ziex ZE310 in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I have Falken XL’s on my TF and they are great. For the TF they should be extra load front and rear, I am sure someone else will add to this. Having the wrong mix of tyres can be dreadful.
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  • MGB281 created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I have had an email this morning from Notanumber asking me to post this thread, he has been blocked from signing in over the weekend. I had a similar problem on Saturday when I couldn't log in for a few hours but it rectified itself later in the day.
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  • If you have never looked at the ADAC tyre tests then it is well worth a look, they aren't much help in deciding which tyre for our cars but the results are illuminating. The tests are carried out on one of the tyre manufactures proving grounds, this means aquaplaning, wet braking and wet cornering can be as accurately compared as the dry equivalents. Normally they start off with up to 50 different makes of one size and specification tyre. A short elimination test reduces the number of tyres to about ten or twelve, these all go on for a full test. Even though these are the best tyres of the original assortment there are big variations in stopping distance and aquaplaning. The results from the following test are unusual because they completed the full test on every tyre, it is also unusual in that the braking distances, aquaplaning speed results and cornering speeds are not given. https://whattyre.com/news/adac-evaluates-50-tyres-in-2023-summer-test/
    Here is another; https://www.tyrepress.com/2021/02/tough-adac-summer-tyre-test-rates-only-five-tyres-as-good/
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  • MGB281 created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I am having my wheels on the TF powder coated, while that is being done I am using my spare set of 16" wheels and tyres and the difference is unbelievable. My spare wheels are fitted with two Autogrip XL on the back and two APlus XL on the front, all the tyres have good tread and are not old but the car is now almost dangerous to drive compared to the Falkens that are on the other set. I know it has been discussed many times before but I am astonished how bad these are. My wife had the tyre pressures checked because she found them equally bad.
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  • Do two switched negatives become a positive?
    An existential question in both semantics & mathematics.
    M

    It's a long time since I was at school but IIRC adding two negatives together is a positive but multiplying them together is a negative. :-?
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  • MGB281 replied to the topic Aaarrgghh! in MGF/TF Pitstop
    This is a meandering story so bear with me, I am selling my beloved 2005 Skoda (my drive to work car before I retired) today on Ebay, when I take it to the village garage for the MOT they always put protective seat covers on so their overalls don't get dirty! :omg: About four years ago it was struggling to start on cold mornings (old battery) and the charge light started to glow a little, I bought a new battery from Tanya batteries and a s/h alternator from Ebay, Before either arrived the problem went away and both alternator and battery sat uncared for at the back of the garage for at least two years. Eventually the battery did fail, I put that neglected battery on, gave it a quick charge and it's still good, it didn't appear to suffer from being discharged for months. By coincidence a couple of weeks later the pulley sheared off the alternator, luckily I had a spare in stock.
    If you have ever wonder how far you can travel if the alternator drive belt fails in your TF then the answer is 33 miles, A few months ago the belt on ours started to squeal on a drive, we turned round and started to head for home, the alternator light came on just as it was getting dark and a quick inspection showed that the belt had disintegrated. I decided to carry on until we ground to a halt, after 33 miles we got to where I keep it, the lights had been fading for the last couple of miles though. After parking it I tried restarting but there wasn't enough power left for more than a couple of clicks from the starter motor.
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  • MGB281 thanked the user Cobber in the forum post, Aaarrgghh!
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  • The Freelander engine is slightly different, less power but probably more torque. If you look at the specs it is either 120bhp or lower (I don’t remember how much lower though) it may be a simple job to swap camshaft’s across to get the full 135bhp. OTOH it may differ in other aspects, 4x4 vehicles are normally biased towards torque rather than bhp so may have a different compression ratio etc. Google is your friend to try to determine any differences.
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  • I need a new brain ! I searched for ages for nylon shear pins, assuming these were sold as dedicated parts for a number of similar applications and I just wasnt using the right search criteria. it hadnt crossed my mind to look for lengths of nylon and acrylic rod which is exactly what they are. That will do nicely.


    We are all in the same boat, judging by re reading some of my posts I wonder what planet I was on when I wrote it.
    I did actually think it might be simpler to tap a thread in the outer tube and put a grub screw in.
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