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by EssexBoy
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Re: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded

Yes, I know I should have weighed the old vs the new components. Sorry.
by EssexBoy
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Fuel economy on the motorway
Replies: 11
Views: 702

Re: Fuel economy on the motorway

littlescrote wrote:......and lubricating sliding surfaces....
But not all sliding surfaces ! :twisted:
by EssexBoy
Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Re: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded

Okay, so I eventually got around to changing these. I bought German aftermarket boots and although its a little tricky measuring rubber with a vernier gauge I figured they were about 10% (0.3mm) thicker than the originals at the skirt. The component includes the top rubber mount on which the spring ...
by EssexBoy
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: New front discs at 34,000 miles? (55,000 km in new money)
Replies: 19
Views: 1748

Re: New front discs at 34,000 miles? (55,000 km in new money)

Well unless you drive like a hoolie (and I am pretty sure you don't) my guess is your dealer needs to generate a bit of work/revenue. Are the disks grooved? You can certainly run through two sets of pads before considering replacing disks - my front disks have done twice your mileage almost and they...
by EssexBoy
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.
Replies: 17
Views: 2136

Re: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.

"...secondhand tyres are almost worthless." In my pauper days I only bought second hand tyres and on an appropriate vehicle (any ICE with a high tax band) I would now. I got 30K miles out of the Toyos on my extra set of wheels. Top tip for owners in the UK who get a "...nail in the edge of the tread...
by EssexBoy
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Re: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded

5 years and 100K km here. Then there's the warranty coverage Ts&Cs. Like most insurance here it excludes pretty much anything that might actually happen. Large consumer facing companies don't call the UK 'Treasure Island' for nothing.
by EssexBoy
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.
Replies: 17
Views: 2136

Re: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.

"... it's far cheaper than having 2 sets of tyres..." Well perhaps a bit cheaper. And perhaps not. Granted I had to find the wedge for the wheels/extra tyres but I can only be wearing out one set of tyres at a time. Also the extra wheels are perhaps the one bit of my car that wont depreciate with ti...
by EssexBoy
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General / Main Outlander PHEV Owners Forum
Topic: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.
Replies: 17
Views: 2136

Re: Tyres - winter and summer - or not. A review.

I can't comment on all-season tyres but I have had my winter tyres mounted on a set of OEM wheels I acquired from a breaker for a couple of years now. Just remounted them the other day - noticeably quieter than my now worn out old Toyos on the summer wheels. If I go to the colder bits of the UK in w...
by EssexBoy
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Re: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded

Thanks Littlescrote, I have a bunch of other rubber to replace under there - track rod ends and lower ball joints. I wouldn't dream of paying Misu prices (parts and certainly not labour) so I am hopeful an after-market product will be better at almost half the price - I will report back here. Your s...
by EssexBoy
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Front shock dust cover bellows shredded
Replies: 9
Views: 1022

Front shock dust cover bellows shredded

My rubber shock absorber dust covers are shredded. Has anyone any experiences of replacing them ? The job should be straightforward for a DIY mechanic but before going there I want to see if there are any likely surprises which will make me regret starting the job. Are there any special gotchas (apa...

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