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Well I've named the car Bic Jaguar as its going to be a disposable like the BMW 520 I had before this.
Anyone who saw my post in the what did you do in the jag today saw that I had the 50 mph wheel wobble had the tracking and balance done and it was fine for a day until I was forced into a soft verge. Took the car out today. Man its awful, a most unpleasant drive. It's shaking my false teeth out at 35 to 40 and put any power on it and its worse. Lift the foot and it seems smooth again. Thinking that more damage has been done than first thought.
I'll let you know after it's been to the garage when I can book it in.
One week I've had this and it already having 2 garage visits. I love the thing but if the alignment gets knocked out on every little bump. Might have to wave it goodbye and get something more practical for where I live, like a dump truck or big 4 wheeler
 

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Up at the crack of dawn to phone the garage. Best they could do was Saturday morning, that's a stressful few days wait.
Think it's best if I dont read about drive shafts and such, it was fine when I had the alignment done. It will be again. Twice within seven days though thats 242 quid in a week. I wont be able to keep up with that especially with Argyll and Bute councils habit of striping the top layer off the road for about a mile and putting the ramp sign right on top of a kerb sized drop/raise.
 
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Up at the crack of dawn to phone the garage. Best they could do was Saturday morning, that's a stressful few days wait.
Think it's best if I dont read about drive shafts and such, it was fine when I had the alignment done. It will be again. Twice within seven days though thats 242 quid in a week. I wont be able to keep up with that especially with Argyll and Bute councils habit of striping the top layer off the road for about a mile and putting the ramp sign right on top of a kerb sized drop/raise.
They sell brand new driveshafts on ebay for around £60 and not much of a job to do ,drivers side only held in by 2 bolts and hub nut , passenger side hub nut and cer clip in transmission so need a puller or knock it out ,done mine other year
 

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Up at the crack of dawn to phone the garage. Best they could do was Saturday morning, that's a stressful few days wait.
Think it's best if I dont read about drive shafts and such, it was fine when I had the alignment done. It will be again. Twice within seven days though thats 242 quid in a week. I wont be able to keep up with that especially with Argyll and Bute councils habit of striping the top layer off the road for about a mile and putting the ramp sign right on top of a kerb sized drop/raise.
Ah Argyll & Bute, the bench mark in road management ineptitude.
 

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+1 on the driveshaft comment. Worth maybe checking for play in the bottom ball joints and track rod ends, also maybe rack end bushes? Wear in these would exaggerate out of balance forces. Just a thought…..
 

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Thanks guys. I'll have the garage guys look it all over on Saturday. Got trust with them. I had a budget to buy a car, and the inevitable fixes that come soon after. Haven't reached it yet close but not yet.
If only mechanical jobs were that easy for me. I diagnosed and fixed the airbag wiring problem on my BMW and wired up a my campervan. Can fix a computer in no time flat but show me a nut and bolt and a handbook I'm filled with fear and bumbling ineptitude.
 
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Thanks guys. I'll have the garage guys look it all over on Saturday. Got trust with them. I had a budget to buy a car, and the inevitable fixes that come soon after. Haven't reached it yet close but not yet.
If only mechanical jobs were that easy for me. I diagnosed and fixed the airbag wiring problem on my BMW and wired up a my campervan. Can fix a computer in no time flat but show me a nut and bolt and a handbook I'm filled with fear and bumbling ineptitude.
I have to admit I'm the opposite. Did all my wheel bearings, both driveshafts, all discs and pads, poly bushes on roll bars etc etc and can do basic car circuits and domestic electrics ok but electronics is like weird science.... might as well throw chicken bones into a woc or read runes.....
 

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Well Paul I nearly choked on my cigar then. Back in the late 90s when this new age stuff was going on I wrote a book on how to translate runes. Seriously I did.
Think ill have to learn and start getting my hands dirty. To put a finer point on it I'm a Jag owner now.
 
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Had a unpleasant drive to Oban. Wobbling all the way, made by beer gut quiver. Anyhow had the alignment done again. Nice job, seems I only knocked the front out this time. Not so wobbly now only at acceleration over 50. Yep did the clutch in thing it stopped the shaking. Now comes the good bit, driveshaft. Yep seems I have to do the driveshaft now on the drivers side. Well I say I have to do. Read garage has to do. Wife won't let me go under a car since the LT fell off of the axle stand and made me move faster than I've ever moved in my life.
 

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Had a unpleasant drive to Oban. Wobbling all the way, made by beer gut quiver. Anyhow had the alignment done again. Nice job, seems I only knocked the front out this time. Not so wobbly now only at acceleration over 50. Yep did the clutch in thing it stopped the shaking. Now comes the good bit, driveshaft. Yep seems I have to do the driveshaft now on the drivers side. Well I say I have to do. Read garage has to do. Wife won't let me go under a car since the LT fell off of the axle stand and made me move faster than I've ever moved in my life.
I had new driveshafts almost 2 years ago now and it was a revelation - gone was the vibration under gentle power around 50 mph as you describe (it came on gradually and initially I had thought it was a wheel balance problem) New wheel bearings all round have helped even more! With 167k miles up I expect to have to replace things like this and, in the words of a shampoo advert: she's worth it. Next jobs are new DMF and the big bushes on the rear trailing arms...
 
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Just my opinion but alignment shouldn’t cause wheel shake: that’d be balance. Alignment faults are indicated by uneven tyre wear: too much toe-in: outer treads wear, vice versa for toe-out. As said previously, mild out of balance will be magnified by wear in ball joints etc.
 

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Just my opinion but alignment shouldn't cause wheel shake: that'd be balance. Alignment faults are indicated by uneven tyre wear: too much toe-in: outer treads wear, vice versa for toe-out. As said previously, mild out of balance will be magnified by wear in ball joints etc.
With you there JohnW. Think I left my wheels balance weights in the ditch when I drove it out, car was also pulling to one side, that I should have mentioned so had it all done again. All's good except the drivers side driveshaft. The side I went down in, coincidence? or was waiting to go and it was helped along? Either way its getting done when I get some quotes in.
 
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Gave it a sunday wash. some devious bas***d has put some kind of clearcoat wash over it to make it all nice and shiny. Is there such a stuff? Its coming off the bonnet and wing.
Think I'll cut my losses and put it up for sale. I've had it 2 weeks and not impressed. I've lost interest in it and not prepared to spend money on what could be a pig in a dress.
 

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Sad to hear George, but if the love isn’t there…… there are plenty of good ‘uns out there if you still fancy an X. Been chuffed with both of mine.
 

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Well ... funny how people always say dont start a post with well or so but there you go. So 😜 made a holiday out of getting the car sorted. Driveshaft done and drives like a dream. Mate said hell sort my clearcoat problem. It's his job so wont take long.. well I believe him anyway.
I was looking at waving the old beast goodbye as mentioned a couple of posts above BUT here it comes. Now it drives right and will have its makeover think I'll hang on to it, was a very pleasant drive coming home and the sat nav lady is very polite. Still calling it Bic though I've learned that once you become emotionally attached to the hunk of metal in your drive your wallet cannot keep up.
 

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Been wanting to do some bits on the car but weather is lousy. Luckily it had nice new bosch wiper blades on a few days back. The old ones were noisy.
So I've been trying out my new jag.
Took it out today, not too shabby.
0-60 in 60 years
60 to 100 ill let you know.
Only suffers from a slight clacking sound every couple of seconds and it creaks and pops but thats age they say.
Fuel consumption isn't bad it runs on a couple of bags of pickled onion monster munch.

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Well ... funny how people always say dont start a post with well or so but there you go. So 😜 made a holiday out of getting the car sorted. Driveshaft done and drives like a dream. Mate said hell sort my clearcoat problem. It's his job so wont take long.. well I believe him anyway.
I was looking at waving the old beast goodbye as mentioned a couple of posts above BUT here it comes. Now it drives right and will have its makeover think I'll hang on to it, was a very pleasant drive coming home and the sat nav lady is very polite. Still calling it Bic though I've learned that once you become emotionally attached to the hunk of metal in your drive your wallet cannot keep up.
Lol lovin' the stories LG although struggling to keep up, she's staying / going and now staying.......lol

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Funny that Jim me either, staying I think, let you know tomorrow. :unsure:
 
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