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Today I did something to my car (volume 2)



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    It's a solid brass valve that screws into your oil drain instead of the nut.

    It has a strong spring loaded lever that has to be pushed up and to the side to release. No chance of accidentally coming loose.

    Flip open, wait for oil to drain, flip closed. Job done.

    This is it in the open position.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,811 ✭✭✭ Slideways

    Ah right. I can see the appeal but wouldn’t be for me.

    My latest car has a plastic sump with no drain bung, what a stupid fûcking idea that is

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,254 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast


    Give us a look at the car please!

  • Registered Users Posts: 996 ✭✭✭ MrCostington

    I did something not to my car, but for working on it. Been looking out for a cheap stand/tripod to hold my work light at a height. Plus, I've been looking for a bit of steel tube to extent the handle of my jack as it's very short for reaching in under the diff jacking point. Spotted a clothes rack in Lidl for €15 and an opportunity to kill two birds, with one clothes rack:)

    It's worked out better than expected and lots of handy tubing left over too. I got mine in East Wall but they didn't have them in other branches I checked.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,852 ✭✭✭ tanko

    Is it ok to put 205/55/16 wheels on a car that has 195/65/15 on it at the moment?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,254 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    Fire one on the front and have a good check. It's a slightly taller and wider but with a slightly lower profile tyre.

    Turn it to full lock in both directions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Here ya go. All shined up, just in time for todays rain.

    81,087 km

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    New Brembo pads.

    Painted calipers.

    New Saab wheel badges.

    New Vredestein 225/45/17's on the front.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Dash needed some cleaning.

    As good as new now.

    Wife's response to the pictures of my handiwork projected on the TV:

    "Is that MY car? No.... It isn't!!"

    Light APC solution on the dash & steering wheel. Followed by McGuires Ultimate Interior Detailer.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Leather on the seats needed a bit of attention.


    Ran out of light. Will do the fabric tomorrow.

    Used CarPro Interior (leather & interior) cleaner on the leather.

    Will do another pass tomorrow and then finish off with some GTechniq Leather Sealant.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,254 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    She looks spotless, fair play. They're fairly rare these days, unfortunately.

    Best of luck with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭ wandererz


    81,000 km / 50,000 miles.

    Probably the lowest milage one in Ireland. Certainly for its age.

    Heated seats, tiptronic, flappy paddle gears.

    Drives like a dream.

    I only use Liqui Moly oil and Ceratec engine lubricant. So hopefully it keeps going.

    Only problems have been regular headlamp bulb changes. The left side blew yesterday simply because I looked at it! Other than that, broken engine mount, broken spring and seized Caliper.

    One previous owner who lived in D4 and traded it in at Audi Ballsbridge at 8,000km.

    Rear seats looked like they had never been sat in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 617 ✭✭✭ v240gltse

    @wandererz. well done on keeping a nice looking Saab going.