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JedB

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    VW Lupo 1.0
  1. Thanks mate! Think I can put this down to spilling oil when putting it in!
  2. Seems to be ok we don't do many miles in the car. Had the car 5 years and done 20k. Probably 3k this year. Fill it up once a month really.
  3. Ok so update is I think oil was spilled when filling it up as I've checked spark plugs again after cleaning and almost no oil on them now. However quite concerned my plugs are almost black after replacing around 4 days ago? Is this normal? Or does this signal a problem?
  4. Thankyou - I'll look on Friday and update you - What is the flange and how do I block it off?
  5. Had a service in Febuary 18 which was air filter, fuel filter, oil and filter change, coolant change. Sorry i'm not very good with cars, can only do a service and sometimes some brake pads lol! Breather pipe is already aimed down to the road I believe. Just gone out and taken a photo of this to show you + spark plugs, hopefully they are attached to this post. How do i block off flange? Is that the part on the exhaust?
  6. Hi there, I wonder if you can help me. I have a VW Lupo 1.0 - 83k miles. Recently i noticed it running a bit rough and how i would describe "bunny hopping" up the road almost. Some periods worse than others. I only changed the plugs in November 2016 so I thought their only 2 years old - could be something beyond my skills, so i asked my mate who works at an MOT station to take a look. He has said today he replaced all of the plugs and ignition leads but the plugs were soaked in oil and in bad condition. He said probably best to get shot of the car as engine likely to be on it's way out. Now what I want to know is, should I try changing the rocker cover first? Should I wait a few days and remove spark plugs to check condition of them? Car seems to be running fine now though. Any advise is appreciated. Jed
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    Need Help! Battery Drain!

    Thought i'd reply and let you know the outcome seeing as i have been problem free since May and i was looking on here again! After the "Catch Mechanism" was replaced in the door (Ebay job - £10) the noise it used to make has stopped and the battery has never gone flat on us since (even been on holiday and didn't start the car for 10 days) and still started like its being driven everyday. Every dark night has a brighter day ... Jed
  8. Hi Guys, Need help from someone who is good with these cars or maybe cars in general. For the life of me I can't work out what is making this noise on the driver door when I open it, it sounds like a central locking noise, but this car doesn't have central locking (as far as i'm aware it never has). I have gone all inside the door but I can't find anything. Local garage recons it's the catch mechanism making the noise and may need replacing which they quoted £50 refurbed catch mechanism + labour) for the weekend. It's worth noting that I think i'm going to do this regardless as the wire on the catch mechanism that connects to the door handle is extremely slack, and is currently tightened up by zip ties inside the lock. (would explain why the door handle sometimes doesn't work) Just wanted to see if there were any other suggestions? As I have a current battery draw that i'm trying to locate, someone else suggest a comfort control module replacement. Jed
  9. JedB

    Need Help! Battery Drain!

    That's the hopeful plan! On a positive note the engine light came off today! Odd but good!
  10. JedB

    Need Help! Battery Drain!

    May I ask for more details on how I do this? Never used a multimeter before? I see they are only £10 at Screwfix so I will buy one today or tomorrow. Seems like this is what I need to do next! Was told by an auto electrician that finding the 'drain' could cost more than the car was worth. So where do I put the positive and negative of the multimeter? Also, what reading SHOULD i be getting? Cheers I appreciate the replies. Hi, no nothing on the battery. Funny enough - This battery in the car was 18months old - Took it to a battery center who said it's putting out 5v therefore needs replacing? I'm no Guru but I listen to the experts, paid £25 for a second-hand one that apparently is putting out 12v and have slotted that in. Also replaced the radio as that keeps flickering on and off randomlly as mentioned above... So that could be the source of the problem but I doubt it, because the battery and alternator were replaced 18months ago as the issue was already happening. So I guess I now have a definite working battery and a definite working alternator and working stereo. The only other thing is now the engine light came back on this morning (ERGH). I replaced a lambda sensor only 3-4 months ago with a £100 bosche one as advised by local garage as engine light was on.. When one door closes.... Jed
  11. Hi Guys, First of all - I have used this forum for a while for tips and how to fix things on this Lupo and have fixed up alot of problems i've had - however there has been one that has stuck, the battery drain!! So some facts about the car: 2001 VW Lupo 1.0, 71k mileage. The car came with 1 key that was a newly cut key, bought from a friend 2 years ago. The car would after 2-3 weeks, have the radio go off. (stereo is all standard) car will drive for another 3-10 days after radio won't turn on, then bam. It won't start and will need jump starting. After a jump start and a good little bit of charge, it'll go again for similar time and the same thing will happen. Something I think is worth noting is, first thing we did when it was doing this was replace the battery and the alternator, which the garage says the alternator and battery are both good. We did have an issue where the drivers side footwell flooded when we first bought it, fixed that. The car has always made sounds for central locking when we open and close the door, but we have never had central locking on this car? Garage suggested that the "Catch mechanism" could be water damaged and this could be the cause of the central locking noise + the battery drain. We have one on the way from Ebay, so fingers crossed. What i'm after, does anyone have ANY suggestions? The only other thing i'm yet to try is a new comfort control module which is what another garage suggested to try on these VW's when they are draining battery. ANY suggestions are much appreciated before we just sell this car for cheap to get rid, which I don't want to do due to the money been spent on new waterpump, belt, new brakes, alternator, catch mechanism, footwell patched up, service etc. Let me know if you need any further information. Thanks guys! Jed
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