not hot rod related but a niggly ****ty job that I ned to do some time............ changing the driver outer door handle on the wife's old X-Type. A pain in the arse and really stupid design where the handle lifts a metal rod which is through a plastic "nut" which is attached to the latch and the threaded rod strips throught the plastic resulting in the handle not working until it is fully lifted up... then with a bit of pressure, ... then it works sometimes... then the ****ing handle breaks on the inside. First time I had to do it I had to get rid of the metal "anti theft" moulding inside the door. I swear the *******s must fit this before they weld the skin on. Anyway, once out, I couldn't get it back in so the new handle got fitted and worked for a while until she broke the ****er again, so replaced it again and adjusted it, making an effort to prevent the rod from stripping through the nut, but recently it became a pain to open again. I told her not to yank at the handle, but lift it gently to full height and gently press the door inwards and it takes the presure off and the latch wll lift......................... sure as **** she broke it again, so another ebay search for a good one in the correct colour and now I need to fit it again. Another down side is that the interior panel suffers every time it is taken off as the plastic is so brittle. But, hey, bought the car 14 years ago for 8k, it's worth **** all now, but paintwise almost mint, interior wise still looks as good as the day we bought it... and total running costs incl purchase for 14 years... around £50 per month... excluding fuel and road tax. I'll fix the handle and keep it running for now.....
Alternator belt change and all pulleys and idlers on an X type diesel Jag....ugh. 1" chassis rail clearance , 4" inch bolt to get out
just done an EGR on a 2012 Golf what a pain in the backside
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