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Old 14th October 2021, 13:36   #11
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I phoned the local tyre & battery company to order a battery, they had the one I wanted. So I drove up in Strawberry. Oh! My! How they laughed.

Fitted the battery to Banana, put the key in and everything lit up. She started and ticked over. Left her running for about 20 minutes. turned her off and tried again, started and run ok. Noticed a loud ticking sound, think it's always been there but for some reason today it seemed louder.
I am very pleased for you, well done.
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Old 14th October 2021, 18:40   #12
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You were close to me could have put you in the caravan
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If they had sent a patrol rather than a garage agent , he would have tested your battery as part of his basic checks , and if it had showed as unserviceable , offered you a replacement 096 saving a lot of stress . Not sure why a garage can't do this unless they can make more by charging for recovery ?

Pleased all is well again with banana and she won't end up on the naughty step
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Not sure why a garage can't do this unless they can make more by charging for recovery ?
I think you've answered your own question there, it earns them more money.

Years ago when I hadn't had the ZT long, the clutch went on the way back from Cornwall, leaving stuck at the side of the A30. The RAC sent out one of their own transit type vans to tow us to somewhere safe, and parked us up at some services. A couple of hours later we were recovered by a local firm to their depot. The boss there wanted to give me a battered old Citroen Picasso hire car and recover my car to me sometime the following week. I said I wanted the car to go with me as I'd already booked it in for repair, (admittedly I hadn't, I just didn't want the hire car and I wanted my car with me), and he got very stroppy, telling me my car was worth nothing anyway etc etc. I ended up phoning the RAC in front of him and they agreed straight away to recovering my car to my address, as per my level of cover, much to his annoyance.

So he ended up keeping us waiting for a few hours, and then gave the driver the oldest most beaten up recovery truck in the yard, and recovered us as far as Bristol, and then we were transferred to another company who brought us the rest of the way home.

Anyway, the main point of this being, the driver of the 1st firm that recovered us to Bristol, got chatting and he admitted that the owner preferred to give hire cars rather than recover. That way he charges the RAC/AA or whoever, for initial recovery, then charges for a hire car for X number of days, plus storage fees of the broken down vehicle for X days, and then charges for the recovery of the vehicle all the way home, rather than just part way.
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Old 15th October 2021, 15:15   #15
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Hello Bob,

A sorry saga indeed, but hope you're now OK? Deeply worrying if the supposed "expert" didn't quickly conclude that the battery might be a suspect for the problems. How old was the old battery, as I know you use Banana a lot?

Perhaps Banana was having a sulk with it's new Strawberry competition!

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Perhaps feeling a little jaundiced?
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Hello Bob,

A sorry saga indeed, but hope you're now OK? Deeply worrying if the supposed "expert" didn't quickly conclude that the battery might be a suspect for the problems. How old was the old battery, as I know you use Banana a lot?

Perhaps Banana was having a sulk with it's new Strawberry competition!

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Thanks Bob,

All fine here. Seems ages since we met at Longbridge, and you kindly gave me those parts from Ian in Weymouth via pony express!

My ZT eventually passed it's MOT recently. A new rear offside sill was expected [picked up a new one from Tom Hobbs, and my pal has done some magic "invisible" welding and spraying! However, the sight of most of the osf spring sitting on top of the tyre as the car went through it's underside inspection wasn't! Very lucky no further damage, but the spring had been unknowingly broken near it's end as the break was rusty, it must have come out when the car drove off the brake rollers. Had to get some heat to bend the spring out of the way to enable the car to move and sort replacement.....

While sorting this, my t[r]usty old Citroen C15 van failed it's MOT spectacularly due to inner wing and bulkhead rust, but it will live on with a new owner who likes welding projects [and 75/ZTs!]. Couldn't find a decent ageing small van as a replacement quickly, but for now, I've dropped onto a well looked after Ford C Max diesel, but think it will be too wide to go down some of the places the C15 got to! You'll also be disappointed to learn it's not yellow or pink, just regular silver....!

Take care of yourself, and don't get stressed with car issues

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In the previous two breakdowns with Banana I received two email reports within 48 hours on the work carried out to get me going again. However the last weeks drama, I have yet to receive the report. I’ll give it a couple more days before asking for the report.

Also on the two previous reports it clearly states that on both occasions the water and oil levels were checked. Neither of these two checks were made on Banana. I intend to take this issue up with the AA.
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Old 19th October 2021, 09:28   #20
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Many years ago we had an Astra, loved the car.
One Christmas we had been away for a few days and came back to visit my wife's sister. As we got back into Norwich wife asked to pass by the house as she wanted to check the house.
Pulled up at the house & left her inside the car with the engine running while I checked the house. While inside wife comes in, I commented & she said it was ok as she had locked the car (pushed the button down on the door and shut the door).
Finished the in the house and went to the car, still running, and asked the wife for her key.It's in my handbag, where is that? On the back seat (in the locked car!!!)


Phoned the AA, nice helpful chap said he was sorry but we did not have homestart so the could not help, but if I was able to DRIVE the car 1/4 mile from my home they would come out!!!
I replied.......
His final comment was that he did not appreciate my tone!!
My final comment was '-off'
I cancelled my membership new years day and have not been with a recovery since.
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