Life on the edge - the Diary of a C5

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Re: The diary of a C5

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Oops, that might mean he has to save up to get you out of prison!
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Xantianut wrote:Hello, Hell Razor.

He might have been able to do that, only I emptied his wallet!!!!!
Typical girl :twisted: :lol: Mine are good at doing that!
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello, friends.

A lumpy, heavy parcel arrived today which Daddy says in the other caliper. Just waiting for him to get his ass in gear and fit the bloody things!!!! Ah, here he comes now.....
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello, friends.

I am very excited, my Daddy has fixed me! I now have new, larger brakes so should be able to stop even better. Well, I can, Daddy took me on a quick road test just to see and yes, they work well! Handbrake is good, both pull me up evenly. He's a bit worried about my pedal, he says it doesn't feel right. Pernickety, isn't he?

He only used a small hammer three times on me to fix the brakes and that was because the old, seized calipers would not let go! I was glad to see the back of them. They hadn't been on very long, Daddy says possibly for the last MOT I had but they were awful. He's been tightening my handbrake cable because the self adjusters were not self adjusting any more. Anyway, these are working and he's already tested them so no worries there.

Daddy says I've been a good girl and will get a treat. It's nice to be helpful! Oooh, he's got £15 in his wallet, what could he buy me with that?

Any ideas?
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Re: The diary of a C5

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new hand brake cable next week ?

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Re: The diary of a C5

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He is not pernickety, he is being cautious. I wonder if the reason it feels different is because the callipers are bigger, which means the pads might be gripping more of the surface area of the disks, so need less pedal force for the same amount of brake force?
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Ay up!

This is Fifi's Daddy here.

The brakes are pulling her up well and straight but the pedal feels soft and has more travel than normal.

Could this be because the 2.2 HDi calipers have bigger cylinders? Or is it because I still have air in the hydraulics?
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Re: The diary of a C5

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More likely to be air. If they feel better with the handbrake on, it could be an issue with the adjusters.
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Daddy has bought a strange new tool.

He connected up to my tire and blew hydraulic oil though my brake lines. He is now much happier with the feel of my brakes and will be booking me in tomorrow. He saw two BIG air bubbles come out. Scary stuff!
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Ahh one of those :twisted: Work of the devil those are...

They have a little party trick of spraying brake fluid all over you. They give no warning of this little game they enjoy so much...

I prefer, when having to deal with such things, is a one-man bleeder that has a one-way valve in the bleed pipe...
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello.

Oh, he has one of those as well and yes, it did spray liquid everywhere. Daddy tightened up the cap a bit more and it sealed. Daddy complains endlessly about pumping my brake pedal, I know not why. It's his left leg that gives him the mist pain and, as everyone knows, only racing drivers use their left foot for braking!

Ah, well, at least I'll be having my Test tomorrow. Fingers crossed......
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Ah, well, at least I'll be having my Test tomorrow. Fingers crossed......
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello, Sticky!

Daddy keeps well clear of psychiatrists, since the last one told him he was beyond redemption!
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Re: The diary of a C5

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God luck for the test Fifi! I hope they declare you fit...
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello, Friends!

I PASSED!!!!!! I have another year on the road, terrorizing lesser vehicles, but only when I think Papa is not looking.

I do not like MOT time. The examiner is a nice man but he does poke and prod my important little places so! It is embarrassing for a lady of certain (cough) years to have a stranger poke about in your nether regions. Daddy says this is to make sure I am safe to drive. But he can do that! He's still wondering about my brakes, even though the man at the MOT centre said "Goodness me!" or something similar when I jumped off his brake test rollers for front, rear and handbrakes.

Still, nice to be back and know that Daddy can drive me without being stopped by the Police for driving an untested vehicle. This is where his pernicketyness has it's uses. Nice to know I BELONG on the road.

He's a good Daddy really.

Nice to be appreciated.....
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