Marc's X7, Rants, Raves & Everything Else

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Re: Marc's X7, Rants, Raves & Everything Else

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I take it the pollen filter has never been changed in the past then? I'd give the dealers a telling off if they've been neglecting it for a few years!

Also, just noticed the previous post about a torque wrench, did you get one in the end? I’m also in the market for two; a 3/8" for finer things and a 1/2" for big stuff. I'm waiting for Halfords to have a sale on at the moment unless I can find any better ones cheaper.

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Keep your eyes open for when I update my 'Lidl and Aldi' thread. The can do a decent torque wrench (3/8, typically) for under £20.

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EDC5 wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 17:51
I take it the pollen filter has never been changed in the past then? I'd give the dealers a telling off if they've been neglecting it for a few years!

Also, just noticed the previous post about a torque wrench, did you get one in the end? I’m also in the market for two; a 3/8" for finer things and a 1/2" for big stuff. I'm waiting for Halfords to have a sale on at the moment unless I can find any better ones cheaper.
I'm currently trawling through the bay of evil - no sense in me spending a fortune as I rarely do any maintenance these days - but I want one mainly for the smaller jobs that I can do and for things like torquing the wiper arms that I'll likely have to do Elis.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 17:54
Keep your eyes open for when I update my 'Lidl and Aldi' thread. The can do a decent torque wrench (3/8, typically) for under £20.
Yes, I have the mobile Apps for those James, so I know what's on offer and what's coming up at Aldi and Lidl and I always spend far too much time looking down those aisles whenever I'm there, I could spend hours looking through all the hardware goodies.

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GiveMeABreak wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 16:13
Well, I was having a browse for a cheap torque wrench today and came across the latest thing from the Far east - a Unisex 'Torque Wrenche Set'

Hmmm.. I know it's all the latest fad to be gender neutral these days and all that, but I think this is going a bit far! :shock:

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I've seen it all now Steve - but at the end of the day it's a bloody biscuit! :mecker:

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GiveMeABreak wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 18:18
I've seen it all now Steve - but at the end of the day it's a bloody biscuit! :mecker:


I have more but unsuitable for this forum - parental guidance advised :yikes:

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On the subject of torque wrenches - it's relatively easy to calibrate your own torque wrench at home.
Whilst there are undoubtedly a myriad of youtube videos out there on how to do this - this one shows the principles well enough....



Alternatively - written instructions :)
https://www.wikihow.com/Calibrate-a-Torque-Wrench

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I've got to get one first Robin - although that vid does look a little Carlos Fandango!

How often do these things need recalibrating then as a rule?

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That depends on how long the piece of string is !
Good quality ones used infrequently for DIY would rarely need checking, cheap Chinese ones used and abused would need checking each time you picked them up :wink:
I don't use mine that much and I check it when I get 'round to it - every 2-3 years !!

Whilst I can't specifically recommend either the seller (who happens to be just up the road from me - Charterhouse are actually quite well known for their large turfcare products), nor the particular make / model of this one*, it is quite cheap for that model (£26 delivered) - and Sealey stuff is normally OK.... not as good as Snap-On, obviously, but not as bad as Silverline :lol:
* - note they've got the Siegen name wrong !

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Siegan-Torqu ... 3026837091

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Yes, thanks for that info. The issue I'm finding is that I'm trying to get one that covers a decent range of applications - from the smaller nuts to wheel bolts. Ally wheels are about 10 dan.m or 100 Nm but some smaller jobs only require 2.3 dan.m or (23 Nm) and most of the smaller ones go from 5 to 25 (barely suitable) or 40 + which is too big. So it would seem one needs 2 of these minimum! :cry:

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EDC5 wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 17:51
I take it the pollen filter has never been changed in the past then? I'd give the dealers a telling off if they've been neglecting it for a few years!

Apparently it's not a 'service item' Elis! They won't do it now unless you ask for it and that will be extra no doubt.

I just looked the recommended Citroen price of the top of the range allergen one and that is £35.89! But I managed to get this exact one (from the same chap who had the new original Alarm Siren that I bought) for £15 so I am well pleased with that saving. Also the Alarm Siren was over £100 and I got that for £20 delivered - in original packaging too.

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That's fantastic! more bargains from the bay or do you have a contact on the inside? :-D

Yeah, I'm tempted to fit a MANN 'Frecious plus' air filter next time I do mine as they seem to get good reviews.

When I changed it for the first time last year there was several inches of leaves and bits of tree so that had obviously never been changed either :oops:

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GiveMeABreak wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 20:13
Yes, thanks for that info. The issue I'm finding is that I'm trying to get one that covers a decent range of applications - from the smaller nuts to wheel bolts. Ally wheels are about 10 dan.m or 100 Nm but some smaller jobs only require 2.3 dan.m or (23 Nm) and most of the smaller ones go from 5 to 25 (barely suitable) or 40 + which is too big. So it would seem one needs 2 of these minimum! :cry:


Anything below about 40Nm I gauge by feel ! If your torque wrench reliably goes down to - say - 50Nm, then you can get a feel for that. 23Nm is actually not that much when you're tightening up steel nuts and bolts...... though it is quite a bit if you're tightening up little nylon nuts and bolts !!
It's suprising how 'little' 100Nm feels like when you're doing up the wheel bolts - people like to do them up FT, but that's really overdoing it.

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^ is 100Nm the correct torque for citroen 5 stud wheels?