Leaky injector

So I was leaving a venue and wondered why I could actually see my fuel needle dropping as I drove. It had to be a leak, and I remember that the night before, after using more fuel than I should have needed to, I saw smoke coming from under the front of the van when I was reversing. I leaned out the window with a torch and it was not the exhaust, so I wondered if it was a leak on the EGR system again. I was tired so thought no more about it and went to bed. 

So the next day leaving the venue and heading back to Durham and watching that needle dropping I knew it was a diesel leak so I got stopped as soon as I could and I saw it pouring out from under the van. Turning off the engine stopped it and as it was coming from the offside I guessed it might be the fuel pump. However when I got the bonnet up I saw instantly that the return pipe or leak off pipe as some call it had come off the injector. 
Everything was covered in diesel splash: the battery, the brake and steering reservoirs, the accessory belt, electrics, it was literally everywhere. It pumps out with some speed if you take off the return pipe, and that had been pouring for about 15 miles. I’d lost almost a half tank of diesel, about 30 litres. 

I knew straight away why the return pipe was off. I could see that the small wire clip that holds it onto the top of the injector was not there. A few thoughts went through my head like; did it just pop off? Was it rusted and broke off? Was it not put on properly by O’Connors when they replaced the engine? As I thought that last thought I also noticed that there was no clip on any of the other 3 injector return pipes. There was my answer, this was yet another example of O’Connors shoddy work. He had not replaced the spring clips.

An image of the injector leakj off pipe held in place by duct tape
Showing my improvised pipe clip

I rang him but was told ring back the next day and they would try and find some. There’s no arguing with them I tried before when I got the engine swap done, so I just hung up. The next day I rang them back and they said they had some on order and would get them Friday. So I rang Springfield Peugeot in Gateshead who told me you can only get them with a new injector for £400 lol That’s not true at all, genuine Peugeot parts on ebay have them for £3.49 a set. 🙂
Not wanting to wait for ebay or til Friday I decided to go to a local scrapyard. But first I’d have to cure that leak.

Luckily there’s a metal bracket above the injector which I know as a pain as it has to be removed to get that injector out. So I used some duct tape, folded over many times to create a thick wad, and then  jammed it between the top of the return valve and the metal bracket to make sure the valve did not come out again. 

You can clearly see in the photo all the diesel covering everything in the bay, and on top of the left most injector, the wad of duct tape that was holding it in place. 

With this arrangement it still leaked but only barely, so that was me sorted for the time being.  I got to the scrapyard without issue and got 4 clips and a new piece of return end pipe for a fiver, job done. 

Oh it also cost me £8 at Halfords for a tin of brake cleaner which I used to clean the worst of the diesel spill from the rubber hoses, electrical wires and fluid reservoirs. The rest of the block and the engine mount need a better cleaning though, I’ll probably have to Gunk it and use a high pressure hose to get it properly clean. 

There is definitely an argument to be had about paying inexpensive garages to do complicated jobs. Using O’Connors has cost me about £500 more than it should have done, in extra costs on hire cars, accommodation, new parts and of course a half a tank of diesel and a lost day dealing with it. 

Back to that same old question: where the heck do you find a reliable garage that does not charge £100 an hour like Peugeot dealers do? One Peugeot main dealer quoted me £3200 to swap the engines. So I guess I’ve still saved £2000 by going to a backstreet garage.

PS: I think that particular injector needs replacing anyway, and has done since the other engine, but aside from that this new engine seems to be running really well. Touch wood!

Mountain bike and his coat of ‘no’ colours

Something else that suffered in the storm was the cover on my mountain bike. It was a Halfords one for £20 and by far the best bike cover I could wish for. However there was no way it could withstand the 113 mph winds especially as it already had tears in from where I’d reversed into trees. And walls. And gates. And lamp posts. Anyway…I went into Halfords here but they only had the cheap but good covers meant for bikes sitting in the yard or whatever. But I found a huge cycle shop called Tiso’s in Inverness and they sold me a cover for £20 which I thought was a good price til I got it back to the van and found it was cheap rubbish.

Honestly, you know those plastic tarpaulins you get from the £ shop? They’re useful for many things, this cover is literally 2 of those, laid on top of each other and 3 sides stitched. I am not kidding they are a total and utter piss-taking rip off. I really can’t find any way I can return it as it is what is says on the package, a plastic tarp rain cover for a bike.

Biggest load of shite I’ve ever spent £20 on and Tiso’s brand themselves as all things to all cyclists with an aim for quality and customer service. BOLLOX!! Anyone selling this shite should sell if for £5 as a budget option to those who want a stopgap cover.

I did manage to get it on the mountain bike, although it’s perfectly square shape doesn’t help and means a lot of space is wasted. Also because of that the bike pedals, chain bottom and almost half the wheels are exposed and anyone with a mountain bike knows what salt spray can do to a bike. It’s going to have to do until I can find another Halfords one, which covers the whole bike. Or any cover really which is not just cheap shite plastic bag.

Tiso’s I won’t ever buy anything from you whilst here because if you sell this utter crap as the only bike cover you sell, then what other cheap crap have you got for sale?

Revolutionary Magic Tyre fixer!

Puncture repairer
Puncture repairer

Well there I am in Feu Vert, France’s answer to Halfords trying to find one of those compressor type things that inflate your tyre. I’ve had a slow puncture for weeks now thanks to a screw in the tread, but my tyres are Vanco 2’s so you can’t repair them. There’s still life left in them though so I’ve been topping up now and again but it’s cost me €4.so far just in tyre inflating machines.

Sitting in an aire once I got chatting to a British lad who loaned me his Dad’s compressor and it worked a treat, so I promised myself I’d get one. It would come in handy for the bike too. But here they are in Fey Vert’s for a whopping €75! Feck that! But the lad is really nice so i let him sell me his cheapest bottle of puncture repair squirt. You can pay €12 but he had the one pictured for a fiver so I said aww what the heck I’ll try it out.

Well you’re not going to believe this but, I filled the tyre and it’s been 6 days now and it has not gone down one little bit! Bloody marvellous! So I have been to Carrefour and now have two of them as spares. I admit to being a cynic but these things really do work. God knows how though as I can’t read the instructions 🙂

 

**Update

This lasted me until I got back to the UK 2 months later, and 1 month after that got up north and had some new tyres fitted.

I can find my way anywhere now

I’m off down to Luton to meet some friends, so I’ve been into Halfords in Penrith and bought a TomTom Go satnav.

TomTom One SatnavIt was quite funny that Halfords have big signs up everywhere saying free fitting. But when the lad came out he couldn’t figure out how it went together lol I’ve got quite good spatial ability so I could see clearly, but he obviously wasn’t going to get it.

I debated to myself playing dumb and letting him muddle his way through. But I knew I’d get bored and I wanted to be off anyway, so I showed him how it went together and stuck on the windscreen. Of course then he wanted to show me it’s basic operation. That was good, that’s what he’s trained to do. But I lied and said I’d had one before and knew how it worked. I really just wanted to be off and I knew I’d suss it anyway.

I stuck my mates address in and it said…4 hours and 20 minutes! Best get cracking then!