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gonnabuildabuggy

First non-breakdown

After 135,000 miles and 12 yrs, the majority in our ownership, the FRV experienced it's first non-breakdown on Friday.

We headed off to Newport on Friday night, en route to Swansea for a Uni open day on Saturday. At Northampton I detected what seemed initially to be excessive road noise but could have been a slightly flat tyre, I pulled off just before the M1 and checked the tyres and the all looked OK, however the noise was bad enough on the M1 that I pulled off again at J16 and looked again.

All seemed OK so I decided to cut across country to avoid the M1 traffic, the noise seemed to get worse so when the traffic slowed to a halt I got big little GBB to jump out and check them again at which point he said there was smoke coming from the rear nearside wheel.

It was evidently a sticking rear caliper which the garage had commented on when they did the MOT saying it had occurred after the brake test slightly but been freed off and OK since.

A couple of pumps of the brakes sorted it but with such a long journey still to go and the following day we went the 30 mins home and swapped for the Mini just in case it re-occurred.

The FRV has been fine since but it's in the garage today to be looked at.

Given we could have proceeded (and did back home) I claim this as a non-breakdown. I think the last one I had was when an alternator belt snapped on my Cortina in 1989, so not bad considering miles driven and the age of many of the cars.

Mrs. GBB is more than happy to replace it given the time we've had it but I can't think of anything that does what it does that we'd both be happy with.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: First non-breakdown

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

A couple of pumps of the brakes sorted it but with such a long journey still to go ....

Take the pads out and grind a bit off the ends ;-)
Martin

That is a non breakdown and it has an excellent re off.  It sounds like the car was giving you payback for being tight and not getting it fixed when it was pointed out by the garage!
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
That is a non breakdown and it has an excellent re off.  It sounds like the car was giving you payback for being tight and not getting it fixed when it was pointed out by the garage!


They thought it would be OK and hadn't got time to look at it then and there so we agreed I'd book it in next month (now this month) to get it looked at and rear discs/pads done at same time which they reckoned were OK for another couple of months.

The local garage is great but they do suffer from being too busy so if they find stuff extra that means keeping the car an extra day or so, which often isn't convenient unfortunately.

I had it diarised to call on Tuesday to book it in (as I needed the car this week) but i ended up booking it in on Monday first thing to get it done today. I had planned to drive to London yesterday but got the train instead as less risky and meant an extra two hours in bed as well which made it a no brainer!

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