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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2015, 08:27:39 PM »
Yes, if you punch it in to eBay you'll have lots of choice. For most vac repairs all you need is
a cheap 3/8" drive set will probably set you back about a tenner. Just had a quick look & Babz is doing 1 for 6.00
Your local Argos will sell them too. I actually bought a 1/4" drive set from Lidl the other day, I forgot mine & was out on a job where I needed it. Made by Power fix, 2 year trade warranty & a cracking little set.
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2015, 08:32:25 PM »
You could use it for removing car wheels, but a breaker bar is much easier!

http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-30-piece-socket-set-1-4 would do for the vacs, I've found fan nuts are either 10 or 13mm

Or for more varied jobs there's this http://www.halfords.com/gifts/christmas-gifts/christmas-gifts/phaze-50-piece-socket-set

I've got the above set, bought it 4 years ago for 10 in a panic. I'd done some work to SWMBO's Corsa C, and accidentally left an innocent looking pipe off, looked like a leak off pipe so I left it dangling in the scuttle. 3 days later, she complains that the clutch doesnt work. I have a look, and there's no brake fluid (clutch and brakes on the same circuit). I drove it to Halfords at 8pm because it was the only place that would sell brake fluid, changing gear by rev matching with no clutch. Bought some and topped her up. Went to pull away, still no clutch. I'm parked under a streetlight so get out and have a look. There's brake fluid pissing out of this stupid little hose. Buggar. I have no tools on me, and the scuttle needs to come off to get to it. Back in, bought said above socket set. Scuttle off, and I just couldnt reach this now very slippery pipe. Back in for some pliers, bought a nice set, back out, pipe on, scuttle on, fluid topped up and boom, working clutch again (all under the streetlight. Someone in a 206 parked next to me and got halfords to fit a lightbulb, who couldnt do it, and since my last car was a 206 I popped the hidden clip out for them).

Since then, old faithful has done many many oil changes, sphere changes, LHM resevour changes, exhaust swaps, lots and lots of brake work, cambelt, waterpump, 2 rocker cover gaskets and a sump, and still soldiers on, despite being battered with a lump hammer many times before I bought a breaker bar.

In the back of my mind I want it to die so I can spunk out on a nicer, bigger set, but my toolkit revolves around it now, I have adapters to take the ratchet up or down a size to fit various extension bars and special sockets.

Here she is now!





The bits at the bottom probably arent the ones it came with, but ones that fit stuff (far left fits the sump plug on a Vauxhall Meriva etc)

I also keep this



in my toolbox. The extension bars I bought as a set, and have enough adapters to take things from 3/4" down to 1/2" down to 3/8" which these are. Makes it bloody long mind. RAtchet and sockets were a halfords set, got them as a stocking filler. Handy to have, but the sockets only go up to 10mm, need to get a 13mm just to save me having to dig out old faithful above from the car/shed/porch/wherever it is!

I never thought I'd get so attached to a 9.99 socket set, but I feel it's been with me on EVERYTHING i've learnt about stuff! Just the other weekend it changed my exhaust for me. It'll need to do it again when I buy the right one soon...
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2015, 09:15:28 PM »
Hi Sam: Is that the Phaze set they advertise ?. I was just looking at it on their website & it looks a nice little set. They're listing 15 at the moment for collect in store or 17.99 delivered, that's a pretty good price.
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2015, 09:24:14 PM »
Awesome kit!
and omg Sam you legend, you are a motor whisperer for sure! Mvacs, give him a motor PHD will you :P
Just tried the DC04 with one more go today and it works and has good suction! lifts carpets now and picked up a lot of dirt, we had been using a DC41 Animal as a daily driver with a new cyclone, filter and new cleaner head and the DC04 still picked up loads, should service my mum's DC04 now as it's starting to look well used
DC14s are tanks, just need a slightly longer motor life. Do plastic parts often break on DC14s? Nope. DC41- Sexy looking futuristic and powerful machine. Just needs a better designed cleaner head wheel and cyclone clip along with a dense metal rod in the chassis.


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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2015, 09:33:27 PM »
Not sure what my set is, the cardboard outer lasted about 3 minutes from ebing bought whilst I had a rolly to being torn off! Looks like Phaze on the website http://www.halfords.com/gifts/christmas-gifts/christmas-gifts/phaze-50-piece-socket-set. Mine was 9.99 in store though, but I know they have an offer on every few minutes. I always eye up the 120 peice professional set when they have it at 50 every now and again. Know a fair few people who have bought it and have good things to say

Tayyab - Excellent! As you hadnt physically broken anything it must have been a simple fix! Their the most frustrating problems sometimes, when nothing is blatently wrong so you need to drill down a little deeper!
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2015, 09:36:18 PM »
Although looking at the website, it does piss me off when they advertise it as a 50 peice set, when 15 of them are screwdriver/torx bits! Many of the sockets are odd sizes too, when you only really need 8, 10, 13, 14 and 17mm for 99% of stuff. There's only been a few times I've needed to find an imperial socket, helping fettle carbs on a Dolomite Sprint a few months ago springs to mind, or when I need a 13mm on the other side of whatever I'm working on, so get the 1/2" out as well as the 13mm.

The spark plug socket is a bit crap though, mine doesnt have the rubber holder bit in. Had to buy a nice 4 peice spark plug set to fix that, then went and bought a diesel car so dont really use those either now!

The extension bar is very short too, I struggled getting 2 sump bolts out that were buried up by the flywheel. A quick ebay sorted that out and now I have a 3ft, 2ft, 1ft and a bit smaller extension bar now! They have come in very handy, the bolts for my exhaust are buried higher than my arm goes, with the long bar I could twiddle away quite happily. Great for whacking things with a lump hammer too, had to jump my back axle a few mm when changing the subframe bushes, again, done with ease!
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2015, 10:18:36 PM »
I don't keep any imperial stuff in my field kit any more, it stays in the workshop until I get an old machine to work on & then I just grab the tray with it in and go.
The different metric sizes come in handy for me, some machines can use 11 / 12mm or 15mm etc
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2015, 11:12:39 PM »
My dad always worked in imperial, it was a foreign language to me, especially when we are talking feeler gauges,  :boggleeye: never new if one was bigger than the other  :))  mm is so much easier.

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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2015, 11:20:38 PM »
I was brought up thinking in imperial & still slip up some times when measuring stuff.
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2015, 11:23:12 PM »
We did both at school, anything small was in mm everything else was in both, verrrrrrrrrry confusing at times.

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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2015, 09:01:35 AM »
We did both at school, anything small was in mm everything else was in both, verrrrrrrrrry confusing at times.

I fell into that overlap period too.

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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2015, 09:23:08 AM »
Yep it can still be a pain, especially when your in a rush :( but it's weird: I don't normally have problems except for measuring wood. Whenever I go to measure wood, my mind seems to automatically revert to imperial  :duh:
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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2015, 10:03:09 AM »
I know what you mean. It will always be 3x2 or 6x4 sheets.

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Re: Burnt out motor reviving?
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2015, 10:41:00 AM »
 :thumbsup: exactly  :grinn:
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