Not long before I reach the 200k mark. Fixed the intercooler pipe a while back by drilling in self tapping screws (the VW clip is pretty much useless!)
Fitted winter tyres this year (not that I needed them since its been so mild...Typical) and I have a spare set of alloys I got off ebay for £150 with two decent Avon tyres.
The brake callipers are starting to show some corrosion and are difficult to home with the VW tool so they might need replacing with reconditioned ones sometime. Had the drivers side upper ball joints replaced and its feeling sturdier to drive.
Not bio related! PD engines are unique in the way they inject the fuel, using individual unit injectors being pressurised by the overhead camshaft. Fine tollerances and high pressure eventually lead to wear of the lifts and cam lobes.
Car was running rough, OK on idle but felt like three cylinders at 50-60mph. Now the cam has been completely rebuilt, just got to stop the turbo blowing off the intercooler pipe...
The nice people at Oxford Catalysts have donated a centrifuge designed to clean waste oil and biodiesel! I'm looking forward to installing it this summer, the ultimate in fuel purification.
Powered by a high gear pump, the centrifuge is powered by the pressurised fuel itself, spinning the main rotor head at high velocity. Particles that weigh almost nothing become much heavier, separating from the fuel.
Looks like the Wintron working well, I'm still on 100% Bio even during the coldest nights. Snow caused havoc as usual, got stuck on the same hill again!! Deployed the secret weapon - Snow Socks - which promptly distintegrated themselves...
Friendly Range Rover towed me up the hill - Thanks to who ever that was travelling fro m Southampton to Milton Keynes
Oxford Waste Cooking Oil now supplies a range of filters as well as heat exchangers, glassware and other consumables aimed at the biodiesel and waste vegetable
I fitted the sump drain valve the other day. You can either buy a specific valve off the internet for £30 or make one from parts. Should be easier for me to change the oil which I do every 6k or so.
Making Biodiesel can be a low impact activity - almost everything can be recycled. Plastic containers are washed and put in the plastic recycling. Metal containers are crushed and sold for scrap. Often, containers are re-used to collect and store oil. Cardboard outer packaging is collected by the kerbside recycling.
Excess methanol can be reclaimed via a condenser and re-used. As for the oil, any dregs are used to start my wood burner.