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Norfolk Jim said:
Beginning of Feb we had a lot - in mid-Norfolk it was patchy but at least 12" (30cm) in our garden. My son had some 6 foot snow drifts in north Norfolk. Couple of years back with Beast from the East our road was blocked for 4 days!! Huge snow drifts along the roads and in region of 18" snow in the garden - took ages to go. One road into village took over a week to re-open........................If it comes from the East like both times we tend to get a good dumping and really low temps...................lowest in England in Feb was only 10 miles down the road at Santon Downham!!

This time though my son had my car to get his fiancée to work at East Anglian Air Ambulance - he said car was awesome..........................
Last time I remember any substantial amount of snow was when we lived in Norfolk. I remember our village getting cut off and the RAF from Marham, which was just up the road, sent a snow-blower to clear the road, as some of their people came that way to work. Helped our village no end too. Here in Hertfordshire we hardly get any, and some years none at all. This year we got maybe half an inch at most, and even that didn't cover everywhere. Lasted barely a day then rain washed it away.
 

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Norfolk Jim said:
This time though my son had my car to get his fiancée to work at East Anglian Air Ambulance - he said car was awesome..........................
Pro-active 4wd, "yeag baby"- Austin Powers voice
 

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This year we had a fair bit of snow here in mid-Suffolk. Even got to try out my winter tyres, for essential journeys and to get my COVID vaccination (2 trips as on the first they closed the centre and sent me a text just before I got there). :grin:
We also had a fair amount of snow back in Feb 2018, although other years we have hardly had any (since 1996).
In 1981 spent one year working in north London (Brimsdown) and living in digs in Hertford. The road from the property dropped down a fairly steep hill onto the main road and I recall on several days wondering whether I was going to be able to stop in time, I did fortunately.
 

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This year we had a fair bit of snow here in mid-Suffolk. Even got to try out my winter tyres, for essential journeys and to get my COVID vaccination (2 trips as on the first they closed the centre and sent me a text just before I got there). :grin:
We also had a fair amount of snow back in Feb 2018, although other years we have hardly had any (since 1996).
In 1981 spent one year working in north London (Brimsdown) and living in digs in Hertford. The road from the property dropped down a fairly steep hill onto the main road and I recall on several days wondering whether I was going to be able to stop in time, I did fortunately.
That's an area I know well. I once worked in Brimsdown too, but it was back in the 1970s. Hertford is one of my nearest towns, only about 10 minutes drive from home. I lived in Hertford from 1989 to 1992 then moved to the village where I am now.
 

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Did the oil change today and tires today evening.
Who has done the oil change him self knows that it begins with fiddling with the plastic clips from the undercover plate.
My brother services moustly VAGS, and other germans. They all have polts there. So when I operated the tire and balancing machine, with my 12y son, he was so bored and nothing else to do. So he took out his nut rivet kit, dilled the holes bigger and installed M8 rivet nuts.
So from now on just 13mm socket. Sadly I did not take photos.
In went Nissan oem 5w30 acea c4, for dpf. :cool: .
Brother got it for a good resell price, same as other 5L known brands.
 

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Great idea with the riv nuts. I'm a fan myself. I take it you used A2 stainless screws?
 

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Do not know what my brother had. We greased them pretty good
 

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Forgot to mention that I did a DPF service regen+reset before the oil change. Car seems to breathe more freely.
 

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It is the W-light wave 500. And i ordered 3mm stainless number plate bracket. The 2mm steel bracket is more common and more suited for smaller lights.

Installing was a challenge, because I wanted attatch the bracket to the bumber bar, because hanging like 1,5 kg on to plastic and foam does not sound secure.

The problem is that the distance from the bumper to the steel bar is 130 mm, so no way to tap a thread without take the bumper and the foam cushion off.
Went to hardware store to look what can i use. Steel self taping screws ended at 125mm.
Only option for me was for me to use 6x160mm wood srews.
In my store I had a long 4,5 mm long drill and i used it to drill pre holes for screws. It is now very secure, no wobles what so ever. Just took time to get the right tension, because 1 turn too much pulled the bumper too much in. Had the ruler out all the time.

The lights usually do not come with a wiring, so i bought it separetly too.
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And a male and female water proof connectors to connect the light to the harness nea the bumper.
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Used a steel wire to pull the switch side harness thu the firewall.
The law says that the aux beam lights can work only with the high beams and there has to be a way to turn it on and off separetly.
Usually, they splice the switch wire to the head lamp wire, but the x-trail has the safarl lights relay in the inside fusebox near the drivers knee. The safari lights allso work, when the high beams are on.
I spliced the switch harness and cripmed a male connector and inserted it in the relay signal slot. Used a voltmeter to detect it.
Pics from the night test soon
 

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Long story short: I did feel some vibration from the driveline when accelerating. Checked few time the prop shaft on the car, but did not find any play. My brother thought that maybe the U-joints are seized. The only way to confirm that, is to take the shaft off.
Bought 4 jack stands.
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It took onli like 20 minutes to take the prop shaft off.

And then the verdict.
Rear joint was in tact, but seized one way.

The front one was shot.
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As you all know, I am a DIY'er and wanted to change the joints my self.
A lot of searching and YT, how to change staked u-joints.

Did not find the clipped and greasable ones, but find same one like the oems- GKN driveline, Part nr U-167.
The seals where not so great, but it was the only one that I clould find.

Took my ball joint press and begun to work.
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It was not easy
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Then took a 24mm reamer and a file to clean the holes,

Pressing the new joint in
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Used a punch to renew the stakes.
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Next thing was to install it under the car again. The front joint was a bit harder to install because the access is limited there. DPF is in the way.

Result was that the under acceleration vibration was cured, but from the out of balance, over 80kmh vibration came on soomth roads.

Pite the bullet and took it of again and went to a known machinist shop, that rebuilds them. They reamed the holes from 24 to 25mm and installed greaseable and changeable U joints. After that balancing of corse.

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grease nipple

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Now, every engine oil change I add grease few pumps.
All vibration from the driveline are gone for now.

Price wise, it was a bit more than the other shops, but I know that they do not use the HD Joints.
 

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It was about time to upgrade the speakers.
Did not bother to buy the spacers, used this video as a guide

In front is used Alpine SXE-17CS and in back Alpine SXE-17C2
I know, not the best, but i think anythi g is better than the Oems.
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Now the main road noise comes from the back/cargo area.
 

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Did a bit towing, 3 cubic meters of firewood. Like 1.5 T weigth.
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As you all know, I am a DIY'er and wanted to change the joints my self.
A lot of searching and YT, how to change staked u-joints.

Did not find the clipped and greasable ones, but find same one like the oems- GKN driveline, Part nr U-167.
The seals where not so great, but it was the only one that I could find.
Thanks Ahto, this may have helped one of our Australian Xtrail members in New Zealand
 
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