Just had my usual Sunday foray under Bella's bonnet, topping up levels etc. - including a very rare oil top up
Whilst having my ear close to the injectors (listening for problems which don't exist
), I noticed that one of the two rubber fuel pipes was slmost coming away from it's mount on the "injector arm?". There are two arrows stamped into the metal where the fuel pipes meet the engine - one pointing toward the engine and one away. I'm assuming the one pointing to the engine is the fuel feed for the injectors and the other is some kind of fuel return circuit?
Anyway, I digress. The "input" pipe has wiggled itself so far off the metal nipple that it mounts onto, that it's barely hanging on. Looks like the little hose clips have weakened over the years (well, they are 11 in March) and/or the rubber hoses have shrunk a bit under the clips. So, I go into full-on concerned owner mode, thinking that the fuel in the pipe is probably under pressure and if that baby comes off completely, there'll be 99RON spraying all over a hot engine bay.
Whipped the bike out of the garage at 15:53 for a dangerous, snowy ride to Halfrauds and have replaced the original clips with worm-drive hose clips (the other "return" clip seemed to be fine, but WTF, better safe than sorry.) So, now I can sleep easy, but I'm still aware that the consequences could have been dire. No doubt my insurance company would have offered about £2k for a fire claim - after excess.
Next time you've got your head under the bonnet, it might be an idea to give your hose a little shake, just to see if they're as loose as mine were.
By the way, don't mean to blaspheme on this hallowed forum, but my wife's Polo is rattling like a bag of spanners at tickover in neutral. Dropping the clutch to the floor makes everything better. I don't know much about clutches/gearboxes, thought it might be the clutch release bearing, any clutch experts out there care to diagnose? Grazie