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Hi, I am going to replace my headlights with more efficient modern replacements. I have heard that the front bumper has to be removed to get access. Does anyone know if this is correct?
Happy New Year!

And the winner is... Mr M Woods - a member of Volvo Owners Club.

We hope to post a pic on social media, of the happy winner using his Karcher, in the coming days. You can follow us on Facebook: or Twitter:

I'd love to hear from members what you'd like us to offer as a prize in the next draw. We've offered Amazon vouchers, pressure washers, driving days, dashcams, etc in the past but do you have any fresh ideas you'd like us to consider?

As a side note, we've only been back at work for 3 days and we've already reached 31% of our January new business target - car club members and enthusiasts are using us to save money on their car insurance and it's working.

Thanks for including us when getting your quotes. We share our earnings with the club for every policy sold to a member.

Receive a quote from Chris Knott by calling 0800 917 2274 or request a callback at

Thank you for your advice!
Ok, so using your EXCELLENT resource, I think I've found the relevant page:

Using said page, it would appear I'm looking for

item 41 N0447282 ("socket head bolt with hexagon sockethead") M5X20

Item 44 N0439363 ("panel head screw") 4,2x32

It would appear that the last numbers identify the specific size of these items - so I now know what to search for. Thank you SO much for your help. I'm really very grateful.

have a great Christmas.


Hi all, it's been a while but I just thought I should give you a heads up that whilst ECP are quite happy to supply parts to enthusiasts/home mechanics, did you know that they will not guarantee those parts?

They will ONLY cover repair work if you can supply receipts from a VAT-registered garage, they are not interested in anything which you have fitted yourself

They will not cover the cost of any replacement parts due to a failure of their own supplied parts

They do not respond to complaints, and class it as a 'query' to avoid Regulatory action - be sure to get confirmation in writing of it being a complaint, or you will be going round and round in circles

They will take no responsibility for any failure of service

In short, I fitted a timing belt kit in July of this year to my ageing A4, the timing belt tensioner failed (seized solid) after 5,000 miles, which if I had not caught in time would have snapped the timing belt. They couldn't supply a replacement part in time (despite several promises to the contrary) so due to time constraints (and a lack of faith in their parts) I bought a belt kit from elsewhere, and also had to replace the cooling fan which had been smashed by the failed tensioner, at a material cost of 140 to me.

All ECP are interested in (after MUCH arguing) is they will refund their timing belt kit (approx 70) with no interest in my costs, time, or their customer service failures - or even the fact that they have supplied a critical part which is not fit for purpose. This is only af=ter I have sent the part off to be 'tested', which could take up to 12 weeks. A child could see that the tensioner has failed, the outer ring has moved across and wedged itself tight against the tensioner bracket, you can see the discolouration on the bearing where it has been red hot

After the amount of money I have spent with that company, I would have expected some service - you won't get it

Buyer beware.
Looking for centre cap for 1998 Cabriolet 10 spoke alloys
Just changed the release bearing on an A3 1.6l with an 02K gearbox. Pushed back slave cylinder to get it on to the arm and now no clutch pedal. Pedal moves with no resistance. Cannot see any leaked fluid any where. Tried puming the pedal but nothing. Sad
Christmas Opening 2018 : Chris Knott

Hi all, I just wanted to thank those members who asked us to quote during the last year and those who went on cover.

Our regular opening hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 12noon but during Christmas week we'll be operating different hours as follows:

Monday 24 December: OPEN 09:00-12:30
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: CLOSED
Thursday 27 December: CLOSED
Friday 28 December: OPEN 09:00-17:00
Saturday 29 December: CLOSED
Monday 31 December: OPEN 09:00-12:30
New Year's Day: CLOSED
Wednesday 2 January: BACK TO NORMAL

We hope you'll understand that we want to balance customer needs with our desire that staff are able to spend some quality time with their loved ones.

QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274

RENEW ONLINE at any time
You can pay for the straight renewal of an existing policy online by credit/debit card at - simply click Renew Online.

If you need to make a motor claim (not windscreen), please call our claims line on 0345 618 8316. For all other claims, please refer to your insurers documentation for the appropriate number to call.

May I take this opportunity to wish all members of this club/forum a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For existing clients - thank you again for your custom, we genuinely appreciate it.

For anyone else - we hope you'll give us the opportunity to quote for your car insurance under our special 'clubs and enthusiasts' facility during 2019. In 2018 members have saved 22% on average by switching to Chris Knott (see our other forum posts).

best regards,
Nick and the Chris Knott team
Winter Tyres and Chris Knott

Hi, I'm often asked on club forums (and Facebook groups) about switching to winter wheels/tyres and whether an insurer will charge extra if you do.

As it's getting to that time of year again I thought I'd just reassure any Chris Knott clients that the insurers we use don't usually charge for this. However, if you are thinking of swapping your wheels we do have to log when you make the switch and then again when you go back to normal - so please let us know on 0800 917 2274.


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"Been with them for years now. I check about every year but so far the best price, understanding of simple mods / winter wheels and cust service has been there every time. Very happy so far." Joanna Cole, New Mini Scotland

"Excellent service when arranging insurance for 2 cars. As much as possible is done by email which is efficient..." Julian P, TrustPilot

"Quick, simple and always matching prices with trustworthy insurances." Carla, TrustPilot

"First class service. Cannot fault any of the service given, highly recommended." Paul H, TrustPilot

"Continuing my annual insurance search, Chris Knott have beaten my (already cheap) renewal by 10% but Im getting some really outrageous quotes. Most north of 500 and a few into 4 figures!" Steve Ingall, Alfabook
nice been looking for something for the door cards on my s2 and my dads cab

Below are Adrian Fluxs opening hours over the festive period.



Saturday 22nd December: Normal Hours
Sunday 23rd December: Normal Hours
Christmas Eve: 9.00am 2.00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Thursday 27th December: 9.00am 5.30pm
Friday 28th December: 9.00am 5.30pm
Saturday 29th December: 9.00am 1.00pm
Sunday 30th December: Closed
New Years Eve: 9.00am 3.00pm
New Years Day: Closed
Wednesday 2nd January: Normal Hours Resume.
Hi again guys, I know that there are heavy duty springs available for the audi 80 avant but can't find any that don't require a mortgage, any ideas, Thanks
The hole in each side of my rear subframe that hold the rubber bushes have flared extensions each side of the actual subframe, and mine have rotted thro, tho the workshop diagram does not show these extended "tubes". On MOT, examiner said these did not do anything and so did not matter. Anyone got any ideas about this when I replace the bushes
Firstly in the interest of honesty this car is a good friends, however in the spirit of the forum I will stand behind the seller 100%, he is a stand up guy and the car is a promising project, full disclosure I'm seriously considering buying it myself but till the end of the month don't have funds.

I had a good look over it last night and mechanically it looks very strong, it needs some work on cosmetics, being a car restorer the bodywork doesn't worry me, it is priced down at breaker money which is a shame as it's too good to break.

If anyones interested let me know and I'll pass James details on to you and you can deal with him direct.

2003 Audi S4, (300 road tax) 4.2 V8 manual Quattro (AWD) 2750

2 keys, MOT till August (sorned)
119,690 miles,
Leather / cream alcantara heated recaro seats
Real Carbon fibre trim
Auto lights
Aluminium electric heated mirrors
Dual zone climate control ice cold
19 genuine BBS Ch009
18" Avus spare (complete tool kit)
Uprated discs and pads all round
Miltek cat back stainless exhaust
Damage is from a bump to the rear; lower bootlid and bumper. The roof is also badly dented and the windscreen cracked (gazebo landed on it). Both are cosmetic and don't affect the drive. The car is recorded as damaged (as can been seen hasn't been repaired)
All good tyres (4+ and even wear) some minor marks to wheels which are genuine BBS not copies. Engine has no chain rattle even from stone cold. Just replaced plugs with Audi OEM, comes with some spare coils.
Brake pad low light is on due to front pads not having wear sensors. Exhaust is subtle and sounds good (also have muffler deletes if you like loud) car still has its cats fitted and working.

It's far from perfect but it's cheap and worth a lot more in bits ideal winter hack with 4wd, heated seats and 340bhp V8 noise.

The competition may end on 30/9 but the insurance deals for car club members don't.

Please include us in the mix when you're looking for quotes.

QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274
I need to replace the alarm siren. I have bought a genuine replacement with the same part number. I would have thought that as I was replacing with same part number everything should be OK. The seller states that this part will need VCDS coding. Could someone advise me where to get this code from and an idiots guide how to put this in using VCDS, which I only use for basic diagnostics.
Many thanks
Thanks for the tip. I have just received it from Germany, not the first time I have used them, only problem is they charge the earth!
Very Happy
On starting from cold there is a metallic clicking noise which follows engine rpm. After 5-10 minutes engine sounds normal. Any suggestions? I am thinking valve or timing chain problems. I have to use the car and am concerned if I am aggravating the problem. Thanks. Question
Hi to all
I am selling my Audi A3 1.8T Sport Auto

link to add on S2forum:


Did you know we're running a discount offer on our UK Breakdown Cover at the moment...?

Simply use promo code SUMMER18 at, or on the phone (0800 917 2274), to receive an extra 5 OFF the already low prices.

There are also built-in discounts for multi-car cover.

Comprehensive Chris Knott Breakdown Cover includes:

Roadside Assistance
Onward Travel
Overnight Stay
24hr Hire Car
Relief Driver
Message Relay

PLUS cover for the following scenarios included FREE: running out of fuel, flat batteries, lost/broken keys and accidental tyre damage.

Good news also is that there are NO 'age of vehicle' limits.

We look forward to helping you arrange protection so you're not left stranded in the event of a breakdown. Hurry though - this offer ends on 31/8!



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