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  1. Hi Very sorry everyone, I thought I had posted an update on this ages ago when I had my car looked at, but clearly not! It was my front offside wheel bearing, which only cost me £45 to fix (phew). Although at the same time as fixing it the garage noticed a fault with my seat belt.... only £145 to replace! Gaaarr! Thanks very much for your advice, very helpful as ever!! Laura xx
  2. Hi Conniff Yeah I know I will have to get it looked at, my thought was that if I go in saying "I have been advised it might be X or Y" then they might be slightly less inclined to try to fob me off with unneccesary repairs. (I think I have found a good garage now but I've only been there once). The noise isn't continous, it tends to happen at a certain point during turning and only when the turn is more than about 75 degrees. I haven't noticed it on gentle corners or when I'm turning right. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being paranoid and imagining it because it doesn't happen a
  3. Hi I know this isn't necessarily a "consumer question" but two years ago I got some really good car maintenance advice on here and I'm hoping someone may be able to help me again! I am having a problem with Citroen Saxo Desire 1.1 Petrol engine Hatchback 2003 53,000 miles on the clock When I turn a corner to the left at a slow speed 5 - 20 mph I occasionally hear a kind of crunching / grinding noise which sounds like it is coming from the front right hand side (driver side). It doesn't happen every time and only seems to happen when turning at a certain speed o
  4. Word of warning, I went to Leeds Stduent dental Practice and whilst I can't fault the treatment I was given (just a check up, I didn't need any work), the place itself was horrible. An open plan dentists practice with open plan office style dividers in between the chairs, and lots of student smilling around waiting for someone who needs treatment! And after seeing the amount that dentistry students drink on a night out I wouldn't want any of them anywhere near me with a drill!!!
  5. Perhpas playing devil's advocate slightly here, I do agree it is unfair that they have forced your daughter to do this, however it may be partially due to the fact that in the final month of their tenancy the student will probably be looking to rent somewhere else, which would involve paying a deposit and rent in advance, so not having to pay rent in their final month in their current house might be quite a help to some in covering the costs of the deposit on a new place... Just speaking from experience when I moved between student houses, coming up with the deposit and rent for the new p
  6. Hi Many of you may have already seen this company mentioned on BBC News and Watchdog. I rented a student house through a company called Providence Properties from July 2007 - June 2008 with four friends. We each paid a £300 deposit in january 2007 (pre tenancy deposit scheme), with cheques made payable to Providence Lets. We moved into the house and it was not in a great state, it was dirty and the fridge was broken, there were door handles missing and it was your typical student house. We documented all breakages etc when we moved in. (I should add we also repainted a
  7. Ok that also makes sense, but if this is the case should I still get it looked at and possibly repaired? Or is it just a case of it isn't dangerous and I just have to put up with the odd noise? I assume eventually it would need replacing so is it better to do that sooner rather than later?
  8. That all makes sense, at my MOT the car initially failed ona worn CV joint o/s, but they replaced the seal and the car passed so should the car still be making that noise? Its a Citroen Saxo, 1.1 petrol engine, 3 door hatchback. 6 years old but only done 43,000miles, about 6,000 of which in this year, so really its in pretty good condition. I'm away on holiday next week but will take it in to the garage the week after and get them to take a look.
  9. Hi I've gathered there are a lot of very clever mechanically minded people on this site so wanted some advice. When turning corners in my car in second or third gear (i.e. roundabouts) I can hear a knocking sound, sounds like it is coming from the front of the car. Its not particuarly loud and does seem to speed up / slow down depending on the speed I am going, and also seems worse when I am turning in one direction than turning in the other, although it can be heard when doing either. My car was MOT'd last week and passed so I'm not worried that it is necessarily anything seri
  10. Riget, thanks that is very helpful and certainly could explain the situation with the brakes. I'll certainly bear that in mind when the garage contact me and will consider taking the car to a garage to get the brakes checked and, if necessary, replaced. Although I was under the impression that with a service and MOT booked together, the car should be serviced to the extent that it would pass the MOT on all serviced points. So surely if on the service they find the brake pads are worn to that extent they should have contacted me anyway to say that they were worn and recommend replacing
  11. ooh what a debate I have started! Thanks for all the advice, I have written to the original garage asking for their response to what has happened. I don't live near enough to go in and talk to them personally. (The original garage is near where my parents live, and where I was staying when my service and MOT was due). In repsonse to Scaniaman's post about the garage 'advising' brake repairs, they first garage actually failed my car at the MOT on the brakes, they weren't advising repair they were saying it was essential for the car to pass MOT. But the brake test at the second ga
  12. Hi (First apologies if this is a really obvious question, but I will freely admit to being a bit of a 'dumb blonde' when it comes to cars!) I took my Citroen Saxo (03 reg, 43000miles, petrol engine) to be serviced and MOT at the usual Citroen garage/dealership that I have gone to for the last three years. They serviced that car fine but it failed the MOT on three points (one to do with something being loose, then because it was loose it was worn, and apparnetly the brake pads and caliphers needed replacing). They quoted me close to £700 for the repairs but I had doubts that this wa
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