Paul G wrote:Have they sent you ones with the washer seating instead of the correct taper seat?
IMHO with all cars just stick to NGK or the ones the manufacturer recommends and just change them a bit more often if you so desire.
They didnt come with washers, though the picture on the auction that they use has the washers. Was told by their representative that the picture is just a generic one they use.
Theres no taper seat on the ones they sent me, not much of one on the NGK ones either but there is a very minor difference and that seems to be the key.
I know exactly where you're coming from about the ball ache it is buying something on ebay or generally online then it being wrong and having to be sent back.
A couple of months ago I needed a rear caliper for my Octavia VRS, saw a secondhand left hand rear one that I needed on the bay so I bought it. The picture was of a left hand one and I put in the comments box 'to fit nearside rear 07 Octavia VRS estate' I thinks that's plain enough English and when the caliper duly arrived it was an offside one despite the picture being a nearside. I phoned the seller, a breakers yard in Wales, and they swore black was blue that it was correct so I photo'd the correct one and sent that back. After another two calls they agreed to refund me if I sent it back.
Anyway then had to follow ebay's returns procedure. Print off the address label with the postage paid. Right, I don't have any ink in the printer and no sticky labels that size. Went down to Staples, got ink and went to get some labels. They wanted £20 a box for A4 labels. Said fuck that and printed label on standard sheet of A4, put in a plastic document wallet, duct taped to box as I didn't have any packing tape.
Then had to drive over a mile to nearest post office where there was a queue like a bloody January sale. Must have been benefits day as it mainly consisted of old ladies who stunk of piss and scruffs who stunk of beer and BO. Lovely. Waited nearly half an hour to get served then drove the mile back home. A large strong coffee was needed.
I must have wasted nearly a day sodding about with this £40 caliper. In the end I took both rear calipers apart, cleaned the pistons up with scotchbrite, reassembled with a bit of rubber grease to stop them sticking again and 2000 miles later they are still perfect. That took half the time of returning a poxy caliper via ebay!
So Arya - you're not alone!