Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

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Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Peter-S » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:04 am

I’d just sat down for dinner last night when there was a ring at the front door. A young lass (they all seem young to me these days!) was standing there. She apologised for troubling me but had broken down – right across my driveway – and asked if I knew anything about cars. Her Dad was on the way she said but I went and looked. Nearside wheel pointing straight ahead, offside pointing in at 45 degrees :shock:
A quick look underneath revealed a nut missing from the TRE on the steering rack and it was no longer connected to the steering arm. I went to find a jack and some shoes and when I returned her Dad and a mechanic friend had arrived but not exactly prepared. The mechanic jacked the car diagnosed the same problem and then asked if I had a wheel brace - of course. So wheel off TRE popped back in place but then it needed a new nut which the mechanic didn’t have. I figured it looked the same as a Capri TRE thread so found one of my spares took the nut from that and bingo :) Then I leant the mechanic an axle stand and a spanner and it was soon all back together.
The lass was sent off up the road to test all was well (neither her Dad nor the mechanic went with her despite her being a little concerned) and I chatted briefly to the mechanic who didn’t understand how the nut had come loose. He had done some work on the suspension earlier in the day and told me he had tightened the nut with a long bar. I speculated that perhaps he stripped the thread :?
But the girl was back without incident and they all went on their way so my Capri spares had saved a damsel in a Citroen 8-)
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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby pbar » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:46 am

Nice story Peter. And you must have felt really pleased :)

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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Jasonmarie » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:40 am

She was lucky to be in the right place to breakdown . Well done peter . :beer:
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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:02 pm

Good on you, Sir Peter of Laser for being a knight in shining armour!

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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Fordoholic Nick » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:12 pm

Good on you Peter. Well done indeed !! :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:

Yep of all the driveways she could have broken down she certainly picked the right one ! Just a bit worrying her mechanic had been working on it earlier that day :shock:
and even more worrying that her Dad and mechanic were happy to send her nervously up the road to test drive without at the very least one of them sitting beside her...

Anyhow you certainlly did come to her rescue Peter. Nice one !!!

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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Peter-S » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:54 pm

Cheers guys. Yes I guess she could have broken down in a worse place. She was also fortunate not to be travelling faster and hit something when she lost the steering. Don't think she felt lucky but on balance .....
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Re: Damsel in distress saved by Capri - sort of

Postby Major_Tom » Thu May 10, 2018 1:25 pm

Peter-S wrote:Cheers guys. Yes I guess she could have broken down in a worse place. She was also fortunate not to be travelling faster and hit something when she lost the steering. Don't think she felt lucky but on balance .....


Cool story. Odd how nobody got in her motor with her innit... perhaps you have uncovered a sinister plot to try and do her in and take someone off the will...
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