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Once more that stubborn electrical system is harassing me on the small control screen!
As sometimes in the past it's pretending that a brake pad is failing, the older front pair being hardly 18 months old!
Today that bl..dy warning suddenly appeared when there was a bump on the road, my front right mudflap touching the road. Nonsense! When I switched on the car after an hour rest never ever on the journey back the warning came back again.
But who is that silly & harmful bloke who fancied to let appear any warning every 20 seconds?
It will be useful to do so once when starting up the engine, but every 20 seconds even when you don't use the device (!), that crazy chap should have been taken directly to a lunatic asylum! :devilish:
 

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I think you're 100% right. But it's a bit low, you know? ;):D
It's cold & chilly and I don't know exactly in which position every sensor should be.
I'll leave that to my good mechanic the next time he's going to intervene.
A you may guess it's becoming to cost me a wodge of quids... and I'm fed up with that idiotic system...
As I'm pretty sure nothing's actually wrong (good brakes, no noise at all) I've better to focus on what is really to do elsewhere, on the cabby for example!
The 75 is as charming, comfy, efficient & delightful as ever and I don't want to be bored sh...less with fanciful trifles! (n);)
 

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While taking back the 214 cabby, I asked my good mechanic about that weird warning about nearly new brake pads. I gave him every explanation about all the symptoms and he guessed that a worn or nearly broken wire was probably the culprit.
I'll go back to the garage somewhere during winter to have that definitely cured.
 

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Always that nasty brake pads warning popping up from time to time.
After I've come to a halt & switched off the engine, it may not go back on the screen provided the break is long enough: for example it disappears when I've had a nice meal in a pub, but it remains if I'm only filling up the tank at the station.
Hence I assume that after a good while some parameters in the ECU are auto resetting themselves.
Some may think that I'd have better to go at the mechanic's but I've often noticed that mechanics are not very keen to solve problems they can't see themselves, like it happened recently when my cabby didn't want to fire up: to shorten the story I was the only one to observe the problem and never within 4 days the thing happened at the garage. Hence I'd only to follow good mates diagnostic and change the crankshaft sensor.
I may easily take off both front wheels to have a close look, but I'm unsure the problem could pop out clearly (with luck it could be a worn & rubbed wire but if not no clue may be given) and it would be worrying to ask the mechanic to waste his time and my money to go nowhere...
 

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For those who may be interested in, December issue of Car Mechanics has published in its workshop: ROVER KV6 Timing belts swap (5 pages with pics).
I'm not telling that I'll do that very fiddly job myself - it's way beyond my skills - but my mechanic may appreciate another How-to which looks very well-made by chaps who know their ropes.
Given that service had been done in 2014 on my beauty, next time will be rather soon...
And sorry if the information has already been shared by some others.
BTW we wish you a Merry Xmas
 

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At last I've just ordered a lead-pad wear warning indicator brake made by BREMBO (ref A 00 294 - length 1,120 mm) from a French store. Same price as the genuine Rover SOM100030 at Rimmer's and with full compatibility.
I hope that will solve that dogged warning on my screen every 20 sec.!
 

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Well my good mechanic is recovering from illness. Bad news for him & for the garage. He told me he'll be back on the next 23rd of January. I wish him all the best for the future.
Thus I'm left with my worrying problem.
Then I decided today to have a close look on the front pad sensor.

1. First I began barking at the wrong tree! :rolleyes:
I was looking indeed at the wrong side! I thought the sensor was on the driver's side.
I can confirm now that both RHD & LHD have their front pad sensor on the right hand side.
That's why on the left hand side I couldn't see any plug but the blue ABS one!
Nevertheless there's very little room on the right for my big sausages to take off the black plug. The A/C pipe is obstructing the way. However I unplugged then plugged again the pad sensor item to have a go: not easy at all, but doable.

2. On the right side my pad sensor wire was slightly damaged at the lower end & disconnected but carefully tightly attached to the ABS cable. I remember now that when my mechanic swapped front disks & pads for new Brembo ones, he told me that the pads hadn't the connection for the sensor. Why I don't know.

3. Hence I've done the trick I was told to do on the other forum: cutting both wires & doing a loop at the lower end and that's it.
I hope that at the next occasion I drive the car that awful warning light will be removed... unless the same problem is happening at the rear (mind that I've asked to swap for Brembo kit as well... :cautious:).
Meanwhile I'll have a close look at the rear pad sensor from under the car but it's enough for today.
Tomorrow is another day...
 

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Yes, hopefully it is repaired. :confused:
It may look as a nasty answer to a real problem @gnu , but I hadn't actually any other choice with incompatible pads.
Generally speaking I'm not that keen about more or less sophisticated devices some of them look to me either useless or even disturbing like in my case: with nearly new pads the dysfunction was in the device itself supposed to bring security! That takes the cake! o_O
Was I in need of pad sensors & warnings during my previous forty five years? Never! ;)
Hence I'm very happy with my 'new' 1994 cabby: neither ABS nor airbag! At least two breakdowns avoided! :p:ROFLMAO:
 

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I agree about unnecessary technology. If you look after your car properly you don’t need it, unfortunately many don’t! The tyre pressure warning seems a real problem on some later cars.

No abs or airbag? Be careful in the wet, and don’t crash into a tree... ;)
I managed to survive owning an R8 Rover for 10 years, so I think you’ll be ok!
 

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I agree about unnecessary technology. If you look after your car properly you don’t need it, unfortunately many don’t! The tyre pressure warning seems a real problem on some later cars.

No abs or airbag? Be careful in the wet, and don’t crash into a tree... ;)
I managed to survive owning an R8 Rover for 10 years, so I think you’ll be ok!
Thank you mate for your kind thoughts. :)
But as I'm not a foolhardy I try not to go out in the cab (and even in the V6) when it is wet! :cool:
In wet weather (not so often here but last November which was awful) we use missus' daily car... ;)

Regarding my TLC I'm checking every car tyre pressure every month (sometimes less when we are to do a long journey) and all the levels. Regarding the pads less often I admit but every time it happens I need taking off a wheel.

Regarding the levels I know one slight weakness in each car:
  • Rover 25 coolant level (20/25cl in 3 months, but not a drop on the ground, I should speak of evaporation). I haven't the faintest explanation so far. I've changed the cap to no avail. Two issue may remain: inlet gasket & water pump. I've got the former on a shelf, the latter will be done with the belt kit in 2021. After all it's an astute way to change the coolant! :LOL:
  • Rover 75 steering fluid (a little grease at the low level, but not a drop on the ground). No clue. I've filled with a small bottle of Wynn's for auto box and so far no longer any loss.
  • Rover 214 oil (but not a drop on the ground). I know the culprit (tank low gasket), I've got it on the shelf and that will be done for the service to come this year.
 

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Hurray! Pad sensor gremlin out!
The trick is an astute one: thanks to the loop at the low end of the wire, no longer any bullying warning on the screen! :D
But I should have read the few last MOT minor advisories (Sept 2019): the front pad sensor disconnection was clearly mentioned. ?
Besides the odd part of that game is that those warnings came progressively month after month until becoming stubbornly stuck on the screen. Why the problem didn't fully occur earlier that's the question?... I'm unsure that my mechanic knew the trick & was aware that not connecting the plug did induce such a warning... He isn't a Rover or British cars specialist. But I remember when the job had been done he did mention that the wire couldn't be connected because of the pads incompatibility. I'm definitely scatterbrained... :cry:
Anyway now I'm relieved, phew! :p
 
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I've omitted to say that I've ordered a full set of new BREMBO P52017 pads with pad sensor compatibility (as indicated on the notice).
Just to put them on the shelf with the new lead SOM100030 until the present pads are worn in order to restore a fully front & back functioning warning system.
I bet that will last a good while... ;)
 

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Normally if I follow the recommendation, around the 25 April 2020 next the full belt service should be done. The car will have done around 75k km or barely more than 45k miles that is half way from the 90k miles mandatory limit...
But every time the question is tackled on the other forum there's a fair bit of an argument about the time with lots of examples in pretty good nick long after that 6 years limit...
I'm perfectly aware that it may be a scary tragedy in case of an unexpected timing belt snap.
However even if my pride & joy is very carefully driven (mainly with auto box with a 2/2.5k revs average), maintained and sheltered in a good close garage it should be a peace of mind to have the whole kit swapped in the autumn this year by my precious mechanic...
 

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Now that Lady Carlotta is driving so well with my little mods I'm surprised I don't feel any longer the need to drive her is sport mode. Amazing isn't it?
Besides I'm saving a lot out of the brake pads because now I'm used to grip the gear knob every time it's needed - changing down to 4-3-2, that is rather often: just before turnabouts, hard corners or stops and when downhill because I was rather a bit worried to notice that in a auto gear car the engine brake was so weak. Mind that the 75 is my first one without manual gearbox! And I don't feel bored because it's handy, being in straight line hence easier than a manual gearbox. It's very efficient.
Are other owners of auto box reacting so?
 
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