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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Sun May 27, 2018 8:20 pm
Is it just me that straightens up the wheels when I park?
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Sun May 27, 2018 9:30 pm
Paul123 wrote:Is it just me that straightens up the wheels when I park?

Depends, but as a rule no.

If I think there is an damage of someone knocking, or hitting the wheels I will - but that’s rare
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Sun May 27, 2018 11:30 pm
I always straighten wheels when parked on flat or near flat. If on a roadside etc I'll do the wheels inward/outward as appropriate.
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on Sun May 27, 2018 11:36 pm
I pretty much leave the wheels straight unless I'm parked on a hill. Then I tend to turn them full lock pointing up hill with the wheels turned out. That way, if the brake fails, she will turn against the kerb and at worst, do a 180 rather than roll down the hill.

I always tend to prepare for the worst & hope for the best. Being prepared is key 😎

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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 12:00 am
No. Don't always straighten my wheels.
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 9:31 am
Parking on a hill would be the only time I’d consider leaving the wheels angled.... Damn lazy Parker’s
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on Mon May 28, 2018 11:35 am
Paul123 wrote:Parking on a hill would be the only time I’d consider leaving the wheels angled.... Damn lazy Parker’s

Turning the wheels when parked and probably stationary only puts unnecessary strain and wear and tear on the steering rack, tyres, power steering, etc.

For those reasons, I wouldn’t bother.
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on Mon May 28, 2018 12:30 pm
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Paul123 wrote:Parking on a hill would be the only time I’d consider leaving the wheels angled.... Damn lazy Parker’s

Turning the wheels when parked and probably stationary only puts unnecessary strain and wear and tear on the steering rack, tyres, power steering, etc.

For those reasons, I wouldn’t bother.

Sorry mate, but it doesn't put unnecessary strain on the components unless they are already worn and moving within their captive structures.

Like I said, if parked on a hill, I turn the wheels to stop the car rolling away should the parking brake fail. Vauxhall models were know for this very failure!

If in a manual car, parked facing down hill I also engage reverse (the old reason being when cars had less electronics, it was possible they could be bump started without a key, but an engine wont run in reverse) or if pointing up, I engage 1st. Both these gears are low ratio so hard to roll if the brake fails.

Anyway, I'm sure VFC would agree it is good practice to take preventative measures when parked on a hill...
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 2:38 pm
just straighten them in the last few cm’s of parking then

If you think back to old cars with no power steering you barely need to be moving to notice the difference in steering stopped and slowly rolling
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on Mon May 28, 2018 3:31 pm
Paul123 wrote:just straighten them in the last few cm’s of parking then

If you think back to old cars with no power steering you barely need to be moving to notice the difference in steering stopped and slowly rolling

Old cars ..... or the Lotus !!!
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on Mon May 28, 2018 3:52 pm
I can notice the difference in the kit car just edging backwards / forwards so I’d assume both - the Lotus was late 90’s?
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on Mon May 28, 2018 4:02 pm
Paul123 wrote:I can notice the difference in the kit car just edging backwards / forwards so I’d assume both - the Lotus was late 90’s?

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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 7:51 pm
When I see a car 'parked' with the wheels not straight it just shouts 'abandoned'. It can also create a bit of an obstacle, IE when walking between cars, a large wheel/tyre at an angle can stick out a long way!
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on Mon May 28, 2018 9:17 pm
Meh.

Spent some time cleaning and polishing the car over the weekend. Sadly the mist/rain came before I could finish polishing and apply a coat of wax.
It has cleaned up really well although it did take a lot of cleaning. Spent about 4 hours on it today after giving it a good wash yesterday. The downside is I know every single body work issue on it now, but then it is 14 years old so it was always going to have a few bits.
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on Mon May 28, 2018 9:21 pm
Looking good - first big clean is always hard, but once ship shape - it’ll be much easier next time.

I’ve just bought a fresh batch of autoglym (shampoo, top coat sealant, alloy wheel protector, and leather care) .... makes such a difference - worth every penny.
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 9:22 pm
As per Moana - “shiiiiiny”
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on Mon May 28, 2018 9:23 pm
Cleaned up lovely that! Nice one!
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 9:26 pm
Teeps how come your pics are always on stupid angles!!!!
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on Mon May 28, 2018 9:32 pm
MegaCrixel wrote:Teeps how come your pics are always on stupid angles!!!!

Oh, Crix ..... don’t set him off again !!!!!

He has 1 leg shorter than the other ....
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 9:58 pm
Because they are. Wanna make something ov it Geordie boy!
lol.
Dunno, just trying to get as much of the car in the shot as possible.
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Mon May 28, 2018 10:23 pm
No man! I mean they come up displayed upside down and shit!
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on Mon May 28, 2018 10:32 pm
Oh, no farking idea. It's this forum, it sucks balls.
Last picture is displayed upside down but is right way up when I click on it.
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Tue May 29, 2018 11:20 pm
Just tried to upload the above pic again. It is the right way up right until I upload it to the post then it is upside down. As I said, sucks balls.
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Re: Away this weekend ...

on Wed May 30, 2018 7:41 am
We need to live with it as we don't want the forum to not be here Smile
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