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  2. For the first time ever, Chris Knott will be OPEN over Easter Bank Holiday weekend because we want to maximise our usefulness to members at this time - especially those who are key workers and who haven't had a chance to breathe let alone sort out their car insurance yet. To ensure you can get hold of us when you need to - whether that's for a quote or to discuss your existing cover - we'll be open as follows... Good Friday: 9am-4pm Saturday: 9am–8pm Bank Holiday Monday: 9am-4pm Remember too that if you request a quote before 30 June you'll automatically be in our draw to WIN £500 worth of British Motorsport tickets of your choice, valid for any time over the next 3 race seasons (something to look forward to when Coronavirus is over). QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 (please mention this forum when you call so we can quote you on our special clubs and enthusiasts facility). Or request a call back online at either the Chris Knott Quote Form or via our web widget, or on social media or via PM. best, Nick *** Chris Knott Reviews... "Very easy to deal with and great customer service. Highly recommended." Mr Lewis Bates, TrustPilot "Everyone was helpful and I obtained a good, fair deal." Michael Philpott, TrustPilot "Just sorted my insurance out with Chris Knott, easy to deal with and was cheaper than my cheapest quote. Cheers." jollyjoiner, BMW Z4-forum "Best cover ever had and very cheap. First class." Ian Milne, Volvo Enthusiasts Club "Again this year I renewed with Chris Knott. My renewal wasn't bad but a quick check online I could, for the first time in years, get it cheaper elsewhere. Quick call/email to CK they beat the cost and kept my business. Can't fault the service at all again and I am happy with that." Kev_mk3, Astra Mk3 Owners Club
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  4. COVID-19: Chris Knott EXTENDS OPENING HOURS to help customers Hi, We recognise that work and home patterns are disrupted at the moment for many people. So we're extending our opening hours to make sure you can get in touch with us when you need to. With immediate effect we're OPEN Monday-Saturday, 9am-8pm. If your renewal is due in the coming weeks don't go online and use a faceless website. Give us a call and speak to a human being who cares about the needs of car club members and enthusiasts. Call us for a quote or to discuss your existing CK policy on 0800 917 2274 and we'll be happy to help. best, Nick *** Testimonials "Excellent service after battling with online insurers, and at a better price too. What a difference it makes to talk to somebody instead of a screen. Shall definitely recommend!" Caroline H, TrustPilot "Purchased car insurance through VOC (Chris Knott). Excellent service, quick response and competitive price. Recommended. We also got a better quote for house insurance and purchased it. Usual excellent friendly service. Recommended." Iain M, TrustPilot "Tried Chris Knott after reading about them on a member site. Price was extremely competitive and Kim in particular was mega helpful. Will be using them when our second car is due for renewal" Chris, TrustPilot
  5. WIN tickets to the British Motorsport event of your choice Hi, I'm really excited to let you know about the Chris Knott Spring Prize Draw and how easy it is to enter. We only work with car club members & enthusiasts so insurers give us the ability to offer winning quotes (subject to acceptance criteria), even beating those on the price comparison sites. We do understand that there are plenty of companies competing for your business, so we're offering this valuable promotion to encourage you to include Chris Knott when searching for quotes. Simply ask us to quote for a CAR or HOME we don't already insure (by the end of June) and you'll gain auto-entry in our BRITISH MOTORSPORT RACE TICKET GIVEAWAY. THE PRIZE consists of: - £500 voucher with Grandstand Motorsports. - Redeemable against many major British Motorsport race events including F1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, MotoGP, Goodwood Festival of Speed and more, PLUS a number of international events if that's your thing. - Can also be used on extras - for example your voucher could cover race day at the British Grand Prix with FastTrack entry plus Inner Track ticket giving access to exclusive areas including some grandstands PLUS circuit parking for one vehicle. FULL DETAILS https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/news/win-tickets-british-motorsport-race-events.html HOW TO ENTER Just phone us for a CAR or HOME insurance quote (or request a callback) between now and close of play on 30th June. That's it! We'll automatically enter you for the draw when we've taken your details. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 (please mention this forum) If your renewal is not due yet, simply complete brief callback details online and we'll make sure you get a call at the right time. We're running this offer for 4 months to include as many members as possible and you can get quotes during the qualifying period for policies due upto about 30th July, so get calling! We hope to be your winning option this year. best, Nick Chris Knott Insurance *** Testimonials "So pleased I made the effort to call. It's so easy to use comparison sites we tend to get a bit lazy. Was recommended to me and found them polite, efficient and very fair. Would heartily recommend!" Mark C, TrustPilot "We have used Chris Knott for a number of insurances for many years and never once have they let us down. An absolutely excellent, highly efficient, good value insurance service. We continue to insure with them to this day!" Mr Parris, TrustPilot "Recommended by the Audi users forum. Used for car insurance and they easily beat other quotes. Dealt with my insurance with the minimum of fuss." Tony H, TrustPilot "Quick and efficient service. Recommended." Kevin B, TrustPilot "First time of using Chris Knott after being recommended and by far the easiest company I have dealt with - good communication and haven't been left on hold for ages for any phone calls either." Jason K, TrustPilot "Good old-fashioned service, quick to set up and competitive." Simon G, TrustPilot
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  7. See how you'll benefit from our latest offer if you get a Chris Knott CAR or HOME insurance quote by 31st March - https://www.alfadriver.com/forum/index.php?/topic/65529-chris-knott-insurance-pre-spring-offer/ QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 best, Nick Feedback about Chris Knott... "Just about to renew my other car with Chris Knott using this service. Sent the request and had a phone call at 9am the following day. Quote was £300 cheaper than what I was currently paying so fingers crossed that the quote I received is still valid tomorrow morning. So far a very positive experience and will be looking at insuring the GT86 when it is due in January." JohnM, GT86/BRZ Drivers Club "I was recommended by a colleague at work who has been with you for 10 years and said he’s never had a problem and always had good prices and always spoken with helpful people so I rang up and got a quote which I was very happy with. The lady I spoke to was very helpful and it helped me and answered all questions I asked so I was very happy I was treated very well." Domenico D, TrustPilot "I have been with Chris Knott for a few years and recently asked them for cover on my new runabout. They provided a competitive quote straightaway on Saturday morning and even mirrored my existing NCB. Thanks! :)" Jonathan, TrustPilot
  8. Hello, I have an 04 156 JTS owned it since new, only done just over 76,000. I’m retired and only do about 3,500 a year now. I am getting a bit concerned about the Brake Pedal travel, I get the feeling that it has got excessive. The brake is solid without the engine running, start up and the pedal drops maybe as much as an inch, about level with the accelerator pedal. I did a fluid change recently but nothing changed, didn’t really expect it to. I’m beginning to think that there may be a fault with the ABS however there are no warning lights and if I slam the brakes on it seems to be OK, no apparent skidding. Serviced it regularly, no real problems. No warning lights shown. Any ideas please. Regards
  9. Chris Knott Insurance - PRE-SPRING OFFER Hi, Have you ever considered buying a Dash Cam? Good news if you get a CAR insurance quote from club sponsor Chris Knott by the end of March - you'll be entered in our draw to WIN a Nextbase 522GW Dash Cam with rear-facing camera module and Sandisk 64Gb microSD card (all worth over £200). In fact we'll even include you in the draw if you get a HOME insurance quote instead. Or you can have two entries if we quote you on both. To see how much you could save on your CAR or HOME insurance through this club please call Chris Knott FREE. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 - you'll get your quote quicker if you call us when it's convenient to go through details. ONLINE: CAR - https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/CarQuote/?ref=DCES20 HOME - https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/HomeQuote/?ref=DCES20 Before you ask, no I'm afraid we don't offer any further discount if you have a Dash Cam installed. However, you will have the evidence you need should you be involved in a liability dispute with another driver following a claim. We love car club members and enthusiasts - give us a call. best, Nick ***** FEEDBACK "I use Chris Knott for all three cars. I am very satisfied and the service is top notch and stress free. Thanks." The Panda Nut, FiatForum "Having seen their sponsorship of this forum I decided to try CK for the SLK280 I collected today - and they beat every other quote by a 3 figure distance!" chrishazle, Mercedes-Benz Owners Forum "Just insured my E89 with Chris Knott nearly £100.00 cheaper than the BMWCC very happy indeed." Rob T, z-roadster forum "Again, credit where credit is due... changed my car (again!) recently and rang up, new car swapped over with no fuss and at no additional cost. Cheers." Turbodave, Volvo Owners Club UK "Shout out for Chris Knott by the way. Always very helpful when I've been on the phone to them and a very good price." Major_Sarcasm, BabyBMW dot net
  10. **CALLING ALL MEMBERS** Welcome to 2020! If you're looking for a better car insurance deal let trusted clubs and enthusiasts specialist Chris Knott Insurance provide a quote this year. REVIEWS: Chris Knott Insurance is rated 'Excellent' with 4.9 / 5 on Trustpilot QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 (please mention this forum or use the code in my sig below when you call). We look forward to making even more car enthusiasts happy this year and finding the best car insurance deals. I'm here for any questions you may have. best, Nick
  11. Hi, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Christmas and say "Thank you" to the members who have contacted us for a car insurance quote during 2019. You've helped us beat our annual enquiry target and so many enthusiasts have saved money under our car clubs scheme as a result - we're genuinely grateful! The year is not yet over and we'd love to quote you if you have car insurance that expires soon. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 We are enabling staff to take a break over Christmas, so you can see our amended opening hours here - Chris Knott's 2019 Christmas Opening Hours. Thanks again and we look forward to serving you in 2020. best, Nick
  12. garage today found these codes. 03 connection between lamp and ECU, fail. 05 passenger Air Bag off lamp. I have the diagnostic software now set up on an old laptop. Its not a straightforward thing at all, a real bitch, can't get the bit to open for the DTC although it seems to scan. It didn't detect any fault codes when i went in on my laptop and yet today the garage found 2 fault codes. The local garage kind of doesn't want to know but will do the scan. Tell me the fault codes. Ironically never had any trouble like this with my Alfa 147.
  13. Cable driver installed on lap top and the port set up. Did an Air Bag scan and it doesn't show any faults but the light is still on. DTC area is inactive? Any ideas?
  14. POTENTIAL NEW CUSTOMERS: Tell us when you're going to want your next quote and we'll remember so you don't have to. Hi, did you know there are two ways you can schedule a call back from us via our website? We know some members forget to include Chris Knott when they're looking for car insurance quotes even though they fully intended to. We've fixed that for you with these two options: On our brief web form you can log your renewal month with us NOW and we'll call you at the right time to offer a quote - then you don't have to remember to call us! Give us your renewal month now to put the ball in our court and guarantee that you'll get a CK quote when the time comes (even if it's 11 months away) - https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/CarQuote/?ref=renlog. Obviously, you don't need to do this if you're already insured with CK as we'll automatically invite your renewal about 21 days early. You can also schedule a quote call back for any time in the next 3 days by using our web widget that pops up when you're on certain pages of our website such as https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/car_insurance.html. You'll be able to choose the day and the 15-minute time slot that suits you. You can also use it to trigger an instant call from us (well, within 27 secs or so). Great huh? Please remember to mention this forum when you speak to us so we can make sure we quote you under our special car clubs/enthusiasts facility. If you'd prefer to call us you can on 0800 917 2274. best, Nick
  15. The new GTV with TS engine arrived home with a gearbox noise, drained the oil and about a cup came out. Was serviced for the last few years by "Alfa" garage in Melbourne, pretty pissed off , no oil leaks. I have a good Selespeed gearbox , can they be converted to manual and will it fit a 2000 year car? otherwise will have to find a good manual box.
  16. Smaky, thank you . This to do with the GTV , not the 147. just ordered the VAG-com lead and it should arrive soon. In reading the blurb the disc that comes with it , Install cable drivers (provided on CD). This bit i don't understand? Cable adapted to include a 4 way switch to access different ECUs: Position 1 = Engine ECU (read / clear engine faults) Position 2 = AirBag ECU (read / clear airbag faults) Position 3 = ABS ECU (read / clear break faults) Position 4 = ESP ECU (red / clear stability faults) Is the switch on the screen , i.e. menu? I also bought this cable but it doesn't seem to come with the driver disc or isn't it needed? There are a couple of garages here at a nearby rural town, no interest here just take your money, the other one is helpful but i have to do the work. You mention the power plug to the Airbag ecu, between the back seat? The other garage i am using got a different fault , in the end the light only needs to go off. i found an open circuit at the yellow cable under the passenger seat, so once i get the cable i can clear the code all being well.
  17. Alfa GTV Airbag light? i saw this post. "Not true, I have soldered the Airbag wiring under the seats in my 3.0 GTV. (I've got the Momo electric seats, so always had the ignition on when moving them) And no airbag light for me! Soldered the the cables or by-passed the seat? So you have to cut the wires if you remove seat? Pretty sure the connector under the passenger seat is faulty as i disconnected the battery and put an emulator in and there was an open circuit, had a fiddle and it seems on the seat side of the plug. Whats the go on testing the seat for continuity?
  18. **NOVEMBER OFFER - WIN a £150 Love2shop Gift Card - JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS** This month's introductory offer for those with car insurance due soon. Simply request a car (or even home) insurance quote this month for the chance to WIN a £150 Love2shop Gift Card. Give club sponsor/partner Chris Knott a try in November and gain free entry in our draw PLUS what could be a winning quote. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 (please mention this forum) ONLINE: https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/CarQuote/?ref=L2S_1119 Full prize draw details at the link - https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/news/win-p150-love2shop-gift-card-chris-knott-november-2019.html best, Nick *** The experience of others... "I dealt with a very patient lady that helped me out a lot insuring my bp5 on the chassis number last year whilst working around a f*** up on A***** ****’s part." Jack Pearson, UK Legacy "Just adding to this - not only is the car insurance end of things good, but I've just taken out the annual travel policy and it is exceptionally good compared to others - including pre-existing conditions." Ros Kind, UK Barchetta Owners Club "Just insured the wife's MiTo with you .... and my Subaru!" Gary Taylor, AROC - MiTo Register "We joined them as they quoted us a much better deal compared to some of the others I got quotes from, so I decided to buy the car based on that quote as the others were far too high." Nerina Hughes, SLK Owners Club UK "Already been with you for years." Stephen Cook, S-Max Owners Club "New to you guys. Had a renewal quote from Elephant which I bettered online. Then called you guys to see your best price. Bettered my best price for my 2 cars by £80 in total. Great stuff guys." Simon Rasho, Southdowns French Car Club GB
  19. Bump! If you're getting car insurance quotes this month remember to include Chris Knott in the mix. Give us a call and you'll be entered in the draw when we complete your quote. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 (or use web link in previous post). I'd like to thank this forum's members for your support so far. We'd love to help more of you to find your next insurance deal. best, Nick These guys have already fed back their experience of getting quotes: "Bought my first policy yesterday from Chris Knott. Got to say, very impressed. Beat the lowest quote I could find on my RSQ3, with the same excess, etc. Thanks to Jack and Jessica, keep up the good work guys. Maybe I’ll even win myself a £100 amazon voucher." Paul McGrath's Knees, audi-sport net "How to get the hard work of searching done by someone else! Very kind and helpful staff. A good job done." Roland T, Trustpilot "Excellent customer service from Jessica. The whole thing was stress less. Thank you." Christian C, Trustpilot
  20. CAR INSURANCE DUE IN OCT/NOV 2019? WIN A £100 AMAZON GIFT CARD! This forum's members qualify for free entry in the Chris Knott draw... just get a car insurance quote (or home insurance quote) during October and you're in with a chance to WIN a £100 Amazon Gift Card. That'll be handy as you start to think about Christmas, or maybe you'll use it to treat yourself - why not? HOW TO ENTER Find out how much you could save by switching to club and enthusiast specialist Chris Knott. QUOTELINE: 0800 917 2274 - please mention this group to access the full benefits of club membership. ONLINE: either complete brief contact details here: https://www.chrisknott.co.uk/CarQuote/?ref=170 - or schedule a call using our phone widget on that page. Request your quote from Chris Knott before close of play on 31st October and you'll gain automatic entry in our Amazon prize draw as well as a competitive quote and these broker benefits... CHRIS KNOTT BENEFITS • Competitive quotes for both modern or classic/collectors cars • Mod-friendly policies available • Trusted by car clubs for 35+ years • Personal service & assistance from qualified insurance experts in the UK • Sound, impartial insurance advice • Choice of policies and insurers who sit under UK regulation • Easy access by phone, email, forum or social media • All the ongoing support and assistance you need • Multi-car and loyalty rewards • Option to use your own preferred repairer • Agreed value and limited mileage options • Recommend a Friend scheme Give us a call when you're getting your quotes together and we'll be looking to offer you the best deal of the lot. best, Nick *** RECENT CHRIS KNOTT FEEDBACK "Helpful and efficient service - have made significant saving and will be using again for second car and buildings & contents policies next January. Very pleased indeed, many thanks." J Eagles, Trustpilot "100% recommend!!" D4MOST, FiestaSTOC "Easy to quote and great price" P Jones, Trustpilot "Brilliant – helpful, professional broker and a very fair price for good cover. Well done Chris Knott Insurance!!" N Bloom, Trustpilot "I'd been with ****** **** for several years but latterly their renewal prices, militant attitude to loyal customers and general ‘couldn't care less’ demeanour just pushed me over the edge. Switched to Chris Knott earlier this year and couldn't have been happier - very good price/package, lovely attitude and despite me changing cars several times since, nothing ever feels like it's an issue with these guys. I'll be swapping my wife's car to them too once her current policy (also with ****, sadly...) expires in December." TurboDave, Volvo Owners Forum "Cheaper than all other quotes for car insurance with the same level of cover!" Ms Guest, Trustpilot …and there’s plenty more positive feedback on Trustpilot where we’ve been rated ‘Excellent’.
  21. Dang, I'm guessing the battery was flat, but we'll never know.
  22. Chances are that you need a clutch change, but first check there is oil in the gearbox and top it up if needed, connect the diagnostics up and ensure the clutch rod is the correct length, 28 - 28.5 mm, if the grinding persists then I'm afraid it's going to be gearbox off time, the reverse gear is buried right in the center of the box, so unless you are experienced in gearbox refurbishment then I suggest you have a specialist do this, but when you say there is a rattling at Idle... I fear that this is more than just a worn gear, this in fact sounds more like a collapsed front bearing and the clutch is now being used instead, acting as a bearing to hold the shaft roughly in position and amazingly this will allow the car to drive. The easy check for this is to remove the clutch speed sensor from the gearbox and look at the tip (It's the brass 22mm sensor with the red socket on the front of the gearbox next to the filler plug), it should be perfectly flat along the end, if there is ANY sign of a groove in it then I am afraid your front bearing has gone, it takes 2 minutes to check this with a double depth 22mm socket from the top.
  23. 159, Yes, it is the same box so has the same bearing problems as the Vauxhalls. The GT has the old 156/147 6 speed, which it shares with the V6s, different ratios, and the diff is still worth swapping for a Q2 or Quaife.
  24. Smaky

    Engine Help

    Sounds to me like the head gasket is on the way out, I'm guessing this engine is around the 120K mark? Pretty much as long as these metal plate gaskets survive, just keep an eye on your coolant level and check if the hoses are going rigid, this is a sure sign if this is the problem, the other codes though (powertrain) don't tally, you should only see those on a selespeed, so what's going on there??? The MAF though may be failing, but if you're getting that and the lambdas together then as I said , it may be the start of the head gasket going, they lamdas just don't like coolant in the exhaust and they blame the MAF for everything, sadly I think with your mindset this is the end for this bella, though it is repairable, just make sure the head is not cracked.
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