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 December 2011 Newsletter ~ Issue No 34    
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Hi and seasons greetings from the club. Yes we know its a good three weeks away but chances are you've already started to think about sending those Christmas Cards to family and loved ones so we wanted to be the first to wish you a Very Happy Christmas!

Remember all the snow last year? Winters not really a good time for our Figaro, it struggles to start and there's no heated seat! In fact she's more at home in the summer with her top down. She's lucky that she spends most of her time snuggled in our Garage but many owners use their cars over the winter period and if that's you its well worth taking a look at the article below. Read more 

Before I sign off for the year can I just say a massive thanks to all our Members (many of which are overseas). To Caz for all the help and assistance in our Forum. The Companies that support us through advertising and lastly our Forum Members that contribute and make the forum the rich hub of information it is today. THANKS A MILLION EVERYONE - KEVIN

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Unfortunately the clubs still not received the timetable and prices for the Rally next May. We've been promised it will be provided in December!
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Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card Fraud          

Brian at Jap Cars posted a message on our forum about a phone call they had where a guy ordered wheel arch trims, Chrome passenger side sill and a new boot which he wanted painting pale aqua. It turns out this was bought with a stolen credit card he went by the name Richard Williams. If anyone can help please call Brian. Read more 


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This is me Kevin! 

Yes I know I'm very sad but at the weekend my favorite pastime is polishing all that chrome!!

A very warm welcome to all  

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It's great to have you on-board and thanks again for your kind donation last month.  Don't forget this is YOUR CLUB so please pop us over your pictures and stories Click here  




Kevin Fagan  

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Figaro Owners Club Founder      


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Hello, i did a longer trip last weekend around 500miles in total. on my way back after filling up petrol i recognized a "knocking valve" the oil level way slight to low and i refilled instantly. its not gone. i recon it could be an hydraulic follower -hope i used the right vocab as i am from Germany- is there somebody around to tell me if this is possible, which are the matching parts and if it is a common problem and how to fix. i am skilled mechanic but i am a little bit unsure about working on that cylinder-head with out a manual -which i ordered of cause but which is not here yet- any help would be great.
They don't have Hydraulic lifter like many of todays cars they have the old fashioned tappets which can be adjusted with a feeler gauge. What you need to check as a matter of urgency is that your rocker shaft bolts have not come loose. This can lead to a snapped rocker shaft or destroy your cylinder head as the bolts vibrate when loose and wear the threads away. You can get the threads helicoiled but it is really close to an oil gallery so is very difficult to repair. I would avoid running the engine until you find out what the noise is.

I have to fill the water res. up every two weeks,is this a gasket problem?

Yes, it could be the beginnings of gasket failure, however it is not necessarily the case. Obviously the first thing to check is that the coolant isn't leaking out from anywhere. Check the condition of all hoses and ensure the clips are tight and in good order. Also check inside to ensure there isn't a leak on the heater matrix or the connections to this - are the carpets damp etc. Check the condition of the radiator itself - is there any damage to this and again check for signs of leaks. Also while you are there check that the radiator cap is in good order - these are inexpensive and might help the problem. Finally check around the timing belt end of the engine as this is where the water pump is fitted. This may be on the way out and have started to weep. If this is the case you must get it changed immediately along with the timing (cam) belt and tensioner. Obviously the coolant is going somewhere, so it is worth removing the oil filler cap and checking for "mayonnaise". Not literally of course but if the underside of the cap has signs of a milky coloured gloop on it then this is a sure sign that water is mixing with the oil, i.e. the head gasket has begun to fail. You need to get to the cause of the coolant loss as if the engine overheats then you will potentially be in for a big bill. My other half (who provided this info) has in the past used a product called "K Seal" - this is more expensive than radweld or similar but seems to work much better and this might sort the problem, however it won't if it is the water pump and his general advice is that sorting the issue is better than "a fix in a tin". Hope this helps.

Fonzie has decided that his rear window heater is not going to work now...grrrr! Other half has done some electrical testing and it appears it is probably either the switch or the cables from the switch to the fuseboard. How do I get to the switch to I haver to take of the dashboard (eeek) or is there a way to remove it...not sure if it unscrews ? Thanks for any help 


Most of the time problems with heated rear windows are down to the actual elements in the window itself losing conductivity which can be fixed with a careful application of conductive paint, however if none of the elements are functioning then it is likely the fault is elsewhere. I assume you have deduced there is no power at the HRW when switched on? Removing the HRW switch is pretty straight forward as it (like the other dash switches) can be carefully prised out from the front but you must be very gentle and pad the pry tool very well otherwise you will damage the dash as well as the switch. Hope this helps you.   


About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
My son Daniel had always wanted a Figaro and after saving for years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he brought an Emerald Green one in May 2008. That was it - I was hooked too! Even now we spend many a happy weekend polishing her in the garage. We just love all that chrome... After buying the car we started searching the internet for ownership help and advice and although a forum existed there was no real club so in December 2008 we started designing and building the web site which took around 4 Months.

The club was formed in February 2009 and launched on 1st March 2009. 

Kevin Fagan (Figaro Owners Club Founder)
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