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 January 2012 Newsletter ~ Issue No 35    
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Hi and Happy New Year. This month brings you news on the ferry prices for our Jersey trip, a useful video from The Figaro Shop and yet more discounts for our members...

Ferry PricesJersey Ferry Prices Now In    

As promised we have now heard back from the travel agent regarding the costs for the Jersey Ferry. We're delighted to inform everyone that the price has come in at 195 and includes two passengers + Figaro (Return). Catch from Poole, Weymouth or Portsmouth. Read more   



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Last Month the club had confirmation from Figaro Manual Publisher JPNZ International that our Members will now receive 10% discount! They have also allowed us to publish sections of the Manuals. Read more 


Members JPNZ Discount Code will be emailed soon under separate cover.    


Video on antifreeze

New Video Guide     

Now is the perfect time to think about winter and how it will affect your Figgy. Well thanks to Toby from the Figaro Shop we can bring you an excellent Video Guide on how to Check Antifreeze Levels and understanding your Tyre wear behavior.

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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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CALENDAR 2012 2Measuring 297mm x 216mm (A4) the high quality wire bound Calendar is ideal for your office or kitchen! Premium gloss paper has been used throughout to bring the Figaro's to life!  
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We had such a laugh when we opened these pictures from Garry. Now who said that Figaro owners are eccentric!


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The following Video Guide is provided by The Figaro Shop


We know the weather has been decidedly erratic over the last two months, but at The Figaro Shop, the heating is definitely back on full power!


So, now is the perfect time to think about winter and how it will affect your Figgy. We sometimes find that when Figaro's are brought in for repair, the damage may have been prevented by checking antifreeze levels and understanding your tyre wear behavior.


Therefore, we have created this helpful 2 minute video to show you exactly how to check the antifreeze levels and your other winter checks etc.


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Video by The Figaro Shop on Anti Freeze and Tyres

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 jerseyJERSEY FIGARO RALLY - 14th - 18th May 2012  

UPDATE JANUARY 2012: We currently have 25 Cars & 49 Members Registered

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Seat Belts

Cambelt and Water Pup Change      
Exhaust Casing

Can anyone tell me where I can get new seat belts for my Fig, my existing ones don't retract very well so keep tipping me up.
They You may not actually need to replace the seatbelts. The mechanisms often just get bunged up with dirt etc over the years and need a proper cleaning out. You will need to remove the plastic interior trim to get at the bottom end of the belt where the roller mechanism is. Pull the belt out all the way, put a clothes peg against the upper mounting to stop it retracting and clean the mechanism at the bottom thoroughly - we used an airline to do ours as it blows out all the old muck very easily. Then lubricate all the mechanism thoroughly with WD40 or similar. Leave it to soak in to all the moving parts (preferably overnight) and then retract the belt. You may well find that this cures the problem for you and you can also use it as an opportunity to clean the webbing as this is often very dirty too . If not then you will need to find a replacement as belts need to retract correctly to pass the MoT. I'd try one of the dealers who advertise on the site in that case. 

I started to change the cambelt and waterpump today, in between rain showers. I have so far removed the fender cover, the belts, the engine mounting, the crankshaft pulley and the cambelt cover. The mounting was a pain, I have the cuts to prove it! I asked Father Christmas for an impact wrench and got one! its a 1000w 450nm Clarke CEW 1000, awesome! undid the pulley bolt in a split second, didnt even have time or need to hold the pulley! Well worth it. Tomorrow change the belt and waterpump. The scarey bit is lining everything up. Ive bought the Fig manual and a micra manual but still not too confident about what to line up with a rule as suggested. I have taking dozens of low res photos and I am intending to do a written blow by blow account with photos, how is the best way to do this please? 

I have had an email from GJNorthall suggesting I leave the spring off altogether. I can see the point of this, once the belt is set and the lock nut on the tensioner is tightened then the spring is redundant. The spring is only used while the assembly is rotated twice anti clockwise. I spent hours yesterday trying to fit the spring and there is no way I could get it anywhere near. have tried to attach a photo of the spring before I removed it and changed the belt, you will clearly see it is well connected both ends. Its the short top end which is the problem, shame Nissan didn't make this a bit longer. I have replaced the belt tensioner, water pump and tensioner, I can only think that as these are new and the belt hasn't stretched that this is what is causing the problem, for instance the belt only needs to be a fraction thicker than the original or old belt and it will make a lot of difference. I tried removing the new belt and setting up with just the tensioner and spring, if you can get the tensioner far enough over to be somewhere near the centre of its adjustment as the old set up was) then the spring will fit but once the belt is fitted it is impossible to push the tensioner forward enough. Papasan, did you manage to get anywhere near the 2mm play in the belt? because just pushing on the tensioner doesn't actually seem to take the slack out of that side of the belt. Hopefully have explained that correctly. If you or anyone else can help further I would appreciate it.  

Been hearing a few peculiar noises from my figgy recently, the main one being a flapping noise, like something is catching or flapping in the wind. Having investigated and intially thinking maybe something was just stuck to one of the tyres, I discovered that something appears to have rusted away around the exhaust. Is there some sort of casing around this does anybody know? There are basically two flaps of rusted metal hanging either side of the exhaust and I have no clue what it is. There are chrome exhaust trims attached also, one of which has come loose. I am booking her into to get checked over, but thought I would see if any of you have any thoughts about what this could be. 


Don't let your garage convince you that you need a new exhaust because of the rusty outer skin. Chances are you could cut the flapping pieces off and the exhaust should still last a good few years. The originals seem to have a long life. If the chrome tailpipes are loose they will make quite a noise. Depending on the fixings it may just need a new jubilee clip or screw. If the large 'o' shaped original rear bracket has rusted and split, chances are it will not be able to be welded. This bracket was available from GJNORTHALL a few weeks ago, but costs about 70. The new type of replacement rear exhausts don't have the bracket, I believe they already have welded hooks to clip straight onto the rubber supports. These can be had for about 100. (Some don't have twin pipes) My bracket got ripped off by a foot deep pothole the day before travelling to the Norfolk Figfest months ago. I wrapped wire round the bracket as an emergency support/repair, and it hasn't moved yet. I want to hold on to the original exhaust as long as I can, but didn't fancy paying for a bracket, especially as an exhaust fitter said the temporary repair was okay. Good luck in your quest.


About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
kevincleaningfigaroMy 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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