Have you got a screw loose?

Recently a customer about to collect his car after having it serviced, was found muttering about his wing mirror which kept moving on it’s pivot at speed. He claimed that it would not tighten up and was about to add more tape to that already wound around the pivot in an attempt to stop it moving. I said “Let’s remove the tape and I’ll see if I can tighten it up”. So he removed the tape and I got my screwdriver and tightened the pivot screw which went up from underneath. That made the pivot nice and stiff, so I said “Job done, put the tape away”, to which he replied “I didn’t know that screw was there!”

Well, you do now! I promised not to mention names if I ever spoke or wrote about it, so I wont…..


Removing a Citroen DS or ID window winder handle

Between the window winder handle and the door card is a plastic ring and behind the door card, against the door,  there should be a spring which pushes the door card and plastic ring out against the handle.
To remove the handle you must push the plastic ring and door card back against the door as much as you can. This will reveal the pin which holds the handle on. There are holes in the handle at 90 degrees from each other to facilitate fitting in different positions so check which hole the pin is through and push it out with a small screw driver, drill bit or welding rod, as I do. It isn’t tapered so should come out either way and the handle will then be free.