Clutching at costs

Well I think I’m pretty much resigned to the fact now that I’ll just have to bite the bullet and replace the clutch. Therefore I’m thinking about removing the Squadra chip, reinstalling the original chip and possibly even selling the Squadra 😦 Selling it would raise a bit of cash towards all the things that need sorting on the coup which would then give me the opportunity to make sure everything is all OK before looking at mods (which is probably what I should have done to start with).


I’m now extremely confused about what to do… The clutch is still slipping at higher revs which could mean –

  1. The clutch is on it’s way out. bye bye 500 quid
  2. The new squadra chip is overboosting and no clutch could withstand it

As I don’t have a boost gauge I don’t know how much boost I am getting and thus whether this is dangerous overboost or whether this is ‘normal’ and my clutch is indeed too worn to handle the extra power.

So, what do I do? I have the car booked it for an MOT in a few weeks which unless anything changes between now and then I will get Iceberg to hook up a temporary boost gauge and see what’s going in with the boost levels. Iceberg is happy to do this and fit a boost controller (PRV) if it’s overboost causing the slippage.

I have contacted Stephan at Squadra Tuning and he says the clutch is at obviously too worn and needs replacing. He also strongly advises against fitting a boost controller as this would make the chip 70% useless 😦

I am keen to keep this clutch if it’s good for a bit longer but at ‘slightly’ reduced performance, but not keen to reduce the boost heavily and basically have the performance I had before!

Apparently you can fit a PRV as an overboost protector only, fitting in parallel with the EBV and this might prove the best way, then when I can afford to replace the clutch I could set this to a less reserved setting.

Still really confused by all this..

Clutch slipping?

Just my luck, it looks like fitting the Squadra has highlighted how close to end of life my clutch is! I can’t be 100% certain but it feels like my clutch is now slipping when I accelerate hard 😦 This is not great news as a new clutch is going to be biggest part of 500. I still don’t know if my manifold needs replacing too as that is blowing slightly.. hopefully that is just the gasket.

I serviced the car last week, taxed it yesterday, need an MOT and insurance within a month and now probably a new clutch..

Goodbye spare money for a few months!


Well, the last couple of days have been pretty hectic getting the kitchen sorted and taking the car in for a service. The kitchen is now complete, obviously we still need to decorate but we now have a working kitchen again 😀

On Friday we went across to Birmingham to have the car serviced at Motor Mech which went pretty well. It was the first time I’d taken it there but Paul was very friendly and told me lots of little things that need doing. I wanted Paul to fit the Squadra chip at the same time but unfortunately my wife got a bit bored walking around Birmingham and wanted to get back and see her new kitchen. I asked Paul to skip fitting the chip and just do the service which he was more than happy to do. So, today I fitted the chip myself (with a little help from my friends) which was reasonably easy although getting the ECU open is really quite difficult. I still haven’t had a chance to fully test it so although I have given it a little run and there is definitely more power there!

Back to work tomorrow, it feels like I’ve been off for ages. We have a new employee starting tomorrow too.

Squadra arrival

My squadra chip arrived today so I can’t thank Stephan at Squadra Tuning enough (and the postman)! Hopefully I’ll have it fitted tomorrow and will have an update on the performance improvements 😀

Better today

I’m feeling much better today, woke up still feeling a little under the weather but definitely better. Talking of weather, we had snow over night and it was still showering with snow in the morning. I knew I had to drive to Leicester to pick up my business partner so was rather concerned about the state of the roads. I decided to just go for it only to find my ABS light came on straight away and rather worryingly stayed on for the entire journey. I’m not quite sure why the light came on, I can only assume it had detected a fault with the brakes (probably something frozen) and had come on to warn me of that, it cleared on a subsequent journey anyway. We headed straight back to Cov pretty soon after I arrived as we had no milk at his place 😦 We had our scheduled exit interview for our departing employee which went OK, it was more of a chat over a pint really which is probably how things like that should be.

Kitchen is now really coming along although today threw up a couple of surprises. Firstly I came home at one point today to find my father and the builders mopping up large amounts of water from the kitchen floor… they had managed to burst a radiator pipe an half flood the kitchen! Secondly my father called me later in the day to tell me he’d discovered a slight miscalculation in the units we had purchased for the new kitchen. Basically a 1000mm corner base unit isn’t actually 1000mm as it needs to situated 400mm from the wall! I therefore had to call in to the DIY store on the way home to purchase a replacement cabinet that we could swap out further along the run of units to reduce the space appropriately.

Work wise, today went pretty well as I managed to do some chargeable work this afternoon which is very rare for a Wednesday as these are normally our ‘management catch-up days’ which although necessary rarely produce chargeable work.

Not feeling great

Yesterday late afternoon I started to feel extreme hunger pains which seemed very odd as I had well throughout the day. Pains continued after I’d eaten my evening meal (admittedly it was a kebab so I did kinda asked for it) so I went to bed really early. I didn’t sleep very well as the pains persisted but felt a bit better this morning when I got up. I’m still not feeling 100% now but feel better than I did this time last night.

The kitchen is coming along really nicely now and all the building work and majority of the plastering is now complete. The new units are going in tomorrow so it may resemble a kitchen again soon!

I finally ordered the chip for the coup yesterday which has now been dispatched. I really do hope it arrives in time to have it fitted on Friday.