Euro Tour – 13/9/09 – Valenciennes to Echternach (Lux) 270km
Up early. Did the morning checks and identified the cause of the problem yesterday, the in line filter for the main tank was clogged with rust and rubbish from the tank – removed the filter and will replace on Monday. Put the radiator cap on back to front so after the engine had warmed up the coolant boiled out of the rad cap and covered the windscreen and bonnet – first “monkey” award for the day. We had decided to run the aux tank dry so that we could have another crack at programming the fuel gauge on the Monit computer. When we ran out of fuel, I transferred the in line filter from the aux tank to the main tank and we ran on the main tank whilst looking for a manned service station as the automatic ones always seem to cut off halfway through filling up. Second “monkey” award came as we started to fill the aux tank and try to program the Monit, Julie spotted fuel all over ground under the car. I had started to fill the aux tank without switching the in line filter from the main tank, so the fuel was just running out of the pipe from the tank to the filter position. Refitted the filter and started filling again, the lady from the service station was very pleasant about me emptying about 10 litres of fuel all over the forecourt ! We took the opportunity to pump tyres and also look at the rear o/s brake, we had just developed a rather nasty metal on metal sound – the lining seems to have worn badly opposite the adjustment springs, so we slackened off the band to try and ensure that this area had less pressure, seemed to work. After a rather too eventful beginning to the morning and an hour or more on the forecourt we set off again under a very cloudy sky with the odd spot of rain. The car ran very well for the remaining 30km in France and then sped across Belgium on excellent roads at around 80kph. Into Luxembourg after trying two restaurants that were full, we tucked into Duck Salad and a bottle of Pinot Gris. 60km to run, the roads in Luxembourg are great and the last 20km to Echternach twists and turns through a magnificent forest strewn with enormous boulders. Arrived at overnight stop at around 4pm, put the car into a good sized hotel garage which will be useful as the brakes need attention again in the morning !