08/05/20 Fri. The Malaysian MCO was relaxed on Monday (4th)
and a lot of shops here in Labuan are now open but following strict
guidelines with regard social distancing etc. The MCO in general
remains in force with no travel outside 10Km allowed. As soon as
it is lifted, which is presently scheduled for the 12th (although Malay
residents want it extended), we will have to visit the main Immigration
Office to see about an extension on Ana's visa, as of course it expired
some time ago. The engine banjo bolt saga continues, Manfred in UK
sent it out by Royal Mail International tracked and signed.
Tracking on Royal Mail says it has left the UK and is on it's way to the
destination country. Tracking on Pos Laju shows it in the Malay
International Hub - presumably at some UK airport, where it has been for
15 days! I have mailed Pos Laju to query it, but I don't suppose I
will get a response. Another company, where I ordered two more
banjo bolts from (as 'plan B') way back in the past, finally responded
to my e-mails last night, telling me my credit card has been
refunded........no explanation, nothing!
14/05/20 Thurs. The conditional MCO has been extended to
the 9th June. We can move around town now, get some provisions etc
but still no travel is allowed. I have made an 18th May
appointment online for Ana to see the Immigration in order to find out
what she will need to do with regard her expired visa. No change
with the banjo bolt package and I have swamped Pos Malaysia with e-mails
in search of information, but no replies yet. I did manage to find
a banjo bolt in a local autoparts shop but sadly it is the wrong thread
(M8x1.25 instead of M8x1).
16/05/20 Sat. Still no movement on the banjo bolt and no
replies from Pos Malaysia. Thinking about the levels of customer
service/care in some companies leads me to the conclusion that many have
failed spectacularly to meet basic requirements. The first package
sent by Parcel2Go never travelled more than 20 miles before being
returned to sender - no apology, no explanation as to why. A
further order of same from Hel-Performance (UK) resulted in my credit
card being debited and a promise of a confirmation e-mail. That
e-mail never arrived. When I queried it, my mails were ignored
until finally they refunded the credit card payment - again no
explanation or apology. I am becoming very disillusioned!
21/05/20 Thurs. A couple of days ago, I went to a back
street machine shop that I have used in the past and asked them to make
a new banjo bolt for me, leaving the M8x1.25 with them for a pattern.
I collected it this morning and now I can rebuild the engine! The
one on the left cost 9 ringgit from the autopart shop, the machine shop
one was 45 ringgit (exchange rate is currently 5.33 to the pound). The
missing one from UK cost £56 including postage and I still don't have
23/05/20 Sat. I started to rebuild the engine at 0800 this morning
and by 1000, it was complete. A late breakfast and then a trial
start and run. I ran it in gear at 1500rpm for about an hour but
of course I will not know if the overheat problem has been cured until I
can run it at 2000rpm for four hours or so. I am just glad that I
now have a working engine again, 60 days without one was a worry, never
knowing when you might need it in emergency!
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