Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
The second secondary air pump
The door bell just went, and there was a man with a van and my Pierberg secondary air pump, all the way from the USA.
This is the second secondary air pump I have bought in one year, and the last one came all the way from Istanbul, Turkey. The trouble was that it was about a millimetre too large to fit in the chassis of the Volvo, even though it performed exactly the same function at exactly the same voltage as the correct one.
The reason why I have gone to such lengths to obtain a new one outside of the UK, is because they cost about £400 here. The one from Turkey cost about £110, and the correct one from the US cost about £125, including shipping, so the way I look at it is that I have saved about £150, even if I cannot re-sell the Turkish one.
Very few people need one of these things and, up until recently, I thought I could do without one too. All I know is that they blast air into the intake of one particular model of Volvo 850 (just mine) and if they break, then the car tends to fail on the emissions test.
Rumor has it that they increase fuel economy too, but since mine has never worked properly, I'll have to get back to you on that one.
The other thing I know about them is that they give out a very sporty whine as they perpetually run, which I am hoping will turn heads in the street as young women look to see what super-car is coming by, and who the rich old bloke driving it is. I'll get back to you on that one too.
The above photo is the Volvo, parked up in a Capability Brown landscape one misty morning, as close to the job as I could drive it without getting stuck.
I might use that photo if ever I want to sell the old girl and trade her in for a sportier model, but you never know - I may not need to. I'll get back to you on that one as well.