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  1. It is possible that rather than the alternator it is the alternator drive belt that is slipping. This would cause more of a screaming nose on start-up and would typically be worse wet and when on load and at start-up. On the other hand the alternator bearings (or one bearing) might be shot and that would cause a whine/rumble but wouldn't themselves cause a burning smell. When you are looking at the wiring be sure to check for any sign of overheating (eg insulation looking as if it has partly melted away from the wire) as that could also be a clue. Could you only hear it over the radio or was there a mechanical noise as well? If you could hear it over the radio (and you do mean 'through the radio loudspeakers' rather than just 'louder than the radio?) I think it has to be alternator/regulator.
  2. I'm guessing hat you have probably lost an alternator phase and that there is a high AC component to your voltages and your amp is dropping out on the voltage troughs. This would also cause various lights to flicker. A warning though: this can also be caused by poor wring such as poor earthing of the alternator/engine so you'd probably best check that out first.
  3. I should have spotted this before but here is some more info on Winter/All Season type tyres:
  4. Well if you look in your manual some other qualities of oil are allowed for top up. That said 5W/40 is a viscosity and it doesn't really say anything about the quality of the oil so we can't tell how much damage that might do. Probably none at all but you can't tell from this information.
  5. Ok the first thing I'm going to suggest is that the 'sarcasm approach' is not the most likely to work. Maybe it will make you feel better but it won't shift the offending car (usually). If you can say 'I need to go out in a few minutes and if you are still blocking me I'll be forced to contact the Police' or 'you will have to pay damages for me being unable to do the financially important thing that was planning to do' then that might work. (Actually probably the most effective thing you could say would be 'my wife is pregnant and will have to get to maternity suddenly' but you can't really make these things up if you don't have a wife who is close to due.) My belief is that it is illegal here to block access like this but don't really have a reliable source for this idea. Oh and I do have a similar problem but don't get fully blocked I just get forced to do a 'seven point manoeuvre' across what is at times quite a busy road (depending on time of day) to get around it.
  6. Some additional info: the Primacy 3 is Michelin's 'middle of the road' (sorry about the pun) selection, and the trade-off that they have made is that it has a (much) longer wear life than the top sport tyres but at the cost of less grip - wet grip primarily - than the top sport tyres. It sounds as if you would have been happier with something more like a 'sport' tyre, but you have to bare in mind the shorter life part of the equation. The Prim 3 is also a slightly old design which doesn't help either.
  7. Selection of tyres available in the size isn't great, is it, but I note that Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons are available (but expensive....but then so would the Michelin Cross Climates be if they were available). You may want to have a look here: (and even here: for general background.
  8. Well it is their problem. I can't see any issue with phoning them up saying that at least you want a fuse fitting (replacing the missing one) and staying there while they do that. Should only take ten minutes or less. If/when it gets beyond that it is more of a problem. But you might make clear to them if the thing with the fuse doesn't work and if they can't give a promise of acceptable service you'll be taking it to another garage and charging them. The trouble comes if they then make promises and don't fulfil them. Which fuse does what ought to be documented in the owners manual but it is often wrong/confusing.
  9. One of the disadvantages of stop/start Is that It needs special batteries and It stresses those batteries more. The EFB types are more expensive than normal batteries and you don't get such a long warranty which seems lIke the opposite of a bargain but you do save a bit more on fuel although the other way of looking at that Is that the fuel economy of the car may not be as impressive as It first seemed before you knew about the extra battery expense. Anyway assuming that you do need a size 100 EFB job Tayna have a Varta D54 for £90.49 (plus delv?). Fitting batteries isn't exactly difficult but they are heavy but I wouldn't be surprised if you could get a local mechanic to fit one for £10 - 20.
  10. You essentially have two categories of problem: a commercial/legal one, and an actual technical one. As far as the technical one is concerned, I am inclined to think something le Stewby's issue is the one. Maybe to cross over you need to send Ford a letter (the dealer/the Ford company??) saying that their refusal to even look is forcing you to go elsewhere, but is not limiting your intention to hold them liable for any costs incurred. Or, something. There are questions about whether your garage has just been inept (inept off ther own bat, without any 'help' from Ford) or the qualty of the training or support has been inadequate, but your legal recourse - if any - would be with the people who you paid to do the job, ie, your dealer; if they then have an issue with Ford that's up to them to sort out. You'd have thought your history with that dealer might have made them more inclined to see your point of view but not everything that you think ought to be correct is.
  11. You'd need a 2009 or later Sony to have any chance of DAB. Handily the DAB ones say 'DAB' on the fascia, so at least it is easy to tell when you see one. There is also an 'adaptor box' that is quite cheap but the reports I hear are that it is poor and you'll regret it if you really want the DAB (it uses a patch antenna on the front screen and what with the quick clear screen it is unsurprising that this isn't the perfect solution - having said that if you only ever want DAB in high signal strength areas it might not be that bad). As far as I remember there are two different antenna solutions for the Sony DAB. The late one uses two different antennae (patches on the rear three quarter windows) and a diversity unit that switches to the one that has the best signal. The earlier solution (2009 to facelift) uses a separate set of connections to the roof antenna (I think). I'm not sure whether the Sony units for the two different antenna solutions are compatible so you'll have to be wary. For bluetooth there is an an external bluetooth box, but I think some of the early ones aren't as capable as the later ones. I don't think you can do streaming on the early ones although that might just be a software update (or not, of course).
  12. As a possible alternative multimeter consider this from Maplins: what I particularly like about this is that it has a 'rubber bumper' surround which makes it a bit more rugged for 'throwing In the boot'.
  13. Err, it is a sign of water in the brake fluid and not much else. Well apart from old brake fluid probably; it is probably more likely if mess around with it a lot. it does absorb water over time and having absorbed water the boiling point goes down and that isn't what you want.
  14. Really, if you want help you should say which engine this is. Ok, I understand you have given enough clues that people can work out that it is a petrol, but specific is better. Second does it start, even temporarily, on 'easy start'? That gives a good clue as to whether the problem is fuel (and for most engines it is usually either fuel or spark); I would guess it probably is, but it would be nice to have evidence.
  15. Well... I like Vpower Diesel. I'd like to tell you that the improved fuel economy makes it essentially the same price as 'normal' fuel, but I can't. However: The car defntely feels a little bit smoother at motorway speeds. This isn't a big effect, but it is there. (That'll be sixth gear at just over 2000 rpm or so; if your car does a different rpm on the motorway, you may get a different result) You can run the engine down to a lower rpm in a high gear without it complaining (much). The car gets a bit grumbly below say 1700 rpm on ordinary fuel, but I can go a bit lower than that with Vpower. I'm not totally convinced that it is a good idea to do this, as it could still damage the DMF, but it is nice that I could. (I have tried working out how this might work and have had no success. What mechanism would cause the engine to run better at low rpm? I could come up with some hand-waving explanations for high rpm but low? No.) I see 'transient' mpg figures on the dash that look better than when I'm on 'normal' fuel, but I have difficulty pointing out much of a saving at the end of the week. If you have one of the Shell loyalty cards there always seem to be offers on Vpower that are ether better than on 'normal' or just not on 'normal' at all. This makes the price difference less than it may seem at first sight but I can't say that it makes the difference disappear. BTW I haven't tried the BP equivalent since they reformulated it, but I really didn't detect much of an improvement on the old formulation. Esso and Total also have their 'super' fuels but I had seen materials from both of those that had suggested they only added more detergent (say, twice the amount) and I'd hoped for a bit more for about 10p more a litre. Although Esso have also reformulated/re-branded their fuels recently... And ASDA? Usually the cheapest but I pretty consistently get a couple of mpg (on the dash) lower with ASDA and that also happened wth my previous (petrol) car and It doesn't clear up until I have flushed the ASDA fuel away. I don't see that with Sansbury, Morrisons, or Tesco on the limited occasions that I have tried them (Sains more often than the others).