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Captain Haddock

Member Since 28 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 29 2015 09:23 PM

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In Topic: Dirty Diesels - Dispatches

29 January 2015 - 09:20 PM

@B13  Noisy ?

Last passengers who asked why my Focus was so quiet (no extra sound deadning added and it's not a Titanium) - they were quite shocked when I told them it's a diesel. :)

To be honest though it's probably more the way I drive it changing gear at just under 2000rpm and using the diesel's torque to accelerate rather than using high revs; the "lazy" upchanges also help in keeping the economy at about 65mpg.

In Topic: Poll: Longest Time You've Kept A Car

24 January 2015 - 07:06 PM

Classic Mini Cooper S (i.e. 1968 Mk2) as a daily driver for 14+ years.

Sadly the tin snakes (they were much larger than worm holes :)) got it in the end as it would have required a re-shell to save it.

In Topic: Cold Weather Making It Drop Off

10 December 2014 - 09:48 AM

  1. Get a new sticky pad (don't bother with the Halfords sticky pads - they're rubbish) or get some of this 3M VHB Tape.
  2. It's a bit more awkward now the weather has gone cold, but you need to get the windscreen warm to touch and with no condensation/misting.
  3. Make sure there's no bits of the old tape left on the windscreen.
  4. Remove the remains of the old sticky pad from the camera mount.
  5. Clean your windscreen and the camera mount with Iso Propyl Alcohol (paint thinners may also work) to ensure there's no traces of grease or dust.  Condensation, dust and grease are your three worst enemies when you're trying to stick something to the windscreen.
  6. Apply the new sticky pad (or VHB tape) to the camera mount first whilst not touching the contact area.  Probably a good idea to this inside the house.
  7. Before sticking the camera mount to the windscreen give the windscreen area a final wipe over and dry off with a lint free cloth.

I used the 3M VHB tape when my camera dropped off, did the above and it hasn't moved since.

In Topic: Radio Won't Turn After After Changing Battery, 2008 Focus

07 December 2014 - 11:42 AM

The Travel Pilot FX has a 15A (usually blue in colour) mini-blade fuse in the right part (as viewed from the rear) of the Quadlock connector (the main cable plug) on the rear of the unit.

You will need to unplug the Quadlock connector to gain access to the fuse.


In Topic: Keyless Car Thefts

05 December 2014 - 09:43 AM

Fuse F107 on a Mk2.5 feeds the OBD and Instrument Cluster which contains the PATS (Primative Anti Theft System :D) module which would probably be a bonus for the car's owner.  However, being as PATS communicates with the ECU would frequent loss of power to the instrument cluster and the PATS module cause any longterm starting issues ?