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Member Since 19 Nov 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 29 2010 05:10 PM

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In Topic: Alternator Problem

26 January 2010 - 07:47 PM

I'm not an electrical expert, but those figures seem to be normal to me. I've had the "problem" of fluctuating headlight power on my last three cars (Skoda Octavia, VW polo, and now StreetKa). Due to the load on the electrical system, due to a number of factors such as current draw when driving on snow with the front and rear demisters on, windscren wipers, air-con and recirlculation on and a heated seat (on the StretKa), the headlight power rises and falls with the numbers of revs the engine is producing. With the VW-based cars, I would also get a click from a relay as power was transferred from one part of the circuit to another as the revs rose above (or dropped below) a certain point. Then I'd get full power for the headlights.

With the recent snow, the amount of drain on the battery will have been high as I struggled home the eight miles across country at less than 30 mph in as high a gear as possible, whilst trying to keep myself warm by having a lot of electrical gadgets on. With the battery being much less powerful on the SK than the diesel VWs, I may have to consider wiring on a trickle-charger lead, as I used to do on my recently-departed motorbike, to stop the alarm draining the battery.


This is happening with engine ticking over with or without all electrical items on,It does it any engine RPM

In Topic: KA NUTS

25 January 2010 - 04:50 PM

You do not say if these are Ford alloys,if the are take the car straight back to the dealer where you purchased the car and put the ball in there court. ASAP

In Topic: Engine Misfire

10 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

Does it miss at idle???

If so, remove the leads one at a time as its running, (then replace obviously!) and see which one makes NO difference to the misfire...then turn engine off and inspect plug...see what colour it is, and look VERY carefully at the ceramic...may have the tiniest of cracks!

what make of plugs did you use?

also, if it does miss at idle...take it to the darkest place possible, lift bonnet, turn all lights off and look out for any little lightening jumps from the Ht leads/coil to the engine :)

Piggy :)

Engine does not misfire on tickover,have removed plugs one by one all nice colour no obvious cracks on ceramic,could i have a dud spark plug

In Topic: Engine Misfire

22 December 2009 - 05:29 PM

plugs now come ready gapped...could be got the wrong plugs!

Did you get some grease on an electrode maybe?

or the HT leads not quite clipped on?

Fitted the right plugs,no grease on the electrode,and the HT leads are all fitted correctly.

In Topic: Engine Misfire

22 December 2009 - 05:27 PM

Did you check the gaps on the plugs when fitting them?

Yes i set up the gaps with feeler gauges