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Proud To Announce..

06 October 2015 - 02:13 PM

Hello all,
On this day I am proud to announce the loss of another Corsa from our roads :lol:

It caught fire at work this morning in the car park, damaging a Suzuki swift parked next to it. Safe to say the corsa is a write off.

Sadly no pictures, strictly no photography on this site.

Oops! That'll Be A Traffic Cone Then.

05 September 2015 - 09:17 AM

What a nightmare on the B922 Glenrothes to Kirkcaldy road last night. I had been out for a cycle, on my way home about 21:15 when i come down the road and a traffic cone appears in the middle of my lane, car coming the other way so i couldn't swerve it so had to hit it at about 50-60mph.
Pulled over a few hundred yards up the road and phoned the police, had a look over the car and then moved it to another spot further down where it was a bit safer.
So the damage so far is the bumper, side skirt and the alloy wheel. Phoned the mrs to come up with her car so i could get some light. She phoned the police again, by this point 2 police cars had passed us and didn't even have the decency to stop and ask if we were ok.
So I get the spare wheel on and start heading home, I come across a mk3 focus pulled over on the side of the road. I pulled in to see if he was ok and it turns out he also smacked the cone at 20:45 and made it this far before the police pulled him into the layby bit for a random check - where his car cut out and was totally dead. If the new focus is like the older mk2 with the ECU in the wheel arch area then this would explain why.
So almost 30 minutes had passed from this guy hitting the cone to me hitting it and the police have done absolutely NOTHING about it!
I only have a picture of the wheel damage so far. The picture isnt great but it is quite a flat spot.

Unbelievable Timing!

13 August 2015 - 01:00 AM

Well the mighty Mondeo has never broken down in over 4 years of ownership but tonight was the first of any trouble I've ever had with it.

Jumped in the car tonight, turned on the ignition and started the engine.. Absolutely nothing on the dashboard, no lights and no dials!
Haven't had the chance to see if anything else such as interior lights of electric mirrors have also stopped working but I really do hope it's a fuse but if so then the question is why?

Part of the fun of car sharing though is that there are always backup cars, as much as my car is running fine it's not ideal having no speedo or Rev counter.
The car was parked on Monday morning and hasn't moved since, was absolitely fine when I parked it. I'm off for 8 days as of tomorow so I will investigate it then. Shame this problem couldnt have waited a day or 2 though. To add to that I was late in to work tonight due to a crash on the motorway. Really is not my night.

Introduction To Fuse Taps/piggybacks Pic Heavy

07 August 2015 - 01:36 PM

Afternoon all.


I have put together a few pictures and some knowledge to help create a guide to better understand fuse taps and how to use them. After some confusion last week over how it would work I have decided to show exactly how it does. With the ever increasing use of these simple 'add on' circuits its important we know whats going on.


First of all, be sure to check that the fuse tap you are going to use is a suitable rating for the intended use. Remember that fuse taps are only intended for low fuse rating circuits.



Here is a standard blade fuse tap. Looking at it like this, the feed should go to the left hand blade.




So lets have a look at how a fuse tap is configured - This will help you understand how to install it.

As we can see here, the 2 terminals on the left of the fuse tap are common to each other (note the low resistance reading). They are also common to the blade on the left hand side.




The 2 terminals on the right are not common to each other - thus providing us with 2 separe output circuits (note the OL reading). The bottom right terminal is common to the right hand blade.




The additional circuit uses the top fuse holder and the primary circuit uses the bottom one (closest to the blades).








So lets have a look at how putting the fuses in affects it.

With no fuses in, the 2 blades are isolated from each other.




With the primary fuse in (red in this example although it should have been yellow), the 2 blades have continuity but the red lead for the secondary output does not.



With the secondary fuse added, (yellow in this example although it should have been red), only the left blade and the secondary output have continuity.




So with this in mind, the diagram on the left shows how the fuse tap is configured (ignore the 4 dots).




The following pictures show how each fuse affects the circuits, starting the the fuse tap in the correct orientation. (note that in my example, the red wires are positive and the yellow wires are negative).

The basic circuit.




With the primary (yellow) fuse added, the bottom led strip lights up.




WIth both the primary (yellow) and secondary (red) fuses in place, both led strips light up



From here on is where it changes.


IF the fuse tap is fitted with the correct orientation in the fuse panel (As you look at the fuse tap the left blade is the feed when the secondary output lead is on the right) then removing the primary fuse still allows the secondary circuit to operate. Using this knowledge would allow you to determine if the fuse tap is fitted the correct way round. If you have a meter you could also use that to determine the feed and load in the fuse panel.


My apologies on this, the next few pics are not the easiest to make out due to it being very bright outside.




Now here is how the incorrect orientation affects the circuits.

With both fuses in place, the circuits function as you would expect.




With only the primary fuse in place, the original circuit still functions as it should.




BUT when the primary fuse is removed, the secondary circuit is also removed despite still having a fuse in place. This is due to both circuits feeding through the primary fuse.






The outcome?


This is exactly how a fuse tap is configured. Fitting it the wrong way round simply feeds both circuits through the primary fuse, It doesn't allow any circuit to become live without a fuse. The secondary circuit fuse would be in series to the first so still offering the correct protection.



Euro Car Parts Discount

20 July 2015 - 06:17 PM

Remember folks, extra 15% discount at euro car parts just now. Use code 'extra15'

I've just ordered 2 drums of 5w/30 C3 - an oil I use a huge amount of, £2.30 a litre.