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minnis

Member Since 31 Jul 2012
Offline Last Active May 19 2014 11:18 AM
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In Topic: In Car Camera (Again)

16 January 2014 - 09:25 PM

I know there have been a few threads on cameras in recent weeks but please bear with me. 

 

This one seems to tick most of the boxes for me - discrete and simple

http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/B00F5WP990

http://www.blackvue....dr350-detail or

http://domestic.roadhawk.co.uk/roadhawk-720-dash-camera. 

 

There are a GPS versions but I don't see the point - I know where I was if I ever need to review any footage.  The first one looks great, but would bebetter if available from a UK seller in the event of being sent a dud.

 

The main question I have is whether anyone has thought of connecting the power to the map lights console no the roof near the rear view mirror, rather than having to take the cables around the windscreen to the power plug?  If I disconected the bulb and connected in the camera, and set the switch to permanently on would this work?  I think the light goes off a certain time after switching the engine off and locking the door, but thats no different (or even better) than a cig lighter plug that is switched by the ignition - it will keep recording a few minutes longer but no chance of the draining the battery.  What do you guys think, would this work?

 

GPS isn't so much for knowing where you are (it'll be pretty obvious where you are at any time just by looking at the footage) but if it knows where you are, it also knows how fast you were going. So perfect for if someone hits you and then tries to claim you were speeding.

 

I have no idea if you suggestion will work but a much simpler idea would be to connect it up to the radio ignition live. 


In Topic: Mpg Question

30 December 2013 - 01:49 AM

Hopefully you'll still have the receipt. It should detail how many litres you put in. Divide this by 4.54 to get the amount of gallons you out in.
Then divide 525 by the gallons put in to work out your mpg.

In Topic: Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec Tdci 110Ps Cambelt Change Time

17 November 2013 - 05:14 PM

I believe it is 10 years or 120,000 miles, but the general consensus is to get it done around 70-80K. If I were you, if you're even slightly worried about it, get it done. A cambelt change is only a few hundred quid, repairing a broken cambelt would be loads more than that.


In Topic: Nürburgring Crash Compilation 2013

13 November 2013 - 10:56 PM

cant believe how popular those two corners are and WTF would want to drive it in the snow?

http://www.break.com...-crashes-342942

Watch from 5:44.

If you don't want to watch the rest, the guy buys a half million pound hypercar, tests it out by driving 6 hours to get to a snow covered Caldwell Park, and chucks it in the barrier.

Some people don't deserve nice cars!

In Topic: Whining Noise: Focus Lx

06 November 2013 - 04:05 PM

I've had an alternator go twice on my focus. The first time, it just refused to start the day after the whining began, but the second time the power steering cut out, loads of warning lights came on and then everything went dead. Speedo, lights, not even the hazard lights came on, and I had to push it to the side of the road and wait for the AA.

 

If you have a multimeter, check the battery. It should be about 12v or so with the engine off I believe, and it should be around 14 or so volts with the engine on. If it's any less than this, or it doesn't go up with the engine running, it may be the alternator. It will be safe to drive, but beware that you may lose ALL electronic driver aids (my power steering went half way round a corner, and it caught me off-guard. Could have been VERY dangerous) and may get loads of warning lights flashing up on the dash (my handbrake warning light came on at 50mph!).

 

This may not happen immediately - mine lasted over a week from the whining starting to the problems happening.

 

Hope this helps and that all is resolved ASAP :).