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The Dark Knight

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#472168 Problem With Car/mechanic

Posted by The Dark Knight on Yesterday, 07:06 PM

Jeez, the plot thickens. These guys get worse with every post lol! I couldn't find them on Companies House which means they will be a sole trader as opposed to a Ltd company as there are no formal registration requirements for sole traders. - Not that it makes a massive difference, I was just curious.


You really need to get a garage with good feedback to do a full report on the car then sue these gits for the money you have spent. Remember to put everything together in a folder because if you went to court or wanted further advice from a solicitor (usually 30 mins free advice), it helps to have everything to hand and to be concise.

#471696 Rant! (Warranty Issues)

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 March 2015 - 12:25 PM

Try another dealer, you never know your luck. If you had purchased from a dealer and this fault developed, you could have demanded a repair free of charge under the Sale of Goods Act. This would be regardless of warranty issues.

You purchased privately so cannot enforce those rights sadly. Unless of course the person you bought it from buys and sells cars in the course of a business.

#471479 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 March 2015 - 08:17 PM

That's it, all sorted. I might even paint a smiley face on the steering lock with a speech bubble that says "Better luck next time crims"


Although, knowing my luck, I would just get a note through the door that says "We see your steering lock and missing fuse and raise you a tow truck!"


:P :lol:

#471464 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 March 2015 - 07:28 PM

Cheers Lee

#471437 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 March 2015 - 06:34 PM

Ok guys, I decided to go down the fuse road tonight (steering lock on order) but I was confronted with a manual that bears no resemblence to the fuse box. See below:







#471165 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 09:45 PM

I think the thing to consider here is that to gain access to the car they need to connect to the OBD and trigger the door release.

If the OBD is dead then they won't be able to get in to access the fusebox, let alone look for the one missing fuse amongst a half dozen empty slots that usually occur.



Of course! The deadlocks! Not only will they have to set off the alarm to get to the fusebox, they will also have to climb through a smashed window cos they would have to take a while to defeat the deadlocks. By the time they have faffed with all that, the cops could be there.

#471164 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 09:43 PM

I think the main thing here is to do the best you can. I will buy a good quality steering lock and remove the fuse and if the crims are reading this and planning to defeat the fuse idea, then they will have to enter the car and thereby set the alarm off.


If this happened while at home, I wouldn't go outside and challenge them because they would probably smash my head in (unless I'm in Batman mode :-D ) . So I will film them through the window with a torch and my phone then hand the footage to police.


If they come fully tooled up and defeat all systems then fair play to them, I will just claim off my insurance.

#471123 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 08:32 PM

Behind the glove compartment


Thanks. My car is in for a service on the 8th of April so I might ask Ford if they will remove the fuse for me. If they say no I will do it myself.


In the meantime its steering lock time!

#471099 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

Seems very reasonable value. So if crims were confronted with that device, how long would it take them to defeat it? I'm guessing quite a while, especially if they have just come tooled up to only take on the OBD port.


I also assume that the removal of the aforementioned fuse completely defeats them anyway?


Not an issue for me parking at work but the driveway overnight or in town etc could be an issue.

#471095 Stolen St3

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 07:18 PM

This is very concerning. I didn't realise the keyless system was so vulnerable! I can't afford the VIPER alarm system upgrade but what about disklok? If some crims turned up and defeated the security in a matter of seconds, surely they will come unstuck when faced with this: http://www.amazon.co...eywords=disklok

#471069 Why Are People So Bad At Parking?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 05:49 PM

I've tried Ford's own touch up kit with exact colour match and I bought my own paint brushes that were very fine. It still doesn't look great at all.


There's a guy around my way who fixes such problems easily and much cheaper than a bodyshop. I have used his services many times and its worth paying for. Check out the yellow pages etc. for mobile paint repair guys in your area and get some quotes together.

#471031 Random Encounters With Some Iffy Driving

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 04:19 PM

These certainly aren't non events. Questionable driving at the very least and I certainly don't worry about it, just felt like posting a compilation video and testing out the new software in the process.


The exiting Corsa was bailing out late due to traffic starting to build up further on which wasn't the safest of decisions. The white was not broken down, he was chatting and laughing with the local yobs on the bike and his engine was running (I could hear it when I went past).


The Corsa on the roundabout went left from the right hand lane with no sign of indicating and was pretty much level pegging with the MPV all the way around rather than trying to slot into the gap behind.


The Ford Focus tailgated the MPV big time and when I looked in the mirror he was braking all the time and edging out. Finally, the Audi is summed up well by Mark and could have clipped my front end if I was further on and turning right.


I acknowledged before even uploading that these were minor issues in the big scheme of things but certainly not non events. In a typical sods law way though, I have not seen anything that anyone would class as very bad since I had the camera fitted. Before that I would see something many times, be it red light runners or maniac white van man etc.


I think the closest call I've recorded was the Vectra that pulled out on the lorry. The lorry driver was well p**sed off lol

#470926 Couldn't Remove A Wheel! Your Thoughts Please

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 March 2015 - 11:35 AM

I decided to put the summer tyres back on the ST yesterday but couldn't remove one of the wheels (rear drivers side). Here's some background as to why...


I used a mobile wheel and tyre fitter last November who came out and balanced the wheels having put the winter tyres onto the spare rims. I had to purchase 4 wheel nuts from Ford because the locking nuts would not fit with the spare rims. After a few weeks though, I couldn't settle because there was a definite vibration through the wheel.


I then took it to a local MOT, repair and tyre centre that I have used before. They discovered that the back passenger side wheel was somewhat buckled. He further balanced the wheel to get rid of the vibration as it was only slight. Their equipment is more sophisticated than the mobile fitter hence they found the problem.


Anyway, yesterday I decided to remove the winter tyres and rims myself. They were on too tight for the wrench to even budge. My neighbour gave me a spare wrench from his old Mondeo as I only have the repair kit but they were on so tight that it knackered the wrench.


Off to the shops I went and purchased a heavy duty breaker bar and 19mm socket for £20. This made light work of the job and we sailed through the task...


Then we came to the wheel in question. The socket would not fit over the nuts which we could not understand. Then we discovered that one of the nuts had been tightened by the garage to such an extent that it was worn down and badly deformed.


It was late afternoon now so I needed a rapid outcome. I phoned the mobile fitter I used last year and he came out at 7:30pm and could not believe it. He had to use his skills and hammer a 19mm socket onto the nut in order to remove it and said I was lucky it came off. He only charged £10 so great service by him and he correctly tightened all the wheels for me. 


I paid £x (need to check my statement) for the work at the garage last year, £20 for the breaker bar and socket and £10 for the mobile tyre guy.


I am seriously considering emailing or writing to the garage about this even though the amount is rather trivial. Anyone else come across this with garages?

#470716 Random Encounters With Some Iffy Driving

Posted by The Dark Knight on 28 March 2015 - 05:19 PM


Upgraded the software so decided to test out the mute and zoom functions

#470118 Problem With Car/mechanic

Posted by The Dark Knight on 26 March 2015 - 08:01 PM

Don't worry about naming them in terms of defamation Maxine but if you feel better not naming them in case they read this and were therefore given a heads up, send me the name by PM.

To be fair there's enough information in this topic for them to know who and what it's about in the unlikely event they did read it.