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#349241 Has Anybody Removed Their Spare Tyre To Save Weight?

Posted by exponential on 31 March 2014 - 12:51 PM

The fuel saving from doing this will be miniscule. Better off adjusting your driving style or running with less fuel in the tank, making your Mrs walk etc.

I remember one of the car programs did this a while back and found no performance/economy gains until the whole car had been stripped down to just the drivers seat or something like that.

I deffo wouldn't run without a spare in any case, I would rather change it myself in 10 mins than wait 30 mins or whatever for the AA and then have to be towed to a tyre shop anyway - would be more embarrassing having to tell the AA man I didn't have a spare due to trying to save weight :lol:

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Making the missus walk sounds like something I could get the hang of! :)


I just thought I would ask the question really.


I too would much rather have the spare in there to be honest I mean, can you imagine the converstion you will have when you get a flat on a long journey going on holiday and your missus (if shes not walking) turns around and asks why there is no spare and you have a 2 year old in the back starting to get irritable!


So the spare stays......hehehe.

#342948 2009 1.8Tdci - Intermittant Stuttering

Posted by exponential on 14 March 2014 - 10:30 PM

I tend to run it down to 50 miles to go, and I have noticed more recently, as I got less than that, the car started to misbehave a little!
I like to see how many miles I get outa the thing, so tend to run it to bottom, but not sure I will be doing that in the mondy

I'm guilty of that too.....:$

#339132 Air Con Default "on" ?

Posted by exponential on 05 March 2014 - 05:25 PM

It should only come on if you turned it on (or left it on).
Are you saying even if you turn it off, it is on when you next start the car?
Where do you have the blowers aiming at? If it is the windscreen this automatically turns the A/C on in some cars, to help demist.


Aircon defaults to "on" when the blowers are set to the windscreen position.
I have them set to windscreen/upper vents to avoid this.

#324879 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 23 January 2014 - 10:08 AM

Michael,name and shame the guy on here so that others are warned. when i was on seatcupra.net you could not say anything bad/negative towards any of the sponsors on there as your post would get deleted or your account would get deleted. its just how the admin team worked so you never got proper feedback on any of the sponsors on there. hope you get it all sorted mate.

Im considering doing that but the thing is, the guy has been very attentive and seems to be very thorough.
Its been a nightmare from the start though and ive gotta go back to his house AGAIN tonight for him to delete a DPF sensor (which, again doesnt make sense).

I personally think that he has zero experience with Ford and I get the impression that I was a guinea pig to see if he could do it.
He specialises in Audi and VW you see.

Im just very pee'd off with it now and am doubting everything he's done.

#324868 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 23 January 2014 - 09:15 AM

Just to add to this...

I have done the dashboard trick and there is a section you click to which shows your DPF "active" and "passive" cycle.

My "active" cycle is showing a reading which means it is regenerating. How can this be??

Is the info on the dashboard trick reliable or is it just what the ecu "thinks" it should be doing?

Anyone on here who had the DPF delete done care to check what their "active" cycle shows please.

As farcas I am concerned it should read zero fuel being added!

#324392 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 21 January 2014 - 09:11 PM

glad you got it sorted,
NOW get it put back in,as its going to fail the next mot?.


My mate is an MOT tester so.............I'll leave it out thanks! Hehehe ;)

#324372 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 21 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

Hi guys.

Just an update.

I went to the remappers house after work and he was very appologetic and almost seemed embarrassed by the whole thing.
I must admit, I wasnt best pleased at the whole situation so I guess an angry looking skinhead walking towards you kinda makes you apologise a bit more! LOL
I went in there feeling like I had been duped but to be fair, he couldnt have been more helpful and did a thorough job of diagnosing the fault. One of his friends rang while I was there asking about my car and if he had found the fault so he bas abviously asked around about it.
He took the passenger side wheel off and the guard and removed the ecu.
He then took me inside and showed me how it all works. Quite an eye opener for me as it was like a workbench you would see at a computer repair shop.
He connected my ecu to a small electronic device via the pcb it's self and downloaded a different code.
Long story short, he did this a further 3 times until it worked.
I now have a working dashboard but the fuel guage still didnt work.
We went to a local BP and I filled it with some Ultimate but the automatic stop mechanism didn't work on the pump I was using so was a bit shocked when diesel came surging out of the opening!!
Anyway, the fuel dial now works but it is only showing an 80 mile range on the digital readout.
I think it needs to re-learn when it is full and empty.......

Car feels great to drive now. Pulls very nicely and with the DPF gone, I can hear and feel the difference.
Get a nice "whistle" now that I didnt get before.

I am happy overall but am unhappy about how he initially dealt with me as far as ignoring my calls but I think it is fixed now so I guess its all a learning experience.

#324186 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 21 January 2014 - 01:58 PM

Sounds like you've just dropped unlucky try a bit of tact first before or guns blaze you never know.

After leaving a few voicemails he has finally rang me. 


I expressed my concerns to him and he eventually gave me home address.


I am going after work. He says it could be a bug in the software he has installed so will put the old software back in and see if it corrects the issue. If so then he will know its his software at fault.


Will just have to see now...

#324149 Urgent Advice Needed. Possibly Been Scammed Re: Dpf Delete

Posted by exponential on 21 January 2014 - 12:31 PM

A reason why if I have anything like that touched on my car I do my homework first reputations feedback and all that it's a shame that there are people out there just after yer hard earned to scam and possibly cost you more in the end run (hope it don't )could do with a board on here with recommended and trusted suppliers,mechs,body shops and such save people getting ripped.

The thing is steads, I thought I had done my research!

I trawled the various forums and found this guy through a number of audi, vw and bmw sites and they all raved about the guy.
Not a bad word said......custom remaps specialist apparently.

Just goes to show...

#321878 Does An Electronic Fuel Pump Have To Be "primed" Before Installation?

Posted by exponential on 15 January 2014 - 10:01 AM

It does not need priming as it is self priming - in theory - the system will bleed - eventually - but the massive fuel filter has to be filled up with fuel from the pump and all the air expelled, the battery will be flat long, long before you do that and it can take a long time before the system is bled and the engine will start  
Filling the fuel filter with diesel helps the bleeding process :lol: "get going"
Thats what i mean about the difference between theory and practice - changing the fuel filter is a deceptively difficult job, with pitfalls - its easy to spill diesel, on the Mondeo the alternator is right under the fuel filter - even a well-known Fodr magazine editor managed to get it wrong by re-connecting the hoses up the wrong way   

I completely understand now. By priming the filter, you are helping the process move along much more efficiently and putting less strain on your starter.
When I blanked my EGR, I found gaining access to it was made easier by removing the fuel pump.
I had to prime it after the blanking was complete by turning the key back and forth a few times but doing this totally drained
the battery.
Its a good job I was at my mates garage as they had a fancy machine that instantly charged my battery.
Never seen that machine before so was quite impressive when they used it. :)

I have made schoolboy errors too like connecting a phase conductor to the neutral bar and then wondering why there was a big bang!

#320680 Confusion Over Which Fuel Filter Is Correct

Posted by exponential on 12 January 2014 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Mick.

18 month old girl running around prevents me from replying straight away! LOL

So there are two metal ones on euro car parts site. One normal filter and one "performance" for £20 extra.

can you see any benefit to buying the more expensive filter??

#320650 Confusion Over Which Fuel Filter Is Correct

Posted by exponential on 12 January 2014 - 03:25 PM

Its a 59 plate focus estate 1.6 tdci bud.

#320564 Confusion Over Which Fuel Filter Is Correct

Posted by exponential on 12 January 2014 - 10:46 AM

Hi guys.

I was browsing through the euro car parts website under fuel filters because I am going to change oil and fuel filter aswel as drop the oil and renew.
Anyway, it came up with two different types of fuel filter, a black plastic one and a metal cylinder type.

Now when I blanked my EGR, I removed what I thought was the fuel filter (big metal cylinder with in/out pipes and electrical connection) for ease of access.

So my question is, which is the correct filter to change? I personally think it is the metal cylinder so what isthe black plastic one and where is that located?


#314475 Very Poor Mpg After Egr Blank

Posted by exponential on 23 December 2013 - 07:54 PM

I like it!!!

Hehe. Im scratching my chin in an "evil genius" kinda way! :D

Its neither evil or genius but you get the general idea..... haha.

#314456 Very Poor Mpg After Egr Blank

Posted by exponential on 23 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

Hope it works mate, probs like these are irritating and become a hole for money the life of car guys like us, only if people knew what it was really like
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Very very true but when your car is your p & j you will spend any amount to keep her running well.

Its how it should be! :)