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Member Since 19 May 2009
Offline Last Active Oct 29 2015 11:59 PM

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In Topic: Flat Battery, 1.5 Amp Draining

29 October 2015 - 11:59 PM

Cannot measure when locked, battery must be connected to lock, if then disconnected, the alarm goes off as soon as the meter connects between battery and wire terminal.
I am beginning to think a drain of 0.8amps (10 watts) may be normal. Tonight I ran the car stationary for 45 mins to charge the battery, then disconnected it overnight. if the battery is flat tomorrow then confirms a dud battery.

In Topic: Flat Battery, 1.5 Amp Draining

29 October 2015 - 09:24 PM

I have just done some more measurements and the drain is 1.8 amps at first contact, at this point there are a few humming noises from the dashboard, after about 10 secs the noises stop and the drain settles down to 0.8 amps eg about 10 watts.
Is this ok??

In Topic: S-max - 3 Child Seats Accross The Back

29 October 2015 - 08:32 PM

My son has an S Max and children 3, 5 & 7, he seems to have all sorts of combinations of seats over the last 3 years and all fitted ok, but cannot comment on particular seat models.

In Topic: Sudden Loss Of Power

18 October 2015 - 10:20 AM

So today I changed the Filter and have already noticed a difference. It wasn't quite as straight forward as I thought it might be. Here is a simple step by step guide on how it went.
1. Fill a can of Diesel after having a debate in the filling station about the legalities of filling a green fuel can with diesel not unleaded.
2. Open the bonet and remove the engine cover
3. Discover that there in an extra bracket to remove that holds the engine cover on (3 x 8mm bolts)
4. Drop socket into engine bay whilst removing the above mentioned bracket,
5. Say something that sounds a little like blimey that a bit of a pain.
6. Remove air filter assembly and recover socket.
7. Cut finger on metal bracket.
8. Re-assemble air filter etc.
9. Try and fill new filter with Diesel using syphon pump
10. Discover syphon pump doesn't work so try filling it with diesel
11. Find out it isn't going to make a difference but manage to spray house wall/window with diesel.
12. Give up on pump but find that the pet medication syringe is the perfect nozzle size to fill diesel filter problem is it only holds 10ml.
13. Look for funnel that you put some small pipe on for another job. Decide you cant find it.
14. Kick pint glass of diesel over that you are using to fill syringe for filling filter
15. Refil glass after a few choice words
16. Ask yourself why you didn't just pay someone to do it!
17. Keep filling filter with Diesel
18. Repeat above
19. It's finally full.
20. Reattach everything and hope that as you couldn't bleed the system she will start
21. The car lives!
22. Get a sense of satisfaction from doing it yourself
23. Go to the pub with the money you saved by doing it yourself!

Very similar to my experience with an Smax, up to step 20 when car fired up for few seconds then died and would not start. Then spent many hours trying to get all the air out. Managed it finally but now want to buy a pump for the next time, my local car shop just look blank, any recommendations what/where to buy?

In Topic: Engine System Fault - Help

18 October 2015 - 10:04 AM

Sorry that remaining error should have read "cooling fan rationality check" (?).