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  1. This morning taking the other half out for some retail therapy, my TPMS alarm alerted me that my rear passenger tire was in trouble, it had lost 5 pounds in 3 miles. So, I dropped her off at a shop, then drove 300yds to a known independent standalone tire shop. Disappointed to see a few cars in front of me, but after just 5 minutes, the guy waved me in front, I got out of the car as he was pushing the jack up trolley to the appropriate tire. I said I hadn't even told him what was wrong yet, he pointed to my tire and said, you have a puncture, right? I looked at the tire and it was pretty much flat. He worked his magic with the soapy water, then walked towards me. Here we go I thought, he'll be suggesting a new tire now. But, he told me it was the valve stem, and showed me the fault. The darn thing had totally split at the base! Could have been the original 16 year old one! Anyway, 5 minutes later I was driving back out - total cost, £5, yep, I like repairs like that!
    6 points
  2. Potential side effects of a very common drug... conditions of excess stomach acid secretion irritation of the stomach or intestines nausea vomiting heartburn stomach cramps a type of blood disorder where the red blood cells burst called hemolytic anemia anemia a decrease in platelet clotting large purple or brown skin blotches decreased blood platelets low levels of white blood cells bleeding within the skull bleeding bronchospasm stomach or intestinal ulcer blood coming from *nus damage to the liver and inflammation bleeding of the stomach or intestines a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis inflammation of the skin due to an allergy hives Yep,you've guessed - Aspirin! Anything you take inside your body has the potential do do something untoward to somebody, however, I don't hear the clamor and outcry to stop Aspirin...
    5 points
  3. BigLen

    Things I do like

    Absolutely amazing day guys, her chin fits on my shoulder, brought be for a picnic and fed me cheese aswell as chocolate, seeing her again tomorrow; says im effin amazing 😅
    5 points
  4. TimST2

    Things I do like

    Finally got the ST washed today after months with a bad back In fact, today is one of those rare moments when all three cars, the house and the garden are all clean and tidy!
    4 points
  5. Not with my family!! My 84 year old mum has already missed out the last one, she ain't got many left.I don't care what our f*ckin' government mandates, we'll be together at Christmas - screw 'em! We are all double jabbed and boostered. I know speaking from others, they all have the same opinion, we've had enough, can't wrap us up in cotton wool forever...
    4 points
  6. I’m annoyed about this bordering on anger😠Could always go down the over crowded local pub I suppose,no masking wearing their😀
    4 points
  7. You must take into account that buying a used gearbox is quite a big risk. These gearboxes are usually between 6 and 10 Year old. Since bearing damage and excessive wear of internal components is quite common on a 1.6 TDCi with B6 gearbox there is quite a risk that the replacement gearbox suffers from the same problem. Bearing damage and excessive wear of internal components of the B6 gearbox is caused by insufficient lubrication. Insufficient lubrication is known to be the result of driving at low engine RPM's/high torque in high gears. The 1.6 TCDI is basically the only engine type that has this problem. All other engine types that use the B6 gearbox have different gear ratio's and (most important) less torque which prevents the driver from driving at low engine RPM's/high torque in high gears. This problem can easily be prevented by avoiding driving at low engine RPM's/high torque in high gears. Since buying a used gearbox is quite a big risk rebuilding the original gearbox is also worth to be considered. Bearing noises from the gearbox are usually an early symptom. In this case replacement of the defective bearings is usually sufficient to solve the problem. This is usually also the cheapest solution.
    4 points
  8. Always positive first is what I was taught, if you ground the car first and then accidentally touch the positive lead to the earthed car it will short the battery - that's unlikely what happened to you though. A depleted battery produces (I think it's) hydrogen, this is a highly flammable gas. The potential for sparks is always on the last connection, and the greatest spark potential is from the positive terminal. The most likely explanation is that the bad battery created a short because of the gases. That's why I connect the ground to an earth point on the chassis (follow the thick black lead from the negative terminal and it will go to a suitable 'lug'), that way any sparks are far away from the battery. Perhaps on the 13th you can jump the car from another vehicle? *Red to bad battery *Red to donor *black to bad battery *black to ground point on donor Reverse for removal.
    4 points
  9. BigLen

    Things I do like

    I do like going on a mystery destination tomorrow with a beautiful woman which I met last week via Tinder, she's collecting me tomorrow morning and dropping me back tomorrow evening but wont say where were going, so spontaneous and exciting
    4 points
  10. I wasn't even aware Jeep made a hybrid before that programme! I'm not sure if it's Jeep's own or bought in from elsewhere but I did wonder if a long-term player in the hybrid market like Toyota managed the VOCs any better. I agree the 5 year extension for hybrids seems a bit pointless, though they'll have to have 'significant zero emission capability' which effectively means big enough batteries to keep them out of normal sized cars. The charger issue is a pain. It was a long time before phone chargers became standardised as well (except one... ). I don't see what the manufacturers gain from restricting the accessibility of their chargers. The fact that so many are out of order doesn't make sense either. I know there's an element of trial and error as they try to make the chargers as efficient and robust as possible, while also keeping the costs low, but they must have been out long enough to find the weak points by now. Personally I'd remove the touch screens for a start, I know it looks modern but they're not worth the hassle on something that'll be outside in all weathers and getting huge amounts of use every day. A physical keypad should be more reliable. The 8 year/100k warranty on batteries sounds good enough to me. That's the sort of stage that you'd expect big bills on an ICE car nowadays - cambelt, clutch, DPF/EGR, injectors etc. It'll make it difficult for people buying them at 10+ years old but that's the same for ICE now... The days of buying a £500, 15 year old, car to last a couple of years without any maintenance or repairs are long gone...
    4 points
  11. Yes, I suppose we on here know (or think we do!😀) a bit more than the "average" car buyer at whom the programme was presumably aimed, but I wasn't at all sure at the end which way they were leaning or what audience it was aimed at. The charger issues have certainly been well covered already over several years now and it's a bit disappointing that not much progress seems to have been made. I make a point of looking at EV chargers wherever I see them and still find many missing, out of order and with a plethora of payment systems. The programme did mention government legislation next year but really, payment by debit/credit card should have been sorted from the start. Yeah, the 9 year old Leaf was a bit naughty but Nissans response was a bit sniffy I thought. MG came over better with comments about further improving their information to drivers on the charging regime. Autocar did a comparison recently on buying a new VW ID3 versus a used Jaguar I-Pace for approximately the same money. Both Jag and VW give an 8 year/100k mile transferable warranty on the battery and will replace it if it fails to retain 70% capacity before then. The article suggested that high mileage cars that have been fully charged and rapid charged routinely were the likeliest to suffer early battery capacity degredation. (Or, I guess, exactly the sort of 2 or 3 year old ex-lease company cars you often find on the used market.) I was a bit thrown by the VOC thing also. I don't think the Jeep they featured is the best example of a hybrid, but to me, if you're heading towards EV (or other zero emission vehicle) the 5 years extra for hybrids is a bit pointless. The SMMT man, Mike Hawes, seemed a bit wrong-footed by the VOC thing but muttered something about further emission legislation in a couple of years. I presume he means Euro 7 - and the heads of Stellantis and Renault have already said they're not prepared to make the investment to meet that, but it's not clear yet whether it will apply to all models in production at the date of implementation, or just to new ones introduced afterwards. Yes, I think you may have mentioned it!😀
    4 points
  12. I so hate to say (actually I don't really LOL), I told you so!! Battery cars will be the next consumer disaster which will have the power to bring down the government because of their blind arrogance that they have 'discovered' the future. The thing is, when people bought Betamax, LaserDisks, 'Rabbit' phones, 'squarial' satellite systems, etc, for the cutting edge early adopters, they didn't really break the bank when all eventually failed. The thing about 'battery' cars is that at a cost of £20k to £40k, for most of us, that is an absolute major purchase which when they don't work as they're meant to as a replacement for ICE cars, they will leave people financially in great difficulty. Not to mention an environmental burden as they try to scrap redundant technology! There is a huge disaster looming on the horizon, and sadly the government seem to be wearing a blindfold heading straight to it... I told you so, oh, I already said that... 🤣
    4 points
  13. NI carry out MOTs differently to you. Over here, all MOT centers are government run, they are not 'garages' and carry out no repairs, simply do the mandated test impartially with it all documented on pretty HiTech computer equipment. So there is no incentive to tout for business by saying something failed just to gain the profit from repairing it. All personnel have to pass a 'poker face' test though as during the test, their facial expression gives absolutely no clue whatsoever how your car is getting on! LOL 🤣
    3 points
  14. unofix

    Things I Don't Like

    Is it Tom or the Golf that's getting MOT'd ? Golf might pass, not sure about Tom 🤣
    3 points
  15. Just found out that medical grade masks has been mandatory like you said Stephen in German and Austrian public settings eg shops since the beginning of this year.Infections are rising in those countries and I’ll be wearing a leaky disposal paper mask when I go shopping after Monday😜
    3 points
  16. Paulius55

    Heated Screen

    On later models all high draw equipment (stop/start, heated screen etc) will only work if the state of charge is high enough. However, the default is to have a target of 80% state of charge for the battery and after that the alternator free-wheels. The system also limits the amount of current available to charge the battery. This is all in the name of emissions as the alternator creates a drag when charging. The trouble is, the system then shuts off the high-draw equipment if the state of charge drops too low. The consequence is that in cold weather, or with short journeys, the state of charge never reaches the target and things stop working. My wife had an old Fiesta without this system and the heated screen worked perfectly in all weathers. My nice shiny modern S-Max refused to clear the front screen in the first frost it encountered. However, with Forscan, I have changed the Target State Of Charge from 80% to 90% and everything now works all the time.
    3 points
  17. Won't effect those of us that are exempt. Like I said before, Austria went into full lockdown last week, and they have mandated proper medical FFP2 masks since January 2021. It's almost as if masks don't work outside a legitimate medical environment...
    3 points
  18. On a C-max / Grand C-max 1.6 TDCI without Stop/Start the following part numbers are listed: New gearbox: Finis: 1840686 Part number: AV6R-7002-GJ Remanufactured gearbox: Finis: 1836348 Part number: RMAV6R-7002-GJ These part numbers supersedes the following part numbers: AV6R-7002-GC AV6R-7002-GD AV6R-7002-GE AV6R-7002-GF AV6R-7002-GG AV6R-7002-GH These part numbers are used on the Focus MK3 and C-max / Grand C-max MK2 1.6 TDCI without Stop/Start. As far as I know apart from the different starter motor the only difference between a B6 gearbox without Stop/Start and a B6 gearbox with Stop/Start is the "Transmission Gear Shift Housing". Since this part can easily be removed from the original gearbox and installed into the new gearbox it should be no problem to buy a a B6 gearbox with Stop/Start.
    3 points
  19. 'Red to dead' is a good way to remember where to start. I hate jumping batteries myself. Many years ago I watched someone else blow a battery (as in the casing!!) when disconnecting a big garage type jump pack without switching off/unplugging first! Not sure how these small jump packs work, is there an on/off switch at all? If not, that could explain it... I was also given a top tip by an old tech at college, if charging indoors or it's a calm day, blow across the battery before disconnecting the charger to remove any gasses that may have built up.
    3 points
  20. isetta

    Electrics gone mad

    Bum? Is that auto spelling correction of bcm?
    3 points
  21. I always attach the red positive lead first and connect the black lead to the earthing point on the chassis and not the battery.
    3 points
  22. It is literally on the forscan website: https://forscan.org/comparsion.html
    3 points
  23. BigLen

    Things I do like

    setup a shared playlist on Spotify, its going really well, have to introduce the dog next, then the kids, I've put that off for Atleast a week; seven days of foreplay 🤣
    3 points
  24. No !! There is a petrol driven generator in the boot to power all that stuff....... They're not stupid you know ! 🤣
    3 points
  25. pcaouolte

    Car cover

    Greta would be pleased that it wasn't a single use plastic.🙂
    3 points
  26. Ahh, 11c, I wondered what the temperature needed to be for stop/start to work, now I know. 🙂
    2 points
  27. Yes, as UNOFIX says, you have debris in the oil ways. Your only options are: 1 Fit a new engine AND turbocharger - not viable due to age/value of car. 2 Fit a known working (see it working before they remove it) 2nd hand engine and turbo 3 Remove your engine and completely strip it down and send it away to have all the oil ways cleaned (block and head) and rebuild with a new turbo - but there is still no guarantee it won't go bang one week after rebuild 4 leave the car somewhere and forget to lock it............ooops
    2 points
  28. colinmcg71

    Col’s Mk4 Focus ST

    Lol, me neither. I always take a photo or two after a wash to remind me how it can look. Usually it looks like this nowadays
    2 points
  29. That should do it, you will have more fuses than positions that you can plug the leads into. 🙂
    2 points
  30. Not on a 2019. Didn't come in until first half of 2020 - not sure of exact date, though.
    2 points
  31. unofix

    Strange

    Thank goodness for that......... That makes it OK 🤣
    2 points
  32. Thanks Uno. That idea has really helped me! I used two credit cards (at the same time) on the long edges to remove the outer bits and then used a flat bladed screwdriver to attack the short edges on each side to prise away the spring clips. Worked a treat - about ten minutes start to finish!
    2 points
  33. I remember getting my first turbo car... Boost did feel 'like a madman' compared to the wheezy NA's I'd been used to before that!! I did learn in a turbo diesel, but it was only a 1.4HDi which didn't appear to have a power band, it was so horrendously slow you couldn't even tell when the turbo was boosting!
    2 points
  34. Frantic shopping tomorrow, one more day of freedom ha ha.
    2 points
  35. iantt

    Things I do like

    Don't wear leather shorts then😂😂😂😂
    2 points
  36. mjt

    Heated Screen

    Isn't this just utterly ridiculous? A vital safety feature disabled when surely the alternator must have the capacity to power it and still have some reserve to charge the battery. What are they thinking?
    2 points
  37. Turvey

    Things I do like

    @StephenFordgood to see small independent honest businesses still around. Wonder what would have happened if you had gone into Halfords etc
    2 points
  38. So made my first journey in the snow on the CC2 and I'm really impressed. Stranded cars littered the route but the fiesta confidently climbed every hill. Hill starts were also no problem. Descending hills was also very good.
    2 points
  39. Not sure how they would know this given the short time the Covid vaccines have been in use. Anyway, like @JImpster I already had a heart issue but I can't say I'm worried about it.
    2 points
  40. Sponsored by....pfizer...LoL https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ7kg7qBFDo&feature=youtu.be https://youtu.be/kJ7kg7qBFDo
    2 points
  41. Jonro2009

    Front lights

    Hey, the H7 halogens are absolutely shocking. Most people replace them with LED upgraded lamps, and there is no issue with heat or housing failure - provided you buy decent ones. CANbus is simply the cars own electrical system, it monitors the current draw and if it senses an issue then it throws up an error light on the dash that there is a bulb out (simplified explanation). The LEDs you replace the halogens with needs to be CANbus compatible, basically it has a built in resistor that fools the system into thinking the LED is drawing more power than it is. Are you aware that the front bumper needs to be removed to replace the lamps? Worst design I've ever seen, so if you are doing 1 set of lamps then you are best doing them all. So w5w sidelights, H7 dipped beam, H15 high beam/DRL and H11 fog lamps. I admin a Mk5 Mondeo FB page, we have a member who owns an automotive lighting company who has supplied the majority of our members that do upgrades. You are more than welcome to join and see if we can help. Jon https://www.facebook.com/groups/693277794183606/?ref=share
    2 points
  42. I fully agree. That was our experience some years ago with our Toyota fleet. One part was made in Turkey, other in Japan. Huge difference in build quality and reliability.
    2 points
  43. StephenFord

    Things I do like

    Oh stop being such a killjoy LOL 🤣 As long as he keeps his PIN number to himself, and his wallet well secured, he'll be fine 😁 (It may have been a while, but you can buy 'them' in supermarkets now!)
    2 points
  44. Sounds normal to me. The headlight washers only get used occasionally when you do the windscreen washers and the lights are on. It doesn't do it every time to save on fluid. I don't know what the exact algorithm is, it's probably a combination of time since it last did it and how many times the windscreen washers get activated before it triggers again.
    2 points
  45. It's most likely there's a 'barb' on the contact that needs to be depressed to release it. The manufacturers probably offer a special tool for the purpose but it's often possible to use a small slim screwdriver blade to do it. If you had access to a new contact it would show you where you need to go but if not it'll be trial and error. Either way it'll need to be released from the back of the moulding.
    2 points
  46. Some people religiously do the same when charging their mobile phones but I'm not sure it makes any difference. I charge my mobile fully every night and have never had any measurable degradation, quick charging is more likely to be detrimental to any battery because excess heat kills batteries. I did see most of the programme and there was nothing there that wasn't already known.
    2 points
  47. Did anyone else catch this? The guy presenting it was pretty much pro-EV, having had one for 5 years or so, so I don't think you could accuse him of anti-EV bias. However, there was certainly nothing in the programme that would encourage me to buy one at this stage. One point that I hadn't really appreciated was that, for optimum battery life, manufacturers recommend not charging above 80%, or letting charge fall below 20%. So to make your battery last, you are effectively unable to use 40% of its capacity on a regular basis. Of course, if you are on a 3 year lease/PCP you probably won't care, but purchasers of used EVs are going to have to look carefully at battery condition, it appears.
    2 points
  48. F0CUE

    Strange

    I actually love this 😂
    2 points
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