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Marlburian

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  • First Name
    Terence
  • Ford Model
    Ford Fiesta Trend ecoboost
  • Ford Year
    2021
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Berkshire

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  1. Not sure that it was trolling, just contributions to the discussion. (But as a newbie I've yet to become familiar with the personalities of regular contributors.) One of my pet hates. The other Monday there were long delays in Culham, near Abingdon, because of a cycle race and filming for Steven Spielberg's latest film. I walked past rather too many cars with their engines ticking over. Not as if it was a chilly day. I found Brenda's "epic" well written and useful. Early in my ownership of a Fiesta, I wondered about stop/start, did some Googling and had discovered more or less what she wrote. (Pity it it didn't appear a week ago🙂.)
  2. Oh dear, I'm confused. I've seen other advice saying that it's OK to connect a trickle charger to the negative lead. I'm still assessing how best to use stop/start. Can't say I'm keen on using it every few minutes in urban driving, but I've always been one to turn off a conventional engine if I'm likely to be delayed for more than a minute. (A couple of my regular routes go across canal swing-bridges, where there can be delays of up to eight minutes). EDIT: just checked the manual and it confirms what Anon wrote.
  3. Third and final "first impressions" of my Ford Fiesta after four weeks. Generally pleased but still working out some aspects. The other day I became aware of the dashboard icon urging me to change up a gear, some revs below when I would instinctively do so. Perhaps my imagination, but when I do so, does the engine labour just a little bit? Having had my reservations about stop/start and sometimes disabling it, I needed it yesterday morning, only it wouldn't function. (I got the car out of the garage, loaded three bags of empty bottles, drove a mile to the recycling bins at a store, decanted the bottles and drove on another 100 yards to park.) Two days before, I'd done 18 miles in broad daylight and my newly-fitted voltmeter showed a fully-charged battery. Thanks to browsing this forum, I knew that stop/start could be temperamental, and I guess it can't have liked the coolish morning. I do wonder at the number of lights that come on every time I open and close a door. Time was when one might have one or two interior lights come on, and one tip in the winter or with a low battery was to start the car before putting any other load on the battery. Being an elderly technophobe, I'm not sure that all the bells & whistles (with their attendant puzzlements) would have done much to add to my driving experience when I used to travel 130 miles to Devon in the 1970s.
  4. At midday today I had an email from Head Office: "I am glad to hear that your issue has been resolved and in a timely process also. We still offer our apologies for the mix-up in the first place and we hope it has not put you off buying from ******** again in the future." Which prompted a hollow laugh. "Timely" - it took 16 days from my formal protest to receiving the refund. "Mix-up" - oh sure. And as for buying from the dealer again ...
  5. Not a happy experience with a Ford main dealer. I ordered a Fiesta in mid-April that was delivered last month. In mid-June the salesman phoned me with some finance figures and said that DiamondBrite and chip-repair insurance would be free as part of the PCP deal. Shortly afterwards I checked my on-line order form and saw that both had been included at £399 each; it later transpired that the guarantee for the former had been initiated (but not completed) in April. I made it very clear, verbally and by email, that I did not want to pay for the DiamondBrite. Shortly before delivery, I went into the showroom to sign the bumf etc, when I was told that the DiamondBrite would be complimentary. I was then presented with an invoice. When I got home checked it over. The DiamondBrite was still priced on it. When the salesman delivered the car, I mentioned it to him and he said that it had to be on the invoice so a guarantee could be issued. A couple of days later I emailed him to formally query it, had to nudge him for a reply, then got a phone call inviting me in so that the pricing could be explained to me. I demurred, so there was a roundabout discussion on the phone, in which the sales manager said that the DiamondBrite cost "had been reflected" in the price of the new car. Eventually he conceded that he could see "where I was coming from", pleaded being busy from end-of-month sales and said he would look into it. Losing patience, I posted a restrained report on TrustPilot, prompting Head Office to become involved. Eventually a refund arrived unannounced in my bank account. I remarked to Head Office that had the salesman used email to communicate with me, rather than the phone, there would have been a record of what was going on. I think that the only email he sent me arrived the day after my order - and that was offering GAP insurance. Now there's the chip-repair insurance. I have another ten days of "cooling off" in which to cancel...
  6. Seven years ago, with the big seven-oh approaching, I went to the local post office to have my pic taken and to apply for a new licence The counter-lady sent it all off (or was meant to). I was preoccupied with a couple of potentially serious health issues (happily now more or less resolved) and thought nothing more of it; then the following year I submitted my licence as ID to a bank clerk - who pointed out that it was out-of-date. Panic. I rang the DVLA who said not to worry, download form so-and-so and send it to us by Special Delivery and you can carry on driving. Curiously the Agency had my latest pic but somewhere along the line my application had not been processed. Had I left it a few more months I would have had to retake my test - and of course I could have got into trouble for driving without a licence.
  7. Well, it's a relief that I wasn't the only one to take a while to work it out. I'm not sure how strong it is, either. I have memories of the Bad/Good Old Days of having to put my foot on brace and apply nearly all my bodyweight to undo wheel nuts. I console myself that the only time I've had to change a wheel at the roadside was with the Vauxhall Viva, as mentioned above. But several times I've changed wheels at home because of slow punctures.
  8. Solved it, having RTFM. As explained above, the jack supports the spacesaver in the well and is already half-open. The brace is clamped inside the jack, which one extends a bit more to get at the brace. One then unfolds the brace and an attached handle. I then had to work out how to reassemble it, and was relieved to have taken several photos to refer to. Fiendishly clever, with the emphasis on "fiendishly" and not something that I would like to work out how to deploy at the roadside.
  9. Just been out to the garage for the nth time today to check! There's no way that the jack handle could turn a wheel nut, and it's only 19mm long, so there would be insufficient torque anyway. I recall struggling to undo wheel nuts with a 12in wheel brace on my MGBs. (Life was so much simpler then. Back in the 1970s I was driving the office Vauxhall Viva (🙄) when a tyre punctured on a damp day. I wasn't familiar with the car, but managed to change the wheel without messing my suit and arrived at my appointment on time with only slightly grimy hands.)
  10. The other day, one Minister was valiantly desperately saying that BREXIT was a good thing because we were able to allow in migrant workers as and when we needed them, as with the HGV drivers' shortage. It remains to be seen how many want to return to the UK for three months and then have to go home. My job related to the labour market in London and the South East, a dominant theme being shortages of workers, both skilled and unskilled, in much of the region. With few suitable indigenous candidates, the vacancies were filled by people from overseas. In a year's time, there will be plenty of scope for researchers to investigate how we have faired - and plenty of scope for selective sifting of the facts, depending on who commissioned the research. The COVID situation allows for lots of water to be thoroughly mudded.
  11. Nah, I've just removed the spacesaver for the third time this morning and removed the jack for the first time and there's no handle attached. On my model there's a long threaded bolt that passes through the spacesaver hub and through the jack into the bottom of the well. The jack is partly extended and supports the tyre. A plastic tray fits over the centre of the spacesaver and contains the plastic funnel and a black version of the jack handle in Paul's photo. There's also a loose wheel-lock security bolt. There's nothing like the combined brace and hub-cap remover. I am in a protracted debate with the dealer about what might be described as "smoke & mirrors" invoicing so shall mention it when we continue the discussion once he's recovered from a busy end-of-month sales yesterday (which he gave as his reason for concluding our telephone conversation). Probably I shall regale bore you with the saga in a few days' time.) Thanks to those who've replied so far,
  12. I ordered a spacesaver to be fitted to my new Ford Fiesta and have just checked it out. It took me two attempts to realise that the jack acts as a mount for the wheel, but I'm now wondering where the wheel brace is. All I can find is the key thingy to operate the jack and a white plastic funnel thingy, whose function I can't work out. (I was just a little surprised that there was no tube of punctured tyre sealant - not much good, I know - that I thought might have been standard.)
  13. The first piece of advice that I was given when I recently joined this forum was that, given my low mileage, I should buy a Maypole MP7423 battery charger, which I did. Being an ignoramus, I’ve checked out not only the instructions but several websites – wow, is the advice contradictory! And some of those YouTube tutorials: one had noisy background music that I had to mute, another’s sound was so low as to be difficult to listen to, with dark video of the engine bay and a charger dangling down the side of the car by its cable. And did someone really have the charger on at the mains when he was connecting the crocs? Anyway, I’ve decided to fit the collars. Though it seems acceptable to put the negative on the battery, best practice appears to be fitting it some distance away. A vintage-car enthusiast who bought a basic charger from me the other day recommended I should use the bolt (battery earth?) under the bracket-thingy on the far left, but I’m thinking about using the unpainted chassis bolt on the right, if only because I can thread the cable neatishly to it. Which brings me to my main question: how best to secure the cable from the collars to the charger when they’re not in use – otherwise they’ll be inclined to dangle. I thought of coiling it up and securing it with Velcro – and uncoiling it before use. (Years ago, I was advised by a technician at work to completely uncoil an electric cable lest it overheat.) And rather than attach the Maypole to check the battery charge, is it worth getting a cigarette-lighter voltmeter? Otherwise, what sort of warnings might I expect if the battery is getting low – I gather that stop-start is disabled (which I’m doing much of the time anyway? Marlburian (Ford Fiesta Ecoboost 2021)
  14. Worrying mark on my forearm for three weeks so, having had a skin-cancer scare seven years ago, I rang my GP surgery at 0930 this morning and was invited to submit photos, which I did around 1030. At 1100 the GP rang me to offer me a midday appointment, when he reassured me that I had nothing to worry about.
  15. Curiously, on Thursday I too had some keys cut and, not having much confidence in the establishment (not a Timpson's) nearest me, I walked to one three miles away that I'd used before. It's down some steps in a basement. The doorway had a locked grill gate across it, with some perspex and a bell to ring. A young man appeared on the other side and explained that he'd only had a single jab, so I would have to wait outside. I passed the time watching two blokes laying paving slabs on the pavement. (Quite labour intensive.)
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