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Stoney871

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  1. Working all christmas and new year myself but not bad duties so a doddle really. I do look in but don't always log in, I plan to be on more often in the next couple of months.
  2. To all Moderating / Admin staff, members new, old, past, present and yet to come- May I wish all that celebrate it a very Merry Christmas and a suitably enjoyable New Year. Hopefully I'll be more regular in the new year as I endeavour to transit into a new and less demanding career which should afford me more free time.
  3. I've always had dramas at Halfords anyway. Most of them can't count past 10 without removing their shoes & socks. Expecting them to work out 15% is a long stretch. If I'm bored I'll park up at my local store and watch them trying to swap someone's bulbs or wiper blades, always makes me laugh.
  4. The fault code of dtc d900 is not a true trouble code. This code can be displayed on the dashboard, but it is a communication error between the ECM and the dash. It could indicate there is a problem, but to verify that You will need to have the car scanned with an OBD scanner. If the scan comes up with nothing then the code is being displayed by mistake. Turning the car on and off may clear it, but if it keeps coming back then You may need to have the PCM flashed. Don't ignore this, but don't panic over it either. If You get this code but the check engine light is not on then You are almost certainly fine. The key issue would indicate that the key fob needs syncing to the RCL system. The procedure should be listed in your owners manual. If you don't have a manual then it is available online here- https://www.ford.co.uk/owner/my-vehicle/download-your-manual
  5. Definitely go for it. Tbh not as sleek looking as the mk3.5 but the toys and driveability are far more refined.
  6. It's for this kind of thing- Stops unauthorised removal of keys and ensures that any keys removed are traceable to a particular person. We use something very similar for our patrol vehicles.
  7. All sd cards have an embedded Serial number. Fords nav cards have a licence file on them which uses the cards serial as a copy protection, if the file doesn't match the cards serial then the system will reject the nav files. There are ways to pull up the serial from the cloned card and rewrite the licence file but needs Android specific apps. I have done a couple of functioning cards for friends in the past using a laptop and an Android emulator however I think the newer cards now don't copy very well (there maybe extra copy protection hidden somewhere).
  8. It may well be the pump has gone. When my car was in for repairs a few months back the pump had to be replaced under warranty as it packed up. First symptom was an intrrmittent failure to spray and then nothing at all. Sometimes the pump clogs up if you use neat concentrated wash fluid as often rcommended in winter, it's just too thick and will clog or strain pumps as it goes syrupy when sitting in the wash reservoir bottle too long.
  9. Aye, I'm in line for promotion and part of the criteria is a degree in criminology. It was put on hold due to covid restrictions but now I can get stuck in again I have some very time critical assignments to complete. Three years of study (mostly in my own time) has been a long hard process but will be worth the efforts.
  10. Hi Guys / Gals I understand that some have had concerns as to my welfare due to my uncustomary silence. Rest assured I am still around and do look in on everything, however my workload has been horribly time consuming as of late. Hopefully i will be back to my usual (annoying) self on the club shortly. Sorry Fellas, you haven't got rid of me yet. Keep on driving and remember to keep the shiny side up.
  11. I have to leave my vehicle open for ventilation also due to dogs and I use one of these- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202609594088 You could just get the shortest one and that would allow the lock to engage whilst the boot is left open. That would allow the sidelights to switch off.
  12. I Can't find them on ebay any more.
  13. It's integrated into the system and can't be deactivated.
  14. Just to add to this as it seems a good a place as any- Recently I had some mug reverse into the front of my car while parked & unatended. Lower grille was pushed in a bit plus sone scuffing to the paint on the lower lip. Nothing too bad I thought until the crash sensor error popped up on start up plus adaptive cruise was disabled. I could feel that the sensor module was loose and had the naive notion it was a simple job to just have it pushed back into place- NOPE! Cue 9 days at the dealership and a £750 insurance bill !! New bracket and lower grille needed and get this- wheel alignment and recalibration of the refitted sensor were required. The recalibration itself was £250, apparently the wheel alignment and calibration are important to avoid false readings from cars in other lanes thus banging on the brakes and causing accidents. Luckily the original sensor was fine or else the bill would have been doubled. Happy now that the job is completed and the paintwork looks perfect but jeez what an expensive job for what was apparently minor damage. If I could find the asshat that did it I'd be taking £750 out of his hide for sure. Moral of the story is safety tech on cars is good but be careful as it's fragile and costs loads to repair.
  15. Translation from Dutch for other readers- on my Cmax 1600 type 2 I would like to build for fog lights, but it is the first time that happens to the car so I must have 2 lamps, wiring and a switch in my previous c max 2004 my light went on automatically in a dark environment this is also possible with the new car with kind regards, Peter
  16. Usually it's just that the hinge parts have been pinched too tight. Remove the insides and put an old plastic card (nectar card etc) between the upper and lower case near the hinge then close the case onto the card just enough to slightly put tension on the hinge parts. This should loosen the hinge a bit.
  17. If you can get the replacement buttons they are easy to replace. Pop the worn ones out using a plastic trim tool (bojo are best) and unplug the connectors. The plugs are shaped differently so will only fit the corresponding buttons. If you can't get them on ebay then a Ford dealership will still be able to source them.
  18. It was definitely not his day. He had to pay for recovery too 🤣
  19. Dropped swmbo to work last night and decided to go for a scenic drive across Dartmoor to make the most of one of my few nights off I now get to enjoy. 40mph stretch which is very twisty and the road rises up pretty rapidly after a very sharp bend. Some chuff in a Golf GTI overtakes "at speed", totally stuffs it up and hits a grass verge right in front of me, catches air and all wheels leave the road. Cue front end damage, fluid everywhere plus a couple of belts appear to fly off. I had a fun 2 hours on open moorland with darkness rapidly coming and a nasty low cloud / fog forming. Local colleagues attend (handy having my radio with me) and guy found to be known for mental health problems plus his VRN comes back as being of interest concerning 3 other speed related reports within 6 hours. Result- car recovered, driver reported for possible prosecution with regards to reckless driving and providing false details to obtain insurance. Me - laughing my butt off at his very weak excuses (plus accusing me of causing the crash - until I dug out my warrant card, radio and issue hi-vis jacket). Chump of the highest order.
  20. ST / RS carbon fibre console & dash / part trims if you can still find them. This really uplifts the interior.
  21. They are soft metal plugs and will shear off leaving holes in the panel. I had this on a Focus and replaced them with rivnuts. Depending on how large the holes are that you get left with you may need some large washers and silicone to fit / seal them properly. Another option is to chop the existing screws off as flush as possible then fit a new plate (hole free) in place with adhesive foam pads. I recommend the type that are nearly the size of the plate, this will hold the plates firmly plus seal the holes at the same time. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Number-Plate-Sticky-Pads-Tape-Full-Sized-Fixings-Kit-Very-Strong-Cleaning-Kit-/124156806080?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286
  22. I haven't used cd's in years. I now have my favourite music on usb and also play a lot via Amazon using Echo Auto.
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