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TomsFocus last won the day on December 18 2021

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  1. Not sure it's shaming really, more potentially saving another member from the same expensive fate, but I understand what you mean. I've known Ashley (AJ) for over a decade and he's knowledgeable about pretty much anything electronic so I'd still keep him in mind if he's local to you.
  2. Yes, but the effect to the driver is that the car is held automatically. Most people don't know (or probably care) about the functional difference between the two. I can't see any reason why the EPB shouldn't automatically apply when you switch the engine off. Seems weird that it's just meant to be a 'failsafe' rather than a permanent feature.
  3. Which engine? And is it late Mk2 or early Mk3?
  4. It's just a confusing functionality... As the handbrake applies automatically while on the road, you'd expect it to do the same when parked as well.
  5. Wasn't AJ Electech was it? I think he's over your way and probably worth asking for a quote if not.
  6. Which engine do you have now? It's not easy to make total engine swaps nowadays so you're best off sticking with the type you already have. Though the same engine is likely to be used in other Ford models to help widen the search criteria.
  7. As with any chain, you do get good and bad branches. Just the luck of the draw whether your local is good or not... (Maybe check for local branch reviews?) Don't forget, there's very little in a 'manufacturer service' nowadays...2 years really is just an oil change and a vague glance over anything else. As long as you can guarantee KF will use the correct oil, and you have no intention of selling the car any time soon, then you might as well take the free service IMO. The lack of electronic service record could put off some buyers which is the only reason I mention selling.
  8. I'd forgotten about the era of merged pic sigs, what a blast from the past a few posts up!! I wonder if there's any forum function that could lock archaic threads? If there's been no replies for 12 months, it's probably better to start new anyway. Can always link back to an older thread if you feel it's relevant.
  9. Depends on your circumstances really. In terms of purely monetary value it's unlikely to be worth it. But if it's your only car and you can't afford to buy anything newer then it's probably worth fixing. I wonder if you have any course for compensation from the original 'repairer'?
  10. I lost about 5lbs (2kg?) over the Xmas period... I'm meant to be gaining, not losing! On another note, I do like seeing the green screen on the Maypole for the first time today. 13.5v and 5 solid bars. Took about 8 hours over 2 days. Will be interesting to see how long the battery holds charge now.
  11. I have got a flat cap...maybe I'll use that!
  12. There's no restrictions with P plates. It's literally just a 'courtesy' sign to let other drivers know that you're a new driver. Are you allowed to do 70mph as a learner in NI? Or are you totally restricted to 45 until the day the R plates come off? Seems less safe allowing an unaccompanied 18 year old to try 70mph than to try it with an instructor and dual pedals!
  13. We do have P plates over here for that purpose, but they're not compulsory and very few use them. As with the wheelchair symbol though, that doesn't seem 'right' in my situation!
  14. Interesting subject though...and the reason that roads are often chaotic and always will be. Many people have different understandings of both legalities and courtesies and don't see it from anyone else's perspective. The same is true in many aspects of life, but with roads we are forced together with everyone regardless of their views, whereas in most other situations you'll generally be with more like minded people. It's now been nearly 6 months since I was able to drive 'properly' but I can't access the health system without driving so I'm stuck in a catch 22 situation and need to try and get back OTR as soon as possible now. I've been considering some sort of 'warning' sticker for the rear window just to advise that I may make more mistakes than you'd expect from a 'regular' driver after a period off the road. I feel it's courteous to let people know that and hope they may act with more consideration as well. Trouble is, the only options seem to be either the standard 'disability' symbol of the wheelchair...but I don't use a wheelchair so doesn't feel morally right...or the sunflower symbol, but I don't know how many 'normal' people would even recognise the sunflower as a sign of disability/health conditions? Anyone got any thoughts on that? I will also add, I'm not overly keen on 'advertising' my issues to everyone, with the concern that I could be followed into a car park or followed home as an easier target for theft.
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