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  1. You could get them to do an instant transfer from their phone banking app into your bank account. You check on your phone banking app that you have received the money. Assuming both parties are using modern banking facilities.
  2. It can if enough water gets in. The spare wheel well fills up and then the water sloshes forward under the back seats and into the footwells. Is the spare wheel under water?
  3. What is the freezing point of the irn bru? Will it be ok as winter screenwash?
  4. Search GPS speedometer on your favourite search engine for lots of options starting at about £12. You can mount one on the passenger side for use when you are instructing.
  5. Yes that's one possibility. They also do another one that fits on the A-pillar if you prefer the phone up by the steering wheel. You will also need the second part of it that fits your phone. The phone part and the car part screw together to make a complete unit. Also available here: https://dsldevelopments.com/ and here: https://www.brodit.co.uk/ and here: https://www.drivesafeandlegal.co.uk/ Prices vary between the above suppliers and Amazon.
  6. Locally a few window cleaners clean road signs in their spare time as a voluntary community service. This has been going on for a while without any apparent problems or complaints. Trimming the bushes may be a different matter as you would be "damaging" them and you don't own them. You may also need a waste carriers licence to remove the waste or be accused of fly tipping if you leave the waste below the bush. I have seen the local police trimming bushes around road signs (just before they set up a speed trap).
  7. The gear change indicator was affected by the clutch software update on my car. Before the update it came on at higher revs than after the update. Before the update it would only suggest moving up one gear, after the update it sometimes suggests moving up two gears. I don't see this as a fault or a problem. I can ignore the indicator and change gear when I want to. The system also reports a better average mpg than before.The mpg hasn't actually changed, just the indication in the cluster display has changed.
  8. Does it work if you lift the handbrake lever (to apply the brake more) at the same time as trying to press the button?
  9. Yes, you want the ELM327 with the HS-MS Can switch. The switch allows you to change between the two Can networks that Ford use. Some modules in the car are on the HS CAN and others are on the MS-CAN. The Tunnelrat version is highly recommended, it's not worth trying to save a few quid on a cheap version that might not work. Get the USB version if running Forscan on a Windows laptop or the WiFi version if running Forscan on an iPhone. The windows version of Forscan has more features than the iPhone version.
  10. The smart charge system can vary the voltage based on the battery state of charge, engine load, battery temperature etc. I have never seen it switch off completely. Usually the charging voltage is high (around 15 volts) when the engine is cold and the voltage drops a bit (a bit over 14 volts) when the engine warms up. Have you tried a volt meter plugged into the cigarette lighter socket to find out what voltage the alternator is putting out whilst you are driving? When you replaced the battery did you get a proper Enhanced Flooded Battery designed for stop/start systems?
  11. A home made mixture of grease, bitumen under-seal and used engine oil, mixed to a firm but spreadable consistency, works well. Horribly messy to apply with an old brush but lasts for years when on. Doesn't set and doesn't wash off with normal use. Soaks into any muck on the underside of the car and keeps the water out. You really want the car on a lift or over a pit to do it properly.
  12. The free cover through the Ford scheduled service is excellent. When I used it the AA came out and, as they couldn't fix the car, they towed it to a destination of my choice (my preferred Ford dealer, not the nearest one). As it includes cover at home and throughout Europe it would cost a lot to buy from the AA.
  13. I guess its due to the question asked when you start a new post: "Title REQUIRED". There have been two recently, the first person answered this question with "Mr" (his title) and this person answered the question with "Mr keates" (not an unreasonable answer). If you are new to this forum stuff it can all get a bit confusing.
  14. They should work in both directions. There is a separate halogen bulb in the headlamp unit for the cornering lights, has one bulb failed?
  15. From the 4dtech website that you linked to: "Adding ambient lighting is an expensive and involved project. This only one small component necessary. Other modules will need to be replaced / programmed." So, like most things, it can be done if you are prepared to throw enough money at it.