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General Discussion Area / Re: Stupid Question - Amazon Echo/Alexa
« on: 15 December 2018, 23:54:09 »
Alexa, turn off the internet... er I meant the outside light... Alexa? Alexa? Anyone? Oh cock ::)
Yeah, a mate of mine was really smug about his voice controlled house. Until his internet connection went down for a week or so and his house stopped working. ;D

Gotta love the cloud. ::)

Omega General Help / Re: STARTER PROBLEM
« on: 14 December 2018, 10:10:47 »
its a manual sorry.would i be ok to try with a few bodies pushing?

Yep, see if they can get a bit of momentum up then lift the clutch in 3rd gear and see if it starts.

Omega General Help / Re: STARTER PROBLEM
« on: 12 December 2018, 15:40:11 »
If it's automatic you're out of luck. You can't bump start them.

I'd check the crimped terminals on the battery are secure and not getting hot. These can often work loose.

Also try wiggling the automatic gearbox selector lever while cranking or starting it in "N", as the switch can sometimes deteriorate. V6 Starter motors are normally very reliable.

General Car Chat / Re: Roadside repairs
« on: 12 December 2018, 13:04:40 »

My 1976 2500S was finished in a fetching shade of jasmine yellow and looked very smart with standard fit 'Stag wheels'.

Being a long stroke OHV unit designed by Brunel  ::) it was not fond of high revs, but had good low speed torque with overdrive fitted on second, third and top.

It was about 6 years old when I first owned it. The tin worm had already eaten through the sills and the floor under the back seat. :-X

PAS as standard which was not common on cars built in 1976. :y

Good job it wasn't as "popular with the ladies" as Tigger's Marina, or you'd have gone through that! ;D

General Car Chat / Re: ATF change
« on: 12 December 2018, 09:32:54 »
ATF will gradually warm up at idle, but to get all the fluid thoroughly up to temperature, and to ensure there are no air pockets in the gearbox or cooler (which has a thermostat IIRC) you need to drive it.

When you're driving it, the fluid forms the connection between engine and wheels in the torque converter, so that helps it warm up a little. ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Roadside repairs
« on: 11 December 2018, 15:32:34 »
And one reason for this is that we now live in a throwaway society, such that it is cheaper to replace a mass produced part than pay the labour costs for troubleshooting. ??? :y

.. but that only works if you can identify the correct part to replace!

Although with the electronics to which Bigron eludes, most of it is now so densely integrated that it's impossible to fault find and rework at the component level at a customer premises, if at all.

At the same time, it has got much cheaper (for the manufacturer if not for the end user!), making hours spent fault finding less worthwhile.

General Car Chat / Re: Roadside repairs
« on: 11 December 2018, 09:19:26 »
Because there arenít many mechanics these days, just fitters.  ::)

And they're expected to diagnose and repair increasingly complex systems too - carburettors and distributor ignitions are simple and so are their faults. That is not true of modern inter-connected electronics
Fully managed engine systems are easy as well. Probably more so than carbs and dizzy timing.  Its a different type of skill though, one that many old school cant deal with.

Indeed. And the real reason "old school" mechanics could diagnose and repair carbs and dizzys is that they took time to understand how they work and were thus able to work through a sensible problem solving procedure from symptoms to cure, trying things to reinforce their findings along the way.

Managed systems are just as simple in their operation, but these days they can't be @rsed to get on top of their game, so just replace parts at random. >:(

General Car Chat / Re: VW sat nav update
« on: 11 December 2018, 09:07:00 »
Buy TomTom.
Stick to windscreen. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 06 December 2018, 09:05:51 »
It might also be that whenever there is a chink in someones armour BBC and Sky jump on it to sensationalise it.  E.g.

I don't think you're allowed to use that word on the BBC. You better slope off somewhere in case someone sees it. :-X ;D

<sharp intake of breath>

General Discussion Area / Re: To VPN or not to VPN
« on: 06 December 2018, 08:59:27 »
I can't understand why anyone would log in to a banking site via a browser. Or, for that matter, fuel providers, insurance companies, anything financial. Apps are so much easier to use and more secure.

Not necessarily. They are as good as the code monkey who hacked them together. At least, if you know you are using a decent web browser and a trusted internet connection, you are somewhere close to being secure. I won't install 3rd party apps for anything. If they can't make it work in a browser, they won't be having me as a customer. ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 03 December 2018, 16:16:47 »
I don't think a full fat no deal will be 'allowed'

This leaves remaining in the UK with our tails between our legs or a BRINO brexit.

Great choice. :-X

Now you come to mention it I have found myself looking at Australian property sites of late. 

I'm not sure I could cope with all that sunshine though....  :-\               8) ;D

I couldn't cope with SWMBO hitting the ceiling every time she sees a spider. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 03 December 2018, 16:12:48 »
Spent the afternoon locating an electrical fault on Gixer's saloon.

#Whistles theme tune to "The good the bad and the ugly"# ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Emissions engine light
« on: 03 December 2018, 10:11:17 »
420 codes.  Try Italian tune up. :y using shell nitro max and a bottle of cataclean.
The symptoms don't match, so that's why I wanted the codes ;)
Indeed. This is something different, I suspect.

Do you know how far away your local cell site is?

Knowing your local geography, I wouldn't mind betting it's a fair distance away. To serve high speed data to a quite remote device in the presence of lots of more local (to the cell site) devices does put quite a challenge on the network. Not one that you are going to win, unfortunately.

It could be that you get a worse QOS from the network as a roaming customer. They might well prioritise their paying customers over you but who knows? The only way to know for sure would be to sign up for a local SIM and see if it changes things.

Like all internet services, mobile networks are heavily contended, not just at the network level but with the radio resources available to the local cell sites at any given time versus the demand being put on them. The "headline" data rates are probably not ever achievable in real life, and certainly not even close at busy times of the day.

General Discussion Area / Re: End of an Era
« on: 03 December 2018, 09:50:44 »
Hope the new role goes well for you, Andy and I'd like to reiterate the thanks for all the help and bargain parts you have supplied to forum members here over the years. :y

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