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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: Jaimes Tractor
« on: 22 June 2007, 15:56:45 »
Sod all wrong with the head gasket, you know that!

Of course not. It's the cracked head.  [smiley=evil.gif]


General Discussion Area / Re: I`ve done my first cam belt
« on: 19 June 2007, 12:59:14 »
Wow! a bullet dodged.

Excellent stuff!  :y


General Discussion Area / Re: Autobox kickdown
« on: 21 June 2007, 09:45:37 »
Does anyone know how the gearbox control unit knows about engine load? Just wondering if it has a separate feed from the throttle position sensor or does it recieve the information from the engine ECU by CAN or similar?

Could be that theTPS isn't covering the whole range so the gearbox ECU doesn't see full throttle when the pedal's fully down?

The gearbox control itself is all electronic so it can only be an input to that system which prevents it from shifting.

Might be worth a check with a Tech2 that all the sensors are reading sensibly although I'd expect a fault code if they're not.

Have you tried the latest gearbox firmware? I found it radically improved responsiveness at low speeds.


General Discussion Area / Re: Ebay!!! whats wrong with it!!!!
« on: 21 June 2007, 09:37:40 »
I reckon if you win an item the payment, or at least a deposit, should be automatically transferred. That would make the time wasters think twice.

It would mean everyone would have to have Paypal, or give their card details when they first place a bid, of course...


General Discussion Area / Re: Ebay!!! whats wrong with it!!!!
« on: 21 June 2007, 00:27:21 »
Problem is, Ebay are playing judge and jury when it comes to disputes, and they are in a position where they have no viable competition either, so why would they care? They're just watching the cash roll in.

Until they start losing business to someone else, or enough people get fed up with them and their bubble bursts nothing will change.


General Discussion Area / Re: another eBay idiot thread!
« on: 21 June 2007, 10:22:38 »
BMW 3 series and will it go on roof rails
 ::) ::) ::)

Clearly knows what he's doing then!

If he's willing to pay for it, I'd leave him to sort out transport as and when. If he won't pay, re-list it or offer it to the next highest bidder.


General Discussion Area / Re: Manual gearbox.
« on: 15 June 2007, 15:59:24 »
lift the bonnet......wheres the gearbox gone!

ROFL!  ;D Absolute class!

.. and I shudder (once more) to think that the highest speed I have attained on a (uk) public road was in a Rover 827 on the M54 one time when I was young, stupid, late for a meeting and the company didn't have a more rubbish pool car to give me (or so they believed - fools!). Funnily enough that was.. erm.. about 70 MPH too. Probably the same type of gearbox, although why would Rover only have used one design of 5 speed, transverse gearbox when they could have 5 or 6 to debug?


General Discussion Area / Re: Manual gearbox.
« on: 15 June 2007, 14:05:17 »
My mate's AllAggro lost 4th. Then it lost 2nd.

Luckily it was a 1500 so it wasn't totally gutless and you could drive it using 1, 3 and 5 with a bit of care, and a total lack of mechanical sympathy.

When reverse went, it was the last straw, and Sammy Sledge finished the job off after it became apparent that the fault was in the gearbox, and the gearbox was the sump, so the whole engine and transmission had to come out  >:(


General Discussion Area / Re: Manual gearbox.
« on: 15 June 2007, 12:25:47 »
"Hello, operator? Yes, I'd like second gear if you please."

Reminds me of an Allegro a mate of mine used to have. <shudder> Well, the gear shift was about as direct as that, when it worked at all.


General Discussion Area / Re: Manual gearbox.
« on: 15 June 2007, 10:40:27 »
Gearboxes are often notchy when the oil is cold, and the oil doesn't heat up anything like as readily as engine oil because the losses, and therefore heat output, of a gearbox are relatively small.


General Discussion Area / Re: ADSL Router Toast...
« on: 20 June 2007, 12:10:43 »
It's not on the latest. I suspect it was a previous firmware upgrade that saw the stability degrade so I suppose I should try the latest in the hope that they've fixed it. I gues sit could get worse, better or stay the same :-/ What version do you run on the 2800 (don't know if there are any parallels between the two models)?


General Discussion Area / Re: ADSL Router Toast...
« on: 20 June 2007, 10:21:06 »
While we're on the subject of ADSL routers, can anyone recommend a stable model suitable for a small office? Needs to support a single IP address over ADSL with NAT and ideally internal VPN. No wireless required, just ethernet.

We've got a couple of Vigor 2600's at the moment both in the office and at home and whilst they work OK the one in the office crashes occasionally, which is a bit of a pain if you're trying to get in through a VPN.


General Discussion Area / Re: ADSL Router Toast...
« on: 19 June 2007, 16:43:12 »
Granted that the only way to stop a direct lightning strike from killing something is to go back to using valves and, even then, you'll struggle.

However, the point I was making, and I think you have made as well, is that consumer electronics products are engineered down to the mininum cost and, whilst it meets the applicable standards that doesn't necessarily mean it'll work in anything other than the least hostile environment.

That the standards are set as low as they are is probably back to the bean counters, but at a national or european level.

I've often pondered the power of a lightning strike when driving the winch at the gliding club. Sending a length of 5mm steel cable with a bloke on the end if it 2,000 feet into the sky does focus the mind, and the winch gets shut down at the slightest hint of electrical activity.

A glider was unlucky enough to get hit (in free space, not on a winch) a couple of years ago and the damage was mindblowing. Sections of circa 15mm diameter control tubes in the wings got flattened by electromagnetic forces due to the currents they were carrying. Analysis showed they didn't get heated much above ambient so there was no melting involved, just a stong enough current in the tube, and thus electromagnetic field around it, to crush it. The steel levers at the inboard ends didn't fair too well due to their higher resistance. They vapourised explosively, blowing out a section of fuselage and both canopies. The pilots parachuted to safety but both suffered burst eardrums from the aforementioned blast.

BTW: Stormchasers might be interested in this:

Looks like Devon's getting a bit of a zapping at the moment!


General Discussion Area / Re: ADSL Router Toast...
« on: 19 June 2007, 11:05:08 »
So you finally confirmed my diagnosis then??

Yep. Sounds like it's F***ed!  ;D

My parents had a scaffolding tower on their house a couple of years ago during some building work and it got struck by lightening (luckily when the builders were having a fag break! It didn't half make them spill their tea though, apparently!).

Anyway, the insurance claim for all the knackered electronics ran into thousands. Anything with more than a few feet of cable connected to it died.

About half the items that bought it didn't pack up immediately but took a week or two to fail having been damaged by the strike.

My dad's ADSL router had a pin hole in the bottom of it, and a corresponding pin hole in the paint on the metal surface on which it had been standing where something had flashed over.

Most consumer items have only very basic protection against abnormal voltages. If you look at the circuit boards of network cards, ADSL routers, etc you can see where extra protection components have been designed into the device but not populated because some bean counter has decided to cheapen it.


General Discussion Area / Re: Whats your top speed????
« on: 16 June 2007, 23:32:46 »
Gah! This reminds me. I had an AP22 in my boot at the Lakes. Could have done some 0-60 measurements. Then again there wasn't a runway available to do them on (not a flat one, at any rate)


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