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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 10 January 2018, 16:09:38 »
Got another year's MOT on it.

One advisory. Clearing the EML didn't last the duration of the test this year, as one of my post-cat lambda sensors now has a heater issue.  ::)

Like me, the tester clearly hasn't yet dared to look under the sill covers. ;)



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General Discussion Area / Re: Smart meters
« on: 09 January 2018, 19:37:13 »
Pretty much as you say, it's not much benefit to you, so I'd err on the side of avoiding any hassle with the landlord and tell them no thanks.

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General Car Chat / Re: BMW ABS ECU Goosed!
« on: 09 January 2018, 14:16:21 »
From experience, buy new or don't bother ;)

You could easily spend 400 trying to get a second hand one that a) works, and b) getting the second or third purchase programmed to the car :-\

Failing that, I know a Lithuanian chap...

Does he like driving at precisely 43 MPH? ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: BMW ABS ECU Goosed!
« on: 09 January 2018, 09:22:41 »
Oh, that's a pain. >:(

Still, sounds like our diagnosis was correct. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Troublesome Volvo V50 Tractor
« on: 08 January 2018, 18:27:16 »
Thanks for the thoughts. I took the pressure sensor off while I was fiddling, and it and the part of manifold where it connects looked OK, but I'll give it another check when I get the right temperature sensor. IIRC, it had quite a small hole where it samples pressure, so possible it's got restrictive.

Will have a look at the EGR too. :y

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General Car Chat / Troublesome Volvo V50 Tractor
« on: 08 January 2018, 16:24:16 »
As I mentioned a few weeks back, my brother has a V50 2.0D which is giving him some issues.

I had a look over the weekend. Unfortunately, it's been "Motor Traded" to the tune of about 2k before I got a look in, so no doubt that has caused some issues which need to be corrected before the real diagnosis begins. ::)

Symptoms are that it "surges" a bit under light load around the "normal" driving speed range (1.5k - 2.5k RPM). Often it will slip into limp-home with very poor performance (i.e. no boost) until restarted, whereby it recovers.. for a while.

It starts and idles perfectly fine. On full-bore acceleration the performance is probably about right and it pulls smoothly. No nasty noises, smells or smoke over and above the usual.

On taking a look at it, I discovered the following:

Intake air temperature sensor trouble code, and reads constant-30 Deg. C on live data. This is the post-turbo sensor in the intake manifold. Looks like a little bead thermistor that's completely open circuit.  Would have been eliminated by now if the muppets had sold me the right part. ::)

Apart from the above, ECU is happy.

Couple of connectors left off, Breather pipe disconnected from crankcase, some signs of bodging of the wiring around the DPF pressure sensor, which looks new. Yep, it's been in the hands of some muppets. None of this appears to be causing any issues, and didn't help once corrected.

Oil level is about 20-25mm above the max mark on the dipstick. I suspect some fuel has got in there! :o

I can imagine the limp-home issues might be to do with the temperature sensor, in that the ECU gets nervous when it's been on boost for a little while without induction temperature feedback and stops play, but it really doesn't seem to be the whole story.

I can't help thinking the surging under light load might be a fuel or boost pressure control issue. I've heard that fuel pump issues on these can cause the oil in the sump problem, and might cause fuel pressure fluctuations. On the other hand, fuel in the sump has also been blamed on failed DPF regenerations, and the latter has, apparently, been recently replaced (although god knows why they didn't sort out the oil level issue).

Surging manifests itself as a regular about 1 Hz cycling of torque output. If you hold it at about 2.5 K RPM fast idle, you can also see and hear the revs fluctuating +/- 200 RPM or so about once a second. You can hear the turbo whine cycling up and down in pitch a little at this rate too. Sticky wastegate / vane actuator perhaps? :-\

IAT sensor will be replaced ASAP, along with an oil change and correction of level. Any further ideas?

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I guess he's currently at Tiffins, or he'd have answered by now. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Car sales.... Not
« on: 06 January 2018, 00:32:02 »
You clearly don't look old enough to be considering Merc ownership yet, Shackeng. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Justice is an ass, John Worboys
« on: 05 January 2018, 23:31:14 »
As Warboys was only charged for a handful of his attacks, (including "only" one actual rape), could they not try him for the  80+ other attacks and get the bugger that way? I suppose that would be too easy. >:(

"The System" decided not to pursue him for the others. Of course, we don't know why.

We also don't know the facts behind the parole board's decision, as said. In fact, the chap who headed it made the very point on the radio this morning, that he was prevented from releasing any details and was campaigning to change this. I think hope that what he was hinting at is that part of the "rehabilitation" process involved the administration of two bricks followed by extensive "re-education" at the hands of "big winston".

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General Discussion Area / Re: Scary bots
« on: 05 January 2018, 23:23:24 »
I've noticed a couple of times these 'Guests' are printing topics, so some are real people.  ;)

And also expect a rash of new members as several Guests were apparently registering for new accounts last time I looked.  :y

No, they're probably trawling the print version of the site because it contains the basic text they're after without a load of other cruft that makes it look pretty on the screen. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Meltdown and Spectre bugs
« on: 05 January 2018, 23:20:25 »

Not sure I'd use it to put off buying new PC hardware, if I needed it.  But then all my PC stuff is quite old, and its unlikely old trusty, my beloved laptop, is affected at all ;D

As opposed to "wanted", being the key. ;) I'm in no rush.

Does make me wonder if we're now making CPUs so complex that it's getting impossible to avoid such things, though. :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Headlights . .
« on: 05 January 2018, 18:59:15 »
Mine are about as much use as a candle currently, so hoping they are OK at MOT (or that the new adjusters arrive so I have the confidence to fiddle). Oh, and I'd probably better polish up the lenses, again. Seems to become an annual thing once you've done it once. >:(
If you've never changed the bulbs, you'll notice a big difference when you do, particularly on those dark lanes with oncoming traffic when you suddenly realise that you can't even see if your lights are on.

The Shaguar needs new bulbs, but having a CBA moment to:
a) get to hellfrauds to buy some
b) look at how to take the bumper off to..
c) fit them

Fortunately I've got an Omega... and not my mate's Renault Megane, for example, where I foolishly volunteered to help him change the front indicator bulb recently. That's an entire evening of my life gone for good....

They tease you with the access hole in the wheel arch liner. You then realise bumper still needs to come off  :)

.. and then once you've removed the rest of the car and you're left with a bulb sitting on the garage floor, you realise there's nothing wrong with the bulb, it's just come loose in the shitty bulb holder they fitted. >:(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Justice is an ass, John Worboys
« on: 05 January 2018, 16:56:38 »
Yep, coupled with pressure to keep prison numbers down, of course.

I think we've forgotten that the main reason we lock criminals up is so innocent people don't have to share the streets with them.  ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Headlights . .
« on: 05 January 2018, 16:47:26 »
Mine are about as much use as a candle currently, so hoping they are OK at MOT (or that the new adjusters arrive so I have the confidence to fiddle). Oh, and I'd probably better polish up the lenses, again. Seems to become an annual thing once you've done it once. >:(
If you've never changed the bulbs, you'll notice a big difference when you do, particularly on those dark lanes with oncoming traffic when you suddenly realise that you can't even see if your lights are on.

The Shaguar needs new bulbs, but having a CBA moment to:
a) get to hellfrauds to buy some
b) look at how to take the bumper off to..
c) fit them

Fortunately I've got an Omega... and not my mate's Renault Megane, for example, where I foolishly volunteered to help him change the front indicator bulb recently. That's an entire evening of my life gone for good....

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General Discussion Area / Re: Iran
« on: 05 January 2018, 16:42:01 »
Ah, that is the thing.  I am not any kind of specialist in American politics but one thing I do know is that thanks to the American Constitution it is very hard, if not impossible, to amend American law. Believe it or not, since 1789 to 2017 there have been 11,699 measures have been proposed to amend the Constitution; of these just 33 have gone from Congress to be ratified, but only 27 have been.
Thats called by many as democracy ;)

More like constrained democracy TB :y

It's worth putting a few sensible absolute constraints on any system of government in case you elect a complete retar... Oh, Hang on!

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