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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Cambelt Change
« on: 06 April 2018, 12:40:35 »
Why do manufactures use a belt that needs to be 'expensively replaced' every forty thousand miles when a chain 'should' last the life of the car?

.. because a chain isn't compatible with telling people it'll do elevently million miles between oil changes, as they do. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 06 April 2018, 10:11:55 »
Sadly not exactly his highest score.I remember once hearing a TV commentator describe darts players as athletes :o

I don't know.. That perfect balance achieved by pint it one hand, dart in the other, fag in the mouth with just the right amount of ash hanging on to it.. Not as easy as it looks, I reckon. ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Another heating issue
« on: 05 April 2018, 17:32:57 »
Yes, if the fan's been running flat out, then something has probably gone short in the speed controller.
Could be fixed, undoubtedly, but not in 10 minutes. Keep it in case the boards are NLS next time, I'd say. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Another heating issue
« on: 05 April 2018, 12:48:44 »
Ahh, OK, so I'm guessing the connection marked "circ.fan" goes to some motor that is speed controlled?
I think that corner of the board is a speed controller and it does look like the mains input goes to those rectifier diodes.
I see they've changed that thermistor for a different style on the new board. Telling, perhaps?

To glean much more I'd need to have the board in-hand but I'd be looking to understand what that bit of circuit does and check any components likely to have caused the failure, then replace the damaged bits and anything else that might have triggered the failure. It looks a simple enough device, though, so I'd say it's probably a simple fix, as long as the CPU isn't dead. Was it showing any error codes or signs of life, or just completely dead?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Another heating issue
« on: 05 April 2018, 11:18:13 »
Doubtless it could be repaired. I'm guessing that thermistor is probably there to limit inrush current given its proximity to a bridge of 4 diodes. Maybe something has shorted upstream and cause it to lunch itself (failed capacitor, or one of the diodes?). What does the board actually do?

I would try to trace out that portion of the circuit to determine what it does before trying to figure out what has caused the failure.

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General Discussion Area / Re: google chrome pop up
« on: 05 April 2018, 11:12:41 »
You'd be a fool to trust your data/computer to Windows Defender and something like ClamAV:)

Fixed, and we can all go home now. :y

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What I take from the forum is a healthy dislike of both the right wing Cons and the left wing Labour. What surprises me is there isnt a centre party .  You would have thought the Lib Dems would have exploited the vacuum .
It seems that the inability to exploit an open goal to their advantage is common to all 3 mainstream parties these days. ::)

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As much as I like shiny things, I think I might have enough of that sort of storage ::)

Are they still being kept in the kitchen?
::)

Its handy ;D

Is it me or has the baby grown since I last visited? :D

What's that Persil doing in your garage? :o
I don't know. Some blokes just get walked all over. ::)
you never mentoned the butt plug on the washing machine  ;D ;D
Strictly only for protection during the walk home from Tiffins. :y

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Worse than that, a whole box of Desperados  :o

Unless TB has a teenage daughter of course. In which case itís most appropriate.

Guess what? ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Where have all the manual Omegas gone?
« on: 04 April 2018, 22:56:47 »
omegod of this parish, scraps them ALL and pays for his kids private education by selling the gearbox and linkages to people making kit cars and using the XE block turning FWD into RWD :y

Can't imagine Omega manual box ratios being much fun in a kit car. ;)

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As much as I like shiny things, I think I might have enough of that sort of storage ::)

Are they still being kept in the kitchen?
::)

Its handy ;D

Is it me or has the baby grown since I last visited? :D

What's that Persil doing in your garage? :o
I don't know. Some blokes just get walked all over. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Where have all the manual Omegas gone?
« on: 04 April 2018, 17:15:47 »
I wonder if the later cars were less popular as manuals?

Manuals were dropped on the larger V6 models with the emergence of the 3.2, of course, and my feeling based on the Omegas I've encountered is that, of the models where manual gearboxes were available, later cars are less likely to be manual.

Perhaps where were better options for those wanting to shave a few grams from the CO2 figures by then? Perhaps the Omega was increasingly being purchased as a comfortable cruiser for which an automatic box is the natural choice?

But.. clutch replacement will have become a requirement for most well-used manual cars by now - cars where an automatic box would probably still be happy.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 04 April 2018, 17:09:12 »
6 stone  :o

Thatís very impressive, well done.  :y

Indeed. :y I'm sure that's made a noticeable improvement to your power-to-weight ratio. ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 04 April 2018, 09:19:24 »
Fitted one seat and seat runner, sat in it and made brum noises ;D
Ahh, yes. I remember doing that. :D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Tumble drier failure
« on: 03 April 2018, 13:02:37 »
There have been plenty of scandals regarding modern tumble driers catching fire.  ;)

Largely, I suspect, because users CBA to clean the filters.

Or, in Hotpoint's case, "We can save 0.0005p on this component, it'll just push the MTBF up 5%"*


(*Probably. I'm speculating)

Where MTBF = Mean Time Before Fire!

or

Mean Time Before Fekkking RUN!!! :o

.. and the fix for the Hotpoint ones appears to be to install a thermal trip that requires the machine to be stripped down to reset, and it trips about once a month. ::)

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