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General Car Chat / S Type rear suspension
« on: 09 November 2018, 10:57:47 »
One of the last jobs on kitty is to sort out the knocking on the rear suspension.  I suspect that it is probably the shock bushing but I need to get underneath to double-check first.  I didn't notice anything untoward with the wishbones when I was doing the stabiliser bars and drop links last month and the subsequent 4 wheel alignment didn't notice anything wrong there either.  Plus, the s type is known for that bush to wear prematurely.

If I am right I am loath to buy more tools just for this one job.  Any advice from the wider audience?  I think that I could probably contruct a pulling jig with some sockets I have but I am not always right as Mrs G often tells me :D

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General Car Chat / Company car advice
« on: 15 October 2018, 17:49:25 »
Right, as kitty is dead I need a new kitty (or similar)

I have had a quick butchers at the company car tax calculators and the rates seem  eye-watering for an XF.  Even the XE was steep.  Dont tell me I'll have to stoop to a BMW  :o

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General Discussion Area / TV electrical woes
« on: 22 June 2018, 19:28:47 »
Looks like it's my turn for some electrical shenanigans.  SEG TV bought in Germany 11 years ago, was when full HD was pretty new so I spent quite a bit on it even tax free.  I always bemoaned how I shouldn't have bought german because the bloody thing will last forever so now a year before we move to the US and have to replace most of our electrical devices it decides to go 'arris over apex.

Basically it stays on standby just fine, you can then turn it on and it works perfectly for about 10 minutes at which point it will flicker and die before returning to standby.  Ad nauseum.  The time it stays on is more or less the same every time so I am thinking capacitors rather than a dry solder joint.  As I on the right track?

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General Car Chat / My turn for a clutch problem - Astra H
« on: 24 May 2018, 11:24:30 »
So the missus' Astra cluth has been problematic recently with getting in to gear first thing being intermittently difficult.  I noticed the brake/clutch fluid was very old and flushed the entire system.  Some of it was nearly black when it came out.  This resolved the problem but it came back with a vengeance last night.  The missus popped out and the clutch failed entirely, being impossible get in to any gear with the engine running.  I met her and noticed the fluid was at 'low' in the filler reservoir so I started in first and rev-matched it to get home.  Once the reservoir was topped up and the clutch primed a few dozen times the resistance in the pedal came back and it worked again.  I did notice that the pedal get a little spongy after a few minutes if not used, but once a full press and release is performed the resistance returns and all is well again. 

Everything points to a leak but there are no tell-tale marks on the driveway to indicate fluid is escaping.  Therefore it might be the master/operating cylinder.  I have yet to get it up on the ramps to get a decent look underneath but before I do what the thoughts/advice from the learned masses?

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General Car Chat / And so it begins
« on: 23 May 2018, 10:24:53 »
We are going to see more and more vehicles having security vulnerabilities discovered in critical electrical and software systems.  I feel we are currently at the thin end of the wedge.  Considering that half of the vulnerabilities found in this test on Beemers require physical access, how much do you trust your MOT tester, garage, (or in Lord Opti's case) you valet?

https://keenlab.tencent.com/en/Experimental_Security_Assessment_of_BMW_Cars_by_KeenLab.pdf

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General Discussion Area / Cooker question
« on: 10 April 2018, 18:15:36 »
I have a SFO2SS which in the words of SWMBO went pop and tripped the fuse.  After which the grioll didn't work.  It's nearly 5 years old and well out of warranty so I popped the back off to have a butchers.  I quickly found the culprit by the big brown mark on the side and a quick google told me it was a temperature regulator.

I ordered a placement which arrived today.  Despite the pictures online being identical to the old one, upon inspection it appears the new part is different.  Firstly the old regulator is rated to 100C, the new one 115C.  The polarity also seems different (red mark). 

Is this important or should I send it back and insist on a the correct one being sent out?

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General Discussion Area / Moving to US
« on: 13 February 2018, 19:14:00 »
In order to avoid hijacking Mark's thread any further I have created my own.  Sorry bud.

Basically, Dr G, I was looking at something suitable for both Mrs Guffer and myself.  She will need proximity to a suitable airport hub from which to work and I will need an area where my skills are in high demand.  We both like Chicago and the sums add up very nicely even if we aim for an area just 5 miles outside of the loop.  Yes there are cheaper areas then Chicago but then demand for my skills may be lower and Cindy's commute to work will be longer. 

We have looked at Hawaii but without US Security clearance I am stuck trying for a job with Hawaiian Telecom and their security jobs come up very infrequently.  I have also looked at Fort Collins which is developing as a bit of a tech hub at the foot of the Rockies.  I would love it but then Mrs Guffer will be flying out of Denver and her flying schedule will be awful. New York, the salaries for me are amazing but so is the cost of living, plus that would mean flying out of Sewark and the desk staff there are the worst I have ever come across so I could not imagine Mrs Guffer working there.  West coast looks nice but I am not sure how I would like working with/for the silicone valley mindset, plus I have a dislike for Hell-A so I would prefer San Fran.  Midwest seems the best fit culturally even if the winters can bite as low as 20C which it did at New Year.  Even I felt that.

Then comes the curve-ball.  The people I am in partnership with don't really want to lose me and would consider raising some capital to buy a small cyber security company which I would then run and build up.  I have been excitedly doing some research but the small list of firms that are of a suitable size seem to be near Hell-A with one or two in the midwest.  This is before we start the approach and feasibility which will no doubt knock the list right down again.  I have 13 months left with this current client so there is plenty of time to find something suitable either way.

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General Car Chat / MOT fail question
« on: 07 February 2018, 14:05:26 »
I had my S-Type fail it's MOT last weekend due to "Mandatory wing mirror cover missing" and it was given a code 001.  Now I have checked all the VOSA information I can gather and nothing mentions that the mirror cover is mandatory just that there should be not sharp edges from damage or corrosion.  The car was side-swiped by a lorry recently and it knocked the cover off although the mirror itself didn't break. 

I checked it myself and none of the edges are sharp and none are really protruding to the point where they could cause injury.  Do I have a case for an appeal to VOSA, should I?  I know I could just slap on a new cover and get it passed but if they have made an error of judgement then I would consider fighting it.

Thoughts from the masses?  :-\

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General Discussion Area / Kin 'ell!
« on: 12 January 2018, 11:34:17 »
https://hackaday.com/2018/01/11/fail-of-the-week-engine-flips-out/

I bet they're glad that didn't happen during a run at 200+mph :o

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General Discussion Area / Currently near Mecca.....
« on: 25 September 2017, 09:02:42 »
... For cyclists!

Working the week in The Hague and i have brought my bike. Boy do they hate motorists, 30 euros a day for parking. Cyclists everywhere! If as a pedestrian you walk in to a cycle lane here and get knocked over, you are liable. Free council-run underground secure storage for my bike. Cycle paths that are actually fit for purpose and get used, a lot! The rear tyre was a bit flat, outside a bike shop.... Free compressed air!

Bi gron would absolutely love it here ;D

Now, if only their women were fit and they made nice beer...

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General Discussion Area / Letter from the council
« on: 31 August 2017, 17:18:33 »
So it seems I have upset a neighbour, I have a good idea which c$%t it is.

I received a letter saying that I was in breach of the planning restrictions on my dwelling by storing a boat on the drive.  I double-checked the paperwork and they are right, I should not have a boat stored on the drive....

Except, it has been there a couple of days at a time while I perform maintenance on it.  It is normally stored at a sailing club in Pompy.  I class that not as storing it, but as parking it temporarily.  I have explained this in writing to the council who will go away and make a judgement.

Has anyone else come across this?  Will I find myself in the stockade, pelted with rotten veg and fruit?

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General Car Chat / Back to charging leisure batteries on the move
« on: 02 August 2017, 09:24:39 »
I know I have touched on this topic before but the circumstances (and ahem car) have changed since then.

Situation:

Jag fitted with towbar, 7N +12S sockets.  The latter has a bypass relay fitted.
RIB on trailer which I am fitting out with a 12v 50AH deep-cycle Leisure battery.

I want to be able to charge the battery with the car whilst towing, but also keep it topped up whilst it is stationary with a small solar panel and/or wind generator.  I doubt I will be able to to something as simple as just adding a 10 guage wire from the switched live and ground line on  the 12S and adding a charge regulator for the solar/wind feed? 

The battery will power a couple of lights, radio and eventually a raspberry pi which will provide a number of security and navigation functions (plan of using a b+ for keeping the power drain low.  This is not the focus of the question but just added for context.  I am just a little hazy on the best way to setup the charging part.

All tips/help greatly appreciated :)

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General Car Chat / Scoobie Legacy cut out issue
« on: 22 June 2017, 22:42:43 »
Good evening chaps,

Just had to recover the car home.  I was about to join a dual carriageway and engaged 4th when it suddenly popped out of gear which sent the revs to about 4k.  The engine then cut out.  I tried to restart while coasting but no joy.  It behaved like a flat battery with the tell-tale clicking, alarm going off when I turn the key, etc.  I got the car home and the battery was 11.8v, I expected less but I guess that would be low enough to stop it from turning over.

The kicker is that I had no warning light on at all prior to cut out.  I had driven 2 hours back from work to home.  I had stopped for 20 minutes before heading out again.  No sign of a battery about to die, engine started normally yet 10 minutes later it cut out.  I also thought that diesels carried on even when the battery was flat unless the fuel pump stops.  Can batteries go off a cliff-edge like that?

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General Discussion Area / another one for the builders
« on: 10 October 2016, 18:31:20 »
I have a wall between the kitchen living room which has swing doors fitted.  I hate them.  I want to replace them with pocket doors.  The wall in question is plasterboard with stud and joist but i am not sure whether it is load bearing or not which would put a debbie downer on the idea.  The wall in question does butt up to the u-shaped stairs, in fact they go over part of the wall in to the living room which further makes me suspicious.

Apart from ripping off the plasterboard and having a peek is there anyway i can find out if the wall is load bearing or not?

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