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General Car Chat / Geo Setup
« on: 21 June 2018, 19:34:52 »
Fit new tyres before or after geo?

General Car Chat / Oil colour...
« on: 18 May 2018, 19:59:58 »
...on my Mondeo 2.0L ecoboost, 3700 miles after its first service oil change (so the garage says ::)) looks like a diesel. They claim they used 5-20W full fat, presumably (or possibly) Castrol. If anyone with experience of this engine can confirm this is to be expected with this type of oil, I will be amazed, if not particularly pleased. In any case, prior to a 1000 mile trip, I've replaced the oil, and will be examining it closely.  :-\ :-\ :-\

General Car Chat / Oil
« on: 17 May 2018, 10:03:36 »
Just picked up 20L 5w-30  (ford spec for the Mondy) from local VX stealer. 40 +VAT, not TC but mates rate. Don't know how that compares. :-\

PS Also, after KW's tip, picked up two taps to fit the 20L drums, very handy at a couple of quid each. :y

General Discussion Area / Well you all know...
« on: 16 May 2018, 23:01:56 »
...that I'm a tightwad, but I thought I'd pass on something I discovered today. As you know I like to use cashback sites, and used Topcashback to look for new home and contents insurance, my renewal quote having gone up by 25% or so. However, not happy with the terms offered, I then went through MSE. The best quote I could find was an introductory offer by the company I was with, Tesco Bank, for much less than last year, but, for new customers only. >:(
I thought I'd phone them up and grumble anyway, just to make me feel better, however I was delighted to hear that I could cancel my existing policy on its expiry date, and take the quote as a new customer, which I promptly did, via Topcashback, paying a total of 64 after cashback, less than a third of my renewal quote with the same company! :) :) :) :y

General Car Chat / Dashcam
« on: 10 May 2018, 13:02:15 »
A local electronic firm with a good reputation can fit me one in the Mondeo for about 45. They recommend  Nextbase which do one with a rear facing camera integral. Can anyone recommend these, or alternatives with a similar setup? Apparently a separate camera fitted at the rear can cause loss of the DAB signal. :-\

General Car Chat / Dashcams
« on: 30 April 2018, 16:24:06 »
I would quite like to fit front and rear dashcams to the Mondeo, which already has a reversing camera, and a front one which reads road signs. It would be great if these could be used instead of fitting extra cameras. Has anyone heard of this happening? :-\

General Discussion Area / Mobile signal booster
« on: 28 April 2018, 17:05:43 »
I recently swapped to Plusnet contract for 5.00 per month (EE carrier) but they wont supply a signal booster (No signal indoors unless standing on one leg in the upstairs attic) available only if you are on an EE contract. Tried getting an EE PAYG sim, but EE wont supply  a booster for PAYG either.
Will this box work OK?
Or is it just a case of 'yer pays yer money etc'.? :-\

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Coil pack wanted
« on: 27 April 2018, 12:09:29 »
As above, the 2-4-6 pack for a 3.2. Must be undamaged.
Cheers Chris.

Omega General Help / Misfire
« on: 27 April 2018, 12:06:29 »
Had a misfire a low revs yesterday. Pedal trick today gives me 0300 - random misfire, and 0304 - misfire #4.
Removed the coil pack and sure enough, there is water in the wells, and the pack has cracks. Has anyone got a part number for the 2-4-6 pack please?

General Car Chat / Ins renewal
« on: 19 April 2018, 22:44:11 »
Just had my renewal notice for the the 3.2 and the Mondeo, up from 471 last year to 578 this year! Spent a little time comparing and have now got it for 479 less 66 cashback.
Happy days. :y

General Discussion Area / Tumble drier failure
« on: 02 April 2018, 15:51:43 »
I shouldn't grumble, we must have had it 15 -20 years, but our Creda has just packed up. Model is Simplicity T620CW. It is, as it says on the tin, Simplicity to operate.
Symptoms are:
When On/Off push button selected On, with timer selected to anywhere but zero, (ie motor should run), the starter relay operates with no rotation of drum, and the main cct breaker in the house consumer unit trips.
When On/Off push button selected On, with timer at zero, (ie no demand to rotate) the starter relay operates but does not trip the house cct breaker. I have checked the supply lead for shorts which is OK.
Any electrickery experts with any ideas? I'm thinking possibly a short in the motor. :-\ :-\ :-\

General Car Chat / Where can I get...
« on: 24 March 2018, 19:21:59 »
5w-20 or 5w-30 at a reasonable price, other than Halfords on TC (which I have)? Even with TC it is going to be pricey from them. :-\ :-\ :-\

General Discussion Area / Viessmann Boiler pcb failure
« on: 19 March 2018, 20:00:33 »
Typical, boiler failed to start yesterday AM, on of the coldest days of the year! Unfortunately no fault codes, just no flame indicator. Last fault code from a previous temporary failure a while ago suggested a faulty ignition electrode, so changed that today with no luck. Very helpful guy at Viessmann talked me through the trouble shooting - the manual is 'somewhat tricky' to follow - to deduce it is the pcb, (at 360 and change) >:( However it is 9 years old, and he said that changing both electrodes was sensible at that age anyway. Bloody annoying as it is almost certainly one small twopenny item that's failed on the board, which is impossible for me to test. New board arrives tomorrow on overnight delivery.
Mrs S not pleased at having to rely on fan heaters and a gas fire.

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